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The core subjects covered in Junior School are as follows:


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titleDesign Technology

In the overall educational needs of students the following subjects make a unique contribution to the students' knowledge and awareness of themselves and their world.

The Design Technology Studio areas are Food, Glass, Metal, Textiles and Wood. Students will investigate and develop design solutions through the particular lens of a material based studio approach. The use of a range of tools and equipment to develop skills and techniques will be undertaken with the consideration of health and safety aspects of the studio and materials used. In Design Technology studio areas investigating, designing, producing, analysing and evaluating are

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all critical components.

Junior School  Design Technology / Performing Arts / Visual Art  is a two year rotation program.

This rotation program is designed as an introduction to the Design Technology, Performing Arts and Visual Arts areas during the student's first two years at secondary college.  Each subject is of semester duration (half year) for three semesters. The fourth semester (Year 8 Semester 2) is elective based and students will have an opportunity to select their subjects.

Over the two years in junior school students will experience working in most of the following areas: Ceramics, Paint, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Visual Communication Design, Photography, Wood, Metal, Textiles, Food, Glass, Drama and Music. 

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titleSubject Offerings

Note that the actual subjects provided may vary depending on staffing and organisational constraints.

Financial Arrangements

The Education allowance and the materials levy (on the booklist) provide for the purchase of basic Arts and Technology materials but they cannot cover the full cost of some of the materials used.  Therefore, in some areas of study it may be necessary to purchase, or contribute to the cost of, materials and items necessary for the study of Art and Design Technology.   (See individual units of study for further details)

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titleSubject Costs

A sketch book will also be needed for all Visual Art and Design Technology studies; this is on the booklist.

For subjects such as Wood and Metal Technology, students are expected to contribute to the cost of materials specified in the voluntary contributions document.



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titleEnglish

English is a compulsory subject throughout secondary school.

The courses in Years 7 & 8 build on skills in reading and viewing, writing, speaking and listening and provide students with the competence, experience and work habits necessary to successfully continue studies in this subject through secondary school.

Students complete a variety of writing tasks, and are encouraged to read widely, including one major class text per termsemester.  The set text is usually a novel, but could be a film, poetry or play text. They will also be involved in a range of oral tasks that may include group work, debates and formal speeches.

We read the set text aloud in class.

Reading aloud in class does a number of things:

Helps establish group cohesion and cooperation.

    • Students listen to each other read with respect
    • Students develop a trust that they will not be mocked by peers for  stumbles and hence develop confidence that they will be supported in their reading.
    • Dominators need to sit back as everyone has their turn.
 


  • Allows teachers to respond to immediate points of interest and confusion.
    • Though many students will have already read the text, reading aloud shows that the complexities of language allows different interpretations and these can be picked up through readings.
    • Students are shown that a close study of text though re-reading allows for richer interpretations.
 


  • Allows teachers insight into individual reading needs:
    • Allows teachers to better see gaps in auditory processing
    • Opportunity to work on tone and expression.
    • Alerts teachers to vocabulary that students stumble over.

 


  • Can recognise how language works to develop character and context.
    • Allows for immediate focus on language devices. For example how tone and language changes when a particular character speaks.

 


  • Encourages the development and recognition of oral and aural skills.
    • All students know they will be asked to read aloud. It is important that they know that they will be given the opportunity to practise if they want it and that the teacher will select a part of the text that suits their abilities

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titleMathematics

Mathematics from Years 7 –10 is taught in compulsory year long courses.

Areas of study

Year 7: Number Systems, Operations with Integers, Geometry, Algebra, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Measurement, Probability

Year 8: Operations with Natural Numbers, Directed Numbers, Algebra, Fractions & Decimals, Geometry, Linear Equations & Inequations, Percentages,  Measurement  and Statistics.

Information Technology and other tools

Students employ a range of tools in their work as mathematicians, including scientific and graphics calculators and computer software packages. Years 7 & 8 homerooms each have multiple computer stations connected to the College intranet and classes also have access to several computer laboratories. Class sets of graphic calculators are provided

Numeracy, Maths Assistance and Enrichment

Maths teachers with allocated time and parent helpers are available to assist individual students with their Maths skills development, consolidation and reinforcement both during the school day and after school. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of co-curricular enrichment activities:

  • Maths Games Days
  • Australian Mathematics Competition for the Westpac awards
  • Mathematics Talent Quest (MTQ)- this is the project assessment task for Semester 1
  • Maths Challenge.


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titleMusic

In Year 7 and 8 all students undertake a study in classroom music. Students in year 8 can elect to do more intensive music tuition covering individual and group performance.


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titlePerforming Arts

In the overall educational needs of students the following subjects make a unique contribution to the students' knowledge, awareness and world awareness:

During this course, students will create roles and characters in collaboration with others. Students will develop scripts for their work using basic approaches to script writing.  They will experiment with a range of dramatic forms, styles and conventions such as commedia dell'arte and mime to create dramatic images and convey meaning.  Students will use the rehearsal process to refine their performance.

By the end of the course students will have explored ways to apply appropriate skills, techniques and processes to their structured drama presentations. 

Two Year Program

The course is designed as an introduction to Design Technology / Performing Arts / Visual Art during the first two years at secondary college.  Each subjects is of semester duration (half year) for three semesters; the fourth semester (Year 8 Semester 2) is elective based and students will have an opportunity to select their subjects.

Over the two years students will experience working in most of the following areas: Ceramics, 2D Art, 3D Art (Sculpture), Printmaking, Photography, Visual Communication Design,  Wood Technology, Metal Technology, Textiles, Food Technology, Drama and Music. 

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titleSubject Offerings

Note that the actual subjects provided may vary depending on staffing and organisational constraints.

Financial Arrangements

The Education allowance and the materials levy (on the booklist) provide for the purchase of basic Arts and Technology materials but they cannot cover the full cost of some of the materials used.  Therefore, in some areas of study it may be necessary to purchase, or contribute to the cost of, materials and items necessary for the study of Art and Design Technology.   (See individual units of study for further details)

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titleSubject Costs

A sketch book will also be needed for all Art and Design Technology studies; this is on the booklist.

For subjects such as Wood and Metal Technology, students are expected to contribute to the cost of materials specified in the voluntary contributions document.



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titlePhysical Education, Sport & Health

In Year 7 and 8 all students undertake a study in classroom music. Students in year 8 can elect to do more intensive music tuition covering individual and group performance.


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titleScience

The course includes topics from the major disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics and earth and space sciences.  A key unifying theme is sustainability education.

Students develop conceptual knowledge. They also develop knowledge of the processes and procedures of science.

They experience practical activities that develop knowledge and skill in design, measurement and data organisation.

Emphasis is placed on applications of science, the work of scientists and links between science and technology.

Students will also have the opportunities to participate in a range of co-curricular activities:

  • Science Talent Search
  • Science Competition
  • Sustainability Programs


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titleVisual Art

In the overall educational needs of students the following subjects make a unique contribution to the students' knowledge, awareness and world awareness:

Through the various processes of making and exploring, students can realise the contribution that visual art can make to their lives.

Both practical and theoretical activities are offered in Visual Art program to provide the opportunity for students to appreciate and understand the interrelationship between art, and the individual, art and the community, art and culture.

The Visual Art program will provide the following experiences:

  1. Practical Activities - to teach students the skills needed for using art materials to develop ways to represent what they see, think, feel, know, value and imagine.
  2. Critical Awareness - to help students learn to see the world aesthetically and lead to the desire and ability to enhance their environment.
  3. Cultural and Historical Appreciation - to help students understand the arts as an integral aspect of present and past cultures.

Junior School  Design Technology / Performing Arts / Visual Art  is a two year rotation program.

This program is designed as an introduction to Design Technology / Performing Arts / Visual Art during the student's first two years at secondary college.  Each subject is of semester duration (half year) for three semesters. The fourth semester (Year 8 Semester 2) is elective based and students will have an opportunity to select their subjects.

Over the two years in junior school students will experience working in most of the following areas: Ceramics, 2D Art, 3D Art (Sculpture), Printmaking, Photography, Visual Communication Design,  Photography, Wood, Metal, Textiles, Food, Glass, Drama and Music. 

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titleSubject Offerings

Note that the actual subjects provided may vary depending on staffing and organisational constraints.

Financial Arrangements

The Education allowance and the materials levy (on the booklist) provide for the purchase of basic Arts and Technology materials but they cannot cover the full cost of some of the materials used.  Therefore, in some areas of study it may be necessary to purchase, or contribute to the cost of, materials and items necessary for the study of Art and Design Technology.   (See individual units of study for further details)

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titleSubject Costs

A sketch book will also be needed for all Visual Art subjects; this is on the booklist.



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titleYear 8 Semester 2 Electives

In Semester 2, all year 8 students will have the opportunity to take part in an Elective Program within the Visual Art / Design Technology / Performing Arts curriculum. Students are provided with the opportunity in Semester 1 to specify their preferences for the Semester 2 Elective Program.