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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.

Junior

Most students in Years 7 and 8 will have one semester of the Junior School Music rotation. In the second semester of Year 8, students will have the option of two music subjects as part of the Year 8 Elective Program. These are "The Band" (performance based), and "Songwriting" (creative/composing based). All students have the option to enrol in instrumental music lessons. Please contact Loni Thomson at musicadmin@phsc.vic.edu.au for further details.


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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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