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Elective subjects generally combine students from both Years 9 & 10.Students will select their preferences for electives at the end of the previous year. Considerable effort is put into ensuring that students’ elective allocation is fair. Within these electives each student must include a minimum of one subject per semester in both Art/Technology and Physical and Personal Development.

Students will not be permitted to repeat electives, have an unbalanced course (e.g. six Physical Education electives in one year, or make arrangements to ‘swap’ electives if they are unsuccessful in their first choice. Requests to change electives will be processed in the first two weeks of each semester only.

Charges for electives will appear on the school charges and voluntary contributions sheet.

Year 10 students’ electives are processed first. Elective sheets that are handed in on time will be processed before those handed in late. 


 Elective Subjects in the Visual Arts

Elective subjects in Visual Arts

The following subjects are available in the Visual Arts stream are:

  •  Ceramics

    This course involves an investigation and application of a variety of techniques for the making of pottery. Students will design, create, make and present a range of ceramic products. Processes will include a range of hand building techniques and decorating techniques, use of a variety of colouring and glazing methods, and a knowledge of the firing procedures. Students will also develop an understanding of concepts of design within their own work and that of other artists, and investigate the cultural contexts and ideas in ceramic works of contemporary artists.

    Students will be assessed on their production of ceramic pieces, their design folio, visual analysis and a research assignment. 

  •  Film Theory

    Students will explore ideas, story and production elements contained in film production and narration. They will develop an understanding of the cinematic processes of film from the silent era to the films of today, appreciate technical and aesthetic aspects of film, be aware of codes and conventions in film, become aware of genres in film and learn about the roles of those in the film production process.

    Students will be assessed on their participation in viewing and discussing films, assignment and essay work, personal research and participation in a class excursion to view a film at a local cinema.

  •  Art

    This subject will offer students with the opportunity to further their drawing and painting skills. The class with be centred on the production of 2D artworks. In order to develop their painting skills students will go through developmental works and drawings. Their major works will be a product of a sustained effort in working with selected paints and mixed mediums. The content of each student’s folio will address a theme. Students will select themes that meet their personal areas of interest. The folio will reflect personal choices resulting in a series of finished artworks. In order to assist students in developing their areas of interest, the class will examine art styles and techniques during the course.

    Assessment will address the completion of:

    1. A series of thematic works in dry and wet mediums. The students will support their art making with personally collected inspirational imagery.
    2. Completion of a research assignment focussing on an art movement from the Modern era.
  •  Photography

    Students participate in both theory and practice relevant to both analogue and digital photography. Students will use a variety of cameras to produce an image, process black and white film, print an image with correct tonal contrasts, digitally alter or enhance an image, critically appraise own and others’ art works, and study the history of photography.

    Students will be assessed on the satisfactory completion of a folio, of images and written tasks in their sketchbook.

  •  Animation

    This course involves the exploration and application of animation techniques. From Mickey Mouse to Manga, students will view and research the history of animation including Roto scoping, cell  , stop motion and digital animation. Practical exercises in each technique allow students to gain a hands-on understanding of the subject. No prior experience in computers or digital animation is required. By beginning immediately with digital animation, students will gain proficiency with Mac computers learning Photoshop and Flash software. Students will then use their research and skills to develop their own short digital animation.

    Students will be assessed on their participation in viewing and discussing animations, research assignment, design folio and application of this knowledge on their own animation piece.

  •  Printmaking/Drawing

    Printmaking and drawing have strong links. This unit aims to extend knowledge of both areas through study and execution. Students will make drawings based on set themes and original ideas which will stand independently and also be used for the making of relief, intaglio and surface prints. The study of significant artists from different times and cultures will be an integral part of this course. Safety and care of tools and equipment will also be an important aspect of this subject.

    Assessment will be based on participation
  •  Sculpture

    Sculpture is creating art which has depth, width and height. Students will have the opportunity to create and express ideas using three dimensional materials, develop technical skills and become aware of the importance of sculpture in the Arts. Students will use sculptural processes ranging from carving, constructing, wax and clay modelling, moulding and casting. They will also develop visual analysis skills, investigate significant sculptors, gain an understanding of the history of sculpture and study the themes of sculpting the figure.

    Students will be assessed on practical work, their folio showing developmental work, written analyses of art works and a research assignment. 

  •  Art World

    This course involves an investigation into the myriad of galleries, exhibitions, artist studios and the world of art. Student will visit a number of temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the semester ranging from public galleries – local and regional, commercial and artist run spaces, in order to develop the ability to perceive and explain the meaning behind the creation of artworks.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to interpret artworks and express their thoughts and opinions regarding the shows. Students will also develop an understanding of exhibitions.  Student s will be expected to become responsible for the administration of the PHSC Middle School/VCE exhibitions; marketing, filming/photography, installation of works and the preparation of the gallery space.

    Students will be assessed on their participation and contribution to gallery visits and the PHSC Middle School/VCE shows, visual analysis and a research assignment.

  •  Visual Communication and Graphic Design

    Semester 1 - This course covers 4 areas of Visual Communication

    1. The development of instrumental drawing and tonal rendering, through isometric, orthogonal and planometric drawing systems.

    2. Designing an interior space  with perspective drawing techniques

    3. Using the Design Process to create a music CD cover.

      4. Written ‘Design History Analysis’ assignment.

    Extension topics will include designing an invitation for PHSC middle school student exhibition.

    Students will be assessed progressively with their folio work.

    The written assessment task will be due at the end of Term 1.

    Visual Communication

    Semester 2 - Architectural Design

    The students will design a holiday house. This will include developing a floor plan, a site placement plan, side & front orthogonal views, and a detailed 2 point perspective drawing of their house.

    Extension topics will include designing and drawing interior room views.

    Students will be assessed progressively with their folio work.

    A written assessment task on architectural design history will be due at the end of Term 3.

 Elective Subjects in Performing Arts

The following subjects are available in the Performing Arts stream are:


Students will Students will undertake a one year subject. Students will learn about formal dramatic structures through the rehearsal and performance of a play script.  This will include research and the development of all areas of stagecraft required for a performance.  As this will be a year long elective, students will choose a stagecraft to apply to the play, work collaboratively with the cast and an understanding of theatre styles. As well as developing a workbook with ideas students will also complete some evaluation after the production season has been completed. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshops, training and attend performances.  Students are required to regularly attend rehearsals, be cooperative and constructively contribute to the effectiveness of rehearsals and memorize dialogue.

Assessment is based on attendance, effort, attitude, performance and improvement.


Students will examine a range of cultures and use ideas drawn from personal knowledge, research and observation to improvise and develop their own drama work. They will learn about formal dramatic structures and research historical styles, forms and conventions. Students will rehearse and refine their work for particular audiences. They will attend a performance to inspire and extend their ideas about theatre making and reflect on the qualities of drama produced by themselves and others and upon the nature of the multicultural society in which they live and the ways this has enriched Australian drama. Students will be required to complete research and analytical exercises as well as scriptwriting and theatre design tasks.

Students will be assessed on a range of theoretical and practical work.

 Instrumental Music

Tuition is available in small groups for all students in Years 7-12.

Students may elect to take lessons in

  • Strings:
  • violin
  • viola,
  • cello,
  • double bass
  • ·       Percussion:
  • kit
  • tuned percussion
  • ·       Woodwind:
  • flute,
  • clarinet,
  • saxophone,
  • oboe,
  • bass clarinet,
  • bassoon
  • ·       Brass:
  • trumpet,
  • tenor horn,
  • trombone,
  • euphonium,
  • tuba
  • ·       Guitar
  • acoustic,
  • bass guitar
  • Ø    Voice

Students wishing to access Instrumental Music Program are required to pay an annual Instrumental Music Tuition/ Materials charge. The amount will be advised. Students who wish to borrow school instruments are required to pay a further Instrumental Music/ Repair charge.

Enrolment forms are available from the Music office.

Progress reports will be issued by the instrumental music teachers, and students are required to present for formal internal assessment at this time.

Students may also undertake ABRSM or ANSCA exams if they wish.

 Middle School Class Music

Semester 1 

The Performer’s guide to music

Understanding different performance styles is necessary to develop personal expression and excellence in performance. This course will enhance students’ thinking about authentic and new ways of performing by investigating stylistic qualities of music from pre-20th century through to 20th and 21st century music. Students learn how and why music has been influenced by society and technology through the ages.

Assessment is based on attendance, performances and group and individual projects involving research, music theory, composition and presentations.

Reference: ‘A Performer’s Guide to Music Series’ ARSM

Music Technology

Students in Music Technology will study the history of recorded music and use a variety of software including Audacity, Acid Pro 6.0 and Sonar. Students learn about setting up stage equipment including microphones and public announcement systems and begin to understand music in a world influenced by media, advertising, the internet, You Tube and copyright issues. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to record a live performance using the Protocols system.

Assessment is based on attendance, a series of compositions, technical tasks and reflective essays.

Semester 2

Music Masterclass

Masterclass focuses on aspects of performance in small groups. Working in an ensemble requires specialist music and musicianship skills. Students will be able to develop their performance and ensemble skills through practice and performance. Study of music theory and aural skills in preparation for VCE Music Unit 1 & 2 is 50% of the course.

Assessment is based on attendance, performance preparation, performance reflection and aural and theory tests.

 Music VCE Units 1 & 2 (Year 10)

These units focus on performance in solo and group contexts, studying approaches to performance and performing, and developing skills in aural comprehension. Students present a solo and a group performance, demonstrate prepared technical work and perform previously unseen music.

Students will be assessed in each unit in the following areas:

  • Performance Skill Development
  • Perform 3 solo works of differing style with accompaniment (30%)
  • Participation in an approved ensemble (15%)
  • Music Craft
  • Presentation on learning (5%)
  • Music Language for Performance
  • Theory Test (20%)
  • Aural Test (20%)
  • Class Study Work (technical and sight-reading) (10%)
 Other Electives


The course aims to build confidence in using language in different modes.  The course will focus on skill development in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.  It complements the study of English and offers support to individual students.


Italian or French

The study of a language offers the opportunity for development in cognitive and linguistic skills, as well as being valuable for employment, travel and intercultural understanding.

Studying Languages at VCE level is also an advantage for entrance to tertiary institutions. Students will develop personal and interpersonal skills, as well as developing oral, aural and grammatical skills in Italian or French. They will also study the history, geography and culture of Italy or France. Assessment will be based on successful completion of work requirements, including workbook, assignments, class activities and homework. They will cover the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students are expected to participate in a poetry competition and the ACER Assessment of Language Competence.

There is a New Caledonia Study Tour organised every even year that is open to students studying French in Year 8-11. It runs for 10 days in November. The France Study Tour is open to Years 10-12 and is organised in November, every alternate year for about 3 weeks.

Year 10 students studying Italian will be given the opportunity to participate in the Italy Study Tour organised every odd year during September. It runs for about 18-21 days.

 Physical and Personal Development

The following electives are available in the Physical and Personal Development:

 Sports Coaching

Semester 1

Students will learn about the skills and requirements to become a good coach, such as, communication skills, fitness programming, biomechanics, skill acquisition and nutrition. They will coach their peers as well as junior students from neighbouring primary schools. Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing, participate in practical classes, work cooperatively and satisfactorily complete theoretical and practical assessment.

Teachers may organize excursions to sporting events which may require payment.


Semester 2

Students will be introduced to a number of dance styles, such as break dancing, hip hop, swing, African, bush, belly and ballroom. They will be required to learn dance steps and create their own performance. The unit will consist of one theory period per week for health and fitness, and three practical classes. 

 Healthy Lifestyles for Girls

Semesters 1 & 2

Students will be encouraged to develop positive and healthy lifestyles in the following areas:

Fitness, diet, body image, personal identity, recreation, yoga, relaxation, non competitive sports, aerobics, massage, meditation, cycling, lawn bowls, 10 pin bowling, dance, community health, etc. The course will be adapted to the needs and requests of the group.

Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing, participate in practical classes, work cooperatively and satisfactorily complete theoretical and practical assessment.

 Healthy Lifestyles for Boys

Semesters 1 & 2

Students will be encouraged to develop positive and healthy lifestyles in the following areas:

Personal fitness, diet, personal identity, recreation, non-competitive sports, community health, alternative health and fitness, and risk taking behaviour etc. The course will be adapted to the needs and requests of the group.

Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing, participate in practical classes, work cooperatively and satisfactorily complete theoretical and practical assessment.

 Outdoor Education

Semesters 1 & 2

This subject aims to develop social and interpersonal skills, personal, recreational and spiritual values, improve physical fitness and health and increase environmental understanding and appreciation.

Students will study navigation, equipment, clothing, first aid, survival techniques, preparing outdoor adventure trips, conservation issues, camp cooking, tent preparation, cycling, rock climbing, bush walking and canoeing.

Students will be assessed on the successful completion of work requirements, including wearing appropriate clothing, working cooperatively, participating in practical classes, theoretical and practical assignments and attendance at an overnight camp.

There is a fee of $120 to cover the cost of practical activities and a three day camp at a cost of $110.

 Boot Camp

Semesters 1 & 2

Boot Camp is designed to extend students physically, beyond their normal class experiences. Students complete 10 sessions of self defense with Frank Barca from Precision Martial Arts. The course will incorporate elite training methods which will allow students to work to their full physical potential. All components and principles of Fitness Training will be investigated with an emphasis on team work, team building and student cooperation. This is a subject for those wishing to increase their fitness and those wishing to really extend themselves physically and mentally.

 Major Team and Ball Sports

Team and ball sports in the Middle School comprise of the following activities:

  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Futsal
  • Basketball
  • European Handball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket

Semester 1

Students will develop motor skills, understand rules, strategies and techniques, develop positive attitudes towards health and fitness, understand human physiology and biomechanics, and develop an awareness of community issues relating to sport and develop acceptable social behaviour.

They will undertake a range of skill development activities in the above sports.

Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing, participate in practical classes, work cooperatively, satisfactorily complete theoretical and practical assessment and participate at the Intermediate Interschool sports days in terms 1 and 2.




Note: Students must select at least one Physical Education or Health Education subject each semester.

 Technology Studies

The following subjects are available in Technology Studies:

 Fashion Studies

Students will develop skills in order to successfully produce garments and textile pieces, become proficient in using different techniques and equipment and understand the importance of a safe working environment. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate a range of designs and production methods.

Students will be assessed on the completion and quality of the work requirements, individual skill development, effort and attitude.

Home study will consist of design briefs, investigation into the work of a designer and materials and their application.

They will need to purchase a small sketch book, fabric, thread, notions such as zips and possibly a commercial pattern.

 Food Technology

Students will assess food using criteria such as taste, texture, appearance, etc. They will replicate restaurant quality food, and plan, design and produce a product of their own choice. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate.

Students will be assessed on the completion and report on the major production, and on their workbook and journal.

 Jewellery Making
 Students will learn about ways of making jewellery, develop an appreciation for good design, and learn the process of manufacture. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate a range of designs and production methods. This may include fabricating, colouring, stone setting and casting. All students will participate in the Middle School Challenge and exhibit their work both on-line and via the college website and the MS Exhibition. 

Assessment will be based on the quality of the completed work, including practical projects, design folio and work on the subject wiki. (Personal Learning)


Students will contribute a fee towards the cost of materials through the School Charges.

 Kiln Formed Glass
 Kiln formed glass uses cold glass that is placed in a kiln for firing. Students will be involved in cutting, fusing, slumping and the casting of glass to produce a range of pieces from platters and bowls to sculpture and decorative art works. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate a range of designs and production methods.

Students will be assessed on work produced, sketch book and a written project on visual analysis and response to glass art.

 Metal Technology

This course aims to explore and expand on a variety of skills, techniques and processes used in working with metals and related materials. Students will learn these in conjunction with practical work. All students will participate in the Middle School Challenge and exhibit their work both on-line and via the college website and the Middle School Exhibition. Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate.

Assessment will be based on the quality of the completed work, including practical projects, design folio and work on the subject wiki. (Personal Learning)

Students will contribute a fee towards the cost of materials through the School Charges.

 Wood Technology

This course aims to develop a variety of skills and technology when working with wood and related materials. Students will explore the characteristics and properties of a variety of timbers through a series of projects that will involve the safe and correct use of hand and some power tools.

Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate.

Assessment will be based on investigation of alternative design approaches by designers, design brief and workshop drawings, and the satisfactory completion and evaluation of the products.

Each student will require a 2 H pencil and a sketch book for designs, plans, notes and evaluation. There will be a fee of $30.

 Multidisciplinary electives

The following subjects are available in Multidisciplinary Studies:

(These units all incorporate elements from a variety of areas, including Communication, Humanities, Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Interpersonal Development and Thinking)

 Robotics and Information Technology Essentials

In the Robotics component of the course, students will investigate robots, their importance and how to build and program robots to perform a variety of increasingly complex actions, culminating in the Robot Olympics, which consists of three key events; the Sprint, the Lap of Death and Greco-Robot wrestling.

The Information Technology Essentials component of this elective has two parts. In the first part, students learn touch typing techniques and basic spreadsheet skills to enable them to prepare a budget. In the second part, students in small groups will strip a computer, identify the parts and their roles and then rebuild the computer. Students have to record this process and then present it in the form of a research project with clear digital images and instruction.

Students are not required to own a computer. Where it is necessary, students may be expected to work outside class time to complete assignments using the school’s computers if the hardware and software is not available at home.

Assessment will be based on the design, programming and production of their robot over the length of the course and the satisfactory completion of their IT Essentials assessment tasks.

 Multimedia Gaming

This course will focus on simulation gaming. Students will gain knowledge by challenging their ideas and concepts-exploring why something occurs and the relationship between objects. There is a heavy focus on problem solving.

Students begin the course by analysing what makes a game, what makes a good game and the learning behind making games. Students then work through a series of different game types using GameMaker software that are designed to explore the basic concepts of the program and use these to build a variety of games of their own.

Students then analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these different game types and use their evaluation to design a better game of their own. The students then build their own game and self and peer evaluate it upon completion.

Assessment will be based on the design, production and evaluation of a series of games over the length of the course.

 Creative Writing

This course is based on the principle that good writing grows out of storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to write their own stories and read and appreciate the stories of others. They will focus on communication and interpersonal development, as well as developing their thinking skills.

Assessment will be based on a folio of writing and other tasks as determined by the teacher and the class.


Sport is played throughout the school year against other schools within our group 

Term 1: Tennis, volleyball, cricket, baseball/ softball 

Term 2: Football, soccer, netball, badminton 

Term 3: Hockey, basketball, table tennis, squash 

Athletics and Swimming Carnivals will be held during the year at both intra and inter school levels. 

Intermediate and Senior sports teams will be advertised during the year.

 Dollars and Sense

This unit will expose students to the world of money and start them on the path to financial independence. The course will require students to invest $50,000 of virtual funds in the stock market and trade stocks against syndicates throughout Australia.

Through a variety of hands-on projects, exercises and excursions students will explore the answers to personal finance questions such as:

  • How will I get paid if I get a job?
  • What could I do with my money?
  • How can I get the best mobile phone deal?
  • What if I want to buy a car?
  • What is the stock market and how do you invest in it?
  • What is a budget and do I need one?
  • Could I get a bank a loan?

Students will get to interact with real bankers and personal financial advisors throughout the course and learn the basics of sound financial decisions.

Assessment will be based on participation and satisfactory completion of work requirements.

 Teacher Assistant Program for Year 10 (TAP)

This is a new initiative where a Y10 student can work with a teacher to support and learn more about a specific learning program in the school. Students will assist the teacher for the four periods of one elective. You will need to approach the teacher and request that they take you on in an apprentice type role. Only students that have demonstrated reliability, initiative, good attendance and integrity, will be accepted into the program.

The type of work a student might be involved in could include assisting with gear organisation, coaching, setting up equipment, completing admin tasks, tutoring, clerical duties etc. Students could work in any subject area depending on their interests and a teacher’s willingness to participate in the program. Students may also be interested in working in the general office or library.

The program is based on a similar program widely available in the USA. Students will benefit by getting to know more about the management of schools, experience in team work, job ready skills, demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Teachers will complete a report which could be used as a future reference.

Students are permitted to undertake the TAP once in the Middle school elective program and must gain consent from a parent and Year Level Coordinator as well as the supervising teacher.

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