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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 student elective preferences are processed first. Elective preferences submitted on time will be processed before late submissions.

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

English Plus

Languages

Physical and Personal Development

Technology

Multidisciplinary

 

 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

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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