St John' Regional College Curriculum Guide 2023

2023 Curriculum Guide

2023 Curriculum Guide 2 WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL “Take the Way of the Gospel” Welcome to the St John’s Regional College CurriculumGuide where you will gain a sense of the many opportunities that are available to our students in a full range of academic, artistic, sporting, and co-curricular pursuits. Our Curriculum Guide is updated each year to reflect any changes to courses or subject additions throughout our Year 7-12 curriculum. This year you will read about the changes to the VCAL Program which has been redesigned and renamed as the VCE Vocational Major program. The VCE Vocational Major (VM) is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and enable them to develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work, and life. Our foundational philosophy as a Catholic School is to educate the whole person. Within these pages you will find a comprehensive curriculum which provides for education in all aspects of human development. Giving students in Year 7-9 a taste of all areas of learning and then as they start to discern their talents, interests, and pathways, we provide a broad range of subjects including VET as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). We are quietly confident that whatever our students chose to do we can cater for their career interests. High Achievers Of the 122 Year 12 students in 2021, 19 successfully completed their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and 103 students were awarded their Victorian Certificate of Education. I congratulate the Dux of St John’s Regional College for 2022, Maria Hinenwith an ATAR score of 99.3. Maria started a Bachelor of Bio-Medicine at Monash University in 2022. New Facilities In a historic day for St John’s, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli presided over the blessing and dedication of the Sr Genevieve Robertson Junior STEM Centre and the Fidelis Community Garden on the 15th of July 2022. The completion of this $5m educational facility will provide a variety of exciting future pathways for our students. Features of the new STEM centre include state of the art facilities in the areas of science, design technology, robotics, and Information technology. Classroom design has also incorporated flexible learning spaces to allow for a variety of teaching and learning styles that will provides an integrated and hands on application of the key learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A wonderful environment for learning has been created and as their teachers we will continue to support and challenge them because we have seen time and time again, once our students have the opportunity, they can do some amazing things. Our Curriculum Handbook is a comprehensive guide to subject choice and learning at St John’s. I thank our Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching Dr Janine Biggin, VCE Programs Leader Ms Frankie Flanagan and Career Pathway Leader Ms Leana Bailey, along with the Leaders of our Key Learning Areas who have put this wonderful resource together. Tim Hogan B.Comm., Grad.Dip.Ed., Grad.Dip.Student Welfare, Cert of Theo., MEDL Principal

2023 Curriculum Guide 3 Our Junior Curriculum Guide contains information about the studies on offer for our Year 7 – 9 students. For quick access to this section of our guide, click on the image for the Junior Curriculum Guide. Our Senior Curriculum Guide contains information about the studies on offer for our Year 10 – 12 students. It also includes pathway information for students thinking about their post-secondary studies. For quick access to this section of our guide, click on the image for the Senior Curriculum Guide.

2023 Curriculum Guide 4 2023 Junior Curriculum Guide

2023 Curriculum Guide 5 CONTENTS Year 7 – 9 Subjects Learning Area Overview........................................................................... 6 Learning Area Pathway Diagrams ......................................................... 8 Religious Education ................................................................................................................................................ 9 Arts and Engagement ..........................................................................................................................................10 English ........................................................................................................................................................................10 Health and Physical Education .........................................................................................................................11 Languages.................................................................................................................................................................11 Hospitality and Food.............................................................................................................................................12 Humanities................................................................................................................................................................12 Mathematics.............................................................................................................................................................13 Science .......................................................................................................................................................................13 Design and Technology ......................................................................................................................................14 Subject Descriptions................................................................................ 15 Year 7 .........................................................................................................................................................................16 Year 8..........................................................................................................................................................................21 Year 9 .........................................................................................................................................................................27 Options After Year 9 Accelerated Studies ................................................................................. 42 Year 10 Core and Applied Learning Pathways................................ 43

2023 Curriculum Guide 6 LEARNING AREA OVERVIEW

2023 Curriculum Guide 7 SUBJECTS OFFERED YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 Religious Education (6 periods per cycle) Religious Education (6 periods per cycle) Religious Education (5 periods a cycle) STEP: English, Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts (12 periods per cycle) STEP: English, Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts (12 periods per cycle) English (8 periods a cycle) History (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) SCIMAT: Science, Mathematics (12 periods per cycle) SCIMAT: Science, Mathematics (12 periods per cycle) Mathematics (8 periods a cycle) Science (5 periods a cycle) STEM PBL: Science, Mathematics, Design and Technologies (6 periods per cycle) STEM PBL: Science, Mathematics, Design and Technologies (6 periods per cycle) Project-Based Learning (PBL) (5 periods a cycle) Human Movement: Health and PE, Dance (6 periods per cycle) Human Movement: Health and PE, Dance (6 periods per cycle) Health & Physical Education (5 periods a cycle) Students have a choice of: PE Boys or PE Girls or PE Soccer Academy Languages: Italian (6 periods per cycle) LINKS (by invitation only) Languages: Italian (6 periods per cycle) LINKS (by invitation only) LINKS (by invitation only) Students must choose: 1 from Arts & Engagement, 1 from Communication and 1 from STEM/HOFO. They then can choose any 4 from any area. Healthy Life: Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Learning to Learn: Digital Technologies, Economics and Business, Personal and Social Wellbeing (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Artistic Expression: Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Healthy Life: Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Design Technology: Materials and Technologies: design and production processes (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Artistic Expression: Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design (6 periods per cycle – 1 semester) Arts & Engagement Art Dance Drama Media Music Visual Communication Design Communication Commerce Geography Italian (Year) Hospitality Food Food Studies STEM Digital Technology Design Materials Electronics Textiles

2023 Curriculum Guide 8 LEARNING AREA PATHWAY DIAGRAMS

2023 Curriculum Guide 9 The Learning Area diagrams represent the various offerings and pathways available to students. The subject descriptions contained within the Curriculum Guide provide further details. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 YEAR 11 YEAR 12 Religious Education Religious Education Religious Education 10 KWL To Know, Worship and Love RAS Religion and Society (Unit 1 & 2) RAS Religion and Society (Unit 3 & 4) 10 CAP Catholic Action Program (Written application required) T&T Text and Traditions (Unit 1 & 2) T&T Text and Traditions (Unit 3 & 4) 11 KWL To Know, Worship and Love (Non VCE) JLM Jesus, Life and Me (Non VCE)

2023 Curriculum Guide 10 ARTS & ENGAGEMENT YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 - 4 VET Visual Arts Artistic Expression: Visual Arts Artistic Expression: Visual Communication Design Art Art Art Creative Practice Media Media Media Visual Communication Design Visual Communication Design Visual Communication Design Performing Arts Artistic Expression: Music Artistic Expression: Drama Dance Dance Certificate II in Dance Drama Drama Drama Music Music Certificate III in Music ENGLISH YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 & 2 VCE Unit 3 & 4 STEP Secondary Transition Education Program English, Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts STEP Secondary Transition Education Program English, Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts English English English English Literature Literature Literature In Year 11 and 12 a student must select either English or Literature or students can study both.

2023 Curriculum Guide 11 HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 - 4 VET Unit 1 - 4 Human Movement: Health & PE and Dance Human Movement: Health & PE and Dance Health & Physical Education Health & Physical Education Physical Education Certificate III in Sport & Recreation Coaching and Performance Health & Physical Education Soccer Academy Outdoor Education and HPE Health & Human Development Sports Science LANGUAGES YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 & 2 VCE Unit 3 & 4 LOTE Italian Compulsory LOTE Italian Compulsory LOTE Italian Elective LOTE Italian Elective LOTE Italian LOTE Italian LINKS Students Will not complete a LOTE subject LINKS Students Will not complete a LOTE subject LINKS Students Will not complete a LOTE subject NB – The study of Italian must be continuous (a prerequisite). That is, to study Italian in Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 or Year 12, you must have studied Italian in the prior year. EXTERNAL STUDIES (Years 7 to 12) - Responsibility of Parent/Guardian Students may study a language through the Victorian School of Languages. For students in Years 7 to 10 who choose to study an external language, it is considered an extra subject. It is the responsibility of the student and their parent/guardian to inform the College of any external languages.

2023 Curriculum Guide 12 HOSPITALITY & FOOD YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 - 4 VET Hospitality Healthy Life: Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies Healthy Life: Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies Food Studies Food & Technology Food Studies Unit 1 - 4 VET Hospitality Kitchen Ops Hospitality Patisserie HUMANITIES YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 & 2 VCE Unit 3 & 4 STEP Secondary Transition Education Program Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts Learning to Learn: Digital Technologies, Economics and Business, Personal and Social Wellbeing STEP Secondary Transition Education Program Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Civics & Citizenship), Media Arts History History World War II, Indigenous Rights History 20th Century History Revolutions Commerce Accounting Accounting Commerce Business and Economics Economics Economics Business Management Business Management Commerce Law and Politics Global Politics Global Politics Legal Studies Legal Studies Geography Geography Geography Geography

2023 Curriculum Guide 13 MATHEMATICS YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 & 2 VCE Unit 3 & 4 SCIMAT: Science Mathematics STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies SCIMAT: Science Mathematics STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies Mathematics Mathematics Foundation Mathematics Mathematics Foundation Mathematics Mathematics Foundation Mathematics Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematics Mathematical Methods Mathematics Mathematical Methods - CAS Mathematics Mathematical Methods - CAS Mathematics Specialist Mathematics Mathematics Specialist Mathematics NB – Specialist Mathematics can only be taken in conjunction with Mathematics Methods. It is important to note that, towards the end of Year 9, students must decide which Mathematics to select in Year 10. Their Year 10 choice will determine which subjects they will be able to access in Years 11 and 12. Results in Semester 1 of Year 9 Mathematics also plays a large part in determining which Mathematics students can select in Year 10. SCIENCE YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 & 2 VCE Unit 3 & 4 SCIMAT: Science Mathematics STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies SCIMAT: Science Mathematics STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies Science General Science Psychology Psychology Biochemistry Elective Biology Biology Astrophysics Elective Chemistry Chemistry Physics Physics

2023 Curriculum Guide 14 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 VCE Unit 1 - 4 VET Design Materials STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies Design Technology: Materials and Technologies: design and production processes Design Technology Design Materials Wood Product Design & Technology Wood Unit 1 - 4 Design Materials Metals Digital Technology Learning to Learn: Digital Technologies, Economics and Business, Personal and Social Wellbeing Design Technology: Materials and Technologies: design and production processes Digital Technology Digital Technology Application Software Applied Computing Unit 1 - 2 Digital Technology Programming Software Development Unit 3 – 4 Data Analytics Unit 3 – 4 Electronics STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies Design Technology: Materials and Technologies: design and production processes Electronics Electronics Systems Engineering Unit 1 - 4 Textiles STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies STEM PBL: Science Mathematics Design and Technologies Textiles Design Textiles Product Design & Technology Textiles Unit 1 - 4

2023 Curriculum Guide 15 SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS

2023 Curriculum Guide 16 YEAR 7

2023 Curriculum Guide 17 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious Education Religious Education focuses on the individuals place as a member of the St John’s Regional College community. There is an emphasis on the two Charisms of the De La Salle Brothers and the Presentation Sisters and how these Charisms inform the College that St John’s has become. The Religious Education program draws upon the To Know, Worship and Love program of Catholic Education, Melbourne. The emphasis is on spiritual understanding through the cycle of dialogue. Students will create an understanding of the structure of the Bible, and how and why it was written, as well as building skills in scripture interpretation. Students will be able to interpret their life in dialogue with the Catholic Tradition. ARTISTIC EXPRESSION Visual Arts Students will develop their creative and expressive capacities by exploring practises relating to both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art forms. They will develop fundamental skills and techniques by undertaking a variety of activities that focus on exploring and developing ideas, making and presenting artworks and responding and interpreting their own and other's works. Music The Year 7 Music program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of Music education. This subject is a holistic approach to the development of Musical literacy and aural skills. Students sing in every class, play accessible instruments (e.g. ukulele), as well as make use of their bodies to successfully engage in deep Music learning. As an introduction to the Performing Arts, students develop their confidence by working collaboratively with their peers to listen to, compose, and perform Music in a variety of engaging activities and tasks. In addition to the classroom program, Instrumental Music lessons are available for those students who wish to learn to play a Musical instrument. LEARNING IN NEW KEY SKILLS LINKS LINKS is a subject designed to continue to develop students’ skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students develop each of these skills at their own pace in an encouraging and friendly learning classroom environment. LINKS classes have small class sizes, so that each student is given the attention they require. Each LINKS class aims to provide a supportive, environment where the teacher encourages each student to take risks and ‘have a go’. It also aims to develop each student’s confidence as a learner. As LINKS provides support in all subjects, no homework is given to students.

2023 Curriculum Guide 18 SECONDARY TRANSITION EDUCATION PROGRAM STEP The STEP course is the integrated approach to learning applied to the teaching of English, and Humanities (History, Geography, Commerce and Civics and Citizenship) at the Year 7 and Year 8 levels. The STEP program at St John’s Regional College incorporates a cross-learning area program which assists with a smooth transition to secondary school. Students are taught by one teacher, which means that they have a main teacher to help transition from primary to secondary school in Year 7. This ensures students have a secure base at secondary school with the STEP teacher, one class of students and a 'home' classroom. This program fosters connectedness to school, and promotes the development of a unique identity, enabling students to view themselves as a member of the St John’s Regional College community. By combining explicit teaching with inquiry-based learning across the learning areas, students are encouraged to be independent and motivated learners. Assessment will be ongoing and both formal and informal. Students will be provided with opportunities to enhance their independent learning skills as well as having the opportunity to work with their peers in groups. These are the units of study that will be covered in Year 7: • What about Water? Sustaining Life. • Technology, Robots and the Changing World • Exploring Government, Laws and Citizenship • Earth, Wind and Fire, Managing Hazards • China and The Asia Pacific • Ideas, Expression and the Creative Spirit

2023 Curriculum Guide 19 HEALTHY LIFE Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies This unit focuses on developing creative food designs from food products. Students are introduced to basic cooking skills and the necessary processes involved in food production. They also learn an appreciation of appropriate safety and hygienic practices. Students gain knowledge and experience in how to become sustainable individuals and become more environmentally conscience through work in our College Community Garden. HUMAN MOVEMENT Health & Physical Education and Dance Human Movement caters for the development of students in the areas of health literacy, fitness, safety, movement patterns and recreation to enhance your quality of life. Students learn to explore and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts. LANGUAGES Language Other Than English (LOTE) - Italian Students practice Italian sounds, focus on the geography of Italy and participate in a role-play in which they meet someone for the first time. They also study the numbers, days, months and years in Italian, and answer questions about some personal advertisements. Students gradually build their conversation skills by practicing with their classmates and learning more about each other whilst practicing their oral skills. The four areas students cover are listening, speaking, reading and writing, within a cultural context. SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS PROJECT BASED LEARNING STEM PBL: Science, Mathematics, Design and Technologies Each term students will engage in a different project in the following learning areas: Science, Design and Technologies (including Engineering principles and systems), Digital Technologies and Mathematics. These project-based learning experiences will further expand and reinforce concepts learned by students in science and maths. This approach enables skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication to be deployed in a rich and authentic way.

2023 Curriculum Guide 20 LEARNING TO LEARN Digital Technologies, Economics and Business, Personal and Social Wellbeing In Learning to Learn you will focus on enhancing your own learning skills. More specifically you will understand how to apply the skills for managing your own learning by understanding your own thinking and learning processes. You will learn to apply study skills, critical analysis skills, time management skills, planning skills and goal setting. Each lesson will focus on and unpack these specific topics: • How do I make sense of the world now? • What is learning? • What is my style of learning? • What is 'smart'? • How do I manage my time? • Mistakes and how they help my learning • How do I study best? • The secrets of active listening • The importance of working in a team • Learning into the future SCIMAT SCIMAT – (Science and Mathematics) STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) education comprises of the specific knowledge, understandings and skills in each of these learning areas as well as the interrelationship between each of them. STEM education acknowledges that there are opportunities for learning to be delivered in an integrated manner that facilitates greater engagement in each of these learning areas. The core science and mathematics components of the Victorian Curriculum are delivered in the SCIMAT class with a deep and hands-on understanding of mathematics skills whilst in the context of engaging science in its many applications. A structured weekly mathematics homework program is also embedded and built around a common framework of questions covering the current Victorian mathematics curriculum. The diagnostic nature of the homework program will help students and teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness to then allow students to focus on their mastery of skills.

2023 Curriculum Guide 21 YEAR 8

2023 Curriculum Guide 22 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious Education Religious Education in Year 8 builds on the previous knowledge students have of Jesus and the Word of God. The unit delves into the history of Jesus and the Saints who followed his time. The course covers the times and life of Jesus, the life of later Saints and the development of the running and partaking in a Mass. Students will gain an understanding of the times and historical context of the scripture and the triumph of good. They will do this by seeing and making the connection between the past and the way it is still linked to the Catholics of today. ARTISTIC EXPRESSION Visual Communication Design Students are introduced to the world of Visual Communication and develop an understanding of what it means to be a designer. They explore the fundamentals of drawing as the basis of all graphic design. Students experiment with a range of materials and techniques and explore both manual and digital drawing methods. This subject uses the elements of design to engage and communicate and students will follow the design process to develop a range of innovative design solutions. Drama The Year 8 Drama Course introduces students to the world of Drama in the Performing Arts. Students will use elements of Drama to develop skills in presenting, performing and developing Drama practices. They will explore empathy, character development and improvisation techniques, to produce a scripted performance. Work tasks allow for development of personal expression, critical and creative thinking and communication skills.

2023 Curriculum Guide 23 SECONDARY TRANSITION EDUCATION PROGRAM STEP The STEP Program is the integrated approach to learning applied to the teaching of English, and Humanities (History, Geography, Commerce and Civics and Citizenship) at the Year 7 and Year 8 levels. The STEP program at St John’s Regional College incorporates a cross-faculty program which assists with a smooth transition to secondary school. Students are taught by one teacher, which means that the students have a main teacher to continue to help transition from primary to secondary school in Year 8. This ensures students have a secure base at secondary school with the STEP teacher, one class of students and a 'home' classroom. This program fosters connectedness to school, and promotes the development of a unique identity, enabling students to view themselves as a member of the St John’s Regional College community. By combining explicit teaching with inquiry-based learning across the learning areas, students are encouraged to be independent and motivated learners. Assessment will be ongoing and both formal and informal. Students will be provided with opportunities to enhance their independent learning skills as well as having the opportunity to work with their peers in groups. These are the units of study that will be covered in Year 8: • Re-writing Australia's History • The Media: Print, Television, and Social Media Platforms – Information or Manipulation? • Medieval Life and Love • Why We Live Where We Live • Shoguns, Samurai and Japanese Culture • The Renaissance and Modern Life - Is there a connection?

2023 Curriculum Guide 24 LEARNING IN NEW KEY SKILLS LINKS (by invitation only) LINKS is a subject designed to continue to develop students’ skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students develop each of these skills at their own pace in an encouraging and friendly learning classroom environment. LINKS classes have small class sizes, so that each student is given the attention they require. Each LINKS class aims to provide a supportive, environment where the teacher encourages each student to take risks and ‘have a go’. It also aims to develop each student’s confidence as a learner. As LINKS provides support in all subjects, no homework is given to students. HEALTHY LIFE Food Technology, Health, Design and Technologies At year 8 students focus on sustainability issues affecting our food sources. Students also take a look into the world of food marketing and promotion, where they learn some of the tricks of the trade behind the perfect food photo shoot. Students consolidate skills introduced at Year 7 to develop creative food design solutions in a safe and hygienic manner. HUMAN MOVEMENT Health & Physical Education and Dance Health and Physical Education (HPE) is specifically concerned with developing your knowledge and skills related to health, fitness, safety, movement and recreation in order to enhance your quality of life. Students also learn to compose and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts. LANGUAGES Language Other Than English (LOTE) - Italian Students participate in general conversation about themselves, family and hobbies. They also research and compare Italian products, taste some Italian products, make Italian Venetian Carnevale masks and evaluate an Italian film. Their class work and assessment tasks cover and assess the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of Italian culture.

2023 Curriculum Guide 25 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Design Technology Materials and technologies specialisations explore a broad range of traditional, contemporary and emerging materials, and specialist areas that involve an extensive use of technologies. Students learn to make ethical and sustainable decisions about designed solutions and processes by learning about and working with materials and production processes. SCIMAT Mathematics, Science STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) education comprises of the specific knowledge, understandings, and skills in each of these learning areas as well as the interrelationship between each of them. STEM education acknowledges that there are opportunities for learning to be delivered in an integrated manner that facilitates greater engagement in each of these learning areas. The core science and mathematics components of the Victorian Curriculum are delivered in the SCIMAT class with a deep and hands-on understanding of mathematics skills whilst in the context of engaging science in its many applications. A structured weekly mathematics homework program is also embedded and built around a common framework of questions covering the current Victorian mathematics curriculum. The diagnostic nature of the homework program will help students and teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness to then allow students to focus on their mastery of skills.

2023 Curriculum Guide 26 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS PROJECT BASED LEARNING STEM PBL: Science, Mathematics, Design and Technologies Each term students will engage in a different project in the following learning areas: Science, Design and Technologies (including Engineering principles and systems), Digital Technologies and Mathematics. These project-based learning experiences will further expand and reinforce concepts learned by students in science and maths. This approach enables skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication to be deployed in a rich and authentic way.

2023 Curriculum Guide 27 YEAR 9

2023 Curriculum Guide 28 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious Education Students develop their interpretative skills, considering literary structures of scripture passages and the impact of settings, styles and viewpoints of authors and audience in both old and new testaments. They develop appreciation of the Word as means of encounter with Jesus Christ. They explore the history of the Church, and the development of its distinctive ideas, teachings and practices, as well as the charisms of the saints. Students gain an understanding of the structure of the written word within the Bible and develop the knowledge of both past and present peoples who have changed the world. Students will be able to perform a higher level of analysis of Scripture. Benefits: • Develop respect, tolerance, and understanding of others • Gain a deeper sense of spiritualty and reflection • Can help to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and others, and can assist in developing a greater sense of purpose for our existence Challenges: • Developing skills in scripture interpretation, making connections between their lives and the world • Students reflect on experiences that provoke spiritual and religious insights by challenging their assumptions about life, the sacred and religion ARTS & ENGAGEMENT Art Students will learn how to generate ideas and explore a design process to create artworks. They will also acquire skills, techniques and processes relating to both 2D and 3D Artforms. Students will also explore a range of traditional and contemporary artists and styles. Benefits • Explore a variety of different 2D and 3D art forms and experiment with different materials and techniques • Express your creativity • Create finished artworks of which you can be proud Challenges • Organisation and time-management • Generating creative and unique ideas • Reflecting and evaluating your own work and the work of other artists

2023 Curriculum Guide 29 Media Students will learn how to use a video camera and how to shoot film. They will also discover how to use a camera and what to consider when taking photos. Students will investigate the history of photography and how a film studio operates. Benefits • Encourages creativity • Develops communication and social skills • Learn how to engage with and understand the media through making and responding to media Challenges • Need to be well organised and have good time management skills • Need to be a creative thinker • Ability to work both independently and as part of a group Visual Communication Design Students will investigate the role of a graphic designer and how to use a design process to generate ideas. They will learn about logos and branding, design elements and principles and a variety of different manual and digital drawing materials and techniques. Benefits • Explore and develop your creativity • Learn drawing and design skills • Undertake design projects using real world scenarios Challenges • Learning technical drawing skills • Generating new and innovative creative ideas • Time management

2023 Curriculum Guide 30 Dance Students will learn safe dance practices and how to incorporate them into their performances. They will also acquire skills and techniques in elements of dance, dance styles and choreography techniques. Benefits • Exposure to different dance styles and the ability to continue strengthening your technique. • Ability to create your own performance. • Gain choreography skills through workshops and group activities. Challenges • Performing routines in front of an audience. • Being motivated and persistent to self-correct techniques and skills learnt in class. • Being able to teach dance to a younger group of students Drama Students will learn, script writing, improvisation and character development and stagecraft. They will also acquire play making techniques, like brainstorming and rehearsing. Students will also be expected to work as part of an ensemble performance. Benefits • Collaboration and cooperation between classmates • Building confidence in group and individual tasks • Freedom to be creative and imaginative Challenges • Folio/Journal writing • Working with unfamiliar stimulus material • Learning Drama language/terminology

2023 Curriculum Guide 31 Music This musicianship class is a holistic approach to the development of music literacy and aural skills. By drawing on previous experiences in Year 7, students further develop their Musicianship skills by consolidating and developing increasingly advanced concepts. Students sing in every class, play accessible instruments (e.g. ukulele), as well as make use of their bodies to successfully engage in deep Music learning. In 2022, this class explores Music through discovering songs of protest from around the world, with a special focus on civil rights here in Australia as well as in the United States of America. Benefits • Performing, creating music • Cultivates a love and appreciation of music • Musical skill and musical literacy Challenges • Building the confidence to sing; we use the voice as a tool • Learning solfege and Curwen hand signs • Building on the previously learned concepts from prior years COMMUNICATION History Year 9 History is a semester long subject examining the making of the modern world from 1750AD to 1918AD. You will explore the brutality of WWI including key battles such as Gallipoli. Also investigated are progressive ideas and movements such as capitalism, socialism and how individuals’ beliefs and roles within society has continued to change. The unit also examines European arrival in Australia including through reflection on Indigenous experiences. Benefits • Learning about your world • Help you use and strengthen your English and writing skills • Get better at reading and understanding material • Understand why things have occurred Challenges • Reading complex texts • Having to research independently • Identifying and explaining links between causes and consequences

2023 Curriculum Guide 32 Geography Students will develop an awareness of how our world in the 21st century, due to the advancement of technology, is a small place. We are all interconnected, and part of a social network of people that links us to other places. How does our environment shape our identity? How does technology change the way we access goods and services? What impact does travel and leisure have on the world? Benefits • Students become better citizens as they begin to understand the importance of relationships between the physical environment and society • Development of a social conscience • Topics are relevant to daily lives Challenges • Develop higher order thinking. • Analysing and interpreting maps and data • Acting on their increasing awareness of their role in the maintenance of their environment Commerce In this subject you will investigate the real world of business. You will become “Your Own Boss” and in groups run a school-based business. While studying this you will be incorporating the relevant principles of good business management as well as economics. This includes needs and wants, costs and benefits and risk. You will also look at personal finance including how to write and manage a budget, use Microsoft Excel and reflect upon consumer rights and responsibilities. Benefits • Develop skills and knowledge of how commerce drives society • You will delve more deeply into business practices • Real life learning Challenges • To be creative with ideas, plan ahead and set goals • To be persistent and keep trying when learning new concepts • To stay focused while working in a group and share the workload fairly

2023 Curriculum Guide 33 LOTE: Italian You will learn about the city of Florence with particular reference to its major role during the Renaissance period which is highlighted in a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. You will also learn about Italian poets particularly Dante Alighieri and you will participate in the Dante Alighieri Poetry Recital Competition. Your speaking, writing, listening and reading to understand skills will of course improve. Benefits • Understanding other people who speak Italian in Australia, Italy and other countries when travelling, and talking about your school, family, leisure time, work and future • A second language is a skill that most areas of work either require or prefer keeping in mind that Italy is one of the top economies in the world with language connections with French, Spanish and Portuguese • The study of a language attracts an added bonus in the VCE scaling formula Challenges • To stay motivated and to revise the language on a daily basis • To listen for understanding and to speak Italian can be challenging particularly when trying to comprehend and remember words • To be willing to speak Italian regularly LEARNING IN NEW KEY SKILLS LINKS (by invitation only) LINKS is a subject designed to continue to develop students’ skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students develop each of these skills at their own pace in an encouraging and friendly learning classroom environment. LINKS classes have small class sizes, so that each student is given the attention they require. Each LINKS class aims to provide a supportive, environment where the teacher encourages each student to take risks and ‘have a go’. It also aims to develop each student’s confidence as a learner. As LINKS provides support in all subjects, no homework is given to students.

2023 Curriculum Guide 34 ENGLISH English Year 9 English continues to focus on developing your knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, speaking, reading, viewing, writing and creating. You will understand how language works in its verbal and written forms and how a study of Literature helps you explore the world through stories, characters, themes and values embedded in the texts. Benefits • Study of different forms of text, such as novels, film texts and play scripts • Introduction to the ideas of comparing and contrasting themes from multiple texts • Developing an understanding of how the media attempt to influence audiences Challenges • Expectation of an increased knowledge and understanding of texts studied • Longer and more complex responses to text required • Awareness of the multiple ways that media manipulates its audience. HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION Health and Physical Education: HPE Health and Physical Education (HPE) is specifically concerned with developing your knowledge and skills related to health, fitness, safety, movement and recreation in order to enhance your quality of life. Students will engage in regular physical activity and participate in touch, cooperative games, handball, ten pin bowling, self-defence, outdoor activities, and badminton. Benefits • Develop a greater understanding of modern Health issues • Experience managing and running small competitions • Opportunity to build confidence in group and individual tasks Challenges • Providing constructive feedback to peers • Managing small groups • Interpreting and applying health materials

2023 Curriculum Guide 35 Health and Physical Education: Soccer Academy The Soccer Academy allows young student athletes to enhance and develop their sporting talent while concurrently receiving their education. It is crucial to the soccer academy that student’s academic pursuits are of the highest priority and that each student’s interest and aspiration in soccer assists them in achieving high results both academically and athletically. The soccer academy focuses on the development of the child, player and athlete. Benefits • Specialised and detailed soccer training each term • Training all year round on grass and indoor surfaces • Up to 6 Training sessions per week (including opt in additional sessions) • Training gear (top, shorts, socks, jacket) • Professional soccer training by licenced coaches • Working with highly qualified and enthusiastic professional coaches including NPL and Ex A League coaches • Special appearances from previous and current A League players & coaches • Strength and conditioning training • A pathways into the sporting industry Challenges • Develop technical, tactical, psychological and physical skills • Development of an Individual development plan to assist in your individual progression as a soccer player • School football tournaments and a competitive training and match environment • Developing the skills to work in a team environment and improve leadership, commitment, and teamwork

2023 Curriculum Guide 36 FOOD TECHNOLOGY Food Studies – Food For Life This subject focuses on healthy lifestyles throughout the whole life span. Students learn about nutrition, digestion, diet related conditions, shopping for good health and the impact of our choices on our overall health. Students prepare a range of foods using fresh and nutritious ingredients to help form a balanced and varied diet. They are asked to select and use appropriate technologies to produce a designed solution based on a critical evaluation of a design need. Benefits • Learning life skills • Gaining knowledge to be able to make informed choice related to food and good mental health • Learning to work cooperatively in small group settings. Challenges • Developing the skills to work flexibly within small teams in various settings • Using health knowledge to make appropriate food selection choices • Working to develop a wider range of food preparation techniques and present food with finesse MATHEMATICS Mathematics In Year 9 Mathematics students are given the opportunity to; solve problems involving simple interest, recognize connections between similarity and the trigonometric ratios, expand binomial expressions, sketch linear and non-linear relations, use Pythagoras and trigonometry, and construct histograms and back-to-back stem and leaf plots. Benefits • Develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world • See connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts • Appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy Challenges • Develop proficient use of the scientific calculator • Maintain methodical and organised work demonstrating problem solving skills • Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for intended further study in the discipline

2023 Curriculum Guide 37 SCIENCE Science The Year 9 Science course investigates the varied and challenging topics of atoms and radioactivity, the nervous and endocrine systems, pathogens that can cause disease and how our body protects itself against them. They will also learn about the Earth’s plate tectonics, Electricity and Magnetism and Ecosystems. Benefits • Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world • Exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems • Take into account ethical and social implications of science based decisions Challenges • Develop critical and creative thinking skills • Draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods • Collaboratively perform safe experiments and create scientific reports PROJECT BASED LEARNING PBL Journeys In the Journeys program, students work on a real solution to the driving question of “How do we raise awareness of the issues faced by refugees in Australia?” In doing so, students aim to learn to: • Appreciate Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity • Act with moral and ethical integrity • Relate to and communicate across cultures and contribute to a democratic and socially just society through informed citizenship • Commit to national values of democracy, equity and justice and be responsible global and local citizens • Work and Collaborate on their projects and develop the integral 21st century skills they need for the future

2023 Curriculum Guide 38 Saving Your Energy In this unit, students must create a solution for a more energy-efficient home. In doing so students aim to learn to: • Reduce how much energy is used and promote a more sustainable future • Design an energy-efficient house • Prove through an experiment that the house design can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep it warm or cool • Work and Collaborate on their projects and develop the integral 21st century skills they need for the future The Future of Food In the Future of food unit, students investigate how biomes have been altered and used by humans for agriculture. In doing so students aim to learn to: • Consider the sustainability of our agricultural practices • Explore the need for increasing food production to feed a growing global population. • Develop a plan to more sustainably manage our biomes whilst also lifting food production. • Work and Collaborate on their projects and develop the integral 21st century skills they need for the future. Outdoor World In the Outdoor World unit, students look at the conflict between our increased use of technology and its impact on reducing physical activity in the population. In doing so students aim to learn to: • Look at possible solutions to the problem • Collect data and analyse the trends • Create an intervention to bring about awareness and change as a result. • Work and Collaborate on their projects and develop the integral 21st century skills they need for the future. Benefits • Students learn to collaborate and communicate on a real life project, making the work more engaging • Students learn problem solving skills by coming up and testing real solutions to real problems facing their world • Students learn critical thinking skills by collecting and analysing their own data, asking thoughtful questions and analysing possible solutions Challenges • Thinking independently, taking responsibility for their own learning and using critical thinking skills need to be developed • Maintaining a level of engagement through the challenging steps in the program • Learning to work with other group members can be difficult when you are dealing with different personalities and different attitudes to learning. Learning to keep each other accountable is a necessary part of the process.

2023 Curriculum Guide 39 STEM Digital Technology Students produce a folio of work to show improvement in their spreadsheet, database and web design skills. As part of their project-based learning students will use the their application software skills and the Digital Technologies Problem-Solving Methodology to investigate, analyse and evaluate the role that social media plays in today’s world. They will also discover who owns digital content. Students who choose this subject may be eligible to do VCE Applied Computing Units 1 and 2 during Year 10. Benefits • Practical use of the digital technologies problem-solving methodology to solve a realworld problem • Develop and use the language found when using digital technologies • Good introduction into spreadsheets, database and web development required in the VCE Applied Computing courses Challenges • Use the Digital Technologies problem-solving methodology: analysis, design, develop, evaluate; when responding to real-world problems • Develop and use computer terminology when creating digital technology solutions • Develop spreadsheet, database and web development skills to create products to inform, persuade, entertain and educate users Design Materials Students gain hands-on experience to ensure the safe use and care of tools and equipment when designing and making functional products in timber and investigate a variety of materials used in the construction industry. Benefits • You acquire new skills, increasing your options regarding subject selection for VCE. • Working in a team environment • Safe use power tools Challenges • Working safely with tools • Completing a functional product • Transfer design ideas to practical solutions

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