YEARS 9 & 10 ACADEMIC INFORMATION HANDBOOK 2020

24 June 2019
All Saints' College
INTRODUCTION
YEAR 9 COMPULSORY MESH OPTIONS
YEAR 9 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
YEAR 10 COMPULSORY MESH OPTIONS
YEAR 10 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
LANGUAGES AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
THE ARTS - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
INNOVATION & STEM - CURRICULUM OPTIONS
All Saints' College
Senior School (08) 9313 9333
Ewing Avenue
Bull Creek, WA, 6149
AU

INTRODUCTION

THE PATHWAY PLANNING AND SUBJECT SELECTION PROCESS EXPLAINED 

Our new 2020 Timetable for Year 9 and 10 students is designed to provide students with greater opportunity and flexibility, maintaining our focus on Academic rigour and success and enabling students to progress through Advanced Placement.

 

The Pathway Planning and Subject Selection Process for Year 9 and 10 students has 5 key steps:

  1. Selecting MESH Options
  2. Selecting remaining Curriculum Options
  3. Applying for Advanced Placement (if required)
  4. Meeting with a Mentor to discuss and finalise Pathway Plan
  5. Submitting preferences online.

The Handbook is designed to guide you through this process.

1. SELECTING MESH OPTIONS

Students in Years 9 and 10 are required to complete studies that cover the West Australian Curriculum in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. In Mathematics, English and Science, different pathways will be recommended based on the student’s performance.

 

Mathematics Options

Year 9:

  • Mathematics Essentials 09
  • Mathematics Applications 09
  • Mathematics Methods 09
  • Mathematics Specialist 09
  • Year 10 Mathematics Methods (Advanced Placement required)

Year 10:

  • Mathematics Essentials 10
  • Mathematics Applications 10
  • Mathematics Methods 10
  • Mathematics Specialist 10
  • Year 11 Mathematics Methods ATAR (Advanced Placement required)

English Options

Year 9:

  • English Empowerment (for students who require additional support in English)
  • English Engagement (for all other students)
  • Year 10 English (Advanced Placement required)

Year 10:

  • English Empowerment (for students who require additional support in English)
  • English Engagement (for most students)
  • English Enhancement (for students invited to be part of the Extension program)
  • Year 11 Literature ATAR (Advanced Placement required)
  • Year 11 English ATAR (Advanced Placement required)

2. SELECTING CURRICULUM OPTIONS

  • Students will need to select two options for Semester 1 and two options for Semester 2
  • Languages and Specialist Music are year-long courses and are prerequisites for studying ATAR Music and ATAR Language courses

Whilst we hope to provide students with their top preferences, it is important that students select additional options that they would be happy to complete (remembering that they may get the opportunity to do a similar/the same option in the next semester or the next year.

3. APPLYING FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT 

  • Students in Year 9 can apply for advanced placement in Year 10 MESH courses
  • Students in Year 10 can apply for advanced placement in Year 11 ATAR and VET courses (please see the 2020 VET Handbook for more details)

Please note: students who wish to undertake Year 11 ATAR courses will need to demonstrate a) that they have completed the curriculum content of the relevant Year 10 course and b) that they have the capacity to be successful in the advanced placement course.

 

For Advanced Placement Applications click HERE to download and complete your application. Applications for Advanced Placement will need to be submitted to [email protected] or handed to Student Services.

 

Applications will be assessed by the Dean of Teaching and Learning and the relevant Head of Department. A meeting may be required to discuss the application.

4. MEETING WITH MENTOR TO DISCUSS AND FINALISE PERSONAL PATHWAY PLAN 

  • Year 8 students will meet with their Tutor teacher during Weeks 8 and 9 to discuss their Personal Pathway Plan and submit their preferences for their Year 9 program.
  • Year 9 students will meet with their Head of House during Weeks 8 and 9 to discuss their Personal Pathway Plan and submit their preferences for their Year 10 program
  • Students will have a meeting with the Curriculum Team to discuss the process of mentoring and selection prior to their mentoring session.

5. SUBMITTING PREFERENCES ONLINE 

Further details will be emailed to parents and students.

YEAR 9 COMPULSORY MESH OPTIONS

MATHEMATICS LEARNING AREA

Numeracy

Numeracy is the ability to effectively apply Mathematics in everyday recreational, work and civic life, and is vital to the quality of participation in society.

 

In order to be numerate, students need to learn Mathematics and the language of Mathematics, to make sense of Mathematics, to be confident in their use of Mathematics, and to see how it can help them make sense of their world and the world of others.

 

Numeracy is a fundamental component of learning across all areas of the curriculum.

 

The development and enhancement of students’ numeracy skills and understanding are the responsibility of all teachers. The teaching of Mathematics, however, plays a particularly important role.

 

In Mathematics, the early adolescent of Years 8, 9 and 10 typically progresses from the concrete to the abstract.

 

The breadth and depth of Mathematics content increases, with a broadened focus on the development and application of understanding.

 

At the beginning of this phase of development, early adolescent learners commence their journey into the world of universal ideas, learning about the processes of discovery and the implications for change. They successfully complete activities focusing on problem solving. Subsequently, they typically begin to move from reflecting on local and real-world experiences to considering increasingly complex and abstract mathematical concepts and ideas. They value opportunities to explore new ideas in depth, commonly in cooperation with their peers.

 

By the end of the Early Adolescence phase of development, students begin to use more sophisticated cognitive strategies. They investigate purely mathematical ideas and relationships, gaining experience with the cycles of conjecture, explanation, and justification.

 

At All Saints’ College, the Mathematics Curriculum in Years 9 and 10 is founded on the following principles of learning: 

  • Motivation and purpose: Learning experiences should be motivation and their purpose clear to the student.
  • Inclusivity and difference: Learning experiences should respect and accommodate differences between learners.
  • Independence and collaboration: Learning experiences should encourage students to learn both independently and from and with others.

Courses

There are four available choices in Year 9. Different pathways will be recommenced based on students' performance.

Students can choose from:

  • Mathematics Essentials 09 - Least challenging and not suitable for ATAR students.
  • Mathematics Applications 09 - For students wishing to pursue university courses that do not require a strong Mathematics background.
  • Mathematics Methods 09 - For capable students wishing to pursue university courses requiring higher Mathematics.
  • Mathematics Specialist 09 - For highly capable Mathematics students.

which then lead on to the Year 10 courses

  • Year 10 Mathematics Methods (Advanced Placement required)

Extension

All Saints’ College has established itself as one of the leading schools in Western Australia for providing opportunities for gifted and talented mathematicians, with extraordinary success in State and National Mathematics competitions. With a dedicated Extension teacher in Mathematics, the program at All Saints’ College is the envy of many schools.

 

To view a larger image of the Mathematics Pathways flowchart, please click HERE.

ENGLISH LEARNING AREA

In Year 9 English, students engage with a variety of text types and continue to develop their skills across the three learning objectives: Language, Literature and Literacy.

 

The text types include fiction such as poetry, short stories and novels, and non-fiction such as current affairs and news programs on television. Our students develop their comprehension skills and analytical skills by responding to these texts, and then apply what they have learned when they create their own texts to suit their specific purposes and target audiences. Students write in a variety of forms such as essays, poems and narratives. Each term students will complete a variety of oral and written tasks to assess their understanding of texts and the English Outcomes.

 

There are two options for studying English in Year 9:

  • English Empowerment (for students who require additional support in English)
  • English Engagement (for all other students)

Students who would benefit from being extended further than the level of Year 9 English may be invited to enrol in the Year 10 English Engagement course. 

 

SCIENCE LEARNING AREA

Year 9 courses are taught in non-streamed (heterogeneous) classes and students cover the following four disciplines:

  • Chemical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Earth and Space Science

These areas of study are based upon the Western Curriculum and have been refined to allow students the opportunity to further their understanding of key scientific concepts. In addition to scientific knowledge, students will also engage in investigative work and develop key skills associated with scientific inquiry.

 

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE LEARNING AREA

Students in Year 9 will cover the four key disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS):

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Geography
  • History

The units of study are based upon the Western Australian Curriculum. All subjects are given equal importance in the curriculum and integrate the inquiry process, skills and the general capabilities. Students learn in non-streamed (heterogeneous) classes.

 

Civics and Citizenship examines 'Our democratic rights', Economics and Business considers 'Australia and the global community', Geography explores 'Biomes and food security' and 'Geographies of interconnectedness' whilst, History investigates the Making of the Modern World from 1750-1918 through two units, 'The Industrial Revolution' and 'World War I'.

YEAR 9 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION LEARNING AREA

HEALTH EDUCATION

In Health Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make decisions and take action to strengthen their sense of personal identity and autonomy, build resilience, manage risk and develop satisfying, respectful relationships. Through Health Education, students learn how to enhance their health, safety and wellbeing, and to contribute to building healthy, safe and active communities. It provides opportunities for students to develop skills, self-efficacy and dispositions to advocate for and positively influence their own and others' health and wellbeing. The dominant themes of the Year 9 Health Education program are assertiveness and decision making. Therefore, it aims to provide students with these skills in relation to a number of different topics. The course content encourages students to make well-informed decisions and exhibit assertive skills in order to avoid risky, unhealthy and dangerous behaviours.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Physical Education at the College provides an opportunity for students to achieve a sense of belonging and confidence, giving them ownership and accountability over their levels of Physical Activity, and achieving lifelong skills. Students participate in this subject for 2 periods (55 minutes) per week. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and develop skills in a variety of units, which may vary from Term to Term. These include but not limited to a selection of the following units; Basketball, Netball, AFL, Soccer, Hockey, Softball, Athletics, Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, European Handball, and new options such as ‘Fit for Life’, which allows students to learn varied methods of training, different workout options such as resistance training, cardiovascular training, intervals and develop an understanding of why physical activity is so important, without competitive sport being the focus.

 

Opportunities are provided for students to refine and consolidate skills and strategies for effective leadership and teamwork, and consistently apply ethical behaviour across a range of movement contexts. The Health and Physical Education curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and exhibit attitudes and values that promote a healthy lifestyle. They explore ways to evaluate their own and others’ performances through analysis of skills and movement patterns using basic biomechanical concepts.

 

When All Saints’ College students complete their time at the College, we want them to enter the community with values for a healthy and active lifestyle and a lifestyle that values wellness and wellbeing.

 

LIFE SKILLS

All students in Year 9 study Life Skills for one period per week. This is a course designed specifically for our students’ particular needs and provides an opportunity for discussion without the pressure of assessment. Issues relating to the students’ lives and development are overtly explored, providing another dimension in their holistic education.

 

Students are encouraged to examine the values which influence their thoughts, feelings and actions.  Covering topics such as communication, self-concept, resilience, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence, they will develop clarity about their own values, learn to recognise shared values, and develop understanding and respect for those with a different perspective.  The nature/nurture debate of gender differences is explored, encouraging students to reflect on how genders are treated differently, how they are different, and how both of these may impact on their relationships with each other.  Multiple intelligences are also studied, again developing an awareness of differences among peers, encouraging tolerance and developing skills to work in diverse groups. Issues of cyber safety are explored, providing students with strategies to be safe and savvy in the world of electronic media. A large focus is also given to empathy and our care of others.

 

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY

All students in Year 9 study Religion and Philosophy for one period per week. Each lesson has a period of time dedicated to Stillness and Silence which allows the students to experience and develop relaxation skills.  While exploring the beliefs and practices of the six major world religions − Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, the students will be encouraged to reflect on the logic and reason behind each of these faiths. A number of societal actions such as Altruism are also examined, allowing the students to develop an understanding of religious responses to the world we live in.

 

Students are encouraged to reflect on their own response to faith and develop critical thinking skills in relation to religion.

YEAR 10 COMPULSORY MESH OPTIONS

MATHEMATICS LEARNING AREA

Numeracy 

Numeracy is the ability to effectively apply Mathematics in everyday recreational, work and civic life, and is vital to the quality of participation in society. In order to be numerate, students need to learn Mathematics and the language of Mathematics, to make sense of Mathematics, to be confident in their use of Mathematics, and to see how it can help them make sense of their world and the world of others.

 

Numeracy is a fundamental component of learning across all areas of the curriculum.

 

The development and enhancement of students’ numeracy skills and understanding are the responsibility of all teachers. The teaching of Mathematics, however, plays a particularly important role.

 

In Mathematics, the early adolescent of Years 8, 9 and 10 typically progresses from the concrete to the abstract. The mathematics content increases, with a broadened focus on the development and application of understandings.

 

At the beginning of this phase of development, early adolescent learners commence their journey into the world of universal ideas, learning about the processes of discovery and the implications for change. They successfully complete activities focusing on problem solving. Subsequently, they typically begin to move from reflecting on local and real-world experiences to considering increasingly complex and abstract mathematical concepts and ideas. They value opportunities to explore new ideas in depth, commonly in cooperation with their peers.

 

By the end of the Early Adolescence phase of development, students begin to use more sophisticated cognitive strategies. They investigate purely mathematical ideas and relationships, gaining experience with the cycles of conjecture, explanation, and justification.

 

At All Saints’ College, the Mathematics Curriculum in Years 9 and 10 is founded on the following principles of learning:

  • Motivation and purpose: Learning experiences should be motivation and their purpose clear to the student.
  • Inclusivity and difference: Learning experiences should respect and accommodate differences between learners.
  • Independence and collaboration: Learning experiences should encourage students to learn both independently and from and with others.

Courses

There are four available choices in Year 10. Different pathways will be recommenced based on students' performance.

Students can choose from:

  • Mathematics Essentials 10 - Least challenging and not suitable for ATAR students.
  • Mathematics Applications 10 - For students wishing to pursue university courses that do not require a strong Mathematics background.
  • Mathematics Methods 10 - For capable students wishing to pursue university courses requiring higher Mathematics.
  • Mathematics Specialist 10 - For highly capable Mathematics students.

which then lead on to courses Essentials (non-ATAR), Applications (ATAR), Methods (ATAR), Specialist (ATAR) and Year 11 Mathematics Methods ATAR (Advanced Placement required)  in Years 11 and 12.

 

Extension

All Saints’ College has established itself as one of the leading schools in Western Australia in providing opportunities for gifted and talented mathematicians, with extraordinary success in State and National Mathematics competitions. With a dedicated Extension teacher in Mathematics, the program at All Saints’ College is the envy of many schools.

 

To view a larger image of the Mathematics Pathways flowchart, please click HERE.

 

ENGLISH LEARNING AREA 

Year 10 English provides a transition to the Year 11 and 12 English and Literature courses. Students continue to develop their skills across the three learning objectives of Language, Literature and Literacy, and they are required to respond analytically as well as creatively to their reading and viewing. A variety of text types are studied across a range of genres that will increase in complexity as the year progresses.

 

The text types studied in Year 10 English include fiction texts such as novels, short stories, plays, feature films and poetry, and non-fiction texts such as posters, documentary and biographical writing. Students are required to respond to these texts analytically and consider how the texts have been constructed to encourage specific responses from their target audiences. There is also the opportunity to apply their knowledge of how texts work to create their own texts. To ensure students are prepared for Year 11 courses, the Year 10 course aims to provide an experience of both English and Literature.

 

There are three options for studying English in Year 10:

  • English Empowerment (for students who require additional support in English)
  • English Engagement (for most students) 
  • English Enhancement (for students invited to be part of the Extension program)

Students who would benefit from being extended further than the level of Year 10 English may be invited to enrol in Year 11 ATAR English. 

 

SCIENCE LEARNING AREA

Based on the Western Australian Curriculum, our Year 10 courses extend students’ understanding in the major disciplines of science. The four disciplines covered are:

  • Physical Sciences: energy changes, forces and the Laws of Motion.
  • Chemical Sciences: Atomic structure, organisation of the Periodic Table and chemical reactions.
  • Biological Sciences: DNA, genetics, evolution and natural selection.
  • Earth and Space Science: The theories of origin of the Universe, global systems and the carbon cycle.

Students have the opportunity to undertake the study of each discipline in turn across the year, which provide them with valuable insight into their possible choices for Year 11 subjects. Students are placed in non-streamed classes. An emphasis is placed on the teaching and learning of key concepts and application of knowledge in order to best prepare students for Year 11 and beyond. Students will also extend their understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and how to critically analyse data collected during experiments and investigations. Students will sit examinations at the end of Semesters 1 and 2.

 

Science Gateways 10

Students who have experienced difficulties with the acquisition of scientific understanding will be offered a place in the Year 10 Science Gateways class. This smaller class covers the same key content areas in less depth and with a focus on scientific inquiry skills.

 

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE LEARNING AREA

Students in Year 10 will cover the four key disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS):

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Geography
  • History

The units of study are based upon the Western Australian Curriculum. Each subject integrates the Humanities inquiry process, skills and the general capabilities. This course provides insight to possible Upper School course choices and emphasises the development of collaboration, independence and rigour as preparation for Year 11. Students will sit examinations at the end of Semesters 1 and 2. Students learn in non-streamed (heterogeneous) classes.

 

Civics and Citizenship considers 'Justice at home and overseas', Economics and Business examines 'Economic performance and living standards', Geography explores 'Environmental change and management' and 'Geographies of human wellbeing' whilst, History investigates 'The Modern World and Australia' in two depth studies - 'World War II' (1939-1945) and 'Rights and Freedoms' (1945 – the present).

YEAR 10 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION LEARNING AREA

HEALTH EDUCATION 

In Health Education students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make decisions and take action to strengthen their sense of personal identity and autonomy, build resilience, manage risk and develop satisfying, respectful relationships. Through Health Education students learn how to enhance their health, safety and wellbeing and to contribute to building healthy, safe and active communities. It provides opportunities for students how to develop skills, self-efficacy and dispositions to advocate for and positively influence their own and others' health and wellbeing. The Year 10 Health Education program is underpinned by the principles of harm minimisation. The program aims to equip students with applicable, meaningful and interesting information, knowledge and skills in order to reduce harm to themselves, others and the community.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education at the College provides an opportunity for students to achieve a sense of belonging and confidence, giving them ownership and accountability over their levels of Physical Activity, and achieving lifelong skills. Students participate in this subject for 2 periods (55 minutes) per week. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and develop skills in a variety of units, which may vary from Term to Term. These include but not limited to a selection of the following units; Basketball, Netball, AFL, Soccer, Hockey, Softball, Athletics, Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, European Handball, and new options such as ‘Fit for Life’, which allows students to learn varied methods of training, different workout options such as resistance training, cardiovascular training, intervals and develop an understanding of why physical activity is so important, without competitive sport being the focus.

 

Opportunities are provided for students to refine and consolidate skills and strategies for effective leadership and teamwork, and consistently apply ethical behaviour across a range of movement contexts. The Health and Physical Education curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and exhibit attitudes and values that promote a healthy lifestyle. They explore ways to evaluate their own and others’ performances through analysis of skills and movement patterns using basic biomechanical concepts.

 

When All Saints’ College students complete their time at the College, we want them to enter the community with values for a healthy and active lifestyle and a lifestyle that values wellness and wellbeing.

 

LIFE SKILLS 

All students in Year 10 study Life Skills for one period per week. This is a course designed specifically for our students’ particular needs and provides an opportunity for discussion without the pressure of assessment. Issues relating to the students’ lives and development are overtly explored, providing another dimension to their holistic education.

 

Students will be guided in effective study skills to lead them into their senior studies. Various interpersonal skills are explored, with a focus on values and developing successful relationships.  Communication skills will be examined to identify the effects of perception and empathy on understanding others. The concept and value of service will be explored, encouraging students to reflect on the role of service within their own lives. The students are also guided to reflect on what motivates them more broadly as individuals and on their response to some current world issues. Lessons will be largely discussion and activity based, providing the students with experiential learning using a range of contemporary media.

 

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY

All students in Year 10 study Religion and Philosophy for one period per week. Each lesson has a period of time dedicated to Stillness and Silence which allows the students to experience and develop relaxation skills. Students will examine skills in critical thinking and applying this to contemporary moral issues. The topics and concepts we will be covering include fairness, human rights, abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, legal drinking age and asylum seekers. Students are equipped to develop reasoned responses and reflect on their arguments for validity and consistency. They will also be reflecting on typical responses to some of these ethical questions from the perspectives of the six major world religions.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

SEMESTER 1 OPTIONS

TEEN KITCHEN

This course has a focus on developing and improving skills and knowledge through a variety of activities including exploring and designing juices and smoothies, developing sustainable food products for a food expo and creating healthy fast food for friends (and themselves). Students work in pairs to produce recipes such as apple strudel, cake, biscuits, stir-fries and nutritious savoury food. Students explore the social, ethical and sustainability factors surrounding the development, production, supply and consumption of food. The development of food solutions, focusing on the physical and sensory properties and the health and safety factors involved is a focus.

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

2D AND 3D DESIGN

This course introduces students to 2D and 3D Design by developing their creative and technical skills through the design of unique products. The emphasis of the course is on creative innovation: utilising skills in graphic and dimensional design. Students will utilise a design process in order to design and create their own functional, but aesthetically pleasing products. They will develop their skills in graphic design packages such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, and then utilise these skills to design and create their own unique products. During this course, students will create their own graphic designs, as well as utilise state-of-the-art equipment, such as laser cutters and 3D printer, to create unique, yet functional, 3D designs.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

WEBSITE AND APP CREATION

Becoming familiar with industry standard software and skills in website and application development will give students an advantage in a world increasingly dependent on technology.  In this course students will be exposed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of software and various web authoring and application building software. This course also develops programming skills through the application of applying HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Students will undertake a client or competition driven project using a design process to build websites and applications.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS AND TOOLS

In this subject, students will be able to apply the Technology Process to design, produce and evaluate projects a variety of materials, such as wood, metal and plastic. Students will gain experience in using the tools and equipment available at the College, with a strong focus on safety, underpinned by using the OnGuard online safety training package. They will further develop skills in the use of the fixed machinery, portable power tools and hand tools of the wood/metal workshop. They will also explore the Technology Hub and the use of the laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter and 3D printer. Projects are undertaken throughout the year, each with a different focus. These projects incorporate existing and emerging technology trends such as, but not limited to:

  • Designing and Engineering
  • Laser cutting / engraving
  • CAD design

This subject will provide students the opportunity to develop creative and critical thinking skills and valuable problem-solving skills.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Students will be introduced to the basic skills, techniques and processes involved in digital photography. They will learn how to produce professional and creative photographs through the use of digital SLR cameras and digital editing software. Students will develop visual literacy skills which will allow better interpretation and deeper interaction with the vast variety of visual media in today’s society and research famous photographers. This course is ideally suited for students interested in a career in design or photography or who want to enhance their creativity and skills in a medium they can enjoy as a lifelong hobby.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

TEXTILE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

This course will allow students to revise basic sewing skills and experiment with a variety of methods to construct and decorate fabrics, including the use of vliesofix, applique, machine and hand-embroidery, dispersal dyes and solar transfers. Students will learn how to create their own paper patterns and will become familiar with commercial patterns to construct clothing, sculptural textile forms and textile artworks.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

SEMESTER 2

BARISTA BLOGGER

This course enables students to develop an understanding of food styling and the development of foods for recipe construction. Photography techniques and other food styling tools are investigated. Students will also prepare a range of cost-effective meals that are both nutritional and appetising. In the second half of the course there is a focus on ‘café culture’, cultural foods and the Fair-Trade Movement. Students develop skills and knowledge in espresso coffee service and the hospitality industry. Food products

suitable for café service, home entertaining and hospitality are prepared. Food items such as bruschetta, soups, slices and pavlova roll are included. The course also focuses on developing skills and knowledge that a barista needs to work in the hospitality industry. This course explores the social, ethical and sustainability factors surrounding the development, production, supply and consumption of food.

 

It also investigates the development of food solutions, focusing on the physical and sensory properties and the health and safety factors involved.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

GRAPHIC DESIGN IN INDUSTRY

Students will be introduced to a number of activities designed to enhance problem-solving skills, creativity and visual literacy. They will complete tasks in different Design disciplines, such as illustration, corporate design, packaging and product design, as well as explore typography and tattoo designs.  Students will apply skills in a variety of different mediums, this may include freehand illustration, screen printing and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will complete written tasks in analysing designs and how Design is used in society. They will learn ethical and legal considerations related to Design. This subject is ideally suited to students interested in a career in creative industry including graphic design, illustration and multimedia.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

PROGRAMMING AND BIG DATA

In a world which is becoming increasingly data driven, many jobs require a high level of digital literacy and this course equips students with an understanding and an application of what ‘Big Data’ is and how it can be created, mined and used in society. The other core aspect of this course is developing strong programming skills which will foster problem-solving and critical-analysis skills, both of which are proven to improve performance in all subject areas. In addition to solving authentic problems through a project-based learning approach, students will have the opportunity to join the National Computer Science School Challenge, an online programming competition for high school students through the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, as well as other worldwide competitions.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

MAKING WITH MATERIALS

In this subject students will be able to apply the Technology process to design, produce and evaluate projects using a variety of materials, such as wood, metal and plastic. Students will gain experience in using tools and equipment available at the College, with a strong focus on safety, underpinned by the OnGuard online safety training package. They will consolidate their skills in the use of fixed machinery, portable power tools and hand tools in the wood/metal workshop. They will continue to explore the Technology Hub. This involves the use of the laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter and 3D printer to further enhance/optimise learning outcomes. Projects are undertaken throughout the year, each with a different focus. These incorporate existing and emerging technology trends such as, but not limited to:

  • Furniture creation
  • 3D Printing and modelling
  • Electronics and laser cutting

This subject will provide students the opportunity to develop creative and critical thinking and valuable problem-solving skills as projects become increasingly more student driven.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGE MANIPULATION 

Students will revise and learn skills, techniques and processes involved in digital photography as a design medium and artistic form. They will understand that Photography is a discipline area with its own history, traditions, tools and techniques. Students will develop visual literacy skills which will allow better interpretation and deeper interaction with the vast variety of visual media in today’s society. This course is ideally suited for students interested in a career in Design or Photography, or who want to enhance their creativity and skills in a medium they can enjoy as a lifelong hobby.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN

Students will create and manipulate patterns and fabrics to produce 2D and 3D wearable and decorative textile pieces. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own unique fabrics using a variety of techniques, including ‘devore’ and ‘wash away’ fabric construction, and to customise fabric using hand screen-printing and digital-printing techniques. Students will gain design and sewing skills to create new clothing and to upcycle and refashion existing garments.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

 

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

SEMESTER 1 ELECTIVES 

WIND, WAVES AND WATER 

This course will develop skills, knowledge and safe attitudes for numerous aquatic environments.

 

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING: Students will learn skills including how to leave and return to the beach safely, self-rescue techniques and numerous stroke and turning techniques on flat water.

 

WINDSURFING and SAILING: Will see students learn how to leave and return to the beach safely, self-rescue techniques, the ability to recognise different wind speeds and directions and how this applies to the sport, rigging and turning skills. Furthermore, during the sailing unit students will have the ability learn some of the rules to be followed while on the water and will have the opportunity to work in small groups enabling teamwork and leadership skills to be demonstrated.

 

RECREATIONAL SKIPPERS TICKET (RST): Students will have the opportunity to acquire their which is a qualification that is recognised for life. Students must be able to competently swim 300 metres. 

 

A consumables charge of approximately $150.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will include roughly 15 off-campus practical activities for the Semester. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

MUIR

Jon Muir is the recipient of the Australian Geographic Society Lifetime of Adventure Award that recognises those who have lived a life of exploration and adventure, but who have also given back and inspired others.

 

This course is designed to provide outdoor skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe outdoor participation. The course includes practical and theoretical sessions students work to improve important lifelong ‘soft skills’ such as organisation, personal preparation, time management and working with others, as part of a group and as a leader.  

 

The students will take part in:

 

SNORKELLING: Students will learn how to correctly snorkel, the various techniques involved, equipment use and maintenance. Enabling students to build confidence to be able to snorkel and swim safely at the many WA snorkelling spots in their leisure time.

There is a full day snorkelling excursion to Rottnest Island which will incur a cost of roughly $40.

 

ORIENTEERING: How to read a map, identifying key points and areas, how to use a compass, the rules of orienteering, how to perform at a competition level, involvement in a one day excursion and a one day competition.

 

ARCHERY: The techniques and skills of Archery, the correct use of equipment used in Archery and the safety components of Archery.

 

The students will be involved in leadership development and environmental awareness units. Students will enjoy both practical and theoretical sessions during the year.

 

A consumables charge of approximately $50.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

DOUGLAS

Renowned WA adventurer and conservationist, Malcolm Douglas was driven by his love of the Australian bush and its wildlife. he believed passionately in the sanctity of the Kimberley and fought most of his life for its preservation.

 

This course is designed to provide outdoor skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe outdoor participation. The course includes practical and theoretical sessions students work to improve important lifelong ‘soft skills’ such as organisation, personal preparation, time management and working with others, as part of a group and as a leader.  

 

The students will take part in:

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING: How to maintain and service a bike, identifying various parts, complete an eight-point safety check, how to perform a variety of skills on various surfaces. Several river, off campus and BMX track rides.

 

CANOEING: The techniques and skills of canoeing, the correct use of equipment used in canoeing coupled with the safety components of canoeing on the Canning River.

 

SUSTAINABILITY: How to create and maintain a vegetable garden, repurposing plastic using partnerships with Millennium Kids and Propeller Enterprise, how to shred and remould plastic, conducting a sustainability audit at home and understanding the implications for current and future generations. 

 

The students will be involved in leadership development and environmental awareness. The goal of the course is for students to develop practical skills and for them to contribute towards a sustainable world. Students will enjoy both practical and theoretical sessions during the semester.

 

A consumables charge of approximately $50.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

 

SEMESTER 2 ELECTIVES

BIKE, BOAT AND BOARD

This course will develop skills, knowledge and safe attitudes for numerous aquatic and land-based environments.

 

SURFING: Students will learn basic skills including how to paddle a board and how to stand up. A theme of water safety will be an overarching focus where students will learn to identify different wave and rip types.

 

ROWING: Students will learn about the parts of a boat, how to rig their craft and stroke technique.

 

TRIATHLON: During the unit students will develop their swimming, running and bike riding skills, and transitions between each leg. Students will have the chance to participate in an Interschool competition as individuals or as teams if they wish.

 

RLSS BRONZE STAR/MEDALLION QUALIFICATION: Students will have the chance to acquire their bronze star/medallion which will be valid for the year. This is a necessary requirement if students wish to obtain jobs around water environments. Students must be able to competently swim 400 metres and tread water for 10 minutes.

 

A consumables charge of approximately $100.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will include roughly 15 double period off-campus practical activities for the Semester. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

LOCK 

Andrew Lock is the first Australian to successfully climb all 14 of the world’s 8000-metre peaks, has a strong involvement and community groups and aid foundations and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011 for service.

 

This course is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe participation in outdoor activities, encouraging personal and group responsibility and team work and to build important lifelong ‘soft skills’ such as organisation, personal preparation, time management and working with others, as part of a group and as a leader.  

 

FISHING: How to fish, how to catch bream, how to rig your rod and associated equipment, the best fishing spots around the Swan River, to understand the implications of fish stocks and bag catch limits, how to prepare fish for cooking as well as how to cook them correctly.

 

ROCK CLIMBING: Students will learn the skills and techniques to climb and belay both on the College’s artificial wall and external Rock Climbing centres. An effective medium to promote responsibility for oneself and others, students will learn about equipment, communication and safety protocols.

 

CAMP SKILLS: How to manage yourself, your equipment and your group, how to safely recreate in the outdoors, with focus on organisation, communication skills, time management, planning, preparation and teamwork. Environmental impact on recreation areas, Mountain biking, rafting and cooking in a camp environment.

 

The students will also be involved in leadership development and environmental awareness throughout each unit. The course culminates in a camp where the focus is on safe and successful outdoor learning while practising the skills learnt throughout the Semester. 

 

There is a camp cost of approximately $180.00 which includes specialist instructors, transport and specialist equipment. 

 

A consumables charge of approximately $50.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

BLAIR 

An incredible ambassador for climate change and the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica in a 6-month journey, unassisted.

 

This course is designed to provide outdoor skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe outdoor participation. The course includes practical and theoretical sessions students work to improve important lifelong ‘soft skills’ such as organisation, personal preparation, time management and working with others, as part of a group and as a leader.  

 

The students will take part in the following units:

KAYAKING: Learn kayaking skills on flat water on the Swan River, safety skills, equipment management skills.

 

BUSH COOKING: Camp craft skills including fire lighting, cooking and hygiene, minimum impact techniques, safety skills for camping and camp craft activities.

 

CAMP SKILLS: How to manage yourself, your equipment and your group, how to safely recreate in the outdoors, with focus on organisation, communication skills, time management, planning, preparation and teamwork. Environmental impact on recreation areas, Mountain biking, rafting and cooking in a camp environment.

 

The students will also be involved in leadership development and environmental awareness throughout each unit. The course culminates in a camp where the focus is on safe and successful outdoor learning while practising the skills learnt throughout the Semester. 

 

There is a camp cost of approximately $180.00 which includes specialist instructors, transport and specialist equipment. 

 

A consumables charge of approximately $50.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

WELLNESS FOR LIFE (AVAILABLE SEMESTER 1 OR SEMESTER 2)

Students have the opportunity to become proactive and gain knowledge and understanding of wellbeing in the Wellness for Life elective.

 

This course will provide students with the tools and up to date information about Wellness to encourage them to prioritise their own wellness whilst at the College and in their future.

 

Students will explore several facets of teenage and adult life that can affect the overall wellness of an individual, as well as look at preventative and restorative measures in a real-world context, empowering our students to have healthy minds and healthy bodies. 

 

The course will include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Pilates, Yoga and Mindfulness: Building confidence and learning skills that are lifelong and scientifically proven to aid wellbeing.
  • Nutrition for best health: Did you know that fish oil also has an incredible impact on the brain, especially when it comes to mild memory loss and mental health?
  • Time to get active: Walking and resistance training, cardiovascular training and the benefits of being out in nature.Did you know regular exercise helps maintain good physical and mental health? When you go for a walk, it’s not just your body that benefits – the way you think and feel changes too!
  • The pressures of social media and how service and gratitude can have a positive effect on wellbeing: Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health and deal with adversity.

There will be a variety of practical and theoretical concepts covered weekly, as well as the introduction of guest speakers and specialist providers to help equip students to achieve positive outcomes.

 

A consumables charge of approximately $20.00 per student will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

SPECIALISED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (AVAILABLE SEMESTER 1 OR SEMESTER 2)

In this course students will be introduced to concepts such as elementary anatomy, physiology and training techniques. Students will study various sports and be introduced to a ‘game sense’ approach.  This subject provides a good foundation for the requirements of Physical Education Studies at an ATAR level.

 

The use of ICT, peer teaching and analysis helps students to consolidate their learning as the year progresses. This course includes both theoretical and practical components. 

 

A consumables charge of approximately $20.00 will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees. 

LANGUAGES AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

Studying the languages and cultures of other countries and people allows us to feel more at home in the world.  When we travel to places which are new and unfamiliar to us, we may need to communicate with people whose first language is not English. Communication is the first step to friendship and understanding between people in our multicultural world.

YEAR 9 LANGUAGES 

POPULAR CULTURE: FRENCH CONTEXT 

The Year 9 French course builds on prior learning, hence it is preferable for students to have completed Year 8 French or equivalent. The one-year course focuses on exploring, in the French language, teenagers’ popular culture, using topics such as food, sports, science, media, film and music. The course explores the component of language through a hands-on practical program application. Students will develop their language, investigative and creative skills through team projects.

 

Through studying French, students will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Apply language and culture in real-life social and work-place settings.
  • Develop communication skills in a language other than English using multi-media.
  • Be able to communicate in French within the stated specific objectives for each course.
  • Appreciate the youth culture in the social and cultural context in which French operates.
  • Foster multicultural understanding.
  • Understand their own language better and equip themselves with skills needed for learning other languages.
  • Expand and consolidate their literacy skills.

Notebooks computers and other forms of media will be used to access information and to reinforce learning. Students will be introduced to a range of software and websites which will be helpful in their studies. 

 

Students subscribe to the Language Perfect online learning site.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

POPULAR CULTURE: CHINESE CONTEXT 

The Year 9 Chinese course builds on prior learning, hence it is preferable for students to have completed Year 8 Chinese or equivalent. The one-year course focuses on exploring, in the Chinese language, teenagers’ popular culture, using topics such as food, sports, science, film and music, and the media. The course explores the component of language through a hands-on practical program application. Students will develop their language, investigative and creative skills through team projects

 

Through studying Chinese, students will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Apply language and culture in real-life social and work-place settings.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of Chinese characters and grammar.
  • Develop communication skills in a language other than English using multi-media.
  • Be able to communicate in Chinese within the stated specific objectives for each course.
  • Explore the youth culture and the impact of globalisation on Modern China.
  • Compare traditions and modernisation in the Chinese society.
  • Foster multicultural understanding.
  • Understand their own language better and equip themselves with skills needed for learning other languages.
  • Expand and consolidate their literacy skills.

Notebooks computers and other forms of media will be used to access information and to reinforce learning. Students will be introduced to a range of software and websites which will be helpful in their studies. 

 

Students subscribe to the Language Perfect online learning site.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

 

YEAR 10 LANGUAGES 

CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND FUTURE PLANS: FRENCH CONTEXT

The Year 10 French course builds on prior learning, with a greater focus on the use of authentic materials and the use of the French language to access information and communicate.  It is preferable for students to have completed Year 9 French or equivalent. Throughout the Year 10 course, students will become more familiar with the shifting culture within France and Francophone countries.  An emphasis is put on the exploration of a wide range of grammatical concepts and tenses to enable students to express themselves more freely on topics such as friendships, health, past weekend activities and holidays as well as their future plans.

 

A TAFE Certificate II in Applied Languages (French) is embedded in the Year 10 French curriculum. The completion of a Certificate Course can contribute towards fulfilling WACE requirements.

 

Through studying French students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop communication skills in a language other than English.
  • Be able to communicate in French within the stated specific objectives for each course.
  • Appreciate the social and cultural context in which French operates.
  • Foster multicultural understanding.
  • Understand their own language better and equip themselves with skills needed for learning other languages.
  • Expand and consolidate their literacy skills.

Students will access French websites, listen to contemporary French music, watch and respond to French films and further explore French culture. Students will increase their ability to communicate in speech and writing while they are introduced to grammar through creative contexts such as songs and comic books. 

 

Notebook computers will be used to access information and to reinforce learning. Students will use a range of software and websites which will be helpful in their studies.

 

Students subscribe to the Language Perfect online learning site.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course. This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND SOCIAL ISSUES: ITALIAN CONTEXT 

The Year 10 Italian course builds on prior learning, with a greater focus on the use of authentic materials and the use of the Italian language to access information and communicate.  It is preferable for students to have completed Year 9 Italian or equivalent. In the Year 10 course, more emphasis will be placed on the skills of reading, writing and communication.  Students will begin to express themselves more freely by discussing in Italian many of the things that interest them. 

 

Topics include: weekend activities, holidays, the role of technology in their lives, the environment, Italian immigration and the contributions of Italians to Australia.

 

Through studying Italian students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop communication skills in a language other than English.
  • Be able to communicate in Italian within the stated specific objectives for each course.
  • Appreciate the social and cultural context in which Italian operates.
  • Foster multicultural understanding.
  • Understand their own language better and equip themselves with skills needed for learning other languages.
  • Expand and consolidate their literacy skills.

This course gives students a good insight into the Italian way of life, and how language and culture belong together.

 

Students subscribe to the Language Perfect online learning site.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

GATEWAY TO JAPAN AND JAPANESE CULTURE - THROUGH A YOUNG ADULT'S EYE 

The Year 10 Japanese course is designed to advance students’ knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture through a variety of learning experiences. Students will learn the foundations of the grammar on which the Japanese language is built, thus facilitating more effective communication. Equal emphasis is given to the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and students will begin to be able to express various cultural and contemporary topics that interest learners as young adults.

 

Topics include: Japanese and Australian cultural celebrations such seasons and birthdays, school life and the popular Japanese sub-cultures among young adults in both countries.

 

It is preferable for students to have completed Year 9 Japanese or equivalent in order to enrol for this course. Through studying Japanese students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop communication skills in a language other than English.
  • Be able to communicate in Japanese within the stated specific objectives for each course.
  • Appreciate the social and cultural context in which Japanese operates.
  • Foster multicultural understanding.
  • Understand their own language better and equip themselves with skills needed for learning other languages.
  • Expand and consolidate their literacy skills.

This course will also introduce students to more Kanji and will give them a good insight into the Japanese way of life through a young adult’s eye.

 

Students subscribe to the Language Perfect online learning site.

 

A consumables charge will be applied to this course.  This will be charged in addition to Tuition Fees.

 

THE ARTS - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

SEMESTER 1 ELECTIVES

CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES

Explore a range of contemporary dance practices and techniques with staff and industry professionals to create performances for the College Dance Concert.

 

Contemporary dance is dynamic and powerful. It embodies our ideas, thoughts, emotions and values and provides a unique opportunity to develop physically, creatively, aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually.

 

Guided by the principles of contemporary dance, students will learn a variety of contemporary techniques with influences from Graham, Cunningham, Horton, Release, Gaga and Flying Low. Body awareness, alignment principles and components of fitness will be developed through the understanding and execution of technique exercises.

 

Students will work collaboratively with staff and industry professionals to create two intention driven works to perform at the College Dance Concert, gaining an intrinsic sense of enjoyment and personal achievement through expressing and challenging themselves physically.

 

Students will engage with dance as a form of expression and investigate how it can represent a variety of political, cultural and historical motivations, through their own performance and through the viewing of professional works.

 

Participation in this unit may lead to opportunities for future study in dance or related arts fields.

COMMERCIAL DANCE

Dance is energetic and commanding. Jazz and Hip Hop are two very different but powerful forms which embody our ideas, thoughts, emotions and values. Through participation in the Commercial Dance course, students will be given the opportunity to develop physically, creatively, artistically, emotionally and intellectually.

 

Students will work with College Staff and Guest Artists to learn the technique of both styles of dance and learn both a Jazz and Hip-Hop routine which will be performed in the College Dance Concert.  

 

Students will also develop life skills including communication, collaboration and teamwork skills, problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to organise themselves and others. Students will hone their skills in analysing and evaluating their own and others creative work.

 

Students will learn and be expected to demonstrate safe dance practices throughout this course and gain an understanding of anatomy, dance history and the benefits of warming up. Students will reflect on, respond to, and evaluate how different dance styles and genres are derived from history and culturally appreciated. They will learn the origins of Jazz and Hip-Hop styles of dance and the importance of dance as a form of expression.

 

This course is open to all students with a willingness to share their passion for dance. No prior experience required.

 

 

 

SCREEN ACTING

"The great difference between screen acting and theatre acting is that screen acting is about reacting – 75% of the time, great screen actors are great reactors" - NICOLAS ROEG

 

In this course, you will develop your screen acting skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Learn the basics of the Stanislavski system of acting, script analysis and the technical demands of screen acting. Become confident in front of the camera while rehearsing scenes from film and TV. The course will culminate in you creating your own acting show-reel.

 

This course focuses on developing students’ vocal, physical and emotional range as actors. It is best suited to students interested in pursuing an Arts pathway or considering Drama ATAR. It is a fast-paced, intensive program that equips students with the skills to cope with the challenging demands of a creative industry. Even though this course culminates in the production of an actor’s show-reel, it is primarily focused on a ‘process’ and ‘learning by doing.’ Students will be assessed both formally and informally.

 

In this course, you will:

  • Develop your body and voice through exercises that enable emotional and creative freedom.
  • Learn how to build a character.
  • Break down a script into story beats and define terms such as the ‘through line’ and ‘spine’.
  • Gain knowledge and confidence in front of a camera.
  • Study Stanislavski’s techniques such as given circumstances, tempo-rhythm, method of physical actions, beats and objectives; and realise these techniques in monologues and duologues.
  • Learn rehearsal techniques and rehearsal processes including script analysis.
  • Experience working with industry professionals in tailor-made workshops and show-reel production.
  • Develop and create a fully edited show-reel.

THE PRODUCTION

During this course you will cover all the elements of drama by producing a fully realised production. Classes will essentially be directed in the rehearsal room, and through a series of rehearsals you will learn what is required to go from the page to the stage. The production will be performed to an audience as part of the College’s calendared performances of 2020.

 

The course is essentially your immersion into Drama, learning the fundamentals of the various roles associated with the art form (actor, director and designer), as you take a part in a fully developed and realised production.

 

The traditional classroom environment will give way to the rehearsal room, which is essentially where all your sessions will be conducted. As the semester unfolds the environment that you work in will transform into the designed set of the play and will conclude with a live performance.

The course is a perfect opportunity for students that are:

  • Curious about drama and its benefits
  • Interested in performance and the processes involved in evolving from the page to the stage
  • Considering a path way in the Arts Industry
  • Considering Drama ATAR

During the process students will engage in rehearsal and be part of a creative process that is designed to promote creativity and resilience. The class will evolve into a company that will work closely together in a fully collaborative and rigorous environment.

 

The experience that the Production will create will equip our students with the skills required in the 21st Century which will not only be learnt but will be implemented and practiced in an authentic space that will be assessed formally and informally.

 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Join us to investigate Reality TV, mockumentaries and documentaries. Work in a production team to make your own short documentary and answer the question ‘is what you’re watching real?’

 

Documentary-making is are one of the most exciting areas of the Media Arts. It is in a constant state of reinvention and evolution that reflect changing audiences and technologies.

 

In this course students will learn the knowledge and skills to be able to create their own documentary film on a subject of their choice.

 

Working with staff and industry professionals, students will study the greatest documentaries of all time to learn how the codes of conventions of the medium work to create realities. We will then look at how these techniques can be used to create false realities by creating our own reality television show or mockumentary.

 

Students will learn and develop their writing, research and media production skills, working in teams to extend and refine their problem-solving skills and processes.

 

Students will be able to choose to explore options within film, television, photography, print media, radio and online media to tailor their production work to their interests and their audience.

This course will provide the student with the general knowledge and skills to begin to make them ready to pursue a Certificate II in Creative Industries or alternative pathways.

 

BROADCAST HUB (LIVE STUDIO) 

Interested in a career in radio or television? We’re live now! Take on studio roles, perform and present, learn about editing, production, live streaming, and the amazing world of Broadcast. Its Media, music, writing, art, performing and behind the scenes. Please note: Broadcast Hub is available in Term 1 only.

SELF-PORTRAITURE IN 2D

Your theme for this unit will be yourself, both in appearance and personality. You will be drawing a detailed self-portrait in pencil, printing an expressive gestural dry-point etching and a layered multi-coloured print using hand-cut stencils and a photographic image on a silkscreen.

 

 

 

Students will learn:

  • Traditional drawing techniques including tonal shading, cross-hatching, stippling using pencil and charcoal, and learn about proportion and composition when composing a portrait.
  • Contemporary gestural and expressive techniques to design and carve a drypoint etching plate and print it using a printing press.
  • Techniques to design and hand-cut a stencil suitable for screen-printing. Learn how to layer translucent and opaque printing inks, and PhotoShop your face in half-tones to create a photographic silkscreen to complete a multi-layered screen-printed self-portrait.

This unit is designed for students to use visual art language and artistic conventions of greater complexity during their design and production process. Students will extend their knowledge of art practices such as adaptation, manipulation, deconstruction and reinvention techniques, and use their understanding of a variety of art styles in the making of their 2D layered artworks. Students extend their knowledge and practise of safe and sustainable visual arts practice. Resolved artwork is exhibited and appraised, with consideration to their own artistic intentions, personal expression, and audience.

 

SCULPTURE CASTING AND CONSTRUCTION

More of a hands-on creative? This unit will let you get physical with your art. The creation of three-dimensional artwork needs specialised techniques and processes, and these will be explored throughout the semester for you to create a variety of sculptural objects.

 

This unit will expose students to processes in sculpture using a variety of mediums such as clay, silicone, resins and metals. Students will learn:

Modelling in 3D

  • Working in the round
  • Additive/Reductive techniques
  • Art history – Sculpture since the 1960’s

Casting techniques

  • Cuttlefish casting
  • Mold-making
  • Resin jewellery

Ceramic techniques

  • Hand-building
  • Slip-casting
  • Slab construction

Students will extend their knowledge of art practices, such as manipulation, and the creation of multiples, and use their understanding of a variety of art styles in the making of their own 3D artwork. Students will extend their knowledge and practise of safe and sustainable visual arts practice.

 

SCHOOL OF ROCK AND SONG-WRITING

Ever wanted to learn the guitar or keyboard but never had the chance? In this practical unit, you will explore contemporary music through guitar, keys, voice and percussion. Learn to pull apart well-known contemporary songs, create your own cover and even write and perform your own originals.

 

No prior music experience is necessary.

 

 

SEMESTER 2 ELECTIVES

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE

Delve deep into the choreographic process using improvisation and other techniques to create your own work for Student Choreography Night.

 

As an art form, dance encourages artistic creativity and the active use of the imagination. Dancers will play, explore and improvise to create new moves and choreography in the genre(s) of their choice.

 

Students will learn frameworks for critical decision-making, in individual and group work, to manipulate movement to reflect intention. Inspired by a wide range of creative processes including improvisation, tasking and the use of choreographic elements and devices, dancers draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to make dance works. Dancers will be guided by both staff and industry professionals to develop new skills and movement material.

 

Design concepts and technologies will be explored and implemented to enhance dance works with the students having opportunities to develop their own sound, lighting and multimedia if desired. The opportunity to present dance to an audience enables students to understand and undertake a range of production roles and skills.

 

Students will develop transferable skills essential to their future. These include communication skills, collaborative teamwork skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to organise, analyse and evaluate. Participation in this unit may lead to opportunities for future study in Dance or related arts fields.

 

DANCE ALTERNATIVES

Explore alternative genres, movement disciplines and experimental spaces to create a performance outcome.

 

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. It is impressive and spirited. As an art form, dance encourages artistic creativity and the active use of the imagination.

 

As a physical art form, dance will offer an opportunity for you to achieve an elite level of movement skills. You will gain an understanding of the physical competencies specific to dance, including genre specific alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination and rhythmic understanding, while learning to use the body as a medium for artistic expression.

 

Throughout this course, you will explore a wide range of dance genres and other movement types with the assistance of staff and industry professionals. Your exploration will lead to the creation of a public performance piece. 

 

This course is suitable for all students, no prior dance experience required.

 

TAKEOVER FESTIVAL 

This course will allow students to work as a creative team on a script of their choosing as they takeover an area of the campus in a one day festival. It will be created by them for their community. The students decide on a directorial vision, design sets and costumes, consider lighting and sound choices, rehearse and stage-manage their performances and consider a limited budget.

 

This course is suited to creative, risk-takers who will work together to deliver a theatre festival. It will allow young people the opportunity to gain valuable real-life work experience along with support and mentoring from industry and theatre specialists. You will use your raw, creative energies to exchange ideas, learn from each other and contribute something positive to the community. You make it happen!

In this course, you will:

  • Work as a theatre company to: select, edit, rehearse and perform a 10-15 minute performance.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of actor, director, dramaturge and designer.
  • Learn rehearsal techniques and rehearsal processes including script analysis.
  • Work in the role of your choice: actor, director, dramaturge or designer (sound, lighting, costume, set).
  • Understand how to create a directorial vision for your script.
  • Learn lighting, costume, set and sound design from industry professionals in workshop sessions tailor-made to your Festival and performance ideas.
  • Research successful Festivals locally and globally so that you can organise your one-day festival.
  • Use a limited budget and own resources to create a set, props and costumes for your production.

 

THE ACTOR'S LAB: CLASSICAL TO CONTEMPORARY

This course is designed for actors in today’s ever-changing and increasingly competitive industry. Students get hands-on training in four different acting lab experiences: Stella Adler Lab (Scene study). The Classical Lab (Monologues/Duologues), The Contemporary Lab (Devising and script-writing) and The Production and Design Lab (Set, costume, lighting and sound).  

 

The Actors Lab provides students with an opportunity to experience the art of acting and theatre making highlighting the conventional practices associated with the four cornerstones of acting:

  • Stella Adler Lab (Scene study)
  • The Classical Lab (Monologues/Duologues)
  • The Contemporary Lab (Devising and Script Writing)
  • Design Lab (Set, Costume, Lighting and Sound)

The Labs are a perfect place to grow and nurture the skills required to access the arts industry, especially if you have the ambition to be involved in film and theatre.

 

The labs are a perfect complement to a path way that requires creativity, problem solving skills, communication, emotional intelligence and empathy…the list is endless. For those that are considering a Drama ATAR pathway, what you experience in the lab will fast track you into the course and can be a precursor to the ATAR syllabus. The Labs can also be accessed by those who simply want a one off experience and nurture the skills to invest in other areas of their life in the future. The lab provides all its participants with skills essential for the 21st Century and also provides a space to create wonder and curiosity.

 

FROM MAGAZINE TO MOVIES: THE SUPERHERO'S JOURNEY

Learn about the evolution of superheroes from comic books, to graphic novels and Hollywood blockbusters. Learn Photoshop skills making your own photographic comics, and produce your own Superhero short movie.

 

Marvel is the most successful film franchise in the history of cinema. How did the superhero genre become the cultural phenomenon it is today?

 

In this course we will trace the superhero’s journey, starting with its roots in the massively successful comic books of the 20th Century. We will practice and develop creative writing skills, planning, and production skills by creating our own photographic comic book. Students will be given the opportunity to promote, reproduce and distribute their work.

 

We will also be joined by a professional graphic novelist to explore this astonishing evolving medium. We will explore this artform as a discipline with its own distinct language, codes and conventions. We will consider how audience and culture are reflected in their heroes and superheroes.

 

Finally, we explore the superheros’ journey from the small screen to the big screen. With its hesitant first kitschy steps in the 1950s and ‘60s the genre achieved huge success, and with the reinvention of the form in every subsequent decade it seems that superheroes are here to stay.

 

We will go on to make our own superhero movie, devising our own characters and universe. We will script and storyboard our films in groups, and also learn production skills, the use of practical and post-production effects, and how to direct and edit our films to establish a new cinematic world.

 

The knowledge and skills developed in this course can apply themselves to a broad range of contexts including English and creative writing, Photography, lighting, cinematography, television and cinema.

 

URBAN ART EXPLORATION

Do you like street art and illustration? In this unit you’ll look at how urban art has developed from the 1980s to now, learn a variety of techniques used by influential street artists including using spray-paint and screen-print, and learn how to apply these to skate-decks, t-shirts and walls.

 

Students will:

  • Investigate influential street-artists from the 80s to now, then develop a concept into a colourful artwork and transfer it to a 9-ply skateboard deck using spray-paint and paint pens.
  • Looking at T-shirt art and retro and contemporary graphic design, design a detailed image and expose it on a photographic silkscreen to print multiple identical t-shirts.
  • Using machine and hand-cut stencils and freehand spray-painting techniques collaborate with your peers to design and paint a mural on a wall in the school.

 

Students experience a growing awareness of how and why artists, craftspeople and/or designers are influenced by other artists, their environment and the contexts of culture, time and place. They continue to apply knowledge of techniques used by other artists in the production of their own work.

Students use visual art language and artistic conventions, in both written and practical work. They further develop and refine their ideas and techniques to resolve artwork by documenting the design, production and evaluation processes of their artwork. Students extend their knowledge and practise of safe and sustainable visual arts practice.

 

CLASSICAL PAINTING TECHNIQUES 

Want to paint like a master? This unit allows you to experience a variety of painting methods and techniques, in both acrylic and oil paints, to create contemporary landscape, skyscapes, seascapes and portraiture paintings.

 

This unit will expose students to a variety of painting traditions, in either landscape and portraiture, or both. Students will learn:

Colour theory

  • Colour mixing/blending and paint application
  • Realistic skin tones
  • Art history - Renaissance

Painting techniques

  • Chiascuro
  • Atmospheric perspective
  • En-plein air working sessions

Materials Information

  • Brushes and supports
  • Mediums
  • Health and safety issues

This unit is designed to extend students’ knowledge and practise in the creation of two-dimensional artworks. Students will develop a greater understanding of contexts of culture, time and place and how these impact on the development of ideas and the production of art forms. Students continue to explore artistic influences while being encouraged to express greater individualism in their application of ideas and materials.

 

 

COMMUNITY MUSIC

Connect with your classmates and the wider community through performance. Working with our Catalyst service partners and our Junior School, you will devise and perform engaging, enriching and educational programmes for audiences of all ages.

 

Use and further develop your skills as a performer, organizer, presenter or writer as part of a dynamic and creative team. You will then take your show on the road and share the power and joy of music with the wider community.

 

No prior music experience is necessary.

 

SPECIALIST MUSIC

This highly personalised course uses a combination of practical and written work to explore the internal workings of Music. A complex art form, Music connects our humanistic, emotional side with our analytical rational side; and requires us to interact with it using our heads, hearts, ears and hands. If you want to know more about how music works, improve your performance, theory and aural skills, and explore both Western Art Music (Classical) and Contemporary Music, then this is the course for you.

 

This course is highly recommended to be taken as a pair of units; and can also be taken as a 2-year course due to the personalised nature of the theory/aural/performance components and the rotating Cultural and Historical Contexts.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

You need to be learning an instrument (including voice) or studying composition with an external specialised tutor and must be prepared to do a solo performance assessment or submit a composition portfolio. There is no minimum level of experience, only the willingness to take up an instrument.

 

Each unit contains four key learning areas:

  • Practical Music
  • Music Theory and Aural
  • Solo Performance
  • Musical Contexts

PRACTICAL MUSIC

This includes Rhythm Essentials (djembes, drum kit, hand percussion), sight singing, part singing, solfa-based practical application of music theory and improvisation.

 

MUSIC THEORY AND AURAL

Start where you are. You will evaluate your starting level at the beginning of each semester and will then follow a teacher-curated program. These levels roughly correlate with the AMEB Theory grades with some additional material which is in line with the current ATAR and National Curriculum requirements.

  • Level 2 (approximately AMEB Grade 2)
  • Level 3 (approximately AMEB Grade 3)
  • Level 4 (approximately AMEB Grade 4)
  • Level 5 (approximately AMEB Grade 5+)

You will be self-guided with the help of a variety of personalized resources. These include small group and individual teacher support, peer-support, programs such as Auralia and Musition, and a selection of texts.

Should you wish, you will be offered the opportunity to sit the formal certified AMEB exams. Specialised Contemporary Music theory will be covered in Musical Contexts. 

SOLO PERFORMANCE

In partnership with your specialist tutor, you will prepare a program of solo repertoire to be performed at the end of each semester as part of your assessable work.

In-class support will include training and resources for the following:

  • Effective practice
  • Performance psychology and mindfulness
  • Creating a balanced program of work
  • Performance etiquette and working with an accompanist

Throughout the semester you will have the opportunity to perform works-in-progress as part of regular performance classes. Here you will practice giving and receiving feedback in an effective way, musical interpretation, understanding marking criteria and exploring reflective practice techniques. 

 

MUSICAL CONTEXTS

Each semester focuses on exploring different styles and eras of Music – in both Western Art Music (‘Classical’) and Contemporary Music contexts.

 

By the end of each unit, you will have developed a holistic understanding of the eras covered, know the key influencers and taken an in-depth look at popular, ground breaking or representative works of each context.

 

Contemporary Music-specific theory is covered here and where appropriate, group composition and performance projects will be undertaken.

 

The themes for each unit are as follows:

Year A

Year B

 

Semester 1

Music 1A - Musical Structures

Blues and Baroque

 

Semester 1

Music 1B – The Magic of 145

Classical Symphony and Rockabilly

 

 

Semester 2

Music 2A – Virtuosi

Romantic Concerti and Guitar Heroes

 

Semester 2

Music 2B – Music as Story

Program Music and Film Music

 

 

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

BUSINESS AND FINANCE - MONEY MATTERS 

Financial matters affect every member of our society. Numerous financial decisions need to be made throughout an individual’s lifetime and many of these decisions have far-reaching consequences. The Money Matters course aims to make students financially literate by creating an understanding of the systems and processes through which financial practices and financial decision making are carried out.  Financial literacy gives individuals the ability to make sound financial judgements, based on information analysis.

 

One of the major themes for the course is 'Income and expenses'. Students will explore the concepts of earning, spending and managing money. They will engage in learning activities involving financial goal setting, calculating income tax at different income levels and personal budgeting. Microsoft Excel will be used as a tool for keeping financial records.

 

The other major theme for the course is 'Growing wealth and managing debt'.  Students will explore the concepts of investing and borrowing. They will engage in learning activities relating to the building of net worth, saving and investment, buying and maintaining assets, types of loans and the benefits and risks of borrowing money.

 

Money Matters is a worthwhile introduction to Accounting Matters and to Accounting and Finance ATAR. 

BUSINESS AND FINANCE - ACCOUNTING MATTERS 

Through engagement in the Accounting Matters course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and financial management for business. Many students in the future will find themselves self-employed or in careers where it is imperative they understand accounting practices. Having an understanding of the systems and processes through which financial practices and decision making are carried out, enables students to analyse financial data and make informed decisions based on that analysis.

 

One of the major themes for the course is 'Management Accounting for Small Business'. Students will explore the concepts of predicting and planning business finances. They will engage in learning activities involving planning towards maximising profits, making product and price decisions, cost accounting, capital budgeting and cashflow budgeting. Ethical, social and environmental issues that impact on business decision making will also be investigated.  

                                                                

The other major theme for the course is 'Financial Accounting for Small Business'. Students will explore how to record business transactions using the double entry bookkeeping system. They will engage in learning activities involving the preparation of Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Cashflow Statements and ratio data to analyse business performance. 

 

Accounting Matters is a worthwhile introduction to Accounting and Finance ATAR. 

INNOVATION & STEM - CURRICULUM OPTIONS

PROJECT STEM

Project STEM enables students to collaborate, think creatively and draw upon their knowledge, skills and understanding from Mathematics, Science and Technology to engineer solutions to real-world problems. Projects include: design and construction in the home, build your own antenna, manufacture and package cosmetic materials, forensics, and water supply technology, as well as an opportunity to pursue a topic of personal interest. This course is ideal for students who enjoy the practical side of Science and Mathematics and will enable them to deepen their engagement with the design processes integral to invention and innovation.

 

Project STEM aims to challenge all students to develop their ability to work in a team, communicate ideas and generate legitimate solutions that dissolve the boundaries between the Science, Mathematics and Technology learning areas in the process.

SEMESTER 1

STEM DEFINE (STEM 1)

The introduction to STEM as an integrated, project-based place to play, work and learn.

  • What is STEM?
  • What technologies and resources are available?
  • What ethical principles will guide our work?
  • How can we work together to develop our STEM skills as we pursue authentic projects and problems? 

As a class, we will have the flexibility to pursue our interests, and respond to opportunities that arise from industry and university in broader programs and external competitions.

STEM BUILD (STEM 2)

Build on STEM capabilities in a project-based place to play, work and learn. 

  • What areas of STEM should we be building on?
  • How can students further develop their individual STEM capabilities? 

As a class, we will have the flexibility to pursue our interests, and respond to opportunities that arise from industry and university in broader programs and external competitions. 

 

SEMESTER 2

STEM EXPLORE (STEM 3)

Explore innovation in STEM related industries, a project-based place to play, work and learn.

  • What is current in the world of STEM innovation?
  • Opportunities for individual and small group proposals for projects of personal interest.

As a class, we will have the flexibility to pursue our interests, and respond to opportunities that arise from industry and university in broader programs and external competitions. 

STEM CHALLENGE (STEM 4)

Students will be encouraged to pursue projects in an area of STEM that excites and challenges them.

  • Do you have a project or passion to pursue?
  • Want to further challenge your STEM capabilities?

As a class, we will have the flexibility to pursue our interests, and respond to opportunities that arise from industry and university in broader programs and external competitions. 

 

 

LAUNCH[ED] 2020: LAUNCH YOUR IDEAS BEYOND ASC

Launch[ED] is a personalised place for innovation and enterprise. This is the independent and student co-designed extension of Innovat[ED].

 

You propose your ideas and how you would like to pursue and grow them and we provide the support. You provide the energy, passion, and dedication and we provide ways to develop the skills, understandings and connections to launch your ideas at and beyond ASC.

 

What can you choose to do?

  • Develop and pursue your own current business or enterprise as long as you draw upon Design Thinking, authentic audiences and connections with mentors. 
  • Participate in the Foundation for Young Australians $20 Boss program to learn how to build and run a business.
  • Take a current interest and grow it to broader or new audience - F1, web-design, arts and crafts, YEE Publishing project, Robotics, Precious Plastic, Runway Pop-up-Shop, environmental sustainability, music performance or composition or whatever your passion may be.
  • Develop new programs/concepts within and outside of school.
  • Connect with the ‘real world’ through excursions, mentors and speakers.
  • Connect and offer our skills to JS, SS and service partners and other schools via the Agency or Service Learning.
  • Other ideas you propose.

The following skills will be covered:

  • Initiative and entrepreneurship
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Accessing and analysing information
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Agility and adaptability

YEARS 9 & 10 ACADEMIC INFORMATION HANDBOOK 2020