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Year 8 Curriculum Structure

 

For further information, please download the Year 7 to 9 2022 Curriculum Information

The Year 8 Curriculum is based on the Victorian F-10 Curriculum. 

 

Students experience a learning program which is broad, however, allowing for some choice with four (4) electives subjects included.

  • The Religious Education learning program follows the curriculum structure set by the Diocese of Sale. 
  • There is a significant focus on literacy and numeracy with additional class time focussed on English and Mathematics.
  • Students study 4 electives:
  • 1 Arts based elective
  • 1 Design Technology based elective
  • 1 Digital Technologies based elective
  • 1 other elective from all options available
  • Extension Academies are available (semester elective) for students who have a high level of interest in a particular area as well as performing above standard.   An application process applies for admission into an Extension Academy.  Students may negotiate to not study a compulsory subject if they study an Extension Academy subject.
  • In order to meet student needs and offer more choice and flexibility within the learning program Religious Education, Arts, Technologies and Extension Academy subjects are studied as classes with both Year 8 and Year 9 students included.
  • Students will participate in a 5 day City Experience at the end of Term 4.
  • ‘Hands on Learning’ is a program run at both Berwick and Officer Campuses aimed at engaging students at school to help them discover their talents and experience success.  This supportive program sees students grow in confidence and increase their sense of connection to school.

 

The Individual Support Program is available for students who require their learning program to be adjusted to support them with literacy intervention, social skill intervention or general program support.  Numeracy intervention is offered through the Mathematics learning program.

Students are supported through the Care Group Program which focusses on:

  • Student personal development being known deeply
  • Student learning needs and progress being known deeply
  • Students feeling a strong sense of connection to the College and their peers
  • Students developing the skills of wellbeing through explicit instruction

 

Subjects Studied in Semester 1

Religious Education

English

Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics (by invitation)

Science

Health and Physical Education

Humanities

Language

Elective 1

Elective 2

Care Group

 

Subjects Studied in Semester 2

Religious Education

English

Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics (by invitation)

Science

Health and Physical Education

Humanities

Language

Elective 3

Elective 4

Care Group

 

Religious Education Subjects

God, Are You There?

We Could Be Heroes

Creating God’s Image

Faith in Action

Junior Cantabile

 

Arts Subjects

Dance

Drama

Media Arts

Media Arts – 3D Modelling and Animation

Music (can be studied both semesters – includes the study of an instrument)

Visual Art

Visual Communication Design

 

Design Technology Subjects

Electronics

Food

Horticulture

Textiles

Wood

 

Digital Technologies Subjects

Digital Technologies – Creative Digital Solutions

Digital Technologies – Digital Systems and Networks

Digital Technologies – Robotics

 

Extension Academies (By Application Only – Refer Key Selection Criteria)

Basketball

Health Sciences

Literature

Performing Arts

Philosophy

STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics)

Sport

Visual Arts

 

Digital Technologies Subjects

Arabic                                                                      

Japanese

Spanish

 

Individual Support Program (ISP)

(Studied as an alternative to another subject in consultation with the Learning Adjustment Team leadership of the College)

ISP – Literacy Skills (Years 8 and 9)

ISP – Literacy Program (Years 8 and 9)

ISP – Life Skills (Years 8 and 9)

ISP – Adjusted Humanities (Years 8 and 9)

ISP – Brick Social Skills Therapy (Years 8 and 9)

ISP – Program Support (Years 7, 8 and 9)

ISP – Numeracy (through the mathematics program)

 

 

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