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Year 9 Curriculum Structure


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

The Year 9 Curriculum is based on the Victorian F-10 Curriculum. 

Students experience a learning program which is broad, however, allowing for a large degree of choice with 5 elective 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.
  • The Inquiry and Project Based Learning subject is studied by students for half a year (alternating each semester with the third elective)
  • Students study 5 electives:
  • 1 Arts based elective
  • 1 Design Technology based elective
  • 1 Digital Technologies based elective
  • 2 other electives from all options available
  • Languages are electives for Year 9.  If selected, the language needs to be studied both semesters.  In order to encourage students to study their language and still have a suitable number of elective subjects, students may negotiate to not study one compulsory subject.
  • 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.
  • ‘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.
  • Students will participate in a 5 day outdoor expedition experience called Outward Bound.

The Individual Support Program is available for students who require their learning program to be adjusted to support them with literacy 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


Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics (by invitation)


Health and Physical Education


Elective 1

Elective 2

Elective 3

Care Group


Subjects Studied in Semester 2

Religious Education


Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics (by invitation)


Health and Physical Education


Elective 4

Elective 5

Inquiry and Project Based Learning subject

Care Group


Religious Education Subjects

Just Faith

Crossroads and Signposts

Creating God’s Image

Faith in Action

Junior Cantabile


Arts Subjects                                                                               



Media Arts

Media Arts – 3D Animation and Modelling


Visual Art

Visual Communication Design


Design Technology Subjects







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)


Health Sciences


Performing Arts


STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics)


Visual Arts


Additional Year 9 Electives

Health and Physical Education:  Fitness and Training

Humanities: Civics and Citizenship – Crime and Punishment

Humanities:  Economics and Business

Humanities: Geography

Humanities:  History – Australians at War

Languages:  Arabic

Languages:  Japanese

Languages:  Spanish

Science: Into the Galaxy


(Languages are studied for the full year and take the place of two Elective Subjects)

(Students studying a language may negotiate to not study another compulsory subject)


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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