Students study literature, reading class novels and completing individual book reports. They examine all types of text and media, analysing language and other forms of literacy such as visual texts. Oral communication is an important element of English through individual speech making and debating. Grammar is constantly reinforced in all writing and programs such as Spelladrome are used. Creative writing and thinking, persuasive skills and responding to prompts in varied written and digital forms is part of English across all levels with a growing depth of skills and response required.
CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP
In Year 7, students examine the Australian government and how it aims to protect all citizens. They examine Australian citizenship values and the importance of being a good citizen.
In Year 8, students examine how they can be active citizens and how they can be involved in democracy. They look at our national identity and investigate the factors that shape this.
History in Year 7 begins with the question of ''What is History?' and continues through ancient history and the historical investigations involved.
Year 8 history is based around the medieval times in Europe, the Asia-Pacific world and expanding contacts around the world.
All students study a Science course throughout Secondary School to provide an understanding of the main topics in Science. Topics include Separation Techniques in Year 7, Body Systems in Year 8, Energy Transfer in Year 9 and Galaxies and Stars in Year 10, as well as many others. Students experience the joy of scientific discovery through a process of inquiry and experimentation, and follow the development and influence of Science in the strand known as Human Endeavour. The traditional areas of Science are referred to, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, Astronomy and Geology so that students know their interests and can choose the Science subjects that intrigue them in any future study.
Geography is a part of the Humanities and Social Studies Learning Area. In Geography, each semester’s work is based on a particular unit. Examples of these units are Water In The World in Year 7, Changing Nations in Year 8, Biomes and Food Security in Year 9 and Geographies of Human Well-being in Year 10. Over 4 years each student completes 8 units altogether.
At the start of the semester, the student follows teacher instruction, to gain a good understanding of the unit of study. Then for the following term the student creates an inquiry project, using what they have already learnt as a springboard for further research. In Year 7 & 8 the students develop their own questions based on the Concepts of Geographical Understanding, “Space, Place, Interconnections, Change, Environment, Sustainability and Scale”. In Year 9 & 10 the inquiry project centres on a hypothesis that has been developed by the student. During the inquiry project the teacher acts as a facilitator guiding the students through their research and providing them with the skills they need for good Geographical study.
ECONOMICS YEARS 7 - 10
Economics is a part of the Humanities and Social Studies Learning Area. In Economics, each semester’s work is based on the development of a topic. Examples of these topics include Successful Businesses, the Market and Australia’s economy, Work Places and the Work Force, and Consumers and Financial Decisions. Many of these topics provide practical skills investigating such things as taking out a car loan, how to beware of scammers or how to know your rights as an employee.
FOOD TECHNOLOGY YEARS 7 - 10
Food Technology is a part of the Technologies Learning Area and as such Food Technology is provided to all students in Secondary School for 1 semester each year. Activities included as part of Year 7/8 include safe and hygienic handling techniques, characteristics and properties of food, food preparation techniques, design and presentation of food, nutrition, following a brief, evaluating a product. Activities included as part of Year 9/10 include considering ethical and sustainable issues regarding food choices, evaluating various preparation and preservation techniques and how they affect food, design and presentation of food, sensory assessment of food and principles of food safety.
Secondary Excursions and Competitions
The secondary students are also involved in a number of extra-curricular activities. These include:
Around the Bay – Bellarine Peninsula Trip (Bi-annual)
Outdoor Education Program
Student Convention ( 1 week at Moe)
End of Term Trips
Regional Chess Competition
Australian Maths Competition
Australian Science Competition
House Points for Scripture memorisation
Wood / Tech Mr Knight
Language - AUSLAN
Academic, Character and encouragement awards