Years 9 & 10

The Year 9 and 10 curriculums, developed in line with the Victorian Curriculum, are designed to encourage students to be lifelong learners with a focus on communication, thinking, reflecting and collaboration. For the first time, students in Years 9 and 10 can choose their own electives, giving them the opportunity to take an active role in their futures.

In line with the educational research findings that demonstrate the critical link between reading skills and success at VCE level, we begin four days of the week with 30 minutes of reading. At the beginning of each year, students’ reading comprehension levels are tested to allow teachers to cater to their individual learning needs. Students read a variety of novels to improve their vocabulary, expression, comprehension and confidence. Reading is also supported by an online program.

Students create, discuss, explore and respond to a variety of texts, investigating the use of form, purpose, audience and language. They continue to develop their language skills through writing and extend their oral expression and analytical skills.

Examining personal identity, human rights, financial literacy and geospatial skills, Humanities enables students to explore the individuals, events, political and legal systems that have shaped Australia and the world. There is also a focus on the issues around global warming and climate change.

Designed to stimulate and enhance students’ self-motivation to learn, Inquiry-based learning is a way for students to display their understanding of a topic and their capacity to lead change. Students work collaboratively to improve an aspect of the community, giving them access to learning environments outside the traditional classroom and a means to engage higher order thinking.

Deeper levels of thinking, understanding and reasoning of mathematical concepts are encouraged through problem solving exercises and investigations. Topics include irrational numbers, factorising and expanding, measurement, indices, linear and quadratic relationships, Pythagoras theorem and trigonometry.

Students develop physical skills through involvement in activities such as fitness training and lifestyle and leisure activities. There is a focus on maintaining a healthy body and mind, training principles and first aid methods.

Students are given a taste of various, traditional areas of Science including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.

The Learning Enhancement Academic Program (LEAP) is offered to highly able students and is designed to challenge and enhance knowledge and understanding, and create higher order skills in literacy and numeracy. Students are selected for LEAP according to test results and teacher recommendations.

Years 9 & 10 Electives

Teachers work closely with Years 9 and 10 students to enable them to choose relevant and interesting elective subjects. Each student has an interview to discuss their interests, strength and career ambitions to determine the most suitable subjects for future success.

All elective units run for one semester. In Year 9, students study six electives per year. In Year 10, students study four units.

Year 9 Electives

  • The Arts: Art; Drama; Visual Communication; Multimedia
  • English: Sports Journalism; Digital Stories
  • Health/Physical Education: Health; Fitness
  • Humanities: Tourism; World of Work
  • LOTE: Italian
  • Science: Chemistry of Life; Rock Your World; CSI: Forensic Science
  • Technology: Food and Nutrition; Textiles.

Year 10 Electives

  • The Arts: Art; Drama; Visual Communication; Multimedia
  • English: Literature; Journalism
  • Health/Physical Education: Health; Fitness
  • Humanities: Business Finance; Y Challenge; War and Peace
  • Mathematics: VCE General Mathematics
  • Technology: Food and Nutrition