Aside from the core subjects studied in Years 7 and 8, students also choose from the following elective subjects.
French is not only the language of France but of many other countries. As a result of extensive migration, speakers of French can be found throughout the world. The French and the French language have made and continue to make a distinctive contribution in areas such as politics, art, architecture, music, science, fashion, literature, film and theatre. An ability to communicate in French provides opportunities for students to learn about the rich and diverse French culture, traditions and belief systems throughout the world. This in turn supports students’ development of a sense of global interconnectedness.
Australians with Chinese language skills and an understanding of Chinese culture are positioning themselves to be able to open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities in the areas of banking, finance, business, education, hospitality, retail and tourism. Students studying Mandarin will develop their oral skills allowing them to greet others and introduce themselves, exchanging details about family members, themselves, as well as counting, describing the sports they like and dislike and colours. Students learn to relate Chinese characters to their sound and meaning, and to write them accurately. Students will engage in simulated conversations based on familiar language.
The Coding elective is a year long elective. Software is becoming a critical layer of our lives. It is the language of our world and it is not bound by borders. Coding is not primarily about equipping the next generation to work as software engineers, it is about promoting computational thinking. Computational thinking is how software engineers solve problems. It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches a new way to think about the world. Students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games, apps and experiences. This elective is recommended for students that can work independently.
The goals of the Creative Design elective is to facilitate a deeper understanding of how design works, and how ideas, beliefs, values, attitudes, messages and information are effectively communicated to specific audiences with specific intentions or purposes via visual media forms. This course aims to achieve these goals by exposing students to a variety of communication models, and through exploration of design forms.
Students understand that design is a discipline with its own history, traditions, tools and techniques. Students are introduced to design elements and principles and design process and practice. They are introduced to basic drawing skills and a range of techniques to demonstrate their control over the elements of design. Students are introduced to basic production skills and processes, materials and technologies.
Theatrical Stagecraft introduces students to theatre technologies that include sound and lighting design and operation for theatrical performances. Within the sound unit of work, students will be exposed to sound editing, recording, PA set up and operation. Students will also gain an understanding of theatre lighting design and operation of equipment, such as lighting desks; installation of a lighting grid, light plotting for performances and safety protocols. Through the theatre technologies unit of work, students will learn to apply multimedia and digital projection to enhance performances. Students will learn the roles that exist within the theatre and their associated responsibilities, and gain practical experience through their involvement in school events including concerts, musicals and drama presentations. Students may be involved in backstage support roles in the either school musicals, concerts, productions and festival day events.
Year 7 and 8 Classroom Music runs for one semester. The course is designed for students who are learning an instrument or voice, although beginners are very welcome. The course covers pitch and rhythm solfa, music notation, and critical listening skills. Students also compose their own music, and perform for the class on a regular basis. The major assessment task is a short recital near the end of the semester.
Drama and Movement
Educational Drama incorporates; minor dramatic games, trust and co-operation, mime, movement, improvisation, characterisation, monologues and script reading for performance. Drama is a vibrant and varied art form found in play, story telling, street theatre, festivals, film, television, interactive games, performance art and theatres. It is one of the oldest art forms and part of our everyday life. Through taking on roles and enacting real and imagined events, performers engage audiences who suspend their disbelief to enter the world of the drama. Through drama, human experience is shared. Drama entertains, informs, communicates and challenges.
Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of creation, performance and reflection. They explore and communicate ideas and learn particular processes and skills to enable them to work with drama forms, styles, conventions and technologies. They reflect, respond and evaluate drama and become critical, informed audiences, understanding drama in the context of their own society and culture, drawing on a diverse range of drama from other cultures, places and times to enrich their inter-cultural understanding.
Food and Society
In this elective students will examine the role that food plays in local and global communities. Students will explore the pivotal nature of food and cooking in community and families, and will discover, cook and taste the many food traditions of Jewish and other cultures. This elective will enable the students a hands-on cooking component, which will include a core understanding of basic cooking techniques, as well as more theoretical component of food, including the investigation of the food issues in contemporary society, including Sustainability, the Organic Movement, Food Banks, Waste, Vegetarianism, Food Miles and Fair Trade. The elective will also engage with cross-curricular concepts, such as: ratios, weights and measurements; food costing and budgeting; food ethics; the science of bread making; multiculturalism; sustainable farming in the developing world, just to name a few.
Design and Technologies – Year 7
The Design and Technology elective will focus on developing student’s understanding and skills of digital technology, how technology works, and the continuing impact it has on society. In Year 7, students will explore the components of digital technologies, including computers and mobile technologies, investigate how data is transmitted in wired, wireless and mobile networks, and develop an understanding of Binary and Algorithms. Students will also begin to explore design thinking, design cycle and design development. Students will also be introduced to 3D modelling and microcomputing.
Design and Technologies – Year 8
This Design and Technology elective will focus on two main areas – 3D modelling and printing, and microcomputing. Students will be involved in developing digital solutions, taking them through the design cycle and feedback process. Design and Technology will promote innovative and imaginative use of technologies, while also encouraging creativity and enterprise skills. Students will investigate the applications of 3D printing, consider the characteristics and properties of this technology and its impact on society. Students will also explore the applications of robotics and microcomputers. They will investigate design and technology professions and the contributions that each makes to society locally, regionally and globally.
The Media elective will allow students to discover and explore the key concepts and elements of media, experimenting with the organisation of ideas to structure stories through media conventions and genres to create points of view in images and text.
They will develop knowledge and understanding of key concepts: the media elements and narrative structures used to tell stories; the technologies which are essential for producing, accessing and distributing media; the various institutions that enable and constrain media production and use; the audiences for whom media arts products are made and who respond as consumers, citizens and creative individuals; and the constructed representations of the world, which rely on shared social values and beliefs.
By the completion of the course, students would have identified and analysed the representations of social values and points of view portrayed in the media artworks they made, distributed and viewed. They will be able to evaluate how they and other makers and users of media artworks from different cultures, times and places use genre and media conventions and technical and symbolic elements to make meaning. In addition, students would have identified and analysed the social and ethical responsibility of the makers and users of media artworks.