Aside from the core subjects studied in Years 7 and 8, students also choose from the following elective subjects.
The Coding elective is a semester based subject. 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.
‘Design is the human power to conceive, plan, and realise products that serve human beings in the accomplishment of any individual or collective purpose.’ (Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University.)
The goals of the Creative Design course are 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.
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.
Food and Society (Year 7)
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.
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. Irregular verbs, possessives, adjectives, agreement of an adjective with a noun in gender and in number, asking questions.
Literature (Year 8)
This elective opens up the world of children’s literature and follows Love of Literature in Year 6 and 7. In this semester length course, students are introduced to the application of literary lenses as a way to explore and unpack the darker underside of children’s literature. This unit moves from the foundations of folklore and Grimm’s fairy tales into the world of Walt Disney. Students then delve into a post-colonial reading of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as well as the film adaptions of this contemporary classic. Through short stories, poetry, novels and film, students discovers the ways in which ideas and viewpoints may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups. They also examine the nature and influence of children’s literature as a subversive text. Finally, students are exposed to the metalanguage of literary analysis and develop the ability to craft an original response to the texts, utilising appropriate terms and concepts.
This unit will appeal to student’s who love reading, writing, discussing and debating issues in film and text. The unit examines issues of race, gender and class embedded within literature and the way in which contemporary readers engage with, and at times dispute, these representations.
Media (Year 8)
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.
Movement and Drama
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, storytelling, 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.
Music – Band
The Years 7/8 Music elective is an instrumentally-based Band Program. The program is open to all regardless of musical experience. This elective takes place three times a fortnight as a scheduled class. Students will have the option of learning either flute, clarinet, trumpet or saxophone. They will each receive a hire instrument for the entire semester at no extra cost. Students who are already learning one of these instruments are welcome to participate as student leaders. They may also use this as an opportunity to explore a second instrument.
Sport Science (Year 7)
This elective is an introduction to movement skills and the process needed to achieve mastery of a skill. Students will be introduced to many aspects of skill development, including analysing skill components, modification of equipment, coaching theory and the incorporating these concepts into a skill development program. Students will also learn about the progression from novice to master, and the idea of “10,000 hours practise”. The initial focus will be on golf skills, but can be expanded to other sports skills depending on the cohort enrolled in the subject. This is intended to be a one semester only subject, with the content being repeated in the second semester.
Sport Science (Year 8)
This elective is an introduction to factors affecting athletic performance and improving athletic performance. The elective consists of both theoretical and practical classes.
Students will be introduced to:
• The components of fitness and energy systems and explore how they are utilised in various sports.
• The basic principles of training and explore how they are relevant for athletes coaches and trainers as they prepare training activities.
• Types of training and training methods and look at the application of these methods to performance.
• Aspects involved in improving performance including nutritional strategies, recovery strategies and psychological preparation.
Students will be given the opportunity to connect the theoretical work with the practical by participating in training each week for improved performance in an endurance event. The focus will be to train for an endurance event, but can be expanded to other sporting events depending on the cohort enrolled in the subject. This is intended to be a one semester only subject, with the content being repeated in the second semester.
Theatrical Production 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.
Creating and Making
Students, independently and collaboratively, plan, design, improvise, interpret, evaluate, refine, make and present art works that represent and communicate ideas and purpose. They experiment with, select and use appropriate skills, techniques, processes, media, materials, equipment and technologies across a range of arts forms and styles. They generate and develop ideas that explore particular concepts, techniques and issues when making art works. They combine and manipulate arts elements, principles and/or conventions to represent and communicate ideas and develop imaginative solutions to set tasks. They maintain a record of the creating and making of their art works and explain their decisions about how they present art works for specific purposes and audiences.
Exploring and Responding
Students research, observe and reflect on their explorations to develop, discuss, express and support opinions about their own and others’ use of arts elements, principles and/or conventions, skills, techniques, processes, media, materials, equipment and technologies. They compare, analyse, evaluate, and interpret the content, meaning and qualities in art works created in different social, cultural and historical contexts, offering informed responses and opinions and using appropriate arts language. They describe aspects and requirements of different forms, audiences and traditions, and identify ways that contemporary art works, including their own, are influenced by cultural and historical contexts. They use appropriate arts language.