Year 9 Overview
In Year 9, personal choice and responsibility for learning are greatly encouraged. This is in keeping with research that shows adolescents learn better when they feel they are involved in their own learning.
In Year 9, compulsory subjects for the full year include:
Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Science and a Language.
In addition, all students in Year 9 students undertake History for one semester and elect either Geography or Economics for the alternate semester. Students also must select one Arts subject and one Technologies subject to be studied for a semester each. The elective system facilitates personal choice and responsibility for learning by allowing students to choose from a range of subjects offered by the different Learning Areas.
Small group tuition is offered to students who would benefit from additional literacy development. In Year 9, Learning Enhancement may be undertaken instead of a Language by selected students.
All Year 9 students are in homeroom groups for Religious Education, English and Health & Physical Education.
Teachers prepare courses carefully to cater for the various learning requirements of their students. Regular participation in class is essential for development of knowledge and skills. All Year 9 students undertake formal end-of-semester examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These examinations are designed to give students an opportunity to experience a formal examination assessment in preparation for the future.
PROVIDING FOR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Students who undertook Year 8 Learning Enhancement instead of a Language usually continue it in Year 9 for a semester. These students must select an additional Year 9 elective from the Arts, Technologies or Humanities Learning Areas.
Provision is made for individual differences in Mathematics. In Year 9 most students undertake Core studies in Mathematics in semester 1. In semester 2, students from this group who have demonstrated extra ability may be invited into Extension Mathematics classes which cover content at a faster pace and in greater depth.
A group of highly capable students are invited to participate in the Accelerated Mathematics programme. This programme covers all the Year 9 Mathematics (Core) as well as the year 10 Mathematics A course in one year.
Continuous monitoring of students’ learning is a vital aspect of education. Students undertake a variety of coursework that develops their skills and knowledge. Assessment tasks are graded from A+ to E/UG. Online continuous reporting ensures that students and parents have access to assessment task grades and feedback in real time.
The semester report produced at the end of each semester provides a summative indication of each student’s achievement according to the Victorian Curriculum standards.
In Year 9 formal examinations are held for English, Maths and Science in June and November.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING YEAR 9 UNITS
When choosing elective subjects for study in Year 9, students must make their selections within the following limits:
One unit of Geography or one unit of Economics
One unit of Arts (Visual Arts, Drama or Music)
One unit of Technologies (Design, Food or Digital)
Students should also consider whether any particular unit:
- interests them
- will extend their knowledge
- is deemed a wise choice by parents and teachers
Before making any choices for a particular semester, it is vital that students view the individual subject information.
Our timetable is constructed based on students’ choices each year. The ability to accommodate a change of mind may be possible but will be limited by timetable and class size constraints.
YEAR 9 DISCOVERY LEARNING
Students are involved in an outdoor education program early in the year. The Lake Eildon camp is four days long. The camp is a compulsory part of the Year 9 Discovery Learning curriculum and is designed to develop students’ skills across a broad range of areas, including the capabilities and learning areas of the Victorian curriculum.
Engaging with the community and responding to the needs of the less fortunate is a vital part of Avila College’s mission. Students participate in various fund raising and outreach activities.