In Year 8, the curriculum seeks to consolidate and build on learning from Year 7. The Humanities are studied as separate disciplines of History and Geography in Year 8. In addition, Year 8 students are introduced to two new Technologies subjects: Design Technology (Textiles) and Food Technology.
In Year 8, students complete a program comprising of:
Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Health & Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama, Food Technology, Design Technology and Languages. Students have a choice as to which language they wish to continue studying.
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 study 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. From Year 10 onwards, students select fewer subjects so they can study them in greater depth as they prepare for the post-compulsory years of schooling.
Small group tuition is offered to Years 8 and 9 students who would benefit from additional literacy skill development. In Years 8 and 9, Learning Enhancement may be undertaken instead of a Language by selected students.
All Years 8 and 9 students are in homeroom groups for Religious Education, English, Maths, Science and Health & Physical Education.
YEAR 8 LEARNING AREA DAYS
Several learning areas offer a special enrichment activity day. The aim of these days is to enhance interest in the particular learning area and to extend the depth of knowledge in a topic within that area. The ‘lessons’ throughout the day are outside the regular classroom to facilitate a fresh approach to learning and assessment. Such days include Medieval Day for History and the Werribee Zoo for Geography. In addition, the Year 8 City Experience Week provides an opportunity to develop Victorian Curriculum Capabilities: critical and creative thinking, personal and social, inter-cultural, and ethical.
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.