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Year 9 Course Guidelines

  • Students study 8 subjects each semester and continue a common curriculum throughout their core classes of CARE, English, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science.
  • In Year 9 students have an opportunity to elect 2 subjects of particular interest per semester – totaling 4 units of study for the year.
  • Students must select 1 subject from each specialist area per semester (1 x Art, 1 x Technology) unless they opt to study a Language.
  • To provide the best opportunity for success within the Languages, students are offered whole-year immersive opportunities and must therefore study these subjects for 2 semesters.
  • Students studying a Language are to choose 1 other subject from each specialist area (1 x Art, 1 x Technology).

Core group subjects
These subjects are compulsory, year-long subjects arranges with the students homegroup.

  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • CARE

Year 9 Arts (Semester based)

Students will explore and develop their expressive skills; namely voice, body language and gesture. They will experiment with improvisation, role play and characterization, all of which build confidence in performance, and will work toward an ensemble piece. They will explore different theatrical styles and stage craft elements and will experience and review an external performance. This subject is great for building social skills and resilience as well as presenting a career pathway to many future opportunities in the performing arts. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Media Arts
Students incorporate prior knowledge, imagination and creative skills around genre, film making and digital manipulation. They will base their learning around media and its influence on culture and society. Students will focus on developing their processing and analytical skills through project-based learning and the creation of a digital portfolio. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Students develop confidence and strategies to perform in front of an audience. Students participate in group performances, play an instrument or participate as a backup vocalist or percussionist. Students record their work in a recording studio and are assessed on their performances, journal and musicianship. It is recommended, but not compulsory, that students who elect to undertake this unit have studied a musical instrument. At the end of the semester, students perform for the school to showcase their abilities. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Year 9 Languages (Full year of study)

Students will learn and develop the skills to share information about personality traits and potential careers, customs and etiquette, popular culture, religion and the environment. Additional topics of study may also include women’s rights and East Timor. They also learn to act confidently and competently comprehend spoken and written Indonesian and basic grammar. There is revision as well as continuation of work previously covered. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

The Year 9 Japanese course is designed to build on students’ skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in Japanese and topics that relate to everyday life. They learn to write with more in-depth use of Kanji and reading and writing the Katakana alphabet using on-line language learning programs, learning logs, games, and conveying personal experiences, describe events, facts and opinions on topics of interest as well as gain a greater understanding of Japanese culture. They also experience role-plays, listening and reading exercises as well as computer-generated presentations related to Japanese culture. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Year 9 Technology

Automotive (Felltimber only)
Students learn about automotive and electrical systems through a largely investigative ‘hands on’ approach. Course content includes workshop safety, vehicle operating expenses, motor vehicle safety and investigating different operating systems. Students use a range of hand tools, power tools and use analysing and testing equipment to test, operate and control automotive and auto-electrical systems. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Design Technology
Students learn about a range of processes used to shape and join metals, plastics, and associated materials. Processes covered may include hand, power or machine tools (lathe, mill or drill), oxy, arc, resistance or spot welding and sheet metal working. Initial projects will focus on basic skills and will build toward a design and problem-solving approach that will consolidate and extend on these skills. Industry standard Occupational Health and Safety guidelines will be discussed and observed during all practical work.

Food Culture
Using the theme of Australia’s Food Timeline; students will build on their skills and knowledge of grilling, baking, poaching, steaming and frying to create popular and nutritious snacks, main meals and desserts. Students will complete design tasks reimagining popular meals and menus. The course content focuses on different cuisines and cooking techniques. The products that are designed and produced in this subject are guided by the Australian Dietary Guidelines. The subject also incorporates the key competency areas of cultural diversity and sustainability. Students will be required to design, produce and evaluate their own products according to specific criteria. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Food Technology
Students will build on their food preparation skills and further develop their knowledge of creating healthy meals to suit a range of dietary needs and lifestyle choices. The students will explore where their food influences come from. They will learn how to plan, prepare and produce nutritious healthy meals. They will also investigate different ways to adapt meal plans and produce food that considers ethical, sustainable, medical, cultural and lifestyle needs. This will be done using the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Students will be required to design, produce and evaluate their own products according to specific criteria. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

This subject will connect students with the key knowledge and skills they will require if they would like to pursue information technology as a hobby or career. It will focus on three concepts that lie at the heart of most digital designs: using data to solve problems, using networks to send and manipulate data and information, and using code to create a basic program. Students will need to be prepared to be challenged in their understanding and development of content within the online world. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Students explore robot mechanisms, electronic sensors and design concepts used in automating processes found in today’s modern society. Students use a range of hand tools and workshop equipment to carry out practical activities and conduct advanced testing on electronic circuits designed to develop and reinforce principles and concepts introduced during the program.

Students will investigate the properties of a variety of fibres and fabrics. They will learn to read and follow patterns as they further develop their skills using textiles equipment through the practical application of several skills including patchwork, appliqué, synthetic dying and machine construction techniques. Both hand and machine embroidery techniques will be studied. Students will be introduced to the concept of slow fashion and the different ethical and environmental impacts of the textiles industry. Students will undertake sewing for a charity of their choice as their major project. Students will be required to design, produce and evaluate their own products according to specific criteria. Click here to watch the subject showcase video

Students design and produce a small project, such as a table, chair or occasional piece of furniture. This involves an investigation of needs and design involving sketches, drawings, cutting list, procedure plan and construction of the products. This work involves the production of dimensioned diagrams of their own design and working drawings. Click here to watch the subject showcase video


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