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Victorian Curriculum - Years 7 to 10

In 2021, our Curriculum will be drawn from the Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Level 10 (F – 10 levels). The Victorian Curriculum sets out what every student should learn during his or her first eleven years of schooling. The Curriculum has been developed as the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and informed citizenship at this time in our society.

The Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Level 10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Victorian Government and Catholic Schools are required to use the Victorian Curriculum Foundation to 10 Levels.

At the College, we will continue to develop and enhance curriculum structures and programs to provide our students with every opportunity to achieve high levels of attainment. This includes gifted and talented students who are able to work well above the nominally age expected level of achievement.

The Curriculum is structured as a range of levels of learning and achievement. Starting in Primary School at Foundation Level, the teaching and learning programs develop the students’ learning abilities to progress through the levels of attainment into Year 10 at Secondary School. This enables the development of targeted learning programs for all students, where the curriculum is used to plan for the actual learning level of each student rather than their assumed level of learning based on age. It includes both knowledge and skills. Learning Areas and Capabilities define these as set out in the table below. All Learning Areas provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in the Capabilities.

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Year 10 Course Information


There will be five program options available to Year 10 students:

Program 1: Year 10 Standard Program

Program 2: Year 10 Applied Learning Program

Program 3: Year 10 Languages Program

Program 4: Year 10 Accelerated Program

Program 5: Year 10 Languages/Accelerated Program

All Year 10 Programs run for the entire year. Once enrolled in their program of choice, students remain in it for the entire year.

The College Timetable

The timetable will consist of 5 lessons per day in a 10 day cycle. Each lesson will be either 55 or 60 minutes.

Year 10 Work Experience or Structured Workplace Learning

This is a compulsory part of the Year 10 program. Students in the Applied Learning program complete Structured Workplace Learning (SWL), which enables a ‘hands-on’ vocational placement. All other Year 10 students complete Work Experience, which provides a valuable opportunity to observe and learn about a career of interest. In both cases, this can assist students with making more informed decisions about subjects to study, programs, courses and future careers. By providing the students with an ‘out of the classroom’ experience, students are given an insight into the world of employment and gain valuable employability skills for the future.

Subject Availability

Every effort will be made to place students into their subject choices. However, the availability of subjects offered in the Course Guide will depend on the number of students selecting the subject and staff availability. Subject lines may also impact a students’ elective choices. In these instances, students will be supported in selecting an alternate subject if needed.

Year 10 Curriculum Structure Table

The following Tables shows the allocation of the 50 lessons available per cycle for each Year 10 Level Program.

Year 10 Applied Learning Program: VET in Schools/ Vocational Education and Training

What is a VET program?

Students can choose an Applied Learning Program (including a VET course) as their Year 10 Program. This means that students will be undertaking training in a specific vocational area, for example – engineering, plumbing and community services. This training will give students a nationally recognised vocational qualification most commonly at a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II level. The vocational qualification will provide students with access to further training in their chosen industry in courses at Diploma level or above and may improve their employment opportunities.

What are the advantages in completing a VET Program?

These VET Programs should be of particular interest to students who want to:

  • Complete a nationally recognised training credential

  • Select a program which is flexible enough to give them some choice with clearer career and studies pathways after secondary school

  • Achieve greater confidence in tackling the labour market

  • Contribute to their VCE and ATAR

How will Vocational Education Programs be provided?

Students will attend the campus of the RTO provider every Wednesday. Students will miss an elective class at school on their VET day each week. They must accept responsibility for keeping up with all assessed work.

Students and their parents, in conjunction with the College, can arrange other Certificate Courses not listed in the Guide if a suitable course provider can be found. These arrangements should not take the student out of the College for more than one day per week. This day must be a Wednesday as the Year 10 Applied learning program classes are timetabled to free up each Wednesday as much as possible.

What are the costs associated with Vocational Training Programs?

In 2021, a non-refundable Administrative Fee of $500 will be added to the annual school fees. VET students will be expected to purchase a VET shirt from the uniform shop, prices will vary dependent on the course undertaken. Additional material costs will be levied by the course provider and are borne directly by the family, where billing will occur via school fees. The costs for each course vary depending on the course undertaken and the level of government funding provided through the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and the College itself. Fee remissions for families may be available in accordance with the General College Fees Policy. Specific costing will be detailed via letter to each family early next year once enrolments, course costs and funding levels are finalised.

Please note:

Students undertaking a VET course are not able to concurrently study an accelerated VCE subject at this College. If a student is offered the opportunity to accelerate their studies, the students must choose between this opportunity and a VET course.

VET Programs available through the Baw Baw VET Cluster or the Latrobe Valley VET Cluster

Certificate II in Agriculture

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Certificate II in Automotive Studies

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Bricklaying

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Carpentry

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Painting and Decorating

Certificate II in Civil Construction

Certificate II in Community Services – Aged, Disability Care and Child Care

Certificate II in Electrical

Certificate II in Engineering

Certificate III in Equine Studies

Certificate II in Furniture Making - Cabinet Making

Certificate II in Horticulture – Landscaping (one year course)

Certificate II in Hospitality

Certificate II in Integrated Technologies

Certificate II in Plumbing

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Certificate II in Salon Assistant (Hairdressing)

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Or any other suitable course

Further details of all possible programs are available from Mr Ben Cunningham, the Applied Learning Leader, or Mrs Elly Martin, Careers and Pathways Coordinator. Courses will not run if there are insufficient numbers.

Application process to enrol in Applied Program (Program 2) at Year 10

Students and parents should note that the study of an Applied program whilst in Year 10 is not assured. It will involve an application process to be completed prior to completing the web preferences.

Program 2 is not available for Accelerated Year 10 students.

Students may apply to undertake an Applied program and a VET course (via external TAFE providers) in Year 10 if they meet certain criteria outlined in the ‘Year 10 Applied Application Package’: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YMSarBImwxKM8gMod-XphOJ1TMtZYAMk/view?usp=sharing

Students need to apply for a Year 10 Applied program by June 26, 2020.

Relevant College leadership will examine applications. At this time, it may be determined that an interview is required. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application via an email from the Academic Office prior to Course Information Evening.

If successful: students will be able to indicate the Year 10 Applied program option as part of the subject selection process.

If unsuccessful: the students will select another Year 10 program of study.

Acceleration into VCE Units 1 & 2 in Year 10 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 11

Marist-Sion College offers subject acceleration as an elective option in Year 10 and 11. Students currently in Year 9 who desire, qualify and are selected for subject acceleration will be offered that preliminary (Year 11) level subject as an elective in Year 10. Students will still be required to take two other elective subjects as usual. Students will only be able to undertake one acceleration subject as an elective in Year 10 and 11.

Students and parents should note that the study of a VCE Unit 3 and 4 sequence whilst in Year 11 is a bonus not an alternative to the College requirement for VCE Year 12 students to study five Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

Acceleration is not available for VCE-VET students or VCAL students.

Students may apply to undertake an accelerated program in Year 11 and a Higher Education Study (accelerated University subject) in Year 12 if they meet the following criteria:

  • A combined subject total of 80%; and/or

  • Demonstrated strength and interest in a subject area

  • Consistently high work habit results

  • Approval from the relevant College Leadership.

Students need to apply for acceleration by June 26, 2020. Application forms are available to print:

Acceleration into a VCE Units 1 & 2 subject in Year 10, 2021:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18t2z2T8qIzS74bLIpRynoStQEIT3iQ83

Relevant College Leadership will examine applications. At this time, it may be determined that an interview is required. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application via an email from the Academic Office prior to Course Information Evening.

If successful: students will be able to apply for their acceleration subject as part of the subject selection process.

If unsuccessful: the students will select a Year 10 program of study.

Year 10 Prescribed Studies

Religious Education

(Programs 1, 3, 4 or 5)

Marist-Sion College is inspired by the traditions of the Marist Brothers and the Sisters of Sion in its commitment to providing an education which integrates faith, learning and life in a welcoming community. The College affirms and promotes a Christian philosophy which values a faith-centred approach to life and upholds the uniqueness, integrity and dignity of all those involved in its community life. The Religious Education program is the formal and most obvious means by which this philosophy is passed on to our students and is an integral part of the College curriculum. Our students are invited to put faith into action, value learning for life and flourish as people.

Religious Education at Year 10 level is studied in accordance with the Curriculum of the Diocese of Sale, by focusing on four content strands: Triune God, Life and Mission of Jesus, A Sacramental Church, and Christian Life and Catholic Social Teaching. Alongside the academic content, students are also given opportunities to broaden their own faith experience and to experience prayer, liturgy and reflective activities.

Religious Education: Youth Ministry

(Programs 1, 3, 4 or 5)

The study of Religious Education at Year 10 includes an option of completing the Core Study listed above as well as an ‘Introduction to Youth Ministry’ Unit. This study in Youth Ministry offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of youth ministry, as well as to plan and participate in youth ministry experiences.

Religious Education Applied

(Program 2 only)

In Religious Education, students identify ways in which the Church is called to dialogue and cooperate with other religions of the world, including Indigenous Spirituality and Judaism. Students will investigate the sacramental Church with a focus on Eucharist as a sacrament of service. Students reflect on self, the world, the environment and God through the lenses of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, Christian Prayer and Liturgy, and Religion and Society. Assessment in Religious Education covers the academic progress of the student and does not report on a student’s faith development. While studying Religious Education students also undertake activities which nurture the spiritual life, such as reflection on scripture, participation in liturgies and experiencing different forms of prayer.

English

(Programs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references. Students develop critical understanding of the contemporary media and the differences between media texts. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, discussions, literary analyses, transformations of texts and reviews.

Health and Physical Education

(Programs 1, 3, 4, and 5)

Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. In Physical Education students participate in SEPEP (Sport Education in Physical Education Program), which is a student centred approach to Physical Education in which the students take responsibility for their own active learning. Research in fields such as nutrition and health promotion informs what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices. Health and Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

Health and Physical Education Applied

(Program 2 only)

Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing, physical activity and participation in a varied and changing program. Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active. In Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self and build and manage satisfying relationships.

Humanities

(Programs 1, 3, 4, and 5)

Year 10 History - The Modern World and Australia

This course provides an overview of significant events in the decades since 1919. The topics studied include:

1) World War Two with a focus on Australia’s role and the experiences of Australian men and women.

2) Rights and Freedoms: 1945 to the Present - review of the civil rights campaigns of African Americans and Aborigines within their own countries and the ongoing work of the United Nations in the pursuit of human rights.

3) The Globalising World – global influences that have shaped Australian society in depth since WW2, e.g. the Vietnam War, new waves of immigration and a progression of changing media (film, the introduction of television and new forms of music.)

4) For Civics and Citizenship we study how the legal system of Victoria currently operates, especially in how it affects younger Australians.

Mathematics

(Programs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Students will have the opportunity to select one of two core Year 10 Mathematics options:

10A - Advanced Mathematics

(Pre-requisites eligibility)

Students work through the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning and apply them across all three strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability. The topics that the students look at include linear and quadratic graphs and equations, indices, trigonometry, logarithms and probability. This advanced level of mathematics works to prepare students for studying Mathematical Methods in Year 11 and Year 12. This subject is a prerequisite for study at university level for a variety of areas including engineering, mathematics and sciences.

10S - Standard Mathematics

Students work through the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning and apply them across all three strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability. The topics that the students look at include univariate data, trigonometry and shape and measurement. Area and volume for a range of prisms, cylinders and composite solids are explored. This subject provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that have many useful applications.

Science

(Programs 1, 3, 4 and 5)

The Science curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives.

During Year 10, students study Science as a core subject over both semesters. Students may select their science studies for the year from one of two options.

Option 1: General Science

General Science is recommended for students with an interest in a range of science studies or those who are unsure of the science best linked to their future pathway. General Science is selected for the year.

Students will study the areas of: Biology (use of genetics to explain inheritance and evolution); Chemistry (understanding the properties of matter, including reactivity); Environmental Science (recognition of global systems and the consequence of human interference); Physics (identification of links between motion and energy); and Psychology (understanding the development of behaviour).

Option 2: Specialised Science Studies

This option is recommended for students who have a keen interest in a specific area of science or who have understanding of subject requirements for their preferred career pathway. Students will select two of the specialised studies listed below. Each study is a semester unit that will further extend the key ideas presented in the General Science course, with a focus on recent developments and application of the scientific method.

· Introduction to Biology: developments in genetics and our understanding of evolution.

· Introduction to Chemistry: bonding and the importance of key chemical reactions in society.

· Introduction to Physics: energy transformations that facilitate motion.

· Introduction to Psychology: ethics of research methods used to understand human behaviour.

STEALTH (Science Technology Education and Learning through Humanities)

(Program 2 only)

STEALTH (Science Technology Education and Learning Through Humanities) is an integrated subject that combines Humanities, Science and Digital Technology. Key Humanities themes and concepts are covered that relate to the real world, with an emphasis on Civics and Citizenship, Business and Economics. Students will become adept at inquiring, reasoning and interpreting as they also explore History and Geography. Other aims of the course are to improve literacy and numeracy through science and technology. Sustainability will be a key theme that is examined through a variety of projects.


Vocational Preparation

(Program 2 only)

The VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit recognises learning valued by the community. The purpose of this unit is to focus on the development of self, through the development of personal organisation and planning skills, knowledge, practical skills, problem solving and interpersonal skills through participation in experiences of a practical nature, as well as starting to explore key employability skills.

Year 10 Elective Units Offered

Computing

  • Computer Programming

  • Multimedia and Web Design

English

  • Enrichment English and Literature

Health

  • Advanced Fitness and Training

  • Health Around the World: You, Me, Them, Us (New in 2021)

Humanities

  • Commerce

  • Geography

  • History - The Modern World and Australia (1918 - present)

Languages

  • Japanese (Semester 1)

  • Japanese (Semester 2)

Mathematics

  • Enrichment Mathematics

Performing Arts

  • Dance

  • Drama: Performance

  • Music Performance (Semester 2)

  • Performing Arts Investigation (Semester 1)

Science

  • Psychology in Action

Technology

  • Food Technology - Independent Living

  • Agriculture Horticulture (Design Technology Stream Food and Fibre)

  • Textiles

  • Designing and Making in Wood

  • Electronics in Wood

Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts: 2D Art

  • Visual Arts: 3D Art

  • Media Arts (New in 2021)

  • Visual Communication Design

Year 10 Elective Units Course Descriptions

Available to all Year 10 students, regardless of which Program selected.


Advanced Fitness and Training

The Year 10 Advanced Fitness and Training program offers students the opportunity to analyse secondary data and explore the various fitness requirements relating to performance in a range of sports and physical endeavours. Advanced Fitness and Training also exposes students to both mainstream and alternative training methods that will allow them to gain confidence in applying training principles through practical experiences. Students will expand their understanding of the body systems, nutrition and periodisation of training to develop strategies that maximise their performance and recovery in various sports and physical endeavours.

Please note: The study of Year 10 Advanced Fitness and Training is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Physical Education Units 1 to 4 during Year 11 and Year 12.

Agriculture/Horticulture

(Design Technology Stream: Food and Fibre)

Students create designed solutions across a range of technologies contexts. Within the context of Year 10 Agriculture and Horticulture, students are invited to experience learning around the daily management of the AgHort Precinct. Depending on seasonal change, students will expand on previous skill and knowledge in the growing of vegetables and fruit and fishes within a closed environment of Aquaculture. They will also assist in the daily activities in the AgHort area focusing on animal care for our barn chickens and our livestock. As an extended part of this program, students will undertake to create and manage a micro-business within the subject in an area that interests them, but falls within the main daily activities within the AgHort area. An example of this will be to manage and operate the barn chickens and associated egg production.

Commerce

The Commerce curriculum explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform and encourage them to participate in, and contribute to, the economy.

Computer Programming

This unit in programming is designed to develop student skills in solving information problems, as well as giving them greater control over their use of computers as tools. It is seen as important to equip interested students with skills in using a major programming language. It allows for the development of solutions to information problems of varying complexity, whilst at the same time, providing the stages of planning, design, construction and evaluation that are required in the study of any discipline involving technology. The course is open ended in that it allows students to develop skills at their own pace and to extend these skills through their major individual projects. The programming tasks for this unit have a focus of computer gaming and the construction of these programs.

Dance

This course provides opportunities for students to explore the potential of movement as a means of creative expression and communication. Dance students create and perform their own dance work in response to a stimulus, as well as examine the work of others, with a focus on various stylistic trends through performance and analysis. In each unit, students undertake regular and systematic dance training to develop their physical skills and advance their ability to execute a diverse range of expressive movements.

Please Note: The study of Year 10 Dance is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Dance Units 1-4

Designing and Making in Wood

Students develop their understanding of a design brief and how these requirements relate to their design ideas. They also develop an understanding of how to construct evaluation criteria and use a variety of drawing and modelling techniques to visualise design ideas and concepts. They then have the opportunity to use their own designs to produce a unique woodwork based table.

Drama: Performance

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of performance styles. They will continue to work on skills in characterisation and utilise playmaking techniques to develop and refine devised ensemble pieces, culminating in prepared polished performances. They will also study theatre history as relevant to the performance styles chosen.

Electronics in Wood

Students develop their understanding of a design brief and how these requirements relate to their design ideas. They also develop an understanding of how to construct evaluation criteria and use a variety of drawing and modelling techniques to visualise design ideas and concepts. This unit integrates the use of several materials, including timber, resistors, batteries, LEDs, servos, Arduino’s, switches and other items to produce a rage of electronic focused projects. One of these projects has the option to be custom programmed for individual, unique designs. This class provides modern electronics with traditional woodworking techniques (which are used to house the electronics).

Enrichment English and Literature

This extension course aims to engender in its students a love of literature, in all its forms (novels, short stories, poetry and film) and to assist students in developing their English skills to a higher standard. Through the study of the literary features of texts, students learn to critically analyse the way in which meaning is created. Students study text construction and how structural and literary features contribute to the interpretation of meaning. A large focus will be placed on developing a working vocabulary to assist in developing these observations within students’ own writing, thus assisting them in all areas of English in the future.

Enrichment Mathematics

The students are introduced to aspects of mathematics that are not currently part of the curriculum to provide stimulating and enriching challenges for the students. This course is an enrichment program designed for students who want to develop a more thorough and extensive background in mathematics. The course includes functions and their graphs, trigonometry and using Excel spreadsheets for mathematical problem solving. Students will also study vectors, matrices and explore CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) calculators.

Food Technology - Independent Living

This unit develops knowledge about the nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan. The students research the influences on individuals and groups, regarding their nutritional status and how communities (both organisations and individuals) work at promoting better nutritional health, growth and development. As part of the understanding of food in the local community the students will develop a design brief, encompassing a unit on cheese making. As such knowledge is developed, practical work will be undertaken using appropriate materials and equipment to make and examine products relevant to the nutritional information discussed.

Geography

With a focus on human-induced environmental changes and variations in human wellbeing across a range of locations, this exciting course aims to engender a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their geographical knowledge, inquiry and skills which will, in turn, better equip them to be informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just world.

Health Around the World: You, Me, Them, Us

Health around the World provides students with an introduction to VCE Health and Human Development. Students will explore the theory and practice of health and wellbeing on a local and global scale, and the various cultural, biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that may impact this. Students will examine various health trends and critique health promotion strategies presently available.

Please note: The study of Year 10 Health around the World: You, Me, Them, Us is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Health and Human Development Units 1-4.


History - The Modern World and Australia (1918 to the Present)

This course provides an overview of significant events in the decades since 1919. The topics studied include:

1) World War Two with a focus on Australia’s role and the experiences of Australian men and women.

2) Rights and Freedoms: 1945 to the Present - review of the civil rights campaigns of African Americans and Aborigines within their own countries and the ongoing work of the United Nations in the pursuit of human rights.

3) The Globalising World – global influences that have shaped Australian society in depth since WW2, e.g. the Vietnam War, new waves of immigration and a progression of changing media (film, the introduction of television and new forms of music.)

4) For Civics and Citizenship we study how the legal system of Victoria currently operates, especially in how it affects younger Australians.

Languages: Japanese (Semester 1 and 2)

The Year 10 course achieves further social proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language and preparation for VCE Japanese. Students understand and use the Japanese language to explore topics such as Japanese youth culture, shopping and visiting a restaurant, family and school life and the life of the Japanese business man/woman. It has also been designed to introduce more advanced verb and adjective forms necessary for VCE study. Students will also develop an insight into the cultural background of Japan through research and participation in a variety of activities. The Japanese students also have the opportunity to take part in the Japanese in-country study tour to visit our sister school in Aoki.

Please Note: In order to proceed to the study of Unit 1 and 2 Japanese, students must successfully complete Year 10 Japanese.

Media Arts

The Media Arts curriculum encompasses the fields of media, art and design. In Media Arts students make and respond using Media Arts knowledge, understanding and skills to represent meaning associated with personal and global views, and intrinsic and extrinsic worlds. Media Arts engages students in discovery, experimentation and problem-solving, and the development of perception about visual images, sound and text. Students utilise techniques, technologies, practices and processes with images, sound and text and become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic, and appreciating and valuing that of others.

Multimedia and Web Design

The production of modern and dynamic advertising, web content, learning and teaching materials, information sources and games relies entirely on Computer-based Multimedia design. In this course, students will be introduced to Adobe design software. They will use a variety of tools to plan, design, implement and evaluate their projects and will be able to publish their work in a number of formats.

Music Performance (Semester 2)

Like playing your instrument and want to increase your skills? In this subject, students rehearse and perform solo and ensemble repertoire in a range of forms and styles. Theory is directly related to their instrument and presented in a challenging, fun way. The history of music is covered as well as writing their own music. Students need to play and instrument (this includes voice).

Performing Arts Investigation (Semester 1)

This subject allows for students who have interests in Music/Dance/Drama to investigate an area of their choice. Students are asked to develop and investigate any chosen topic in the mind of developing a folio of their topic as for display as well as a performance/display/presentation/short film.

Below are some example topics, however, students are not limited to these selections. Drama students may choose to research an actor/period/lighting/makeup/costume with the idea of a small performance or developed script based on their findings. Music students may choose to research a particular band/artist/DJ/recording artist in the view to later perform two of their songs as a performer or a composer. Dance students may choose to research a particular dancer or choreographer to later perform a routine based on these findings.

Psychology in Action

In Year 10 Psychology, students are introduced to the discipline of Psychology with a focus on research methods and ethics in all areas of study. The sub areas of Nervous System structure, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology are explored in detail. In each topic psychological principles and theories are explored and applied in a variety of learning activities and hands-on experiments. Students will often have the opportunity to choose the focus of their assignments to enhance individual interest areas.

Textiles

This course explores fibres and fabrics and their uses in a variety of ways to construct useful items of textile art. Students will explore a range of machine and hand sewing techniques. For example, hand and machine applique, stencilling, patchwork and hand embroidery. These learnt skills then will be applied to a quilt. Environmental issues in the textile industry and the use of recycled materials will be explored throughout the unit. A visual diary will be created based around product design and manufacturing process and a written analysis/evaluation of the processes involved in the finished pieces.

Visual Arts: 2D Art

This course introduces students to many practical techniques and provides insight into the world of contemporary visual art. Students will be engaged and connected to the innovative techniques and materials of contemporary artists.

Areas studied in this unit: Visual analytics (with reference to artists studied), drawing and painting, stencil art and digital art.

Visual Arts: 3D Art

Students will focus on 3D artworks and extend their skills and techniques in a variety of media and materials. Students will evaluate and analyse artworks and document all processes in their sketchbooks.

Areas studied in this unit: Visual analytics (with reference to artists studied), ceramics (hand building), recycled materials and sculpture.

Visual Communication Design

This course will aim at building skills required in the VCE study of Visual Communication Design. The focus will be on interiors and exteriors. Areas studied in this unit include: Technical Drawing, The Design Process, Architectural drawing, freehand drawing from observation, an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and a Written Analysis.

Online Course Selection Process

The following steps outline how to enter your subject preferences online: