Year 9 Learning Programs
All students study
- English (Students explore
language through literature and film texts, and then focus on language
in the media. The capacity to analyse, synthesise, construct and
persuade are developed through skill acquisition in the areas of
reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will refine their
skills in using a range of text types.)
- Mathematics (Students will
practise and extend mathematical techniques through standard
applications, exercises, and analysis and application tasks. CAS
(Computer Algebra Systems) calculators are used to develop new concepts
and to provide a link between graphical and algebraic approaches to
solving problems. One class of students will undertake a rigorous
accelerated program, incorporating the Years 9 and 10 Mathematics
curriculum into one year. Entry to this class is based on a range of
- Science (Students gain
knowledge of scientific disciplines, how they learn, how to question and
explore many scientific concepts. This course focuses on student choice
in addition to the development of the individual learner, developing
science content and skills through student interest. Students will
design and carry out scientific investigations through scientific method
and have the opportunity to participate in the CSIRO’s CREST award.)
- Personal Development & Physical Education
(Students will examine personal values in relation to health related
behaviour, and become involved in community action. The individual and
team skills developed in previous years are further enhanced, with
greater emphasis on specialised technique and game strategies.)
- History - one semester (The
Year 9 History course focuses on the history of Australia. Students will
learn about the controversy over who discovered Australia and what life
was like in Australia when it was a colony of Britain. Students will
investigate how Australia’s population grew and how the white settlers
spread through the land changing the lives of the original inhabitants.
The course will then conclude with a study of Australia’s role in the
First World War.)
- Geography - one semester (This
course will investigate the operation of the world’s weather system and
students will learn how our weather is determined and how human
activities have increased the green house effect resulting in global
warming. The skills of research, map interpretation and construction,
data and graph analysis and comprehension of written and visual media
will be developed.)
Citizen - This subject will provide
essential learning for students to be active, informed citizens in their
democracy and an increasingly interconnected world. This study will be
underpinned by values, attitudes and dispositions to participate in
civic life which aim to promote an understanding and empathy of the
wider community and beyond. Assessment will be a combination of class,
school and community activities and linked to the key elements of the
Year 9 program.
German - GER09
course is aimed at students who wish to maintain the option of studying German
in the senior years of secondary schooling. The course will offer an intensive
program that will build on their vocabulary, oral communication skills, writing
and grammar. Topics include their home, travelling, shopping clothes and food,
nature, environment and dreams. Students cannot progress into Year 10 German
unless they have completed Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 9
course is aimed at students who wish to maintain the option of studying Japanese
in the senior years of secondary schooling. The course will offer an intensive
program with the introduction of a new alphabet, Katakana. Through the study of
new characters students will widen their vocabulary and broaden their cultural
understanding. Students cannot progress into Year 10 Japanese unless they have
completed Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 9 Japanese.
Language of our
Time - LOT09
What does it mean to communicate? Why is it so
important that we connect through spoken, visual and written text?
This new and exciting subject will expose students to the evolution
of language, with a focus on the methods we use to communicate in
today’s world. The act of communicating has moved from a rich oral
tradition, to one heavily steeped in written text, and is now
evolving to a combination of written, visual and oral. (e.g. Blogs,
Tumblr, YouTube and Virtual Worlds). In this subject, students will
be using the tools of today to create the texts of tomorrow. They
will explore what makes a Young Adult novel hit the bestseller
lists, what is needed to be a successful author today, and how to
create interesting texts that can be accessed in public spaces with
a real audience.
Students will be submerged
into the world of Shakespearean writing and examine through performance the
famous scenes from Shakespeare's works including character studies of Romeo,
Juliet, Iago, Othello, Desdemona, Anthony, Cleopatra, Hamlet, Ophelia as well as
the Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Study the great master and get yourself prepared
for Shakespeare studies in Senior English classes.
Who are the characters in musical theatre?
What are the origins in Australia? This subject examines the great writers
of the Musical genre, and you will be able to complete a character study and
performance of a scene/song from a musical.
Song Writing & Production - SON09
Song Writing and Production is a project-based unit.
Students listen to and perform songs in a range of musical styles. Taking
ideas from well-known song writing teams and using programs including
Garageband and Mixcraft, they will develop original lyrics and record your
vocals with drums, guitar and keyboard backings. In collaboration with media
students, each group will create an image for their song and finally produce
a music video. At the end of this unit, students will produce a DVD music
video and upload their work to a wider audience. Assessment will be based on
collaboration and teamwork, maintaining a process journal and producing the
final music video DVD.
Dance - DCE09
Dance say about a community at a particular point in time? What influences a new
Dance style? Enjoy exploring new ways of moving as you learn a range of Dances
from traditional/cultural through to Swing, Disco, Jazz, Hip-Hop and many more.
Guest dance teachers will visit the class and if you are an expert in a style
you too could teach the class! You will also get the chance to create your own
Dance piece in your favourite dance style.
Media Studies - MED09
Students will explore a range of new technologies
and industry standard software including: Final Cut Express and
Adobe Photoshop to manipulate, present and share ideas across a
range of themes and concepts. Students will learn the processes and
conventions relating to various media forms including Social Media,
editing and visual communication. Students will have an opportunity
to create multiple projects including: a movie poster, music video
and an animation.
Photography - PHO09
how to use pinhole cameras, analogue SLR cameras and experiment with
contact printing. Students develop film and print in the darkroom,
learning and refining their photographic processes and techniques.
Students implement and learn about composition and design, through
developing their own imagery and visual language of art making.
Students investigate varied genres, styles, artists and the history
of photography. Students learn
how to use digital imaging through photomedia and illustration.
Students are encouraged to use computers as a creative tool with the
aim of using digital media to experiment and seek innovative
solutions. Students are introduced to traditional and innovative
contemporary photographic techniques and programs. Students
implement and learn about composition and design, ensuring they
understand the visual language of art making. Students investigate
aesthetic and visual works of digital art, enabling them to expand
and develop their own visual solutions.
In this unit the students will explore new ideas in
Art from contemporary artists who utilise a variety of traditional
and non-traditional mediums. The students are encouraged to
undertake a discovery of materials and concepts that foster an
inquiry from individual experiences with the aim of communicating
their ideas and observations in a visual form. Each student will
explore a sense of self-expression that is based on personal
interests while building on skills that have been developed in
previous years. Possible mediums and forms to be explored include:
painting, drawing, sculpture, multi-media, ceramics and printmaking.
Visual Communication and
Design - VCD09
how to use text and images, in either two or three-dimensional form,
to communicate ideas, information, and messages to audiences in
imaginative and original ways. Students work towards completing a
folio of works and visual diary of investigative processes.
Fabrics, fashion and design - FAB09
how to make their own clothes and create their own fabric. Students
explore new and challenging topics to enhance skills in both design
and production. A continuation of this course is offered to students
in Semester 2. Students continue their development and understanding
of making clothing that allows the exploration the various qualities
and properties of fabric.
Technology - FTC09
In this unit students have the
opportunity to experience all parts of the menu, focusing on food presentation
and creative preparation. Learn simple skills that produce impressive results,
food that looks good enough to eat! The basics of food photography will also be
explored enabling students to create a folio of their results.
This course focuses on managing personal finances and
consumer decision making. Students will learn to make informed decisions
about mobile phones and credit cards. They will develop knowledge of
consumer rights and responsibilities, as well as personal record keeping