Curriculum

Our College adheres to the national standards set out in the Australian Curriculum, The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) and the Church’s guidance on Religious Education provided through Treasures New and Old.

Each of the subject areas we teach has the equivalent of three hour-long lessons in a week, comparable with other high schools and colleges. We cover the same curriculum content (the Australian Curriculum and the ACT BSSS) and do equivalent assessment . Two of the three hours are devoted to traditional classroom teaching.The third hour is intensive individual learning in Independent Learning Time.

Religious Education

As a Catholic College, we recognise religious education as critical to a student’s understanding of the world and their purpose within it .Our religious education program opens students to the richness of the Catholic tradition, and its role in shaping our society. We also welcome the sharing of the beliefs and experience of members of our community from other faith backgrounds. Together, we explore the contemporary challenges people of conscience and faith are called upon to face.

As students move into Years 11 and 12, Religious Studies assumes even greater significance as it facilitates the exploration of key philosophical and ethical issues and enables students to synthesise complex ideas, to develop informed views and present sophisticated points of view . These are skills essential for success in both further study and the workforce . Historically, ACT Catholic Colleges have found that, for the majority of their students, Religious Education, has been a strong contributor to their Year 12 results.

Year 7 and 8

Year 7 is a time of transition as well as an opportunity for students to explore a range of subject paths . Our program prepares students to take full advantage of their middle schooling years.

Central to the Year 7 program is the linking of related disciplines to help students approach learning holistically. Our integrated subjects reinforce the core competencies shared across fields, and encourage students to make the connections required for solving real-world problems.

Students also begin or continue language studies, with a choice of French or Chinese (Mandarin). Their chosen language becomes a core subject for the next two years.

The Year 8 program allows students to build on the skills and interests developed in their introductory year . Students undertake eight subjects, including the experience of further electives. The components of Year 7 integrated subjects are taught as discrete subjects from Year 8 onwards. Connections are still made across subject areas.

Arts and Technology subjects are offered, with students cycling through one experience each term. This ensures that students have the opportunity to experience a range of subjects in Years 7 and 8 before making elective choices in Years 9-12.

Year 7 Core SubjectsYear 8 Core Subjects
Religious EducationReligious Education
Integrated Humanities
(English and Humanities including History, Geography, Civics and Business)
– English
– Integrated Maths and Science (incorporating Digital Technologies)Studies of Society and the Environment (History, Geography, Civics and Business)
Physical Education and Health– Mathematics
– Languages (French or Chinese)Science
Physical Education and Health
– Languages (French or Chinese continuing from Year 7)

Year 7 & 8 Electives

Food TechnologyDance
DramaArts/Ceramics
Music– Textiles Technology
Design and Technology– Sustainable Technology

Year 9 and 10

As students approach their senior years, the College encourages reflection on study and career paths, seeking to open rather than exclude future choices. A broad array of electives allows students to test a range of possible futures, whether they seek a vocational or academic path.

Students are not required to study a foreign language, but are encouraged to continue the study of their chosen language as an elective.

Year 9 Core Subjects

Religious Education
English
Studies of Society and the Environment (History and Geography)
Mathematics
Science
Physical Education and Health
Year 10 Core Subjects

Religious Education
English
Studies of Society and the Environment (History and Geography)
Mathematics
Science
Physical Education and Health

Year 9 & 10 Electives 2021

Technologies

Design and Technology

Systems and Product Design – In this unit, you will have the opportunity to build projects that are in the focus areas of Systems design and Product design. This may include projects such as CO2 dragsters, Apostle light seeking robots, LED/lamp building, and Skylap dog fighting aeroplanes. Design and Technology is recommended for students who have not done DT previously (in year 9/10). It is the starting course. It introduces students to the key concepts for this subject and the technology used for producing practical projects.

Graphics

Adventure in Creativity – You will have the opportunity to master the Adobe program Illustrator, developing your creative thinking and responding skills within design contexts, through examining a range of cultures and your specific design styles. You will broaden your understanding, and deepen your analytical skills, in relation to multicultural design trends and traditions through graphic design, drawing and making of vector graphics. By extension, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to respond to client needs for products, working on designs from concept to creation!
Marketing and Publications – You will have the opportunity to master the Adobe program InDesign, learning how to work with clients and develop communication skills and understanding. You will create your own graphically designed publications and learn how to professionally print, helping you to design and create engaging marketing materials that not only reflect current design trends, but that help to discover your own personal design style and aesthetic.

Information Technology – Programming and Systems

Data – Controlled and Secured – There is a movement away from the containment of information in devices such as smartphones and tablets to information everywhere, information around us, displayed on the world and able to be interacted with in a different way. Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that enables us to do just that. ‘Augmented’ means to add or enhance something. In the case of AR, graphics, sounds and touch feedback are added to our natural world to create an enhanced user experience. AR uses the existing natural environment and overlays virtual information on top of it.

Information Technology: Robotics and Electronics

Data-Driven Innovation – Data from individuals and connected technologies is used to inform society, businesses, industry and governments. Smartphones can be used to collect data and contributes to a person’s digital footprint. While this data may benefit the broader community it also raises privacy concerns about personal information. Problems and challenges faced by society can provide a useful context for examining existing data-driven digital solutions. Autonomous cars provide a useful context to examine the data required to enable this technology to work safely and become a reality on our roads.

Photography & Media

Camera in Focus – You will have an introduction to digital imaging. Photography and Media skills developed in this unit include using a camera, composition, lighting, sound and editing techniques required to record and bring students’ ideas to life. Students will also study key Photographers, and learn about the history and development of image production.

Visual Arts

Drawing and Painting – You will develop drawing and painting skills by experimenting with different techniques, styles, mediums and materials. Real-life applications of these skills will be considered by exploring their use in film production. You will showcase your learnt skills in a character design and a matte painting project.

Woodwork

101 – In this unit you will explore the fundamental skills required in woodworking, including using hand tools and timber machining (In particular using disc sanders, band saws and lathes). You will learn about the ethical and sustainable impact of timber production as well as having the opportunity to design and build your own products.
Contemporary – In this unit you will have the opportunity to explore woodwork and its place in the world in 2021. Designing and building projects that are modern, unique and innovative while also developing skills using hand tools, and timber machining.

Food Technology

Food Marketing – In this unit, you will explore concepts of market research, promotion, food production and packaging and sales/service, as you create sustainable design solutions and develop innovative food products.
World Food Concerns – In this unit, you will explore international cuisines and current global food concerns impacting consumers, the environment and the economy. You will research, design and develop a sustainable, ethical solution in response to their chosen concern.

Hospitality (Year 10 Only)

This Vocational Education Training (VET) course enables you to develop foundation knowledge and the elementary skills required to provide hospitality service to clients in a relaxed and professional environment, in a safe and efficient manner. You may study Certificate I in Year 10 and complete Certificate II in Year 11. The qualification is recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the hospitality industry and provides opportunities to:
• Apply knowledge and understanding of WHS, hygiene and food handling requirements
• Complete mise en place and basic food preparation
• Work in the canteen and at other functions
• Prepare and serve beverages
• Clean and maintain premises and equipment
• Provide client services—provide product information, serve food and clear tables, etc.
• Work independently and in teams
This is a year long subject.

Textiles

Comfort First – In this unit you will construct a Hoodie using Knitted Fabrics. Followed by a Pyjama set – Pants and Top. You will investigate and select the most appropriate materials and technology to incorporate creative design solutions to make your projects. During this unit you will also study a range of methods used in making Textile items. You will investigate Natural fibres, the sustainability of fibres and fabrics along with examining Care labels.
Focus on Fabric – You will learn a variety of Textile techniques that are used to ‘decorate’ fabric. Some of these techniques include dyeing, patchwork, fabric painting, applique and so much more. Using these techniques you will design and create a soft furnishing project, and also create a portfolio of the design journey.

Sustainability

Sustainable Communities – This course aims to connect you with the current local Sustainable practices of the ACT and Surrounding NSW region. You will investigate and engage with companies like The Green Shed, Round About, Community Gardens projects, ACTsmart, St Vincent De Paul & Ozharvest. You will have input into the projects and companies that you engage with. You will gain an understanding of the current Sustainable practices of these groups and contribute to their projects.

The Arts

Dance

Dance Today – You will learn Classical Jazz technique and apply it to various dance styles, such as: Commercial Jazz, Broadway Jazz and Street Jazz. You will focus on popular dance in our society today, and understand how our current society and culture helps to shape the Art form.
Decades of Dance – You will explore the evolution of dance from the 1920s through to today. You will learn pop culture dance movements from various time periods. You will also learn and understand how dance has evolved through the decades.

Drama

Staging Success – You will develop essential skills and tools needed for as an actor, and director, to create effective and engaging performances of scripted and devised work in groups. Youwill study neutral scripts, a contemporary Australian monodrama and develop performances for the entertaining Melodrama genre.
The Masked Actor – You will explore the genres of comedy and tragedy, originating from Ancient Greek theatre, in dramatic form of Commedia Dell’Arte and modern tragedy scripts. You will explore mask work and develop group performances through an inquiry study of your chosen script taking on the role of director and actor.

Music

Inspirations to Creation – You will focus on listening to music you are interested in and then transcribe this music in order to build your aural skills. You will perform this music, using your transcribing and aural skills to compose music of your own. You will build your understanding of which elements of music are used and how these are used to compose music to create particular emotions.
Music Industry – You develop your understanding of what it would be like to work in the Music Industry. Whether it is a sound technician, musician, teacher, band manager or backstage crew, you will learn the necessary skills to be able to carry out a job as a professional musician in the Music Industry. You will also discover your own pathway of how you could be part of the Industry in future.

Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE)

Business & Economics

Business Marketing – We are exposed to up to 10,000 advertisements a day, according to Forbes. This unit examines the impact of marketing on consumers, the tactics they utilise to attract customers, and critiques major companies and their social media engagement. We will use these theories to create a marketing campaign for a popular company.
The Business of Sport – Despite originally being amateur competitions, sport is now a multi-billion-dollar industry. We will examine how sport interacts with the broader economy, and how the major codes actually operate. We will critique the models used by a major code, and compare the performance against their major rival.

Law

Human Rights Law – Thomas Jefferson famously declared that human rights should be ‘self-evident’ or obvious. Recently though, the United Nations declared that online access is a human right, which made writers around the world consider what constitutes a human right – and why it fits this category. We will analyse human rights, and the barriers to these being fulfilled and extended across the globe.
International Law – In a world that is only becoming more interconnected, it makes sense that the international laws must evolve to fit this dynamic. However, the more that laws are taken out of the hands of governments, the greater tensions that can exist. We will examine the nature and purpose of international law, how it is implemented by governments, and the way it moves forward.

World In Conflict

Australia in the Asian Century – By 2030, Asia is set to account for 40% of global GDP. There is no doubt that the nations of India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea will play in important role in how the world is shaped in our lifetime. We will examine the challenges faced by these nations in their rise, as well as how Australia handles being in Asia geographically, but Europe and the USA politically.
Australian Politics and Elections – The 2019 election was widely predicted to change the government, and instead returned almost an identical result to the previous 2016 outcome. We will examine the major political parties and policies that will determine the pathway forward for Australia after COVID-19. This course is set to take place during a half-senate election, as well as potentially another federal election.

Science

10 Flight (By application only)

You will explore air transport’s impact on contemporary life and is a critical global concern, influencing social, economic and security issues. Scientific concepts, skills and scientific literacy are developed within an aviation context, assisting students in pursuing a career in a range of occupations in the civil or military aviation fields, or other highly technical, science-based industries.
This is a year long subject.

Forensic Science: The Evidence Never Lies (Year 10 Only)

Have you ever wondered…
· what can police determine from ‘fluff’ at crime scenes?
· why is DNA the ultimate fingerprint?
· what maggots reveal about dead bodies?
· why are Australian banknotes plastic, not paper?
You will deal with the identification and evaluation of evidence, applying all facets of science to crack the case in matters of law. From the crime scene to the courthouse, learn how to reveal the secrets hidden in evidence!

TOPICS:
· Crime Scenes: preserving crime scenes, time of death, fingerprints
· Victims and Suspects: causes of death, identifying suspects, DNA profiling
· Fakes and Extortion: false identities, forgery, blackmail

PE and Health

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education provides the opportunity for you to participate in a variety of activities that enhance your personal and social skills whilst promoting the acquisition of skills related to your enjoyment of outdoor recreation.

Sports Science

Sports Science aims to build your capacity to participate effectively in physical activity and Sport, leading to improved quality of life for yourself and others. You’ll study a wide range of theoretical concepts and physical activities in order to develop your understanding about how and why we move and how to increase your quality and enjoyment of movement.

Behavioural Science (Year 10 Only)

Making sense of people. The basics of Sociology/Psychology – Why do people think and feel in such different ways? Why is it that groups of people behave in the same way? Why are some cultures so different from others?
You will explore the answers to these questions and more! Learn to understand how/why you think the way you do, question the society around you and investigate human behaviours. The world will never look the same!

Languages

Year 9 Chinese (Year Long) – You will exchange feelings, opinions and preferences on school and family life, familiar people, experiences and significant personal events and also explore story telling. You read bilingual signs in places such as shops, schools, hospitals and explore the effectiveness of the English translations. You will also explore ways to interpret and explain key concepts and cultural practices identified in Chinese interactions.
You will have studied Chinese in Years 7 and 8

Year 9 French (Year long) – You will develop a growing awareness of the wider world, including the diversity of languages, cultures and forms of intercultural communication. We will communicate about immediate and personal interests and involvements (such as family, friends, interests), and some broader social and cultural issues (such as health, social media, international experience, the environment).
You will have studied French in Years 7 and 8

Year 10 Chinese – You will continue to develop your Chinese language skills by engaging in a range or topics. Students look at issues facing the world as a whole and analyse China’s influence in the world. You will use the internet to engage with Chinese speaking communities and to experience authentic language situations.
Students studying Chinese in Year 10 have chosen to do so as an elective from Year 9

Year 10 French – You will explore the French language and culture from a personal perspective, so you can share information related to personal identity, aspects of everyday life, and popular culture. You then extend your knowledge of French-speaking countries while developing a sense of their own space and place, explore lifestyles and work experiences. You will have chosen to do French as an elective from Year 9.
Students studying French in Year 10 have chosen to do so as an elective from Year 9.