2021 Year 10 Curriculum Guide - All She Can Be - The Glennie School

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2021 Year 10 Curriculum Guide - All She Can Be - The Glennie School
2021 Year 10 Curriculum Guide
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2021 Year 10 Curriculum Guide - All She Can Be - The Glennie School
Introduction                                                    Curriculum Overview
At The Glennie School, we                                       The Year 10 program provides students with core units of
believe that a Year 10 program                                  work in the disciplines of English, Mathematics, Science,
should have both breadth                                        Modern History and Health and Physical Education. These
and depth – it should provide                                   courses all follow the requirements of the P-10 Australian
students with a strong                                          Curriculum. In the core subjects, students will experience
foundation and preparation for                                  the same curriculum language they will encounter in the
the new Queensland Certificate                                  Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), and thus they
of Education (QCE), as well as                                  are well prepared to meet the requirements of all subjects
provide breadth, challenge and                                  at this level. Assessment items are given the same names
pathways for students across                                    wherever appropriate, and they are assessed, wherever
the range of core and elective ‘taster’ subjects on offer. In   possible, using the same criteria as those which apply in
Year 10 students should be focusing on particular areas         Years 11 and 12. Students will also complete compulsory
of interest and giving some thought as to how these             courses in Religious Education and Study Skills.
interests align with QCE subjects and academic pathways.        During Year 10, students will have the opportunity to
Year 10 is also characterised by connections with the           undertake up to six single-term ‘taster’ electives. These
community, both locally and globally. There are a wide          elective units will allow students to experience the breadth
variety of exciting co-curricular and community service         of the senior curriculum in order to make well-informed
activities on offer which, combined with our strong             choices when selecting subjects for Years 11 and 12 in
academic program, aim to assist students to develop into        Term 3 of 2021. Except for Languages subjects, these
capable and confident young women of strength and               electives are not prerequisite courses for QCE study. Each
integrity – optimistic, self-aware and adaptable, with a        elective will have one assessment item, modelled on the
strong sense of compassion and social justice.                  task types from the Senior Syllabuses.
We look forward to working with you to ensure your              Wherever possible in Year 10, all elective subjects are
daughter’s Year 10 pathway leads to personal success.           referred to by the same names as those which apply
Tonia Gloudemans                                                to the Years 11 and 12 Queensland Curriculum and
Deputy Principal - Head of Curriculum                           Assessment Authority (QCAA) General and Applied
                                                                courses, and to vocational education courses.
                                                                QCE subjects all have a strong focus on the skills of
                                                                independent learning and inquiry. As such, all subjects
                                                                in Year 10 – core and elective – will focus on students
                                                                developing these skills during the year.
                                                                In the QCE, all Years 11 and 12 courses consist of
                                                                four units. Subject matter, learning experiences and
                                                                assessment increase in complexity from Units 1 and 2 to
                                                                Units 3 and 4. Units 1 and 2 provide foundational learning,
                                                                which allows students to experience all syllabus objectives
                                                                and begin engaging with the course subject matter.
                                                                Students should complete Units 1 and 2 before beginning
                                                                Unit 3. Units 3 and 4 consolidate student learning. Only
                                                                the results from Units 3 and 4 will contribute to ATAR

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Curriculum Structure
                                                                Three-Term Electives
Core Subjects                                                    • French
All students will study five core and three compulsory           • French Units 1 and 2 (Year 11 French)
subjects:                                                        • Japanese
                                                                 • Language Skills
 • English
                                                                  To study a Languages subject students must have
 • Health and Physical Education
                                                                  studied these subjects in Years 7 to 9.
 • Mathematical Methods or General Mathematics
 • Modern History                                               QCE in Year 10
 • Science
                                                                All Year 10 students will complete English Unit 1 in Terms
Compulsory:                                                     2 and 3 as part of the QCE program at Glennie, with the
 • Personal Development                                         option for some students to study an additional QCE Unit
 • Religious Education                                          1 and/or 2 subject as an elective.
 • Study Skills
                                                                Eligibility for an additional QCE Unit 1 and/or 2 study:
Elective Subjects                                                 • Evidence of sound organisational skills and a strong
Students will study six elective units. Each elective is            work/study ethic
a term-based course, except QCE Unit 2 options and                • Demonstrated evidence of necessary academic skills,
Languages subjects (French, Year 11 French, Japanese and            understandings and capabilities
Language Skills), which are studied over two and three            • Strong Year 9 results with achievements of A/A+
terms respectively.                                                 across the majority of subjects.
                                                                A student’s Year 9 Semester 1 report will be a key
One-Term Electives:                                             document in assisting with the decision-making process.
 • Accounting                                                   The Semester 2 report will also be considered to support
 • Agricultural Science                                         decisions previously made. The Deputy Principal - Head of
 • Ancient History                                              Curriculum will oversee acceptance of enrolment in QCE
 • Dance                                                        subjects at Year 10.
 • Design
 • Digital Solutions                                            Queensland Certificate of Education
 • Drama
                                                                Preparation for the Queensland Certificate of Education
 • Economics
                                                                (QCE) commences in Year 10 when students are
 • Fashion
                                                                registered with the Queensland Curriculum and
 • Geography
                                                                Assessment Authority (QCAA). During the year, students
 • Hospitality
                                                                are helped to complete a Senior Education and Training
 • Legal Studies
                                                                (SET) Plan which will help them to design a course of study
 • Music
                                                                for Years 11 and 12 which will help them meet their career
 • Psychology
 • Visual Art
                                                                The QCE recognises a broad range of learning options,
Two-Term Electives
                                                                most of which are completed during Years 11 and 12 at
 • Determined in Term 4 2020
                                                                Glennie. The QCAA may recognise some achievements
 Note:                                                          from Year 10. Girls are provided with advice and guidance
 Each Two-Term Elective will run as a combined Years 10         on the kinds of programs which may be counted towards
 and 11 class, subject to student numbers and whether           the QCE.
 the subject runs in Year 11 in 2021.

Unit Structure for the Years 10 – 12 QCE Program

                            Term 1                   Term 2                    Term 3                      Term 4
     Year 12                Unit 3                                Unit 4                              External Exams
     Year 11                Unit 1                                Unit 2                                    Unit 3
                                        Australian Curriculum - Year 10
                                                                                                      Start of Year 11
     Year 10                                  Units 1 and 2 (French)
                                                                                                           Unit 1
                                                              Unit 1 (English)

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Careers Education                                                Enrichment
Careers Education at The Glennie School is a key                 Providing enriching and engaging learning opportunities is
component of both the transition into the senior years, as       an important outcome of our differentiated approach to
well as the transition from school to higher education and       teaching and learning both within the Year 10 curriculum
employment.                                                      and co-curricular programs. Students are provided with
Throughout Years 10 – 12, opportunities are available            avenues to expand their interests and talents across a
to support students in their endeavours: to explore,             range of programs both in and outside the classroom –
decide and prepare for future pathways. Throughout the           academic, cultural and physical. The da Vinci Decathlon,
year, staff from Careers and Vocational Education are            Robogals, Science and Engineering Challenge, Maths
available to assist students with general careers advice,        Team Challenge, and the National Science, Mathematics
as well as support in VET pathways, subject selection            and English competitions are examples of some activities
and changes, resume writing, job applications, interview         in which girls are encouraged to participate.
preparation, tertiary pathways and program information,
university, residential college and scholarship applications,    Learning Support
work experience, careers expos, university experience            Learning Support is offered to all students with disabilities.
programs and GAP year programs.                                  The Head of Learning Support decides the degree of
Building on the careers planning completed in Year 9             support and the different supports offered in consultation
through the Be Real, Get Set program, Year 10 students           with parents, students and teachers. To cater to a diverse
complete a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan as           range of needs, support is individualised to cater to the
part of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE),           specific needs of each student. Support may include,
Queensland’s senior schooling qualification. The SET             but is not limited to, individual learning plans, additional
Plan helps students structure their learning around              scaffolding, assistive technology, in-class support,
their abilities, interests and ambitions and outlines the        withdrawal and specialised programs such as Language
individual student’s aspirations and desired learning            Skills. The goal of Learning Support is to provide the
pathway. In the SET Plan, students identify whether they         necessary adjustments to ensure students are given the
will pursue a technical (TAFE, apprenticeship, employment)       opportunity to be ‘All She Can Be’.
or a tertiary (university) pathway during or after secondary     In-Class Support
school.                                                          Learning Support teachers collaborate with classroom
As part of the planning process, students think about their      teachers to provide support and guidance to meet the
future, consider their abilities and investigate their options   needs of the girls within the general learning program
for careers and further education. Students are expected         through differentiation strategies. Where appropriate or
to complete a Work Experience Passbook, in which they            necessary, the Learning Support Teacher Aide may also
will log a minimum of 5 days of work experience or work-         work with girls in the classroom environment to support
related experience such as the experience days run by            students to reach their potential.
A subject selection evening will be held early at the start      Language Skills
of Term 3 every year. This evening is crucial for Year 10        Language Skills classes are designed to teach foundational
students and parents to gain further insight into the            literacy skills through a highly supported and flexible
requirements of the SET Plan and the implications of the         program. The classes are guided by a teacher to allow
QCE. It provides an opportunity for students to explore          students to receive targeted learning initiatives. The
potential subject choices for their senior years, which are      course focuses on reading accuracy, comprehension
aligned with their post-schooling pathway choices.               strategies, writing, proofreading and understanding the
The Careers and VET team value the importance of                 requirements of assessment tasks. Students are offered
individualised career discussions, especially with such a        a place in Language Skills based on school-based testing,
vast range of post-schooling options available. Students         standardised testing and teacher referral.
and parents are welcome to make an appointment to
discuss individual options any time throughout the senior

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Vocational Education and Training                               Subject Selection
(VET)                                                           Year 9 students will make initial choices from the elective
In the QCE system, achievement of a VET Certificate III or      tasters on offer. These choices will be used to guide the
above, in combination with results in General subjects,         decision-making as to the subjects that will run at the start
can contribute to the calculation of a student’s Australian     of Year 10.
Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The approach recognises         Once decisions have been made, the subject lines will
the role that VET plays in senior studies and the transition    be created. These lines represent the subjects that will
to employment, vocational and higher education                  be blocked on the timetable at the same time. While
pathways, while also ensuring that students have a              we do our best to meet students’ preferences, this may
sufficient breadth of academic subjects to cope with the        not always be possible due to limitations of class size
demands of tertiary study.                                      and viability, the constraints of combined Years 10 & 11
At Glennie, students can undertake a VET course through         classes, and blocking combinations. Students will be asked
either a school-based traineeship or through a vocational       to make reserve selections to help the school best meet
course. The School currently offers Certificate II and III in   the needs of all students.
Hospitality and Certificate III in Business.                    Subject Changes
Additional courses that are currently being delivered to        It is important that students select preferences carefully,
our students include Animal Studies, Active Volunteering,       as subject changes at a later date may be limited.
Beauty Therapy and Health Services. Students who would          Specifically, students may change a subject:
like to undertake an external qualification while still at        • In the first week of an elective unit
school must discuss this with the VET Co-ordinator.               • If space and blocking support the change
The School offers opportunities for students to undertake
school-based traineeships in areas such as Agriculture,
Childcare and Sport and Recreation, and specific trades
such as Hairdressing. Employers must be matched with
students before a traineeship can be offered.
Students wishing to take up this option should speak
with the School’s VET Co-ordinator so that a search for a
suitable employer can begin.

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Curriculum Sequence
 Learning Area   Year 10                             Year 11                                 Year 12
                 Core                                General                                 General
                 • General Mathematics               • General Mathematics Units 1 & 2       • General Mathematics Units 3 & 4
 Mathematics     • Mathematical Methods              • Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2      • Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4
                                                     • Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2    • Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4

                 Core                                General                                 General
                 • English                           • English Unit 2                        • English Units 3 & 4
                 General                             • Literature Units 1 & 2                • Literature Units 3 & 4
                 • English Unit 1                    Applied                                 • English & Literature Extension Units 3 & 4
                                                     • Essential English Units 1 & 2         Applied
                                                                                             • Essential English Units 3 & 4
                 Core                                General                                 General
                 • Modern History                    • Accounting Units 1 & 2                • Accounting Units 3 & 4
                 Elective                            • Ancient History Units 1 & 2           • Ancient History Units 3 & 4
                 • Accounting                        • Economics Units 1 & 2                 • Economics Units 3 & 4
 Humanities      • Ancient History                   • Geography Units 1 & 2                 • Geography Units 3 & 4
                 • Economics                         • Legal Studies Units 1 & 2             • Legal Studies Units 3 & 4
                 • Geography                         • Modern History Units 1 & 2            • Modern History Units 3 & 4
                 • Legal Studies                     VET                                     VET
                                                     • Certificate III in Business           • Certificate III in Business

                 Elective                            General                                 General
                 • Design                            • Design Units 1 & 2                    • Design Units 3 & 4
                 • Digital Solutions                 • Digital Solutions Units 1 & 2         • Digital Solutions Units 3 & 4
                 • Fashion                           Applied                                 Applied
                 • Hospitality                       • Fashion Units 1 & 2                   • Fashion Units 3 & 4
                                                     VET                                     VET
                                                     • Certificate II in Hospitality         • Certificate II or III in Hospitality
 Health and      Core                                General                                 General
 Physical        • Health & Physical                 • Heath Units 1 & 2                     • Heath Units 3 & 4
 Education         Education                         • Physical Education Units 1 & 2        • Physical Education Units 3 & 4

                 Core                                General                                 General
                 • Science                           • Agricultural Science Units 1 & 2      • Agricultural Science Units 3 & 4
                 Elective                            • Biology Units 1 & 2                   • Biology Units 3 & 4
                 • Agricultural Science              • Chemistry Units 1 & 2                 • Chemistry Units 3 & 4
                 • Psychology                        • Physics Units 1 & 2                   • Physics Units 3 & 4

                 Elective                            General                                 General
                 • French                            • French Units 1 & 2                    • French Units 3 & 4
                 • Japanese                          • French Units 3 & 4                    • French Extension Units 3 & 4
                 • Language Skills                   • Japanese Units 1 & 2                  • Japanese Units 3 & 4
                 • French Units 1 & 2
                 Elective                            General                                 General
                 • Dance                             • Dance Units 1 & 2                     • Dance Units 3 & 4
                 • Drama                             • Drama Units 1 & 2                     • Drama Units 3 & 4
                 • Music                             • Music Units 1 & 2                     • Music Units 3 & 4
 The Arts        • Visual Art                        • Visual Art Units 1 & 2                • Music Extension (Composition,
                                                     Applied                                   Musicology or Performance) Units 3 & 4
                                                     • Visual Arts in Practice Units 1 & 2   • Visual Art Units 3 & 4
                                                                                             • Visual Arts in Practice Units 3 & 4

                 Elective                            VET                                     VET
                 • Certificate I, II or III course   • Certificate I, II or III Course       • Certificate I, II or III Course
 Other courses   • School-based Traineeship          • Diploma or Advanced Diploma Course    • Diploma or Advanced Diploma Course
                                                     • School-based Traineeship              • School-based Traineeship
                                                     Complementary                           Complementary
                                                     • University Subject                    • University Subject

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Core Subject                                                    Core Subject

English                                                          Health and Physical
English focuses on the study of both literary texts and          Education
non-literary texts, developing students as independent,
innovative and creative learners and thinkers who                The Health and Physical Education curriculum supports
appreciate the aesthetic use of language, analyse                students to refine and apply strategies for maintaining a
perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and               positive outlook and evaluating behavioural expectations
interpretations through the analysis and creation of varied      in different leisure, social, movement and online
texts. Students are offered opportunities to interpret and       situations. Students learn to critically analyse and apply
create texts for personal, cultural, social and aesthetic        health and physical activity information to devise and
purposes. They learn how language varies according to            implement personalised plans for maintaining healthy
context, purpose and audience, content, modes and                and active habits. They also experience different roles that
mediums, and how to use it appropriately and effectively         contribute to successful participation in physical activity,
for a variety of purposes. Students have opportunities to        and propose strategies to support the development
engage with diverse texts to help them develop a sense           of preventive health practices that build and optimise
of themselves, their world and their place in it. Students       community health and wellbeing.
communicate effectively in Standard Australian English           In Year 10, students learn to apply more specialised
for the purposes of responding to and creating texts.            movement skills and complex movement strategies and
They make choices about generic structures, language,            concepts in different movement environments. They also
textual features and technologies for participating actively     explore movement concepts and strategies to evaluate
in literary analysis and the creation of texts in a range of     and refine their own and others’ movement performances.
modes, mediums and forms, for a variety of purposes              Students analyse how participation in physical activity and
and audiences. They explore how literary and non-literary        sport influence an individual’s identities, and explore the
texts shape perceptions of the world, and consider ways          role participation plays in shaping cultures. The curriculum
in which texts may reflect or challenge social and cultural      also provides opportunities for students to refine and
ways of thinking and influence audiences.                        consolidate personal and social skills in demonstrating
                                                                 leadership, teamwork and collaboration in a range of
Pathways                                                         physical activities.
A course of study in English promotes open-mindedness,
imagination, critical awareness and intellectual flexibility —   Pathways
skills that prepare students for local and global citizenship,   A course of study in Health can establish a basis for
and for lifelong learning across a wide range of contexts.       further education and employment in the fields of health
                                                                 science, public health, health education, allied health,
Topics of Study                                                  nursing and medical professions.
Term 1 Real words make real worlds                               A course of study in Physical Education can establish
  • This unit introduces the notions of text, textual            a basis for further education and employment in the
    features, conventions, purpose and genre, and                fields of exercise science, biomechanics, the allied health
    focuses on the ways that texts are created and               professions, psychology, teaching, sport journalism, sport
    presented                                                    marketing and management, sport promotion, sport
                                                                 development and coaching.
Unit 1: Perspectives and texts
 • Examining and creating perspectives in texts                  Topics of Study
 • Responding to a variety of non-literary texts
                                                                  •   Alcohol and other drugs
 • Creating responses for public audiences and
                                                                  •   Food and nutrition
   persuasive texts
                                                                  •   Health benefits of physical activity
                                                                  •   Mental health and wellbeing
                                                                  •   Challenge and adventure activities
                                                                  •   Games and sports
                                                                  •   Lifelong physical activities
                                                                  •   Rhythmic and expressive movement activities

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Core Subject                                                 Core Subject

Mathematical Methods                                         General Mathematics
Mathematical Methods’ major domains are Algebra,             General Mathematics’ major domains are Number
Functions, relations and their graphs, Calculus and          and algebra, Measurement and geometry, Statistics,
Statistics. Mathematical Methods enables students to         and Networks and matrices, building on the content of
see the connections between mathematics and other            the P–10 Australian Curriculum. General Mathematics
areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical         is designed for students who want to extend their
skills to real-world problems, becoming critical thinkers,   mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future
innovators and problem-solvers. Students learn topics        studies or employment pathways do not require calculus.
that are developed systematically, with increasing levels    Students build on and develop key mathematical
of sophistication, complexity and connection, and build      ideas, including rates and percentages, concepts from
on algebra, functions and their graphs, and probability      financial mathematics, linear and non-linear expressions,
from the P–10 Australian Curriculum. Calculus is essential   sequences, the use of matrices and networks to model
for developing an understanding of the physical world.       and solve authentic problems, the use of trigonometry to
The domain Statistics is used to describe and analyse        find solutions to practical problems, and the exploration
phenomena involving uncertainty and variation. Both are      of real-world phenomena in statistics. Students engage in
the basis for developing effective models of the world and   a practical approach that equips learners for their needs
solving complex and abstract mathematical problems.          as future citizens. They learn to ask appropriate questions,
Students develop the ability to translate written,           map out pathways, reason about complex solutions,
numerical, algebraic, symbolic and graphical information     set up models and communicate in different forms.
from one representation to another. They make complex        They experience the relevance of mathematics to their
use of factual knowledge to successfully formulate,          daily lives, communities and cultural backgrounds. They
represent and solve mathematical problems.                   develop the ability to understand, analyse and take action
                                                             regarding social issues in their world.
A course of study in Mathematical Methods can establish      Pathways
a basis for further education and employment in the fields   A course of study in General Mathematics can establish
of natural and physical sciences (especially physics and     a basis for further education and employment in the
chemistry), mathematics and science education, medical       fields of business, commerce, education, finance, IT, social
and health sciences (including human biology, biomedical     science and the arts.
science, nanoscience and forensics), engineering
(including chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical        Topics of Study
engineering, avionics, communications and mining),             •   Unit 1: Finance
computer science (including electronics and software           •   Unit 2: Trigonometry
design), psychology and business.                              •   Unit 3: Index Notation
                                                               •   Unit 4: Measurement
Topics of Study                                                •   Unit 5: Algebra
 •   Unit 1: Finance                                           •   Unit 6: Geometry
 •   Unit 2: Exponential Notation                              •   Unit 7: Statistics
 •   Unit 3: Trigonometry                                      •   Unit 8: Linear Functions
 •   Unit 4: Measurement
 •   Unit 5: Algebra
 •   Unit 6: Geometry
 •   Unit 7: Statistics
 •   Unit 8: Linear Functions

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Core Subject                                                    Core Subject

Modern History                                                  Science
Modern History provides opportunities for students to gain      The purpose of Science is to introduce students to a
historical knowledge and understanding about some of the        scientific discipline. Students will be required to learn and
main forces that have contributed to the development of the     apply aspects of the knowledge and skill of the discipline
Modern World and to think historically and form a historical    (thinking, experimentation, problem solving and research
consciousness in relation to these same forces. Modern          skills), understand how it works and how it may impact
History enables students to empathise with others and make      society.
meaningful connections between the past, present and            In preparation for the senior Science subjects, students
possible futures. Students learn that the past is contestable   will develop:
and tentative. Through inquiry into ideas, movements,
                                                                  • A deep understanding of a core body of discipline
national experiences and international experiences they
discover how the past consists of various perspectives and
                                                                  • Aspects of skill used by scientists to develop new
interpretations. Students gain a range of transferable skills
                                                                    knowledge, as well as the opportunity to refine these
that will help them become empathetic and critically-literate
                                                                    skills through practical activities.
citizens who are equipped to embrace a multicultural,
                                                                  • The ability to coordinate their understandings of the
pluralistic, inclusive, democratic, compassionate and
                                                                    knowledge and skills associated with the discipline
sustainable future.
                                                                    to refine experiments, verify known scientific
                                                                    relationships, explain phenomena with justification
                                                                    and evaluate claims by finding evidence to support or
A course of study in Modern History can establish a basis for       refute the claims.
further education and employment in the fields of history,
education, psychology, sociology, law, business, economics,     Topics of Study
politics, journalism, the media, writing, academia and          Students will study a term of:
strategic analysis.
                                                                  • Biology - the engagement with living systems
                                                                  • Chemistry - the study of materials and their properties
Topics of Study
                                                                    and structure
  • Australian Involvement in World War II                        • Physics - the engagement with the classical and
  • Migration Experiences                                           modern understandings of the universe,
  • Australian Indigenous Rights Movement
                                                                which will cover the foundational knowledge for the senior
                                                                Science subjects.

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Compulsory Subject                                         Compulsory Subject

Personal Development                                         Religious Education
Program                                                      Within the Year 10 syllabus, there are two main
The Glennie School has long recognised the importance
                                                              • The study of Islam
of a carefully and thoughtfully developed program of
                                                              • Martin Luther and the Reformation of the Church
personal development. Our program is designed to
ensure both Middle and Senior Years students can             The first semester is spent studying Islam in some depth
adequately deal with the many and varied challenges of       - its roots, holy books, traditions, festivals and rites of
adolescence. The personal development of each student        passage. As well, comparisons are made between some
as a complete person is a key focus of a strong and          of the teachings of Islam and Christianity. There is a
committed staff who seek to maximise student learning        strong emphasis on understanding both the religious
and development in this core area of the curriculum.         and cultural dimensions of Islam and how they manifest
When students leave school, it is often the personal         themselves in the world today. In the second semester,
skills they have developed of self-confidence, motivation,   the focus is on the Christian Church, what brought about
discipline and leadership, which enable them to succeed      the Reformation in Europe, and the changes that occurred
in their chosen path. The School’s flexible approach         after the Reformation. This includes the development
to education encourages all students to achieve their        of the denominational structure, the role of clergy and
personal best in many areas, providing recognition and       church buildings (including cathedrals), and the parish
building confidence. The Personal Development Program        and diocesan structures. The importance and popularity
supports the School’s approach to pastoral care and          of pilgrimage is also studied, including some of the most
is designed to promote the social, ethical, physical,        famous places of Christian pilgrimage today.
intellectual and emotional development of students.
The goals of the Personal Development Program are to:
 • foster a safe, disciplined and supportive learning
   environment where all members of the school
   community are accepted and valued;
 • develop each girl’s ethical behaviour, decision-
   making skills, independence and inter-dependence,
   tolerance, respect and community-mindedness, social
   competence communication skills and self-esteem;
 • assist girls to become responsible, effective, creative
   and enterprising members of the School and the
   wider community.
The program operates under four key themes:
 •   Relationships and interpersonal skills
 •   Health
 •   Future planning
 •   Study management

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Compulsory Subject                                              Elective Subject

Study Skills                                                 Accounting
The study skills course in Years 10 – 12 is based on the     Accounting provides opportunities for students to
Mighty Minds program Pathways to Success. The course         develop an understanding of the essential role of
focuses on three key aspects of improving the effective      organising, analysing and communicating financial data
learning skills of all students in the new QCE:              and information in the successful performance of any
 • Supporting students to employ active and productive       organisation. Students learn fundamental accounting
   learning methods - students are given the opportunity     concepts in order to understand accrual accounting and
   to set goals, organise study groups, create workable      managerial and accounting controls, preparing internal
   timetables and develop effective learning routines.       financial reports, ratio analysis and interpretation of
 • Developing fundamental learning and higher-order          internal and external financial reports. They synthesise
   thinking abilities – students are given the opportunity   financial data and other information, evaluate accounting
   to practise various problem-solving methods in a wide     practices, solve authentic accounting problems, make
   variety of situations.                                    decisions and communicate recommendations. Students
 • Developing an understanding of the Cognitive Verbs        develop numerical, literacy, technical, financial, critical
   that underpin the new senior syllabuses – students        thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills. They
   are given the opportunity to recognise the verbs when     develop an understanding of the ethical attitudes and
   they are implicitly used in assessment tasks and to       values required to participate effectively and responsibly
   practise applying their understanding of the verbs        in a changing business environment.
   across the range of subject areas
                                                             As the universal language of business (Helliar 2013),
                                                             Accounting provides students with a variety of future
                                                             opportunities, enabling a competitive advantage in
                                                             entrepreneurship and business management in many
                                                             types of industries, both locally and internationally.

                                                             Topics of Study
                                                             Unit 1: Real-World Accounting
                                                              • Topic 1: Accounting for a service business – cash,
                                                                accounts receivable, accounts payable and no GST
                                                                • Sub-Topic 1.1: Entities and the role of accounting
                                                                • Sub-Topic 1.2: Double entry accounting

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Elective Subject                                               Elective Subject

Agricultural Science                                           Ancient History
Agricultural Science is an interdisciplinary science subject   Ancient History provides opportunities for students to
suited to students who are interested in the application       study people, societies and civilisations of the past, from
of science in a real-world context. They understand the        the development of the earliest human communities
importance of using science to predict possible effects of     to the end of the Middle Ages. Students explore the
human and other activity, and to develop management            interaction of societies, and the impact of individuals and
plans or alternative technologies that minimise these          groups on ancient events and ways of life, and study the
effects and provide for a more sustainable future.             development of some features of modern society, such
Students examine the plant and animal science required         as social organisation, systems of law, governance and
to understand agricultural systems, their interactions and     religion. Students analyse and interpret archaeological
their components. They examine resources and their             and written evidence. They develop increasingly
use and management in agricultural enterprises, the            sophisticated skills and understandings of historical issues
implications of using and consuming these resources, and       and problems by interrogating the surviving evidence
associated management approaches. Students investigate         of ancient sites, societies, individuals and significant
how agricultural production systems are managed                historical periods. They investigate the problematic
through an understanding of plant and animal physiology,       nature of evidence, pose increasingly complex questions
and how they can be manipulated to ensure productivity         about the past and formulate reasoned responses.
and sustainability. Students learn and apply aspects           Students gain multi-disciplinary skills in analysing textual
of the knowledge and skill of the discipline (thinking,        and visual sources, constructing arguments, challenging
experimentation, problem solving and research skills),         assumptions, and thinking both creatively and critically.
understand how it works and how it may impact society.
Pathways                                                       The skills developed in Ancient History can be used in
A course of study in Agricultural Science can establish        students’ everyday lives – including their work – when they
a basis for further education and employment in the            need to understand situations, place them in perspective,
fields of agriculture, horticulture, agronomy, ecology,        identify causes and consequences, acknowledge the
food technology, aquaculture, veterinary science,              viewpoints of others, develop personal values, make
equine science, environmental science, natural resource        judgements and reflect on their decisions.
management, wildlife, conservation and ecotourism,
biotechnology, business, marketing, education and              Topics of Study
literacy, research and development.
                                                               Unit 1: Investigating the Ancient World
                                                                • Sub-Topic 1.1:
Topics of Study                                                   The treatment and display of human remains
 •   Animal Nutrition                                             • What do human remains reveal about ancient
 •   Animal Production                                               people, their societies, health and the environment?
 •   Plant Nutrition                                              • Bog bodies including Lindow Man
 •   Plant Production                                             • Otzi the Iceman
                                                                  • Archaeological, historical, scientific and forensic
                                                                  • Ethical issues and Ancient human remains
                                                                • Sub-Topic 1.2:
                                                                  Archaeological and historical case study: Troy

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Elective Subject                                                Elective Subject

Dance                                                          Design
Dance fosters creative and expressive communication.           Design focuses on the application of design thinking to
It uses the body as an instrument for expression and           envisage creative products, services and environments
communication of ideas. It provides opportunities              in response to human needs, wants and opportunities.
for students to critically examine and reflect on their        Designing is a complex and sophisticated form of
world through higher order thinking and movement.              problem-solving that uses divergent and convergent
It encourages the holistic development of a person,            thinking strategies that can be practised and improved.
providing a way of knowing about oneself, others and the       Designers are separated from the constraints of
world. Students study dance in various genres and styles,      production processes to allow them to appreciate
embracing a variety of cultural, societal and historical       and exploit new innovative ideas. Students learn how
viewpoints integrating new technologies in all facets of the   design has influenced the economic, social and cultural
subject. Historical, current and emerging dance practices,     environment in which they live. They understand the
works and artists are explored in global contexts and          agency of humans in conceiving and imagining possible
Australian contexts, including the dance of Aboriginal         futures through design. Collaboration, teamwork and
peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students           communication are crucial skills needed to work in design
learn about dance as it is now and explore its origins         teams and liaise with stakeholders. They learn the value
across time and cultures. Students apply critical thinking     of creativity and build resilience as they experience
and literacy skills to create, demonstrate, express and        iterative design processes, where the best ideas may be
reflect on meaning made through movement. Exploring            the result of trial and error and a willingness to take risks
dance through the lens of making and responding,               and experiment with alternatives. Students learn about
students learn to pose and solve problems, and work            and experience design through exploring needs, wants
independently and collaboratively. They develop aesthetic      and opportunities; developing ideas and design concepts;
and kinaesthetic intelligence, and personal and social         using drawing and low-fidelity prototyping skills; and
skills.                                                        evaluating ideas and design concepts. They communicate
                                                               design proposals to suit different audiences.
A course of study in Dance can establish a basis for           Pathways
further education and employment in the field of               A course of study in Design can establish a basis for
dance, and to broader areas in creative industries and         further education and employment in the fields of
cultural institutions, including arts administration and       architecture, digital media design, fashion design, graphic
management, communication, education, public relations,        design, industrial design, interior design and landscape
research, and science and technology.                          architecture (directly) and engineering, information
                                                               technology and science (indirectly).
Topics of Study
Students will engage in a collaborative creative process       Topics of Study
that is modelled on the Dance Project style of assessment      Design in practice
undertaken in the senior subject Dance. Students will           • Experiencing design
have the opportunity to create and perform a dance work,        • Design process
choreograph in small groups, and reflect on their practice      • Design styles
using analytical skills and dance-specific terminology
                                                               Commercial design
through written statements.
                                                                • Explore – client needs and wants
                                                                • Develop – collaborative design
                                                               Human-centred design
                                                                • Designing with empathy
                                                               Sustainable design
                                                                • Explore – sustainable design opportunities
                                                                • Develop – re-design

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Elective Subject                                              Elective Subject

Digital Solutions                                              Drama
Digital Solutions enables students to learn about              Drama fosters creative and expressive communication.
algorithms, computer languages and user interfaces             It interrogates the human experience by investigating,
through generating digital solutions to problems. Students     communicating and embodying stories, experiences,
engage with data, information and applications to create       emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience.
digital solutions that filter and present data in timely and   It engages students in imaginative meaning-making
efficient ways while understanding the need to encrypt         processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills
and protect data. They understand computing’s personal,        as they make and respond to dramatic works. Students
local and global impact, and the issues associated with        experience, reflect on, understand, communicate,
the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives.    collaborate and appreciate different perspectives of
Students use problem-based learning to write computer          themselves, others and the world in which they live.
programs to create digital solutions that: use data; require   They learn about the dramatic languages and how these
interactions with users and within systems; and affect         contribute to the creation, interpretation and critique of
people, the economy and environments. They develop             dramatic action and meaning for a range of purposes.
solutions using combinations of readily available hardware     They study a range of forms, styles and their conventions
and software development environments, code libraries          in a variety of inherited traditions, current practice and
or specific instructions provided through programming.         emerging trends, including those from different cultures
Students create, construct and repurpose solutions that        and contexts. Students learn how to engage with dramatic
are relevant in a world where data and digital realms          works as both artists and audience through the use of
are transforming entertainment, education, business,           critical literacies. The study of drama develops students’
manufacturing and many other industries.                       knowledge, skills and understanding in the making of
                                                               and responding to dramatic works to help them realise
Pathways                                                       their creative and expressive potential as individuals.
A course of study in Digital Solutions can establish a basis   Students learn to pose and solve problems, and work
for further education and employment in the fields of          independently and collaboratively.
science, technologies, engineering, mathematics, design,
communications, accounting, business and economics.            Pathways
                                                               A course of study in Drama can establish a basis for
Topics of Study                                                further education and employment in the field of
                                                               drama, and to broader areas in creative industries and
Creating with Code
                                                               cultural institutions, including arts administration and
 • Understanding digital problems
                                                               management, communication, education, public relations,
 • User experiences and interfaces
                                                               research and science and technology.
 • Algorithms and programming techniques
 • Programmed solutions
                                                               Topics of Study
Application and Data Solutions
                                                               This term unit explores the style of Applied Theatre. It
 • Data-driven problems and solutions
                                                               will ask students to examine how Drama is used to share
 • Data and programming techniques
                                                               community stores or as Strube suggests “twenty-first-
 • Prototype data solutions
                                                               century issues” in order to “bring about change”. Students
Digital Innovation                                             will build foundation performance skills in order to bring
 • Interaction between users and digital systems               to life an existing script which reflects upon one of the
 • Real-world problems and solutions                           many pertinent issues relevant to our youth of today.
 • Innovative digital solutions
Digital Impacts
 • Digital methods for exchanging data
 • Complex digital data exchange problem and solution
 • Prototype digital data exchanges

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Elective Subject                                                Elective Subject

Economics                                                        Fashion
Economics encourages students to think deeply about              Fashion explores what underpins fashion culture,
the global challenges facing individuals, business and           technology and design. Students use their imaginations to
government, including how to allocate and distribute             create, innovate and express themselves and their ideas,
scarce resources to maximise well-being. Students                and to design and produce design solutions in a range of
develop knowledge and cognitive skills to comprehend,            fashion contexts. Students learn to appreciate the design
apply analytical processes and use economic knowledge.           aesthetics of others while developing their own personal
They examine data and information to determine validity,         style and aesthetic. They explore contemporary and
and consider economic policies from various perspectives.        historical fashion culture; learn to identify, understand
They use economic models and analytical tools to                 and interpret fashion trends; and examine how the
investigate and evaluate outcomes to draw conclusions.           needs of different markets are met. Students engage in
Students study opportunity costs, economic models and            a design process to plan, generate and produce fashion
the market forces of demand and supply. They dissect and         items. They investigate textiles and materials and their
interpret the complex nature of international economic           characteristics and how these qualities impact on their
relationships and the dynamics of Australia’s place in the       end use. They experiment with combining textiles and
global economy. They develop intellectual flexibility, digital   materials and how to make and justify aesthetic choices.
literacy and economic thinking skills.                           They investigate fashion merchandising and marketing,
                                                                 the visual literacies of fashion and become discerning
Pathways                                                         consumers of fashion while appraising and critiquing
A course of study in Economics can establish a basis             fashion items and trends as well as their own products.
for further education and employment in the fields of
economics, econometrics, management, data analytics,             Pathways
business, accounting, finance, actuarial science, law and        A course of study in Fashion can establish a basis for
political science. Economics is an excellent complement          further education and employment in the fields of
for students who want to solve real-world science or             design, personal styling, costume design, production
environmental problems and participate in government             manufacture, merchandising, and retail.
policy debates. It provides a competitive advantage
for career options where students are aiming for                 Topics of Study
management roles and developing their entrepreneurial            Four elective units:
skills to create business opportunities as agents of               •   Merchandising
innovation.                                                        •   Sustainable clothing
                                                                   •   Textiles
Topics of Study                                                    •   Collections
  • The nature of Economics and the economic problem
                                                                 Each elective incorporates the core themes of:
  • The economic system
  • Introduction to macroeconomics – the circular flow             • Fashion culture
    model                                                          • Fashion technologies
  • The trade cycle                                                • Fashion design
  • The role of government

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Elective Subject                                               Elective Subject

French                                                          Geography
French provides students with the opportunity to                Geography focuses on the significance of ‘place’ and
reflect on their understanding of the French language           ‘space’ in understanding our world. Students engage
and the communities that use it, while also assisting in        in a range of learning experiences that develop their
the effective negotiation of experiences and meaning            geographical skills and thinking through the exploration
across cultures and languages. Students participate in a        of geographical challenges and their effects on people,
range of interactions in which they exchange meaning,           places and the environment. Students investigate
develop intercultural understanding and become                  places in Australia and across the globe to observe and
active participants in understanding and constructing           measure spatial, environmental, economic, political,
written, spoken and visual texts. Students communicate          social and cultural factors. They interpret global concerns
with people from French-speaking communities to                 and challenges including responding to risk in hazard
understand the purpose and nature of language and to            zones, planning sustainable places, managing land cover
gain understanding of linguistic structures. They acquire       transformations and planning for population change. They
language in social and cultural settings and communicate        develop an understanding of the complexities involved
across a range of contexts for a variety of purposes.           in sustainable planning and management practices.
Students experience and evaluate a range of different           Students observe, gather, organise, analyse and present
text types; reorganise their thinking to accommodate            data and information across a range of scales. They
other linguistic and intercultural knowledge and textual        engage in real-world applications of geographical skills
conventions; and create texts for a range of contexts,          and thinking, including the collection and representation
purposes and audiences.                                         of data.

Pathways                                                        Pathways
A course of study in French can establish a basis for           A course of study in Geography can establish a basis for
further education and employment in many professions            further education and employment in the fields of urban
and industries, particularly those where the knowledge          and environmental design, planning and management;
of an additional language and the intercultural                 biological and environmental science; conservation and
understanding it encompasses could be of value, such as         land management; emergency response and hazard
business, hospitality, law, science, technology, sociology      management; oceanography, surveying, global security,
and education.                                                  economics, business, law, engineering, architecture,
                                                                information technology, and science.
Topics of Study
Year 10
                                                                Topics of Study
 • Staying with a French family, cultural expectations/          • Coastal management
   differences, polite register, presents/souvenirs              • Climate change impacts
 • Buying drinks/food in a café, discussing choice,
   ordering a meal, travel plans, train stations and tickets,
   different forms of transport, describing a day out,
   clothes, appearance and what to wear, describe what
   hurts, justify opinions
 • Weekend activities, accepting/refusing invitations,
   arranging to meet and discussing options
Unit 1: Ma vie – My world
 • Family/carers and friends
 • Lifestyle and leisure
 • Education
Unit 2: L’exploration du monde – Exploring our world
 • Travel
 • Technology and media
 • The contribution of French culture to the world

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Elective Subject                                               Elective Subject

Hospitality                                                     Japanese
This elective unit is designed to provide an insight into the   The Japanese course in Year 10 provides students with
Hospitality industry and the senior course, where students      the opportunity to further develop their understanding
can achieve a Certificate II or III in Hospitality. Students    and production of the language. Topics of study include
will undertake formal Vocational Education and Training         relevant aspects of Japanese culture, which enable
(VET) studies, and can complete one module from the             students to deepen their intercultural understanding.
Certificate II in Hospitality course:                           Students have opportunities to interact and communicate
  • SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety           with people from Japanese-speaking backgrounds during
Learning activities are centred around Café G, lunchtime        the course. Students are also eligible to participate in the
cafés and in-class events. Through practical, hands-            annual reciprocal exchange program with Kyoto Girls’ High
on tasks, students will enrich their understanding of           School. In this program, students host a girl from Kyoto
the theory within the Certificate II units. As this is an       Girls’ High School during July/August and then are hosted
introductory course to the full VET course in Years 11 and      by that student’s family during the September school
12, the emphasis in this elective unit is on the acquisition    holidays.
of practical skills, with students being assessed on
competency in food and beverage preparation and service         Pathways
in Café G events and class work.                                A course of study in Japanese can establish a basis for
                                                                further education and employment in many professions
A fee of $20 will be levied through student accounts to
                                                                and industries, particularly those where the knowledge
cover costs through the training organisation, which will
                                                                of an additional language and the intercultural
be refunded if students continue into the Certificate II
                                                                understanding it encompasses could be of value, such as
course in Year 11.
                                                                business, hospitality, law, science, technology, sociology
This course will assist students to develop                     and education.
  • Knowledge and skills for participation in the industry
  • Confidence in a range of hospitality contexts               Topics of Study
  • A responsible attitude towards the safety, health and        • Health and Wellbeing
    well-being of self and others                                • Travel and Tourism
  • The ability to communicate effectively                       • School and Student Exchanges
  • The skills associated with teamwork
  • An awareness of responsible work attitudes

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Elective Subject                                               Elective Subject

Legal Studies                                                   Music
Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between                Music fosters creative and expressive communication.
society and the discipline of law and explores the role         It allows students to develop musicianship through
and development of law in response to current issues.           making (composition and performance) and responding
Students study the legal system and how it regulates            (musicology). Through composition, performance and
activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals,       musicology, students use and apply music elements and
while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities.    concepts. They apply their knowledge and understanding
Students study the foundations of law, the criminal             to convey meaning and/or emotion to an audience.
justice process and the civil justice system. They critically   Students use essential literacy skills to engage in a
examine issues of governance, explore contemporary              multimodal world. They demonstrate practical music skills,
issues of law reform and change, and consider Australian        and analyse and evaluate music in a variety of contexts,
and international human rights issues. Students develop         styles and genres.
skills of inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving and
reasoning to make informed and ethical decisions and            Pathways
recommendations. They identify and describe legal issues,       A course of study in Music can establish a basis for
explore information and data, analyse, evaluate to make         further education and employment in the fields of arts
decisions or propose recommendations, and create                administration, communication, education, creative
responses that convey legal meaning. They question,             industries, public relations and science and technology.
explore and discuss tensions between changing social
values, justice and equitable outcomes.                         Topics of Study
                                                                Film Composition
                                                                Music provides film directors with a powerful tool that
A course of study in Legal Studies can establish a basis
                                                                allows them to instantly set the mood of a particular
for further education and employment in the fields of
                                                                scene or to depict a character. In essence Music is a
law, law enforcement, criminology, justice studies and
                                                                communicating link between the visual image on the
politics. The knowledge, skills and attitudes students gain
                                                                screen and the audience. In this unit, students will explore
are transferable to all discipline areas and post-schooling
                                                                the compositional techniques and characteristics used
tertiary pathways. The research and analytical skills this
                                                                to convey a particular genre of film composition. They
course develops are universally valued in business, health,
                                                                will then choose an excerpt of film and provide their own
science and engineering industries.
                                                                composition using any of the technology and software
                                                                available at school to assist them. Students will also
Topic of Study
                                                                continue to develop their performance skills in a formative
Theories of punishment and the consequences of a                manner.
criminal conviction:
  • The purposes of sentencing
  • The types of sentences that may be imposed
  • Sentencing trends and approaches
  • The effectiveness of sentencing

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