BERWICK COLLEGE 2021 CURRICULUM GUIDE JUNIOR SCHOOL - Improving the Learning

 
BERWICK COLLEGE 2021 CURRICULUM GUIDE JUNIOR SCHOOL - Improving the Learning
BERWICK COLLEGE
2021 CURRICULUM GUIDE
    JUNIOR SCHOOL

 Improving the Learning
BERWICK COLLEGE 2021 CURRICULUM GUIDE JUNIOR SCHOOL - Improving the Learning
2021 JUNIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM GUIDE YEARS 7 – 9
Berwick College is known for its ability to provide individual curriculum programs that meet the varying needs of our
    students. It is a priority of the college that we support our students in their social, emotional and academic
    development, so that they are prepared to meet the challenges of an ever changing educational landscape.
                                 ”All that we do is in the best interests of our students”

Principal:                                     Ms. Kerri Bolch
Assistant Principal:                           Mr. Mark Woodbridge
Assistant Principal:                           Ms. Alison Birkett
Assistant Principal:                           Mr. James Doble
Assistant Principal:                           Ms. Cassandra Marinopoulos
Junior School Leader:                          Ms. Michelle Lewis
Applied Learning:                              Mr. Julian Walton
Careers VET & Business Partnerships:           Ms. Karen Crawley
High Achievers Program:                        Ms. Kylie Duncan

Student Learning Leaders

CHISHOLM                                       Ms. Amy Hooper and Ms. Jodie Owen
DUNLOP                                         Ms. Rebecca Hann and Mr. Jake Uhlenberg
FLYNN                                          Mr. Vaughan Chaplin and Mr. Adam Nettleingham
FROST                                          Mr Matthew Oke and Ms. Alex Rees
HOLLOWS                                        Ms. Deana Mihalos and Mr. Neil Gould
KENNY                                          Ms. Irena Arney and Ms. Melissa Zuccolo
MONASH                                         Mr. Paul Roberts and Ms Lucy Tusan
O’DONOGHUE                                     Mr. Jesse Nugent and Ms. Bree Villela
Domain Leaders

ENGLISH                                        Ms. Virginia Danahay
MATHEMATICS                                    Ms. Melissa Baron
ARTS                                           Ms. Danni Vitalich
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION                  Mr. Nick Costantino
HUMANITIES                                     Mr. Kane Armistead and Ms. Erin Silfo
SCIENCE                                        Ms. Michelle Berwick
TECHNOLOGY                                     Ms. Carla Diaz
LOTE                                           Ms. Sasha Lanyon

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BERWICK COLLEGE 2021 CURRICULUM GUIDE JUNIOR SCHOOL - Improving the Learning
LEARNING AT BERWICK COLLEGE
                                     THE CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP TEAM
  Our team guides curriculum development across whole school programs. To achieve our school values we aim to develop
                 curriculum that engages students, maximises learning outcomes and stimulates learning.

    Department of                              College Service Standards                      Guiding principles of
 Education and Training                        Berwick College aims to provide a               Berwick College’s
                                                 learning community through:
         goals:                                                                              educational philosophy
                                                   EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING
 • To improve the                           “Berwick College fosters the pursuit of        As students come to the end of
   opportunities for all                     knowledge and skills. We strive to do         their journey at Berwick College
   learners without exception                our best, we consider new ideas and           we aim for them to:
                                            encourage best practice, and we select
 • To improve student skills                      our learning opportunities.”              • Possess the life skills which
   and achieve gains in                      ORDERLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT                     enable them to face
   achievement in Literacy,                    “Berwick College aims to provide a             challenges with confidence,
   Maths and Science                         safe, positive and respectful learning           resilience, empathy and
                                            environment for all students to realise           respect.
 • Ensure secondary schooling                       their learning potential”
   is more inclusive, flexible                   RICH AND VARIED PATHWAYS                   • Be adaptable to change and
   and engaging and equips                   “Berwick Collage aim to prepare each             embrace continuous learning
   young people for further                   person for diverse pathway choices              through problem solving,
   study and work                              and to make a successful transition            creativity and thinking
                                              into further education, training and            critically.
 • To strengthen leadership                               employment.
   and professional practice                       POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS                   • Have a continuing sense of
   across all services                        “We treat others with consideration             community, both locally and
                                               and understanding, we are truthful             globally, and an awareness of
 • To work closely and openly                  and trustworthy and we work with               the importance of the
   with our communities,                                     others.”                         environment.
   service providers and staff                        PERSONAL GROWTH
                                              “We meet our expectations, we are
                                              accountable for our actions and we
                                                  work with effort, energy and
                                                          persistence.”
                                            Excellence in Learning                        Inquiry – Our Learning
                                            Orderly Learning Environment                  Cooperation – Our Community
 Berwick College ICARE                     Rich and Varied Pathways                      Achievement – Our Growth
 Values:                                    Personal Growth                               Resilience – Our Character
                                            Positive Relationships                        Empathy – Our Awareness

                             Students are at the centre of our practices
We endeavour to ensure that every student has their learning needs catered for as an individual.
Personalisation
          We link the key elements of our programs, policies and our processes to create settings where students and
          teachers know each other better.
Community engagement
        We communicate effectively with members of our college community and we network and develop partnerships
        locally and globally.
Relational learning
          We view all learning as relational. We focus on building relationships that support life-long learning. We link the
          key elements of our programs, policies and our processes to create settings where students and teachers know
          each other better.
                               “All members of the Berwick College community work together
                             towards the realisation of the college principles, values and goals”.

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INTRODUCTION
  Berwick College is a school that prides itself on being able to offer a range of study options that enable us to personalise a
  student’s timetable based on their individual needs. We hope the information contained in this guide provides assistance in
  choosing subjects into the senior years.

                         SUBJECTS BY DOMAIN AND YEAR LEVELS – JUNIOR SCHOOL

                                                               ENGLISH
         Year 7                    Year 8                    Year 9                   Year 10                Year 11                 Year 12
        07ENG                     08ENG                      09ENG                     10ENG                  11ENG                   12ENG
        English                   English                    English                   English                English                 English
         07LIT                     08LIT                                                10LIT                  11LIT                   12LIT
     Literacy Plus             Literacy Plus                                         Literature             Literature              Literature
                                                                                       10ENL
                                                                                 English Language
High Achievers Program    High Achievers Program     High Achievers Program       High Achievers              11EAL01                12EAL01
                                                                                      Program              English as an          English as an
                                                                                       10HAE            Additional Language    Additional Language

                                HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
        Year 7                    Year 8                     Year 9                   Year 10                Year 11                 Year 12
       07PEM                                                                          10PM1                  11PEM                   12PEM
  Physical Education                                                                  Superfit          Physical Education      Physical Education
                                                                                                           Units 1 & 2             Units 3 & 4
                                                                                       10SRA
                                                                                    Surf Rescue
                                                                                     ADVANCE
                                   08PEG                      09PEG                    10PEG
                          Physical Education Girls   Physical Education Girls    Physical Education
                                                                                        Girls
                                                              09PG1                    10PG1
                                                        Healthy Me Girls        Body and Soul Girls
                                   08PEB                      09PEB                    10PEB
                          Physical Education Boys    Physical Education Boys     Physical Education
                                                                                        Boys
                                                             09PB1                     10PB1
                                                       Racquet and striking     Individual Activities
                                                           sports Boys                  Boys
                                                              09PB2
                                                     Codes of the World Boys
                                                             09PG2
                                                     Codes of the World Girls
                                                             09HHD                   10GOL                   11HHD                     12HHD
                                                      Adolescence, Health &        Game of Life        Health and Human          Health and Human
                                                            First Aid             COMPULSORY          Development – Units      Development – Units 3
                                                                                                              1&2                       &4
                                                            09OES                     10OES                  11OES                     12OES
                                                       Outdoor Education         Outdoor Education          Outdoor                   Outdoor
                                                                                                         Environmental         Environmental Studies
                                                                                                      Studies – Units 1 & 2         – Units 3 & 4
                                                                                                 VET Options Available – see page 6
 Basketball Academy        Basketball Academy         Basketball Academy        Basketball Academy    Basketball Academy
       07BBA                     08BBA                      09BBA                     10BBA                  11BBA

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HUMANITIES
      Year 7               Year 8                  Year 9              Year 10                  Year 11                     Year 12
     07HUM                08HUM                   09HUM                 10GE1                   11GEO                       12GEO
You Rock You Rule    Global Perspectives   Geography of Biomes       Geography –               Geography                   Geography
                                           and Interconnections      Environment               Units 1 & 2                 Units 3 & 4
                                              and History –
                                             Australia and the          10GE2
                                              Modern World           Geography -
                                                                      Contrasts
                                                                        10HI1                     11HIS                       12HIS
                                                                   History – Battles       History 20th Century        History Revolutions
                                                                                               Units 1 & 2                 Units 3 & 4
                                                                        10HI2
                                                                  History – Rights &
                                                                      Freedom
                                                                                                   11ACC                       12ACC
                                                                                          Accounting Units 1 & 2      Accounting Units 3 & 4
                                                                        10LAW                      11LEG                       12LEG
                                                                    Law and Order        Legal Studies Units 1 & 2   Legal Studies Units 3 & 4
                                                09BUS                   10BUS                      11BUS                       12BUS
                                             Commerce and           Business Basics       Business Management         Business Management
                                                Society                                         Units 1 & 2                 Units 3 & 4
                                                                          10PHI                    11PHI                       12PHI
                                                                       Philosophy         Philosophy Units 1 & 2      Philosophy Units 3 & 4
                                                                         10POL                     11POL                       12POL
                                                                  Politics, People and    Australian and Global       Australian and Global
                                                                         Power              Politics Units 1 & 2        Politics Units 3 & 4
                                                                                                                               (2022)

                    LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE)
     Year 7                Year 8                Year 9                 Year 10                  Year 11                     Year 12
     07IND                 08IND                 09IND                   10IND                    11IND                       12IND
   Indonesian            Indonesian            Indonesian             Indonesian               Indonesian                  Indonesian
                                                                                               Units 1 & 2                 Units 3 & 4

                                                 MATHEMATICS
     Year 7                Year 8                Year 9                Year 10                  Year 11                      Year 12
     07MAT                 08MAT                 09MAT                 10MAG                    11MAG                        12MAF
     Maths                 Maths                 Maths              General Maths            General Maths                Further Maths
                                                                                              Units 1 & 2                  Units 3 & 4
                                                                      10MAM                    11MAM                         12MAM
                                                                   Maths Methods            Maths Methods                Maths Methods
                                                                                              Units 1 & 2                  Units 3 & 4
                                                                                                11MAS                        12MAS
                                                                                            Specialist Maths             Specialist Maths
                                                                                              Units 1 & 2                  Units 3 & 4
                                                                       10MAC
                                                                  Consolidated Maths

                                                           SCIENCE
     Year 7                Year 8                Year 9                Year 10                  Year 11                     Year 12
      07SCI                 08SCI                 09SCI                 10BIO                    11BIO                       12BIO
     Science               Science               Science               Biology            Biology – Units 1 & 2       Biology – Units 3 & 4
                                                                        10CHE                    11CHE                       12CHE
                                                                      Chemistry          Chemistry Units 1 & 2        Chemistry Units 3 & 4
                                                                        10EVS                    11EVS
                                                                    Environmental        Environmental Science
                                                                       Science                 Units 1& 2
                                                                        10PHY                    11PHY                       12PHY
                                                                       Physics             Physics Units 1& 2          Physics Units 3 & 4
                                                                        10PSY                    11PSY                       12PSY
                                                                     Psychology          Psychology Units 1 & 2      Psychology Units 3 & 4

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TECHNOLOGY
       Year 7                   Year 8                Year 9                Year 10                    Year 11                       Year 12
       07TEC                    08FG1                                        10DTP                      11DTT                         12DTT
                                                      09FG2
     Technology            Fashion Garment                              Textiles: Pyjama         Textiles Units 1 & 2          Textiles Units 3 & 4
                                                 Fashion Garment
                                                                              Party
                                08PD1                 09PD2                   VET Options Available – see page 6
                            Product Design        Product Design
                                                                                                      11FOO                         12FOO
   Students will be              08FOO                09FO1                  10FO1
                                                                                                  Food Technology               Food Technology
     allocated a          Eat in or Takeaway        Eat for Life            Catering
                                                                                                    Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
TECHNOLOGY elective                                   09FO2                  10FO2
in Semester 1 and/or                            International Food     Food for the Future
     Semester 2                                                              10FO3
                                                                        Cook For Your Life
   07DIT Digital                                                             10DTW                    11DTW                        12DTW
   Technology is               08WOO                 09WOO
                                                                       Technology Design         Wood Technology                Wood Technology
compulsory at Year 7         Design Wood           Design Wood
                                                                              Wood                  Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
                               08DMT                   09DMT                                 VET Options Available – see page 6
                           Creative Metals        All Things Metal
                                08SYT                  09SYA                  VET Options Available – see page 6
                         Systems Technology     Systems Technology
                                                    Automotive
                                                       09SYM                  10SYE                      VET Options Available – see page 6
                                                Systems technology         Electronics
                                                 mechatronics and
                                                     integrated
                                                                             10ITR                     11ITC                         12ITA
                                                       09ITD
                                                                          Reality Bytes          Applied Computing               Data Analytics
                                                   Discovering IT
                                                                                                    Units 1 & 2                    Unit 3 & 4
                                                                               10ITP                                                 12ITS
                                                                       Inside Programming                                    Software Development
                                                                                                                                  Units 3 & 4
        07DIT                    08DIT                 09DIT                  10DIT
 Digital Technology       Digital Technology    Digital Technology     Digital Technology
   (compulsory)

                                                               THE ARTS
      Year 7                   Year 8                 Year 9                Year 10                     Year 11                       Year 12
     07ART Art                 08ART                  09ART                 10ART                       11ART                         12ART
                                 Art                    Art                   Art                   Art Units 1 & 2               Art Units 3 & 4
                               08SCU                  09SCU                                             11SAG                         12SAG
                              Sculpture              Sculpture                                   Studio Arts (General)         Studio Arts (General)
                                                                                                      Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
   Students will be                                  09PHO                  10PHO                       11SAP                         12SAP
   allocated an ART                                Photography            Photography         Studio Arts (Photography)     Studio Arts (Photography)
elective in Semester 1                                                                                Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
  and/or Semester 2              08VCD                09VCD                  10VCD                      11VCD                         12VCD
                         Visual Communication         Visual                  Visual            Visual Communication          Visual Communication
                                 Design          Communication          Communication                   Design                        Design
                                                      Design                 Design                   Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
                               08DRA                  09DRA                  10THE                      11THE                         12THE
                               Drama                  Drama            Theatre Production           Theatre Studies               Theatre Studies
                                                Characterisation &                                    Units 1 & 2                   Units 3 & 4
                                                    Role Play
                               08MED                 09MED                  10MED                     11MED                         12MED
                                Media           Media - Film Studies         Media               Media Units 1 & 2             Media Units 3 & 4
                               08MUS                 09MUS                  10MUS                     11MUS                         12MUS
                                Music                  Music                 Music               Music Performance             Music Performance
                                                                                                    Units 1 & 2                   Units3 & 4
  Dance Academy            Dance Academy         Dance Academy          Dance Academy             Dance Academy                 Dance Academy
      07DAN                    08DAN                 09DAN                  11VD1                11DAN VCE Dance                    12DAN
                                                                          VET Dance                 Units 1 & 2                   VCE Dance
                                                                          Units 1 & 2                                             Units 3 & 4

                                         FLEXIBLE LEARNING PROGRAM
       Year 7                   Year 8                 Year 9                Year 10                   Year 11                       Year 12
                                                       09FLP                  10FLP                     VCAL                          VCAL
                                                 Flexible Learning      Flexible Learning         Applied Learning          Applied Learning (Senior)
                                                     Program                Program                (Intermediate)
                                                       Program Overview Reference: Page 26

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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING (VET)
Vocational Education and Training programs in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include vocational studies within their senior
secondary certificate. Each qualification provides an opportunity for students to develop an awareness of the world of work and
develop employability skills that will contribute to their career development journeys. Students undertake nationally recognised
training from nationally accredited training packages which contribute to their VCE or VCAL. VET is optional in year 10 and VCE
but essential in VCAL.
Some VET programs can provide students with an ATAR contribution. The number of VCE units and the ATAR contribution
available varies from program to program. More information about programs offering a study score can be located at
www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vet/programs/scoredasses.aspx

                                                        Timetabled as an elective
      Year 7                Year 8                Year 9                 Year 10                     Year 11                      Year 12
                                                                                                         11VA1
                                                                                               VET Automotive (1st Year)
                                                                                                         11VC1
                                                                                          VET Construction Pathways (1st Year)
                                                                                                         11VCS
                                                                                                Vet Community Services
                                                                                                        11VOR
                                                                                                VET Outdoor Recreation
                                                                                                         11VB1
                                                                                              VET Small Business (1st Year)
                                                                                                         11VB2
                                                                                             VET Small Business (2nd year)
                                                                                                         11VD1
                                                                                                 VET Dance (Units 1&2)
                                                                                                         12VD2
                                                                                                 VET Dance (Units 2&3)
                                                                                                        11VVA
                                                                                                     VET Visual Arts

                                                    Blocked on Wednesday or Friday
      Year 7                Year 8                Year 9              Year 10                         Year 11                      Year 12
                                                                                                          VEAF1
                                                                                    VET Applied Fashion Design & Technology (1st year)
                                                                                                          VEAF2
                                                                                    VET Applied Fashion Design & Technology (2nd year)
                                                                                                          VECP1
                                                                                          VET Construction Pathways (1st year)
                                                                                                          VECP2
                                                                                          VET Construction Pathways (2nd year)
                                                                                                          VEET1
                                                                                             Vet Electrotechnology (1st year)
                                                                                                          VEET2
                                                                                             Vet Electrotechnology (2nd year)
                                                                                                          VETOR
                                                                                                 VET Outdoor Recreation
                                                                                                         VEAM1
                                                                                                VET Automotive (1st year)
                                                                                                         VEAM2
                                                                                                VET Automotive (2nd year)

Head Start is a new initiative from the Victorian State Government to increase the number of students undertaking high quality,
Certificate III Apprenticeships and Traineeships, while still completing their senior secondary studies through flexible
arrangements.
Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships is a:
     high quality pathway with more time spent on the job
     ensure students complete VCE/VCAL alongside their apprenticeship/traineeship
     focus on key qualifications in high-demand industries with strong employment pathways
     provide intensive support to students and employers through Head Start staff, all the way through the program
What are the benefits?
     employers are enabled to train and mentor young apprentices and trainees who are ready for work, and who will also
         have higher levels of literacy, numeracy and employability skills;
     the number of qualified apprentices and trainees in growing trades and industries;

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PROGRESS & PATHWAYS IN MATHEMATICS

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Curriculum planning information years 7–9
                            Year 7                                                                     Year 9
English                            Compulsory                     English                                  Compulsory
Mathematics                        Compulsory                     Mathematics                              Compulsory
Science                            Compulsory                     Science                                  Compulsory
Humanities                         Compulsory                     Humanities                               Compulsory
Digital Technology                 Compulsory
Indonesian                         Compulsory                                The Art Electives                       Technology Electives
Literacy Plus                      Select Entry                   Art                                      Fashion Garments
Health and Physical Education      Compulsory                     Sculpture                                Eat for Life
                                                                  Photography                              Design Wood
Students will study a variety of ART & TECHNOLOGY subjects        Visual Communication & Design            International Food
                    throughout the year.                          Drama                                    Systems Technology
        Students do not choose an elective at Year 7.             Film Studies                             All things Metal
                                                                  Music (Whole Year)                       Automotive
                                                                  Dance Academy                            Digital Technology
Dance Academy                      Select Entry                                                            Discovering IT
Basketball Academy                 Select Entry                                                            Product Design
High Achievers Program             Select Entry
                                                                                            Health & Physical Education
                            Year 8                                PE Girls                                 Health & First Aid
English                            Compulsory                     PE Boys                                  Basketball Academy (Whole Year)
Mathematics                        Compulsory                     Healthy Me (Girls)                       Outdoor Education
Science                            Compulsory                     Racquet & Striking Sports (Boys)         Codes of the World (Boys & Girls)
Humanities                         Compulsory
Indonesian                         Compulsory                                                   Other Electives
Literacy Plus                      Commences Semester 1           Art                                   Fashion Garments
Health and Physical Education      Compulsory                     Sculpture                             Eat for Life
                                                                  Photography                           Design Wood
        The Arts Electives            Technology Electives        Visual Communication & Design         International Food
Art                                Eat in or Takeaway             Drama                                 Systems Technology
Sculpture                          Design Wood                    Film Studies                          All things Metal
Visual Communication & Design      Creative Metals                Music (Whole Year)                    Automotive
Drama                              Systems Technology             Outdoor Education                     Digital Technology
Media                              Digital Technology             PE Boys                               Discovering IT
Music                              Fashion Garments               Healthy Me (Girls)                    Commerce
                                   Product Design                 Racquet & Striking Sports (Boys)      PE Girls
                                                                  Codes of the World (Boys & Girls)     Health & First Aid
                                                                  Indonesian (Whole Year)               Product Design
                      Other Electives
Art                              Fashion Garments
Sculpture                        Eat in or Takeaway                                       Flexible Learning Program (FLP)
Visual Communication and Design Design Wood                       English (Literacy)                       Humanities
Drama                            Creative Metals                  Mathematics (Numeracy)                   Science
Media                            Systems Technology               Inquiry based learning (IBL)
Music                            Digital Technology                              Any four (4) electives from the 'other electives list'
                                Product Design
Students will Select four (4) Units for the year - two (2) per
                                                                  Students will Select six (6) Units for the year - three (3) per semester: one (1)
semester: one (1) Arts Elective, one (1) Technology Elective
                                                                  Arts Elective, one (1) Technology Elective, one (1) Physical Education
and two (2) other electives from the Art and Technology lists.
                                                                  Elective and three (3) other electives. Student cannot choose a subject twice.
Student cannot choose a subject twice.

Dance is a whole year subject, this will make up two (2) units.   Dance, Indonesian, Music and Basketball are whole year subjects, this will
Students will ONLY choose from the Other electives list.          make up two (2) units out of the six (6) units required.
Dance Academy                       Select Entry                  Dance Academy                             Arts Elective
Basketball Academy                  Select Entry                  Basketball Academy                        PE Elective
High Achievers Program              Select Entry                  High Achievers Program                    Select Entry
                                                                  Flexible Learning Program                 Select Entry

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YEAR 7 SUBJECTS                                                   High Achievers Program
                                                                  Reference: Page 25

ENGLISH                                                           HEALTH & PHYSICAL
English
07ENG                                                             EDUCATION
The year 7 English program aims to reinforce and develop          Physical Education - Mixed
the skills established in primary school using scaffolding and
extending students to become competent in reading,
                                                                  07PEM
writing, speaking and listening. Students are assessed            Students develop fine motor skills in Physical Education
regarding the main strands of English.                            classes with a focus on skill development and skill
                                                                  acquisition. Students participate in skill drills and modified
Semester 1                                                        games to develop their spatial awareness and skill execution
Students commence their study of Secondary English by             across invasion, striking, and net and wall sports. Students
completing a range of introductory tasks and activities that      also participate in a gymnastics program and athletics
help students orient themselves at Berwick College. ‘Making       program, as well as fitness testing to develop their physical
the Change’ unit encourages students to consider various          capacities. The health course in year 7 covers bullying, social
changes that a person may experience in their life. Students      media, puberty, smoking, and alcohol.
also develop their understanding of narrative writing and
produce creative pieces that contain the theme of change.         Basketball Academy
To further develop their analytical writing, students read        Reference: Page 24
extended texts and produce essays that examine
characters, themes and ideas. Persuasive writing is a focus,      HUMANITIES
allowing students to incorporate a range of strategies in
their writing to engage and convince a target audience.           You Rock! You Rule!
                                                                  07HUM
Semester 2
                                                                  Semester 1:
Students are encouraged to build their vocabulary during a
                                                                  In year 7 Humanities, students complete Geography and
descriptive writing unit. They develop their ability to use the
                                                                  Economics and Business Units. Geography students learn to
five senses in their writing to help produce engaging texts.
                                                                  describe geographical processes that influence the
After reading a range of texts, students continue to extend
                                                                  characteristics of places. They study water and liveability to
their reading and comprehension abilities as well as their
                                                                  explain how people change places and environments. In the
analytical essay writing skills. A study of film provides
                                                                  study of water, students look at local, regional and global
students with the opportunity to explore a range of text
                                                                  issues. In Economics and Business, students plan, develop
modalities including stop motion animation. This unit also
                                                                  and complete inquiry- based questions about an economic
builds on existing skills and knowledge pertaining to film
                                                                  or business issue, and complete an investigation.
techniques and narrative structures.
                                                                  Semester 2:
Literacy Plus                                                     In year 7 Humanities, students complete History and Civics
07LIT                                                             and Citizenship units. Students investigate the Ancient Past
                                                                  and look at how historians and archaeologists investigate
Throughout the year, students focus on the ability to read,
                                                                  History. Additionally Ancient Egypt is uncovered through
write and understand texts. There is an emphasis on the           key terminology such as beliefs, values, individuals, contacts
behaviours that support reading and the strategies that           and conflicts. Finally, the Asian World depth study gives
promote        comprehension,         including     vocabulary    students a chance to develop an understanding of the
knowledge. Students plan, draft and publish imaginative,          development and influence of a civilisation close to home.
informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing         In the Civics and Citizenship Unit, students look at the rights
                                                                  and responsibilities that all Australians share and how we
control over text structures and language features. They
                                                                  work together to shape our Nation.
look at the stages within the writing process and understand
that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written
texts. They re-visit rules of the English language surrounding
grammar, spelling and punctuation.

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Semester 2:
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN                                              This unit builds on the skills and understanding developed
                                                                  in     Semester 1 and seeks to consolidate and extend
ENGLISH - Indonesian                                              students’ knowledge of mathematical concepts. Students
                                                                  will be involved in project work and problem solving.
Indonesian “Kenalkan Saya”
                                                                  Emphasis is placed on learning to use the calculator
07IND                                                             efficiently, further developing a good work ethic through
Semester 1:                                                       class tasks and a regular homework program, as well as
This is an introduction to Indonesian language and culture,       cooperative group work. There is a focus on developing
focusing on personal identity and friendship. Students learn      knowledge of numbers through various activities including
to communicate through the four skills of speaking,               On-Demand Testing and NAPLAN-style tasks. Topics include
listening, reading and writing. By the end of the semester        Fractions and Percentages, Geometry, Algebra and
students will be able to introduce themselves and ask and         Equations, Probability, Measurement and Algorithmic
answer questions about personal details, likes and dislikes,      Thinking.
describe their friends and the activities they like to do. They
also learn to count to ten and greet others in a culturally       SCIENCE
appropriate manner. Students also have an opportunity to
explore aspects of Indonesian culture that interest them,         Science
and develop responses that compare and contrast cultures.         07SCI
                                                                  In this subject students are introduced to the many skills
Semester 2:                                                       required of good scientists, including observing, analysing
Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in semester         and recording experimental data. A great emphasis is placed
one, this unit introduces school life in Indonesia, and           on conducting experiments, investigating scientific
encourages students to compare their own experiences              phenomena and working safely in a laboratory.
with those of their Indonesian peers. Students further
develop the four macro skills, speaking, listening, reading        In Chemistry students will use the particle model to predict,
and writing. By the end of the semester students can discuss      compare and explain the physical and chemical properties
school timetables and facilities, their social life and their     and behaviours of substances. They describe and apply
favourite aspects of school. They also learn to give their        techniques to separate pure substances from mixtures. In
address and use numbers greater than ten. The themes of           Biology students will analyse the relationship between
friendship, family, patriotism and Indonesian sporting            structure and function of cells and they identify and classify
culture are explored through creative, researched                 living things. They explain how living organisms can be
responses to the film ‘Garuda di Dadaku’.                         classified into major taxonomic groups based on observable
                                                                  similarities and differences. In Physics students will predict,
MATHEMATICS                                                       represent and analyse the effects of unbalanced forces,
                                                                  including Earth’s gravity, on motion. They model how the
Mathematics                                                       relative positions of Earth, the Sun and the Moon affect
07MAT                                                             phenomena on Earth. Students learn to distinguish between
Semester 1:                                                       different types of simple machines
This unit consolidates students’ Primary School
mathematical knowledge and understanding. It provides a
foundation for furthering their mathematical skills through
                                                                  TECHNOLOGY
project work and problem solving. Emphasis is placed upon         07TEC
learning to use the calculator efficiently, developing a good     Students will be allocated a Technology
work ethic through class tasks and a regular homework
program, as well as cooperative group work. There is a focus      elective in Semester 1 and /or Semester 2
on developing knowledge of numbers through various
activities including On-Demand Testing and NAPLAN-style           Digital Technology
tasks. Topics include Whole Numbers, Polygons, Solids and
                                                                  07DIT
Transformations, Statistics, Number Properties and
                                                                  Students plan and manage different phases of digital
Patterns and Decimals
                                                                  projects. Students define and address complex problems in
                                                                  terms of functional and non-functional requirements.
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Students design and evaluate user experiences and              skills by examining the text’s characters, themes and plot.
algorithms. Students design and implement modular              Students present their knowledge on a range of topics in
programs, including an object-oriented program, using          formal and informal oral presentations. Students compose
algorithms and data structures involving modular functions     written and spoken persuasive texts that explore a range of
that reflect the relationships of real world data and data     contemporary issues.
entities. Students create interactive solutions for sharing
ideas and information online, taking into account social       Semester 2
contexts and legal responsibilities. Students define and
                                                               Students have a variety of opportunities to expand their
troubleshoot real world problems, taking into account
                                                               critical and analytical responses to novel, film and social or
functional and non-functional requirements including
                                                               environmental issues. Students concentrate on improving
interviewing technology users to identify needs. Students
                                                               the accuracy and coherence of their writing as they refine
analyse simple compression of data and how content and
                                                               their planning, drafting and proof reading skills. Exploration
data are separated from presentation
                                                               of film, including characterisation, themes and techniques
                                                               allows students to engage with multi-modal forms of
THE ARTS                                                       communication. Students continue to develop their
Students will be allocated an ART elective                     narrative writing skills and extend their vocabulary when
                                                               descriptively establishing settings and characterisation.
in Semester 1 and/or Semester 2
Art                                                            Year 8: Literacy Plus
07ART                                                          08LIT
Students use a range of starting points to develop real,
imaginary and abstract ideas. In this course, students         Reading/Viewing - Students will focus on the ability to read
explore and communicate ideas using a range of media,          text, process it, and understand its meaning. There will be
materials and technologies. Students cover the two             an emphasis on the behaviours that support reading and the
dimensions; creating and making, and exploring and
                                                               strategies that support a "good reader" to comprehend the
responding. Students learn and explore a range of art forms.
Including, but not limited to:                                 meaning behind the text, including vocabulary knowledge
      Painting                                                as well as text comprehension.
      Drawing
      Visual communication                                    Writing - Students will learn about how texts are made
      Ceramics                                                cohesive through the use of linking devices including
All topics require research, drawing, planning and             pronoun reference and text connectives. They will explore
presentation. Art production, art appreciation and the         how sentences can be enriched through the use of noun
workbook all contribute to assessment.                         groups/phrases and verb groups/phrases and prepositional
                                                               phrases. The students will re-visit rules of the English
Dance Academy                                                  Language surrounding grammar, spelling and punctuation.
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                                                               writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Publishing) and

YEAR 8 SUBJECTS                                                understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature
                                                               of written texts.

ENGLISH                                                        Speaking/Listening - Students will explore differences
                                                               between the language of opinion and feeling. They will
English                                                        have an opportunity to plan, rehearse and deliver a
08ENG                                                          presentation for a particular purpose.
Semester 1
                                                               Weightings
Students engage with an instructional writing unit that aims
                                                                   -    Reading/Viewing – 35%
to provide a foundation of knowledge regarding the stylistic
                                                                   -    Writing – 35%
features of informative texts. The unit concentrates on the        -    Speaking/Listening – 30%
development of clear and precise instructions as well as
targeting a specific audience with a desired outcome.
Students analyse a novel and build on their essay writing
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Semester 2
                                                                 HUMANITIES
Students compose and analyse written and spoken
persuasive texts that explore a range of contemporary
                                                                 Global Perspectives
Australian issues. Students are introduced to the                08HUM
identification and analysis of persuasive strategies in          Semester 1:
advertisements and articles, allowing them to engage with        In year 8 Humanities, students complete Geography,
a range of issues. Students extend their ability to critically   Economics and Business units. Students explain geographic
and analytically read and respond to fictional texts when        processes that influence the characteristics of places. They
they are introduced to a comparative study of Lewis Carrol’s     identify geographically significant questions, use a variety of
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and Time Burton’s ‘Alice      geographic media, observe and record information out in
in Wonderland’. This unit asks students to compare the plot,     the field and analyse data to describe spatial patterns that
                                                                 impact on society.
characters, themes and ideas in both texts and allows them
to start considering the deliberately constructed nature of      Students study Coastal Landforms and Management as well
the text and the role of text type in how a story is told.       as Changing Nations in the Asia Pacific region. In Economics
Students concentrate on improving the accuracy and               and Business, students plan, develop and complete inquiry-
coherence of their writing as they refine their planning,        based questions about an economic or business issue, and
drafting and proof reading skills.                               complete an investigation. They investigate the rights and
                                                                 responsibility of consumers to achieve financial goals.

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                                                                 In year 8 Humanities, students complete both History and
                                                                 Civics and Citizenship. In History they study from the end of
HEALTH & PHYSICAL                                                the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period.
                                                                 The first depth study looks at Medieval Europe delving into
EDUCATION                                                        the way of life, significant developments, roles of different
                                                                 social groups and hierarchical structure of society,
Physical Education                                               architecture, crime and punishment, military and defence
08PEG/08PEB                                                      systems and the dominance of the Catholic Church.
The year 8 Physical Education course includes motor skill
                                                                 Students also focus on the Black Death and its impact on
development and sport and health education. Students
                                                                 medieval society. The second depth study focusses on the
continue to refine their motor skills, game knowledge, and
                                                                 Spanish conquests of the Americas, particularly, the Aztecs
offensive and defensive skills across a range of invasion,
                                                                 and the destruction of their culture due to conquistadors. In
striking, and net and wall sports. In the sport education
                                                                 the Civics and Citizenship Unit, students look at the rights
component students are placed into teams and participate
                                                                 and responsibilities that all Australians share and how we
in a round robin competition. All students participate in
                                                                 work together to shape our Nation. They have learnt to
athletics, gymnastics, and cross country trials. A ‘Player of
                                                                 ‘agree or disagree’ after gaining an understanding of our
the Day’ award is given to students who display
                                                                 political and legal systems. As informed citizens, they can
sportsmanship, excellent attitude and effort. The health
                                                                 promote the values of freedom, respect, compassion and
course in year 8 covers the topics of self-esteem, anxiety,
                                                                 equality.
resilience, drugs and sex education.

Basketball Academy                                               LANGUAGES OTHER THAN
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                                                                 ENGLISH - Indonesian
                                                                 Year 8: Indonesian
                                                                 08IND
                                                                 Semester 1:
                                                                 This unit further develops students’ basic Indonesian
                                                                 communication skills, focusing on Indonesian food culture
                                                                 and family.

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By the end of the semester students will be able to use          abilities to interpret worded problems as well as non-
Indonesian to read, write about and discuss several aspects      calculator methods to solve mathematical tasks. There is a
of eating out in Indonesia. These include planning to meet,      focus on developing knowledge of number through various
ordering food and describing the smells and flavours of local    activities including on-demand testing and NAPLAN-style
dishes. They also learn to tell the time and describe their      tasks. Topics include Directed Numbers, Fractions,
family. By researching an aspect of Indonesian food culture      Decimals and Percentages, Statistics, Ratios and Rates,
and developing a creative or informative video, students         Measurement and Pythagoras’ Theorem and Algebra.
further their intercultural knowledge. Students view the
travel series Wondernesia and conduct research in order to       Semester 2:
gain insight into the cultural experiences available in          This unit builds on the skills and understanding developed
Indonesia.                                                       in Semester 1 and seeks to consolidate and extend students’
                                                                 knowledge of mathematical concepts. Students are
                                                                 involved in project work and problem solving applications.
Semester 2: Building on the skills and knowledge acquired
                                                                 Further development of a sound work ethic is encouraged
in semester one, this unit further develops language
                                                                 through class tasks and a regular homework program, as
concerning family life and introduces holidaying in Bali as an
                                                                 well as co-operative group work. Emphasis is placed upon
area of study. Through researching traditional housing and
                                                                 efficient calculator use as well as strengthening students’
developing a homestay advertisement or blog, students
                                                                 abilities to interpret worded problems as well as non-
explore Indonesian traditional lifestyles and culture. By the
                                                                 calculator methods to solve mathematical tasks. There is a
end of the semester students will be able to use Indonesian
                                                                 focus on developing students’ knowledge of number
to describe pets and discuss both Indonesian and Australian
                                                                 through various activities including On-Demand Testing and
housing. They can also read, write about and discuss holiday
                                                                 NAPLAN-style tasks. Topics include Equations, Probability,
plans as well as the tourist experience in Bali. Students
                                                                 Lines, Shapes and Solids, Straight Line Graphs and
compare and contrast their own travel experiences with
                                                                 Transformation and Congruence.
those of peers and teachers who have travelled to Bali to
further develop intercultural awareness. They also engage
in popular Indonesian film culture by viewing the 2013 film      SCIENCE
Mika. The themes of family, friendship, and discrimination
in Indonesia are explored through creative, researched
                                                                 Year 8: Science
responses to this film.                                          08SCI
                                                                 In Year 8 Science students build on their knowledge and
Victorian School of Languages                                    skills developed during year 7. They extend themselves by
                                                                 planning their own experiments, identifying variables to be
The Victorian School of Languages also offer a range of          changed, measured and controlled. They explain how
language programs for students in years 1 - 12. Chinese,         modifications to methods could improve the quality of their
Hindi, Spanish and Swahili are currently offered at Berwick      data and apply their scientific knowledge and investigation
College. For more information visit www.vsl.vic.edu.au           findings to evaluate claims made by others. In Biology
                                                                 students predict the effect of environmental changes on
MATHEMATICS                                                      feeding relationships between organisms in a food web.
                                                                 They analyse the relationship between structure and
Year 8: Mathematics                                              function, organ and body system levels. In Chemistry they
                                                                 provide evidence for observed chemical changes in terms of
08MAT
                                                                 colour change, heat change, gas production and precipitate
Semester 1:
                                                                 formation.
This unit builds on the skills and understanding developed
                                                                 In Physics students investigate different forms of energy
in Year 7 and seeks to consolidate and extend students’
                                                                 and explain how energy transfers and transformations
knowledge of mathematical concepts. Students are
                                                                 cause change in simple systems. They use examples to
involved in project work and problem solving. Further
                                                                 illustrate how light forms images. They use a wave model to
development of a sound work ethic is encouraged through
                                                                 explain the properties of sound.
class tasks and a regular homework program, as well as
cooperative group work. Emphasis is placed upon efficient
calculator use as well as strengthening the students’

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In Geology students compare processes of rock formation,         Year 8: Design Food, Eat in or Take Away
including the time scales involved, and analyse how the
                                                                 08FOO
sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are
                                                                 This unit aims to further develop the student’s knowledge
formed and cycle through Earth systems.
                                                                 and skills in relation to nutrition and food preparation. It
                                                                 provides the opportunity for students to develop
TECHNOLOGY                                                       confidence and competence in the preparation of a range
                                                                 of meals and snacks. The content of this unit focuses on:
Year 8: Fashion Garment
                                                                      • The functions of the major nutrients
08FG1                                                                 • Analysing their own intake of food, using a
The focus for this unit, students will create a garment (Item             nutritional guide.
of clothing). They will explore a variety of fabric printing,         • Investigating, designing, producing and evaluating
embellishment and construction techniques that will be                    a two-course meal to be prepared at home and
incorporated into the design solution of a garment. Using                 evaluated by the family
the design process students will become familiar with the             • Safety and hygiene practices
factors that go into making a fashion garment, allowing               • Producing a range of dishes and snacks which are
students to develop their creative and machine sewing skills              furthering their development of the use of a range
to produce a variety of fashion garments.                                 of preparation and cooking techniques
                                                                      • Evaluating the aesthetic appeal of food using
Course Outline;
                                                                          sensory analysis
        How to adapt creative ideas outlined in the design           • Investigating the processes and changes of key
                                                                          food commodities
         brief.
                                                                      • Raising awareness of environmental and consumer
        How to problem solve using the design process.
                                                                          issues relating to packaging, food waste and
        How to investigate, variety of fabrics and fashion
                                                                          resources associated with food production
         inspirations.
        How to choose appropriate styles.
                                                                              A subject charge applies to this unit.
        How to apply a variety of printing,
         embellishments and garment constructions.
                                                                 Year 8: Design Wood
        How to use a commercial pattern.
        How to construct a fashion garment.                     08WOO
        How to evaluate and reflect on processes learnt.        This is an introductory course to wood technology. Students
                                                                 respond to various design briefs. They then plan, design,
Year 8: Product Design                                           produce and evaluate selected models using different
                                                                 joining process. Projects may include a mounted wall
08PD1                                                            plaque, storage container, lolly dispenser and cap or coat
The focus for this unit is designing a product for an intended   storage. Students complete a unit on computer aided
user. Students will investigate, design and create a range of    drawing and design including using a laser cutter. Safe
textile products using the sewing machine, whilst following      workshop practices are an integral part of the course.
the Design Process.
                                                                            A subject charge applies to this unit.

Course Outline;
     Learn how to follow a design brief.
                                                                 Year 8: Creative Metals
     Develop relevant research and visualisations.              08DMT
     Learn how to use a variety of communication                This is an introductory course to metal and plastic materials
        methods with their intended product user.                and the safe and correct use of hand tools and equipment.
     Learn how to develop design options and working            Students respond to various design briefs, they design, plan
        drawings.                                                and manufacture selected projects using different joining
     Learn how to use machinery safely.                         processes, advanced laser cutting technology and casting.
     Lastly, use evaluation criteria to reflect on the          Safe workshop practices are an integral part of the course.
        design process.

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Digital Technology                                            Sculpture
08DIT                                                         08SCU
Students plan and manage different phases of digital          In this unit students build on skills already undertaken in
projects. Students define and address complex problems in     year 7. Students use a range of starting points to develop
terms of functional and non-functional requirements.          real, imaginary and abstract ideas. In this course students
Students design and evaluate user experiences and             explore and communicate ideas using a range of media,
algorithms. Students design and implement modular             materials and technologies. Students cover the two
programs, including an object-oriented program, using         dimensions of creating and making, and exploring and
algorithms and data structures involving modular functions    responding. Students learn and explore a range of arts
that reflect the relationships of real world data and data    forms. They cover:
entities. Students create interactive solutions for sharing        • Assemblage
ideas and information online, taking into account social           • Modelling
contexts and legal responsibilities. Students define and           • Construction
troubleshoot real world problems, taking into account              • Carving
functional and non-functional requirements including
                                                              All topics require research, drawing, planning and
interviewing technology users to identify needs. Students
                                                              presentation. Art production, art appreciation and the
analyse simple compression of data and how content and
                                                              workbook all contribute to assessment.
data are separated from presentation.

                                                              Visual Communication and Design
Systems Technology
                                                              08VCD
08SYT                                                         In Visual Communication and Design students are exposed
This is an introductory course to simple mechanical and       to a range of design projects that reflect the three core
electrical systems. Students will investigate systems found   design industries – Industrial Design, Environmental Design
in our local community and the environment. Students will     and Communication Design. Students use a range of media,
plan, design and produce a range of working models using      methods and materials to explore the design process whilst
hand tools and laser cutting and engraving machines and       including design terminology in their annotations. Students
also evaluate their productions for performance. Safe         are exposed to digital media such as Adobe Illustrator and
workshop practices are a very important part of the course.   are beginning to develop their manual drawing skills which
                                                              includes technical drawing (isometric and third angle
                                                              orthogonal). They complete projects such as Going
THE ARTS                                                      Banapples, From Here to There, Little Pig Little Pig, The
                                                              Found Thing. These projects allow students to develop a
Art                                                           portfolio of work which provide a strong foundation for Year
08ART                                                         9 Visual Communication Design.
In this unit students build on skills already undertaken in
year 7. Students use a range of starting points to develop    Drama
real, imaginary and abstract ideas. In this course students
explore and communicate ideas using a range of media,         08DRA
materials and technologies.                                   In this subject, students will be introduced to character
Students cover the two dimensions; creating and making,       building and development, through role-play workshops,
and exploring and responding. Students learn and explore a    group devised and scripted plays. Drama genres are also
range of arts forms. They cover:
                                                              covered such as, comedy, melodrama, suspense and non-
     • Drawing from observation and the imagination
     • Painting - colour mixing, painting styles              naturalistic performance styles. The unit is designed to build
     • Printmaking                                            confidence levels and develop each student’s ability to
     • Street art                                             collaborate and to analyse and evaluate their own work and
All topics require research, drawing, planning and            the work of others.
presentation. Art production, art appreciation and the
workbook all contribute to assessment.

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Media
08MED
This unit explores the creation and composition of video
clips. Students examine the history of video clips and the
techniques used in them. Students also plan and produce
their own video clips. Students learn video camera
operation, vision mixing and video editing.

Music
08MUS
This unit develops skills and explores in more detail the
elements of music studied in Year 7. Students study theory
topics covering formal notation, scales and intervals;
complete a research task on song analysis including
structure and instrumentation and rehearse and perform
two works in a group context. Students will be expected to
attend school organised performances/workshops.

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Year 9 Subjects                                                  Healthy Me – Girls
                                                                 09PG1
ENGLISH                                                          The focus on this unit is for girls to discover and participate
                                                                 in activities that will meet their individual needs. This unit
English                                                          includes a variety of alternative activities that branch out
09ENG                                                            from core sports and focus on engaging in different ways to
                                                                 be physically active. Students participate in a range of
Semester 1
                                                                 activities including weight and circuit training, dance and
Students investigate the advantages and disadvantages of
                                                                 aerobics, bowling, bike riding, Pilates, and yoga. Theory
social media before producing a persuasive essay to
                                                                 work is associated with the above activities and various
convince a target audience. Students also explore and
                                                                 other health topic areas. These include exploring the
examine the features of a film text. This area of study allows
                                                                 dimensions of health, an introduction to nutrition,
students to produce a creative response to the film,
                                                                 community health, risk and harm, and coping with
continuing to develop their creative writing skills from
                                                                 adversity.
earlier years. Students also read and respond to a novel
                                                                              A subject charge applies to this unit
through composition of analytical responses to the text.
Examination and analysis of characters, plot and passages
                                                                 Racquet and Striking Sports - Boys
of the text help to build students’ knowledge of the
structural requirements of essay writing.
                                                                 09PB1
                                                                 Students develop skills and knowledge in a range of racquet
Semester 2                                                       and striking sports. Sports include but are not limited to
This unit allows students the opportunity to compare and         badminton, squash, racquetball, bat-tennis, table tennis,
contrast a novel and film to develop their critical thinking     indoor and outdoor cricket, softball, baseball, golf, hockey,
capacities. Students are introduced to the identification and    and lacrosse. Theory work is associated with the above
analysis of persuasive strategies in advertisements and          activities and also includes elements of coaching, and skill
articles, allowing them to engage with a range of issues.        acquisition.
Students are also exposed to the complexities of moral and                    A subject charge applies to this unit
ethical obligations pertaining to reality television through     Year 9: Codes of the World – Boys or Girls
film, television programs and society’s acceptance of this
                                                                 09PB2 / 09PG2
form of entertainment. The focus on accurate structure and
                                                                 This course introduces students to the many and varied
clear expression aims to prepare students for Senior School.
                                                                 football codes from around the world. Sports include but
                                                                 are not limited to Australian Rules Football, soccer, rugby
High Achievers Program
                                                                 union, rugby league, Gaelic football, gridiron, futsal, and
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                                                                 touch football. Theory work includes the various roles and
                                                                 tactics involved with each sport, as well as learning about
HEALTH & PHYSICAL                                                the history of each sport.
                                                                 Outdoor Education
EDUCATION
                                                                 09OES
Physical Education -Girls or Boys                                This unit introduces students to the concept of outdoor
09PEG/09PEB                                                      adventure and aims to develop initiative, leadership,
Students advance their knowledge and skills of traditional       teamwork, and responsibility through involvement in a
physical education sports (striking, invasion, net and wall      variety of outdoor activities. The course includes adventure
sports). Students develop an understanding for and               activities such as surfing, hiking, snorkelling, open water
implement offensive and defensive strategies, team               skills, and cycling. Other activities include initiative
formations, positions, and tactics into their performances.      activities, bushcraft and cooking, river crossing, rope and
Theory classes in year 9 incorporate the skeletal, muscular,     knot skills, first aid, use of environment and leisure time
and circulatory systems.                                         (including minimising environmental impact and risk
                                                                 management). Theory work is associated with all practical
                                                                 activities.
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Adolescence, Health & First Aid                                  Australia and the Modern World
                                                                 This Unit provides students with an opportunity to study the
09HHD                                                            history of ‘the making of our modern world’ from 1750 to
Year 9 Adolescence, Health, and First Aid 09HHD                  1918. Students cover the period of rapid change in the ways
                                                                 that people lived, worked and thought. They travel through
Adolescent health covers:
                                                                 History to investigate the movement of people, crime and
              Common drugs, alcohol, tobacco                    convicts, the Gold Rush; Chinese diggers and racism on the
              Analgesics and illegal drugs                      goldfields, the White Australia policy and the impact that
              Media coverage of the above topics                this had on indigenous Australians. Students will investigate
              Sex education (STIs and contraception)            and focus on the industrial revolution, slavery and convicts.
              Investigating common lifestyle diseases           The period 1750–1918 culminated in World War I 1914–
              Diet and nutrition                                1918, the ‘war to end all wars’. Students will learn ‘How the
              Body image and identity                           war is commemorated, the ANZAC legends and other forms
                                                                 of commemoration.
First aid covers:

            Dealing with accidents and emergency situations     Commerce and Society
            Basic life support techniques: CPR, lateral         09BUS
             position, transport of patient
                                                                 This unit allows students to examine the basic laws in our
            First aid techniques for fractures and sprains,     society that relate to young people as well as personal
             asphyxia, cardiac arrest, haemorrhage, shock,       decision making and the business environment.
             burns and exposure, poisoning, bites and stings,
             epilepsy and unconsciousness                        Areas of coverage include:
            Limitations on the first aider                           Young people and the Law
                                                                      Young peoples’ rights and responsibilities
This unit supports the 10GOL Game of Life unit at the year            Being an active citizen
10 level.                                                             Australia’s Political System
                                                                      Australia’s Place in the Global Community
Basketball Academy                                                    Participation in a Democracy and a Global Society
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                                                                          Democracy
                                                                      Diversity and Identity
HUMANITIES                                                            Managing Personal Finance
                                                                      Increasing Financial Rewards
Year 9: Geography and History                                         Financial Risks and Scams
09HUM                                                                 Workplace Responsibilities
Geography of Biomes and Interconnections                              Australia’s Place within the Global Economy
Students focus on investigating the role of the biotic
environment and its role in food and fibre production. They
examine the world’s biomes, their alteration and                 LANGUAGES OTHER THAN
significance as a source of food and fibre, and the challenges
on expanding food production. In addition the Geography          ENGLISH - Indonesian
of Interconnections focuses on how people’s choices and
                                                                 Year 9: Indonesian
actions are connected throughout the world. We examine
the interconnections through the products people buy and         09IND
the effects their production has on places and their             Semester 1:
environments.       Students will discover some of the           This unit further develops students’ Indonesian
technologies that have allowed us to travel, use the             communication skills, focusing on shopping and
Internet, discover where our laptops, phones and tablets         celebrations. By the end of the semester students are able
are made and increase communication to remote and rural          to read, write about and discuss celebrating milestones in
communities globally.                                            their lives and those of their Indonesian peers as well as the
                                                                 culture of shopping in Indonesia.
                                                                 They also learn to use informal language, bargain for
                                                                 souvenirs and clothing, give directions and create an

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invitation to a special occasion. By researching Indonesian     development of a sound work ethic is encouraged through
customs and planning their own ceremony, students               class tasks and homework assignments, as well as
develop an appreciation for the historical and current          cooperative group work. Emphasis is placed upon efficient
                                                                scientific calculator use as well as strengthening students’
significance of important Indonesian traditions.
                                                                abilities to interpret worded problems and non-calculator
                                                                methods to solve mathematical tasks. Topics include
Semester 2: Building on the skills and knowledge acquired       Measurement, Indices and Surds, Geometry, Statistics, and
in semester one, this unit further develops language            Algebra.
concerning film, environmental issues, endangered animals
and personal relationships. By the end of the semester          Students will sit an end of semester exam on the topics
students can read, write and express their opinions about       covered in semester 2. See the Maths flow chart for
                                                                pathways and requirements.
films, environmental issues and the plight of the rare and
endangered animals of Indonesia. Students have the              Students should discuss their mathematical pathways with
opportunity to view a range of film texts and develop           the careers advisor and their Year 9 class teacher prior to
                                                                making subject selection. Students will be placed in an
creative, researched responses to further develop their
                                                                appropriate Mathematics unit based on their Year 9
understanding of the above themes.                              Mathematics exam result and subject results for both
                                                                semesters, their Year 9 Mathematics class teachers’
                                                                recommendation and in consultation with the Mathematics
Victorian School of Languages                                   Domain Leader.
                                                                To access Year 10 Consolidated Mathematics, students
The Victorian School of Languages also offer a range of         must successfully complete Year 9 Mathematics Semester 1
language programs for students in years 1 - 12. Chinese,        and Semester 2.
Hindi, Spanish and Swahili are currently offered at Berwick
                                                                To access Year 10 General Mathematics, students must
College. For more information visit www.vsl.vic.edu.au          achieve 50% on both Year 9 Semester 1 and Semester 2
                                                                Mathematics exams and successfully complete Year 9
MATHEMATICS                                                     Mathematics Semester 1 and Semester 2.
                                                                To access Year 10 Methods, students must achieve 70% on
Year 9: General Mathematics                                     both Year 9 Semester 1 and Semester 2 Mathematics exams
09MAT                                                           and successfully complete Year 9 Mathematics Semester 1
                                                                and Semester 2.
Semester 1: This unit builds on the skills and understandings
developed by students from Year 8 and seeks to consolidate
and extend their knowledge of mathematical concepts.            SCIENCE
There is greater emphasis on how mathematical skills are
used in all facets of our society and employment with a
                                                                Year 9: Science
mathematical pathways and course selection focus.               09SCI
Students will be involved in project work and problem
                                                                In Year 9 Science students learn to develop questions and
solving applications including NAPLAN-style tasks. Further
                                                                hypotheses that can be investigated using a range of inquiry
development of a sound work ethic is encouraged through
class tasks and homework assignments, as well as co-            skills. They construct evidence-based arguments and use
operative group work. Emphasis is placed on efficient use of    appropriate scientific language, representations and
a scientific calculator as well as strengthening students’      balanced chemical equations when communicating their
abilities to interpret worded problems and non-calculator       findings and ideas for specific purposes. In Biology students
methods to solve mathematical tasks. Topics include             study the nervous and endocrine systems and how they
Percentages and Money, Linear relations, Probability,
                                                                coordinate the functioning of the human body. They analyse
Pythagoras’ theorem and Trigonometry.
Students will sit an end of semester exam on the topics         how ecosystems function and respond to changes and
covered in Semester 1. See Maths flow chart for pathways        investigate how energy is transferred through food webs
and requirements.                                               and how matter is recycled through the environment. In
                                                                Chemistry students investigate how similarities in the
Semester 2: This unit builds on the skills and understanding    chemical behaviour of elements and their compounds and
developed from Semester 1. The unit seeks to extend             their atomic structures are represented in the way the
students’ knowledge of mathematical concepts with an
                                                                periodic table has been constructed.
emphasis on how mathematical skills are used in all facets
of our society and employment with mathematical
                                                                They compare the properties of a range of elements
pathways and course selection a focus. Students will be
involved in project work and problem solving. Further           representative of the major groups and periods in the

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