Junior Electives Guide 2019 - For students entering Year 7, 2019 - Trinity College Beenleigh

 
Junior Electives Guide 2019 - For students entering Year 7, 2019 - Trinity College Beenleigh
Junior Electives Guide
         2019
      For students entering
          Year 7, 2019
Trinity College       Junior Studies Guide

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................................4
   How to Choose Elective Subjects ........................................................................................................ 4
   Student Expectations ........................................................................................................................... 5
   Junior Subject Curriculum .................................................................................................................... 6
   Enquiries .............................................................................................................................................. 7
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS ...........................................................................................................................8
   Dance ................................................................................................................................................... 8
   Digital Technology ............................................................................................................................... 9
   Drama ................................................................................................................................................ 10
   Economics and Business ................................................................................................................... 11
   Extension English .............................................................................................................................. 12
   Extension Science ............................................................................................................................. 13
   Food Technology ............................................................................................................................... 14
   Geography ......................................................................................................................................... 15
   Industrial Technology and Design ..................................................................................................... 16
   Japanese............................................................................................................................................ 17
   Media ................................................................................................................................................. 18
   Music .................................................................................................................................................. 19
   Spanish .............................................................................................................................................. 20
   Talented Athlete Program – Australian Football League, Basketball, Netball, Rugby League, Soccer
   and Tennis ......................................................................................................................................... 21
   Visual Art ............................................................................................................................................ 22

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INTRODUCTION
This handbook is provided to assist students and their parents in making an appropriate selection of
subjects Year 7 in 2019. The contents of this handbook should be studied thoroughly to gain an accurate
understanding of the nature, scope, requirements and relative difficulty of each subject.

Students are able to select from a wide range of subject areas to create an individual program of study
that best serves their needs and aspirations. The College has a tradition of excellence in teaching and
learning, in which the needs of the individual student is the central focus of the learning process.

At Trinity College a number of support structures exist so that students and their parents are fully aware
of the choices available and the applications of the selected course work. It is very much our intention
to have parent’s integrally and frequently involved in the subject selection process of their child.

The course offerings shown in this handbook are prospective in that the actual availability of courses
will be subject to demand and the capacity of the College to run the course.

HOW TO CHOOSE ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
Choosing your elective subjects for Year 7 is an opportunity for you to explore and discover your own
particular talents, skills and interests. When selecting your elective subjects, you should consider
subjects you enjoy and will be successful in, keeping in mind the choices you make could have a bearing
on your future career goals and aspirations.

When choosing your elective subjects there are a few things you should consider:
      •       What are my personal interests and hobbies?
      •       What am I good at and will be successful in?
      •       What are my career goals and aspirations?

The subjects you choose may lead to new career pathways or interests e.g. Art may lead you to cultivate
an interest in the Arts. You may become an Artist or enjoy it as a hobby. Even if you did not pursue a
career in Art, it could help you pursue a career in design e.g. Fabrics, Dressmaking and Graphic Art.
Similar things might be said about Drama, Health and Physical Education and Food and Textile
Technology.

You are not being asked to make major career choices at this particular moment. The way the
courses are structured at Trinity College, most career paths will still be open to you even after you have
completed Year 7 and students will be invited to choose electives again in mid-2019 for the following
year.

Steps in Choosing Subjects:
      1. Think about yourself, the things you value like to do, think are worth doing and are achieving
          towards.
      2. Talk to your parents and teachers about yourself and the subjects.
      3. With your parents, complete the online Subject Selection process.

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STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
  COMMITMENT                  STUDENT RIGHTS TO                 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO

 To Actively Learn    •   To be provided with a variety     •   To participate fully in learning activities
                          of learning experiences and           and experiences (curricular and extra-
                          opportunities                         curricular)
                      •   To learn with minimal             •   To refrain from being disruptive
                          disruption in an environment      •   To listen attentively
                          conducive to learning             •   To assist in creating an environment
                      •   To have the opportunity to be         conducive to learning
                          listened to                       •   To make a genuine effort to learn in
                      •   To be offered necessary               all classes
                          assistance with learning          •   To be prepared for all lessons
                      •   To learn at an appropriate        •   To be punctual and attend all lessons
                          level which meets your needs      •   To complete all assessment tasks
                      •   To know that there is a clearly       and homework on time and to the
                          stated and consistently               best of your ability
                          implemented College               •   To ensure that computer use supports
                          Assessment Policy                     learning and satisfies the conditions
                                                                of use stated in the student computer
                                                                use agreement form

 To Communicate       •   To be listened to                 •   To listen to others
 Justly               •   To have a chance to speak         •   To refrain from interrupting while
                      •   To be spoken to with courtesy         others are speaking
                                                            •   To keep student planner up to date
                                                            •   To take home school correspondence
                                                            •   To demonstrate care and sensitivity in
                                                                representing others in all forms of
                                                                communication

Given these expectations, it is clear that students are required to make a substantial commitment to
their education while at school and at home. This may need to be taken into consideration by students
and their parents when making decisions about extensive part-time employment or extra-curricular
activities. The following would be a guide to the minimum time a student would need to devote to their
homework and study during a typical week:

                     Year 7            ½ to 1 hour five times per week
                     Year 8            1 hour five times per week
                     Year 9            1 to 1½ hour five times per week

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JUNIOR SUBJECT CURRICULUM
The curriculum offered to Year 7 students at Trinity College seeks to provide all students with a quality
and broad education. Traditionally as the year’s progress, students are given a greater scope to
specialise, adapt course choices to their own talents and abilities, and to develop their plans for future
careers and vocations.

CORE KEY LEARNING AREAS
In Years 7, all students are required to study the following CORE Key Learning Areas.
    •   Religion
    •   English
    •   Health and Physical Education
    •   History
    •   Mathematics
    •   Science

ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
All students choose three elective subjects for the following year.
    •   Dance
    •   Digital Technology
    •   Drama
    •   Economics and Business
    •   Extension English
    •   Extension Science
    •   Food Technology
    •   Geography
    •   Industrial Technology & Design
    •   Japanese
    •   Media
    •   Music
    •   Spanish
    •   Talented Athlete Program –Australian Rules Football, Basketball, Rugby League, Netball,
        Soccer and Tennis
    •   Visual Arts

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ENQUIRIES

Leadership Team:

         Principal                                       Mr Chris Raju
         Deputy Principal                                Mr Phillip Cooper
         Assistant Principal – Curriculum                Mr Craig Hirst
         Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care             Mr Reuben Chalmers
         Assistant Principal – Religious Education       Mrs Nancy Rodgers

Curriculum Leader:

         Religious Education                             Mr Luke Watts
         The Arts                                        Mr Anthony McClean
         English                                         Mrs Tenille Lucas
         Mathematics                                     Mrs Fiona Swan
         Physical Education                              Mr Joshua Lennox
         Science                                         Mr Warren Segal
         Humanities                                      Mr Tiarnan Greene
         Food Technology                                 Mrs Natalie Falvey

         Vocational Education                            Miss Alicki Bellas
         Technology                                      Mr Czapracki
         Business/ICLT                                   Miss Alicki Bellas

Enquiries about the material covered in this handbook should be directed to:

         Mrs Cristie Lolo                                Learning and Teaching Leader 7-9
         Telephone                                       07 3442 5222
         Email:                                          clolo@bne.catholic.edu.au
         OR
         Mr Craig Hirst                                  Assistant Principal – Curriculum
         Telephone:                                      07 3442 5222
         Email:                                          chirst@bne.catholic.edu.au

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ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

SUBJECT NAME         DANCE
                     Year 7
Course Description   In Dance, students develop kinaesthetic knowledge through the development
                     of dance knowledge and skills and their engagement with the materials of
                     dance. Through Dance, students learn to reflect critically on their own aesthetic
                     preferences by considering social, historical and cultural influences, and the
                     effects of local and global cultures on their tastes and decision-making.

                     Students choreograph, perform and appreciate dances from a range of
                     contexts, demonstrating an increasing range of movement skills and style-
                     specific techniques. They learn how choreographic devices are used in the
                     structure and form of dances. Students use the elements of dance with
                     appropriate expressive qualities for choreographic intent.

                     Students work safely with the elements of dance (space, time, dynamics and
                     relationships), in combination, to create and communicate meaning through
                     dance

Examples of               •   Journal
Activities and            •   Written review
Assessment                •   Performances
                          •   Choreography

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SUBJECT NAME         DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
                     Year 7
Course Description   This course provides students with an opportunity to explore computing
                     contexts. The ICT curriculum requires students to operate and manage digital
                     systems, data and processes and to apply computational thinking when
                     creating solutions. Students will develop and apply an understanding of the
                     characteristics of data, audiences, procedures, digital systems and
                     computational thinking to create and evaluate purpose-designed digital
                     solutions. They learn to formulate problems, logically organise and analyse
                     data and represent it in abstract forms. Students will be able collaborate and
                     communicate with others when developing and sharing ideas and
                     information. They determine the best combinations of data, procedures and
                     human and physical resources to generate efficient and effective solutions.
Course Outline       INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND DATA
                     Students will receive foundation knowledge required for this course to
                     understand what technology is and what components make it work. Students
                     will gain an understanding in what data is and how it is sent from one device
                     to the next.

                     INTRODUCTION TO CODING AND VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF DATA
                     In this unit, students will begin to explore the world of programming. Through
                     the understanding on Binary code, students will develop computational
                     thinking skills. Students will investigate how data and codes are presented
                     visually through images, videos and even audio.

                     PLANNING AND DESIGNING GAMES
                     Gaming is a large aspect of the IT industry. Through this unit, students will
                     gain an understanding on what makes a good game and how to design a
                     game. Students will then be required to make their own game using an object-
                     oriented programming language.

                     ALGORITHMS ARE AWESOME
                     Students will further build on their programming skills to understand and use
                     visual programming and general-purpose programming. Students will be
                     working through the Grok online learning platform to learn the programming
                     languages. Students will then apply these skills to begin building and coding
                     light series and sensors on an Arduino kit.
Examples of               • Exams
Activities and            • Research assignment & practical projects
Assessment                • Documentation (E.g. reports)
                          • Presentations

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SUBJECT NAME         DRAMA
                     Year 7
Course Description   This course allows students to learn to communicate with others in a variety
                     of ways and provides students with experiences which develop and enhance
                     communication skills useful in a variety of situations. The course aims to
                     develop students’ confidence, interpersonal skills and self-discipline in a spirit
                     of friendly, respectful communication.

                     In Drama, students learn to create dramatic situations, offer and accept ideas,
                     make a commitment to team work, manage their own time, understand other
                     points of view, negotiate, interact with others, concentrate, act individually in
                     groups, think independently and express themselves.

Course Outline       TERM 1: WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
                     (Improvisation, Process Drama and Theatre Sports)
                     This unit further develops improvisation skills. With a focus on Process
                     Drama as a tool for exploring texts and characters. As well as Theatre Sports,
                     the skills of giving and accepting offers, advancing and extending are
                     developed all within the notion of working as a team without a script.
                     Improvisation skills are also a solid starting point for future Drama units.
                     TERM 2: WHAT’S MY SCENE? (Performing scripts)
                     In this unit, students take on the skills they have learnt in Term 1 and build
                     on it while working with other students. They will take on characters; build on
                     vocal and physical techniques as well as learning to manipulate mood,
                     language and tension. Students will take scripted scenes and use their
                     creativity to make it their own.
                     TERM 3: FUNNY BUSINESS (Clowning and Children’s Theatre)
                     This unit introduces students to a different form of Drama. They will look at
                     comedy usually focusing on clowning and children’s theatre as an
                     entertainment form. During this unit students will discover what makes them
                     laugh! Students will explore the history of comedy and different styles of
                     comedy and get to work shop them in class. They will focus on timing and
                     rhythm and work individually or in a group. Students will learn about the
                     various techniques of comedy and create a performance designed to
                     entertain young audiences through the practical skills of visual comedy.
                     TERM 4: I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT (Mask and Movement)
                     During this unit students will be able to use their creative side and incorporate
                     art and music into their Drama performances. Students will discover the
                     meaning and significance of telling stories through art, music and movement.
                     This unit will look at symbolism, tension, focus and space. Students will look
                     at myths and legends and brainstorm how to portray them through
                     movement.
Examples of            • Journal                                • Theatre games and activities
Activities and         • Written review                         • Improvising scenes
Assessment             • Performances – Scripted and            • Exploring play texts
                         student devised

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SUBJECT NAME         ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
                     Year 7
Course Description   Economics and Business in year 7 provides students with an understanding
                     of where money comes from and where it goes within the economy. Students
                     will also start to develop basic business skills to allow them for further
                     success in business and other subject areas such as preparing business
                     documents, business planning and entrepreneurship.
Course Outline       INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS AND MONEY
                     Economics and Business is a broad area of study. Students will be introduced
                     to the basics of where money comes from and where it goes. Students will
                     learn about Currency, The Reserve Bank, the Mint and sources of money
                     prior to moving forward with this course.

                     BUSINESS SKILLS
                     Before students can run the business, they must know learn basic business
                     skills. In this unit students will be required to complete a folio of tasks
                     demonstrating their ability to produce workplace documents. Students will be
                     required to understand the important of ergonomics in a business and be able
                     to demonstrate their ability to create business documentation using Word,
                     Excel, and PowerPoint. This unit is beneficial to all students as the skills gain
                     are transferrable across other subject areas and throughout their schooling.

                     CIRCULAR FLOW OF INCOME
                     In this unit, students will begin to understand flow of income within an
                     economy. This introduction to economics will cover the circular flow of
                     income, looking at operations and productivity of businesses, supply chain,
                     supply and demand, economies of scale and looking at retail and wholesale
                     industries.

                     INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS PLANNING
                     In this topic, students will learn why and how individuals and businesses plan
                     to achieve short and long-term goals to succeed personally or as a business.
                     Students will the knowledge gained from term the previous units and collect
                     data to prepare a business plan – the first step to becoming an entrepreneur!
Examples of          Students will complete a range of assessment items and in-class activities
Activities and       including:
Assessment               •   Interpreting case studies
                         •   Planning and undertaking research
                         •   Collecting and interpreting data
                         •   Research assignments
                         •   Knowledge exams
                         •   Oral presentations
                         •   Excursions

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SUBJECT NAME         EXTENSION ENGLISH
                     Year 7
Course Description   Extension English is designed for students to undertake the challenge of
                     higher-order thinking to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives.
                     These students apply critical and creative skills in their composition of and
                     response to texts in order to develop their academic achievement through
                     understanding the nature and function of complex texts.
Course Outline       Students will develop knowledge and understanding of:
                     •   the purposes and effects of a range of textual forms in their personal,
                         social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts
                     •   the ways language forms and features, and the structures of texts
                         shape meaning in a variety of textual forms.

                     Students will develop skills in:
                     •   responding to and composing a range of complex texts
                     •   effective communication at different levels of complexity
                     •   independent investigation, individual and collaborative learning
                     •   imaginative, critical and reflective thinking about meaning
                     •   reflection as a way to evaluate their processes of composing,
                         responding and learning.

                     Students will come to value and appreciate:
                     •   the role of language in developing positive interaction and cooperation
                     •   their developing skills as users of English
                     •   the pleasure and diversity of language and literature
                     •   the role of language and literature in their lives
                     •   the study and use of English as a key to learning
                     •   reflection on their own processes of responding, composing and
                         learning
                     •   English as a language of communication and culture
                     •   appropriateness, subtlety and aesthetics in language use.

Examples of          Students will complete a range of assessment items and in-class activities
Activities and       including:
Assessment               •   Exams
                         •   Research assignment & practical projects
                         •   Documentation (E.g. reports)
                         •   Presentations

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SUBJECT NAME         EXTENSION SCIENCE
                     Year 7
Course Description   The study of Extension Science enables students to develop an appreciation
                     and understanding of science as a body of knowledge and a set of valuable
                     processes that provide humans with an ability to understand themselves and
                     the world in which they live. Through applying Working Scientifically skills
                     processes, the course aims to enhance students' analytical and problem-
                     solving skills, in order to make evidence-based decisions and engage with
                     and positively participate in an ever-changing, interconnected technological
                     world
Course Outline       Students:

                         •   develop skills in applying the processes of Working Scientifically.
                         •   develop knowledge and understanding of cause and effect
                         •   develop knowledge and understanding of models, theories and
                             laws.
                         •   develop knowledge and understanding of science and technology
                         •   develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues
                             involving science.

Examples of          Students will complete a range of assessment items and in-class activities
Activities and       including:
Assessment               •   Interpreting case studies
                         •   Planning and undertaking research
                         •   Collecting and interpreting data
                         •   Research assignments
                         •   Knowledge exams
                         •   Oral presentations

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SUBJECT NAME         FOOD TECHNOLOGY
                     Year 7
Course Description   Home Economics is an integral part of the cultural, social, environment and
                     economic community in which we live. Home Economics is an
                     interdisciplinary subject which draws on a range of fields including nutrition,
                     dietetics, latest food trends and dietary concerns. Students learn to think
                     critically and creatively and also to develop initiative and enterprise in making
                     informed choices. Home Economics is concerned with the well-being of
                     people in everyday lives.
                     This is a one-year course that provides students with the opportunity to
                     expand on the basics learnt in Year 8. They will be provided with opportunities
                     to create functional solutions or products for real life situations and to manage
                     their time effectively. Students will focus on the development of food
                     products.

Course Outline       FOOD FOR ALL AGES – TERM 1 AND 2
                     This unit allows you to assess the nutritional choices for teens. You will
                     develop strategies to plan and produce appropriate meals that will positively
                     affect an adolescent’s health and wellbeing. The importance of each of the
                     six main nutrients during adolescence will be studied. In this unit, there is an
                     emphasis on practical work and making healthy food choices.
                     FOOD AROUND THE WORLD – TERM 3
                     This unit allows you to investigate food and culture around the world. You will
                     view images of families around the world and the food they eat in a week.
                     They examine the similarities and differences in relation to different attributes,
                     such as type of food, nutrition, cost, and quantity. Discussions of stereotype
                     and diversity help students gain sensitivity to the strengths and needs of
                     different people around the world. Issues you will explore are below:
                         •   develop an awareness of the diversity of food around the globe.
                         •   identify personal biases and stereotypes related to food.
                         •   explain the value of sensitivity and openness toward diverse
                             cultures.
                         •   compare and contrast their food choices with the eating habits of
                             others locally and globally.
                         •   explain how food choices are limited by resources, culture, and
                             geography.
                     CONVENIENT TRUTH – TERM 4
                     The unit allows you to explore common snacks, food and drinks consumed
                     and the dangers they may cause on our health. Processed food, high in sugar
                     and high in fat foods will be explore as well as dietary related diseases. You
                     will develop snacks that are tasty yet healthy and suitable to sell in the school
                     tuckshop.
Examples of              •   Design Challenge
Activities and           •   Exam
Assessment               •   Research journal

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SUBJECT NAME         GEOGRAPHY
                     Year 7
Course Description   Geography identifies the concepts of place, space, environment,
                     interconnection, sustainability, scale and change, as integral to the
                     development of geographical understanding. These are high level ideas or
                     ways of thinking that can be applied across the subject to identify a question,
                     guide an investigation, organise information, suggest an explanation or assist
                     decision making. They are the key ideas involved in teaching students to think
                     geographically!

Course Outline       There are two units of study in the Year 7 curriculum for Geography:
                         •   Biomes and Food Security
                         •   Geographies of Interconnections
                     BIOMES AND FOOD SECURITY
                     This topic focuses on investigating the role of the biotic environment and its
                     role in food and fibre production. This unit examines the biomes of the world,
                     their alteration and significance as a source of food and fibre, and the
                     environmental challenges and constraints on expanding food production in
                     the future. These distinctive aspects of biomes, food production and food
                     security are investigated using studies drawn from Australia and across the
                     world.
                     GEOGRAPHIES OF INTERCONNECTIONS
                     This topic focuses on investigating how people, through their choices and
                     actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of
                     ways, and how these connections help to make and change places and their
                     environments. This unit examines the interconnections between people and
                     places through the products people buy and the effects of their production on
                     the places that make them. Students examine the ways that transport and
                     information and communication technologies have made it possible for an
                     increasing range of services to be provided internationally and for people in
                     isolated rural areas to connect to information, services and people in other
                     places. These distinctive aspects of interconnection are investigated using
                     studies drawn from Australia and across the world.
Examples of          Geography is organised in two related strands: Geographical Knowledge and
Activities and       Understanding, and Geographical Inquiry and Skills.
Assessment           Students will complete a range of assessment items and activities including:
                         •   Field trips
                         •   Interpretation of remotely sensed images
                         •   Statistical analysis
                         •   Role plays
                         •   Class debates
                         •   Research
                         •   Assignments
                         •   Knowledge exams
                         •   Oral presentations

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SUBJECT NAME         INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
                     Year 7
Course Description   In this course students will study the Design and Technologies processes
                     and production skills which develops design thinking and design processes.
                     Design and Technologies involves creative thinking and the explicit use of
                     design processes to propose solutions for an identified user and purpose.
                     This subject is designed to include two interrelated strands of:

                         •   Knowledge and understanding of technology, and
                         •   Processes and production skills

                     This is essentially the study of combined with elements of mixed materials;
                     metal, wood and plastics. Students will work through various projects,
                     designed to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge relating to
                     materials, tools and processes. While this subject has practical content,
                     students must understand that theory is an essential part of this subject.
Course Outline           •   Woodwork Design
                         •   Metalwork Design
                         •   Plastics Basic Skills, Design, Forming, Shaping and Laser Cutting
Examples of          The areas of study covered in this course will be:
Activities and       Design Folio:
Assessment
                             •   Storage box
                             •   Small skills work
                             •   Utility stand
                     Integrated within each area of study listed are:
                             •   Safety
                             •   Project planning and design
                             •   Workshop graphics
                             •   Surface finishing

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SUBJECT NAME         JAPANESE
                     Year 7
Course Description   Japanese focuses on the four areas of reading, writing, speaking and
                     listening and also aims to teach language through culture. Japanese uses
                     three scripts, Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji which are introduced at varying
                     stages throughout the course. Japanese is a challenging yet enjoyable
                     subject that is significantly different from European languages.
Course Outline       In Japanese students will be exposed to a variety of real life situations. The
                     focus of the course is communication in the foreign language.
                     During the Year 7 Japanese course, equal emphasis is placed on the four
                     skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classroom activities are
                     designed to enhance each of these four skills.

                     HOW DO YOU DO?
                     This unit sees students explore introducing themselves and others with basic
                     descriptive language. Emphasis is placed on mastering Hiragana.
                     Assessment in this unit focuses on reading and writing skills.

                     FOOD AND FAMILY
                     This unit allows students to explore Japanese food and the culture
                     surrounding it, in addition teaching them about communicating around their
                     families. It progresses to allow students to use their creativity in constructing
                     their own sentences. Assessment in this unit focuses on listening and
                     speaking skills.

                     MY HOMETOWN
                     This unit focuses on students' neighbourhoods and activities. Students will
                     be introduced to Katakana at this stage of the course. Assessment for this
                     unit focuses on reading and writing skills.

                     MY WEEK
                     This unit focuses on the routines and time spent at school. Students will be
                     introduced to some Kanji at this stage of the course. Assessment focuses on
                     speaking and listening skills.
Why Study This       The study of Japanese until Year 10 is not just beneficial but a vital part of
Subject?             any education. Briefly, learning a language is important for:
                     Future Job Prospects:
                     Languages are needed in the fields of Education, Hospitality, Tourism,
                     Commerce, Industry, Trade, Banking, Defence Forces, Journalism and the
                     Diplomatic Service.
                     Understanding How People Live in Australia and Other Parts of the World:
                     As people living in a multicultural Australia, we need to understand the values
                     of all members and visitors in our community.
                     Better Understanding How Our Own Language Works:
                     Foreign language learning encourages flexibility of thought and enhances
                     problem-solving skills.
                     Most importantly, being able to communicate in another language is a
                     rewarding experience and fun!
Examples of          Year 7 Japanese also includes a Japanese Lunch Box day and participation
Activities and       in Japanese Food and Culture Day.
Assessments

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SUBJECT NAME         MEDIA
                     Year 7
Course Description   This course provides students with an opportunity to understand how reality
                     is constructed in the media and how communication is an essential skill in
                     life. Media influences the way we spend our time, helps shape the way we
                     perceive ourselves and others, and plays a critical role in the creation of
                     personal, social, cultural and national identity. Students will learn how media
                     texts are produced, circulated and understood. Students will learn to have
                     an appreciation of what they see by developing skills related to critical
                     understanding, response and interpretation. Media also has a technological
                     component, which enables students to apply digital technology to design and
                     publish and promote their media in digital form.
Course Outline       STOP THE PRESS (Newspapers and the News)
                     During this unit, students will be transformed into journalists and report on
                     crucial news events e.g. Students demand change to uniform. Students will
                     then write their own news articles and film and edit a short news segment.
                     RIDGEY DIDGE (Australian Film)
                     During this unit, students will learn about Australian identity and be introduced
                     to the Australian film industry. Students will view a range of Australian films
                     and complete a review documenting their opinion of a chosen film.
                     LAUGH OUT LOUD (Sitcoms)
                     This unit will enable students to engage their creative and humorous side.
                     Students will become sitcom writers and create their own storyline for their
                     favourite sitcom. E.g. Everybody loves Raymond, How I met your mother and
                     Friends.
                     GREEN SCREEN MADNESS (Special Effects)
                     This unit will give the students an opportunity to use a blue/green screen and
                     create real “movie magic” by using this technology. Students can create many
                     different scenarios that are not usually possible in a classroom. E.g. flying
                     like Superman.
Examples of              •   Exams
Activities and           •   Scriptwriting
Assessment               •   Practical filming projects
                         •   Editing
                         •   Improvisation
                         •   Presentations

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SUBJECT NAME         MUSIC
                     Year 7
Course Description   This course provides students with an opportunity to develop a good
                     knowledge of musical concepts by 'making' and 'responding' to forms of
                     music. The course's context may reflect cultural forms (including Australian
                     Indigenous), historical music, pop culture or other topics that may suit the
                     interests of the students. Students will use practical skills to perform either
                     rehearsed or improvised music, with attention to various musical elements
                     such as dynamics, texture, timbre and expression. Furthermore, they will
                     compose their own music, which will use various technologies to present
                     (e.g.: software, digital sound). In addition, they will also develop their aural
                     (listening) skills to evaluate and analyse various forms of music.
Course Outline       BACK TO BASICS
                     Students will explore the basics of music including reading and writing music,
                     hearing rhythms and identifying melodies. This provides a foundation for
                     students new to music as well as revisionary work for those who currently
                     enjoy playing a musical instrument.          The initial concepts of music
                     composition, performing and analysing will be introduced to students in this
                     topic.

                     ROCK AND ROLL
                     Music has played an important role throughout history. Looking back at the
                     Rock and Roll era will allow students to understand the context and history
                     of music as well as being able to compose and perform songs from that time.
                     The context and history of music and its various forms is important as it allows
                     students to appreciate the link between music and culture.

                     SOUND ENGINEERING
                     In today’s current society, the need for comprehensive understanding of
                     musical equipment and ICT based programs is high. In the modern world
                     various pieces of technology are used by many people to compose and
                     perform. Students will explore the processes and technologies associated
                     with music creation and live/ studio recording.

                     INDIGENOUS MUSIC
                     The Indigenous music of each continent is important to explore as the music
                     concepts and contexts allow students to indulge in the music of our world.
                     The untouched examples of indigenous music is so widely available in our
                     current society and is crucial in student learning. Analysing and responding
                     to Indigenous music will help students gain an appreciation of music and its
                     beginnings.
Examples of               • Written tasks (e.g.: exam, research report)
Activities and            • Presentations
Assessment                • Compositions
                          • Aural tasks
                          • Performances (e.g.: improvised, rehearsed)

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SUBJECT NAME         SPANISH
Course Description   Spanish focuses on the four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening
                     and also aims to teach language through culture. The course has been
                     designed to expose students to the Spanish speaking world including the
                     countries in which Spanish is spoken, the diversity of cultures, foods, sports,
                     music and the impact this is having on global culture
Course Outline       In Spanish, students will be exposed to a variety of real life situations. The
                     focus of the course is communication in the foreign language.
                     During the Year 7 Spanish course, a equal emphasis is placed on speaking,
                     listening, reading and writing. Classroom activities are designed to enhance
                     each of these four skills.

                     THE SPANISH SPEAKING WORLD
                     In this unit, students will be introduced to Spanish culture and basic
                     vocabulary. They will be creating introductory videos about them and making
                     posters about their families, as they learn to describe themselves and the
                     people in their lives.

                     PLACES AND OPINIONS
                     This unit sees students describe and explain their likes, dislikes, opinions and
                     neighbourhoods. They will be writing letters to Spanish-speaking pen pals
                     and learning to create a written dialogue in Spanish.

                     FESTIVAL AND THE HOME
                     This unit focuses on teaching students about important Spanish cultural
                     festivals, allowing them to compare and contrast Spanish culture with our
                     own.

                     ACTIVITIES
                     Students will discuss the activities they enjoy, including sports, shopping and
                     eating at restaurants. They will learn the vocabulary required to participate
                     in these activities.
Why Study This       The study of Spanish until Year 10 is not just beneficial but a vital part of any
Subject?             education. Briefly, learning a language is important for:
                     Future Job Prospects:
                     Languages are needed in the fields of Education, Hospitality, Tourism,
                     Commerce, Industry, Trade, Banking, Defence Forces, Journalism and the
                     Diplomatic Service.
                     Understanding How People Live in Australia and Other Parts of the World:
                     As people living in a multicultural Australia, we need to understand the values
                     of all members and visitors in our community.
                     Better Understanding How Our Own Language Works:
                     Foreign language learning encourages flexibility of thought and enhances
                     problem-solving skills.
                     Most importantly, being able to communicate in another language is a
                     rewarding experience and fun!
Examples of          In Year 7, students create posters, write dialogues, film interviews and
Activities and       complete basic listening and writing tests. Year 7 Spanish also includes
Assessments          Spanish Food and Culture Day.

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SUBJECT NAME           TALENTED ATHLETE PROGRAM – AUSTRALIAN
                       FOOTBALL LEAGUE, BASKETBALL, NETBALL, RUGBY
                       LEAGUE, SOCCER AND TENNIS
Course Description     Development Programs in various sports

Eligibility            Applicants must be playing or have the ability to play the appropriate sport.
                       Students must commit to attending training sessions held before/after school
                       and competing in appropriate competitions.
Aims of the Talented   The aim of the Talented Athlete Program is to provide students with the
Athlete Program        opportunity to develop their potential whilst maintaining their performance in
                       academic studies.
                       The program aims to provide students with quality coaching and feedback on
                       their development within the sporting and school environment which allows
                       students to access opportunities to compete in elite competitions across
                       South-East Queensland.
                       Students will also gain skills in goal setting, teamwork and accountability and
                       will be coached in techniques to apply these skills to their daily routines.
Examples of            The various sports will be taught in class, together where the skills overlap
Activities and         and separately where the skills diverge.       Practical areas include skills,
Assessment             strength and conditioning, speed and agility development. Theory will
                       encompass diet and nutrition, coaching and refereeing, training principles,
                       sports medicine and exercise physiology.

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SUBJECT NAME         VISUAL ART
                     Year 7
Course Description   This course provides students with an opportunity to explore
                     Visual Art concepts and contexts. Students will learn about and develop Art
                     skills that they will be able to apply to designing and creating their own Visual
                     Art folios. Furthermore, students will also build on their Visual Art skills with
                     introductions to digital design computer programs, printmaking, clay
                     sculpture and mixed media collage techniques.
Course Outline       FOUNDATION ART STUDIES (The Elements of Art and Design)
                     During this unit, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of
                     the elements of Art and Design and their application in Visual Art. Students
                     will complete two abstract paintings on canvas.

                     PRINTMAKING AND VARIOUS TECHNIQUES (Printmaking)
                     During this unit, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of
                     printmaking techniques, processes, theory and artists. Students will be
                     introduced to a set of skills and techniques on how to critically analyse and
                     appreciate fine artworks. Students are to submit a folio of prints and their
                     Visual Process Diary with experimental drawing activities and printmaking
                     theory.

                     POPULAR CULTURE ART (Pop Art Sculpture)
                     During this unit, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of
                     Pop Art and modern sculpture techniques, processes, theory and artists.
                     Students will further develop skills and techniques for critically analysing and
                     appreciating fine artworks. Students are to submit a large Pop Art sculpture
                     based on information gathered about Pop Art.

                     FIGURES IN SURREALIST SITUATIONS (Surrealism)
                     During this unit, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of
                     the elements and principles of Art and Design in relation to Surrealist art and
                     clay sculpture in Visual Art. Students will submit a Surrealism Clay Figure
                     Sculpture and their Visual Process Diary with preliminary ideas, chosen A4
                     sketch of figure, construction views, and construction plan and materials list.
                     Also clay process notes on techniques (pinch pot, coil and slab studies) and
                     a written reflection. As well as research notes on the Surrealism art
                     movement and information about the Surrealist artists.
Examples of              • Visual Process Diary
Activities and           • Folios of Artwork
Assessment               • Written Tasks including- Essays, Reports and Reviews
                         • Art Excursions
                         • Community Based Activities

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