MGHS 2021 Mount Gambier High School

 
MGHS 2021 Mount Gambier High School
MGHS
Mount Gambier High School

               2021
    Course Booklet
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LEARNING       BELONGING             RESPONSIBILITY
MGHS 2021 Mount Gambier High School
WELCOME TO MOUNT GAMBIER HIGH SCHOOL
                          ENTREPRENEURIAL SPECIALIST SCHOOL
                                 2021 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
                                                 for Years 8 – 12
Our school is proud to be a public school. We are a comprehensive, coeducational, multicultural 8-12 school in South
Australia's largest regional city and are a part of the Blue Lake Local Partnership. Our school community is excited to
embark on a journey of improved learning opportunities for staff and students as one of 5 Entrepreneurial Specialist
Schools in South Australia.
Our school offers a dynamic, creative and supportive learning environment in which all students are encouraged, by a
committed staff, to pursue personal excellence in academic pursuits, citizenship, sport and the arts. Our educational
community provides a caring and supportive environment, recognising and rewarding individual and cooperative
achievement.
We expect high standards in all that we do at Mount Gambier High School. We encourage our students to aim high in their
studies, to work hard and to be sensitive to the rights and needs of others, through the provision of quality educational
programs and feedback from our staff. These expectations are realised through our values and through our school motto
of 'Nihil Absque Labore - Nothing without Effort'

Entrepreneurial Education: As one of only five Entrepreneurial Specialist Schools in South Australia, Mount Gambier High
School prides itself on developing entrepreneurial mindsets and dispositions in all our young people. Our students will be
equipped with skills and gain confidence to successfully face the challenges of an ever changing world in an environment
that values a sense of learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, and agile thinking. Students can explore their purpose and
passion and make real world connections through their authentic learning.
Students also can engage with Flinders University through ‘eNVIsion Limestone Coast @ CLC’, located at Mount Gambier
High School. Students can access programs, resources, technology and expertise from the University, and the wider
entrepreneurial ecosystem.
CHRIS EDMONDS
PRINCIPAL

THIS BOOKLET is concerned with the planned learning experiences that occur in Years 8-12, and from 2022, Years 7-12. It
is prepared in June 2020 and is intended to serve as a basis for parent and student information for 2021.
Students are asked to complete their Subject Selection Form on the basis that they will be returning to this school in 2021
and that they will be in the next year level. When making choices, students should be guided by first semester reports,
teacher recommendations, past performances and career aspirations, as well as information provided in this booklet.
Subject choices should be as firm as possible, as staffing and resourcing will be based on them. Every effort will be made
to place students in subjects of their first choice. The school cannot absolutely guarantee this as staffing, facilities and
student choices across the school must be considered in this process.

A SACE information evening for parents/caregivers will be held on the following night in the Garry Costello Centre for
Creative Arts:
     Year 10 in to 11 and Year 11 in to 12: Wednesday 5 August 7.00pm

This will provide further information to enable students to select subjects, courses and career pathways.
If any parent/caregiver requires further information on the educational program or its organisation, please contact us by
phoning the school on 8721 0200 and ask to speak to a Wellbeing Leader or Assistant Principal Junior School or Senior
School. We would be delighted to discuss any aspect of our school’s curriculum with you.
SUZE RICKETTS
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

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MGHS 2021 Mount Gambier High School
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WELCOME TO MOUNT GAMBIER HIGH SCHOOL ................................................................................................................ 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS.......................................................................................................................................................... 2
COURSE COUNSELLING PROCESS ....................................................................................................................................... 3
OPEN ACCESS ..................................................................................................................................................................... 4
BLUE LAKE PARTNERSHIP SCHEME ..................................................................................................................................... 4
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ...................................................................................................... 4
YEAR 8 SUBJECTS ............................................................................................................................................................... 5
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – YEAR 8 ........................................................................................................................................ 6
YEAR 9 SUBJECTS ............................................................................................................................................................. 10
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – YEAR 9 ...................................................................................................................................... 11
YEAR 10 SUBJECTS ........................................................................................................................................................... 19
SAASTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SPORTS TRAINING ACADEMY) ..................................................................... 20
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – YEAR 10 .................................................................................................................................... 21
THE SACE ......................................................................................................................................................................... 30
ADDRESS BOOK ............................................................................................................................................................... 31
SACE COURSE PLANNER – STAGE 1 .................................................................................................................................. 32
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) .............................................................................................................. 33
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICESHIPS ............................................................................................................. 33
CAREER PATHWAYS ......................................................................................................................................................... 34
STAGE 1 SUBJECTS ........................................................................................................................................................... 35
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – STAGE 1 .................................................................................................................................... 36
INFORMATION FOR YEAR 12/13 STUDENTS IN 2021 ........................................................................................................ 51
SACE COURSE PLANNER – STAGE 2 .................................................................................................................................. 53
STAGE 2 SUBJECTS ........................................................................................................................................................... 54
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – STAGE 2 .................................................................................................................................... 55
INDEX .............................................................................................................................................................................. 70

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MGHS 2021 Mount Gambier High School
COURSE COUNSELLING PROCESS
The school has an extensive course counselling process that actively involves students, teachers and parents/caregivers in
decision making related to future schooling and education.

ROLE OF HOME GROUP TEACHER
The home group teacher will:
     Discuss a possible course of study for 2021 based upon the interests and aspirations of the student, the ability of
       the student to succeed and parental wishes, during extended home group in Weeks 2, 3 & 4.
     Direct students to download the course booklet
     Distribute subject selection forms and assist students with completing them
     Distribute University, VET and Australian Jobs booklets
     Remind students to complete Specialist Program forms and submit by the due dates
     Assist with Online Booking Information for panel appointments

ROLE OF STUDENTS
Through the counselling process our aim is to have well informed students who have taken the opportunities provided to
be involved in the selection of subjects and career pathways. Students will:
      Engage in extended home group so they are aware of their options and timelines during the process
      Read through the course booklet and select subjects based on interests and career aspirations
      Research career pathways by looking through University, VET and Australian Jobs booklets
      Complete subject selection form
      Seek teacher input for subject recommendations and have the form signed off by the teacher
      Submit Specialist Programs by the due dates – any late applications will not be accepted
      Ensure that all information regarding information nights, application deadlines and panel appointments is
          communicated home
Year 10 students will focus on the links between school options and career pathways as they undertake their Personal
Learning Plan (PLP) – Stage 1 subject. Year 10s have an intensive program intended to develop understanding of the South
Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), TAFE and Tertiary options. It includes visits and seminars and Work Experience.
At this level, students are required to compile a list of subject teacher recommendations for further study.

ROLE OF PARENTS/CAREGIVERS
Parents and caregivers play a pivotal role in supporting their child through this process. Parents/caregivers are encouraged
to:
     Read through the course booklet and talk with their child about the choices they are making
     Assist their child with research for their chosen pathway
     Attend the SACE Parent Information Session on Wednesday 5 August
     Complete an Online Booking for Panel appointments

Parents/caregivers and students should note that:
     A student’s preliminary choices are subject to negotiation by the school on the basis of the student’s past
        performance and/or perceived readiness to attempt the level of difficulty
     Unless sufficient students choose a subject to allow a class of viable size to be formed, that subject will not
        operate
       Every attempt will be made to enable students to study their selected subjects
     Where appropriate, students may negotiate entry to subjects at other year levels to meet individual learning
        needs
     Final decisions about classes for 2021 will be made in Term 4, 2020. Some students will need to be recounselled
        as some combinations of choice subjects may not be possible because of timetable structures. Not all subject
        offerings will be conducted if numbers are too small.

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OPEN ACCESS
Students may study through distance education courses provided by the Open Access College. This will be done where
numbers in a course are very small or where a student has a need to study a subject which is not currently offered in a
Mount Gambier secondary school. A wide range of subjects is available at Stages 1 and 2; however placements may be
limited and costs will apply.
Students who undertake Open Access studies receive their work from the Open Access College on a regular basis. They will
generally have a phone or video conference contact [at school] with their teacher once or twice a week. Students
undertaking Open Access studies need to be able to work independently.
Students require approval from the Assistant Principal – Senior School to undertake such studies.

                       BLUE LAKE PARTNERSHIP SCHEME
Mount Gambier High School, Grant High School.
It is envisaged that MGHS and GHS may offer the opportunity for students to study certain courses at different schools as
part of the Partnership scheme between schools.
In 2021, some subjects may run at either school depending on class sizes.
For further information, please contact the Assistant Principal – Senior School.

 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
At Mount Gambier High School, we strive to develop a high quality ICT environment that supports and promotes modern
teaching pedagogy and learning styles.
Students are all provided access to the Mount Gambier High School network so they may utilise computers, printers and a
variety of other resources to enrich learning outcomes.
Access to these resources is provided once an Acceptable Use Agreement is signed by both the parent/caregiver and the
student. It outlines the appropriate use and obligations when using any ICT device or resource at Mount Gambier High
School. A full copy can be obtained from the school website and on the Mount Gambier High School’s landing page under
the Student, Parent and Staff portals.
Through this agreement, students are given access to internet, printing and an individual E-mail account.
 All access to the internet is monitored and the school provides filtering through the Department for Education internet
    filtering system
Learner Management System
To support student learning through mobile devices, the school has implemented DayMap. Students can use this to access
class notes / materials, along with grades and feedback on assessment items.
Student Laptop Model
Since 2016 Mount Gambier High School’s 1 to 1 laptop initiative has continued in a modified form. Year 8 students are
provided with a school supplied device which remains the property of the school (acting on behalf of the Minister of
Education), and the school software licenses are applied to these devices such that no extra expense is incurred for
software licensing.
Transition to “Bring Your Own Device”
From the beginning of Semester 2 each year, Year 10 students are given the option to purchase a new device through a
school endorsed, independent IT Provider via an online Order Portal, referred to as Bring Your Own Device. This will meet
student needs moving forward for the last 2 years of their education at Mount Gambier High School.
Cyber Safety
Mount Gambier High School is committed to being a cyber-safe environment, for more information on how to be cyber-
safe feel free to explore the websites below.
Facebook Safety Page                                                              www.facebook.com/safety
Kids Helpline                                                                     www.kidshelpline.com.au
Bullying. No Way!                                                                 www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner                                 www.esafety.gov.au
ThinkUKnow Internet Safety Program                                                www.thinkuknow.org.au

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YEAR 8 SUBJECTS
                             ARTS
   Performing Arts: Drama and Music Experience*

                Visual Arts: Art and Design
*A Music Advanced program is available to students by application.

            DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
                 Design and Technologies
                   Digital Technologies
                      STEAM project

                          ENGLISH

                        ESS INNOV8

       HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education or Special Sports Program - Cricket
             Health/Food and Nutrition

       HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

                       LANGUAGES
                     Italian or Japanese

                     MATHEMATICS

                           SCIENCE

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SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – YEAR 8
                                                             ARTS
                                         MUSIC ADVANCED – [One Semester]
Entry into this course is by application. Music Advanced is a specialist music program catering for students with an interest in,
and commitment to, music studies. It is beneficial for students to have previously studied an instrument (including voice).
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive music education in the areas of performance, theory and
music in context.
 Performance – Students will plan, revise and implement solo and ensemble (group) performances. They will participate in
     class band(s) and school ensembles, including the Mount Gambier Combined Schools Band and Vocal Group. Through
     collaboration with community mentors, students will engage with music industry outside the classroom. Students may have
     the opportunity to participate in Generations in Jazz and/or school musicals, as well as school and community
     performances.
 Theory – This unit will cover aspects of music theory and aural skills, including reading and writing notation. It also provides
     students the opportunity to co-design tasks in the areas of music analysis, composition and music technology.
 Music in Context – This unit will develop student’s critical and creative mind-set through collaborative activities based
     around music culture and history, such as blues, rap and Australian music.

                  PERFORMING ARTS – DRAMA & MUSIC EXPERIENCE – [One Semester]
   Drama (One Term): Students will develop their skills in movement, voice, improvisation and stagecraft. The course focuses
    on three main units of learning: Stagecraft, Drama in Context, and Performance. Students will learn various drama
    techniques and exercises involving mime, realism and comedic elements. They will also have the opportunity to perform
    rehearsed and improvised scenes for an audience. Theory includes review writing and journal entries based on the activities
    undertaken.
   Music Experience (One Term): This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the core elements of
    music. The course focuses on three main units of learning: Theory, Music in Context and Performance. Students will learn to
    read and write basic music while developing their aural skills, as well as explore elements of composition, song analysis and
    research skills. They will learn to play piano, guitar and percussion. Opportunities will be provided for students to perform as
    a class band or in small groups.

                                 VISUAL ARTS – ART & DESIGN – [One Semester]
Visual Arts draws together related but distinct art forms: Art, Design & Media Arts. While these art forms have close relationships
and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices that reflect distinct knowledge,
understanding and skills.
*Media Arts is embedded within both Art and Design and allows students to explore aspects of media.
Visual Arts in Year 8 comprises two subjects:
 Art                                                                   Design
In Art, students experience and explore the concepts of artists, artworks, world and audience. Students develop practical skills
and critical thinking which inform their work as artists and audience.
In Design, students follow the design process to explore ideas and solutions to design challenges whilst developing practical skills
in visual and communication technologies in the fields of graphic, environmental and product design.

                                        DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
                                    DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES – [One Term]
This course provides the opportunity for students to use common and widely used hand tools, power tools, power equipment,
processes and materials. The design process will be at the forefront of learning through investigating different possibilities to a
problem, researching, designing, producing and evaluating while keeping to set constraints. Students will have the opportunity
to evaluate products, services and environments in a range of technologies contexts in home, community and global settings.
Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) will be introduced to help with student designs. Students will have an opportunity to work within
a problem-based learning environment to collaboratively create a solution to a problem. Quality hand tool skills will be
developed with an emphasis on safe work practices equivalent to industry standards.

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES : STEAM PROJECT – [One Term]
                                    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths
STEAM education is a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that seeks to increase student interest in STEAM related fields and
improves students’ problem solving and critical analysis skills. The Mount Gambier High School STEAM project places the Design
Process at the forefront of learning through investigating different solutions to a problem.
STEAM education is essential in building collaborative, creative, communicative and critical thinking skills. This problem based
learning approach involves collaboration between the Visual Arts and Design and Technology faculties. Initially students have
opportunities to learn both the use of hand and powered tools, digital technologies in both 3D modelling, technical drawing as
well as the Adobe Creative Cloud software. Carpentry, Metalwork and Plastics are a key component of Technology whilst Visual
Arts focus of Graphic, Environmental and Product design concepts. The introductory skill building classes culminate with a
student directed project in which small groups solve a given technology problem.

                                        DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES – [One Term]
This course focuses on developing students’ understanding and skills in digital systems and computational thinking. Topics
covered in this course include components of digital systems (software, hardware, network, and data), cyber safety, algorithms
and visual programing languages. Students will create interactive digital solutions through the cycles of planning, designing,
testing, modifying and evaluating applications. They will define and decompose problems in terms of functional requirements
and constraints, and plan and manage projects with some autonomy.

                                                           ENGLISH
                                                    ENGLISH – [Full Year]
All students will complete a full year of English. This course will focus on reading and viewing, speaking and listening and writing.
Students will respond to and create a range of texts.

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                                                   INNOV8 – [One Term]
This 10-week program will focus on developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets with students. The students will take part in activities
that explicitly teach design thinking cycle, the difference between collaboration and group work, problem finding, problem
solving, ideation, job finding and making, understanding values, clarifying their own values, identifying their own purposes and
passions.

                                  HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
                                     PHYSICAL EDUCATION – [One Semester]
                                    HEALTH/FOOD & NUTRITION – [One Term]
The course aims to provide students with a balance of knowledge, processes and skills to enable them to make informed
decisions which promote healthy lifestyle behaviours. Australian Curriculum Focus Areas covered within the program
include:
        Alcohol and other drugs                                      Active play and minor games
        Food and Nutrition                                           Challenge and adventure activities
        Health benefits of physical activity                         Fundamental movement skills
        Mental health and wellbeing – Shine SA                       Games and sports
        Relationships and sexuality – Shine SA                       Lifelong physical activities
        Safety – Shine SA                                            Rhythmic and expressive movement

                           SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – CRICKET – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course.
At Year 8, this course will take the place of Physical Education. Participants in Special Sports Programs will incur additional costs
associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
                Skill development                                                      Game play and tactics
                Fitness development                                                    Training principles

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         Coaching and umpiring/officiating                                     Sports injuries
               Diet and nutrition
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
        Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                   $60.00 (new students only)
        Fitness Training sessions                                         $25.00
        Camp                                                              $120.00-$140.00

                                   HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
                                 HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES – [Full Year]
This course is designed to provide the opportunity for students to develop a range of geographical and historical skills to help
them prepare for life as active and globally aware citizens in the years after they leave school. They will be given the opportunity
to investigate aspects of their heritage and the social, environmental, political, legal and economic world they will be a part of.
During the year they will be given the opportunity to investigate:
 how laws are made in Australia and the way the Australian electoral system works
 a range of geographical landscapes, the landforms associated with them and how significant landscapes can be managed
 the changing human geography of countries as revealed by shifts in population distribution
 the history of several societies from a range of places around the world during the medieval period
 Entrepreneurial mind set and skills by participating in the $20 Boss project.

Choice of which depth studies will be undertaken will be made by individual subject teachers allocated to these classes.

                                                          LANGUAGES
                                       ITALIAN OR JAPANESE – [One Semester]
The Italian/Japanese Languages course will provide opportunities for students to work with different modes of communication
and with different types of genres. Students will learn to use modelled and rehearsed Italian/Japanese language in familiar
contexts and will begin to use the language learnt to create original texts and engage in oral interaction. In this course students
are expected to work collaboratively to monitor and reflect on their own language learning, comparing what they learn in
Italian/Japanese to their own language and culture.
Topics covered are: Greetings, introducing themselves, expressing their state of wellbeing, using appropriate polite and familiar
forms, describing and comparing friends and family and describing routine events and leisure activities. Students will be
encouraged to use specific elements of ICT such as: creating vocabulary lists and using online dictionaries.

                                                     MATHEMATICS
                                                MATHEMATICS – [Full Year]
Mathematics in Year 8 follows the Australian Curriculum course outline and includes work from the three content strands:
Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The proficiency strands Understanding,
Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are an integral part of the mathematics content and describe how the content is
explored and developed. Students will be encouraged to learn by routine skill work and also through investigations and projects.
The topics covered are: Integers, Geometrical Reasoning, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Measurement, Algebra, Ratio and
Rates, Equations and Inequalities, Probability and Statistics, Straight Line Graphs and Transformation.
Students will be extended or accelerated if they demonstrate that they are able to handle this course easily.
A scientific calculator is required (cost approx. $28).

                                                           SCIENCE
                                                    SCIENCE – [Full Year]
The year 8 Science course has three interrelated strands: Science understanding, Science as a human endeavour and Science
inquiry skills. The program provides students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a
scientific view of the world and challenges them to explore science: its concepts, nature and uses, through clearly described
inquiry processes. The course introduces students to safety procedures, correct use of laboratory processes and apparatus. It
involves students in problem solving through observation, collection and interpretation of data, and communication of the

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findings. Additionally, it emphasizes the impact of scientific discoveries in society. Students learn the literacy and numeracy of
Science and use appropriate technologies to complete and demonstrate their learning.
Topics covered are from the four strands of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science
and includes content related to:
 The scientific method                                                Introduction to Chemistry
 Cells and functioning systems                                        Properties of matter
 Energy systems                                                       The rock cycle
Students are required to complete both theory and practical components of the work. Learning and assessment activities include
laboratory work, research, report writing, tests and assignments.

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YEAR 9 SUBJECTS

                         ALL STUDENTS COMPLETE THIS SECTION OF THE PATTERN
ENGLISH or E.A.L.D. (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)                  *Students may choose English – The
Full year subject                                                                   Classics as a Semester 2 course instead
                                                                                    of the mainstream course
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                       Students may apply to enter one
                                                                                    Special Sports Program in the place of
         Physical Education or a Special Sport Program – semester                  Physical Education
          Semester 1: Athletics, Football, Netball, Soccer                          OR
          Semester 2: Basketball, Cricket                                           Two Special Sports Programs; one in
                                                                                    place of Physical Education, the second
         Health, Food & Nutrition - semester                                       as a choice subject

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Full year subject
                              STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE A STEM OPTION IN THIS SECTION
MATHEMATICS GENERAL
or MATHEMATICS ADVANCED
Full year subject
SCIENCE
Full year subject
OR STEM (Maths/Science) – integrated learning focus                                 Students may enter STEM in Semester
Semester 2                                                                          2 in place of the mainstream Maths
                                                                                    and Science courses.

                    STUDENTS HAVE 4 SEMESTERS OF CHOICE FROM THE FOLLOWING
ARTS
Dance Advanced – one semester or full year                     Music Experience – one semester or full year
Dance General                                                  Visual Arts – Art
Drama                                                          Visual Arts – Design
Music Advanced – one semester or full year
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
Clothing and Textiles                                          Metalwork
Control Tech                                                   Pedal Prix
Digital Technologies                                           Photography
Girls Technology                                               Woodwork
ESS                                                            Incub8
LANGUAGES                                                      Italian or Japanese – full year
OTHER                                                          Active8

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SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS – YEAR 9
                                           COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
                                                          ENGLISH
                    E.A.L.D. (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) – [Full Year]
E.A.L.D. is designed for students for whom English is an additional language or dialect. It provides intensive English language
programs for students newly arrived in South Australia and who have limited English language.

                                                   ENGLISH – [Full Year]
All students will complete a full year of English. This course will focus on reading and viewing, speaking and listening and writing.
The aims are to develop students’ ability to read, view, speak, listen and write with purpose, effect and confidence in a wide
range of contexts. They will develop the ability to discuss and analyse texts and language.

                                     ENGLISH – THE CLASSICS – [One Semester]
This course is a specialized study of classic literature and therefore a close look at the characteristics of this genre and the
societies reflected in the texts. It is designed for the student who wishes to be challenged in their reading and exposed to
“something different”. The student may choose this course in Semester 2 instead of mainstream English.

                                  HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
                                 HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION – [Full Year]
The course aims to provide students with a balance of knowledge, processes and skills to enable them to make informed
decisions which promote healthy lifestyle behaviours. This subject builds on the knowledge developed in Year 8 Health and
Physical Education. Australian Curriculum Focus Areas covered within the program include:
        Alcohol and other drugs                                                 Active play and minor games
        Food and Nutrition                                                      Challenge and adventure activities
        Health benefits of physical activity                                    Fundamental movement skills
        Mental health and wellbeing                                             Games and sports
        Relationships and sexuality                                             Lifelong physical activities
        Safety                                                                  Rhythmic and expressive movement
Please note: If a student selects a Special Sport Program, it will take the place of the Physical Education semester.

                                                     SPECIAL SPORTS
                           SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – ATHLETICS – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Technique development                                                       Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Training principles                                                         Sports injuries
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                   $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                         $25.00
 Camp                                                              $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                              TBA

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SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – BASKETBALL – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Skill development                                                           Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Game play and tactics                                                       Sports psychology
 Training principles                                                         Sports injuries
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                    $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                          $25.00
 Camp                                                               $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                               TBA

                           SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – CRICKET - [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Skill development                                                           Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Game play and tactics                                                       Sports psychology
 Training principles                                                         Sports injuries
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                    $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                          $25.00
 Camp                                                               $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                               TBA

                          SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – FOOTBALL – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Skill development                                                           Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Game play and tactics                                                       Sports psychology
 Training principles                                                         Sports injuries
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                   $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                         $25.00
 Camp                                                              $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                              TBA

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SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – NETBALL – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Skill development                                                           Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Game play and tactics                                                       Sports injuries
 Training principles
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                      $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                            $25.00
 Camp                                                                 $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                                 TBA

                            SPECIAL SPORTS PROGRAM – SOCCER – [One Semester]
Entry to this course is by application only which is available from the Student Office. Completing an application form does not
guarantee selection in this course. This course will run as a combined Year 9/10 class. Participants in Special Sports Programs will
incur additional costs associated with these courses.
This semester course will aim to maximise the development of participants as they train and receive specialist coaching within
the curriculum.
Study in this program may include:
 Skill development                                                           Coaching and umpiring/officiating
 Fitness development                                                         Diet and nutrition
 Game play and tactics                                                       Sports injuries
 Training principles
Students in this program may have the opportunity to be involved in a trip to an elite level club/facility/competition.
Estimates of additional costs are:
 Special Sports Program uniform (sport specific)                           $60.00 (new students only)
 Fitness Training sessions                                                 $25.00
 Camp                                                                      $120.00-$140.00
 Coaching/Umpiring/Officiating course                                      TBA

                                  HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
                                HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES – [Full Year]
This course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills students have acquired in Year 8 with a focus on History and
Geography.
During Semester 1 they will be given the opportunity to investigate and extend their Geographical skills and knowledge. The
Geography Curriculum is made up of two units of study: Biomes and food security and Geography of interconnections.
 Biomes and food security focuses on the role of the biotic environment and its role in food and fibre production. These
    distinctive aspects of biomes, food production and food security are investigated using studies drawn from Australia and
    across the world
 Geography of interconnections focuses on 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.
During Semester 2 students will be given the opportunity to investigate the historical period from 1750 to the end of First World
War, 1918. They will cover three topics:
     EITHER the Industrial Revolution OR Progressive Ideas and Movements OR The Movement of People (slaves,
         transported convicts and migrants) AND
     EITHER a study of selected aspects of Australian history from the start of British settlement until just after Federation
         OR a study of an Asian country during this same period AND
     a study of aspects of World War I and Australia’s involvement in it

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MATHEMATICS
                           MATHEMATICS ADVANCED AND GENERAL – [Full Year]
Mathematics in Year 9 follows the Australian Curriculum course outline and is taught in semester units each including work from
the three content strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The proficiency
strands Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are an integral part of the mathematics content and describe
how the content is explored and developed. Students will be encouraged to learn by routine skill work and also through
investigations and projects.
The topics covered are: Number and Financial Mathematics, Linear Equations, Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Linear Relations,
Measurement, Indices and Surds, Geometry, Algebraic Techniques, Probability and Statistics and an Introduction to Quadratics.
Students wishing to study the Year 9 Advanced Mathematics course are required to receive a recommendation from their
Year 8 Mathematics Teacher. All students will study the same topics. A scientific calculator is required (cost approx. $28).

                                                         SCIENCE
                                                  SCIENCE – [Full Year]
The Year 9 Science course has three interrelated strands: Science understanding, Science as a human endeavour and Science
inquiry skills. The program provides students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a
scientific view of the world and challenges them to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described
inquiry processes.
The course provides opportunities to build on the skills gained in Year 8 Science and aims to further develop problem solving,
through observation, collection and interpretation of data and communication of the findings. It emphasizes the impact of
scientific discoveries in society and increases scientific knowledge. Students learn the literacy and numeracy of Science and use
appropriate technologies to complete and demonstrate their learning.
Topics covered are from the four strands of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science
and includes content related to:
 Science investigations and the scientific method                      Dynamic Earth
 Atomic structure                                                      Ecosystems
 Human body systems                                                    Electrical energy and energy use
 Chemistry                                                             Light and sound
 Communication technology                                              Microbiology
Students are required to complete both theory and practical components of the work. Learning and assessment activities include
laboratory work, research, report writing, tests and assignments.

                       STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths
                                                STEM – [One Semester]
Year 9 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is offered for Semester Two, 2021. The course combines
Australian Curriculum Mathematics and Science subjects across two lines in order to provide students with an engaging cross-
disciplinary learning experience.
The delivery and assessment of the topics allow students to engage in practical activities which include group activities,
discussion, research, analysis and the use of information and communication technologies.
The course is designed to provide students with the opportunities to become involved in problem based learning with real world
applications and community links. The aim of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful
against the Australian Curriculum Standard for Mathematics and Science in an engaging, innovative teaching and learning
environment.
A scientific calculator is required (cost approx. $28).

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CHOICE SUBJECTS
                                                             ARTS
                               DANCE – ADVANCED – [One Semester or Full Year]
This is designed to be a semester or full year course for students across Years 9 and 10. The topics will be organised so that
students can use prior knowledge, particularly from training outside the school setting. Students will also gain valuable skills and
a thorough understanding needed for Stages 1 and 2 Dance.
It is expected that students have some prior dance experience and the desire to extend already acquired skills. This group will be
expected to create and perform their own dance pieces to live community audiences on several occasions. These performances
may include: dance showcase, performing arts showcase, moderations, Christmas Pageant, school assembly and community
events. Students will be expected to have a strong sense of commitment and dedication to the subject, an understanding of
dance etiquette and sound group and communication skills. Topics and assessment components: technique, composition,
performance, analysis.
Students are required to get a recommendation for this subject.

                                        DANCE – GENERAL – [One Semester]
This course will allow students to develop their skills in Dance through the study and development of dance technique,
performance, composition skills, dance perspectives (history of dance) and analysis. Students will explore a variety of dance
styles including Hip-Hop, Jazz, contemporary and ballet. Students will be involved in preparing and performing in groups. The
assessment will be based on the practical aspects of the course and some theory components.

                                                DRAMA – [One Semester]
Students will explore basic performance and staging skills, an understanding of theatre history and the theories and practices of
various drama practitioners. Students will develop their skills in onstage and offstage roles through workshops, the rehearsal
process and public performance/s. The course focuses on three main units of learning: Stagecraft, Drama in Context, and
Performance. Theory includes review writing, research project and reports on dramatic works.
It is recommended students undertake a semester of Drama at Year 9 if they wish to continue to Year 12.

                            MUSIC ADVANCED A & B – [One Semester or Full Year]
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Year 8 Music Advanced or approval from Music staff. Students undertaking this course will
be expected to have instrumental lessons throughout the year, either through the school Instrumental Music program or
privately, to assist with their practical development. Students will participate in class bands as well as school ensembles.
Students undertake a comprehensive course in Music, which aims to further develop high-level technical and performance skills
and understanding of theory and composition. This course focuses on four main areas of learning: Performance, Theory and
Composition and Music in Context.
 Performance – This unit gives students the opportunity to develop as both a solo and ensemble (group) performer. Students
    will participate in a class band as well as school ensembles. Through collaboration with community mentors, students will
    engage with the music industry outside the classroom. They may have the opportunity to participate in Generations in Jazz
    and/or school musicals, as well as school and community performances.
 Theory and Composition – Delivery of this unit is centered around the key capabilities of critical and creative thinking, literacy
    and ICT. This unit will cover aspects of theory in written and aural form such as tonality, harmony, pitch and rhythm. Students
    will apply their understanding through score and aural analysis, and composition in traditional genres with and without the
    use of technology.
 Music in Context – This unit will develop student’s intercultural understanding, facilitating the exploration of genres such as
    world music and musical theatre. They will also undertake a collaborative unit in STEAM education to promote future-
    focused strategic thinking and problem-solving.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be prepared for Year 10 Music Advanced.

                            MUSIC EXPERIENCE 1 & 2 – [One Semester or Full Year]
Pre-requisite: Assumed knowledge and skills from Year 8 Music Experience / Year 8 Music Advanced.
This course is offered to students who are keen to further their musical skills in the areas of performance, technology and sound
production. It is recommended that students undertake instrumental lessons, either through the school Instrumental Music
program or privately.
This course focuses on four main areas of learning: Performance, Theory and Sound Production and Music in Context, which aims
to further their development as promising musicians as well as establish an entrepreneurial mindset and approach.
 Performance – Students will explore the personal and social capability by planning, preparing, and delivering solo and
     collaborative performances on one or more instruments.

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    Theory and Composition – Students will develop their music theory and aural skills through a range of cross-disciplinary
     activities, such as designing and recording an audio book and applying live sound management techniques to live
     performances, using a range of music technologies. Students will be provided with enquiry questions to guide units of work
     which result in the production of resources such as lead sheets and backing tracks.
    Music in Context – Students will learn about a range of cultures and musical styles by completing activities such as lyric
     analysis and designing graphic scores, as well explore the technical and safety aspects of musical environments. They will
     also undertake a collaborative unit in STEAM education to promote future-focused strategic thinking and problem-solving.

                                          VISUAL ARTS – ART – [One Semester]
Students will be encouraged to work with more complex concepts building on the skills learned previously. They will be exposed
to a wide range of Art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and collage. Composition and the
development of themes will be used to encourage students to initiate ideas, research, develop and plan to achieve practical
resolutions. Students will be encouraged to talk and write about their Art and that of others to enhance their language and
critical analysis skills. Further development of creative skills will be encouraged through students working on drawings as
extension work. The following three areas will form the basis for study:
   Visual Diary / Folio / Sketch Book              Practical Resolutions                           Arts in Context
Students will provide evidence of their learning through these areas of study for the assessment.

                                         VISUAL ARTS – DESIGN – [One Semester]
Students will explore the three main areas of Design including Graphic and Visual Communications, Product and Built
Environment Design. Through theoretical and practical tasks, students will experiment using a variety of media developing their
drawing, designing and communication skills. Their knowledge will be built upon knowledge that they acquired at Year 8 using
both freehand and instrumental drawings practices. Visual Communication and Product Design will be analysed and three-
dimensional models of built environments may be included in their tasks. Further development of creative skills will be
encouraged through students working on drawings and designs as extension work. The following three areas will form the basis
for study:
   Visual Diary / Folio / Sketch Book              Arts Practice                                   Arts in Context
Students will provide evidence of their learning through these areas of study for the assessment.

                                          DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
                                      CLOTHING AND TEXTILES – [One Semester]
This course aims to develop skills in using commercial patterns, teach specific textile construction skills and increase students’
fabric knowledge. It also aims to develop an enjoyment of working with fabrics. Students use a problem based learning approach
to construct a variety of items: board/boxer shorts, teddy bear, pin cushion and flag bunting. Any techniques not covered by
clothing articles will be presented as a sample. Students may need to supply some of the following items: fabric, fibre-fill etc.

                                             CONTROL TECH – [One Semester]
Students will explore the world of technology using composite materials, including but not exclusive to plastics, timber, metal
and electronics. Electronics will be explored and the exciting possibilities that this will bring to projects. Control Tech is a practical
design based course, allowing students to work collaboratively to develop solutions to problems given in design briefs.

                                      DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES – [One Semester]
This course focuses on further developing students’ understanding and skills in computational thinking and engaging students
with a wider range of digital systems. Students will undertake individual and collaborative tasks using a Problem-Based Learning
approach. The topics covered in this course include components of digital systems, data representations, algorithms and
programing, problem-solving process (defining a problem, planning, and designing, implementing and evaluating a solution),
communications for project management and collaboration, the security and privacy of information systems. Students will have
opportunities to learn to use a range of application development environments such as GameMaker studio, Web, and Arduino to
create digital solutions. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with Control Technology.

                                          GIRLS TECHNOLOGY – [One Semester]
This course is designed to provide a supportive learning environment for girls and aims to provide them with the relevant skills to
design and construct articles useful for the home. Working with a range of materials will give the students confidence in
attempting minor construction work, and will enable them to capably handle most tools. The course is for girls who desire to be
involved in a practically based course and they will be given opportunity to link with some form of community/enterprise activity
in a final project.

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METALWORK – [One Semester]
This course expands on the Year 8 introduction to metals and metalworking. Students cover topics such as gas and electric
welding methods, sheet metal processes, lathe turning procedures and use of hand and power tools. Projects consist of practical,
useable objects and a free choice topic may be negotiated. All projects are linked to a design process, whereby students gain
experience in drawing techniques, materials costing and all aspects of material handling and safety in the workshop. Students
will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively on finding a solution in a problem based learning environment.

                                             PEDAL PRIX – [One Semester]
Pedal Prix is a Design and Technology subject through which students develop practical workshop competence, high levels of
cooperative teamwork, planning and leadership. Pedal Prix explicitly engages students in the Technology objectives of Design,
Produce and Evaluate using products, processes and systems. Students access and use resources such as wood, plastics,
electrical, graphics and information systems. Planning, organising, physical training and fitness are all essential in student
preparations for each pedal prix event (there are generally 3 weekend events per year). The program provides a high level of
community involvement and excellent opportunities for parents/ caregivers to engage with their children in school activities.
Entry into this course is through an application process catering for a maximum of 20 students.
Cost: Expenses are involved in weekends away and students/families will need to plan for this expense, along with the purchase
of MGHS Pedal Prix training t-shirt and jumper.

                                          PHOTOGRAPHY – [One Semester]
This course introduces students to the skills associated with designing, capturing, editing and evaluating photographs. Students
focus on camera use, composition and lighting controls together with post production enhancement techniques. Adobe
Photoshop software is used to enhance photos by making adjustments to colour, levels and contrast. Design tasks that include
investigating, planning, producing and evaluating are completed based on a creatively interpreted theme.

                                              WOODWORK – [One Semester]
This course follows on from an interest in using timber to create functional and creative articles. The course builds on hand skills
in Year 8 and gives greater exposure to power tools, lathe work and different methods of shaping and assembling. Joint
construction, use of adhesives and fixtures, abrasives and finishing procedures are all part of the skill development process.
The design process, sketching and orthogonal drawing are all utilised to develop creative project outcomes, with students
encouraged to use a variety of timbers where possible. Students will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively on finding
a solution in a problem based learning environment.

                                                              ESS
                                                INCUB8 – [One Semester]
Incub8 is an opportunity for students to explore the world of entrepreneurialism. Students will continue to build the
entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, and mindsets. The subject will encourage students to explore the world of entrepreneurialism
through social, environmental, and business lenses. lncub8 will focus the students on being problem finders, rather than problem
solvers, being critical in their thought.

                                                       LANGUAGES
                                          ITALIAN OR JAPANESE – [Full Year]
In Year 9 Italian and Japanese students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language, as this program is
vocabulary rich with a variety of grammatical forms. There are many aspects of the language, one being conjugating simple
tenses and model verbs. Texts are created in different genres, including descriptions, recounts, narratives and dialogue. Students
will formulate and communicate their opinion(s) in the language and be aware of others’ opinions. Students learn the
importance of cultural customs and the differences in lifestyles of Japanese and Italian people. These courses develop speaking,
reading, writing and listening skills in the chosen language. They promote an appreciation and understanding of people from
different cultural backgrounds and build self confidence in communication. Students have the opportunity to host International
students from both Italy and Japan.

                                                           OTHER
                                               ACTIVE8 – [One Semester]
Active8 is a youth development program, which is designed to achieve three main aims:
 assist young people in personal development through teamwork and leadership tasks;
 provide opportunities for skill development through structured and challenging activities;
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