Year 7 Handbook 2018 Carrum Downs Campus - Flinders Christian Community College

 
Year 7 Handbook 2018 Carrum Downs Campus - Flinders Christian Community College
Year 7
Handbook 2018
Carrum Downs Campus
Year 7 Handbook 2018 Carrum Downs Campus - Flinders Christian Community College
Year 7 Handbook 2018 Carrum Downs Campus - Flinders Christian Community College
Table of Contents
Our College Purpose, Vision, Core Values, Philosophy & Goals      3
A Message from the Head of Middle School                          4
A Message from the Year 7 Coordinator                             5
College Expectations of Behaviour                                 6
An Introduction to the Year 7 Program                             7
Subject Terminology                                               7
The Compass Award                                                 8
Moodle – An Explanation for Parents                               9
Homework and Devices                                             10
Middle School Policies                                         11-14

Year 7 Core Subjects                                             15

English                                                          17
Mathematics                                                      19
Science                                                          21
F.L.I.P.                                                         22
Geography                                                        23
History                                                          24
LOTE Chinese                                                     25
LOTE German                                                      26
Physical Education                                               27
Health Education                                                 28

Year 7 Electives                                                 29

Art                                                              30
Design and Technology-Textiles                                   31
Music                                                            32
Robotics                                                         33

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Purpose, Vision, Core Values,
Philosophy and Goals
PURPOSE STATEMENT
We bring hope and purpose to our community through Christian Education.

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VISION STATEMENT
To be a transformative Christian Learning community.

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
Flinders Christian Community College seeks to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as its first priority
in all aspects of school life. The College therefore, attempts to create and sustain an innovative
learning environment that deals holistically with the educational, relational, spiritual and physical
needs of students from a Biblical perspective.
Flinders Christian Community College acknowledges God’s grace as the source of all gifts of
humankind and the resources of creation, and accepts the Bible as God’s Truth. The College
seeks to encourage students and staff to serve the local and global community.
Flinders Christian Community College supports and promotes the principles and practice of
Australian democracy in accordance with Australian law, which includes: respect for the
authority of the elected government; the rule of law; equal rights for all; freedom of religion;
freedom of speech and association.
Flinders Christian Community College aims to bring honour to God in all aspects of life.

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A Message from the
    Head of Middle School
                             Welcome to Middle               At Flinders Christian Community College, we
                             School at Flinders Christian    strive to encourage success in the full breadth
                             Community College. In           and meaning of the word. To this end, students
                             Year 7 we begin a journey       may expect encouragement but they must
                             and a partnership. The          also expect to be challenged in all areas.
                             journey is one that a           Success without challenge makes something
                             student embarks upon as         of a mockery of the very concept of success;
                             they transition from Junior     depriving a child of one of the greatest skills of
                             School towards Senior           life; that of resilience. There will be times when
                             School. It is a journey that,   concepts won’t be easy to grasp. There will be
                             for some, can be a source       times of disappointment and times of uncertainty.
                             of trepidation. However,        We should not pretend otherwise. For this reason,
    we anticipate that it will in fact be a journey that     the Middle School program is designed to build
    students can look back on with pride and a sense         capacity, to instill resilience and set students up
    of achievement.                                          for their senior years with the skills, knowledge and
                                                             attitudes essential to success.
    The partnership between the family and the
    college is crucial to this outcome. We strongly          Yet even after all of this, there is still one final
    believe that a loving and nurturing environment          element of success that is central to the Middle
    both at home and at school provides a                    School program, as it is to Flinders Christian
    foundation for success. However, success can             Community College as a whole, for “What good
    be an ambiguous concept. To some people it               will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet
    equates to sporting excellence and victory in            forfeit their soul?” (Matthew 16:26). We know that
    competition. To others, it means a string of A           God has a plan for each of our students. “…plans
    grade results in a semester’s report. Others might       to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to
    turn to the Arts and see success measured in             give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
    accomplishments in the theatre or the concert            Exploring what this means may prove to be the
    hall. Yet another group might equate success             most exciting part of the journey through Middle
    with convictions of the heart and a yearning to          School.
    live a life of meaning that cannot be measured
    on a numerical scale, the number of trophies on          I look forward to welcoming you this year and
    the mantelpiece or the size of a bank account.           sharing in the journey, the partnership and joy
                                                             that comes from success.

                                                             God bless,

                                                             Mr Michael McLean
                                                             Head of Middle School - Carrum Downs Campus

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A Message from the
Year 7 Coordinator
                        Year 7 is an important     integrated curriculum. Home Group teachers
                        year as students           also communicate constantly with each other
                        develop in maturity and    regarding the pastoral needs of all Year Sevens.
                        transition from Primary    Parents are encouraged to attend our ‘meet and
                        into Secondary school.     greet’ session in Term 1 to help us establish good
                        The Year 7 Program is      lines of communication. We also use a Diary that
                        designed to provide        has to be signed by a parent nightly.
                        students with supportive
                        pastoral care, engaging    Curriculum in Year 7 is rigorous and engaging.
                        and exciting curriculum    All core subjects are taught in accordance
                        and a flexible and         with the Australian Curriculum, with assessment
                        stimulating learning       tasks often having ‘real world’ applications to
environment that promotes both collaborative       inspire young minds. At the conclusion of Terms
and individual learning.                           2, 3 and 4, parents and families are invited to
                                                   attend a ‘Learning Showcase Afternoon’ where
Moving from Primary school into Secondary          students display the culmination of their term’s
school involves many changes, and can be a         work to an audience. The theme for Term 2 is ‘An
daunting time for students. To help Year Sevens    Environmental Perspective’. Students take on the
adjust to their new school environment, students   role of a journalist and present a folio of their work
participate in our Term 1 ‘Getting Organised’      in the form of a newspaper or interactive website.
program where they are guided through the          The Term 3 theme is Ancient China which involves
essentials for being organised and succeeding in   the entire Year 7 Centre being converted into a
Secondary school. Topics covered include: An       Chinese History Museum! The final theme in Term
introduction to the ourFlinders (Moodle) online    4 is ‘Watch this Space’ and involves students
learning system, responsible use of devices and    creating their own movies and animations related
cyber safety, navigating the Year 7 Homepage,      to Astronomy. Prior to this, students work in teams
uploading and submitting work tasks, homework      to design and create their own solid fuel rockets
expectations, Inquiry/Independent Learning Tasks   which are launched from the soccer field in the
and more. Year 7 is a new experience for many      final week of term.
parents too, and we endeavour to keep parents
well informed so they can assist their children    It is always a joy to watch Year Sevens as they
transition through the changes of Year 7.          develop both academically and in maturity
                                                   throughout this exciting and formative first year of
From the beginning of the year, students           Secondary school. The Year 7 teacher team and
establish a close connection with their Home       I look forward to partnering with you in the year
Group teacher who oversees all aspects of          ahead.
their learning, development and Christian
instruction. Home Group teachers are committed     God bless,
to teaching only Year Sevens and work as a
                                                   Ms Chaneen Vorster
unified team to plan and deliver an innovative
                                                   Year 7 Coordinator - Carrum Downs Campus

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College Expectations
    of Behavior
    STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
    It is expected that each student’s word, actions and behaviour will work towards ensuring a safe,
    cooperative and unified College environment and surrounding community that is maintained by
    honestly endeavouring to follow the school’s core values, policies and agreeing to:

      • Be respectful, courteous and polite towards other students, staff and visitors, Act with a sense of
        responsibility and cooperation,

      • Maintain appropriate, respectful and acceptable level of relationships, Respect others personal
        space, identity and property,

      • Conduct themselves with dignity, integrity and modesty.

    If a student breaks the school’s core values, policies or agreements, parents will be contacted and
    a conference will be conducted to determine an appropriate resolution and course of action which
    may result in some form of consequence and the student will be required to work towards restoring
    the agreements.

    In the case of serious misdemeanour suspension and/or expulsion remain an option.

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An Introduction to the
Year 7 Program
CURRICULUM                                                                Subject
Curriculum across all Flinders Christian
                                                                           English
Community College campuses is designed
according to the Australian National Curriculum                         Mathematics
and planned using the Understanding by Design
(UbD) framework (Wiggins and McTighe). In Year                            Science
7, students are introduced to a wide range of                            Humanities
subjects detailed in the table.
                                                                 LOTE (Chinese or German)

                                                                     Physical Education

                                                                        Health/Sport

                                                                          Electives

                                                                            F.L.I.P.

                                                                        Pastoral Care

Subject Terminology
CORE SUBJECTS
Core subjects represent the subjects considered essential for the satisfactory completion of a year of
study at Year 7. These subjects are in line with the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum and taught
from a Christian Worldview perspective.

ELECTIVES                                                                 Electives

Over the course of the year, Year 7 students                                  Art
rotate through four different elective subjects
designed to diversify their educational                                    Textiles
experience and develop a range of important                                 Music
life skills.
                                                                          Robotics

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The Compass Award
                               This exciting program is designed to challenge you and extend your
                               confidence and skills. It’s an internationally recognized Award that can lead
                               into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for those who want to continue their
                               involvement beyond Year 8.
                               The Compass Award recognizes student initiative in Hobbies, Volunteering,
                               Physical Recreation and Exploration. You select an activity for each area and
                               build your Growth Mindset while putting in the necessary hours. It’s a fantastic
                               way to develop personal qualities that will benefit you throughout your life.
                                  There are four levels of The Compass Award so it is important to select
    the level that is right for your age. A Year 7 student would normally start at Level 3 but you can
    commence at Levels 1 or 2 as well, if you have time. You should aim to complete Level 4 of The
    Compass Award by the time you turn 14. The levels are set out in the table below.

      The Compass Award: Award Levels and Requirements

                                                 Minimum          Minimum          Minimum          Minimum
            Physical Recreation                   3 hours          6 hours         10 hours         15 hours

                                                 Minimum          Minimum          Minimum          Minimum
                Hobbies/Skill                     3 hours          6 hours         10 hours         15 hours

                                                 Minimum          Minimum          Minimum          Minimum
                Volunteering                      3 hours          6 hours         10 hours         15 hours

                                                 Minimum          Minimum          Minimum          Minimum
                 Exploration                      3 hours          6 hours         10 hours         15 hours

    If you need more information about The Compass Award, please speak to the College Coordinator,
    Mr McLean. You can also get answers to FAQ at: http://www.awardsvic.org.au/webdata/files/
    Compass%20docs/2013%20Compass_FAQ.

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ourFlinders (Moodle) -
An Explanation for Parents
Staff, students and parents of the Flinders community have access to the ourFlinders website. Logging
onto ourFlinders will give you access to Moodle, the college’s learning management system. Teachers
use ourFlinders to provide teaching resources to students and to set assignments and tests. We
encourage parents to log into ourFlinders to access online reports and to monitor the progress of their
children over the course of the year. Parents and students can also contact their teachers at school
and afterhours using the ‘My Messages’ messaging system on ourFlinders.

HOW TO LOG IN TO ourFlinders
Your username for ourFlinders is your email address. That is, the address you provided to the college
when your child was enrolled, or the address you have subsequently provided to the college. Your
initial password will have been sent to you via email, with an instruction to change it on your first visit to
ourFlinders.

To log into ourFlinders, go to: our.flinders.vic.edu.au

Enter your username and password in the appropriate spaces, then click “Login”. If you have
forgotten or lost your password, you can reset it yourself. If you still cannot access ourFlinders, contact
Moodle Support.

(Students are assigned a network username and password, and should use those login details to
access ourFlinders, on or off campus.)

Parents are invited to attend the ourFlinders (Moodle) Parent Information session at the beginning of
the year if they would like to find out more. An information sheet detailing ourFlinders is also available
on request from the Administrative Assistant to Middle School.

YEAR 7 HOME PAGE
We recommend that parents regularly visit the Year 7 Home Page (accessed through ourFlinders) to
view weekly homework and important links that pertain to the whole year level.

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Homework
     Year 7 students are required to complete a maximum of 70 minutes of homework per night (Monday
     - Thursday). The homework for the week is listed on the Year 7 Home Page at the beginning of each
     week and includes regular Mathematics, reading and subject homework. Students should refer to this
     each night and we encourage parents to regularly check the homework on the Year 7 Home Page to
     assist their child in developing good study habits.

     In reality we understand students may be out after school, involved in sports, music or other activities,
     thus homework may sometimes be difficult to complete. However, students should always endeavor
     to be good 'time managers' and still try to accomplish the required hours set per week.

     To assist with recording weekly homework and upcoming tasks, Year 7 students are required to use
     the school diary. The diary has to be signed by a parent every night until the Year 7 staff are sure that
     students have settled in. This will be judged on an individual level.

     Plagiarism
     When you are researching for essays, projects and assignments, the sources of information are
     plentiful – encyclopedia, reference books, journals, magazines, newspapers and of course, the
     internet. It is important that you understand the correct way to use and to acknowledge the sources
     of information.

     Basically, the rules, accepted by schools and universities world-wide, are these:

     If you include in your piece of work any words and phrases directly taken from the work of someone
     else, you must put such phrases in quotation marks and clearly acknowledge their source. You should
     also include with your piece a bibliography, giving full publication details (title, author, publisher
     and date) of any work you have used. If you paraphrase someone else’s work (rewrite it in your own
     words), you should acknowledge the source of the ideas, and include the work in your bibliography.

     Not to do this is plagiarism, or passing off as your own words or ideas of someone else, which is a form
     of cheating, and heavy penalties apply.

     Device
     Devices play a key role in equipping students with the tools to engage in inquiry based learning. Year
     7 students use their devices across all core subjects and Inquiry Tasks for research and completing
     and submitting work. Students are provided with a locker and key and are required to take full
     responsibility for the appropriate and safe use of their iPad. Students need to make sure they have
     downloaded all the Apps on the Year 7 App List by the beginning of the Term 1.

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Middle School Policies
PROCESS REGARDING SIGNIFICANT ASSESSMENT TASKS

Unsatisfactory Grade -                   Failing to submit
Original* Grade
Middle School Policies continued
     MIDDLE SCHOOL PROCESS WHEN STUDENTS ARE ABSENT
     FOR ASSESSMENT TASKS

      Absent for Assessment

            A - Student is absent for a reportable assessment
                task, or when such a task is due.

            B - Evidence of a valid reason (e.g. medical
                 certificate, medical appointment, school
                 excursion, school sporting event, family crisis,   NA
                 pre-notified family holiday) is provided to the
                 subject teacher on day of return to school.

            C - Student sits task under subject teacher
                supervision or submits it to a new deadline as
                determined by the subject teacher.

             D - Assess and grade the task as normal, without
                 penalty.

             E - If reason for absence was deemed ‘Not
                  Acceptable’ by the YLC.

            F - Record a score of zero/UG grade (if a test) in
                 Gradebook. Put a reason in comments section
                 and refer to the Process regarding Significant
                 Reportable Assessment Task.

            G - If assessment is not practicable and reasons for
                 non-submission are valid, record NA for task in
                 Moodle and comment on reason.

            H - Require student to submit satisfactory work to
                 qualify for satisfactory course completion.

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Task Completion Policy
Note: Application of the Academic Progression policy is subject to individual student needs and
circumstances and is at the discretion of Year Level Coordinators, Head of Teaching and Learning
and/or the Head of Middle School. It is expected that by the conclusion of the school year students
will achieve a satisfactory overall understanding, level of academic achievement and aptitude within
each subject. The College reserves the right to review the academic progress of students who are not
achieving satisfactory results, as outlined within the academic progression policy. Should a student’s
record indicate that they qualify in this category, the College will assess the suitability of them
progressing to the next year level for the following school year and make recommendations based on
the context and capability of each individual student.

Promotion Policy
Progression from one year level to the next is not automatic. The primary determinant of whether
a student should progress to the next year level is the Observations report of all their teachers. The
secondary determinant shall be the academic results obtained by the student across a range of
subjects. Initial consideration of a student’s likely promotion is undertaken at the end of Term 1.
Families of ‘flagged’ students will be invited to the college with their child to discuss options for
achieving better outcomes. Further considerations of a student’s likely promotion will be undertaken
at the end of Terms 2 and 3. Options for students who have not met college expectations will be
considered and determined by mid Term 4.

Policy regarding family contact
with the college
From time to time, families may contact the college to express concerns. Parents should first express
those concerns to the subject or Home Group teacher involved. Unless the matter is particularly serious,
the Year Level Coordinator will politely decline direct inquiries to them unless families remain concerned
after taking this first step. Should the Year Level Coordinator decide that the matter requires further
attention, they may invite the Head of Middle School to take an active role in its resolution.

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Middle School Policies continued
     All students are expected to use digital devices in an appropriate and productive manner and are
     required to be familiar with the Use of Digital Devices and Cybersafety Agreement located on Moodle.

     It is expected that all students use digital devices as a tool to enhance their learning experience
     and depth of understanding of curriculum. Students are to ensure that their digital device is stored,
     cared for and used in an appropriate manner. In particular, mobile phones must not be used in class
     without specific teacher permission. In the interests of healthy interaction and recreation, students are
     encouraged not to use phones, ipads and laptops at recess or lunchtime in Middle School. Any ipad
     with a SIM card must not be brought to school or the SIM card must be left at home. Misuse of digital
     devices involving inappropriate content will be dealt with as follows:

     Games or Non-classwork:
        Offence             Device withdrawal period                           Communication
           1st                       One Day                                  Year 7: Phone call
                                                                   Year 8-9: No communication to family
           2nd                      One Week                                 Phone call & Letter
           3rd                      Two Weeks                                Phone call & Letter
           4   th
                                Remainder of Term                   Phone call, Letter & Parent meeting

     Significant Download of non-offensive content in a Day:
        Offence             Device withdrawal period                           Communication
           1st                      One Week                                Courtesy phone call
           2nd                      One Term                                 Phone call & letter

     Note: If devices have been withdrawn, students are responsible to bring alternative equipment/
     materials to do school work.

     Possession of inappropriate/offensive content
     It is the responsibility of students to ensure that all content contained on their digital device is deemed
     appropriate and acceptable according to the expectations of FCCC. Consequences (on top of
     device withdrawal) are up to the discretion of the Head of Middle School but may include detention,
     suspension or ceased enrolment. Please note, if an iPad is confiscated, the student is not allowed to
     use another student’s iPad.

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Year 7 Core
Subjects
• English

• Mathematics

• Science

• F.L.I.P.

• Geography

• History

• LOTE (Chinese or German)

• Physical Education

• Health Education

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English
Course Description
Over the course of Year 7, students explore a range of texts while focussing on developing their skills
in grammar, punctuation, listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, creating and spelling. The
curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy.

Students will interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts including
poetry, newspapers, film and at least two novels. Students will create a range of imaginative,
informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, performances, reports, discussions and
literary analyses.

Students analyse the ways that text structures can be manipulated for effect. They analyse and
explain how images, vocabulary choices and language features distinguish the work of individual
authors. Students evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own
interpretations. They select evidence from the text to analyse and explain how language choices
and conventions are used.

Students understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of
meaning. They understand how interpretations can vary by comparing their responses to texts to the
responses of others. In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features
and images can create innovative texts.

Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts.
They create presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and
evaluating responses to ideas and issues. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar
that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and
punctuation.

Enduring Understandings
  • Skilful expression is at the core of persuasion.
  • Texts come in many forms and each may be equally valid.
  • Creativity is a skill that can be learnt.
  • There is often complexity in texts that require deep analysis to discern meaning.
  • Reading can be a life-long pleasure.

Topics
  • Point of View                               •   Novels
  • Film and Animation                          •   Narrative writing
  • Poetry                                      •   Persuasive Writing
  • Identity and Heritage                       •   Spelling and Grammar
  • Advertising and Newspapers

Assessment
Assessment Tasks may include Essays, creative interpretations, Oral Presentations, Debates,
Persuasive Writing Tasks and Performances.

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Mathematics
Course Description
The Year 7 Mathematics course includes content and activities that enhance the development of
the Year 7 Mathematics Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum within the three strands
of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The content is
presented through a range of contexts to engage students and assist them to make connections
between Mathematics and their lives.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students learn to solve routine mathematical problems using key knowledge and definitions from
    the course content.
  • Students learn to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts that involve real world
    problem solving, application and analysis tasks.
  • Students learn to set their workbook out neatly, showing clear ‘working out’ in step-by-step
    processes.
  • Students become familiar with the features of scientific calculators.
  • Students demonstrate the development of skills, concepts, applications and processes, which
    allow meaningful participation in society.
  • Students develop the ability to think clearly and to solve problems of varying complexity.

Enduring Understandings
Mathematics is a universal language that can be used to describe the order and pattern in God’s
creation.

Mathematics has a history and philosophy and the development of the subject has occurred over
many centuries, in a myriad of contexts, by a range of interesting people.

Mathematics is important in solving problems encountered in everyday life.

Topics
  • Whole numbers                            •   Decimals
  • Geometry                                 •   Negative numbers
  • Number properties and patterns           •   Statistics and probability
  • Fractions and percentages                •   Polygons, solids and transformations
  • Algebra                                  •   Measurement
  • Equations

Assessment
Assessment Tasks may include Topic Tests, Maths Inquiry Tasks and Problem Solving Tasks.

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Science
Course Description
The Year 7 Science course includes content and activities that promote the development of the Year
7 Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum within the three interrelated strands of Science
Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding. The content is presented
through a range of contexts to engage students and help them realise the many ways that Science
impacts our lives.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding the content of the course.
  • Students demonstrate that they have acquired the skills relevant to the course.
  • Students appreciate that Science is relevant to themselves and society.

Enduring Understandings
  • Science can be used to explain the many aspects of God’s creation.
  • God, an intelligent designer, created everything with order and perfection and continues to
    sustain it by His word.
  • An understanding of Science can help us to be responsible stewards of God’s creation.
  • A violation of God's laws can result in serious consequences for ourselves and the environment.

Topics
An Introduction to Science: what do Scientists do?

  • Fair Tests
  • Ecosystems
  • Classification
  • Mixtures and Solutions
  • Forces in Action
  • Simple Machines
  • The Earth in Space
  • Precious Resources

Assessment
  • Unit Tests
  • Practical Work
  • Projects

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F.L.I.P.
     Course Description
     F.L.I.P. is an acronym for Faith, Life, Inspiration and Positivity. This subject, which runs from Year Seven
     to Nine, is an essential part of our well-being program. As a Christian College, we aim to educate
     students on the important elements of the Christian faith for them to make informed decisions on
     their worldview and ethical framework. This subject equips students with the essential skills to develop
     emotional and psychological resiliency. The College utilises the principles of Positive Psychology to
     ensure we develop young people who are thriving both at home and school.

     Learning Outcomes
       • An understanding an appreciation of the history and relevance of the Christian faith.
       • Develop skills to manage emotions and faulty thinking.
       • Gain an understanding of what truly makes people happy as successful.
       • Inspiring students to be optimistic and passionate about making a positive difference in the
         world.
       • The development of a worldview shaped by the Christian tradition.

     Assessment
     Reflections, assignments and test.

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Geography
Course Description
The Year 7 Geography course includes content and activities that enhance the development of the
Year 7 Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum. The content is presented through a range
of engaging contexts to engage students and help them understand the relevance of Geography in
our lives.

Learning Outcomes
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the content of the course.
  • To appreciate Geography as relevant to themselves and society.
  • To demonstrate appropriate practical skills.

Enduring Understandings
  • Environmental resources are made by God and entrusted to our care and management.

Topics
  • Why People Live Where They Do
  • Water

Assessment
  • Unit Tests
  • Practical Reports
  • Projects

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History
     Course Description
     The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of history from the time of the earliest human communities
     to the end of the ancient period (approximately 60 000 BCE – c.650 CE). The content is presented
     through a variety of contexts to instil in students an interest in the history of civilisations throughout the
     world.

     Learning Outcomes
       • To demonstrate that students have understood the skills and content of the course.
       • To appreciate History as relevant to themselves and society.
       • To demonstrate appropriate practical skills.

     Enduring Understandings
       • All students will demonstrate knowledge of World History in order to understand life and events in
         the past and how they relate to the present and the future.

     Topics
       • Why study History?
       • Ancient China
       • Ancient Rome

     Assessment
       • Unit Tests
       • Projects

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LOTE - Chinese
Course Description
The Australian Curriculum provides three pathways for LOTE (Languages other than English) learning.
Students studying Year 7 LOTE Chinese do the Second Language Pathway which caters for English
native learners who have limited or no exposure to the language. The learning of Chinese language
is supported by a combination of learning tools including the innovative use of ICT, online language
programs, classroom activities, assessments and classwork tasks. A range of teaching methods and
learning tools assist students in acquiring the unique Chinese in its written and spoken form language
system.

Learning Outcomes
  • To demonstrate that students have understood the language system and the cultural aspects
    embedded within.
  • To become confident participants of the language and able to apply the language in real life
    situations.
  • To demonstrate appropriate practical learning and effective thinking skills to advance them in
    their learning.

Enduring Understandings
  • The study of Chinese language provides an awareness and understanding about our own world
    and the diversity within it.
  • God’s creation, Jesus and God’s salvation plan are revealed in the oldest continuously used
    system of writing in the world; Chinese characters.
  • The study of Chinese enables a reflective and positive attitude towards acquiring new
    knowledge and experiences in life.
  • The study of Chinese increases the capacity of students to become effective communicators in
    a diverse society.

Topics
  • Everyday expressions                      •   Countries and nationalities
  • Self- introduction and extension          •   What do you do?
  • Reading the time                          •   How much is it?

Assessment
  • Speaking skills
  • Classwork and homework participation
  • Understanding by reading
  • Intercultural study

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LOTE - German
     Course Description
     The Year 7 German course includes content and activities that enhance the development of the Year
     7 Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum within the four areas of Listening, Speaking,
     Reading and Writing. Students are introduced to the German language system given a range of
     opportunities to practise and use what they learn. Along with learning the German language, students
     discover what it is like to be a teenager living in German speaking countries.

     Learning Outcomes
       • To demonstrate understanding of the course content.
       • To demonstrate language acquisition skills.
       • To use the German language to exchange simple personal information on topics such as self,
         family, friends, pets and pastimes.
       • To appreciate German and develop an understanding of how parts of the system work.

     Enduring Understandings
       • Studying other languages and cultures offers insight into our own language.
       • Studying German helps students understand that cultural diversity exists and that customs and
         traditions vary within countries and over time.
       • When translating between languages there is often not an exact word for word equivalent.
       • German nouns have gender; German word order is different from English word order.

     Topics
       • Greetings, meeting people, likes and dislikes
       • Your personal world: feelings, ages, numbers up to 100
       • Family, countries, colours
       • Animals, continents

     Assessment
       • Unit Written Work: vocabulary and grammar tasks, reading and responding tasks.
       • Listening Tests.
       • Oral Presentations: role play tasks, individual and group work.
       • Book work and participation.

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Physical Education
Course Description
The Physical Education curriculum covers a broad range of sports and physical activities with a major
focus on developing student’s motor skills, movement concepts/strategies and personal behaviour
and social relationships to improve individual and team performance. Emphasis is placed on students
learning the position of readiness, how to effectively send and receive objects, maximize their use
of personal space and maintain body control/posture and link controlled movements to generate
appropriate momentum. Students measure their own fitness and identify areas of strengths and areas
for growth. They maintain regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity and analyse
and evaluate their level of fitness in a variety of fitness assessments compared with population norms.

Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of
physical activities.

Measure their own fitness, participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity and analyse and
evaluate their level of fitness compared with normative data of children of similar age.

Exhibit responsible personal and social behaviour that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Enduring Understandings
God’s love is inclusive

Positioning your body effectively leads to success

Using space effectively leads to success

Accuracy leads to success

Topics
  • Fitness                        •   Soccer                               •   Basketball

  • Athletics                      •   Badminton                            •   Dance

  • Netball                        •   Project Adventure                    •   Swimming/Water safety.

Assessment
  • Practical tasks

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Health Education
     Course Description
     Health Education focuses on development of the whole person. It contributes to the physical, social
     and mental well-being of students and emphasizes the importance of living an active, healthy life. The
     Health program explores physical, social, emotional and mental health and personal development
     relevant to young adolescences. It focuses on safety and the identification of strategies to minimise
     harms associated with particular situations or behaviours. Students examine the promotion of health
     of individuals and the community through the use of specific strategies and the provision of health
     resources, services and products. They examine the factors that influence food selection and the role
     of nutrition on health growth and development.

     Learning Outcomes
       • Understand the changes associated with puberty and the changing roles and responsibilities
         during these stages.
       • Identify health risks and strategies to minimize these risks and for improving their personal health.
       • Analysis of what it means to be physically, socially and emotionally healthy.
       • Appreciate factors that affect their own and others’ ability to access and effectively use health
         information, products and services.
       • Investigate different food-selection models and reflect on how they can be used to assist in
         decisions about food choices.

     Enduring Understandings
       • God created us uniquely
       • Health status is impacted by our choices
       • Change is inevitable and a natural part of life
       • Choices we make may have negative and positive consequences
       • Family and media shape our personal identity and values
       • Dimensions of health are interrelated and dynamic

     Topics
       • Physical, mental and social health
       • Transition and change
       • Puberty
       • Personal Identity & values
       • Nutrition
       • Healthy Relationships

     Assessment
       • Projects

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Year 7
Elective Subjects
• Art

• Textiles

• Music

• Robotics

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Art
     Course Description
     The Year 7 Art course aims to develop competence in art-based theoretical knowledge as well as the
     practical application of artistic skills. The unit is centred on the five elements of Art; line, colour, tone,
     texture and shape. Students learn what these elements are, how they have been used in famous
     artworks throughout history and how to apply them in their own art. Students complete a theory-
     based task and a practical piece for each of the five art elements.

     Learning Outcomes
       • Demonstrate that they have understood the skills and content of the course.
       • Demonstrate appropriate practical skills in drawing, painting, collage and clay work.
       • Use appropriate art vocabulary.
       • Create artworks with detail and expression.
       • Use materials creatively and purposefully.

     Enduring Understandings
       • The five Art Elements have various influences in art.
       • Art comes in many different forms and has changed over time.
       • Recognising and understanding how the art elements are used in a variety of artworks make
         artworks interesting.

     Topics
       • Line
       • Colour
       • Tone
       • Texture
       • Shape

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Design and Technology
- Textiles
Course Description
In Year 7 Textiles, students are introduced to skills, equipment and theoretical understanding to enable
them to create textiles related products. Through completing a variety of practical tasks, students
learn how to read patterns and use a number of hand stitching techniques. Students look at which
natural fibres are produced in Australia, how they are produced, how the environment is effected and
managed and how these processes can be made more sustainable.

Learning Outcomes
  • Effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and
    techniques to make designed solutions.
  • Students independently and safely produce effective designed solutions for the intended
    purpose.
  • Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how
    these can become more sustainable.
  • Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate
    production of designed solutions.

Enduring Understandings
  • God has designed us with unique and creative abilities that can be expressed through textiles to
    produce a quality product I would normally buy from a shop.
  • God is faithful and His creation shows us expressions of his loving character.

Topics
  • What is Textiles? Where is Textiles used?
  • Textiles as Art
  • Safe practices in the textiles classroom
  • Threading needles
  • Straight stitch, cross stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch etc.
  • Weaving and how to attach various buttons and embellishments.
  • Soft Sculptures

Assessment
  • Practical Tasks - The Faithful Dog, The Book of Stitches, The Self Portrait
  • Investigative Fibre Assignment

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Music
     Course Description
     The Year 7 Music course includes content and activities that enhance the development of the Year
     7 Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum. The study of Music is presented through a
     variety of engaging strategies to assist students in exploring the world of music. The Year 7 music is also
     designed to encourage students to develop practical playing skills on an instrument, to enrich their lives.

     Learning Outcomes
       • Develop basic playing and performance skills on an instrument or voice, even if they have never
         done so before.
       • Demonstrate competency with digital technology and virtual instrumentation (GarageBand
         App on iPad).
       • Develop practical understanding of the language of music.

     Enduring Understandings
       • Music can be used to explore the expression of wonderment and awe of a God enriched life.
       • Practical playing and performance skills greatly enhance this expression.
       • Digital technology and virtual music are an integral part of every student’s world.

     Topics
       • Practical Instrumental Skills.
       • Understanding the power of and using GarageBand and other iPad Apps.
       • Understanding how to play and performing with virtual instruments.

     Assessment
       • Comprehension Quizzes
       • Creative Response and Composition Assessments
       • Practical Ensemble Assessments

     Additional Music Activities
     There is a wide range of extra-curricular instrumental and ensemble options for music students
     including: regular lessons, performance and touring opportunities. For full details please visit the
     instrumental music page on Moodle.

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Robotics
Course Description
In Year 7 Robotics, students are introduced to the concepts of computational thinking and in
developing coding solutions to achieve certain goals. Students will also investigate the nature of
digital systems, the roles these systems play in society, and how humans interact with them.

Learning Outcomes
  • Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions
    in a general-purpose programming language.
  • Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, and trace algorithms to predict
    output for a given input and to identify errors.
  • Plan and manage projects, including tasks, time and other resources required, considering
    safety and sustainability.
  • Investigate how digital systems represent text, image and audio data in binary.

Enduring Understandings
  • Technology is a God-given tool that mankind can use to better the world and improve the
    quality of life for all people.
  • Life has logical processes that can be harnessed in order to achieve certain aims.

Topics
  • Constructing a robot using Lego Mindstorms
  • Programming using Mindstorms software
  • What is a Robot?
  • Solving problems effectively using the Problem Solving Methodology
  • Algorithms
  • Binary numbers

Assessment
  • Folio of Programming Challenges
  • Major Programming Task
  • Poster/Presentation - Robots in Society
  • Writing an Algorithm
  • Decoding Binary Numbers

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