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Years 9 – 10

Year 9

The Western Australian Curriculum, which is inclusive of what is prescribed in the Australian Curriculum, sets out the knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes students are expected to acquire by the completion of Year 9.  To achieve this, student’s complete subjects from the following learning areas:

English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS), Health and Physical Education, The Arts and Technology and Enterprise

A typical timetable structure for Year 9 students is inclusive of four periods of English, Mathematics, Science, HaSS and at least one period of Health and two periods of Physical Education per week. To better prepare our students for ongoing education, our timetable has all Year 9 students completing a Career and Enterprise subject, that includes career guidance, portfolio development and study skills.  To further support literacy, reading and research skills, students have one Library Literacy period.

In addition to this, students have an opportunity to complete additional subjects known as Electives, which cover The Arts and Technologies. We endeavour to provide a balanced curriculum whilst catering for student interests. Additionally, we also provide the opportunity for Year 9 students to complete a pathway course such as Catering, STEM, YES or  a Certificate I in Business.

Year 9  students will receive an assessment schedule at the start of each semester. Parents will be able to access this via Connect or by contacting the classroom teacher. Students can expect regular testing and assignment work in each semester. In Semester 2, exams will also form a part of their assessment in the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, HaSS and Science. Other than assignment work, students may also receive other homework to help them establish an effective study routine in preparation for Senior School studies. As we are trying to assist students to become autonomous learners, we encourage the use of a diary to help them take responsibility for their learning and assignment work.

Form

Students attend form class each morning to provide additional pastoral care. At this time, students get important notes and messages about what is happening on the day ahead. They also receive Positive Behaviour Support at this time where we explicitly teach the expected behaviours of our school.

Year 9 Extension Class

In 2021, selected Year 9 students will be part of a combined class of Year 9 and Year 10 students who have been identified as able to achieve at a high level in their core subject areas. They will be provided with intense support, from subject specialists, to assist them to achieve their goals. They will join their other cohort members for Options and Physical Education.  This class will be particularly suited to ATAR bound students but will only have limited places available. Suitability for the course will be determined by the Associate Principal, based on previous results, NAPLAN data and work ethic.
Literacy & Numeracy Focus Class

In 2021, a group of Year 8 and Year 9 students will be placed in a focus 8/9 Literacy and Numeracy Support Class.  Students will be identified through prior results and data. Entry will then be determined by the Associate Principal, after discussions with teachers and parents. The class will be small and the timetable will be modified to adapt for their particular learning needs. The aim of this alternative curriculum is to provide intense support to assist students to start to achieve at the expected standard for their year level. Literacy and numeracy strategies will be woven through their entire curriculum. These students will join other classes for Options.

 

Year 10

The Western Australian Curriculum, which is inclusive of what is prescribed in the Australian Curriculum, sets out the knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes students are expected to acquire by the completion of Year 10.  To achieve this, student’s complete subjects from the following learning areas:

English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS), Health and Physical Education, The Arts and Technology and Enterprise.

A typical timetable structure for Year 10 students is inclusive of four periods of English, Mathematics, Science, HaSS and at least one period of Health and two periods of Physical Education per week. To better prepare our students for ongoing education, our timetable has all Year 10 students completing a Career and Enterprise subject, that includes career guidance, portfolio development and study skills.  To further support literacy, reading and research skills, students have one Library Literacy period.

In addition to this, students have an opportunity to complete additional subjects known as Electives, which cover The Arts and Technologies. We endeavour to provide a balanced curriculum whilst catering for student interests. Additionally, we also provide the opportunity for Year 10 students to complete a pathway course such as Catering, STEM, YES or  a Certificate I in Business.

Year 10  students will receive an assessment schedule at the start of each semester. Parents will be able to access this via Connect or by contacting the classroom teacher. Students can expect regular testing and assignment work in each semester. In Semester 2, exams will also form a part of their assessment in the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, HaSS and Science. Other than assignment work, students may also receive other homework to help them establish an effective study routine in preparation for Senior School studies. As we are trying to assist students to become autonomous learners, we encourage the use of a diary to help them take responsibility for their learning and assignment work.

Form

Students attend form class each morning to provide additional pastoral care. At this time, students get important notes and messages about what is happening on the day ahead. They also receive Positive Behaviour Support at this time where we explicitly teach the expected behaviours of our school.
Year 10 Extension Class

In 2021, selected Year 10 students will be part of a combined class of Year 9 and Year 10 students who have been identified as able to achieve at a high level in their core subject areas. They will be provided with intense support, from subject specialists, to assist them to achieve their goals. They will join their other cohort members for Options and Physical Education.  This class will be particularly suited to ATAR bound students but will only have limited places available. Suitability for the course will be determined by the Associate Principal, based on previous results, NAPLAN data and work ethic.