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2020 Grade 3-10 Subject Handbook

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Introduction

At St Aloysius Catholic College, elective courses are offered from Grades 3 to 10 which aim to engage students in learning that extend their personal interests and skills. In later years these subjects also provide learning pathways that link to future careers and post Grade 10 education.

As prescribed by the Australian Curriculum 2.0, every St Aloysius student studies the following core subjects:

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • HaSS (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship)
  • Health and Physical Education

In keeping with the Catholic tradition that underpins our College, Religious Education is also a core subject for every student.

In addition to the above core subjects, the Australian Curriculum requires students from Grade 3 to 8 to undertake study in The Arts, Technologies (including Digital Technology) and LOTE (Languages other than English).

Electives Subjects at St Aloysius

Electives are a range of courses that students select to extend their learning beyond their core subjects. The College offers courses in the Arts, Technology, Physical Education and academic extension courses that aim to engage and motivate students. This provides learning opportunities that develop skills or knowledge that are of particular interest for each individual student. Starting our elective program at Grade 3 also gives students a chance to take responsibility for their own learning, as they can now choose their own courses and make decisions about their learning.

Course content, time allocation and the number of courses on offer differ from Grades 3 to 10 and have been developed to suit the age and learning needs of each cohort of students. Please read the introduction information at the start of the relevant section for your child. The introduction has more specific information regarding how electives are structured, the course selection process and course descriptions for each elective to assist in the selection process.

(Mr) Simon Eade
Head of Teaching

(Mr) Joe Sandric
Co-Principal

(Mr) Brendan Gill
Co-Principal

Grade 3/4 Electives

In 2020 students in Grades 3 and 4 choose two elective subjects from the list in this course guide. The courses are full year and combine Grade 3 and 4 students, which gives students an opportunity to work with peers from other classes.

Teachers taking these courses will assess the students learning and development. Where appropriate, this feedback will contribute to each students’ Arts and Technology grades and reports. Art, Drama and Information Technology are still integrated into every student’s regular classroom curriculum and Music is also a core subject for all students in 2020. One of the benefits of an elective program is that students can focus in greater depth on areas of interest in the Arts and Technology fields.

Students are asked to choose subjects in order of preference. Due to limitations on class sizes and available equipment, students may not always get both their first choices of subjects.

Students will be briefed in more detail regarding the course content of electives and an explanation of the process for choosing subjects.

2020 Elective Subjects – Grades 3 and 4

  • Art
  • Drama Performance
  • Dance
  • Music Performance – Band
  • Music Performance – Recorder
  • Digital Technology
  • Coding
  • Design and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)
  • Outdoor Activities

The Arts

Art

This course aims to develop students’ artistic techniques such as drawing, painting, print-making or even basic sculpture. Students who enjoy being creative and developing their ideas using a variety of art materials are encouraged to take this course.

Drama Performance

In Drama Performance students use voice and movement to create roles, characters and short performances for audiences. Students will perform basic scripts and develop improvisation skills. Drama Performance students will be working towards a final major performance at the end of the year.

Dance

In Dance students explore meaning and interpretation using movement and basic dance techniques. Students learn to follow set routines and basic choreography as well as dance improvisation skills. This course is designed to give students a fun and engaging dance experience. It caters for all students from beginners to those who have some formal training in Dance.

Music Performance - Band

In this course students rehearse and perform a selection of traditional and modern songs as a whole band. Band is suited to those students who are interested in furthering their skills in a particular instrument. In Band students will be working towards a final major performance at the end of the year.

Music Performance – Recorder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0truhTsPvtU

Learning the recorder is an excellent introduction to playing an instrument. The recorder develops skills such as reading music notes and understanding timing and rhythm. These skills and knowledge can be transferred to many other instruments. Students also learn to play together as a group and work towards a final performance.

Technology

Digital Technology

In Digital Technology students will work with basic electronics such as Edison Robots and Ozbots, creating programs that bring these creations to life. This subject will develop student’s understanding of how computers and information technology can be applied to solve problems.

Coding

Coding is an introduction to computer coding. Students will be working on problem solving and creating basic computer programs. Block based programming to create games, computer simulations, digital art and interactive stories are the major components of this unit.

Design and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)

This course requires students to design and investigate projects using a combination of science, technology, maths and artistic skills. This is a practical course where students apply the knowledge and skills learnt in class to engineer creative solutions using a range of materials.

Outdoor Activities

This course is an introduction to basic outdoor activities and skills. Students will engage in a variety of practical activities such as short walks, basic outdoor education learning, outdoor challenge and thinking exercises, sports and games.

Grade 5/6 Electives

In 2020 students in Grades 5 and 6 can choose four elective subjects from the list in this course guide.

The subjects are term courses. These subjects are combined Grade 5 and 6 courses, which enables students to work with peers from other classes in their learning centre.

Elective teachers assess the students’ learning and development and, where appropriate, this feedback contributes to students’ overall Arts and Technology reports.

It is an Australian Curriculum requirement that all Grade 5 and 6 students study Arts and Technology. Therefore, students must select at least ONE course from the Arts and ONE from the Technology group described in this course guide. Their other two selections can be taken from any of the various subject groups. Students will be selecting subjects online and will be briefed and assisted in the selection process at school.

Students are required to choose more than four subjects in order of preference, as it may not be possible to provide students with all of their first choice subjects. Unfortunately some subjects may not be offered if student numbers are low. Due to safety reasons subjects such as Food and Wood have limited class sizes.

Please note that Music and French are still core subjects for all students in 2020. However, one of the benefits of an elective program is that students can also pursue other areas of interest in the Arts and Technology.

2020 Elective Subjects – Grades 5 and 6

The Arts

  • Art
  • Digital Media Art
  • Drama Performance
  • Choir

Technology

  • Digital Technology
  • Introduction to Food Technology
  • Introduction to Woodwork
  • STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths

Other Courses

  • Extension Maths
  • Creative Writing and Extension English
  • Outreach
  • Sports Extension and Outdoor Education

The Arts

Art

This course aims to develop a student’s artistic techniques such as drawing, painting, print making, graffiti art or even ceramics and sculpture. Students who enjoy being creative and developing their ideas using a variety of art room materials are encouraged to take this course.

Digital Media Art

In Digital Media Art students will use a variety of digital technologies to create a variety of art projects. Photography, short films, stop motion films, digital design such as posters are just some of the types of projects on offer in this subject.

Drama Performance

Students in this subject will work on a movement and dance performance that will be performed at the end of the year. Students interested in acting, dancing or even back stage roles should consider this subject. Students who take this course in the first half of the year will join with the second semester group for the final performance.

Choir

This is an opportunity for students who like singing to be a part of our Grade 5/6 Choir. Our choir usually covers a variety of modern songs and hymns for College liturgies and Masses.

Technology

Digital Technology

Students taking this subject will experience a number of aspects from the Digital Technologies curriculum. Some of the topics covered include learning about binary language, investigating electrical conductivity using Makey Makeys and constructing and programming simple robots using Lego Mindstorms. This is a project-based subject; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning the coding and computer science concepts.

Introduction to Food Technology

This is a taster course in Food Technology. Students will be introduced to the basics of food preparation and safe use of the kitchen, as well as making some yummy things to eat. Students will also be introduced to using a kitchen garden. Please note that spaces in this course are limited and not every student may be able to take Food this year.

Introduction to Woodwork

Students taking Introduction to Woodwork will learn about some of the basics of design and creating simple wood products. Students will learn how to safely use some basic tools and will be guided as they complete their own wood project.

STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths

In this subject students will learn practical skills relating to the production and manufacture of electronics. They will participate in an introductory soldering unit, build simple electronic circuits, learn how to use Tinkercad to design and create 3D objects and construct and modify a small robot that responds to sensory input.

Other Courses

Extension Maths

This course aims to extend students beyond the Maths they already study in class. Students will focus on mathematical problem solving, creativity and applying their skills to real world situations. Extension Maths is a challenging course and is suitable for students who are confident in Maths. Extension Maths is not designed for students who find mathematics difficult. Students needing extra assistance with maths learning are supported during their regular lessons.

Creative Writing and Extension English

Students engage in a variety of writing genres such as poetry and short stories. Students investigate how writers develop their texts and work on using language creatively for a range of purposes. Students will be required to share and discuss their work with the class and contribute to group writing projects.

Outreach

Outreach aims to follow the Catholic tradition of service and giving of oneself to help others. Students will work on projects aimed at assisting people in need in our community. Students who want to improve their organisation skills and build their self confidence, or those who like working on group tasks are encouraged to consider this course.

Sports Extension and Outdoor Education

Students who enjoy a physical challenge are encouraged to take this course. Each week students will engage in a variety of fitness, sport and outdoor activities aimed at extending their skills beyond regular Physical Education lessons.

Grade 7 Electives

Grade 7 students select THREE elective subjects that are full year courses. Students can choose an elective for one year, but can continue their learning and extend their skills in Grade 8 after having taken the same elective in Grade 7.

Selecting Your Electives for 2020

At the start of the subject selection process students will be briefed on the course content for subjects. They will be provided with log in information to select their courses on line. Students are encouraged to seek more information from the teachers of elective subjects.

It is a requirement of the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA) that all students study Arts and Technology subjects until the end of Grade 8. After choosing one Arts and one Technology subject, students have a free choice of their third subject. The third subject can be from any of the Arts, Technology, Physical Education and academic extension subjects on offer.

Students are asked to select subjects beyond their first choices, as it may not be possible to provide every student with their first choice of electives. At times some subjects will not gain enough enrolments to be viable and some practical subjects have occupational health and safety requirements that limit class sizes.

Please Note: Students are advised to choose carefully as increased student numbers and timetabling restrictions in 2020 will mean that students are unable to change subjects after the start of the school year.

2020 Elective Subjects – Grade 7

The Arts

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Band and Music Performance
  • Art
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Dance

Technology

  • Woodwork
  • Digital Technologies
  • Food Studies
  • Practical Technologies – Workshop & Design
  • Design in Textiles

Other Courses

  • French
  • Fitness for Girls
  • High Intensity Training
  • Outdoor Education

The Arts

Drama

The Drama curriculum offers students a diverse series of learning opportunities, as well as developing an appreciation for the richness of this art form. Students learn about Drama by participating in a broad range of activities including improvisation, role-play and text interpretation. During lessons, students will be drawing on elements of dramatic play such as spontaneity, improvisation, imagination, role-play, exploration and free association of ideas. Students in Grade 7 Drama will look specifically at play building through themes, character development through scripted scenes, theatre sports, monologues or duologues.

As part of this course, students in Grade 7 will go on an excursion to see live theatre.

Contact Teacher: Ms Bree Crocker

Music

Grade 7 Music is a one-year course in which students rehearse and perform their own compositions and music of others. They learn to identify and analyse how the elements of music are used in different musical styles. Aural skills are developed, together with an understanding of music terminology and symbols.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Two Gether – learning to perform with others
  • Tame That Tune – creating and notating melody
  • Tech Trek - examining the use of technology in music production
  • AmAsia – studying the diversity of Eastern and Western music

Contact Teacher: Mr John Barnes

Band and Music Performance

Students interested in furthering their music skills by playing in a Grade 7 Band should consider this subject. The band will focus on playing modern popular music and preparing for performances at College events and other opportunities outside of the College. Students may also be given the opportunity to perform in smaller groups and rock bands.

Please note: It is not essential for students selecting this elective to be also taking Music as an elective. However, the major focus of this subject is performance. Students aiming to learn a musical instrument should select Music as an elective.

Contact Teacher: Mr John Barnes

Art

Grade 7 Art is a creative and enriching course providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of art making themes, techniques and mediums. This course focuses on giving students the opportunity to play with and explore their artistic interests within projects that push their way of seeing and thinking.

Students will explore a variety of traditional and contemporary visual art techniques and presentation methods, working in a range of mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking. Students work with a visual diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis.

They are given several projects throughout the year that build their creative awareness and making skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Installation
  • Excursions to Art Galleries
  • Artist Research
  • Mixed Media
  • Collaborative projects
  • Engagement with Art Themes
  • Art walks around the school

Contact teacher: Miss Jessica Lewis

Ceramics and Sculpture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRX4_XJj3AM

Grade 7 Ceramics and Sculpture is a creative course providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of sculptural themes, techniques and presentation formats.

Students will explore a variety of traditional and alternative ceramic techniques, learning to sculpt, fire and glaze their clay work. Students will also undertake sculptural projects in other mediums such as plaster, fabric, wood, hebel block and other recycled/found materials. Students work with a visual diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis.

Students are given several projects throughout the year that build their hand building, sculpting and decorating skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Sculptural decoration/presentation
  • Installation
  • Ceramic Excursions
  • Artist Research
  • Wheel throwing
  • Sculpture analysis
  • Mixed Media

Contact teachers: Ms Allison Jones and Miss Jessica Lewis

Photography and Digital Media

Grade 7 Photography and Digital Media is a creative course providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of photographic themes, styles and media presentation formats.

Students are given a variety of projects where they can explore basic camera, lighting and composition skills and techniques. They are taught the basic functions of a digital SLR camera and are given the opportunity to develop their skills with hands on projects in and around the college. They can use editing software to create artworks and animations out of their images. Students work with a visual diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis. They are given several projects throughout the year that build their photographic, film-making and editing skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Traditional camera skills
  • Creative camera use
  • Creative photo editing
  • Photography Excursions
  • Multimedia
  • Filmmaking and editing
  • Photography and Film analysis
  • Stop-motion animation.

Contact teacher: Ms Allison Jones

Dance

Students will develop their knowledge of how ideas and intentions are communicated in and through dance. They will build on and refine their knowledge, understanding and skills of a variety of dance styles. Students will be making and responding to Dance performances.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Marcelle Ottaway

Technology

Woodwork

The Grade 7 Woodwork course helps to build the essential skills needed to plan and create various woodworking projects. Projects introduced in Grade 7 provide opportunities to learn about identifying different types of timber, the shaping and finishing of timber and cutting and lamination methods. Students design and shape a spoon, a serving tray and picture frame.

Areas to be covered in this course include:

  • Planning and design
  • Properties and characteristics of materials
  • Joint construction
  • Use of adhesives and fixers
  • Abrasives and finishing procedures
  • Tools – use, care and maintenance
  • Workshop safety

Contact Teacher: Mr Russell Joyce

Digital Technologies

Students taking this subject will experience a number of aspects from the Digital Technologies curriculum. Some of the topics covered may include;

  • Learning about binary language
  • Investigating electrical conductivity using Makey Makeys and constructing simple circuits to transmit data.
  • Programming robots.
  • Building basic computer programming language knowledge.

In Grade 7 students will be learning how to code by making, using the BBC Micro-bit and a block-based programming environment. They will experiment with Lego mindstorms kits to test the abilities and uses of sensors to produce a desired outcome. Students will learn how to solder wires and components. This is a project-based subject; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning programming and computer science concepts.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Kate Bridge

Food Studies

Food Studies is a practical subject that aims to give students the opportunity to select and prepare food for health, pleasure and a possible career pathway.

Students are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Learn and develop kitchen preparation and knife skills.
  • Learn how to use and look after kitchen equipment and appliances.
  • Develop an understanding of the need for safety and hygiene.
  • Work independently and co-operatively in groups.
  • Prepare nutritious and delicious meals while learning about food nutrients.
  • Learn the roles of different properties of foods used in cooking, such as the use of eggs as a binding agent, raising agent, coagulant, emulsifier and as a main ingredient.
  • Prepare recipes from different cultures of the world.
  • Prepare food with herbs, spices and flavourings, such as apple pie, lemon shortbread and gingerbread biscuits.

Contact Teacher: Mr Brian Green

Practical Technologies

This subject is a workshop based subject where students will combine theory with a hands on construction and “maker space” style of education.

It is a combination of materials design technology, digital technology and engineering. This class will have multiple teachers, with the opportunity to consult across the broader faculty in specialist areas such as Science and Mathematics. Students will undertake a number of scaffolded projects designed to encourage entrepreneurship, creative thinking and collaborative learning.

Students explore the design cycle, learn how to respond to design briefs and develop projects. Students in Practical Technologies will explore introductory engineering concepts as well as learn and apply problem solving techniques to develop practical solutions. They will work cooperatively to solve complex tasks in addition to design, plan and produce objects that fulfill a need for the modern consumer.

In Year 7, students will have the chance to design and produce prototypes that will compete in robotic challenges. In addition to this students will have the opportunity to build using 3D printing, laser cutting and hands on building. Participants will learn the basic concepts of invention and innovation whilst demonstrating engineering design and problem solving skills.

Contact Teachers: Mrs Kate Bridge and Mr Russell Joyce

Design in Textiles

Design in Textiles gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the functional and aesthetic aspects of design when applied to a variety of textile materials, methods, techniques and end-uses.

Students will describe and analyse elements and principles of design in the following areas:

  • Textiles (fabric uses, embellishments such as embroidery, iron on transfers, wearable technology)
  • Furnishings (interior design)
  • Costume (historical and cos-play)
  • Textile arts (rendering, 3D printed objects such as light fitting, pencil holder)
  • Non-apparel (glasses case, tote bag)
  • Apparel (pyjamas etc)
  • The design process

Students will design and manufacture items in areas including:

  • Needlecraft
  • Sewing machine use
  • Handicrafts
  • Felting
  • Yarn and wool manufacture

Students are required to maintain a record of their learning throughout the unit by developing a folio of work and a major design item. Items in the folio may include:

  • Photographs and/or other images of their participation at various steps
  • Descriptions of their activities at each step
  • Personal observations
  • Data and information relevant to the project
  • Personalised step-by-step plan to produce the project

In Grade 7 students will participate in an introductory course that develops basic hand and machine sewing techniques and explore a variety of methods of manufacturing textile items.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Kate Bridge

Other Courses

French

French in Grade 7 continues on from the language studied during Grade 6. Students will work towards increasing their vocabulary, focusing on areas that are key to expressing information about themselves, their surroundings and their wants and needs. The course will also focus on deepening their understanding of French grammar to enable them to communicate more effectively in both a written and spoken form. Students will enhance their speaking through role-plays, reading exercises and themed presentations, and also via a variety of games. Grade 7 French will also provide the chance for students to explore France’s culture more thoroughly via a range of media including, film, music and journals.

Contact Teacher: Ms Jill Britton

Fitness for Girls

A female focussed class introducing students to all aspects of fitness. This will cater for students wishing to improve their fitness and will incorporate a wide range of fitness and wellbeing options. The key focus is to help motivate and encourage the girls to become more active more regularly.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Marcelle Ottaway

High Intensity Training

A class for those that want to push themselves out of their comfort zone. This will be both strength based and aerobic fitness based. Sessions will be challenging so students must be prepared for challenging and stressful sessions.

Contact Teachers: Mr James Hickey, Mr Peter Kay and Mrs Marcelle Ottaway

Outdoor Education

A program that offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves in real-world scenarios, while learning to understand the natural environment around them. Our students have the chance to experience some of the beautiful landscapes that Tasmania has to offer, and learn how to interact with the natural world in a safe and respectful manner.

Contact Teachers: Mr James Hickey and Mr Peter Kay

Grade 8 Electives

Grade 8 students select THREE elective subjects that are full year courses. Students can choose an elective for one year, even if they have not studied the elective in Grade 7.

Selecting Your Electives for 2020

At the start of the subject selection process students will be briefed on the course content for subjects. They will be provided with log in information to select their courses on line. Students are encouraged to seek more information from the teachers of elective subjects.

It is a requirement of the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA) that all students study Arts and Technology subjects until the end of Grade 8. After choosing one Arts and one Technology subject, students have a free choice of their third subject. The third subject can be from any of the Arts, Technology and Physical Education subjects on offer.

Students are asked to select subjects beyond their first choices, as it may not be possible to provide every student with their first choice of electives. At times some subjects will not gain enough enrolments to be viable and some practical subjects have occupational health and safety requirements that limit class sizes.

Please Note: Students are advised to choose carefully as increased student numbers and timetabling restrictions in 2020 will mean that students are unable to change subjects after the start of the school year.

2020 Elective Subjects – Grade 8

The Arts

  • Drama
  • Art
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Music
  • Dance

Technology

  • Practical Technologies – Workshop & Design
  • Woodwork
  • Design in Textiles
  • Food Studies
  • Digital Technologies

Other Courses

  • French
  • Outdoor Education
  • Fitness for Girls
  • High Intensity Training

Drama

In Grade 8, learning in Drama builds on the experience of the previous band. It involves students making and responding to drama independently, and with their classmates. They explore drama as an art form. Students build on their understanding of role, character and relationships. They use voice and movement to sustain character and situation. They use focus, tension, space and time to enhance drama. They incorporate language and ideas and use devices such as dramatic symbol to create dramatic action and extend mood and atmosphere in performance. As they make and respond to drama, students explore meaning and interpretation, forms and elements including voice, movement, situation, space and time, and tension. They consider social, cultural and historical influences of drama. They evaluate the directors’ intentions and expressive skills used by actors in drama they view and perform. Students maintain safety in dramatic play and in interaction with other actors.

Students in Grade 8 Drama will look specifically at ritual, play-building, character development through script writing and scene creation, monologues or duologues. Students will also go to see a live performance and learn how to write critically about their experience.

Contact Teacher: Ms Bree Crocker

Art

Grade 8 Art is a creative course engaging students in a range of art making themes, techniques and mediums. This course focuses on developing students’ skills and ideas through projects that continue to push their way of thinking and seeing.

Students will explore a variety of traditional and contemporary visual art techniques and presentation methods, working in a range of mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking. Students work with a visual diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis.

Students are given several projects throughout the year that build their creative awareness and making skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Excursions to Art Galleries
  • Artist Research
  • Mixed Media
  • Collaborative projects
  • Engagement with Art Themes

Contact teacher: Miss Jessica Lewis

Photography and Digital Media

Photography and Digital Media is a course providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of photographic themes, techniques and media presentation formats.

Students are given a variety of projects aimed to develop their camera, lighting and composition skills and techniques. They continue working with digital SLR cameras and developing their skills with projects in and around the college using both props and human subjects.

Students use editing software to create artworks, animations and installations out of their photographs. Students work closely with a visual diary to document their processes, research and analysis. They are given a range of projects throughout the year that continue building their photographic, film-making, animation and editing skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Camera skills
  • Creative and professional camera use
  • Creative photo editing
  • Photography Excursions
  • Multimedia
  • Filmmaking and editing
  • Photography and Film analysis
  • Short film

Contact Teachers: Miss Jessica Lewis and Ms Allison Jones

Ceramics and Sculpture

Ceramics and Sculpture is an enriching course providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of sculptural themes, techniques and display formats.

Students will continue to work in a range of traditional and alternative ceramic techniques and will further their knowledge of sculpting, firing and glazing their clay work. Students will also engage in sculptural projects in other mediums such as wood, fabric, plaster and found materials.

Students work closely with a visual diary to document their processes, research and analysis of artworks, which helps them develop their art theory skills. They experiment with a variety of projects throughout the year that build their hand building, sculpting and decorating skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Sculptural decoration/presentation
  • Installation
  • Ceramic Excursions
  • Artist Research
  • Wheel throwing
  • Sculpture analysis
  • Mixed Media

Contact teacher: Ms Allison Jones

Music

Grade 8 Music is a one-year course in which students work with others to produce unique musical compositions and performances. Through the analysis of various musical styles, they form an understanding of Australia’s place in the musical world. Aural skills are developed further as students learn to manipulate notated and recorded music.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring Ensemble – performing in groups
  • I Land on an Island – examining Australia’s musical imports and exports
  • Manipulating Music – creating music with the aid of technology
  • Searching for a Song – composing for voices and instruments

Contact Teacher: Mr John Barnes

Dance

Students will develop their knowledge of how ideas and intentions are communicated in and through dance. They will build on and refine their knowledge, understanding and skills of a variety of dance styles. Students will be making and responding to Dance performances.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Marcelle Ottaway

Technology

Practical Technologies

This subject is a workshop based subject where students will combine theory with a hands on construction and “maker space” style of education.

It is a combination of materials design technology, digital technology and engineering. This class will have multiple teachers, with the opportunity to consult across the broader faculty in specialist areas such as Science and Mathematics. Students will undertake a number of scaffolded projects designed to encourage entrepreneurship, creative thinking and collaborative learning.

Students explore the design cycle, learn how to respond to design briefs and develop projects. Students in Practical Technologies will explore introductory engineering concepts as well as learn and apply problem solving techniques to develop practical solutions. They will work cooperatively to solve complex tasks in addition to design, plan and produce objects that fulfill a need for the modern consumer.

Students will develop the ability to create prototypes and work through the design cycle to refine products to a production level. Students in this class may have the opportunity to participate in projects such as; bluetooth speakers, drone production & racing, solar vehicles, wearable technology and student directed project based learning.

Contact Teachers: Mrs Kate Bridge & Mr Russell Joyce

Woodwork

In the Grade 8 Woodwork course students study timber and the products that can be made from timber. Students learn about tree growth, milling and timber production. Students explore woodworking, joinery and fastening methods as they design and create a handmade box, an LED Lamp and an acoustic phone speaker.

Areas to be covered in this course include:

  • Planning and Design
  • Properties and characteristics of materials
  • Joint construction
  • Use of adhesives and fixers
  • Abrasives and finishing procedures
  • Tools – use, care and maintenance
  • Workshop safety

Contact Teachers: Mr Russell Joyce

Design in Textiles

Design in Textiles gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the functional and aesthetic aspects of design when applied to a variety of textile materials, methods, techniques and end-uses.

Students will describe and analyse elements and principles of design in the following areas:

  • Textiles (fabric uses, embellishments such as embroidery, iron on transfers, wearable technology)
  • Furnishings (interior design)
  • Costume (historical and cos-play)
  • Textile arts (rendering, 3D printed objects such as light fitting, pencil holder)
  • Non-apparel (glasses case, tote bag)
  • Apparel (pyjamas etc)
  • The design process

Students will design and manufacture items in areas including:

  • Needlecraft
  • Sewing machine use
  • Handicrafts
  • Felting
  • Yarn and wool manufacture

Students are required to maintain a record of their learning throughout the unit by developing a folio of work and a major design item. Items in the folio may include:

  • Photographs and/or other images of their participation at various steps
  • Descriptions of their activities at each step
  • Personal observations
  • Data and information relevant to the project
  • Personalised step-by-step plan to produce the project

In Grade 8, students will build on previous skills, manufacturing wearable garments and exploring the design process in greater depth.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Kate Bridge

Food Studies

Food Studies is a practical subject that aims to give students the opportunity to select and prepare food for health, pleasure and a possible career pathway.

Students are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Learn and develop kitchen preparation and knife skills.
  • Learn how to use and look after kitchen equipment and appliances.
  • Develop an understanding of the need for safety and hygiene.
  • Work independently and co-operatively in groups.
  • Prepare nutritious and delicious meals while learning about food nutrients.
  • Learn the roles of different properties of foods used in cooking, such as the use of eggs as a binding agent, raising agent, coagulant, emulsifier and as a main ingredient.
  • Prepare recipes from different cultures of the world.
  • Prepare food with herbs, spices and flavourings, such as apple pie, lemon shortbread and gingerbread biscuits.

Contact Teacher: Mr Brian Green

Digital Technology

Students taking this subject will experience a number of aspects from the Digital Technologies curriculum. Some of the topics covered may include;

  • Learning about binary language
  • Investigating electrical conductivity using Makey Makeys and constructing simple circuits to transmit data.
  • Programming robots.
  • Building basic computer programming language knowledge.

In Grade 8 students will begin to learn the Python programming language, and use it to create simple programs. They will build on the soldering skills developed in Grade 7 to construct permanent, functioning electronic circuits. In small groups, using microprocessors such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, students will be encouraged to take ownership of their learning, steering it in a direction of interest to them.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Kate Bridge

Other Courses

French

French in Grade 8 continues on from Year 7 French, which is a pre-requisite for this course. Using a variety of platforms ranging from online language programs, to more traditional text-books, students will deepen their understanding of the French language and culture. Students will work towards increasing their confidence and ability in spoken French, with special focus on accent, and pronunciation. Students will learn how to use basic tenses in order to communicate more effectively and accurately, and will work towards steadily increasing their vocabulary. We will also continue our exploration of French culture through film, text and song, as well as personal research into topics of choice.

Contact teacher: Ms Jill Britton

Outdoor Education

A program that offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves in real-world scenarios, while learning to understand the natural environment around them. Our students have the chance to experience some of the beautiful landscapes that Tasmania has to offer, and learn how to interact with the natural world in a safe and respectful manner.

Contact Teacher: Mr James Hickey

Fitness for Girls

A female focussed class introducing students to all aspects of fitness. This will cater for students wishing to improve their fitness and will incorporate a wide range of fitness and wellbeing options. The key focus is to help motivate and encourage the girls to become more active more regularly.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Marcelle Ottaway

High Intensity Training

A class for those that want to push themselves out of their comfort zone. This will be both strength based and aerobic fitness based. Sessions will be challenging so students must be prepared for challenging and stressful sessions.

Contact Teacher: Mr James Hickey

Grade 9/10 Electives

To compliment Grade 9 and 10 learning in core subjects, students also select three elective subjects which are studied for the full year. Elective subjects provide Grade 9 and 10 students with the opportunity to extend their learning in a specific area of interest or undertake learning that links to their future study or career pathways.

It should be noted that, in most cases not studying a particular elective should not preclude the study of that subject or related subjects at Senior Secondary level (Grades 11 and 12). Maintaining a high level in the compulsory subjects is fundamental for success in post Grade 10 studies. However, subjects such as Music, Languages Other Than English (French) and Extension Mathematics will assist students who have a clear goal of studying in these areas during Grade 11/12. Students considering careers such as Medicine or Engineering should also seek guidance on their elective choices. Subject teachers are able to advise students on subject selections and post Grade 10 study options.

While students may be offered a comprehensive range of subjects in the initial stages of the subject selection process, some subjects may not attract sufficient student interest to make them viable in any given year and many practical subjects have limited class sizes due to workplace health and safety requirements. Students are asked to choose subjects in order of preference. Fourth and fifth elections require careful consideration, as it may not be possible to accommodate all student choices and timetabling restrictions in 2020 will mean that students are unable to change subjects after the start of the school year.

Although most Grade 9/10 Electives are two year courses, they can be studied in Grade 9 or 10 as a single year course. Teachers have structured their electives so as different skills and topics are covered on alternate years. For more information please consult the subject outlines in this booklet for further information.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and subjects such as Woodwork have an extra levy to cover materials and general subject costs. Any additional costs for an electives is included in the subject description in this Handbook. Additional costs will be applied to your annual Fees and Levy will be applied to your annual invoice for the year.

The Elective Choice Process

At the start of the subject selection process students will be briefed on the course content for subjects. They will be provided with log in information to select their courses on line. Students are encouraged to seek more information from the teachers of elective subjects.

Students are asked to select subjects beyond their first choices, as it may not be possible to provide every student with their first choice of electives. At times some subjects will not gain enough enrolments to be viable and some practical subjects have occupational health and safety requirements that limit class sizes.

Please Note: Students are advised to choose carefully as increased student numbers and timetabling restrictions in 2020 will mean that students are unable to change subjects after the start of the school year.

Grade 9/10 Electives 2020

Humanities

  • English Extended
  • Introduction to Psychology and Sociology
  • French
  • Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Geography
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Mathematics and Sciences

  • Mathematics Extended
  • Science Extended
  • Geology, Earth and Environmental Science

The Arts

  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Drama
  • Photography and Digital Media

Technology

  • Design in Wood
  • Materials and Design Technology
  • Food Studies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Textiles

Physical Education and Health

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze and Silver
  • Sport Science

Vocational Education and Training

  • VET Hospitality – Front of House
  • Introduction to Construction
  • Introduction to Automotive (Grade 10 students only)
  • VET Maritime Operations (Grade 10 students only)

Course Descriptions

English Extended

The Grade 9/10 English Extended course focuses on extending students' reading, writing and oral language skills. This course gives the students a chance to encounter a variety of interesting and engaging texts, from novels to film. The course allows students to further hone their communication skills, write creatively and develop their personal writing style. Students will be given the chance to express their ideas through a variety of different modes. English Extended further develops concepts and skills covered in the Grade 9 and Grade 10 core English course.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Angie Mitchell

Introduction to Psychology and Sociology

This subject looks at human behaviour from Sociological and Psychological perspectives. The course provides a broad overview of the disciplines of Sociology and Psychology, stressing major terms, concepts, and some basic theoretical perspectives. Students studying this subject will have the opportunity to understand human behaviour and brain development, as well as group and collective behaviours. Through various practical activities they will learn how to conduct research scientifically and ethically and undertake individual and group research projects.

Students are able to study this course in either Grade Nine or Grade Ten, or as a two-year course.

Topics include:

  • Socialisation
  • Youth culture
  • Sleep and dreaming
  • The family institution
  • Gender
  • Memory and forgetting
  • Collective behaviours
  • Research Methods
  • Criminal profiling
  • Sub-cultures and deviance
  • The dark side of human nature
  • Different styles of learning

Contact Teacher: Ms Erin Graham

French

French in Grades 9/10 continues on from the language studied during Grade 8. Students work towards achieving higher levels of comprehension, including the use of strategies to help them understand unfamiliar written or spoken language. In addition, communication skills in the language are extended to include sustained writing exercises such as small plays, letters and simple descriptions. French grammar is explored in greater depth, and vocabulary acquisition is accelerated. Emphasis is placed on spoken French, and students are given the opportunity to express themselves in both spontaneous and studied dialogue. Intercultural themes will be used to enhance students’ vocabulary and awareness of other cultures, with a particular focus on France.

Contact Teacher: Ms Jill Britton

Introduction to Legal Studies

Legal Studies will focus on the Australian legal system and government. The subject will require students to be active in classroom discussions and presentations as well as completing reports, essays and ICT based assessment tasks.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Your legal rights.
  • How law is formed in Australia
  • Types of Law: Statute, Common and Civil Law.
  • The court hierarchy and function of the courts in Australia.
  • The jury system.
  • Australian Government and Parliament.
  • The electoral system in Australia.
  • The Police Force and law enforcement in Australia.
  • Famous legal cases and miscarriages of justice.
  • International law and its implications for Australia.

Students will be involved in role play assessment tasks such as mock trials and there will be the opportunity for excursions to view the legal process in action.

A major case study on an aspect of the legal system will also be a significant feature of this course.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Nickie Birchall

Geography

Geography runs as a two-year course, but students can take Geography in either Grade 9 or Grade 10. The courses run on alternate years.

The content in Geography is organised into two strands: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding and Geographical Inquiry and Skills. These strands are interrelated and are taught in an integrated manner.

Year A (2020)

Environmental change and management. Students investigate environmental geography through an in-depth study of a specific environment and the challenges to this environment in the modern world.

Geographies of human wellbeing. Students investigate global, national and local differences in human wellbeing. The major focus for this unit is an investigation into the causes of differences in living standards and wellbeing in various communities.

Year B (2021)

Biomes and food security focuses on investigating the role of the biotic environment and its role in food and fibre production.

Geographies of interconnections focuses on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways, and how these connections help to make and change places and their environments

Contact Teacher: Mrs Angie Mitchell

Introduction to Philosophy

This subject focuses on philosophical thinking and investigating topics that have challenged society for centuries.

Some of the key questions and topics studied during the year will include:

  • What is Philosophy, Philosophical thinking and arguments.
  • Epistemology: The difference between fact, belief and opinion
  • Great Philosophers and their ideas.
  • Ethics and Society
  • Freedom and Determinism.
  • The philosophy of Religion.
  • Metaphysics: Being, knowing, time and space.
  • What is Art?
  • How should we be governed?
  • Science and Philosophy.

This subject requires students to be actively engaged in discussions and presentation of arguments to the class will be an assessed element of the course. Students must be prepared to share their ideas and have their thinking challenged.

Introduction to Philosophy will have a significant reading, report and essay writing component.

Contact Teacher: Mr Simon Eade

Mathematics Extended

This course is designed to provide capable Mathematics students with the opportunity for extension and enrichment in Mathematics. Students are able to acquire an understanding of many challenging topics taken from the Australian 10A Mathematics Curriculum as well as various problem solving competitions including the Australian Mathematics Trust Challenge and Enrichment stages.

Grade 9 and 10 students who are thinking about continuing their study of Mathematics to Grades 11 and 12 will find this course immensely beneficial. Topics studied will include some of the following:

  • solving and graphing linear algebraic expressions
  • trigonometric relationships
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • composite shapes
  • probability of two-step experiments
  • similarity and congruence of triangles

Students will learn and use Web 2 tools such as Desmos and Geogebra to enhance their learning. The course content alternates each year to enable students to undertake this subject in both Grade 9 and Grade 10.

Mathematics after Grade 10

At Guilford Young College, Grade 11 students can choose a Mathematics course from the least demanding Workplace Mathematics 2 or General Mathematics Foundation 2, to the more challenging General Mathematics 3, Mathematics Methods 3 or 4, or Mathematics Specialised 4. Students, who wish to study the challenging Mathematics Specialised course in Grade 12 are recommended to study Mathematics Methods 3 or 4 as a pre-requisite in Grade 11.

Contact Teacher: Mr Ben Hibbert

Science Extended

This course is designed to provide students who love science or are interested in furthering their science skills with the opportunity for extension and enrichment. Students are able to acquire a deeper and broader understanding of many of the topics taken from TQA3 Physical Science and TQA3 Biology Courses. Students will be given the opportunity to enter many science competitions such as the Science and Engineering Challenge and PICSE Science Investigation Awards.

Students are given the opportunity to undertake a 10 week Inquiry investigation, where the student is able to design and carry out an inquiry into the area of their choice.

Grade 9 and 10 students who are thinking of continuing their study of science in 11 and 12, will find this course really valuable. Topics being studied will include some of the following:

  • Structure and function of the southern ocean, ocean currents, trade winds, coriolis effect, ocean temperature and their effects on biodiversity
  • pH scale, acidity and alkalinity, aqueous solutions
  • Chemistry of the southern ocean, ocean acidification and the implication on biodiversity local and global economy
  • Properties and structure of atoms, chemical reactions,
  • Carbon compounds, organic compounds, alkanes and cycloalkanes
  • Chemical calculations and the mole concept, formulas mass, percentage compositions, empirical and molecular formulae
  • Nuclear reactions, radioactive decay, radiation, half-life
  • Inquiry project design. How to design and carry out an effect scientific experiment.
  • Forms of energy, gravitational potential and kinetic energy, work, power and energy, application, calculations and experiments
  • Excursions to academic and industry sites of interest.

The course content alternates each year to enable students to undertake this subject in both Grade 9 and Grade 10.

Contact Teachers: Ms Lilli Hyatt

Geology, Earth and Environmental Science

Geology, Earth and Environmental Science is aimed at encouraging and challenging students to develop their sense of inquiry and investigation. The subject allows for different learning styles and employs a variety of teaching styles to meet student needs. Students participate in a wide range of activities in their investigation of issues related to the environment and from human interaction with the environment. Students wanting to study this subject should not be afraid of getting their hands dirty and conducting field work.

Geology, Earth and Environmental Science relates to the study of origin, development, and functioning of earth systems and the consequences of human interaction with those systems. The subject comprises a number of major topics that specify core areas of study and offer suggestions for elective areas of study.

Some of the topics in Geology, Earth and Environmental Science are:

  • Introduction to earth science
  • Our earth and its systems
  • Hazardous earth processes and materials
  • Earth resources and human impact on the environment
  • Our earth in space and time
  • Environmental change and management
  • Industry, Economics, Mining of Australia’s environment
  • Australia’s lands, soils and salinity
  • Impact of introduced species

Contact Teacher: Miss Lilli Hyatt

Music

In this subject students study contemporary instruments or may hire an orchestral instrument through the College. Students will gain in technical proficiency and will be expected to perform on various occasions in a range of ensembles for various purposes.

Students will study Music from various historical and social contexts and from various world traditions with an emphasis on indigenous and Asian repertoire. Students will engage in analysis, composition and arranging. Students will learn musical notation and become proficient in the language of Music, such as melody, rhythm, harmony, tone-colour, timbre, form and structure. Students’ musical practice is supported by the continuous development of aural skills and theoretical understanding.

Focus topics include:

  • In Perfect Harmony - analysis and composition
  • Studio Sounds - analysis and production
  • World of Music – examining Australian music within a global context
  • Finding a Finale - concert performance

Contact Teacher: Mr John Barnes

Visual Art

Grade 9/10 Visual Art is a creative and challenging course that gives students the opportunity to engage in a range of fine art, sculptural and mixed media themes, techniques and presentation formats. This course focuses on engaging students with the work of historical and contemporary artists, famous artworks and the art making process and on helping students to learn more about themselves as artists.

Students will create, problem solve and develop independent learning skills and the ability to think outside of the square.

Students are given a variety of projects where they may explore a range of visual art mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media. Students will develop an understanding of how the mode of display of an artwork can enhance its meaning.

Students work closely with a visual art diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis. There is a large focus for students in this course on the development of skills in artistic research, art history and art language as a means of better understanding their own work and processes. Students will also be engaged in local contemporary art making practices with excursions to MONA and other local galleries.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Art Exhibitions
  • Artist Visits
  • Installation
  • Collaborative work
  • Engagement with Art Themes
  • Independent work

Contact teacher: Miss Jessica Lewis and Ms Allison Jones

Ceramics and Sculpture

Grade 9/10 Ceramics and Sculpture is an enriching course that will extend your skills and knowledge within a range of sculptural themes, techniques and display formats.

Students will continue to work within a range of traditional and alternative ceramic techniques and will be introduced to working on a larger scale. Students will be encouraged to engage with local ceramic and sculptural artists to inspire their own work and will further their knowledge of sculpting, firing and glazing their clay work. Students will also engage in sculptural projects in other mediums, including recycled materials they have sourced themselves.

Students’ work closely with a visual diary to document their processes, research and analysis of artworks, which helps them develop their art theory skills and understanding.

They experiment with a variety of more independent projects throughout the year that build their hand building, sculpting and design skills.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Studio visits with local ceramic and sculptural artists
  • Potential of working on a school-based, collaborative installation
  • Excursions and workshops with local galleries and art centres
  • Artist research and collaboration
  • Visit to artist studios for wheel throwing workshops and experience

Contact teacher: Ms Allison Jones

Drama

The Drama curriculum offers students a diverse series of learning opportunities as well as developing an appreciation of the richness of the Art Form. Students learn through Drama performance, including a broad range of activities such as improvisation, role-play, text interpretation, theatrical performance and stagecraft. To develop skills in Drama, students will draw on elements of dramatic play such as spontaneity, imagination, improvisation, role-play, exploration and free association of ideas. They use voice and movement to sustain character and situation. They use focus, tension, space and time to enhance drama. They incorporate language and ideas and use devices such as dramatic symbol to create dramatic action and extend mood and atmosphere in performance. They shape drama for audiences using narrative and non-narrative dramatic forms and production elements.

In Senior Drama, students will look specifically at a historical dramatic form – Commedia Del Art’ Theatre (Term 1), as well as the Elements of Performance and Production (Term 2 & 3) and Play building – Monologues and Duologues (Term 4). Students will also go to see three live performances and learn how to write critically about their experience.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their artistic ideas and skills in performance through exploring a wide variety of experiences such as:

  • confidence building
  • interpreting texts
  • improvisation
  • solo, small group and full class public performances
  • movement skills
  • vocal skills

Contact Teacher: Ms Bree Crocker

Photography and Digital Media

Photography and Digital Media is a creative and challenging course that gives students the opportunity to engage with a range of photographic styles and media presentation formats. This course is focused on engaging students with the work of a range of significant contemporary and historical media artists in order to help inspire and develop their own ideas as artists and enable them to tell their story.

Students will use DSLR cameras and will be encouraged to develop their skills in order to create meaningful and interesting imagery. They will be introduced to editing and film software that enables them to create artwork, animations and digital works out of their photographic images. Students work closely with a visual art diary to document their processes, research and artwork analysis. Students will also be engaged in local contemporary photographic and media practices with excursions to MONA and other local galleries.

Other opportunities may also include:

  • Traditional camera skills and creative camera use
  • Multi – layering media
  • Film and Photographic Analysis
  • Film making and editing
  • Stop-motion animation
  • Installation
  • Independent work

Contact Teacher: Jessica Lewis

Design in Wood

The Grade 9/10 Design in Wood course builds on the skills introduced in Grade 8 and gives greater exposure to hand and power tools and explores a greater variety of shaping and assembly methods.

Areas to be covered in this course include:

  • planning and design
  • properties and characteristics of materials
  • joint construction
  • use of adhesives and fixers
  • abrasives and finishing procedures
  • tools – use, care and maintenance
  • workshop safety

Students study timber and timber products along with appropriate working and fastening methods. As well as learning to use hand tools, students operate some machines and a number of portable power tools.

The core project for Grade 9 students is a coffee table or a similar project. The core task for Grade 10 students is an individually proposed project.

Contact Teacher: Mr Russell Joyce

Materials and Design Technology

This course offers students the opportunity to experience design and production in a variety of media. The types of units students may be offered include:

  • Plastics - 3D Printing and Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Design in Textiles/Fabrics
  • Jewellery Making/ Silversmith
  • Screen Printing and Design
  • Engineering tasks
  • Electronics
  • Leatherwork

The aim of this subject is for students to develop a variety of practical skills whilst developing and designing their own projects.

Contact Teacher: Mr Russell Joyce

Food Studies

Food Studies is an enjoyable practical subject, which gives students the opportunity to select, create, design and prepare recipes for life skills, career skills and pleasure.

Food operates on a two-year curriculum cycle, Year A and Year B, to allow students the option of undertaking Food Studies for two consecutive years or in either Grade 9 or Grade 10. As Food Studies operates as a combined Grade 9 and 10 class, the two year curriculum avoids any repetition.

Food Studies involves practical and theoretical components. By completing this course, students will develop safe, efficient and hygienic work habits required for food preparation. Knowledge and skills will be further developed according to the basic principles underlying the preparation and service of a variety of foods.

Year A (2020)

  • Micro-organisms and Food
  • Food Safety: Hygiene and handling
  • Storage and Preservation Methods (e.g. jam, pickles, fruit leather, bruschetta, sensory evaluations and more)
  • Taste Tasmania: Teams research, design and create a product using suitable preservation methods. This unit includes an excursion to the Huon Valley to view and sample “The Tasmanian Brand” of gourmet/boutique foods.
  • An introduction to food presentation: canapés, appetisers, soup and desserts.
  • An introduction to decorating and edible art: mud cake and cupcake decoration.

Year B (2021)

  • Yeast, Bread and Pastry
  • Healthy Eating Habits
  • Multicultural Cooking: Japanese,
  • Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian,
  • French, Greek, Italian and Moroccan
  • recipes.
  • Food for Celebrations and Festive Occasions: Design and prepare a Gingerbread House. Christmas cooking: design and prepare trifle and mini pavlovas.

Contact Teacher: Mr Brian Green

Digital Technologies (DTS)

Digital Technologies (DTS) aims to develop each student’s ability and confidence to become competent in a range of digital forms of technology. Students need to be aware that each unit of work will contain both theoretical and practical components. Each of these is essential in the development of skills that will enable students to become competent users of computer technology. Students will be introduced to the principles of computer programming using basic programming languages.

Units that may be covered in this course include:

  • Website Authoring
  • Computer Programming
  • App Design
  • Impact of technology on social issues and personal privacy

Contact Teachers: Mrs Kate Bridge

Design and Textiles

Design in Textiles gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the functional and aesthetic aspects of design when applied to a variety of textile materials, methods, techniques and end-uses.

Students will describe and analyse elements and principles of design in the following areas:

  • Textiles (fabric uses, embellishments such as embroidery, iron on transfers, wearable technology)
  • Furnishings (interior design)
  • Costume (historical and cos-play)
  • Textile arts (rendering, 3D printed objects such as light fitting, pencil holder)
  • Non-apparel (glasses case, tote bag)
  • Apparel (clothing)
  • The design process

Students will design and manufacture items in areas including:

  • Needlecraft
  • Sewing machine use
  • Handicrafts
  • Felting
  • Yarn and wool manufacture
  • Waxed fabric
  • Fabric patterns

Students are required to maintain a record of their learning throughout the unit by developing a folio of work and a major design item. Items in the folio may include:

  • Photographs and/or other images of their participation at various steps
  • Descriptions of their activities at each step
  • Personal observations
  • Data and information relevant to the project
  • Personalised step-by-step plan to produce the project

In Grades 9 and 10 students will explore design techniques in greater depths, constructing more complex apparel and non-apparel items. They look at the ethical and environmental impact of manufacturing processes and the history of materials production.

Contact: Mrs Kate Bridge

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic practical program created for young people to help them develop organisational skills and demonstrate ongoing commitment to an activity; both are qualities that employers seek. The exposure to new outdoor experiences and teamwork is also essential components to the award.

Duke of Edinburgh is a practical subject with units ranging from surfing and indoor rock climbing, to Bronze Medallion/Star accreditation certificates. Students must be motivated and ready to commit to a variety of activities in and outside of class time.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is divided into 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Due to age and time restrictions at St Aloysius, we offer only the Bronze and Silver Awards to students. The Bronze Award must be achieved before moving onto the Silver Award.

Students’ individual programs must incorporate:

  • Volunteering
  • Sport Recreation/Fitness
  • Skill Development

The commitment is for an hour a week in each category, but some categories can be completed in school hours and the majority of students may already be doing them (i.e. netball/football/musical instrument).

Adventurous Journey:

Both the Bronze and Silver Award students are required to complete a two night camp. The location is student driven, but as an example the 2019 classes will be going to Freycinet.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards are accredited towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education.

http://www.dukeofed.org.au/

Contact Teachers: Mr James Hickey, Mrs Marcelle Ottaway and Mr Peter Kay

Sport Science

This course is divided into two sections: Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop a basic understanding and appreciation of the importance of physical fitness and nutrition and the factors that influence sporting performance.

The course is designed around a rotation system where all topics will be covered over a two year period. Listed below are the schedules for 2020 and 2021.

In 2020 students will:

  • Study the benefits of fitness including health and skill related components of fitness.
  • Learn about the body systems and how they are interrelated.
  • Study the use of energy systems in sport.
  • Look at the role and function of nutrients in improving diet and athletic performance.
  • Study the effects of exercise of the human body and the range of training techniques used in fitness programs.
  • Study the treatment and management of sporting injuries.
  • Research current events in sport.

In 2021 students will:

  • Learn how a skill is acquired.
  • Look at the different roles of a coach.
  • Research factors which affect children in sport.
  • Study psychological factors that affect sporting performance.
  • Study the biomechanics of sport.
  • Analyse games.

Contact Teachers: Mr James Hickey, Mrs Marcelle Ottaway and Mr Peter Kay

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET subjects enable students to gain nationally recognised training that links to industry and employment. Students taking VET have their skills and understanding evaluated through competency based assessment procedures. For many students, VET courses provide a direct pathway to their future career and training that they will complete during Grades 11/12. Some students take VET courses to gain qualifications that can be used to find part time employment during or after Grade 10.

The Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for St Aloysius is Guilford Young College (RTO No. 1129).

SIT10216 Certificate I in Hospitality (Front of House)

This hospitality course offers Grade 9/10 students the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification. The course is aimed at preparing students for a career or part time work in the hospitality industry. This program is delivered in the St Aloysius Catholic College VET Training Room, school functions and, at times, through hospitality work placements. Only students completing the course for 2 years will be able to achieve the full Certificate I in Hospitality. Students only completing 1 year will receive a Statement of Attainment of the units they complete.

The following are units that may be offered in 2020

CORE units

  • BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
  • SITXCCS001 Provide customer information and assistance
  • SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices

ELECTIVE units

  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol (Grade 10 only)

This course may include a work placement, and the compulsory attendance at a minimum of two functions organised through the College.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Natasha Harris

Introduction to Construction

Students in this subject work towards completing 3 of the VET Certificate I units in Construction. The subject is designed to develop entry level skills for students interested in careers such as carpenter, joiner, plumber and electrician.

Units that may be offered include

  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • CPCCVE1011A Undertake a basic construction project

IMPORTANT: This course is conducted at Guilford Young College Barrack St Campus in Hobart. Depending on timetable arrangements and when this elective will be offered, students may be responsible for their own transport e.g this year the College provided a taxi to GYC during lunchtime for the afternoon Construction lessons and students arranged their own transportation home.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Natasha Harris

Introduction to Automotive (Grade 10 Students only)

This course is designed for Grade 10 students interested in a career in the automotive industry. Students will be trained in workplace health and safety, use of tools of the trade and how to service cars.

The units of competency achieved in this course will count towards AUR10116 Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation if students chose to enrol in future years. It may assist to gain entry into the automotive industry.

Learning Opportunities

Students will be given the opportunity to complete three units which will count towards gaining their Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation. The units are:

  • AURAEA001 Identify environmental sustainability requirements in an automotive service or repair workplace
  • AURASA001 Apply automotive workplace safety fundamentals
  • AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

IMPORTANT: This course is conducted at Guilford Young College Glenorchy Campus. Depending on timetable arrangements and when this elective will be offered, students may be responsible for their own transport e.g this year lessons were conducted at GYC on Monday mornings until recess. Students were required to arrange their own transportation to GYC Glenorchy and St Aloysius provided taxi transport back to our College for the remainder of the school day.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Natasha Harris

MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Grade 10 Students only)

(Provider: Seafood Training Tasmania, RTO No 7074)

This nationally recognised certificate is an excellent credential if you are interested in pursuing a career involving maritime or seafood industries. Due to the practical boat handling aspects of this course, students must have some experience in recreational boating activities. This subject is available for Grade 10 students only.

This course combines theory and practical learning. Students must be prepared to complete some of the course in their own time.

Important: This elective runs as an extra elective on top of student’s three normal elective classes. This course runs for approximately 10 full days spread over the year and are run at Seafood Training Tasmania in Salamanca Place. Students are responsible for catching up on any missed classwork when at this course and must organise their own transport to and from the training centre.

Units to be covered include:

  • MARF027 - Apply basic survival skills in the event of a vessel abandonment
  • MARF028 - Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • MARF029 - Meet work health and safety requirements
  • MARC037 - Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • MARI003 - Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 meters
  • MARJ006 - Follow environmental work practices
  • MARK007 - Handle a vessel up to 12 meters
  • MARN008 - Apply seamanship aboard a vessel up to 12 meters

Assessment

Assessment is completed using a variety of formats: written, verbal questioning and observation of practical demonstrations. Upon successful completion of all units a Certificate I in Maritime Operations is issued.

Pathways

This qualification leads into Certificate II Maritime Operations and Certificate I, II and III in Aquaculture.

Licencing

This qualification plus sea time and completion of the AMSA(Australian Maritime Safety Authority) task book will enable students to apply for their Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal licence. The cost of the licence is $412.25 and is the responsibility of the student. Students will still achieve the qualification outcome even if they don’t go on to apply for a licence.

Important: This elective runs as an extra course on top of student’s three normal elective classes. The course has approximately 10 full days of practical learning spread through the year. The practical and on water training is conducted at Seafood Training Tasmania in Salamanca Place. Students also have one morning theory session each fortnight at Guilford Young College Barrack St Campus.

Depending on timetable arrangements and when this elective will be offered, students may be responsible for their own transport e.g. this year theory lessons were conducted at GYC on Friday mornings until recess. Students were required to arrange their own transportation to GYC and St Aloysius provided a taxi back to our College for the remainder of the school day. Students organised their own transport to and from the full day practical sessions.

As places in this course are limited students may be interviewed to express their interest before being allocated a place.

Contact Teacher: Mrs Natasha Harris