Junior Secondary Programs are developed from the Australian
Curriculum and allocations for subjects reflect the National
priorities for schooling. In this context, we have six core subjects
and some choice for elective subjects.
Students will study six core subjects throughout the year: English,
Health & Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics, Religion
Selection of subjects by students is an important part of focusing
their thinking on what their strengths and interests are. With the
majority of study mandated for them, we ask parents to provide
guidance, but to allow students to make their personal selections
from the elective courses.
In Semester 1: Students will study the SIX core subjects and will study the remaining four electives from the Year 7/8 Elective program. In Semester 2: Students will study the SIX core subjects and will choose TWO Year 8 electives to study for the semester.
Year 8 2018 Subject Selection Night Presentation.pdf
YEAR 8 SUBJECT SELECTION BOOKLET 2019.pdf
YEAR 8 SUBJECT SELECTION GUIDE.pdf
Students are assigned to pastoral groups, of up to 25, and a pastoral care teacher. The pastoral group starts each day together for roll marking, daily notices, and the return of notes for absence/illness/lateness/early departure. The pastoral group and the pastoral teacher is the first and most significant means of providing for the care of students. To ensure the development of closer understanding, the pastoral teacher will teach at least one core subject. The Year 8 Pastoral Coordinator and Assistant Pastoral Coordinator is the next level of supervision and care. Beyond this, we have College counsellors and senior administration staff. In particular the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, Ms Cathy Cooper and the Assistant Principal Administration – Junior Curriculum, Ms Katrina Nicholson.
Up to two reflection days led by guest speakers provide students with time for reflection, discussion and group activities. These days, within the context of a busy school year, attempt to integrate faith, life and peer culture at this stage in their development.