Literacy and numeracy remain a priority. As literacy is the foundation for much of the learning at school and underpins life out of the college, literacy will be a focus in all subjects in all year levels in the college. Teachers will be using the latest, research based strategies to improve the students’ literacy whether that level be at a level above or below expected.
Programs for students in year 7 – 10 will be planned and delivered according to the Victorian Curriculum Framework. Programs will be developed by Professional Learning Teams to cover the content and standards that comprise the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. There are eight learning areas; the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technologies. The Victorian Curriculum also includes capabilities of Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social. These capabilities will be entwined in all of the learning areas.
All students in Year 7 will complete a common course as shown below. In Performing Arts, students complete drama and music. When completing Visual Arts, the students are given the opportunity to use various mediums. Design and Technology includes wood technology and food technology.
Flexibility in the structure of the program will allow students to learn according to their individual learning needs and learning style. An Individual Learning Plan will be developed for each child and this will be reviewed and refined throughout the year. Parents will be provided with a copy of the plan and the suggested strategies to assist the child’s development.
Skill development in the areas of literacy and numeracy will be the focus of the program. The needs of the students will be identified by testing, assessment data and teacher professional judgement. Teaching strategies will include explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy skills.
Download the Year 7 Curriculum Handbook for more information
In years 8 – 10, the development of the Individual Learning Plan will see students making choices from the elective (and VCE) blocks to cater for their individual interests, skills and development. Students will complete the subjects of: English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Heath and Physical Education in their Year Level, they will however choose (with guidance from the Home Teacher and in consultation with parents) the appropriate electives to ensure a comprehensive education and an extended education .
Download the Year 8 Curriculum Handbook for more information
Download the Year 9 Curriculum Handbook for more information
Download the Year 10 Curriculum Handbook for more information
Senior Learning Community (VCE, VCAL, VET)
Students in Years 11 and 12 can study for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Subjects offered for study at VCE are determined by student demand. Under arrangements made by the Knox Cluster of Secondary Schools, students at Year 12 may choose to study one VCE unit 3 and 4 sequence at one of the schools. This arrangement increases the subject choice to each student. Distance Education, Virtual Learning and Language School options may also be available.
Students may also choose to undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) study from a wide range offered by the Mullum cluster of schools and TAFE institutions. School Based Apprenticeships may also be undertaken as part of senior school studies.
All studies at the VCE level are allocated 8 hourly sessions of explicit instruction per fortnight.
Students completing VCAL must complete Personal Development, Literacy, Work Related Skills and the program must include Foundation Maths. Students also undertake work placement and a VET study as part of the VCAL certificate.