The middle years of school are a time for students to experience a breadth of studies and develop their study habits. This provides students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons both in terms of their knowledge and skill base but also in terms of their own capabilities in order to build their capacity for lifelong learning.
Our year 10 program includes compulsory study of subjects from all curriculum areas throughout the year. These curriculum areas are:
- Arts, Design and Technology
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages other than English
Students are encouraged to explore more than just academic studies through their year 10 program. All students have the following elements in their weekly timetable:
This home-group based subject focuses on interpersonal skills, study habits, managing stress and making choices, including subject selection and careers education.
Students have collective time in a range of forums that includes middle school assemblies, year level assemblies and house assembly. These are an important opportunity for us to celebrate success, introduce upcoming opportunities, hold student performances and invite guest speakers to address the students.
Physical activity is essential for mental and physical health throughout life. Students undertake this every week to ensure they build a basis of physicality that they will carry with them.
Students participate in a range of activities that extend and complement their interests and their academic studies. All students choose at least one activity per semester from a wide range of options such as school production, choir, chess club, science CREST Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award program, creative writing and many more.
Whilst all curriculum areas are being studied by all students there is considerable opportunity for students to personalise their program to their own interests. In some curriculum areas this entails students choosing the options they are interested in for the whole year, whilst in others all students study a common program for part of the year and are offered choice in their program for another part of the year. The difference in approach is reflective of the different styles of learning in the curriculum areas and of the imperative to balance the needs of students who will continue study in that area with the needs of those who may discontinue the subject at the end of year 10.
2015 Year 10 Handbook [PDF]