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Breadth

Year 7 - 8

The Breadth Stage Years 7 and 8 promotes a contemporary approach to learning, that draws on the Victorian Curriculum learning areas as well as an interdisciplinary learning approach, combining faith, learning and wellbeing.

At the Breadth Stage, students study a range of subjects including Religious Education, Mathematics, English and Science and Humanities. Each student also experiences two Languages in year 7 and a Performing and Visual Arts program, as well as Digital and Design Technology and Health and Physical Education.

 

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Breadth: Year 7 - 8

“The Breadth Stage will foster the collaborative, cognitive and enterprise skills of our young men, to realise their capacity to make an impact in the world.”

– Elizabeth Sullivan, Head of Learning (7 – 9)


Breadth Stage

A wealth of opportunity

(Subject to change)

TWO YEAR PROGRAM

Project-based learning is a further key element of the Breadth Stage and provides young men the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and to engage in real world problem-solving and design thinking activities.

From a breadth of experiences comes a greater awareness of self and potential, as each young man discerns his passion and pathway.

Breadth Stage courses are designed to build upon each young man’s natural curiosity, positive growth, self-efficacy and to experience change.

Traditional Courses

Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Humanities
Languages or Learning Assistance Program
Health and Physical Education
Music
Art
Drama
Digital Technology
Design Technology

Year 7 students study interdisciplinary courses Futures Thinking and Sustainability and Year 8 students Financial Literacy and Enterprise plus Character and Citizenship. These build upon each young men’s natural curiosity and foster an enterprising and growth mindset.

Project-based learning is a fundamental element of the interdisciplinary program and provides the opportunity to develop collaboration and problem solving skills. Real world challenges offer students the opportunity to become confident capable agents of change.

Futures Thinking

Futures Thinking is designed to explore how our society and environment may be shaped in the future. Critical and creative thinking drives the learning undertaken in our Futures Thinking program. Critical and creative thinking involves students thinking broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation as young men discern and shape new perceptions of the future.

This integrated course demonstrates deep learning experiences and mastery of specific knowledge and skills found in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Authentic problems require young men to not only apply their knowledge and skills but consider the ethical and social implications of advancements in science and technology.

Financial Literacy & Enterprise

As our population ages, the ability for our growing young men to participate in, contribute to, and shape our economy will be crucial in delivering quality of life for all. The development of sound financial literacy and enterprise skills is central to helping young people thrive.

Within Mathematics, the number and algebra content strand includes money and financial mathematics as a sub-strand. In other areas of the Mathematics curriculum, students learn to accurately make computations and check results; interpret numerical, graphical and other information; and construct and use financial models to help make financial decisions. Through the integration with Economics and Business, young men can apply their Mathematics financial literacy knowledge to key enterprise thinking to become champions of innovation.

Sustainability

Education for sustainability develops the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. Our Sustainability program is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action.

This integrated study of Geography, Science and Outdoor Education allows students to explore contemporary issues of sustainability and develop action plans and possible solutions to local, national and global issues which have social, economic and environmental perspectives.

Experiential outdoor education learning experiences form part of the learning encounter of each young man across the Breadth Stage and into the Depth Stage.

Character & Citizenship

Our Character & Citizenship program fosters personal, social and emotional learning capabilities which can be categorised across four interrelated domains:

  • Acquire self-awareness and apply self-management skills to achieve personal well-being, resilience, perseverance, grit and effectiveness
  • Acquire social awareness and apply interpersonal skills to build and maintain positive relationships based on mutual respect
  • Act ethically with integrity and make responsible decisions that uphold Christian values
  • Make responsible choices and become more aware of their leadership role as an informed and responsible citizen in society

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