Years 7 & 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.
Students study a range of subjects including Religious Education, Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. Each student also experiences two Languages in Year 7, a Performing and Visual Arts program, as well as Digital & Design Technology and Health & Physical Education.
“Our Curriculum at Year 7 and 8 fosters an inclusive, personalised and holistic approach to education, allowing our young men to grow, connect and succeed.”
– Laura Fordham, Director of Learning Culture (Years 7 – 8)
Years 7 & 8
A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM
Our learning program at Year 7 and 8 exposes students to a wide variety of subjects, allowing them to find and develop their passions in learning. Digital technology enhances all learning programs, enabling our students to develop as capable and responsible digital citizens.
We remain committed to a holistic education, providing our students with opportunities to grow, connect and demonstrate success. High impact teaching strategies are used, informed by data, to provide a personalised approach to learning. Literacy and Numeracy skills are embedded across all subject areas to ensure students develop the fundamental skills required for their future.
Languages or Learning Assistance Program
Health and Physical Education
Music (Year 7 & 8)
Art (Year 7 & 8)
Drama (Year 8)
Digital Technology (Year 7)
Design Technology (Year 8)
STEM (Year 7)
Year 7 students study an interdisciplinary subject STEM which is designed to provide the opportunity to develop collaboration and problem-solving skills. Real world challenges offer students the opportunity to become confident capable agents of change.
We recognise and understand the importance of fundamental literacy skills such as reading, a skill necessary for academic development across all subject areas. Thus, Year 7 and 8 students participate in a Reading Program designed to develop reading comprehension skills.
Students participate in regular one on one reading conferences with English Teachers and Teacher Librarians. Throughout the course of the program, students participate in regular testing to assess and plan for a continued improvement in reading performance. Engaging our students in targeted and frequent reading opportunities is critical to their development in, and enjoyment of reading.
Literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills required for students to access, understand, analyse, and evaluate information. Success in any learning area is dependent on a students’ literacy skills. Our Year 7 and 8 subjects, therefore, embed targeted and specific teaching of subject specific literacies.
Development of literacy skills allows students to become effective learners. All subject areas plan for, develop, and assess literacy knowledge and skills within their programs and use data to assess individual student growth. Development of literacy in the junior years assists our students to achieve their academic goals and continue to “strive for the highest”.
STEM is an integrated course that highlights learning experiences and specific knowledge and skills found in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Authentic problems require students to not only apply their knowledge and skills but consider the ethical and social implications of advancements in science and technology.
Critical and creative thinking involves students analysing, synthesising, and evaluating knowledge. They explore possibilities, consider alternatives, and solve problems using their reasoning skills. The ‘Design Thinking Cycle’ is central to the design of this subject, allowing students to work creatively, collaboratively, and innovatively, growing their autonomy, competence, and relatedness