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St Catherine’s School 17 Heyington Place Toorak VIC 3142 Telephone +61 3 9822 1285 Email info@stcatherines.net.au www.stcatherines.net.au CRICOS 00574F ABN 90 004 251 816

Years 9 & 10 Curriculum HANDBOOK


Introduction

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How do I choose subjects?

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Selecting VCE Units in Year 10

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How do I know what career will suit me?

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CORE: Year 9 English

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CORE: Year 9 Geography

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CORE: Year 9 History

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CORE: Year 9 Mathematics

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CORE: Year 9 General Mathematics – Preliminary

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CORE: Year 9 Physical Education

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CORE: Year 9 Science

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CORE: Year 10 English

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CORE: Years 10 English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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CORE: Year 10 History

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CORE: Year 10 Mathematics Methods Preliminary

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CORE: Year 10 General Mathematics Preliminary

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CORE: Year 10 Physical Education

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Accelerated Biology

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Accelerated Psychology

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Algorithmics

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Art & Design

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Australian Politics & Economics (Poleconomy)

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Chinese

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Digital Media

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Drama – Creating Drama

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Drama – From Page to Stage

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Learning Plus

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 English Language Support

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Financial Literacy

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 French

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Introduction to Philosophical and Critical Thinking

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Japanese

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Literature

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Music Studies

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Music – Kool Skools Song Writing and Recording

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Personal Fitness & Wellbeing

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Sports Coaching

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Accounting

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Art

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Biology

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chemistry

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chinese

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chinese (SL & SLA)

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Drama – Acting for Art’s Sake

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Drama – Theatre Design & Performance

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 English Language Support

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Human Movement

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 French

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Geography

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Global Health

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Globalisation

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Japanese

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Literature

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Learning Plus

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Media

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Music

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Philosophy

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Physics

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Psychology

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Science

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Sports Psychology

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Visual Communication Design

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Information in this handbook is accurate as at October 2019 .

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Introduction The purpose of this Handbook is to provide a resource for students and to parents/guardians to assist with the selection of subjects for Years 9–10. At St Catherine’s School, we believe the process of subject selection must incorporate careful planning, evaluation and reflection, as well as accommodating individual interests and abilities. Students in Years 9 and 10 undertake a combination of Core and Elective subjects, designed to develop skills, broaden outlooks and refine learning styles. Year 10 students may elect to study one Units 1 & 2 VCE subject. Acceleration into a VCE study allows for additional intellectual challenge, exposure to VCE assessment and may enable students to complete a Units 3 & 4 study in Year 11.

How do I choose subjects? Important things to consider prior to subject selection: • Choose subjects you enjoy and for which you show aptitude. This will help you to be motivated, gain good results and develop strong learning strategies • For VCE choose subjects which are prerequisite studies. Prerequisite studies are subjects which must be completed at VCE for certain university courses. These are listed in VICTER, or at Course Link on the VTAC website at www.vtac.edu.au • It is very important to be aware of prerequisite studies. Students are encouraged to confer with the Careers Coordinator’s. • Do not choose VCE subjects because of scaling. At times it is possible for students to do ONE VCE subject a year ahead, either one Units 1 & 2 Study in Year 10, or one Units 3 & 4 Study in Year 11. This does have the advantage of providing students with additional VCE experience, but is not appropriate for all students. There are many VCE subjects that should not be taken a year in advance due to the sequential or complex nature of the studies. • VCE studies that may be appropriate to complete a year ahead include: • Accounting, Business Management, Geography, Global Politics, History Revolutions, 20th Century History, Philosophy (Units 1 & 2) • Music, Media •

Physical Education, Health and Human Development, VET Sport and Recreation

Psychology, Biology

Theatre Studies.

To achieve the best possible results, students should wait to the appropriate year to commence a VCE Study, having the maximum prior experience and maturity. Commencing a subject a year earlier should be used to enable a student to broaden their experiences. Students may apply to attempt a VCE subject early. A decision will be made as to how appropriate this would be, based on the student’s previous achievements in that subject, the subject selected and the possible career pathways that would be affected.

Selecting VCE Units in Year 10 If students are selecting VCE Units 1 & 2 sequences for completion in Year 10, they are required to submit a written application. The application will then be followed by discussions with staff to discuss the suitability of subject selection and acceleration based on the student’s possible career path and current academic progress. Acceleration policy • Students must demonstrate academic excellence during Semester One and Two in order to apply for acceleration: • Performance in the subject to be studied in VCE or related subject (A grade or higher) • Language proficiency (B+ grade or higher in English/EAL) • B+ grade average in all other subjects during the year (variation to this may occur if a student receives a low grade in a subject not related to intended course of study. for example, low performance in a LOTE subject and intended study is Biology) each request will be considered on an individual basis • Organisational ability reflected in learning behaviours in all subjects • Other relevant subject grades may be considered. For example, in Humanities average or Maths average grades.

How do I know what career will suit me? At St Catherine’s, we work through a sequential career program starting at Year 9. This allows students to complete sufficient research and to develop the skills which will allow them to choose the appropriate career path. This includes two main processes: 1. Self-awareness Knowing more about themselves enables students to choose careers which best suit their interests, skills, values and goals. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 3 ______________________________________________________________________________________


2. Accessing Resources Being aware of the resources available, both in and out of School, allows students to be thoroughly informed and aware. The subjects offered in any given year are dependent on evaluation of the School's physical resources and staff expertise. Although we make every effort to meet the subject selection preferences of individual students, some subjects may not run due to insufficient demand. We look forward to working in partnership with students, parents and guardians and to offer timely, relevant and individualised advice on subject selection.

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CORE: Year 9 English In Year 9 English, students study a close examination of language and the uses of language. • Read a range of texts, and develop their understanding of the contemporary mass media. • Practise writing creatively, analytically and persuasively for a range of audiences and contexts. • Develop skills in extended and timed essay writing through increasing control of linguistic structures and features. • Listen and produce a range of spoken texts. Apply skills to planning and developing formal arguments about complex issues and ideas. • Use evidence to justify points of view. • Make increasingly effective use of a range of software to produce texts that incorporate digital still images, digital video and print. Core Year 9 English prepares students for their ongoing study of English in Year 10 and beyond. The study of English complements and supports students’ academic endeavours across the curriculum.

CORE: Year 9 Geography There are two topics of study in the Year 9 curriculum for Geography: Biomes and Food Security and Geographies of Interconnections. Biomes and food security focuses on investigating the biotic environment and its role in food and fibre production. This unit examines the biomes of the world, their significance as a source of food, and the environmental challenges and constraints on expanding food production in the future. Geographies of Interconnections focuses on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. This unit examines the interconnections between people and places through the products people buy and the effects of their production on the places that make them. Students examine the ways that transport and information and communication technologies have made it possible for an increasing range of services to be provided internationally, and for people in isolated rural areas to connect to information, services and people in other places. The completion of this Core subject will benefit students wishing to undertake further studies in Geography Electives and VCE Geography.

CORE: Year 9 History In Year 9 History, students learn about the main ideas which shaped the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. During this period, Australian national identity was born, forming our perceptions of ourselves and our place in the world. Students study the Industrial Revolution, including the technical innovations which led to the Triangular Slave Trade Route. Students will also study the colonisation of Australia, including: • The discovery and settlement of Australia, and the effects of contact between settlers and Aboriginal peoples • Life in colonial Australia at the turn of the twentieth century and the development of nationalism and an Australian Identity. Students will finally study Australia’s involvement in the First World War. This will include reasons for their involvement, the ANZAC legend, the Gallipoli campaign and life on the home front. History is a Core subject for all Year 9 students. It forms a basis for studies in Australian society, history and government and provides a foundation for studies in these areas.

CORE: Year 9 Mathematics In Year 9, students may select only one of the Year 9 Mathematics subjects offered: • Mathematics Core which leads into Mathematical Methods in VCE • General Mathematics which leads into Further Mathematics in VCE. The Mathematics course aims to develop students’ algebraic skills and to introduce them to some mathematical functions and their uses. In addition, students are taught to use their CAS calculator and learn to apply this powerful technology in an efficient and appropriate manner. The Year level is split into groups to cater for different learning needs. One group includes enrichment studies, another has support and the others cover the curriculum at a pace suited to that particular cohort. There is the possibility of studying the alternative Mathematics course, General Mathematics Preliminary that prepares the students for Further Mathematics in Year 12. Classroom teachers will discuss this with both the parents and students if they appear to be struggling with Mathematics after the examination period.

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All students go on to study Year 10 Mathematics in one of two possible courses: • Mathematical Methods Preliminary. This prepares the students for Mathematical Methods at Years 11 & 12. It is a highly algebraic course • General Mathematics Preliminary. This prepares students for Further Mathematics at Years 11 & 12, which is a less abstract Maths course than Mathematical Methods.

CORE: Year 9 General Mathematics – Preliminary In Year 9, students may select only one of the Year 9 Mathematics subjects offered: • Mathematics Core which leads into Mathematical Methods in VCE • General Mathematics which leads into Further Mathematics in VCE. This course is designed for students who find the abstract aspects of the Core program difficult to manage. The subject leads onto General Mathematics at Years 10 & 11 and Further Mathematics at Year 12, but it is not a sufficient basis for studying Mathematical Methods, which is a prerequisite for some University courses. The decision to move from the Core program to General Mathematics is made in consultation with the Mathematics teacher.

CORE: Year 9 Physical Education This subject promotes the potential for lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement abilities, health-related physical fitness and sport education. Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing.

CORE: Year 9 Science Science education contributes to developing scientifically and technologically literate citizens. Students consider the operation of systems at a range of scales. They explore ways in which the human body as a system responds to its external environment. They are introduced to the notion of the atom as a system of protons, electrons and neutrons, and how this system can change through nuclear decay. They learn that matter can be rearranged through a chemical change and that these changes play an important role in many systems. They are introduced to the concept of the conservation of matter and begin to understand how energy, in an electrical system operates in different circuit types. Forces and motion are studied from the perspective of speed and acceleration. This course supports the continuing Science Electives in Year 10, which then leads into VCE Science studies; Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Psychology.

CORE: Year 10 English In Year 10 English, students focus on a close examination of the critical and sociocultural dimensions of language. •

Study a range of texts and examine the historical, social and cultural context of these texts.

• Develop a critical understanding of contemporary mass media through an Issues study. • Practise writing creatively, analytically and persuasively for a range of audiences and contexts. • Develop analytical essay writing, both over time and timed. • Listen to and produce a range of spoken texts in situations characterised by complexity of purpose and subject matter. • Critically examine the variety of ways in which spoken language influences audiences and, in your own presentations. • Experiment with a range of persuasive techniques. The Core Year 10 English course prepares students for their ongoing study of English in the VCE English study. This course scaffolds students’ learning with transferable and subject specific skills. The study of English complements and supports learning across the curriculum.

CORE: Years 10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) The Years 9 and10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) course is a withdrawal program* that aims to develop competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As a result, students’ engagement in the mainstream curriculum is enhanced. Additionally, the course seeks to prepare students for VCE EAL. As such, students undertake fundamental tasks that cover the three main components assessed in VCE EAL: reading and responding; creating and presenting; and exploring the different uses of language. *A withdrawal program signifies students who are withdrawn from mainstream English for the EAL class, which is scheduled into their regular timetable instead of English. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 7 ______________________________________________________________________________________


The Core Years 9 and 10 EAL program prepares students for the VCE EAL course. Students are only eligible to sit the final external examination in EAL, however, if they have been in Australia for fewer than seven years by the time they reach Year 12. Furthermore, they must not have been taught in English as their main language of instruction for more than seven years. Students that study EAL in Years 9 and 10 must also study Years 9 and 10 English Language Support as one of their Electives.

CORE: Year 10 History Year 10 History provides a study of the History of the Modern World and Australia during the twentieth century. During Semester 1, students will focus on the causes of the Second World War and Australia's involvement in the Pacific War. Following this, the second unit studies Australia's immigration policies since 1901 including the White Australia Policy, post-war migration, multiculturalism and skilled migrants. Students will understand the political changes and various debates which have occurred due to migration. In Semester 2, students will study human development and wellbeing throughout the world. This unit focuses on international issues such as female empowerment and the poverty cycle. It includes some geographical skills and concepts. The final unit for the year is studying the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for rights and freedoms within Australia during the twentieth century. This course assists students who wish to study Twentieth Century History, History Revolutions, or Global Politics in VCE.

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CORE: Year 10 Mathematics Methods Preliminary In Year 10, students may select only one of the Year 10 Mathematics subjects offered: • Mathematical Methods Preliminary which leads into Mathematical Methods in VCE • General Mathematics which leads into Further Mathematics in VCE • Foundation Mathematics which does not lead into any VCE Mathematics subjects. The Year 10 Mathematics course continues to develop students’ algebraic skills and their knowledge of mathematical functions and their uses. Students extend their understanding of Mathematics to be able to analyse real applications of their functions using CAS technology. A small number of students are placed in an enrichment group, where they are able to explore the subject beyond the core curriculum. There are three different Units 1 & 2 Mathematics subjects that students study in Year 11 and students may study as many of them as they wish, although studying all three would result in a very narrow course. Mathematical Methods 1 & 2 is the subject that leads naturally from the Core Year 10 course, as it is highly algebraic with an emphasis on mathematical functions and their application. It leads to Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4 in Year 12. Specialist Mathematics is for students who are strong in Mathematics and enjoy the abstract nature of the subject. It may only be studied if a student is also studying Mathematical Methods and it leads to Specialist Mathematics in Year 12. The third subject, General Mathematics is a less abstract course that has a strong statistical emphasis. This subject leads to Further Mathematics in Year 12.

CORE: Year 10 General Mathematics Preliminary In Year 10, students may select only one of the Year 10 Mathematics subjects offered: • Mathematical Methods Preliminary which leads into Mathematical Methods in VCE. • General Mathematics which leads into Further Mathematics in VCE. • Foundation Mathematics which does not lead into any VCE Mathematics subjects. The Year 10 General Mathematics course is designed for students who have found the abstract nature of the Core program difficult to manage. Consequently, one of the main focuses is to assist students in regaining their confidence to manage Mathematics. This subject leads into General Mathematics in Year 11 and to Further Mathematics in Year 12, but it is not a sufficient basis for studying Mathematical Methods, which is a prerequisite for some University courses. The decision to move from the Core program to General Mathematics is made in consultation with the Mathematics teacher.

CORE: Year 10 Physical Education This domain is unique in having the potential to impact on the physical, social, emotional and mental health of students. It promotes the potential for lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement abilities, health-related physical fitness and sport education. Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing.

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Accelerated Biology Students evaluate the evidence for scientific theories that explain the origin of the Universe and the diversity of life on Earth. They explain the role of DNA and genes in cell division and genetic inheritance. They apply geological timescales to elaborate their explanations of both natural selection and evolution. Students also conduct laboratory investigations where they predict, observe and explain biological phenomena. This course supports continued VCE study in Biology Units 1 – 4.

Recommended for entry into VCE Biology

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Accelerated Psychology Within Science, Psychology aims to describe, explain and predict human behaviour; in doing so it relies on scientific procedures. This course provides a challenging yet accessible introduction to the science of Psychology with an emphasis on the different fields of Psychology. It focuses on Clinical Psychology, in particular, the brain, sleep and dreaming, as well as the role of the Forensic Psychologist. This course supports continued VCE study in Psychology Units 1 – 4.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Algorithmics An algorithm is defined as an ordered set of steps that will solve a problem in a finite amount of time. Algorithms form the foundation of computer coding but are also interesting to study in their own right. In an increasingly automated world, it is valuable for students to have an understanding and appreciation of algorithms: what they are, how to apply them and how to write them. We all use algorithms on a daily basis. Making a cup of tea and travelling from one place to another both involve following a set of instructions which are essentially an algorithm, while Google’s success has been attributed to their PageRank algorithm. This elective will introduce students to algorithms and promote the development of algorithmic thinking skills including: critical analysis, precision, logic and innovation. Students will explore sorting and searching algorithms and will compare the efficiencies of different algorithms. They will learn how to apply algorithms to solve problems involving networks, for example the classic Chinese Postman problem. They will also be challenged to design their own algorithms, using flowcharts and code, to create efficient resolutions to mathematical problems. This elective is suitable for students with a good foundation in Mathematics who enjoy problem solving. An interest in computer science and coding is useful but not essential.

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Art & Design Year 9 Art & Design consists of two separate semesters of work within one full year of study focusing on ideas, skills, techniques, processes and presentations. Art & Design engages students in the exploration of experiences, ideas, understanding and feelings that occur through the making, interpreting, creating and exhibiting of artworks. Individually and collaboratively, students explore their own artworks and works by other artists. Students also learn and apply the design process to a distinctly Visual Communication Design brief. They explore the opportunity to learn computer design and apply their art skills to a graphics brief while considering the needs of the client and targeted audience. • Develop aesthetic and critical awareness of Art & Design • Examine artworks and visual communications from different social, historical and cultural contexts • Develop and present personal opinions about Art and Design using appropriate language • Discuss ways that contemporary, traditional and digital art forms and works reinforce and challenge social, cultural and artistic values. Year 9 Art & Design is intended to be a foundation subject that should precede Year 10 Art or Year 10 Visual Communication Design. This consecutive study leads students into Unit 1 Studio Arts and/or Unit 1 Visual Communication Design. It can also be valuable for those students wishing to study Unit 1 Media.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Australian Politics & Economics (Poleconomy) This semester-based elective explores the significant features of the Australian political system and economy. Students will study power and the economy at the national level by examining political and economic issues and events. • Learn about the Australian political system to become informed citizens, voters and participants in their community • Evaluate the Australian democratic system as compared to another such the US system of democracy • Learn about Australia’s key trading partners and drivers of the Australian economy The Australian Politics and Economics course provides a pathway for students who are considering studying Global Politics, Legal Studies or Economics in VCE.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Chinese In Year 9 Chinese, students’ progress beyond the beginner level and develop a deeper understanding of the Chinese language and culture. This study of the language in a structured and sequential manner will help you to: Learn a range of key language features • Develop the knowledge to begin to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form • Reflect on and compare aspects of language and culture which will enhance your ability to participate effectively in the modern world.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Digital Media Year 9 Digital Media consists of one semester of study. What will you do in class? • Learn and skills photography using Digital SLR camera and mobile phone technology. • Learn skills in Photoshop and Illustrator. • Generate original ideas and produce these ideas as media productions. • Analyse media images and begin to learn how audiences understand and read them. • Analyse media productions, online sites, artworks and media issues. • Discuss media issues such as the rise of social media, the use of data aggregation and copyright. The study of the Year 9 Digital Media equips students with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake Year 10 Media, 10 Visual Communication and Art.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Drama – Creating Drama Year 9 Creating the Drama is a semester long elective that explores different performance styles, which will assist in the creation of small group devised performances to an audience. • Develop skills from Drama in Year 7 & 8 • Evaluate and analyse a live theatre performance (off campus) St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 11 ______________________________________________________________________________________


• Develop creative understanding of how dramatic elements and performance skills enhance a devised performance • Explore a text, image, person, issue, artwork or place as a stimulus, to create a devised performance in a chosen performance style/s

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Drama – From Page to Stage This unit has, as its general focus, the study of different theatrical styles and theatre history to help with the development of a monologue using stagecraft to enhance the meaning of its presentation. • Build on experiences in Drama from recent years to develop performance skills • Attend a live, professional theatrical performance to analyse and evaluate their use of stagecraft elements • Develop an understanding of the various stagecraft areas and how they can be used to add meaning to a production • Continue development of your ability to use creative thinking skills and theatrical styles to develop meaning for an audience in a practical sense, as well as the use of dramatic form • Use scripted text, rehearsal and stagecraft as sources for monologue interpretations.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Learning Plus Educational Support aims to optimise the academic development of all students. The small class groups provide support and guidance for students with learning needs, whilst fostering the development of organisation and study skills. The subject focuses on understanding the differences in all learners and provides the opportunity for students to develop their skills as they move through the School. Support classes are, by staff recommendation, for students experiencing difficulties in a range of academic areas, such as oral and written language skills, reading fluency and comprehension and organisational skills. This option is offered each semester. Attendance can be ongoing or limited to a semester course, depending on the academic gains made by each student. All students placed in this subject must have clear learning needs and specialist report/test justification. This subject has no direct link to a VCE course; however, the skills and guidance provided in this subject aim to develop skills and capabilities in students for their VCE years.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 English Language Support The Year 9 English Language Support (ELS) course is developed according to the needs of the students. Generally, the support consists of working with students on their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Additionally, mainstream class work is covered, concentrating on the acquisition and development of subject skills. At this level, students demonstrate an ability to communicate in a variety of styles. They read a range of texts, selecting strategies for interpreting these. Students write competently on topics that are familiar, using various stages of the writing process, from planning and drafting to proofreading and editing, with a view to improving their fluency. Furthermore, the ELS classes are designed to provide students with a range of experiences in using oral English, and in listening comprehension, within the classroom. An important component of ELS is teacher assistance with mainstream subjects. To this end, the ELS teacher oversees the work demands in other subject areas, liaises with subject specific teachers, and provides assistance where possible.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship This subject provides a unique opportunity to learn about the creation of a business. Rather than ‘normal’ classes, participants in this subject will become members of the board of directors. From there they will form sub-departments, sell shares to generate the necessary start-up capital, and then run a real business. Each participant will experience this program in a different way. For example, each student will be a member of a different specialist team like human resources, finance, operations or marketing. The business will be run entirely by the students. As a class, they will decide how to use the capital that is generated, and what strategies they will need to implement for business success. At the end of the Semester the business will be ‘liquidated’, and any profits will be distributed to shareholders. The Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Elective is a pathway to VCE Business Management and Accounting

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Financial Literacy This semester-based elective has been designed to assist students to understand how to secure employment and the subsequent responsibilities involved with earning an income. This course will allow students to develop the financial literacy required to navigate financial independence as a young woman. • Develop skills needed when applying for a job; including preparing a CV, cover letter and practicing interview skills • Learn about the financial obligations associated with earning an income, including income taxation and superannuation • Learn about the role of banks and the concepts of interest, loans, credit and bank accounts St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 12 ______________________________________________________________________________________


• Develop skills required to manage money effectively, including: developing financial (SMART) goals, budgeting skills and critical evaluation skills to help with financial decision-making • Learn about the role of legally-binding contracts that are part of living an independent lifestyle, including: rental agreements, mobile phone contracts and insurance. The Financial Literacy course provides a pathway for students who are considering studying Business Management or Accounting in VCE.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 French In Year 9 French, students’ progress beyond beginner level and develop a deeper understanding of the French language and culture. This study of the language in a structured and sequential manner will help you to: • Learn a range of key language features providing you with the knowledge and confidence to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form • Reflect on and compare aspects of language and culture to enhance your ability to participate effectively in the modern world.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Introduction to Philosophical and Critical Thinking This subject offers an introduction to the concepts and techniques of philosophical and critical thinking and is aimed at students who are looking to improve the clarity of their thinking and writing. Students will learn to adopt a critical and philosophical approach to questions and issues and to construct lines of argument and methods of inquiry. The content focus will be contemporary issues, and thus will be determined by student interest and current events. Learning Activities and Skills Focus: • Logical structure and reasoning • Thinking routines • Verbal reasoning • Socratic debate • How to recognise cognitive biases and logical fallacies • Generating questions and establishing definitions for inquiry • Analysing and synthesising information

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ELECTIVE: Year 9 Japanese In Year 9 Japanese, students’ progress beyond the beginner level and develop a deeper understanding of the Japanese language and culture. This study of the language in a structured and sequential manner will help students to: • Learn a range of key language features providing you with the knowledge and confidence to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form • Reflect on and compare aspects of language and culture to enhance students’ ability to participate effectively in the modern world. Students who have elected to continue their language study can look forward to opportunities to enhance and apply their language skills in authentic situations. These include interaction with visiting exchange students, the Japan Study Tour planned for 2017 and the Japanese Exchange program available to Years 10 and 11 students.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Literature A commitment to close reading and a willingness to engage in the process of writing and discussion are essential for students undertaking this Elective. Learn to enjoy and appreciate the aspects of reading and writing that come from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meaning and creation of literary texts Reflect on your own responses and the responses of others to assist you to gain a greater understanding of the variety of human experience. This course complements a range of other courses, including those in the Arts and Humanities. Through the study of Literature in Year 9, students develop independent and critical thinking, enhance analytical and creative writing skills, as well as foster an understanding of social and historical views and values. This course is an excellent introduction to the styles of writing and some of the key units of study in VCE Literature.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Music Studies This Music elective gives students the opportunity to enhance their musical skills, including practical, performance, composition, music analysis, ensemble, aural and theory. It is a great introduction for anyone considering furthering their musicianship, and gives students the chance to do so in a practical setting. • Enhance performance skills through masterclasses and regular practical opportunities • Evaluate live performances of music • Develop the vocabulary with which to respond to performances of others • Explore different genres of music from classical to contemporary styles • Determine how composers elicit particular responses in their audience with melody, harmony and musical effects • Apply stylistic knowledge to arrange and begin to compose original pieces using computer software • Develop aural and theory skills to equip students with essential knowledge to apply in a variety of musical contexts Students who intend to undertake VCE Music Performance are strongly encouraged to select one semester of Music at Year 9 and one semester in Year 10. This assists in the development of essential vocabulary, performance experience and exploration of harmony and improvisation beyond the scope of AMEB. Students should be participating in individual instrumental lessons, and a separate study of AMEB theory is strongly recommended.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Music – Kool Skools Song Writing and Recording This Music elective has a contemporary focus. It gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in the art of song writing. Through the course students will engage with professional songwriters and develop original works culminating in a recording made in a professional recording studio as part of the Kool Skools program. • Develop their understanding of techniques used in song writing • Develop their individual voice as a songwriter • Compose and record their own original works • Explore a variety of software used in the song writing industry to enhance and record compositions • Investigate sound production techniques • Workshop ideas with professional songwriters

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Personal Fitness & Wellbeing The Year 9 ‘Personal Fitness and Wellbeing’ elective provides a unique opportunity for students who thrive on involvement in physical activity, to explore the many benefits of regular physical activity as a life-long practice promoting health and wellbeing. The elective is St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 14 ______________________________________________________________________________________


a standalone Semester Unit, designed for those who enjoy being active. It will provide valuable information and movement experiences for further studies in the Year 10 Elective: Human Movement. The course will combine weekly practical sessions, where students will experience a wide range of fitness pursuits, and where the benefits of physical activity are investigated, through the exploration of related theoretical concepts. The short and long-term effects of exercise on the body, such as the physiological impact on the Musculoskeletal and Cardiovascular systems, will be measured through involvement in a variety of practical fitness activities. In addition, the role of adequate nutrition and recovery strategies in promoting health and wellbeing will be explored. This elective will focus on engendering in students an appreciation of experiential learning. Integral to developing personal fitness and wellbeing, is the acquisition of movement skills that enable students to participate confidently and competently in a range of physical fitness activities.

ELECTIVE: Year 9 Sports Coaching Year 9 Sports Coaching is a one semester elective with a practical focus. As a guideline, each week will consist of a minimum of one practical lesson to investigate relevant teaching and coaching skills for a variety of sporting disciplines. Students will complete the ‘Australian Sports Commission Community Coaching’ qualification in a number of areas of interest and have opportunities to gain umpiring qualifications. This elective therefore provides a number of opportunities for students to develop employability skills in casual or part-time roles in Community and School sport. Practical coaching sessions will foster the development of knowledge of technique and the exploration of different coaching methods and styles. Students will acquire proficiency in risk assessment strategies in a range of locations and activities, focusing on identifying and implementing leadership skills through their involvement in the management of coaching groups. Students will gain an appreciation of the physical, social, mental and emotional benefits of participation in sport. Students will also develop an understanding of skill acquisition principles that influence performance and participation in physical activity and sport across the lifespan, through their involvement in a series of practical and theoretical activities. They will engage in physical activity and sport through peer teaching and the teaching and coaching of Junior School students, supported by Senior and Junior Physical Education staff.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Accounting Understanding business transactions are crucial to the success of any commercial business and in this subject students will be introduced to Accounting guidelines and processes that will see them: • Learn the skills that are required to record and report transactions • Examine key Accounting assumptions and decision making on businesses • Understand how financial information supports businesses remaining profitable.

Students will be exploring these concepts through a series of case studies built around a retail fashion store. This course is recommended for students who are considering studying Business Management or Accounting, in VCE.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Art Year 10 Art consists of two semesters in one full year of study. This study is intended to follow Year 9 Art & Design: Foundations A and/or B consecutively. The Art units are covered over Semester 1 and Semester 2 and encourage students to take progressive responsibility for their own artistic direction by: • Pursuing areas of personal interest through exploration of a variety of skills, materials and techniques in art forms, such as painting, printmaking, drawing, design or sculpture • Undertaking a more individual and in-depth approach to the exploration of ideas and the use of materials, equipment, practical skills and techniques • Developing a range of visual ideas and concepts from observational, conceptual and/or imaginative starting points, documenting their thinking and working practices in a visual diary. • Art Units can lead to the study of any one of the VCE Art Studies, such as Studio Arts, Media and Visual Communication Design.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Biology Students evaluate the evidence for scientific theories that explain the origin of the Universe and the diversity of life on Earth. They explain the role of DNA and genes in cell division and genetic inheritance. They apply geological time scales to elaborate their explanations of both natural selection and evolution. Students also conduct laboratory investigations where they predict, observe and explain biological phenomena. This course supports continued VCE study in Biology Units 1 – 4. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 15 ______________________________________________________________________________________


Recommended for entry into VCE Biology.

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chemistry Students explore the chemical scientific evidence for different theories. Atomic theory is developed to understand relationships within the Periodic Table. Relationships between aspects of the living, physical and chemical world are applied to systems on a local and global scale and this enables students to predict how changes will affect equilibrium within these systems. Students also conduct laboratory investigations where they predict, observe and explain chemical phenomena. This course supports continued VCE study in Chemistry Units 1 – 4. Recommended for entry into VCE Chemistry.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chinese In this course, you will consolidate and extend your communication skills in Chinese and build on your knowledge and understanding of aspects of Chinese culture. As you become increasingly confident about being able to communicate in the Mandarin language, you will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in your language learning. In preparation for studies at the VCE level, you will be introduced to a variety of text types and writing styles and be required to read and write increasingly complex texts.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Chinese (SL & SLA) In this course, you will consolidate and extend your communication skills in Chinese and build on your knowledge and understanding of aspects of Chinese culture. As your knowledge of the language is expanding, you will be encouraged to apply new structures and vocabulary in your own speaking and writing tasks. In preparation for studies at VCE level, you will be exposed to a variety of text types and writing styles.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Drama – Acting for Art’s Sake Over the course of a semester, this unit examines non-naturalistic performance styles and their conventions within performance. Using dramatic elements, expressive and performance skills, the students will create a group or solo performance. This unit links directly to VCE Drama and the production role of actor within VCE Theatre Studies. • Develop and build on skills and knowledge from previous years in Drama • Evaluate and analyse a live theatre performance (off campus) • Develop creative understanding of how dramatic elements, expressive and performance skills enhance a group or solo devised performance in a non-naturalistic style • Explore a text, image, person, issue, artwork or place as a stimulus, to create a group or solo devised performance in a nonnaturalistic style

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Drama – Theatre Design & Performance This unit has, as its general focus, the study of the production process. The class will work as the production team on the planning, development and presentation of a script using stagecraft and theatrical conventions to help enhance its intended meanings on stage. This links directly to the skills required for VCE Theatre Studies. You can either choose to be an actor/director or a designer. See below for more details. • Build on experiences in Drama from recent years to develop performance and theatre design skills and knowledge • Attend a live theatre performance to analyse and evaluate acting and use of stagecraft elements • Develop an understanding of various stagecraft areas and how they can add meaning to a production • Continue developing the ability to use creative thinking skills and theatrical styles to develop meaning for an audience in a practical sense, as well as the use of dramatic form • Collaborate with the rest of the class to use scripted text, rehearsal and stagecraft to create a performance Year 10 Theatre Design and Performance is a direct pathway to VCE Theatre Studies.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 English Language Support The Year 10 English Language Support (ELS) course is developed according to the needs of the students. Generally, the support consists of working with students on their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Additionally, mainstream class work is covered, concentrating on the acquisition and development of subject skills. At this level, students demonstrate an ability to communicate in a variety of styles. They read a range of texts, selecting strategies for interpreting these. Students write competently on topics that are familiar, using various stages of the writing process, from planning and drafting to proofreading and editing, with a view to improving their fluency. Furthermore, the ELS classes are designed to provide students with a range of experiences in using oral English, and in listening comprehension, within the classroom. An important component of ELS is teacher assistance with mainstream subjects. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 17 ______________________________________________________________________________________


To this end, the ELS teacher oversees the work demands in other subject areas, liaises with subject specific teachers, and provides assistance where possible.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Human Movement This subject provides a unique opportunity to apply human movement principles to physical activity and sporting experiences. It provides a challenging, yet accessible introduction to the numerous aspects of exercise physiology used to achieve a state of enhanced performance in sport. A component of this elective will be a two and a half day excursion to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra (numbers depending). Students will examine exercise prescription relating to fitness components, methods of training, energy systems and program development, in conjunction with exploring a variety of techniques to improve mental toughness and consequently physical performance. Nutrition for optimal performance will be investigated, examining appropriate fuels for different sporting activities. Recovery techniques to facilitate rapid improvement in performance will also be explored, including techniques such as preventative taping, risk management and Sports First Aid. The Human Movement elective is a pathway to VCE Physical Education Units 1 - 4.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 French In this course, you will consolidate and extend your communication skills in French, and build on your knowledge and understanding of aspects of French culture. As you become increasingly confident about being able to communicate in French you will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in your language learning. In preparation for studies at the VCE level, you will be introduced to more text types and writing styles and be required to perform increasingly complex tasks. Students planning to continue their study to VCE level are strongly encouraged to participate in a French school exchange.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Geography Geographers are employed in many areas. Determining the location of a new housing development, developing a plan for a disused quarry or evaluating the impact of a planned tourist resort on an area of beach. Each of these require careful analysis of natural processes and human impact so that planning can be effective. In this semester based elective, students will work both individually and in groups to investigate patterns, solve problems and develop planning proposals at a range of local sites. Three key investigations will be carried out during the unit. Students will make use of historical records, aerial photographs, government planning documentation as well as undertaking their own measurements and observations to develop proposals. Through three major investigations students will take increased responsibility for their research techniques and the presentation of their findings. The skills developed in this unit will assist students in their preparation for Units 1-4 Geography.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Global Health Global Health explores contemporary, local and international health issues and provides students with the knowledge and skills to increase their understanding, facilitating more engaged and informed global citizens. This subject is designed to provide the opportunity to learn about Global Health through exploration of the differences in health status in developed, high-income countries, compared to developing, low-income countries. Issues such as gender inequality, poverty and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will be investigated. Students will investigate two sustainable development programs working to improve global health within the community setting. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be explored in the context of health; specifically the health of women and children. The rights and responsibilities of all global citizens will be examined. This course supports continued VCE study in Global Politics Unit 3 and 4 and Health and Human Development Units 3 & 4.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Globalisation This semester-based elective explores the significant features of the global political system and economics. Students will study power and the economy at the international level by examining political and economic issues and events. Learn about the global political system to become informed participants in the global community • Evaluate the different dimensions of globalisation • Learn about Australia’s involvement in the global community The Globalisation course provides a pathway for students who are considering studying Global Politics, Legal Studies or Economics in VCE. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 18 ______________________________________________________________________________________


ELECTIVE: Year 10 Japanese In this course, students will consolidate and extend their communication skills in Japanese and build on your knowledge and understanding of aspects of Japanese culture. As they become increasingly confident about being able to communicate in Japanese, they will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in their language learning. In preparation for studies at the VCE level, students will be introduced to a variety of text types and writing styles and be required to complete increasingly complex tasks. Students planning to continue their study to the VCE level are strongly encouraged to participate in a Japanese school exchange.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Literature A commitment to close reading and a willingness to engage in the process of writing and discussion are essential for students undertaking this Elective. Learn to enjoy and appreciate the aspects of reading and writing that come from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meaning and creation of literary texts Reflect on your own responses and the responses of others to assist you to gain a greater understanding of the variety of human experience. This course complements a range of other courses, including those in the Arts and Humanities. Through the study of Literature in Year 10, students develop independent and critical thinking, enhance analytical and creative writing skills, as well as foster an understanding of ideologies, social and historical views and values. This course is an excellent pathway for students wishing to study Units 1 & 2 Literature in Year 11. The texts and units of study for Year 9 and Year 10 Literature will be different, allowing students to elect into the Literature Elective in Year 9 and 10.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Learning Plus Educational Support aims to optimise the academic development of all students. The small class groups provide support and guidance for students with learning needs, whilst fostering the development of organisation and study skills. The subject focuses on understanding the differences in all learners and provides the opportunity for students to develop their skills as they move through the School. Support classes are, by staff recommendation, for students experiencing difficulties in a range of academic areas, such as oral and written language skills and organisational skills. This option is offered each semester. Attendance can be ongoing or limited to a semester course, depending on the academic gains made by each student. All students placed in this subject must have clear learning needs and specialist report/test justification. This subject has no direct link to a VCE course; however, the skills and guidance provided in this subject aim to develop skills and capabilities in students for their VCE years and beyond.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Media Year 10 Media consists of one semester of study. This study is intended to follow Year 9 Digital Media. Students are not required to have completed Year 9 Digital Media but skills and knowledge learnt in Year 9 are used in Year 10. • Learn and extend skills in photography and studio lighting. • Learn and extend skills in photographic editing techniques in Photoshop, Lightroom and IIlustrator. • Use Adobe Premiere and iMovie to edit film sequences. • Generate original ideas and produce these ideas as media productions. • Analyse media images and begin to learn how audiences understand and read them. • Analyse media productions and artworks, and write about media issues. The study of the Year 10 Media equips students with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake VCE Media Units 1 – 4. The skills acquired during the Year 10 course, have links with and can be applied to a wide range of VCE studies, including English, Studio Arts and Visual Communication and Design. Students who study VCE History, Global Politics and Psychology also find Media helpful as similar terms and knowledge are discussed throughout each of these VCE courses.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Music Year 10 Music gives students the opportunity to further their musical skills in a practical environment. This subject aims for students to develop their personal voice as a performer, composer and audience member. It compliments and furthers skills developed in Year 9 Music, however this is not a requirement for students wishing to take this course. It links directly to VCE Music Performance Units 1 – 4. Students who intend to take VCE Music are advised to select this elective. St Catherine’s School Years 9 & 10 Curriculum Handbook 19 ______________________________________________________________________________________


Further development of technical and expressive performance skills through masterclasses with visiting artists and through practical assessment • Development of personal musical voice through performance, listening and composition • Further evaluation of live performances of music • Further development and refinement of listening and analysis skills including specific vocabulary, score reading, musical techniques and devices • Further determine how composers communicate ideas to their audiences with melody, harmony and musical effects through the exploration of a variety of musical genres • Apply stylistic knowledge to compose original works using computer software • Further develop aural and theory skills to equip students with essential knowledge to apply in a variety of musical contexts This assists in the development of essential vocabulary, performance experience, composition and musicianship beyond the scope of AMEB. Students should be undertaking individual instrumental lessons, and a separate study of AMEB theory is strongly recommended.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Philosophy This subject offers an introduction to the discipline of philosophy through the study of critical thinking, ethics and political philosophy. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the philosophical method and will consider ethical and political questions through the theories of classical thinkers, such as Aristotle, Kant, J.S Mill, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Rousseau. Topics: • Logic and Critical Thinking • Moral Philosophy • Ethical Theories • Political Theories • Human Nature and the Role of Government

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Physics Students explore the physical scientific evidence for different theories, such the 'Big Bang'. Understanding motion and forces are related by applying physical laws. Relationships between aspects of the living, physical and chemical world are applied to systems on a local and global scale and this enables students to predict how changes will affect equilibrium within these systems. Students also conduct laboratory investigations where they predict, observe and explain physical phenomena. This course supports continued VCE study in Physics Units 1 – 4. Recommended for entry into VCE Physics.

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Psychology Within Science, Psychology aims to describe, explain and predict human behaviour; in doing so it relies on scientific procedures. This course provides a challenging yet accessible introduction to the science of Psychology with an emphasis on the different fields of Psychology. It focuses on Clinical Psychology, in particular, the brain, sleep and dreaming, as well as the role of the Forensic Psychologist. This course supports continued VCE study in Psychology Units 1 – 4.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Science Science is studied as an elective in Year 10. Students may select up to four science subjects in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. Each elective runs for the duration of one semester. This means students may study the equivalent of two years of science in Year 10 if they wish. Descriptions of each subject can be found in the electives section of this handbook.

ELECTIVE: Year 10 Sports Psychology This course provides a challenging, yet accessible, introduction to the specialised field of Sports Psychology. Students will develop a basic understanding of Sports Psychology, focusing on ‘what psychologist do’ within the different specialist areas. In Sports Psychology, students will explore, (through practical and theoretical activities) relevant Sports Psychology concepts to enhance sporting performance including; Mental Imagery, Goal Setting, Self-confidence / Self-efficacy, Motivation, Anxiety and Arousal levels and Concentration. This course supports continued studies in VCE Physical Education Units 1 – 4.

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ELECTIVE: Year 10 Visual Communication Design This course consists of two separate semesters, within one year of continuous study. Students may partake in one or both semesters. Year 10 Visual Communication Design focuses on introducing students to the skills, drawing methods and media that are specifically relevant to the design industry. The two semesters of work build upon the skills taught in previous years of Art and Design but re-direct these skills with a focus on design. Each project introduces skills that have a connection to a range of applications in the design industry. This course may lead to any one of the VCE Art studies, such as Visual Communication Design, Art, and Studio Arts. It is highly recommended that students take at least one unit of Year 10 Visual Communication before selecting Units 1 & 2 Visual Communication Design. Topics • Communication Design that includes graphic design, information design, advertising, print publication/ book illustration and typographic design, packaging design, logo design and brand identity • Industrial Design that includes product design and furniture design such as chairs, furniture and lights • Environmental Design that includes architectural design, interior design, set design and exhibition/display design.

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