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Faith’s Secondary curriculum covers Years 7 to 9 and involves a hybrid of paper-based and digital-based learning through a Christian Worldview.

Year 7

Year 7 students engage in the full range of subjects included in the Australian Curriculum suite. These subjects build on those done through the Primary years with an increasing focus on independent learning. Students will begin to learn more about their strengths and interests as they move towards specialising in the chosen areas.

English

Students will study the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. They engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret, evaluate and perform a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, magazines and digital texts, early adolescent novels, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic performances.

Maths

Students will study numbers and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. This includes fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, graphing data, area and volume in abstract and “real-life” situations.

Science

Developing understanding, inquiry skills, and awareness of the significance of science in our daily lives are all key goals in this subject. Topics include interrelationships between organisms, forces and motion, chemical mixtures and the Earth’s cycles.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Students study History from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, examine increasing global integration and international mobility, understand key features of Australia’s system of government and explore what it means to be a consumer, a worker and a producer in an economic market.

Health & Physical Education

Students focus on the two strands of Movement and Physical Activity, and Personal, Social and Community Health. They will practise and apply movement concepts and strategies through learning about fitness principles, Athletics, Orienteering and understanding the importance of feedback, decision making and problem solving in game play.  Students will also investigate respectful relationships, changes experienced with adolescence, how to take positive action to enhance health and learn about help-seeking strategies and services. 

Technologies

Students will rotate through a semester of both Digital Technologies and Design & Technologies over the year. They will be exposed to various contexts where designing and developing a solution to a problem becomes integral to the world we live in.

The Arts

Each term, Year 7 students have a different Arts subject. Faith offers Music, Visual Arts, and Drama.

Languages

Students can choose between Japanese or Spanish to learn a second language and provide opportunities for students to understand themselves as communicators by communicating in the target language and understanding the relationship between Language, Culture, and their learning.

Co-Curricular Activities

Outside of our curriculum, Year 7 students can participate in Regional Workshops, after-school clubs, sports sessions and more.

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Year 8

During this final year of Junior Secondary students will consolidate the knowledge and skill development of all the core subjects of the Australian Curriculum. Students will begin to focus on looking into their potential future pathways and to plan the subjects which will best build that pathway.

English

Students will study the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed.

Maths

Students will study numbers and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. This includes introductory algebra, analysing and graphing data, area and volume in abstract and “real-life” situations. Students will learn to formulate models of practical situations involving linear relationships, profit and loss, common shapes and using two-way tables and Venn diagrams to calculate probabilities.

Science

Developing understanding, inquiry skills, and awareness of the significance of science in our daily lives are all key goals in this subject. Topics include cells and systems, energy transformations, chemical properties and rocks and minerals.

Humanities & Social Sciences

This year provides a study of history from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period while investigating geomorphology through a study of landscapes and their landforms and the changing human geography of countries. Students understand the responsibilities and freedoms of citizens and how Australians can actively participate in their democracy while exploring the ways markets in Australia work.

Health & Physical Education

Students focus on the two strands of Movement and Physical Activity, and Personal, Social and Community Health. They will practise and apply movement concepts and strategies through learning about the importance of being ‘fit for life’, Athletics, Teamwork and developing their knowledge and skills in a sport of their choice.  Students will also investigate the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, explore positive and negative risk taking, examine the importance of valuing diversity and develop injury prevention strategies.

Technologies

Students will rotate through a semester of both Digital Technologies and Design & Technologies over the year. They will be exposed to various contexts where designing and developing a solution to a problem becomes integral to the world we live in.

The Arts

Each term, Year 8 students have a different Arts subject. Faith offers Music, Visual Arts, and Drama.

Languages

Students can choose between Japanese or Spanish to learn a second language and use this language to communicate their ideas. Students participate in intercultural experiences to compare and reflect on language and culture.

Co-Curricular Activities

Outside of our curriculum, Year 8 students can participate in Regional Workshops, after-school clubs, sports sessions and more.

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Year 9

This is the first year in which students will select Elective Subjects which allows them to pursue their areas of interest. They will continue to engage in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History in order to set firm foundations for whichever pathway they choose moving forward.

English

Students interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts, including newspapers, film and digital texts, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and multimodal texts, with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references. Students develop a critical understanding of contemporary media and the differences between media texts.

Maths

Students will study numbers and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. This includes complex algebra, analysing and graphing histograms, complex probability, surface area and volume in abstract and “real-life” situations. Students will learn to formulate models of practical situations involving linear relationships, complex shapes and using two-way tables and Tree Diagrams to calculate probabilities.

Science

Developing understanding, inquiry skills, and awareness of the significance of science in our daily lives are all key goals in this subject. Topics include ecosystems, properties of light and sound waves, chemical reactions and geological activity.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Hass provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world along with investigating the role of the biotic environment and how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world. Furthermore, it builds students’ understanding of Australia’s political system and how it enables change while learning about economics and business concepts within the global economy.

Health & Physical Education

Students focus on the two strands of Movement and Physical Activity, and Personal, Social and Community Health. They will practise and apply movement concepts and strategies through continuing to learn about fitness principles and components, Athletics, Dance and exploring a variety of recreational activities Australians participate in.  Students will also learn about mental health concepts, nutrition required for good health, safety and injury management and how they can develop a sense of connection in their community through promoting health and wellbeing.

Technologies

As an Elective Subject, students will have the option to study the sub-strand Design & Technologies over the full two-year band (including Year 10). They will design and produce at least four designed solutions across various contexts including Engineering Principles and Systems, food and fibre production, food, and materials and technologies specialisations.

The Arts

In Year 9, students start to hone their skills in the Arts by specialising in either Music, Visual Arts or Drama as an elective choice.

Languages

Students can choose between Japanese or Spanish to learn a second language and use language to communicate their ideas. Students participate in intercultural experiences to compare and reflect on language and culture.

Co-Curricular Activities

Outside of our curriculum, Year 9 students can participate in Regional Workshops, after-school clubs, sports sessions and more.

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FAQs

  • What is the difference between formative and summative assessments?

    Summative assessments feed into the students’ grades, whereas formative assessments do not. It is important for your child to complete the formative assessment when it is due to allow time for your teacher to best support student progress before the summative assessment. Formative assessments allow teachers to ascertain how well students have grasped the knowledge and skills that are needed in order to successfully complete their summative assessments.

  • What will my child’s report show at the end of each semester?

    We will report on each of the eight KLAs (Key Learning Areas) that we have produced workbooks and assessments for, of which your child has completed. This includes adjusted content and assessments. Faith can only report on curriculum content that the school has implemented, monitored and assessed students on.

    KLAs include:

    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Humanities & Social Studies
    • The Arts
    • Technologies
    • Health & Physical Education
    • Languages

    For each of the KLAs, we will report on what your child has done well in during the semester, what their learning goals will be moving forward, and an overall personalised comment from their teacher. We will also indicate on the report which co-curriculum activities your child engaged in during the semester.

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