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Subject selection for year 9

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In addition to the mandated subjects of English, Maths, Science, Health and Physical Education and Humanities, Year 9 students get to elect and study 3 elective subjects as listed below.

Students who wish to continue studying LOTE may do so also in lieu of one of their other electives. 

Complete your subject selection here.

Elective Subjects

Visual Art

Dance

Drama

Business Studies

Food and Nutrition

Fashion and Textiles

Wood Technology

Metal Technology

Digital Technology

LOTE - German

LOTE - Indonesian

Visual Art

Visual Art conveys meaning and knowledge about the world – history, culture, experience, and expression. Art Education develops critical thinking and creative problem solving in an increasingly globalised society.
An understanding of visual literacy enables students to be able to make sense of their environment. In Visual Art students transform their visual perception and ideas into expression in a material form, via experiences with a variety of media in two and three dimensions and digital experiences.

How learning occurs

Through practical and theory lessons students will develop their skills in three areas – Folio of drawings and research – visual diary, art pieces and Responding (evaluation/reviews of art work).

Possible Careers

  • Artist
  • Art teacher
  • Critic / historian
  • Cartoonist

Dance

Dance allows total expression of self, as well as being a form of exercise that offers a holistic approach to health comprising of physical, emotional and social elements.
Technique and performance work is based on a wide range of dance styles studied during the Year 9 course of study, directed by student’s areas of interest. Theory aspects of the course focus on dance history, study of choreographers, Australian dance, ethnic dance, anatomy, dance injuries and performance reviews. 
  • Popular Dance 
  • Jazz Dance  
  • Contemporary 

How learning occurs

Through practical and theory lessons students will develop their skills in three areas - Choreography, Performing and Appreciation (evaluation/reviews of dance).

Possible Careers

  • Dance educator
  • Dance performer
  • Aerobics instructor
  • Choreographer
  • Dance critic/historian

Drama

 

Students of Drama use a range of communication processes to explore dramatic forms and styles.  In doing so, they work towards defining and shaping their own identity and understanding the world we live in.  
This is a fun unit where students are given the opportunity to analyse script and its characters and perform as a team.  Students will explore stage settings, props and costuming. Students will experience different dramatic styles such as:
  • Process drama 
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Melodrama
  • Clowning 
  • Puppetry
  • Improvisation

How learning occurs

Through practical and theory lessons students will develop their skills in three areas - Forming, Presenting and Responding (evaluation/reviews of drama).

Possible Careers

 

 

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Critic / Historian
  • Producer

Business Studies

 

Studying the world of business helps students prepare for their financial future through learning the skills needed to move forward in the 21st century. 
The Year 9 curriculum gives students the opportunity to further develop their understanding of economics and business concepts by exploring the interactions within the global economy. Students are introduced to the concept of an ‘economy’ and explore what it means for Australia to be part of the Asia region and the global economy. They consider the interdependence of participants in the global economy, including the implications of decisions made by individuals, businesses and governments. Key inquiry questions include:
  • How do participants in the global economy interact?  
  • What strategies can be used to manage financial risks and rewards?  
  • How does creating a competitive advantage benefit business?
  • What are the responsibilities of participants in the workplace and why are these important?

How learning occurs

The business curriculum fosters enterprising individuals who are able to effectively embrace change; seek innovation; work with others; show initiative, flexibility and leadership; use new technologies; plan, organise and manage risk; and use resources efficiently. Economics and business will better place students now and in their adult lives to actively and effectively participate in economic and business activities, while reflecting on the effects of their decisions on themselves, other people and places, now and in the future.

Possible careers

 

  • Clerical officer
  • Accountant
  • Business manager
  • Small business owner
  • Economist 

 

Food and Nutrition

Every day we eat foods that originate in other cultures.  We use different preparation techniques to explore the tastes of Italy, China, France and other countries. Do you want to go on a cultural journey? Take the time to explore and experience the world of food. "Food from other cultures" investigates the variety of foods eaten in Australia and how to use the foods in a healthy Australian Diet. Students explore the world of food and how different cultures meet their food requirements. They design foods that link Australian foods to other cultures and how the foods have influenced what we eat today. 

How learning occurs

Investigation to create designed solutions, using criteria for success to evaluate designs and producing high quality products safely and skilfully. Students will communicate and document projects and use management skills. 

Possible careers

  • Hospitality 
  • Food Styling 
  • Food designer
  • Event coordinator
  • Food scientist

Fashion and Textiles

Want to know more about fashion and how to sew amazing designs in clothing? If you want to know more about the fashion or are thinking about a career in fashion, then this is the subject for you!  "Fashion diva" Is the year 9 program that teaches students practical skills about clothing construction and fashion trends. 'Fashion diva encourages students to look at fashion trends and choose clothing that suits their body shapes. Students learn about fabrics and their suitability for clothing and how to sew and create clothing.  This knowledge is linked to practical lessons.

How learning occurs

Investigations and practical work are two of our key ways of learning. Class work involves students designing, planning and problem solving, as well as evaluating their overall results. 

Possible careers

 

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Fashion writer
  • Fashion retailer
  • Textile machinist

 

Wood Technology

Wood Technology will develop a range of practical skills and knowledge relating to the construction of projects. This is a practical workshop subject that provides students the opportunity to work with a range of woodworking tools and machinery in the completion of projects.  Students will be challenged to developed skills as they complete a range of projects in timber and plastics.  In conjunction with projects, students will complete related theory tasks based on projects to consolidate learning.

How learning occurs

Students will complete project based tasks and related theory.

Possible careers

  • Building and construction industry
  • Carpenter
  • Other trades - plumber, electrician

Metal Technology

Metal Technology will develop a range of practical skills and knowledge relating to the manufacturing of projects.
This is a practical workshop subject that provides students the opportunity to work with a range of metalworking tools and machinery in the completion of projects. Students will develop skills in metal fitting, sheet metal fabrication, metal machining, electronics and plastic fabrication. In conjunction with projects, students will complete related theory tasks based on projects to consolidate learning.

How learning occurs

Students will complete project based tasks and related theory.

Possible careers

  • Construction industry
  • Engineer
  • Steel fabricator
  • Other metal industry trades

Digital Technology

If you enjoy creating things from scratch and seeing them work and want to learn to code and program, then Digital Technologies is the subject for you! Digital Technologies will teach you about programming and coding and give you a great range of skills that employers really value. All while experimenting, tinkering and having fun with:
  • Robotic programming using text-based languages
  • Website or app design and development using HTML and CSS languages
  • Computer systems and networks
  • Design and development processes
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaboration techniques both online and in person

How learning occurs

Due to the hands-on nature of this subject, most learning will take the form of projects. Peer-teaching, where students work together, is encouraged and students participate in an online course allowing for 24/7 access to all learning materials. 

Possible careers

 

  • Technician
  • Engineer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Programmer

 

LOTE - German

Studying a second language can give you an advantage in business, and open up whole new worlds.
Using virtual tours and internet sites we’ll investigate the world of travel – at home and abroad – gather the knowledge to advertise overseas to attract tourists.  Then students will create an advertising campaign to attract our overseas visitors.  Students will also investigate the different types of foods, recipes, culture, TV and the media in Germany and Australia and create a Variety Show to be presented at the Southern Cluster Cultural Festival.  

How learning occurs

  • Adapting verbal language and non-verbal language according to purpose, context and audience.  
  • Using familiar language to help interpret and convey main ideas and supporting details.  
  • Noticing and comparing similarities and differences between the target language and English.  
  • Investigation into language use and cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices to further develop intercultural competence.

Possible careers

  • Interpreter
  • Tour guide
  • Foreign affairs/diplomacy
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent

LOTE - Indonesian

Studying a second language can give you an advantage in business, and open up whole new worlds.
Australia has become one of the major tourist destinations in the world.  Using virtual tours and internet sites we’ll investigate the world of travel – in Australia, Indonesia and other countries.  Then students will explore creative and interactive ways in advertising and attracting overseas visitors.  Students will also investigate the different types of foods, recipes, culture, TV and the media in Indonesian and Australia and create a Variety Show to be presented at the Southern Cluster Cultural Festival.  

How learning occurs

 
  • Adapting verbal language and non-verbal language according to purpose, context and audience.  
  • Using familiar language to help interpret and convey main ideas and supporting details.  
  • Noticing and comparing similarities and differences between the target language and English.  
  • Investigation into language use and cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices to further develop intercultural competence.

Possible careers

  • Interpreter
  • Tour guide
  • Foreign affairs/diplomacy
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent





 

 

 

 




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Last reviewed 14 October 2019
Last updated 14 October 2019