Students participate in workshops to increase confidence with basic drama skills such as movement, mime, voice and play building. Together we develop these skills through improvisational games, activities and performance.
In Media students create Media artworks using different media forms. You learn to build and represent ideas graphically using the conventions of T-Shirt Design and/or the skills and techniques involved to create short films displaying cutting on action or continuity editing. Plan, create and animate your own stop motion animations and experience the processes of pre-production, production and postproduction workflows.
Music allows you to experience music performance and refining your instrumental technique on guitar, drum kit and piano/keyboard.
You will explore music technology and will be given the opportunity to compose original pieces while developing key song writing skills. This subject also includes an introduction into music language and development of key listening skills.
In this class we investigate and explore a variety of materials and techniques to create artworks using the following mediums: ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. This is a very hands-on subject where you can extend your creative capabilities.
VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN
We use a range of hand drawn and digital methods to explore the design process across the three fields of visual communication design (Environmental, Industrial and Communication). These methods include print mediums such as logo, poster and font type, architectural, interior, product and environmental designs.
English in Middle School (Year 7 & 8) focuses on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. You will communicate with peers, teachers, individuals, groups and community members in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments and experience learning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts that relate to the school curriculum, local community, regional and global contexts.
In Middle School we take a wholistic approach to Humanities to give each student a taste of what the Domain has to offer. We cover the History of mankind from early man, to Ancient Egypt through to the Dark Ages. We cover the Australian political system and how we as citizens can engage with our democracy.
In Year 7 and 8, students will make an important choice between Japanese and French. They will continue to study the same language throughout Year 7 and 8, which helps students to develop foundational skills in this new language.
In these years, Language study is focused on introducing students to Japan and French-speaking countries, important parts of daily life and the opportunities that speaking another language presents. Students also learn foundational language skills to help them interact in the classroom and to interact with others about their lives and interests.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in Middle School (Year 7 & 8) and focuses on developing students in the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning. These proficiencies are applied across the three strands of: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Physical Education & Health
In the Middle School (Years 7 & 8) students are exposed to a range of sports and activities to maximise their movement competence and confidence. You begin to learn the importance of participation in physical activity to enhance your physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. We reflect on and refine communication and leadership skills as you participate in a range of physical activities including, striking/fielding, net/wall, invasion games and fitness activities.
In the Middle School (Years 7 & 8) our students engage in a variety of activities and learning experiences that assist them in developing an understanding of historical and social justice issues and events found in a variety of religious traditions. They will listen, read, view and interpret a range of written, spoken, film and visual texts which develop an understanding of the people and events that contributed to various religious traditions.
In the Middle School Science program, you will gain knowledge in the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences which will allow you to make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science.
In Digital Technologies students will experience being a creative developer experiencing the processes of creating a Smartphone App. Largely based on working in small teams, you will learn about Computational and Design Thinking and its role in creating Digital Technologies. Our class will also learn about basic programming languages through interactive tutorials and various coding challenges.
In Fibre you will learn a range of fabric surface decorations techniques such as hand embroidery, tie dye, fabric painting and applique. Using these techniques you will follow a design process to produce items such as bookmarks, cushion covers, bags and pencil cases.
We practise different methods of cooking with a wide range of ingredients. You will make salads, stir-fries, pasta and rice dishes, scones, muffins and many more. Our class decorates cupcakes and designs a healthy lunch. We gain an understanding of hygiene, food safety, sensory properties and sustainable food practices.
In Materials we use workshop equipment to build projects using materials such as wood, metal and plastic, to create practical projects which you can take home. You begin to understand how the design process and sustainability issues impact the making of everyday products. These classes give you the opportunity to explore your creativity and discover your practical talents.
You are introduced to safety, soldering, electronics, 3D printing, programming an Arduino open-source electronics board. We build and program an Acrylic LED flasher (using the Arduino), and other projects that you take home.