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Year 10, 2014 Subject Selection

Information Night

13 August 2013


Mr Craig Fielke, Principal

Mrs Julie Sampson

Curriculum Director

[email protected]

Aims of the evening

Provide information about

Senior schooling – tips for families


Subject selection for Year 10, 2014

Core and Elective subjects

Career planning & the resources available to plan your future

  • Powerpoint available on College website from tomorrow if you would like to follow-up content later

Thriving (not just surviving)in Year 9 and beyond…

  • It is possible to learn while listening to music.

  • A tidy environment is important for study.

  • It is best to complete a task before starting the next one.

  • It’s best to get homework done straight after school.

  • Different learning styles.

  • Few rules about studying.

  • Accept our kids may not study the way we did.

    “Everything is so different from my day.

    How can I support as a parent?”

General Principles

Research shows successful students…

  • do at least 1-2 hours effective study most nights (not necessarily 7 days/week)

  • have a semi-regular routine

    Routine and habit help anyone

    trying to accomplish a goal.

Establish a Routine

  • Study in a certain place, all the time

    (brain starts to associate that place, its smells, feel, location with concentration and creativity)

  • Have a weekly routine of study.

  • Best option is same time every night.

  • Not always possible with work, sport.

  • Set a time for study each night.

  • Make a deal – and then no nagging outside of those agreed study times

  • Provide an attractive study zone (importantly separate leisure from study zone, so the bedroom may not be the best study room)

  • Quiet time – hard to study if rest of family are laughing around the TV

  • Positive feedback wherever possible

  • Rewards for effort, not grades

  • Help deal with distractions – willpower is useless, change the environment

  • No facebook, phone, TV etc while studying, music can work for some students

Life balance

  • Extra-curricular activities – fun and laughter

    • School leadership & activities, voluntary work and sport commitments (also assets on Resume)

  • Socialising important to development

    • Work, sport, Facebook (in moderation)

  • Part-time work (in moderation ~10 hrs)

  • Down-time

    • Learn to live with self


Teenagers who can’t sleep

  • Sleep onset insomnia – go to bed but can’t get to sleep

  • Light sleeping – many dreams, wake often

  • Early morning awakening – wake in night & can’t get back to sleep

  • Can suffer some/all at various times

Avoid …

  • caffeine drinks

  • hot baths or showers before bed

  • exercise right before bed

  • studying right up to bedtime

  • TVs/computers in bedrooms


  • Meditation or relaxation tapes

  • Good quality bed/bedding

  • Different pillow

  • Short nap straight after school (<30 mins)

  • Remove electronic devices overnight

    eg. set up family charging station

  • Consider removing internet access after certain time

  • Reading or TV for 30 minutes before bed

    but not computer–based activities

    (light emitted by computers stimulates the brain)

  • Milky drinks - L-tryptophan natural sedative

  • Natural remedies – Valerian

  • Persistent sleep problems that significantly impact your son/daughter  get professional help (counsellor, GP, sleep specialist)

Diet & Exercise

  • Regular meals

  • Breakfast – muesli bar, fruit, brekky drinks as they rush out the door

  • Exercise – sport

    • walk the dog

    • ride the bike

    • have a break and walk outside

    • 5-10 min break/hour when using computers


Home Group Teachers & House Leaders

Jamie Cameron & Julie Sampson

[email protected]

[email protected]

Resource: The Years that Count

By KirrilieSmout

Andrew Fuller

The Year 10 Curriculum

Core Subjects Compulsory for all students throughout the year

Christian Living


History (one semester)


Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Physical Education


Christian LivingKLA Leader – Mr Graham Gallasch


Students will stay with the same teacher for each semester

In Semester 1 the course looks at the following topics: What is Truth?, Can we reason to truth?, Non-dualist Thinking, Living the Truth?

  • In Semester 2 the course considers the following topics: Love as a Motivator, Truth in Action, Forgiveness, Justice

  • The year finishes with the students creating and curating a musical playlist that speaks to the truth in their lives.

EnglishKLA Leader – Mr Ben Brazzalotto

Full year

Range of text including both traditional and contemporary sources

Some support for literacy needs

English Focus Class


  • Key historical events of inter-WW1 and WW2 period & post-WW2

  • Focus on involvement and impact on Australia

  • One semester

  • Australian curriculum requirement

MathematicsKLA Leader - Mr Eric McDonald

Various Options

Standard, Extension, Applied

Flows on from Year 9 Maths

Selection letter later in year

ScienceKLA Leader - Mr Tony Egan

4 lessons per week

Semester 1, each class rotates through 3 areas of Science

(Physics, Biology and Chemistry)

Specialist Science teachers for each topic

Semester 2 Science Program

Semester 2 students select topics by preference system



Forensic Science

Sustainable Living

Health & Disease

Sports Science


Physical EducationKLA Leader - Mr Warwick Ratcliffe

Maintain life balance and fitness

All students

2 lessons per week

Leads to PE at Year 11 and Year 12

Range of sports

Outdoor Education – additional elective option


  • South Australian Certificate of Education

  • Compulsory age 17 years

  • At school, recognised training organisation or employment

SACE – starts in Year 10

  • First SACE subject completed in Year 10

  • Personal Learning Plan = PLP

  • All Year 10s

  • Pass with C grade or better

  • 2 lessons per week for year

Personal Learning PlanCross-Disciplinary Studies – Mr Tony Moffa

The Personal Learning Plan is a compulsory SACE subject designed to:

  • help students make informed decisions about their personal development and education so they can successfully participate in school and beyond.

  • help students to understand themselves as learners.

PLP Curriculum Outline

Topic 1 – “About Me”

  • Exploring students current approach to learning and study

  • Setting personal and learning goals

    Topic 2 – “Where do I want to go & how do I get there?”

    Career exploration, including:

  • Career Voyage and My Future online activities

  • Investigating possible careers

Topic 3 – “The World of Work”

  • Mock Interview Preparation and Participation

  • Work Place Observation

    - 3 days in 2014

    (increasing from 2 days)

  • Feedback to students

  • Reflection activities

  • Topic 4 – “Reaching my Potential”

  • Students will be given an opportunity to reflect on:

    • Their personal and learning goals

    • The Year 10 Experience

    • Their personal growth during the year

    • Possible future pathways

    • Citizenship

What if a Year 10 fails PLP?

  • Required to do additional assessment tasks

  • Year 11 Catch-up PLP class

  • Advice – PASS it in Year 10

SACE – Stage 1 (Year 11)

  • Year 11- five subjects each semester

  • Including 2 semesters of English and at least 1 semester of Maths

  • ‘C’ grade or better for English & Maths

  • Health & Fitness (2L)

  • Christian Living (2L)

SACE - Stage 2 (Year 12)

  • Minimum of 4 Year 12 subjects / VET

  • Research Project – compulsory 5th subject

  • Christian Living (1L)

Research Project

  • Students research a topic or area of interest

  • Very broad possibilities

  • Academic/Hobby/Subject Related

  • Community or work-related

Year 10 Elective Subjects

Range of elective subjects offered

Humanities & Social Science, Arts, Technology, Health & PE, Languages

Students choose 5 elective subjects

Electives are semester courses

4 lessons a week per elective

Elective Subjects

Choose from a range of areas, not just largely from one KLA area.

Include subjects that lead to or are required by your preferred Year 11 and Year 12 subjects (page 7)

Humanities & Social Sciences

Asian Studies

Geography (Environmental)

Geography (Extreme)


German A & German B

Chinese A & Chinese B

Health & Physical Education

Outdoor Education



Drama (single semester) & Drama (2nd unit)

Music A & Music B

Visual Arts (Drawing & Painting)

Visual Arts (Sculpture & Printmaking)

Visual Arts (Design)


  • Material Products - Metal/Wood/Textiles

  • Communication Products – CAD

  • Food Skills/Food & Health

  • Information Technology

  • Systems & Control Products

Music, Chinese & German must be chosen for the whole year if students are planning to do these subjects in Year 11.

ie. select Chinese A and B

Consecutive semesters

Must have completed in Year 9

Choose A if you are interested in just one semester, but this option does not progress to Year 11.

Sequential Subjects

Community Learning & SACE

  • SACE Credit for certain recognised community programmes

  • Encourage all Year 9s to complete Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze)

  • CFS courses, Grade 5+ AMEB Music Exams, some Swimming Awards, Queens Scout

  • Completed another course? – ask if recognised or check SACE website

  • Not automatically awarded

  • SACE Application Form required

  • Mrs Maria Mattsson (SACE Coordinator)

  • Can apply any time in Year 10, 11 and 12 as courses are completed

For more SACE information

  • SACE website

  • Google SACE Board

Vocational Pathways

Mr Anthony Doyle

VET – Vocational Education & Training

  • Mr Doyle (Pathways Coordinator)

  • Mrs Mason and Mrs Gare

  • Most courses start in Year 11 or 12

  • At CC Entertainment Theatre & Technology, Pathways to Fitness, Massage

  • AHMPs (Year 11 and 12 courses)

    Adelaide Hills and MurraylandsPathwayS

Do I need to know about uni?

  • Not really, not yet

  • Most uni courses don’t have prerequisites

  • If they do they are related to Science and Maths (which are compulsory in Yr 10)

  • Follow your interests

  • Start investigating

  • PLP chance to explore options

How Do You Choose Subjects?

Career interests

General interests

Past achievements

Subjects you enjoy & interest you

Subjects you are good at

Prerequisites at Year 11

Work backwards

General career ideas/interests

Choose possible Year 12 subjects

Related Year 11 subjects needed

Which Year 10 subjects will help with this?

Back page of booklet

Support People

Mr Doyle (Pathways Coordinator)

Mrs Mason (Careers Counsellor)

Mrs Virginia Gare (Careers Counsellor)

Mrs Sampson (Curriculum Director)

Home Group Teachers

Subject Teachers & KLA Leaders

Careers Office - Room 804

  • Spend time carefully planning your choices now

  • Choose preferences carefully

  • If classes fill up, students with higher preferences selected first

  • Only limited subject changes available later AND only if classes not full

Where to From Now?

Subject Selection Sheet due

Next Week

Wednesday 21 August

(Before Camp!!)

Choices collated to determine 2014 timetable

Term 4 students informed of electives for 2014

Any Questions?

Subject Expo Locations

  • Languages – 921

  • Art / Drama / Dance / Design – 923 / 924

  • Music – 930

  • Asian Studies / Geography – 612

  • Outdoor Education - 611

  • Technology / IT / Home Ec – 922

  • Careers – Atelier Theatre

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