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Year 10, 2014 Subject Selection Information Night 13 August 2013. Welcome. Mr Craig Fielke, Principal. Mrs Julie Sampson Curriculum Director Aims of the evening. Provide information about Senior schooling – tips for families SACE

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Year 10, 2014 Subject Selection

Information Night

13 August 2013


Mr Craig Fielke, Principal


Mrs Julie Sampson

Curriculum Director

aims of the evening
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

thriving not just surviving in year 9 and beyond
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
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
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
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
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

Resource: The Years that Count

By KirrilieSmout

Andrew Fuller

c ore subjects compulsory for all students throughout the year
Core Subjects Compulsory for all students throughout the year

Christian Living


History (one semester)


Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Physical Education


christian living kla leader mr graham gallasch
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.
english kla leader mr ben brazzalotto
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
mathematics kla leader mr eric mcdonald
MathematicsKLA Leader - Mr Eric McDonald

Various Options

Standard, Extension, Applied

Flows on from Year 9 Maths

Selection letter later in year

science kla leader mr tony egan
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 Science Program

Semester 2 students select topics by preference system



Forensic Science

Sustainable Living

Health & Disease

Sports Science


physical education kla leader mr warwick ratcliffe
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
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 plan cross disciplinary studies mr tony moffa
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
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
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
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
SACE - Stage 2 (Year 12)
  • Minimum of 4 Year 12 subjects / VET
  • Research Project – compulsory 5th subject
  • Christian Living (1L)
research project
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
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
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
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
For more SACE information
  • SACE website

  • Google SACE Board
Vocational Pathways

Mr Anthony Doyle

vet vocational education training
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
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
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
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
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
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

subject expo locations
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