The Year 9 Curriculum is designed to provide students with challenge, diversity and a greater focus on real world engagement.
With student voice and agency at its core, this curriculum was developed by a dedicated team of teachers in consultation with a student focus group. In conducting this review our team focused on our school’s vision for our students to be educated and enabled to Create the Future: their own future, their communities’ future and the global future. Our ultimate aim was to build a curriculum that would provide students with opportunities to engage in deep learning – learning that ‘situates the learner as someone who acts upon the world, thereby transforming her or himself and the world itself’ (Fullan et al. 2018).
Our unique Inquiry Learning subject is designed to ensure that our Year 9 students engage in real world learning and research projects in their passion areas, anything from robot design to resolving climate change or the history of poetry to video game development! In addition to this, students will have another elective block filled with new and exciting electives from the Arts, Science and Physical Education learning areas. For our academically ready students we have designed a Deep Learning program which offers increased specialisation in their preferred area (see details on the Deep Learning page). Primarily, students now have more choice!
Students will build a close working relationship with their Year 9 teaching team made up of an Inquiry Learning teacher and a specialised Physical Education and Health teacher. This team will support students as they build strong and positive relationships with others, enhance their health and wellbeing and begin to consider their career pathway options in our interconnected global world.
Fundamentally, this unique Year 9 program is designed to ensure that our students at VUSC grow into lifelong learners and develop their capacity for critical and creative thinking and ethical, intercultural, and personal and social capabilities.
Core Subjects and Electives
The structure of the Year 9 learning program is designed to provide students with a range of learning experiences and allow students to begin to pursue areas of interest. All students study English or English as an Additional Language (EAL), Enhanced Literacy, Inquiry Learning, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health & Physical Education, as well as Literacy Intervention (Macquarie Literacy Program) or Literature (Deep Learning). Core subjects at Year 9 reflect the relevant the Victorian Curriculum and build upon the essential skills, knowledge and understandings that students developed in Years 7 and 8.
In Year 9, students have the opportunity to select up to four elective subjects, two per semester, and study these subjects in depth. Electives include:
- Visual Art
- Digital Art
- Modern Music
- Music Performance
- Concert Band (full year)
- Food Technology
- Sport Education (SEPEP)
- Health and Human Development
- Exercise Physiology
- Year 9 Rugby Pathways (full year)
- Chinese (Mandarin – full year)
- Forensic Science
- Marine Biology
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination – full year)
Please contact the College for more information and elective costs.
YEAR 9 EXPERIENCES
In Year 9, students have the opportunity to participate in the Year 9 camp and other great experiences as part of the Inquiry Learning unit.
Photos of Year 9 experiences: