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					                                           Studying for the 2012
                                             School Certificate


                                       An information booklet for students
                                       entering Year 9 in 2011 describing:
                                          SC Rules
                                          Course Descriptions
Curriculum Guide




                        A copy of this document is available online at the following address:
                                             www.kirrawee-h.schools.nsw.edu.au




                                                  Every effort will be made to place
                                                  students in the elective subjects of
                                                  their choice. However, this is not
                                                  always possible because of timetable
                                                  constraints and no guarantee of
                                                  placement in the desired pattern of
                                                  electives can be given.




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                                                  Website: http://www.kirrawee-h.schools.nsw.edu.au
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   Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                 Page 1
                                      CONTENTS



          The School Certificate Credential                   ………………………….      3
          Introduction                                        ………………………….      4
          School Certificate Information                      ……………………….....   4-5


          Descriptions of Compulsory Courses (

                  Computing Skills                           ……………………….....   6
                  English                                    ……………………….....   6
                  Geography (Mandatory)                      ……………………….....   7
                  History (Mandatory)                        ……………………….....   7
                  Mathematics                                ……………………….....   8
                  Personal Development, Health & PE          ……………………….....   8
                  Science                                    ……………………….....   9


          Descriptions of Elective Courses (white section)

                  Commerce                                   ……………………….....   11
                  Dance                                      ……………………….....   11
                  Drama                                      ……………………….....   12
                  Food Technology                            ……………………….....   12
                  French                                     ……………………….....   13
                  Graphics Technology                        ……………………….....   13
                  Industrial Technology - Electronics        ……………………….....   14
                  Industrial Technology - Metal              ……………………….....   14
                  Industrial Technology - Multimedia         ……………………….....   15
                  Industrial Technology - Timber             ……………………….....   15
                  Information & Software Technology          ……………………….....   16
                  Japanese                                   ……………………….....   16
                  Music                                      ……………………….....   17
                  Physical Activity & Sports Studies (CEC)   ……………………….....   17
                  Textiles Technology                        ……………………….....   18
                  Visual Arts                                ……………………….....   18




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                               Page 2
The School Certificate Credential

Following the successful completion of School Certificate studies in Years 9 and 10 students will be
awarded a School Certificate credential. This will contain two documents:

1. A School Certificate Testamur (shown below) and




2. A Record of Achievement, which shows all Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) courses and School
   Certificate tests completed. It includes:

         the Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) courses that a student has completed and the grade (A-E)
          awarded by the student's school for each course.

         the results achieved by the student in the School Certificate tests including: English-literacy,
          Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Australian Geography, Civics and Citizenship and
          Computing Skills. For each test the mark awarded (out of a possible 100) is shown. Except in
          the case of the Computing Skills test, the band achieved is also reported. Band 1 is the
          lowest band and Band 6 is the highest.

         the mandatory requirements in Languages, Technology (Mandatory), Music, Visual Arts,
          and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Mandatory requirements are
          reported as 'Completed', or, where they have not been met, as 'Not Completed'

         a statement as to whether the student is eligible for the School Certificate.




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                   Page 3
Introduction
This booklet has been produced to assist students in choosing a pattern of courses for study in Years
9 and 10 leading to the award of the School Certificate.

Upon entering high school, students begin a pattern of studies common to all. This is a broad and
balanced curriculum that provides an introduction to all Key Learning Areas (K.L.A's) and continues
until the end of Year 8.

During Year 8, students will elect a new pattern of studies that will begin in Year 9 and continues to
the end of Year 10. This curriculum pattern is still broad and balanced but allows students to study a
group of courses as a major focus for the next two years. The award of the School Certificate will be
based on the study of these courses.

At the end of Year 10, students will again have the opportunity to choose a completely different
pattern of courses leading to the award of the Higher School Certificate. This pattern is much more
specialised and based on student interest, ability and needs.

School Certificate Information
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the award of the School Certificate, students are required to follow and
satisfactorily complete a pattern of studies required by the Board of Studies. To complete a course
of study, students must have a satisfactory record of application (effort).

Satisfactory Completion Requirements
The School Certificate will be issued to each student at the end of Year 10 if they:
• complete all assignments, practical work, field work, shared experiences in group work and
   assessment tasks to the best of their ability,
• ensure that any questions about grades or comments awarded for an individual piece of work are
   resolved at the time the work is handed back by the teacher,
• demonstrate that through effort and achievement that they have met the requirements of the
   course,
• make a genuine attempt at the external tests.

Pattern of Study
The Board of Studies specifies the course structure that will exist in all NSW schools and determines
the pattern of studies that students must take. Each course taken by students in Years 9 and 10 is
based on a syllabus provided by the Board.

Making Subject Choices
Year 8 students, in consultation with their parents and teachers, are to choose a pattern of courses
from those that are available. Please note the following regarding this selection:
1. English, Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Australian Geography, Personal Development,
   Health and Physical Education, and Computer Skills are compulsory for all students.
2. Two electives of the student’s choice are to be studied for the next two years and one additional
   elective will be chosen for Year 9 only (refer to the subject selection sheet). For this reason,
   careful thought should be given to the choices made.
3. Every effort will be made to place students in the elective subjects of their choice. However, this
   is not always possible because of timetable constraints and no guarantee of placement in the
   desired pattern of electives can be given.
4. Course descriptions are included in this booklet to assist students with their choice.


Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                               Page 4
5. Students are advised to choose a pattern of studies that will provide a broad and balanced
   curriculum.
6. Student may study a maximum of 2 – 200 hour (2 year) Industrial Technology courses. Industrial
   Technology courses offered at Kirrawee High School include: Electronics, Metal, Timber and
   Multimedia.


If you have difficulty in making a choice and would like assistance, the following staff should be
contacted:

Mr J Whitaker        - Year 8 Student Adviser
Mrs K Baxter         - Assistant Year 8 Student Adviser
Mr Myers             - Deputy Principal, Curriculum
Head Teachers of the various faculties


At the time of publication this document contained the most recent information available from the
Board of Studies. Parents and students will be notified if new information becomes available or BOS
changes occur. The School Certificate section on the Board of Studies web site provides regular
updates. The address is: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/school certificate/index.html




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                            Page 5
                                       COMPULSORY COURSES


COMPUTING SKILLS                                         ENGLISH

As part of the School Certificate Tests conducted in     English is a mandatory course that is studied
November all Year 10 students will sit for a             substantially in each of Years 7–10 with at least 400
Computing Skills Assessment Test. This will assess       hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This is
and report on each Year 10 student’s knowledge,          a requirement for eligibility for the award of the
skills and understanding of Information and              School Certificate.
Communication Technologies (ICT) relevant to the
mandatory Years 7–10 curriculum.                         Course Description
                                                         Students of English in Years 7–10 learn to read,
With the revision of the Years 7-10 syllabuses, the      enjoy, understand, appreciate and reflect on the
core computing skills that form the basis of the         English language in a variety of texts, and to write
Computing Skills Assessment will be embedded             texts that are imaginative, interpretive, critical and
within each syllabus.                                    powerful.

In addition to the ICT skills developed as part of       What will students learn about?
other courses, students at Kirrawee High will            Students study books, films, radio, television,
participate in a Computing Skills course conducted       newspapers, the internet and CD-ROMs. The texts
during Year 10.                                          give students experience of Australian literature,
                                                         insights   into    Aboriginal    experiences     and
What will students learn about?                          multicultural experiences in Australia and literature
The aim of the new Computing Skills Assessment is        from other countries and times.
to ensure that all Year 10 students develop the skills
in ICT needed for further studies or for entering the    Students also study texts that give experience of
workforce.                                               cultural heritages, popular cultures and youth
                                                         cultures, picture books, everyday and workplace
What will students learn to do?                          texts, a range of social, gender and cultural
Students will be expected to demonstrate                 perspectives. Students experience Shakespearean
knowledge, understanding and skills in word              drama in Years 9 and 10.
processing, the use of spreadsheet packages and
computer      databases,    creating  multimedia         What will students learn to do?
presentations, searching the internet and using          Students develop their skills, knowledge and
email.                                                   understanding so that they can use language and
                                                         communicate appropriately and effectively for a
School Certificate                                       range of purposes and audiences, in a range of
It is mandatory for all Year 10 to sit for the on-line   contexts. They learn to think in ways that are
Computing Skills Assessment Test. Students will          imaginative, interpretive and critical. They express
receive School Certificate credentials that report on    themselves and their relationships with others and
the computing skills they have demonstrated.             the world. They reflect on their learning in English.

                                                         Course Requirements
                                                         The study of English in Years 9 and 10 requires
                                                         experience of at least two works of each of fiction,
                                                         film, non-fiction and drama, a variety of poetry
                                                         drawn from different anthologies or from particular
                                                         poets.

                                                         In Years 9 and 10 the selection of texts must give
                                                         students experience of Shakespearean drama.

                                                         School Certificate
                                                         Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of
                                                         English during Years 9 and 10 will be recorded with a
                                                         grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
                                                         Achievement. In Year 10, students sit for the English-
                                                         literacy School Certificate test.

Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                       Page 6
                                                         Geography in Years 9 and 10. Students are required
GEOGRAPHY (MANDATORY)                                    to investigate a geographical issue through
                                                         fieldwork by developing and implementing a
The Geography (Mandatory) course must be                 research action plan.
studied substantially in each of Years 7–10 with at
least 200 hours to be completed by the end of            School Certificate
Year 10. This is a requirement for eligibility for the   Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of
award of the School Certificate.                         Geography during Years 9 and 10 will be recorded
                                                         with a grade on the student’s School Certificate
Course Description                                       Record of Achievement. In Year 10, all students will
Geography allows students to develop an                  sit for combined test in Australian History,
enjoyment of and an interest in the interaction of       Geography, Civics and Citizenship.
the physical and human environments. Students
will      develop       geographic      knowledge,
understanding, skills, values and attitudes in order
to engage in the community as informed and
active citizens.

The syllabus has two key dimensions that form the
basis for the study of all content in Geography: the
spatial dimension – where things are and why they
are there the ecological dimension – how humans          HISTORY (MANDATORY)
interact with environments.
                                                         The History (Mandatory) course must be studied
What will students learn about?                          substantially in each of Years 7–10 with at least 200
Global Geography consists of four focus areas in         hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This is
which students learn about the geographical              a requirement for eligibility for the award of the
processes and human interactions that shape              School Certificate.
global environments. They also learn about
geographical issues and the responses to them            Course Description
including appropriate methods of citizenship for         History develops in young people an interest in and
their management.                                        enjoyment of exploring the past. A study of History
                                                         provides opportunities for examining events,
                                                                                                  th
Students of Australian Geography learn about the         people and societies in the context of 20 century
interaction of human and physical geography in a         Australian History.
local context. They examine Australia’s physical
environments and communities and explore how             Over Years 9 and 10, students develop an
they are changing and responding to change.              understanding of significant developments in
Students also look at Australia’s roles in its region    Australia’s social, political and cultural history
and globally and how individuals and groups are          including Federation, the Vietnam War era and the
planning for a better future. An important feature       social history of one decade in depth. Australia’s
of the Australian Geography course is to allow           international relationships are examined through
students to become more informed and active              World War One and Two and our role as a global
citizens.                                                citizen. The changing rights and freedoms of
                                                         Aboriginal peoples and other groups in Australia are
What will students learn to do?                          also studied.
Students learn to gather, process and
communicate geographical information from a              What will students learn to do?
variety of primary and secondary sources. The            Students learn to apply the skills of investigating
study of Geography also provides opportunities for       history including analysing sources and evidence
students to learn to use a wide range of                 and sequencing major historical events to show an
geographical tools including information and             understanding of continuity, change and causation.
communication technologies (ICT). Geographical           Students develop research and communication
tools, such as maps, graphs, statistics,                 skills, including the use of ICT's, and examine
photographs and fieldwork, assist students to            different perspectives and interpretations to
gather, analyse and communicate geographical             develop an understanding of a wide variety of
information in a range of formats.                       viewpoints. Students also learn to construct a
                                                         logical historical argument supported by relevant
Course Requirements                                      evidence and to communicate effectively about the
Fieldwork is an essential part of the study of           past to different audiences.


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School Certificate                                       What will students learn to do?
Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of        Students learn to ask questions in relation to
History during Years 9 and 10 will be recorded           mathematical situations and their mathematical
with a grade on the student’s School Certificate         experiences; develop, select and use a range of
Record of Achievement. In Year 10, all students          strategies, including the use of technology, to
will sit for combined test in Australian History,        explore and solve problems; develop and use
Geography, Civics and Citizenship.                       appropriate language and representations to
                                                         communicate mathematical ideas; develop and use
                                                         processes for exploring relationships, checking
MATHEMATICS                                              solutions and giving reasons to support their
                                                         conclusions; and make connections with their
Mathematics is a mandatory course that is studied        existing knowledge and understanding and with the
substantially in each of Years 7–10 with at least        use of mathematics in the real world.
400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.
This is a requirement for eligibility for the award of
the School Certificate.

Mathematics is divided into 3 courses, called 5.1,
5.2 and 5.3 indicating Stage 5 (courses 1, 2 and 3).
Course 3 being for students showing a high
achievement in Mathematics. Students will be
placed into courses based on their achievements          School Certificate
during Year 8.                                           Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of
                                                         Mathematics during Years 9 and 10 will be
Student results in Years 9 and 10 will determine         recorded with a grade, A10, B8, B7, C6, C5, D8, D4,
the level of study of Mathematics for the HSC.           E2, on the student’s School Certificate Record of
                                                         Achievement. In Year 10 students sit for the
Course Description
                                                         Mathematics School Certificate test, the results of
Mathematics is used to identify, describe and
                                                         which will be recorded as a Band 6 to Band 1 (Band
apply patterns and relationships. It provides a
                                                         6 being the highest achievement) on the School
precise means of communication and is a powerful
                                                         Certificate Record of Achievement. Both the grade
tool for solving problems both within and beyond
                                                         and the band result indicate performance across
mathematics. In addition to its practical
                                                         the entire Year 10 cohort not on a performance in
applications, the study of mathematics is a
                                                         the individual course studied.
valuable pursuit in its own right, providing
opportunities for originality, challenge and leisure.

The aim of Mathematics in K–10 is to develop
                                                         PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH &
students’ mathematical thinking, understanding,          PHYSICAL EDUCATION
competence and confidence in the application of
mathematics, their creativity, enjoyment and             Personal Development, Health and Physical
appreciation of the subject, and their engagement        Education (PDHPE) is a mandatory course that is
in lifelong learning.                                    studied in each of Years 7–10 with at least 300
                                                         hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This
What will students learn about?                          is a requirement for eligibility for the award of the
Students study Number, Patterns and Algebra,             School Certificate.
Data, Measurement, Space and Geometry. Within
each of these strands they will cover a range of         Course Description
topics including:                                        PDHPE develops students’ capacity to enhance
                                                         personal health and well-being. It promotes their
                                                         enjoyment of and commitment to an active lifestyle
 fractions        decimals          percentages
                                                         and to achieve confidence and competence in a
 consumer         properties of     algebraic
                                                         wide range of activities as they maximise
 arithmetic       solids            techniques
                                                         movement potential.
 coordinate       geometrical       surface area
 geometry         figures           and volume
                                                         Through PDHPE students develop knowledge,
 area             perimeter         trigonometry
                                                         understanding, skills, values and attitudes that
 probability      graphing and      deductive            enable them to pursue lifelong health and physical
                  interpreting      geometry             activity.
                  data



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What will students learn about?
All students study the following four modules:          SCIENCE

Self and Relationships – Students learn about           Science is a mandatory course that is studied
sense of self, adolescence and change, sources of       substantially in each of Years 7–10 with at least 400
personal support and the nature of positive, caring     hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This is
relationships.                                          a requirement for eligibility for the award of the
                                                        School Certificate.
Movement Skill and Performance – Students
explore the elements of composition as they             Course Description
develop and refine movement skills in a variety of      Science     develops       students’    knowledge,
contexts                                                understanding and skills to explain and make sense
                                                        of the biological, physical and technological world,
Individual and Community Health – Students learn        enabling them to make informed choices and
about the specific health issues of mental health,      responsible decisions as individuals and part of the
healthy food habits, sexual health, drug use and        community.
road safety. They examine risk, personal safety
and how to access health information, products          What will students learn about?
and services.                                           Through their study of science students develop a
                                                        knowledge and understanding about the living and
Lifelong Physical Activity – Students consider          non-living world. Students examine the historical
lifestyle balance and the importance of physical        and ongoing contribution of scientists and the
activity and its physical benefits. Students learn to   implications of this research on scientific
participate successfully in a wide range of             knowledge,    society,    technology   and    the
activities and to adopt roles that promote a more       environment.
active community.
                                                        What will students learn to do?
                                                        Students work individually and in teams in planning
                                                        and conducting investigations. They evaluate issues
                                                        and problems, identify questions for inquiry and
                                                        draw evidenced-based conclusions from their
                                                        investigations. Through this problem-solving
                                                        process they develop their critical thinking skills and
                                                        creativity. They are provided with experiences in
                                                        making informed decisions about the environment,
                                                        the natural and technological world and in
                                                        communicating       their    understanding          and
                                                        viewpoints.

What will students learn to do?                         Course Requirements
Throughout the course students will learn to apply      Practical experiences which
some key skills that allow them to take action for      emphasise hands-on activities
health and physical activity. This includes an          will occupy a substantial
emphasis     on    communicating,      interaction,     amount of course time. All
problem-solving, decision-making, planning and          students will be required to
moving.                                                 undertake a research project during Years 9 and 10.
                                                        At least one project will involve ‘hands-on’ practical
School Certificate                                      investigation. At least one project will be an
Satisfactory completion of the mandatory PDHPE          individual task.
course will be recorded with a grade on the
student’s     School   Certificate Record   of          School Certificate
Achievement.                                            Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of
                                                        Science during Years 9 and 10 will be recorded with
                                                        a grade on the student’s School Certificate Record
                                                        of Achievement. In Year 10 students sit for the
                                                        Science School Certificate test.




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                                           ELECTIVE COURSES

Two electives of the student’s choice are to be studied for the next two years and one additional elective will
be chosen for Year 9 only (refer to the subject selection sheet). For this reason, careful thought should be
given to the choices made. A separate selection sheet will be provided for students.



                                                            They will also develop skills in personal financial
COMMERCE                                                    management and advocacy for rights and
                                                            responsibilities in the workplace.
Commerce is an elective course that can be
studied for 100 hours (1 year) or 200 hours (2              School Certificate
years).                                                     Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
                                                            study in Commerce during Years 9 and 10 will be
Course Description                                          recorded with a grade on the student’s School
Commerce enables young people to develop the                Certificate Record of Achievement.
knowledge, understanding, skills and values that
form the foundation on which they can make
sound decisions about consumer, financial, legal,           DANCE
business and employment issues. It develops in
students the ability to research information, apply         Dance is an elective course that can be studied for
problem-solving strategies and evaluate options in          100 or 200 hours.
order to make informed and responsible decisions
as individuals and as part of the community.                Course Description
                                                            Dance provides students with opportunities to
What will students learn about?                             experience and enjoy dance as an art form as they
All students study Consumer Choice and Personal             perform, compose and appreciate dance. In an
Finance. In these topics they learn about making            integrated study of the practices of performance,
responsible spending, saving, borrowing and                 composition and appreciation, students develop
investment decisions.                                       both physical skill and aesthetic, artistic and
                                                            cultural understandings. The course enables
Students may also study Legal and Employment                students to express ideas creatively and to
Issues, in which they will develop an understanding         communicate physically, verbally and in written
of their legal rights and responsibilities and how          forms as they make, perform and analyse dances
laws affect individuals and regulate society. They          and dance forms.
also learn about commercial and legal aspects
relating to employment issues, and their rights and         What will students learn about?
responsibilities at work.                                   All    students   study     dance    performance,
                                                            composition and appreciation. They will learn
Students will also study optional topics selected           about the elements of dance (space, time and
from: Investing; Promoting and Selling; E-                  dynamics) and how they are used in, and link, the
Commerce; Global Links; Towards Independence;               three practices. They will learn about performing
Political Involvement; Travel; Law in Action; Our           dances with an awareness of safe dance practice,
Economy; Community Participation; Running a                 dance technique and performance quality. They
Business; and a School-developed option.                    will learn about how dance expresses ideas,
                                                            feelings and experiences as they construct dance
What will students learn to do?                             compositions to communicate ideas. They learn
Student learning in Commerce will promote critical          about people, culture and society as they
thinking and the opportunity to participate in the          study and analyse dance performances,
community. Students learn to identify, research             compositions and dance works of art.
and evaluate options when making decisions on
how to solve consumer problems and issues that              What will students learn to do?
confront consumers. They will develop research              Students will learn to develop an
and communication skills, including the use of ICT,         articulate body as they perform a range
that build on the skills they have developed in their       of dances in a variety of styles with a working
mandatory courses.                                          knowledge of safe dance practice. They will learn




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                       Page 11
to structure movement as they compose dances to       School Certificate
express their ideas, feelings and experiences. They   Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
will learn to use the language of dance and to        study in Drama during Years 9 and 10 will be
describe movements using the elements of dance        recorded with a grade on the student’s School
as they view, discuss, read and write about dance.    Certificate Record of Achievement.
Drawing from their experiences gained in
performing, composing and appreciating dances,
they will learn to make connections between the       FOOD TECHNOLOGY
making and performing of the movement and the
appreciation of its meaning.                          Food Technology is an elective course that can be
                                                      studied for 100 or 200 hours.
School Certificate
                                                      Course Description
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
                                                      The study of Food Technology provides students
study in Dance during Years 9 and 10 will be
                                                      with a broad knowledge and understanding of
recorded with a grade on the student’s School
                                                      food properties, processing, preparation and their
Certificate Record of Achievement.
                                                      interrelationship, nutritional considerations and
                                                      consumption patterns. It addresses the importance
                                                      of hygiene and safe working practices and
DRAMA                                                 legislation in the production of food. Students will
                                                      develop food-specific skills, which can then be
Drama is an elective course that can be studied for   applied in a range of contexts enabling students to
100 or 200 hours.                                     produce quality food products. It also provides
                                                      students with a context through which to explore
Course Description                                    the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life
Drama enables young people to develop                 and how it contributes to both vocational and
knowledge, understanding and skills individually      general life experiences.
and collaboratively to make, perform and
                                                      What will students learn about?
             appreciate dramatic and theatrical
                                                      Students will learn about food in a variety of
             works. Students take on roles as a
                                                      settings, enabling them to evaluate the
             means of exploring both familiar and
                                                      relationships    between     food,     technology,
             unfamiliar aspects of their world
                                                      nutritional status and the quality of life. The
             while exploring the ways people
                                                      following focus areas provide a context through
             react and respond to different
                                                      which the core (food preparation and processing,
             situations, issues and ideas.
                                                      nutrition and consumption) will be studied.
                                                       Food in Australia
What will students learn about?
All students undertake a unit of play building in      Food service and catering
every 100 hours of the course. Play building refers    Food for special needs
to a group of students collaborating to make their     Food equity
own piece of drama from a variety of stimuli. At       Food product development
least one other dramatic form or performance           Food for special occasions
style must also be studied in the first 100 hours.     Food trends
Examples of these include improvisation, mime,         Food selection and health
script, puppetry, small screen drama, physical        What will students learn to do?
theatre, street theatre, mask, comedy and             The major emphasis of the Food Technology
Shakespeare. Students also learn about the            syllabus is on students exploring food-related
elements of drama, various roles in the theatre,      issues through a range of practical experiences,
the visual impact of design, production elements      allowing then to make informed and appropriate
and the importance of the audience in any             choices with regard to food. Integral to this course
performance.                                          is students developing the ability and confidence
                                                      to design, produce and evaluate solutions to
What will students learn to do?                       situations involving food. They will learn to select
Students learn to make, perform and appreciate        and use appropriate ingredients, methods and
dramatic and theatrical works. They devise and        equipment safely and competently. The link to
enact dramas using scripted and unscripted            future employment options in the nutrition,
material and use acting and performance               dietetics and hospitality field is strong.
techniques to convey meaning to an audience.
They learn to respond to, reflect on and analyse      School Certificate
their own work and the work of others and             Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
evaluate the contribution of drama and theatre to     elective study in Food Technology will be recorded
enriching society.                                    with a grade on the student’s School Certificate
                                                      Record of Achievement.
Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                 Page 12
FRENCH                                                 GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY

French is an elective course that can be studied for   Graphics Technology is an elective course that may
100 or 200 hours.                                      be studied for 100 or 200 hours.

Course Description                                     Course Description
French gives students an opportunity to                The study of Graphics Technology develops an
communicate in another language, to experience a       understanding of the significance of graphical
significantly different culture and to understand      communication as a universal language and the
English and their own society from a new               techniques and technologies used to convey
perspective. Students build confidence through         technical and non-technical ideas and information.
role-playing and group work.                           Graphics Technology develops in students the
                                                       ability to read, interpret and produce graphical
What will students learn about?                        presentations that communicate information using
Students      will   develop     the    knowledge,     a variety of techniques and media.
understanding and skills necessary for effective
interaction in French. They will explore the nature    What will students learn about?
of languages as systems by making comparisons          All students will learn about the principles and
between English and French. Students will also         techniques involved in producing a wide range of
develop intercultural understandings by reflecting     images, models, pictures and drawings. They will
on similarities and differences between Australian     gain an understanding of graphics standards,
culture and the culture of French speaking             conventions and procedures used in manual and
communities.                                           computer-based drafting.

What will students learn to do?                        Students undertaking 200 hours of Graphics
Students will develop the skills to communicate in     Technology may also study a range of options that
French. They will listen and respond to spoken         focus on specific areas of graphics including:
language. They will learn to read and respond to
                                                          Architectural and Engineering Drawing
written French texts such as letters, emails,
                                                          Australian Architecture Graphic Design and
advertisements, articles and so on. Students will
                                                           Communication
establish and maintain communication in familiar
                                                          Cabinet and Furniture Drawing Landscape
situations using French. They develop a capacity
                                                           Drawing
to interact with French speaking people, their
                                                          Computer Aided Design and Drafting Pattern
culture and their language and use technology in
                                                           Design
an interactive French environmnet.
                                                          Cartography and Surveying Product Illustration
                                                          Computer Animation Technical Illustration.

                                                       What will students learn to do?
                                                       The major emphasis of the Graphics Technology
                                                       syllabus is on students’ actively planning,
                                                       developing and producing quality graphical
French is one of the major languages of the world      presentations. Students will learn to design,
and France is one of the leading destinations for      prepare and present graphical presentations using
Australian travellers. The ability to communicate      both manual and computer based drafting
in French enriches this experience and provides        technologies. They will learn to interpret and
students with opportunities for continued learning     analyse graphical images and presentations and
and for future employment, both domestically and       develop an understanding of the use of graphics in
internationally, in areas such as commerce,            industrial, marketing and engineering applications.
tourism, hospitality and international relations.      The link to future career options in the
Kirrawee High has a sister school arrangement          architectural, engineering, and industrial design
with St Michel College in the Reunion Islands          fields are strong.
which provides opportunities to host French
students and to visit and study in Reunion and         School Certificate
Paris.                                                 Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
                                                       study in Graphics Technology will be recorded with
School Certificate                                     a grade on the student’s School Certificate Record
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of         of Achievement.
elective study in French will be recorded with a
grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
Achievement.


Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                 Page 13
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY - ELECTRONICS                     INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY - METAL

Electronics Technology is an elective course that       Metal Technology is an elective course that can be
can be studied for 100 or 200 hours.                    studied for 100 or 200 hours.

Course Description                                      Course Description
Electronics Technology develops students'               Metal Technology develops students’ knowledge
knowledge and understanding of materials and            and understanding of materials and processes.
processes. They develop knowledge and skills            They develop knowledge and skills relating to the
relating to the selection, use and application of       selection, use and application of materials, tools,
materials, tools, machines and processes through        machines and processes through the planning and
the planning and production of quality practical        production of quality practical projects.
projects.
                                                        Projects will be determined on the skill level and
Projects will be determined on the skill level and      interest of the students. Several skill building
interest of the students. Several skill building        projects will be completed before a major project
projects will be completed before a major project       of the student’s own choice and design is
of the student's own choice is undertaken in Term       undertaken in Year 10. Areas which may be
4. Areas which will be studied include fabrication      studied include fabrication and welding, sheet
of electronic circuits housings and associated tools    metal, lathe work, art-metal (including silver) and
and equipment. Skills in problem identification and     sculpture. Some elementary projects in electronics
solution will be developed as well as techniques        will be introduced in the practical area.
used for troubleshooting
                                                        What will students learn about?
What will students learn about?                         All students will learn about the
All students will learn about the properties and        properties and applications of
applications of materials associated with               materials associated with metal.
electronics and the growing dominance of the            They will study the range of tools,
electronics Industry. They will study the range of      machines and processes available
tools, and processes available in both industrial       in both industrial and domestic
and domestic settings for working with selected         settings for working with selected
electronic components. Students will learn about        materials. Students will learn
safe practices for practical work environments,         about safe practices for practical
including risk identification and minimisation          work environments, including risk identification
strategies. They will also learn about design and       and minimisation strategies. They will also learn
integration of integrated circuits including the        about design and designing including the
communication of ideas and processes.                   communication of ideas and processes.

What will students learn to do?                         What will students learn to do?
The major emphasis of the Electronics Technology        The major emphasis of the Metal Technology
syllabus is on students actively planning and           syllabus is on students actively planning and
constructing quality practical projects. Students       constructing quality practical projects. Students
will learn to select and use a range of materials for   will learn to select and use a range of materials for
individual projects. They will learn to competently     individual projects. They will learn to competently
and safely use a range of hand tools, power tools       and safely use a range of hand tools, power tools
and machines to assist in the construction of           and machines to assist in the construction of
projects. They will also learn to produce drawings      projects. They will also learn to produce drawings
and written reports to develop and communicate          and written reports to develop and communicate
ideas and information relating to projects.             ideas and information relating to projects.

School Certificate                                      School Certificate
Satisfactory completion of 100 hours of study in        Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
Electronics Technology will be recorded with a          study in Metal Technology will be recorded with a
grade on the student's School Certificate Record of     grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
Achievement Part A.                                     Achievement.




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                    Page 14
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY - MULTIMEDIA                  INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY - TIMBER

                                                    Timber Technology is an elective course that can
Multimedia Technology is an elective course that
                                                    be studied for 100 or 200 hours.
may be studied for 100 hours or 200 hours.
                                                    Course Description
Course Description
                                                    Timber Technology develops students’ knowledge
The Multimedia focus area provides opportunities
                                                    and understanding of materials and processes.
for students to develop knowledge, understanding
                                                    They develop knowledge and skills relating to the
and skills in relation to multimedia.
                                                    selection, use and application of materials, tools,
                                                    machines and processes through the planning and
Core modules develop knowledge and skills in the
                                                    production of quality practical projects.
use of materials, computers and techniques
related to multimedia which are enhanced and
                                                    Projects will be determined on the skill level and
further developed through the study of specialist
                                                    interest of the students. Several skill building
modules in multimedia based technologies.
                                                    projects will be completed before a major project
                                                    of the student’s own choice and design is
What will students learn about?
                                                    undertaken in Year 10. Areas which may be
All students will learn about multimedia through
                                                    studied include cabinetmaking, wood turning and
practical projects. These may include:
                                                    wood machining. This course should give students
    digital photographic manipulation
                                                    confidence and skills in the domestic renovation
    digital presentations
                                                    area and industrial situation.
    electronic catalogues and brochures
    3D modelling
                                                    What will students learn about?
    computer animations
                                                    All students will learn about the
    video editing
                                                    properties and applications of
                                                    materials associated with timber.
Projects should promote the sequential
                                                    They will study the range of tools,
development of skills and reflect an increasing
                                                    machines and processes available
degree of student autonomy as they progress
                                                    in both industrial and domestic
through the course.         Project management
                                                    settings for working with selected
techniques in the graphic design, product
                                                    materials. Students will learn
marketing field are developed.
                                                    about safe practices for practical work
                                                    environments, including risk identification and
What will students learn to do?
                                                    minimisation strategies. They will also learn about
Use computer applications to produce multimedia
                                                    design and designing including the communication
presentations. Applications such as Powerpoint,
                                                    of ideas and processes.
Flash, HTML, photo-editing software and Movie
Maker programs will be utilised in the production
                                                    What will students learn to do?
of practical exercises.
                                                    The major emphasis of the Timber Technology
                                                    syllabus is on students actively planning and
School Certificate
                                                    constructing quality practical projects. Students
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
                                                    will learn to select and use a range of materials for
study in the Multimedia Technology course will be
                                                    individual projects. They will learn to competently
recorded with a grade on the student’s School
                                                    and safely use a range of hand tools, power tools
Certificate Record of Achievement.
                                                    and machines to assist in the construction of
                                                    projects. They will also learn to produce drawings
                                                    and written reports to develop and communicate
                                                    ideas and information relating to projects. Skills in
                                                    employment related fields of the timber area are
                                                    supported and developed.

                                                    School Certificate
                                                    Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
                                                    study in Timber Technology will be recorded with a
                                                    grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
                                                    Achievement.




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                Page 15
INFORMATION & SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY                       JAPANESE

Information and Software Technology is an               Japanese is an elective course that can be studied
elective course that can be studied for 100 or 200      for 100 or 200 hours.
hours.
                                                        Course Description
Course Description                                      Japanese gives students an opportunity to
People will require highly developed levels of          communicate in another language, to experience a
computing and technology literacy for their future      significantly different culture and to understand
lives. Students therefore need to be aware of the       English and their own society from a new
scope, limitations and implications of information      perspective. Learning kana and kanji, the Japanese
and software technologies.                              writing system, develops visual and interpretive
                                                        skills. Students build confidence through role-
Individual and group tasks, performed over a range      playing and group work.
of projects, will enable this practical-based course
to deliver the relevant knowledge and skills            What will students learn about?
needed by students. Development of technology           Students     will   develop    the   knowledge,
skills and information about career opportunities       understanding and skills necessary for effective
within this area are important aspects of the           interaction in Japanese. They will explore the
course.                                                 nature of languages as systems by making
                                                        comparisons between English and Japanese.
What will students learn about?                         Students will also develop intercultural
The core content to be covered in this course is        understandings by reflecting on similarities and
integrated into the options chosen within the           differences between Australian and Japanese
school. The course has been designed with an            culture.
emphasis on practical activities that allow students
to sustain focus in a range of interest areas at        What will students learn to do?
some depth.                                             Students will develop the skills to communicate in
                                                        Japanese. They will listen and respond to spoken
The option topics to be studied within this course      language. They will learn to read and respond to
include:                                                written Japanese texts such as letters, emails,
                                                        advertisements in digital and written formats.
   Artificial Intelligence, Simulation and Modelling   Students     will    establish     and   maintain
   Software Development and Programming                communication in familiar situations using
   Authoring and Multimedia                            Japanese. They develop a capacity to interact with
   Robotics and Automated Systems                      Japanese people, their culture and their language
   Internet and Website Development                    and use technology in an interactive Japanese
                                                        learning environment.
What will students learn to do?
Students will identify a need or problem to be          The study of Japanese provides access to the
solved, explore a range of possible solutions and       language and culture of one of the global
produce a full working solution. They will use a        community’s most technologically advanced
variety of technologies to create, modify and           societies and economies. It provides students with
produce products in a range of media formats.           opportunities for continued learning and for future
                                                        employment,         both      domestically      and
Group and individual project-based work will assist     internationally, in areas such as commerce,
in developing a range of skills, including research,    tourism, hospitality and international relations.
design and problem-solving strategies over the          Kirrawee High has a sister-school arrangement
chosen topics.                                          with Komae High in Tokyo which provides our
                                                        students with opportunities to host Japanese
School Certificate                                      students, and to visit and study in Japan.
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
study in Information and Software Technology will       School Certificate
be recorded with a grade on the student’s School        Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
Certificate Record of Achievement.                      elective study in Japanese be recorded with a
                                                        grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
                                                        Achievement.




Curriculum Handbook – Year 9 2011                                                                   Page 16
MUSIC                                                    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & SPORTS STUDIES

Music is an elective course that can be studied for      Physical Activity and Sports Studies is a new
100 or 200 hours.                                        elective syllabus in the PD/H/PE Key Learning Area
                                                         (KLA). It can be studied for 100 or 200 hours.
Course Description
All students should have the opportunity to              Course Description
develop their musical abilities and potential. As an     Physical Activity and Sports Studies enhances the
art form, music pervades society and occupies a          student’s      capacity      to
significant place in world cultures and in the oral      participate effectively in and
and recorded history of all civilisations. Music plays   understand physical activity,
important roles in the social, cultural, aesthetic       leading to improved quality
and spiritual lives of people. At an individual level,   of life for themselves and
music is a medium of personal expression. It             others.       It      provides
enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and               opportunities     to    develop     skills   proving
experiences. The nature of musical study also            advantageous in voluntary/community work as
allows students to develop their capacity to             well as part-time, casual and full-time career
manage their own learning, engage in problem-            prospects. Examples include recreation, sports
solving, work collaboratively and engage in activity     administration, the fitness industry, personal
that reflects the real world practice of performers,     training,    outdoor       leadership,     coaching,
composers and audiences.                                 professional sporting careers and vocational
                                                         elements such as teaching, sports science and
What will students learn about?                          event management.
Students will study the concepts of music
(duration, pitch, dynamics and expressive                What will students learn about?
techniques, tone colour, texture and structure)          Foundations of Physical Activity – body systems
through the learning experiences of performing,          and energy, physical fitness and activity, motor
composing and listening, within the context of a         skill development, participating with safety,
range of styles, periods and genres, use of the          nutrition and physical activity.
latest computer technology and recording                 Physical Activity and Sport in Society – Australia’s
facilities.                                              sporting identity, lifestyle, leisure and recreation,
                                                         sport for specific groups, issues in sport,
The elective course requires the study of the            opportunities and pathways in physical activity.
compulsory topic Australian Music, as well as a          Participation and Performance – promoting active
number of optional topics that represent a broad         lifestyles, coaching and leading, enhancing
range of musical styles, periods and genres.             performance       strategies       and    techniques,
                                                         technology, participation and performance and
What will students learn to do?                          event management.
In Music, students learn to perform music in a           Movement Applications – aerobics and fitness,
range of musical contexts, compose music that            aquatics, athletics, games, dance, gymnastics,
represents the topics they have studied and listen       martial arts, outdoor             education and/or
with discrimination, meaning and appreciation to a       recreational pursuits.
broad range of musical styles.
                                                         What will students learn to do?
The study of the concepts of music underpins the           Describe factors, analyse benefits, describe
development of skills in performing, composing              the nature of, demonstrate, evaluate, work
and listening                                               cooperatively, display initiative, plan, achieve
                                                            and perform.
School Certificate
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of               ALL in direct relation to:
elective study in Music will be recorded with a             physical activity/capacity, performance, sport,
grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of          history, social and cultural perspectives.
Achievement.
                                                         School Certificate
                                                         This is a Content Endorsed Course. Satisfactory
                                                         completion of 100 or 200 hours of study in Physical
                                                         Activity and Sports Studies will be recorded with a
                                                         grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
                                                         Achievement.



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TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY                                        VISUAL ARTS
Textiles Technology is an elective course that can         Visual Arts is an elective course that can be studied
be studied for 100 or 200 hours.                           for 100 or 200 hours.

Course Description                                         Course Description
The study of Textiles Technology provides students         Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to
with a broad knowledge of the properties,                  enjoy the making and studying of art. It builds an
performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics,         understanding of the role of art in all forms of
colouration, yarns and fibres are explored.                media, both in the contemporary and historical
Students examine the historical, cultural and              world, and enables students to represent their
contemporary perspectives on textile design and            ideas and interests in artworks. Visual Arts enables
develop an appreciation of the factors affecting           students to become informed about, understand
them as textile consumers. Students investigate            and write about their contemporary world.
the work of textile designers and make judgements
about the appropriateness of design ideas, the             What will students learn about?
selection of materials and tools and the quality of        Students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment
textile items. Textile projects will give students the     of making different kinds of artworks in 2D, 3D
opportunity to be creative, independent learners           and/or 4D forms. They learn to represent their
and to explore functional and aesthetic aspects of         ideas and interests with reference to
textiles                                                   contemporary trends and how artists’ including
                                                           painters,   sculptors,    architects,  designers,
What will students learn about?                            photographers and ceramists, make artworks.
Students will learn about textiles through the             Students learn about how art is shaped by
study of different focus areas and areas of study.         different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring
The following focus areas are recognised fields of         artists and artworks from different times and
textiles that will direct the choice of student            places and relationships in the artworld between
projects.                                                  the artist – artwork – world – audience. They also
 Apparel           Non-apparel      Costume
                                                           explore how their own lives and experiences can
 Textile arts      Furnishings
                                                           influence their artmaking and critical and historical
Project work will enable students to discriminate in       studies.
their choices of textiles for particular uses. The         What will students learn to do?
focus areas provide the context through which the          Students learn to make artworks using a range of
three areas of study (design, properties and               materials and techniques in 2D, 3D and 4D forms,
performance of textiles, textiles and society) are         including traditional and more contemporary
covered.                                                   forms, site-specific works, installations, video and
This would be really suitable for anyone seeking a         digital media and other ICT forms, to build a body
career path in interior design, fashion and costume        of work over time. They learn to develop their
design, fabric design and areas of engineered              research skills, approaches to experimentation and
textiles.                                                  how to make informed personal choices and
                                                           judgements. They learn to record procedures and
What will students learn to do?                            activities about their artmaking practice in their
By examining the work of designers students will           Visual Arts diary.
learn to use the creative process to design textile
items. Design ideas and experiences are                    They learn to investigate and respond to a wide
documented and communicated and will show                  range of artists and artworks in artmaking, critical
evidence of each of the stages of designing,               and historical studies. They also learn to interpret
producing and evaluating. Students will learn to           and explain the function of and relationships in the
select, use and manipulate appropriate materials,          artworld between the artist – artwork – world –
equipment and techniques to produce quality                audience to make and study artworks.
textile projects. Students will learn to identify the
properties and performance criteria of textiles by         Course Requirements
deconstructing textile items and identify the              Students are required to produce a body of work
influence of historical, cultural and contemporary         and keep a Visual Arts diary.
perspectives on textile design, construction and
use.                                                       School Certificate
                                                           Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of
School Certificate                                         elective study in Visual Arts will be recorded with a
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of study in
                                                           grade on the student’s School Certificate Record of
Textiles Technology will be recorded with a grade on the
                                                           Achievement.
student’s School Certificate Record of Achievement.
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