Year 8 Subjects


Course Overview

The Year 8 course develops students’ understanding of narrative and persuasive texts; how they are influenced by audience, purpose and context. Students will explain how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary in a variety of texts affects meaning by examining both literary and non-literary texts.

Students will understand how these selections can influence an audience, informing or persuading about issues. They will interpret and question texts, synthesising their analysis to express or challenge a point of view. They create and transform texts, justifying how language features and images can be combined for effect.

Students selected for the Extension Course will complete the same program but in greater depth. Selection and inclusion in the extension class is at the HOD’s discretion and requires that predetermined minimum level of achievement be maintained.

Health and Physical Education

Course Overview

The primary focus of Health and Physical Education is to not only learn about the key components of a healthy lifestyle but more importantly to actively engage in activities to improve fitness skills and wellbeing. The benefits of learning physical skills in a team or class environment cannot be underestimated. At Elanora High we encourage all students to be actively involved in the HPE and Sport programs in the belief that the foundations set will prepare our students for a fulfilling life. Therefore, HPE is a CORE subject that Year 8 students will be involved in for the whole year.


Course Overview

The aim of the Humanities course is to empower students to create better futures for themselves and others, by learning from the past and investigating current events. It covers two discrete strands of study – History and Geography. Knowledge and understanding of these two subjects is a key to helping solve some of the greatest challenges Australia and the world face today, from environmental changes to resolving conflicts between countries and improving wellbeing and living standards.

History is all disciplined process of enquiry into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. To create a better future, historical knowledge is fundamental in understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from the earliest times until now. History promotes debate and thinking about issues, including present and future challenges.

Geography enables students to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future. Students develop a wide range of general skills and capabilities, an appreciation of different perspectives, an understanding of ethical research principles, a capacity for team work and an ability to think critically and creatively.

The study of Humanities aims to develop skills and knowledge students can apply across all aspects of life and work. It encourages the capacity and willingness to be active and informed citizens who value lifelong learning. Additionally, literacy skill development is a key priority and students will complete a targeted program.


Course Overview

In this course students will be introduced to variety of new vocabulary, script and cultural experiences. This course will enrich learners with the skills to communicate at a basic level in Japanese. It will also prepare them for future success if they wish to continue studying the language.

The study of languages contributes to the general education of all students. Learning to communicate in two or more languages is a rich, challenging experience of engaging with and participating in the linguistic and cultural diversity of our interconnected world.

The Australian Curriculum recognises Australia’s distinctive and dynamic migration history. Language learning builds upon students’ intercultural understanding and sense of identity as they are encouraged to explore and recognise their own linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities, as well as those associated with speakers of the language being learnt.

Learning languages also develops students’ overall literacy, strengthening literacy-related capabilities that are transferable across learning areas.


Course Overview

Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all of our students. As a core subject it becomes essential that our students have a sound foundation of fundamental mathematic and numeracy skills.  Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in three strands: number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.



Course Overview

Science prepares a student for life in our rapidly changing technological society. The “Greenhouse Effect”, the Ozone Layer Problem, Nuclear Waste, Microwave Ovens, the list goes on. We are bombarded by new technology. Science gives the tools to deal with it. Science is fun and practically based. We do experiments to explain the world around us. In Science, we build life skills.

Students selected for the science extension class will study the above mentioned topics in greater depth. Extra activities may be included e.g., titrations, microscopy, tertiary visits and industry excursions as well as a variety of STEM activities—hosted both outside and within the school. Students undertaking science extension should definitely consider expanding their studies in later years by enrolling in the many pathway courses that later become available, such as the Head Start programs offered by Southern Cross University and the Go Griffith Go Health programs offered by Griffith University—see Partnership Program section in Senior Secondary Subject Information Guide. Selection and Inclusion in the extension course is by HOD and teacher recommendation and requires a predetermined minimum level of achievement to be attained and maintained.

Technology – Digital

Course Overview

This subject gives students the opportunity to gain transferable technology skills for using a computer as a problem-solving and communication tool. Students will be able to explore various aspects of digital technologies suited to their own skill and interest level by individual topic selection.

Digital Technologies is structured to provide foundation skills for entry into both senior Authority subjects and Certificate courses, which allow for further study pathways at university of TAFE in this field.

A course of study in Design and Technology promotes open-mindedness, imagination, creative thinking and intellectual inquiry — skills that prepare students for local and global citizenship, and for lifelong learning across a wide range of contexts.

Technology – Food Studies

Course Overview

Food Studies and are part of the Technology Foods learning area. Students will have the opportunity to analyse how characteristics and properties of food determine preparation techniques and presentation when designing solutions for healthy eating.

Food Studies provide students with an introduction to the potential of future studies in a range of subjects including Hospitality and Nutrition and Food Science; developing preparation, presentation and catering skills, investigating and designing food solutions for specific consumer markets. The focus for Food Studies is developing practical skills, making healthy choices and the safe production of foods and provides an opportunity to investigate foods, preparation and production techniques.

Technology – Industrial Tech and Design

Course Overview

Industrial Technology and Design prepares a student for life in our rapidly changing technological society. Industrial skills, architecture, building, construction and manufacturing using environmentally friendly resources— the list goes on in an ever-expanding world. We are bombarded everyday by design problems and the solutions to solve them. Industrial Technology and Design develops the tools to deal with it. Industrial Technology and Design is fun and practically based program, through inquiry and investigations to improve the world around us. In Industrial Technology and Design, we aim to build life skills.

The study of Industrial Technology and Design will provide students with an integrated approach to use the design, engineering and manufacturing processes to effectively and safely make designed solutions. Industrial Technology and Design will lead to skills involving graphic design, engineering and the manufacturing process.

The Arts

Course Overview

Junior Secondary units in the Arts provide students with an introduction to the potential of a creative future and the opportunity to experience the full range of art subjects. These subjects include Dance, Drama, Media Art, Music and Visual Art. Each unit reflects outcomes to be achieved in Junior Secondary, thus providing a clear understanding of both practical and theoretical expectations for future elective pathways within school.

Instrumental Music

Course Overview

For some people Instrumental Music is the epitome of the musical experience. For others, it is the extension of the pleasures of music listening and involvement. From whichever position one starts, instrumental music learning is a powerful adjunct to the development of a student’s musical expression and appreciation.

The overarching purpose of the Instrumental Music Program is to provide children with the opportunity to experience the expressive qualities of music through learning to play a band/orchestral instrument and to participate in performance ensembles such as concert bands and orchestras.