Year 9 Subjects
The economics and business content at this year level involves two strands: economics and business knowledge and understanding, and economics and business skills. Students explain why different types of businesses exist and describe the different ways businesses can respond to opportunities in the market. They explain why businesses seek to create a competitive advantage, including through innovation, and evaluate the strategies that may be used. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the Foundation for Young Australians’ $20 Boss Program to develop a product or service to sell.
The Year 9 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
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 9 students will be involved in for the whole year.
The SOSE course 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 a 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 SOSE 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.
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.
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.
Students undertaking Digital Media units in Year 9 will explore contemporary styles and techniques in media practise. They will create a folio of works in both photographic and digital imagery exploring the relationship of the visual to new media. A range of software will be explored – Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, Fireworks and Bridge.
Music is an integral part of everyday life serving self-expressive, celebratory, social, cultural, political and educational roles. As a powerful educative tool, music contributes to the holistic development of the individual. A study of music assists students in understanding and heightening the enjoyment of the arts in their lives and the music heritage of a range of cultures.
Studying music fosters students’ expression of their creativity and individuality through composing and performing music to communicate feelings, thoughts and ideas. Students become adaptable and innovative problem-solvers, making informed decisions and, as inquirers, their ability to deconstruct and critically evaluate is developed. The discipline and commitment of music-making builds students’ self-esteem, personal motivation and independence as well as providing opportunities for the refinement of their collaborative teamwork skills.
Partnership Program: Students enrolling into Music have the opportunity to undertake further study in the Instrumental Music program.
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
This subject gives students the opportunity to gain transferable technology skills for using a computer as a problemsolving and communication tool. Students will be able to explore various aspects of digital technologies.
Digital Technologies is structured to provide foundation skills for entry into both senior subjects and Certificate courses, which allow for further study pathways at university of TAFE in this field.
Students will investigate how the computer works, learn how to create a 2D Animation, gain a greater understanding of design with the user in mind while designing and developing a website. This course 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 – Engineering principals and systems
Engineering principles and systems prepares a student for life in our rapidly changing technological society.
Engineering principles and systems, architecture, building, construction and manufacturing using environmentally friendly resources — the list goes on in an ever-expanding world. We are bombarded everyday by new technology and the solutions it can solve.
Engineering principles and systems is part of the Design Technologies suite of subjects and as such helps students to develop the tools to deal with it. Engineering principles and systems is fun and practically based. We do inquiries and investigations to improve the world around us. In Design and Industrial Technology, we build life skills.
The study of Engineering principles and systems will provide students with an integrated approach to certain aspects of engineering systems, design and the manufacturing process. Engineering principles and systems will
Technology – Food Studies
Food Studies (Hospitality) units are designed to assist students in their selection and suitability for areas of study in the Senior Hospitality options. During the course of study in each unit students will sample aspects of the relevant senior course and be provided with scaffolded learning experiences in preparation for senior phase studies. Students considering Certificates II and III in Hospitality, and/or Authority Registered Hospitality in the senior school, are strongly encouraged to select Introduction to Hospitality.
Technology – Graphics and Design
Graphics and Design is part of the Design Technologies suite of subjects and focuses on underpinning industry practices and drafting processes required to produce the technical drawings used in a variety of industries, including building and construction, engineering and furnishing. It provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the challenge and personal satisfaction of producing technical drawings and models while developing beneficial vocational and life skills.
A course of study in Graphics and Design can establish a basis for further education and employment in a range of roles and trades in the manufacturing industries. With additional training and experience, potential employment opportunities may be found in drafting roles such as architectural drafter, estimator, mechanical drafter, electrical drafter, structural drafter, civil drafter and survey drafter.
Technology – Health and Nutrition
Health and Nutrition provide students with an introduction to the potential of food technology, food science future and the opportunity to investigate food production, food processing techniques and the latest food technology innovations.
The focus is on the practical application of food production, workshop skills and packaging. Each unit reflects outcomes to be reached in Junior Secondary thus providing a clear understanding of both practical and theoretical expectations for future study pathways.
Technology – Industrial Tech
Industrial Technology prepares a student for life in our rapidly changing technological society. Information technology, architecture, building, construction and manufacturing using environmentally friendly resources, data security—the list goes on in an ever-expanding world. We are bombarded everyday by new technology and the solutions it can solve. Industrial Technology gives the tools to deal with it. Industrial Technology is fun and practically based. We do inquiries and investigations to improve the world around us. In Design and Industrial Technology, we build life skills.
The study of Industrial Technology will provide students with an integrated approach to certain aspects of design, the manufacturing process thereof and the relevant digital technologies that support this process. Industrial Technology will lead to skills involving design and the link between digital technologies and the manufacturing process.
Technology – Textiles and Food
Textiles and Food provides students with an introduction to the potential of a future in the textile or fashion industry and the opportunity to investigate fibre and fabric production, processing techniques and the latest industry innovations. The focus is on the practical application of constructing textile articles using hand techniques, the sewing
machine and the overlocker. The food component’s focus is on the practical application of food production, developing safe kitchen skills and promoting healthy choices.
Students undertaking Visual Art units in Year 9 will explore modern and contemporary styles and techniques of art practise. They will create a folio of works in both 2D and 3D media exploring the relationship of thought to visual response. A wide range of media and technique such as ink, graphite, acrylic, charcoal, conte, pastel, wax, oil, ceramics, assemblage, print making and sculpture will be explored.
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.