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Years 9/10 Pathways Program for 2019 - subject selection process

At St Augustine’s College we value learning for life and human flourishing and as part of our commitment to this we have reviewed the elective program over the last few years. The elective program has gone under significant changes in an effort to keep our elective program future focused and to suit the needs of our Year 9 and 10 students.

Our mission is to provide all our students the opportunity to succeed and in line with the Victorian Curriculum, we have a focus of ‘Pathways’ for Year 9 and 10 students.

For Years 9 & 10 students, we strive to create opportunities for them to engage in learning that will help shape their senior schooling. It is important that we have structures and options in place to support the development of each individual’s vision for their senior years. Given this priority, we have made some alterations to the breadth of study and the options available.

An elective review group was formed this year to help review the subjects offered and the allocation of these subjects. This group has:

  • Undertaken a review of the current situation of the Years 9 & 10 elective program including subjects offered and student enrolments
  • Ensured the year 9/10 program meets VCAA and Victorian Curriculum regulations.
  • Developed a criteria for selecting subjects to be offered in 2019
  • Created the best overall elective program which best meets the needs of all our students
  • Developed a website to provide students and families with information

To be offered subjects must follow the following set criteria:

  • Subjects must fit within the Victorian Curriculum
  • Subjects must provide a pathway to senior schooling (VCE, VCAL and VET)
  • Subjects must have feasible student enrolments
  • Elective Program must meet all Learning Area needs
  • Elective Program must provide a clear structure and pathway for all 9/10 students
  • Elective Program must provide a greater differentiation for different levels within a subject area

Elective Program Structure

Year 9 students will complete an elective from Elective A and Elective B (Year 9)

Year 10 students are recommended to take one of the following pathways.

Year 10 Option A: Elective A and a Elective B Fast Track VCE Unit 1/2 subject.

Year 10 Option B: Elective A and a VET Certificate (Vocational Education and Training, run by the region)

Year 10 Option C: Elective A and if the student is not ready for a VCE or VET Subject they will select another elective option from Elective B (Year 9) block.

As per VCAA requirements students must complete a subject from each area in year 9/10 as such they must choose at least one Art/Technology subject over the 2 years.

All electives have been carefully considered to link in with senior pathways. The following table shows the electives, VCE Units 1&2 and VET options for year 9/10 students in 2019.

Vic Curric Learning Area Elective A
(Year 9/10) Semester 1
Elective A
(Year9/10) Semester 2
Elective B
(Year 9) Semester 1
Elective B
(Year 9) Semester 2
Elective B
(Year 10) Semester 1&2
Year 11 VCE, VCAL, VET
Math
Science
4 modules
Exploring STEM 1 Exploring STEM 2  Exploring STEM 1  Exploring STEM 1  VCE Psych  Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology 
HPE
8 modules 
Duke of Ed 1 Duke of Ed 2  Outdoor Education 1  Outdoor Education 1  VCE OES  OES 
Sports Coaching 2  Sports Science 2  Sports Science 1  Sports Coaching 1  VCE PE  PE
English
Humanities
Languages
8 modules
Literature 1 Literature 2       Literature 
Money and the Law 1 Money and the Law 2       Bus Man
Legal
Accounting
Economics
Italian 1 Italian 2       Languages: Italian
Technology
Art
Digital Technologies
14 modules
D&T - Metal 1 D&T - Metal 2 D&T - Electrical Systems 1 D&T - Electrical Systems 2    PD&T
D&T - Wood 1 D&T - Wood 2  
Food 1 Food 2     VCE Food Studies Food
Visual Arts 1 Visual Communication Design 2 Visual Communication Design 1 Visual Arts 2   Studio Arts
Visual Communication Design
Media 1 Media 2      
Digital Technologies
2 modules
    Digital Technologies 1  Digital Technologies 2   Computing

 

VET Options

Agriculture - GoTafe

Retail Baking Assistance - GoTafe

Animal Sciences - Online GoTafe

Salon Assistant - NSC

Automotive - SMOTA

Allied Health – GoTafe

Beauty - NSC

Kitchen Operations – SMOTA

Building and Construction - NSC

Information, Digital Media and Technology – GoTafe

Business - GoTafe

Education Support - GoTafe

Community Services - GoTafe

Landscaping - GoTafe

Conservation, Land Management and Horticulture - Online

Screen and Media – GoTafe

Design Fundamentals - GoTafe

Music - NSC

Electrotechnology – GoTafe

Plumbing – GoTafe

Engineering – St Augustine’s

Sport and Recreation - GoTafe

Equine – Online GoTafe

Outdoor Recreation - GoTafe

Event Management – GoTafe

 

Key
GoTafe = GoTafe Shepparton (Own travel required. V-Line bus available from Kyabram) 
SMOTA = St Mary’s of the Angels Nathalia (Bus leaving St Augustine’s 9am)
NSC = Nathalia Secondary College (Bus leaving St Augustine’s 9am)
St Augustine’s = Trade Training Centre St Augustine’s

  • Elective and VET classes will only run if it reaches the minimum number of students to make it viable. This varies between subjects/certificates.
  • Most elective or VET classes have a maximum number. Preference is given to students who complete the relevant forms on time.

Sample Year 9 Timetable

 

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Period 5

Monday

RE

English

Maths

Elective A

Science

Tuesday

English

Science

HPE

HPE

Maths

Wednesday

Elective B

(Year 9 only)

Elective B

(Year 9 only)

Elective B

(Year 9 only)

HPE

Maths

Thursday

Elective A

Elective A

Humanities

RE

English

Friday

Science

Maths

HPE

Humanities

English


Sample Year 10 Timetable

 

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Period 5

Monday

RE

English

Maths

Elective A

Science

Tuesday

English

Science

HPE

HPE

Maths

Wednesday

VCE Fast Track or VET

VCE Fast Track or VET

VCE Fast Track or VET

VCE Fast Track or VET

Maths

Thursday

Elective A

Elective A

English

RE

Humanities

Friday

Science

Maths

HPE

Humanities

English 


Elective selection process

It is extremely important that you access the electives website and discuss these options with your child. Students will then be required to indicate their preferences through the online forms below. We should be able to cater for most students preferences, however if an elective class reaches its capacity it will be decided upon by a process developed by the school, to best meet the individual’s needs of the students. The following tables can be used to plan your 2 year elective program.

Current Year 8 Students

Year

2019 Semester 1

2019 Semester 2

2020 Semester 1

2020 Semester 2

Elective A

       

Elective B

       

Current Year 9 Students

Year

2018 Semester 1

2018 Semester 2

2019 Semester 1

2019 Semester 2

Elective A

       

Elective B

       

Monday 27th August

Sunday 9th September

  • Online elective choices close at 5pm.
  • If choosing a VET option. Students will need to see VET Coordinator Mrs Langley to complete the correct forms before the end of term.

 

Year 11 2019 VCE Blocking Progress Update

As part of our commitment to partnership and human flourishing I am writing to update year 10 students and their parent/guardians as to the progress of making the VCE Blockings for Year 11 2018. Developing the VCE blockings is a very difficult progress as we have such a fantastic range of student interests and passions. We recognise that not all students will get their exact combination of subjects but believe we have catered for the largest range of student’s possible.

We value each individual students pathways and are dedicated to providing the best possible options for all students. We have had a team working on this and the following were our aims. The VCE Blockings Team included:

  • Brayden Stone (Deputy Principal – Student Learning and Professional Practice)
  • Hugh Saunders (9-12 Community Leader - Student Learning and Professional Practice and 5-12 Learning Leader – Health and Physical Education)
  • Sharon Darling (VCE Coordinator)
  • Penelope Jenner (Learning Leader – Art and Design Technology)
  • Brendon Lane (Learning Leader – Math and Science)
  • Loretta Richardson (Learning Leader – English, Humanities and Languages)

This group has aimed to:

  • Create a student centred that aligns with our values and learning and teaching framework.
  • Make decisions based upon student data and preferences
  • Well-rounded blocking system that does not favour any particular subject areas.
  • To be transparent with our decision making with students, families and staff
  • To allow the maximum amount of students to complete the subjects of their choice
  • Minimise clashes between subject choices.
  • Minimise students completing distance education.

To help us achieve this we have followed the processes below:

  1. Collected expressions of interest from all current year 10 students after the senior pathway information night.
  2. Subjects were approved based on sufficient student numbers and the number of subjects we can offer according to staff budgeting. We believe we have done this fairly to cater for largest number of students possible within budget.
  3. A number of different models were discussed with this group and we decided on a format. The format chosen allowed for 1296 possible combinations of subjects.
  4. Members of the VCE blockings team then took approximately looked at every individual students choices to minimise clashes.
  5. Draft blockings were then sent to students for feedback.
  6. Final blockings will be decided upon before the start of term 3.
  7. Subject selection interviews will start in term 3 with Catherine Anderson.

The DRAFT blockings are below. This is only the preliminary blocking’s and this is subject to change. Please contact me through the school office if you have any concerns or queries. All units listed are unit 1/2 if not stated otherwise. Each individual students choices have been looked at however this blocking system is still not perfect.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Math Methods

Biology

PE

HHD

Psychology

Psychology ¾

RE

General Maths A

History

Vis Com

Physics

Italian

OES ¾

 

Food

Bus Man

Studio Arts

Literature

English C

PE Unit ¾

 

English A

General Maths B

Chemistry

English B

Legal

VET

 

 

Year 12 2019 Blockings

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 
English A  English B  History Literature English C  Business Management RE
Legal Studies  General Maths A  Math Methods Biology  Physics  Psychology  
HHD A  Chemistry  General Maths B  Business Management  PE  Vis Com  
PD&T  Psychology  General Maths C Food Study Study  
Study HHD B Studio Art Study DECV DECV  
DECV Study Study DECV      
  DECV DECV