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Elective Subjects

Selecting an Elective Program

Year 10 students study eight electives, of which four are studied per semester. You must select elective subjects from the Science (S), Humanities (H) and Physical Education & Health (P) groups, as indicated below. Other elective subjects are optional, however there are some restrictions to how many electives can be chosen from each group.

Some subjects run for a full year, instead of a semester. These subjects include LOTEs, VCE Sciences, Music subjects and select-entry sport programs. These subjects take the place of two elective choices - this is noted at the top of their descriptions.

Be sure to note any pathway information included at the bottom of each subject description. Take note of subjects that MUST be studied in Year 10 in order to continue into similar subjects in Year 11. Links are provided to relevant VCE or VET subjects so that you can plan ahead.

From 2014, the Victorian Government is awarding a new qualification called the VCE Baccalaureate to students who study higher levels of Mathematics AND a LOTE through to the VCE Units 3 & 4 level. In order to remain eligible for this award, students must retain a LOTE subject at the Year 10 level. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.


S Group: Science Subjects

All students must include a minimum of one (1) subject from the S Group of subjects.
You cannot select more than three (3) S Group subjects - N.B. VCE Sciences count for TWO subjects.

As Science subjects are often prerequisites for tertiary courses, along with English and Mathematics subjects, a pathway diagram is provided below to assist in the making of appropriate choices for Year 10. The left hand column shows all possible combinations of Year 10 Science options, which then maps all possible pathways through to Year 12 for each combination. For further assistance in selecting Science subjects for Year 10, please consult the Science Faculty.

Please note: VCE Science courses are only available to Year 10 students approved by the Science Faculty based on past results and other performance factors. VCE courses are colour-coded with red blocks.

Year 10 Science Pathways at St Monica's College
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Year 10 & VCE Science Course Descriptions

  • Year 10 Science: Life

    General Description

    This subject will be made up of units of study in the areas Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology.

    Biological Science: Genetics & Evolution:
    Students will model the basic structure of chromosomes, DNA and genes and compare the outcomes of mitosis and meiosis. Genetic disorders and biological inheritance will also be investigated. Students will develop an understanding of the theory of evolution.

    Environmental Science: Global systems:
    The concepts of the biosphere and the greenhouse effect, together with the various cycles such as water, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus will be studied. The effect of climate change and its long term effects of loss of biodiversity will also be examined.

    Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour:
    Students will investigate the structure and function of the human brain and nervous system as a means of explaining human behaviour. The evolutionary development of the brain and its effect on humankind will be considered, along with current advances in the field of neuroscience.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr K. Thomson - Science Faculty Leader​

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Science: Life is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Science: Physical

    General Description

    This subject will be made up of units of study in the areas of Chemistry and Physics.

    Chemistry: Chemical Reactions & The Periodic Table:
    Students will investigate the structure of the Periodic Table and evidence surrounding the classification of matter. The physical properties of gases, metals, non-metals and radioactive isotopes will be considered. Students will develop an understanding of the major classes of chemical substances and their consequent uses in society. Students will also investigate a range of chemical reactions and relate them to everyday substances seen around the work place and home.

    Physics: Energy Conservation, Motion & The Universe:
    Students will study the Law of Conservation of energy, energy transfer, as well as, examine models for comparing energy changes within systems. The understanding of concepts surrounding motion, speed, velocity, acceleration and forces will also be developed. Newton’s Law of Motion and the mathematical formulae will be used to investigate everyday examples of this area of physics in our world. The Big bang theory is also explored to describe the evolution of the universe and the formation of galaxies and stars.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr K. Thomson - Science Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Science: Physical is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 General Science

    General Description

    This subject is a generalist program designed to touch on three of the main strands of science including, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Note it is a more practical/hands on course.

    Biological Science: Genetics:
    Students will model the basic structure of chromosomes, DNA and genes and compare the outcomes of mitosis and meiosis. Punnett squares and inheritance of characteristics will be explored.

    Chemistry: The Periodic Table and The Atom:
    Students will have an interest in understanding the chemistry of the periodic table and what makes metals, ionic compounds and covalent molecules. The will undertake experiments to explain the properties of various compounds.

    General Science: Forensics:
    The exploration of Forensics leads students to see the real life applications of physics, chemistry and biology when solving or presenting evidence for crimes.

    Physics: Structures:
    During the Structures unit students get to design and construct bridges and examine how physics principles are used to build objects in our world. They will then test their structure for strength.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr K. Thomson - Science Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Year 10 General Science is not intended for students who wish to continue to any VCE Science. Students who wish to study any VCE Sciences should take Science: Life or Science: Physical instead.

     


H Group: Humanities Subjects

All students must include a minimum of one (1) subject from the H Group of subjects.
You cannot select more than two (2) H Group subjects.

  • Year 10 Geography

    General Description

    This course focuses on a study of both the natural and human environments (social and physical geography), and the relationship between the two. There is much discussion about the use of the environment and how to balance demands with needs, and also how to maintain our modern way of living and at the same time reduce the current exploitation of our planet.

    Students who choose to study Geography will be involved in this debate, but more importantly, encouraged to reflect on what they can do as an individual. Geography is about considering the possibilities and overcoming and resolving problems. Fieldwork experiences of both human and physical environments are a key component of the study of Geography. Specific areas of study include the connection between global economic development and poverty; how urban environments are built and the type of infrastructure required for building megacities; the facts around climate change and it affects human and natural environments.

    Topics undertaken in Year 10 are Urban Development, Climate Change Population Growth & Sustainability.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms E. Marcuccio - Humanities Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Geography is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 History

    General Description

    This course explores the history of the 20th Century from 1920 – 2001. Students explore the manner in which the Australia and the world recovered after the First World War and the factors that led to the rise of dictatorships in Europe and Asia. The lead up to the Second World War is discussed, and particular attention is given to the Pacific War. Following their study of the first half of the 20th Century, students investigate the global changes that have affected the world since 1945: The Cold War, Feminism, Civil Rights, Pop Culture and Immigration.

    This study enables and enhances a student’s literacy and writing skills that are important for VCE studies. Students will extend their cultural, economic, political and social knowledge of history and further develop their critical, analytical and writing skills.  Students continue to develop their History skills by undertaking analysis tasks, historical writing and research.  Students with a passion for learning and knowing how the world works and why the world is the way it is today are strongly encouraged to undertake History studies.​

    Relevant Staff

    Ms E. Marcuccio - Humanities Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 History is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Political Studies

    General Description

    Are you interested in power? Do you want to know how nations gain power and keep it at all costs? How did the USA become a Superpower? How do terror organisations work and challenge power by spreading ‘fear’ in the global community? Politics is the study of power and the ideas which direct it. This elective invites students to develop their understanding of global politics through a study of various political organisations (United Nations, IMF and the World Bank), political groups (nations, political parties and terrorist organisations) and systems of governance (democracy, dictatorship and theocracy). Students will analyse and determine the manner in which a nation’s power and interests can affect a country, a region or the whole global community. Specific historical and current global case studies will be analysed including the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Rwandan genocide and the War on Terror. The study compliments History and Economics studies in Year 10 and into VCE Politics, History and Economics studies.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms E. Marcuccio - Humanities Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Political Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Philosophy

    General Description

    Have you ever wondered about basic differences and similarities between humans and animals or what it really means to exist in this world? Have you ever wondered if it is, or will be possible for machines to think? The word ‘Philosophy’ means love of wisdom. This includes knowing what is true, knowing how we should live and knowing our place in nature. In Year 10 Philosophy, the contributions of some modern and early Greek Philosophers are explored and analysed.

    Emphasis is placed on the practice of targeted skills such as effective written communication, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation of texts, and the formulation of philosophical questions. Reflection on such skills and knowledge assists with ones self development in terms of understanding ones own beliefs, thoughts and ways of thinking. The following areas will be studied in detail:

    • Contemporary & Early Greek Philosophers: identification of various leading thinkers in philosophy and an analysis of their ideas and arguments.
    • Mind & Body Relationships - The Existence of God: skills in presenting sound arguments, defining the human mind, distinguishing humans from other animals and objects, the purpose of humans in the world, the meaning of faith.
    • Aesthetics: What is art ? Is graffiti art or vandalism?
    • Morality: where do the ideas of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ come from? Is it right to eat meat or not?

    Relevant Staff

    Ms E. Marcuccio - Humanities Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Philosophy is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     


P Group: P.E. & Health Subjects

All students must include a minimum of one (1) subject from the P Group of subjects.
You cannot select more than four (4) P Group subjects.

  • Year 10 Food Studies

    General Description

    This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills in the development of design briefs and improve their practical skills. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the role technology plays in producing a range of recipes. Students develop an understanding of manufacturing, preparation and packaging of food products. Practical classes allow students to produce a range of food products using various cooking methods to prepare main courses, snacks, desserts and confectionary.

    Topics studied include:

    • Key foods and the role they play in our diets;
    • The interrelationships between food and nutrition;
    • The role of functional ingredients in food preparation;
    • Packaging and labeling;
    • The impact of media on food choices.

    This subject combines both practical and theoretical work and students are assessed on both components.

    Relevant Staff

    Miss P. Clarke – Head of Food Technology Department

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Food Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Health and Human Development

    General Description

    This course focuses on the physical, social, emotional and spiritual factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of the whole person. The course also explores factors that develop strong, well rounded, confident people with high self esteem. Some of the topics studied included:

    • Social Health: Social changes, impact of media, decision making, communication, resilience and relationships;
    • Mental Health: Self esteem, identity, body image and mental illness;
    • Spiritual Health: Values, morals, beliefs and well-being.

    Students will be assessed through research assignments, a written examination, health scenarios analysis and a childhood development project.

    Relevant Staff

    Mrs J. Southall - Health & Human Development Teacher

    Miss N. Meade - Health & Human Development Teacher

    Mr B. Beecham - Faculty Leader of Health and Physical Education

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Health & Human Development is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Hospitality

    General Description

    The Hospitality course focuses on giving students an overview of the various sectors of the hospitality industry. Students are given the opportunity to experience preparing foods and catering for outside groups whilst learning skills in public relations.

    Students will learn to:

    • Identify all sectors of the hospitality industry, including management, food and beverage and housekeeping;
    • Develop an awareness of food ordering, handling, safety and presentation, when preparing food for others;
    • Develop skills in relating to the public through different forms of communication and focus on personal presentation;
    • Develop skills in menu planning and in the preparation of a variety of foods for various functions;
    • Demonstrate skills in the preparation of cakes for special occasions.

    This subject combines both practical and theoretical work and students are assessed on both components.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms A. Xerri - Hospitality Teacher

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Hospitality is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 P. E. Advanced

    General Description

    This option is designed for students who are serious about studying VCE Physical Education in Year 11 or 12. The course introduces many of the topics covered in VCE Physical Education Units 1-4. There is a large theoretical component involved in this course as it prepares you for what to expect when you undertake VCE Physical Education. Topics include how and why the body performs or reacts in certain ways when undertaking physical activity. The course will also include a practical component. Sports activity sessions will be used for gathering data and information that allow for the study of concepts such as energy systems, fitness components, acute and chronic responses to training/physical activity, fatigue and recovery. This unit will have some assessment tasks that need to be completed as well as an examination at the end of the semester. If you are unsure about VCE Physical Education but would like to get a taste of it to help make your decision then you may also want to consider this unit.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms M. Moylan - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr T. Carlson - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr P. White - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr B. Beecham - Faculty Leader of Health and Physical Education

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 PE: Advanced is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 P. E. Fitness

    General Description

    This unit will involve plenty of physical activity on an individual or small group level. Students should only choose this unit if they are prepared to be physically active in all practical lessons. Activities will include many of the following: classes at Fitness First gym in Epping, spin classes (on stationary bikes), Body Combat, Pump, Boxing (e.g. Tae-Bo), Step, Circuit and weight training classes in both SMC gyms, Lawn Bowls, Ten Pin Bowling, Self Defence/Martial Arts and Golf. Activities selected will depend on staff expertise and the availability of facilities. There will be a theory component in the course which will be undertaken in the single period each week. Theory topics will focus on aspects of physical activity and may cover areas such as Training Methods, Components of Fitness and other topical issues. Theory topics will be assessed in the form of an assignment undertaken during two weeks of classtime.

    Relevant Staff

    Miss N. Meade - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr T. Carlson - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr P. White - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr B. Beecham - Faculty Leader of Health and Physical Education

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 PE: Fitness is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 P. E. Sport

    General Description

    Students will be actively involved in many and varied sports. Students should only choose this unit if they are prepared to be physically active against a single opponent or as part of a team in all practical lessons. Sports conducted will include many of the following: squash, racquetball, badminton, table-tennis, volleyball (beach and indoor), softball, cricket (outdoor and indoor), AFL, NFL (American football), Soccer, Touch Rugby, Gaelic football, basketball, netball and handball. Activities selected will depend on staff expertise and the availability of facilities. There will be a theory component in the course which will be undertaken in the single period each week. This component of the course will introduce students to some of the elements of VCE PE at a Year 10 level. The theory component will be assessed and reported on in the form of an in class assignment. Theory topics will focus on areas such as good sportsmanship, role models, racisim in sport and drugs in sport.

    Relevant Staff

    Miss N. Meade - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr T. Carlson - Physical Education: Advanced Teacher

    Mr B. Beecham - Faculty Leader of Health and Physical Education

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 PE: Sport is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Football Excellence

    General Description

    Access to this elective is by selection only. Trials will take place in late July. This elective MAY NOT be selected together with AFL Studies, PE: Fitness or PE: Sport.

    Also note: Year 10 Football Excellence is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, Football Excellence counts as two elective units, not one.

    This elective focuses on the specific skills and techniques of Football. The course incorporates various training programs and skill development. Specifically, the program is aimed at improving the aerobic fitness, core body strength, agility, speed, leg power and flexibility of participants. These areas are introduced and assessed, together with skills in passing and shooting. These elements are then combined with tactical awareness in a variety of game situations. Students participate in a Junior Coaching Session Licence, accredited by the Australian Coaching Council. They also take part in a Referee Victoria course to accredit them as qualified Football referees. The course is designed to enable students to develop in the areas of fitness, skills and tactical awareness in order to enhance performance in this sport. Trials assess students’ ability in the following areas: Core Body Strength, Aerobic fitness, Flexibility, Agility, Speed, Shooting, Passing and Leg Power. Students need to demonstrate strengths in speed and aerobic fitness and to commit to participating in selected school events. These events include House Athletics, SACCSS Athletics, CAS Athletics, SACCSS Cross Country and other speed endurance events as they arise.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Torcaso - Directory of Football

    Mr B. Beecham - Health and Physical Education Faculty Leader​

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Football Excellence is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     


T Group: Technology Subjects

You cannot select more than four (4) T Group subjects.

  • Year 10 Automotive Engineering

    General Description

    Automotive Engineering provides students with a systems approach towards the repair and maintenance of automotive engines. Students are taught how to read schematic diagrams and to produce their own maintenance flow charts. They are taught the care and use of hand tools and equipment associated with engine technology. Students dismantle and reassemble an engine and use accurate measuring equipment to measure worn components and use engine tuning equipment to accurately analyse the specific settings of both small single cylinder engines and four cylinder engines. Australian Standards and SI units are introduced and students learn the importance of systems and their associated subsystems. Students are introduced to the safe use of automotive equipment and components associated with the course. They are taught the safety procedures involved in the running of small engines and the safe use and storage of liquids associated with engine technology. They learn how to identify and use specific engine components and measuring equipment and to solve problems using automotive manuals, CD-ROMs and the World Wide Web, including how to dismantle, fault find and reassemble a small, four cylinder engine. 

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Gowers – Faculty Leader of Technology

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Automotive Enginering is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Electronics 1

    General Description

    Every electrical circuit needs a system to function. A radio won’t work without a speaker, so too, circuits require more than simple components. Systems are ways of understanding complex applications of technology. A system may be considered as an assembly or combination of components or parts which interact in an organised way for a specific outcome. At Year 10, students explore how the systems approach to electronics breaks complex electronic systems down into a number of subsystems joined together. These subsystems are broken into still more simple systems or components. In each case, the emphasis is on what a system or component does, rather than why it does it. In Electronics 1, students are introduced to the safe use of electrical equipment and electrical components. They learn to measure voltages, currents and resistive circuits. They also learn how to identify and use specific electronic components to produce a desired outcome. With the aid of graphics equipment, students produce an A3 poster on a designated topic. and using CAD (Computer Aided Design), students produce an electronic circuit.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Gowers – Faculty Leader of Technology

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Electronics 1 is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Electronics 2

    General Description

    Electronics 2 is an extension unit to Electronics 1. Students can only select Electronics 2 if they have first selected Electronics 1. Electronics 2 is designed to provide students who may be considering a possible career in electronics or systems technology a full year of study to help prepare them for VET and other trade certificates in Year 11.

    In Electronics 2, students extend their knowledge by completing the following tasks:

    • Working with two or more circuits to produce a desired outcome;
    • Build simple circuits on “breadboards”;
    • Calculate the voltage drop across a resistor;
    • Calculate the current around a circuit;
    • Prepare, insert and solder simple components to produce a circuit;
    • Investigate how electronics plays a major part in society today.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Gowers – Faculty Leader of Technology

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Electronics 2 is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 I.T. Computer Science

    General Description

    Computer science (also called computing science) is the study of the foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. In this course students will study mathematical foundations (game, coding and graph theory), communication and security (cryptography, networking and computer security) as well as spreadsheets and databases, artificial intelligence. A special study of robotics will be undertaken where students will be required to construct, program and test a robotic device.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - VCE Information Technology Teacher & Maths and Computing Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 IT: Applications is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 I.T. Hardware & Network

    General Description

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the internal hardware and architecture of personal computers. This hands-on course will guide students through sourcing their own components, building a PC and installing Operating System software. This elective will also provide students with the opportunity to gain practical skills in designing, configuring and installing home computer networks using routers, switches and hubs, hosts, etc. Other topics will include parts identification, expansion buses, system assembly techniques, BIOS configuration utilities and software installation and configuration.

    Assessment:

    A Daily logbook is required for assessment with an examination at the end of the unit. Students will be required to complete a set of competencies with associated procedures and techniques in the course.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - VCE Information Technology Teacher & Maths and Computing Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 IT: Hardware is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 I.T. Programming

    General Description

    This course focuses on three programming languages, C++, where students develop basic programs, Visual Basic, where students create programs using graphical interface and macro buttons and APP Development, where students create their own app using APP Inventor.

    Assessment:

    A series of ongoing projects, unit tests and an end of semester exam will be required throughout the unit. Students will complete a set of competencies with associated procedures and techniques in the course.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - VCE Information Technology Teacher & Maths and Computing Faculty Leader​

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 IT: Software Development is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 I.T. Technology 1

    General Description

    Technology is often only associated with things such as computers, fast cars, electronic equipment, and miracle medical machines. In fact, these are just a small part of a rapidly expanding world of technology that surrounds us. Through this course, students learn to understand and use the design process to produce different models (many 3-dimensional), use hand tools safely, and to identify the role that technology plays in today’s society. The follow topics are also covered:

    • Safety: The safe use of tools and equipment in the workshop;
    • Materials: Wood, metal and plastics;
    • Problem Solving: Designing, making and appraising three dimensional objects;
    • Design Briefs: Presentation of a problem requiring a solution;
    • Drawings: Sketching ideas - orthographic, isometric, oblique;
    • Skills: Development of skills through processing of materials;
    • Investigation: Inquiry into the effects of the use of materials in today’s society.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Gowers – Faculty Leader of Technology

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Technology 1 is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 I.T. Technology 2

    General Description

    Technology 2 is an extension unit to Technology 1. Students can only select Technology 2 if they have first selected Technology 1. Technology 2 is designed to provide students who may be considering a possible career in carpentry or other construction industries a full year of study to help prepare them for VET and other trade certificates in Year 11.

    In Technology 2, students extend their knowledge by completing the following tasks:

    • Complete a design folio including evaluation criteria, steps to complete a model, and a log book;
    • Understand how natural and man made timbers play a major part in today’s society, and the social and environmental impact of the materials;
    • Complete a three dimensional model;
    • Investigate materials associated with the model.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Gowers – Faculty Leader of Technology

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Technology 2 is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     


Other Subjects

There are no restrictions on the selection of these subjects.

  • Year 10 Art

    General Description

    The focus of this unit will be on traditional drawing, painting and printmaking techniques. Students will make in depth studies of artists from the early Twentieth Century, such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró and Munch as the basis for inspiration and art appreciation. Detailed analysis and trialing of painting and printmaking techniques will be covered, extending skills introduced in previous years. The drawing of Surrealism, the painting of Cubism and the printmaking of Expressionism will form the main focus of research. Students will be expected to make greater use of their visual diary as they develop resolved artworks from ideas generated through drawing and observation. Students will be expected to present artworks that demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic principles, such as experimenting with balance and scale within a composition to achieve various visual effects. Artworks must also be structured in an appropriate way to suit the techniques, styles and forms being used. This will demonstrate an effective control over painting and printmaking techniques and equipment. Students will be expected to justify their personal evaluations of early Twentieth Century artworks through critical analysis, and demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts to which these artworks belong.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr B. Schubert - Visual Arts Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Art is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Business & Industry Studies

    General Description

    This Commerce elective provides students with a pathway into VCE Business Management and VCE Industry & Enterprise. It explores the operations, planning and marketing necessary for small business. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their business acumen through the design and marketing of their own product. They further examine the nature of work, workplace competencies and skills, applying for a job, and the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Students will discover their own sense of entrepreneurship while investigating some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs.

    Business Topics:

    The investigation of franchises, key stages of businesses at start-up, essential planning, marketing, management skills, and the importance of location, advertising and eCommerce.

    Industry Topics:

    The exploration of future career options, cover-letter and resume writing techniques, interview techniques, the nature and purpose of work, key competencies and enterprise skills, entrepreneurs, workplace issues, rights and responsibilities, discrimination and sexual harassment.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr S. Bagh - Commerce and Computing Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Business & Industry Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Dance

    General Description

    Students study different types of dance styles, focusing on the historical, cultural and social aspects and context of the art form. They explore how this context influences what is choreographed and performed within the unit. Students make informed judgments on dance styles and adapt what they have interpreted into their own choreography. Performance is an integral part of this subject, taking the form of safe dance practices, preparation, rehearsal and performing for a specific audience. Activites include exploration of a variety of dance techniques and incorporation of these techniques into performance, analysis of choreographic principles, improvisation of dance techniques through exploration, composition, themes and imagination and an examination of various technologies (light and sound) and an understanding of their role in dance routines and choreography. 

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Eckersley - Head of Performing Arts

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Electronics 2 is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Design

    General Description

    This course is intended to introduce students to the major roles of designers within industry. Throughout the course, students will use the visual communication production process as a means of developing ideas and personal expression. Three folios will be developed, extending knowledge and skills in the areas of architectural drawing, graphic design and industrial design. Studies of typography and illustration will reinforce the work of graphic designers who produce literary publications, posters, signage and general artwork for various industries and professions. Students will engage in such situations themselves and explore the implications of the visual communication production process. The course will also focus on industrial design, where students’ understanding of orthogonal layouts, observational freehand sketches and scale models, will be enhanced by research into the styles and concepts of practising designers. Students will be expected to present visual communications that demonstrate an understanding of functional and aesthetic considerations. Students will be expected to justify their personal evaluations of selected visual communications through critical analysis, and demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts to which these designs belong.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr B. Schubert - Visual Arts Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Design is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Digital Arts

    General Description

    The focus of this unit will be on the Adobe Creative Suite software, in particular, Photoshop and Illustrator. The course will feature a combination of both art and design approaches and is intended to equip students with a range of computer based working methods that can be taken to either art or design subjects at Years 11 and 12. Students will still be required to use drawing from observation and the development of a visual diary as essential elements of their artistic practice. Basic and advanced skills in scanning and digital photography will be covered as a means of sourcing digital images, which can then be manipulated and enhanced to form resolved artworks. Studies of relevant art movements such as Pop Art and Art Deco will inform students’ stylistic development, as well as a study of the techniques used by contemporary digital illustrators. Students will be expected to present artworks that demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic principles, such as experimenting with balance and scale within a composition to achieve various visual effects. Artworks must also be structured in an appropriate way to suit the techniques, styles and forms being used. Effective control of digital media and equipment must be shown through the use of information technologies. Students will be expected to justify their personal evaluations of artworks through critical analysis and demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts to which these artworks belong.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr B. Schubert - Visual Arts Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Digital Arts is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Financial Studies

    General Description

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the knowledge and skills required to undertake further studies in Commerce such as VCE Accounting, Economics & Business Management. Two major units will be covered in this subject:

    Accounting for Small Business:
    An examination of accounting reports including: profit & loss statements, balance sheets, cash books and cash flow statements. This unit further explores general financial management principles followed by small business operators.

    Economics:
    An examination of income and wealth distribution - who gets what, why and how. This unit further focuses on Australian and world economic issues and indicators, such as unemployment, poverty and wealth distribution.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr S. Bagh - Commerce and Computing Faculty Leader

    Mrs T. Kremers - Financial Studies Teacher

    Mrs J. Johnston - Financial Studies Teacher

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Financial Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Legal Studies

    General Description

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the kinds of legal concepts that will be explored more fully in VCE Legal Studies. The subject will focus on a number of areas across the semester, such as the need for rules and laws and the functions of those laws, the role of legislation and law-making bodies in the Parliament, Courts and Subordinate Authorities and an exploration of the Australian court system. The role of the police will be examined, including the rights and responsibilities of teenagers when dealing with law enforcement officers. An overview of Criminal Law, including the definitions of crimes, sanctions and trial procedures will be introduced, as well as topics involving juries, Civil Law, suing for damages and compensation awards. Case studies will focus specifically on the law as it applies to young people and new technologies, making the course particularly relevant to senior secondary school students. 

    Relevant Staff

    Mr S. Bagh - Commerce and Computing Faculty Leader

    Ms M. Pezzi-Incani - Legal Studies Teacher

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Legal Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Literature

    General Description

    Studying Literature at Year 10 gives students the opportunity to think about how human experience is represented in texts. Students read widely, talk and write about their responses to a range of text forms, plays, novels, film, poetry and short stories. If students undertake the Literature elective at Year 10, they have a better idea about the different emphases within the three VCE English options and so will be able to make a more informed choice about which English study or studies to undertake in their final years of secondary school. Studying Literature enhances students’ ability to use language skilfully. Students read, talk and write about the ways that good writers use language effectively and in so doing, their own capacity to use language improves. They develop a better vocabulary, their understanding of the flexibility of English sentences is enhanced, they read and reflect upon examples of clever, engaging and powerful writing and they are encouraged and supported as they work towards producing such writing themselves. Students who are successful in Year 10 Literature, may be given the option of selecting Literature as their only VCE English study in Units 1 and 2.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms K. Molony - English Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Literature is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 LOTE: French

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 LOTE is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, a LOTE elective counts as two elective units, not one.

    In this year of French you will gain a better understanding of the structure of the language and will be able to describe events in the future and in the past. You will be able to understand French people conversing on a wider range of topics and be more ambitious in your creative writing. A greater awareness of French culture and history will be fostered through films, and both library and internet research. Students will be encouraged to compete in state-wide poetry recital and investigate student exchange programs. General topics of exploration include: travel and modes of transport, school (Australian and French systems), eating at cafes and restaurants, holidays, entertainment, health and welfare, letter writing, and issuing, accepting or refusing invitations.

    Studying a second language not only provides you with skills in that language, but also with thinking processes and viewpoints which can be applied across all other subjects, particularly in the arts, humanities and science fields.

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P. Dunne - LOTE Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 LOTE: French is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     


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  • Year 10 LOTE: Greek

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 LOTE is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, a LOTE elective counts as two elective units, not one.

    This subject is for students who wish to broaden their communication in the Greek language. In Year 10 your comprehension skills will improve noticeably because your vocabulary will increase. You will be able to speak with greater confidence on topics of relevance such as yourself, your family, leisure activities and school. Reading and writing activities will help to consolidate conversational skills. Some topics covered previously will be revised in greater depth. Topics will include expressing preferences, saying what you want to do and can do, dates and time, asking and giving directions, saying what you have done, wishing people well, and accepting and declining invitations. Your knowledge of the Greek language will improve and cultural studies will form an important aspect of the course. Successful completion of Year 10 will give you sufficient language that can be practised in the community.

    Studying a second language not only provides you with skills in that language, but also with thinking processes and viewpoints which can be applied across all other subjects, particularly in the arts, humanities and science fields.

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P. Dunne - LOTE Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 LOTE: Greek is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 LOTE: Italian

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 LOTE is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, a LOTE elective counts as two elective units, not one.

    In this year of Italian you will gain a better understanding of the structure of the language and will be able to describe events in the future and in the past. You will be able to understand Italian people conversing on a wider range of topics and be more ambitious in your creative writing. A greater awareness of Italian culture and history will be fostered through films, library and internet research. You will also be encouraged to compete in a state-wide poetry recital and the writing of your own poetry. General topics of exploration include: travel, holidays, entertainment, music and planning your future.

    Studying a second language not only provides you with skills in that language, but also with thinking processes and viewpoints which can be applied across all other subjects, particularly in the arts, humanities and science fields.

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P. Dunne - LOTE Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 LOTE: Italian is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     


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  • Year 10 LOTE: Japanese

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 LOTE is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, a LOTE elective counts as two elective units, not one.

    In Year 10 your communication and comprehension skills will be enhanced as you gain more vocabulary and study grammar points systematically. Through verbal comprehension, you will be able to describe your family and friends, your daily life and your future plans. In listening comprehension, you will encounter Japanese from a variety of sources. These practices will give you greater confidence in communication with the Japanese. In reading comprehension, several forms of writing will be introduced such as a diary, reports and journals. You will gain confidence with them as you learn more vocabulary and Kanji. Successful completion of Year 10 will give you practical communication skills and fundamental competencies to progress to VCE Japanese.

    Studying a second language not only provides you with skills in that language, but also with thinking processes and viewpoints which can be applied across all other subjects, particularly in the arts, humanities and science fields.

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P. Dunne - LOTE Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 LOTE: Japanese is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 LOTE: Spanish

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 LOTE is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, a LOTE elective counts as two elective units, not one.

    This subject is for students who wish to broaden their communication in the Spanish language. In Year 10 your comprehension skills will improve noticeably because your vocabulary will increase. You will be able to speak with greater confidence on topics of relevance such as yourself, your family, leisure activities and school. Reading and writing activities will help to consolidate conversational skills. Some topics covered previously will be revised in greater depth. Topics will include expressing preferences, saying what you want to do and can do, dates and time, asking and giving directions, saying what you have done, wishing people well, and accepting and declining invitations. Your knowledge of the Spanish language will improve and cultural studies will form an important aspect of the course. Successful completion of Year 10 will give you sufficient language that can be practised in the community.

    Studying a second language not only provides you with skills in that language, but also with thinking processes and viewpoints which can be applied across all other subjects, particularly in the arts, humanities and science fields.

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P. Dunne - LOTE Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 LOTE: Spanish is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Media - Popular Culture

    General Description

    Year 10 Media will introduce students to an extensive study of a television series, where they will concentrate on production and story elements including such things as character development, costume, lighting and plot. Through discussion, analysis and practical components, students build on concepts important for VCE and investigate the impact of the media in society.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr B. Schubert - Visual Arts Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Media is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Music

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 Music is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, Music counts as two elective units, not one.

    Students who enjoy music performance and take vocal or instrumental music lessons are encouraged to take this elective subject. Students explore music to generate and develop ideas for creating and making music. They develop an understanding of the use of musical elements in a range of performance styles. Students also learn about social and cultural traditions in the history of music.

    Learning activities will included:

    • Performance: solo and group activities;
    • Performance reviews;
    • Theory and aural comprehension exercises;
    • Creative tasks;
    • Aural Analysis of previously unheard works, including a score study and general music history.

    Assessment will include solo and ensemble performances, a creative organisation folio and a research presentation, as well as musicianship comprehension tasks and an examination.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Spiteri - Faculty Leader of Performing Arts

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Music is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Music Industry

    General Description

    Please note: Year 10 Music Industry is a full year study, rather than a single semester. Accordingly, Music Industry counts as two elective units, not one.

    Year 10 Music Industry encourages music players to develop technical skills while continuing instrumental and/or vocal lessons and rock performance craft. The expected performance standard by the end of the course is Third Grade AMEB. Students will also develop skills in the use of digital and audio technology, with a strong emphasis on sound reinforcement skills such as setting up and operating vocal and band PA systems, small lighting systems, studio recording techniques and multimedia production. Song writing, listening and aural training skills; a history of styles of popular music in Australia; retailing, marketing, business, legal studies related to the music industry and management skills, will all be covered. Ideally, students should have studied Music Industry in Year 9, however later entry at Year 10 is possible. All the modules studied in Music Industry during Years 9 and 10 will lead towards a Certificate II in Music Industry (Foundation) – an accredited, nationally recognised qualification, which provides a solid background for Certificate III Music Industry in Years 11 and 12. This “hands on” music study will also include making a demo in a recording studio and will involve extra time and work experience, supporting school based music gigs and/or concerts. Learning activites will include developing technical skills for song writing, performing and recording music, producing music digitally, using computer based sequencing software such as “Garage Band” and experience with microphone placement, operating a mixer, setting up and operating PA and lighting systems.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Eckersley - Head of Performing Arts

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Music Industry is compulsory for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Textiles

    General Description

    In this subject students gain knowledge on the classification, characteristics and properties of fibres/fabrics so they can choose the appropriate fabrics when producing a textile product. Students learn how to embellish and decorate fabrics using a variety of different methods, helping them create original and unique textile products. They learn how to use the sewing machine and overlocker by producing different sewing/decorative techniques. Design elements and principles are taught so that students can achieve certain visual effects when designing for a particular purpose. Students prepare a design brief and specifications in order to give them a clear understanding of their client’s needs and requirements. Product/fashion drawing is taught so students can present clear annotated design options that satisfy the client’s needs. Pattern preparation and product/garment construction methods are taught so students can produce a high quality finished product that meets the needs of the client.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms E. Italiano - Textiles Teacher

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Textiles is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Theatre Studies

    General Description

    At Year 10 level, Theatre Studies begins to delve more deeply into technical aspects of production and performance. A grounding in many theatrical styles is further enhanced via analysis of the history of theatre production involving a range of texts and traditions. Students build upon their understandings of set design, lighting, multimedia, music and of performing or acting in a role. Students learn to evaluate the success of their own work and the work of others.

    For those new to Theatre Studies, the course provides the means of quickly adapting and developing these skills.​

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Eckersley - Head of Performing Arts

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Theatre Studies is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects:

     

  • Year 10 Media - Filmmaking

    General Description

    Students undertake various practical tasks, including filmmaking processes such as scripting, filming and editing. The format of the film can include options such as claymation, animation, stop motion, music video, narrative or documentary. Through this practical work, students will explore the entire process of media production from the initial concept to the final presentation, working through the stages of media production such as pre-production, production and post-production.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr B. Schubert - Visual Arts Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Year 10 Media is recommended for students planning to continue to the following Year 11 and/or 12 subjects: