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Elective Subjects

Selecting an Elective Program

Students select four (4) electives from the list below as well as two reserve preferences. Click the names of electives below to read a description of the elective.

Please note that Football Excellence is a year-long elective and therefore counts as two elective choices. Only students who are successful in performance trials are permitted to select this subject.

  • Year 9 Art

    General Description

    Sara Sequeira

    This course is intended to introduce students to a range of drawing and painting skills. They select, and manipulate materials, techniques, processes, visual conventions and technologies to express ideas and viewpoints in their artworks.

    Students analyse and evaluate artworks and exhibitions from different cultures, times and places, and discuss how ideas and beliefs are interpreted by audiences.

    By the end of the drawing unit, you will be able to draw a realistic graphite pencil portrait. You will learn about the proportions of the face, and learn how to draw facial features accurately. You will also acquire skills in rendering and shading with graphite pencil, and use a range of materials to achieve realistic results.

    Kieu Nam

    In the painting unit you will learn how to research and generate ideas for your artwork. Students will discover how to turn a photo into a painting using a variety of photoshop artistic filters. And understand how to create implied textural effects using a variety of water colour painting techniques and media. You will also experiment with colour mixing and discover how colour can communicate feelings and emotions

    Students will use their visual diary to document ideas generated from research and digital manipulation into resolved artworks.

    You will also analyse the artworks of Australian Artist’s Vernon Ah Kee and Del Kathryn Barton. And discuss art issues, such as the role and function of art in society. Students will reflect on their own creative art ideas and respond to the intensions of other Artists.

    Vernon Ah Kee

    Del Kathryn Barton

    During both units, students learn and follow the same art making process that will be used in VCE. This unit aims to give Year 9 students a solid grounding in the basics of Studio Arts practices and prepare them for senior study.

    Pathway Information

    Year 9 Art is recommended for all students and especially those planning to continue to the following Year 10, 11 and/or 12 Visual Arts subjects:

    • Year 10 Art
    • Year 10 Digital Art
    • Year 10 Visual Communication & Design
    • Units 1-4 Studio Arts
    • Units 1-4 Visual Communication & Design

    Relevant Staff

    • Mrs P. Glover - Faculty Leader of Visual Arts
    • Ms L. Santilli – DRC Art and Design Teacher
    • Ms S. Webster- DRC Art and Design Teacher
    • Mr G. Mahoney - DRC Art and Design and VCE Studio Arts Teacher

  • Commerce

    General Description

    This elective explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future. This elective gives students the opportunity to explore Commerce across four areas of study. It provides students with an insight into the Commerce subjects offered at Year 10 and VCE.

    Students will identify and explain the indicators of economic performance and examine how Australia’s economy is performing. Explain the links between economic performance and living standards, including the variations that exist within and between economies, and give reasons for the possible causes of variations. Investigate Australia as a trading nation and its place within Asia and the global economy.

    Legal Studies:
    Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of what laws are and why we need them. They will investigate: criminal law, the role of police, civil law, legal consequences, the justice system and the issues surrounding juvenile crime. Students will learn about the system of democracy in Australia and how it was developed. They will also examine the voting system and run a mock election.

    Accounting(Consumer and Financial Literacy):
    Students will be studying the basic principles of accounting for small businesses with an introduction to the key records of financial management for business operators; Profit & Loss Statements and Balance Sheets.

    Business Management:
    Students will have the opportunity to learn about the nature of business and business ownership. They will explore the factors and key decisions involved in starting a small business, entrepreneurs, marketing, business ethics and eCommerce.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr S. Bagh - Faculty Leader of Commerce & Computing

    Ms S. Parisi - Commerce

  • Dance

    General Description

    Students discuss appropriate ways to rehearse, present and promote dance works. They investigate ways to express ideas and feelings in dance and explore ways to create movement by looking at different structuring devices used to create dance works. Students present their own choreography to their peers and answer questions as to how they decided on their theme.

    Performances are an integral part of the course, taking the form of solo and small group work during class time. A major performance piece is undertaken during the semester with the student modifying, combining or developing various dance pieces created during the course, into a performance piece.

    Students are required to:

    • Explore a variety of techniques used for warm up and stretching and discuss their benefits and disadvantages
    • Look at basic anatomy and how it applies to dance
    • Demonstrate steps with the ability to control movement within their limitations and to recognise those limitations through self evaluation
    • Review performances and discuss their historical context
    • Look at various cultural dances, how these have been passed on and how knowledge about dance has been recorded

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M Spiteri - Performing Arts Faculty Leader

  • Year 9 Visual Communication Design

    General Description

    Vittoria Cugno

    Throughout this unit of study, students will develop a range of design and industry skills within Architecture and Graphic Design. Students will produce folio-based projects that will enhance their drawing, illustration and digital design abilities. Students will undertake practical and research-based projects and have the opportunity to use computer-assisted drawing programs to develop their ideas and presentations. Visual Communication Design is an exciting course as students have the opportunity to ‘act as designers’ in real design situations.

    Roslyn Costa

    During the first unit, students will tap into their creativity, to design a character for a Tim Burton film and then apply this to creative advertising. Students will learn how designers become problem-solvers and how they attract specific target audiences.

    Lucas Christou

    In The Environmental Design Unit, students use their critical thinking skills to create a Year 9 space at The College. Students create a scale architectural floorplan and digital elevation as they learn about how architects use the design process and design conventions such as symbols and scale to communicate to their clients.

    During both units, students learn and follow the same design process that will be used in VCE. This unit aims to give Year 9 students a solid grounding in the basics of Visual Communication Design and prepare them for senior study.

    Year 9 Design is recommended for all students and especially those planning to continue to the following Year 10, 11 and/or 12 Visual Arts subjects:

    • Year 10 Art
    • Year 10 Digital Art
    • Year 10 Visual Communication & Design
    • Units 1-4 Studio Arts
    • Units 1-4 Visual Communication & Design

    Relevant Staff

    • Mrs P. Glover - Faculty Leader of Visual Arts
    • Ms L. Bradley - DRC Art and Design Teacher
    • Mr Z. Mitchell - DRC Art and Design Teacher
    • Mr S. Kalantzis - DRC Art and Design and VCE Studio Arts Teacher
    • Mr W. Smith - VCE Visual Communication & Design Teacher

  • Electronics

    General Description

    Technology is often associated with computers, modern day cars, electronic equipment and modern medicine. In fact, these are just a small part of a rapidly expanding world of technology that surrounds us. Technology is a response to the worlds needs. Today, technology makes life easier and more pleasurable for all of us.

    Year 9 Electronics is an introduction to electronical concepts. Students will learn basic soldering techniques and how electronic components, such as a batteries, resistors, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and switches are put together to make an electronic circuit. Construction of electronic circuitry will begin on a “bread board” and then advance to a printed circuit board. Year 9 Electronics will provide students with an excllent foundation for Year 10 Electronics courses. The skills and competencies gathered in Year 9 will also assist students in understanding whether a pathway in the electronics field or electrical trades may be suitable for them.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms T. Baggio - Coordinator of Technology (Year 7-9)

  • Food Studies

    General Description

    The Year 9 Food Studies course examines the key foods from each section of the Healthy Living Pyramid. The main areas of focus will be food selection, nutritional value, food properties and preparation methods. Students will explore the role nutrients portray in the body and gain the ability to evaluate diets using food selection models.

    Participation in weekly practical activities will enable students to develop a range of skills allowing them to analyse, design and prepare nutritious meals in a safe and hygienic manner. Using the design process students are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their own creative food preparation and presentation skills.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms P Clarke - Head of Food Studies Department

  • Football Excellence

    General Description

    Access to this elective is by selection only. Trials are conducted prior to subject selection each year. This elective will run for the whole year and constitutes two of the electives chosen by students.

    The course focuses on the specific skills and techniques of Football and explores 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.

    Trials will assess students’ ability in the areas listed:
    Core Body Strength (7 level sit up test); Aerobic fitness (Multi Stage Fitness Test); Flexibility (Sit and Reach Flexibility Test); Agility (505 Agility Sprint); Speed (20 Metre Sprint Time Trial); Shooting (10 shots at a goal, 5 shots using right foot, 5 shots using left foot); Passing (Passing a stationary ball through a gate 0.5m. wide from a distance of 10 m.- 5 passes using the right foot, 5 passes using the left foot); Leg Power (Vertical Jump Test).

    Assessment for mid year and end of year reports is carried out in the areas outlined above.

    Course Expectations:
    Students are required to demonstrate strengths in speed and aerobic fitness as a component of the course and to commit to take part in selected school events. These events include House Athletics, SACCSS Athletics, SACCSS Cross Country, CAS Cross Country and other speed and endurance events as they arise.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Torcaso - Director of Football

    Mr B. Beecham - Physical Education Faculty Leader

  • Information Technology

    General Description

    This unit of study enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving. Students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs. The curriculum has been designed to provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions through the application of computational, design and systems thinking. The curriculum also encourages students to be discerning decision makers by considering different ways of managing the interactions between digital systems, people, data and processes (information systems) and weighing up the possible benefits and potential risks for society and the environment.

    Topics of study will include: how to manage and develop plan for a project using Gantt Charts, design Raspberry Pi case using Tinker CAD 3D design tool, how to promote the digital product using advanced video editing tool, how to setup Raspberry Pi and program using different programming languages, how program in an object oriented programming environment and implement a personal project using Raspberry Pi.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr S. Bagh - Faculty Leader of Commerce & Computing

    Mr B. Beecham - Computing Teacher

    Mr F. Frijo - Computing Teacher

  • Media

    General Description

    In Media, students will study through interpretational and analysis: television programs, films and computer games. Practical assignments will include creating films and designing magazine covers. This done in the creative environment of the DRC Media Centre which is fully equipped with a cinema projector and its own set of Apple computers.

    Students are required to undertake assignments in:

    • Magazine Production
    • Film & Televison Analysis
    • Computer Games

    Relevant Staff

    • Mrs P. Glover - Faculty Leader of Visual Arts
    • Mr B. Schubert
    • Ms M. Keele
    • Mr K. Tibaldi
    • Mr R. Whitehouse
    • Ms B. Kendall
  • Music

    General Description

    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.

    Recommendations for selecting this subject:

    • Students should have at least one year of experience in vocal and/or instrumental tuition;
    • Students should have a basic ability to read music;
    • Students should be enrolled in instrumental music lessons either privately or at the College.

    Learning activities will include:

    • Performance: solo and group activities;
    • Performance reviews;
    • Theory and aural comprehension exercises;
    • Creative tasks;
    • Listening diaries including a score study and general music history.

    Assessment will include solo and/or ensemble performances, a creative organisation folio and a research presentation, as well as theory and aural comprehension tasks and examinations.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Spiteri - Faculty Leader of Performing Arts

  • Music Industry

    General Description

    Music Industry encourages music players to develop vocational training skills covering the use of music and audio technology. There is an emphasis on sound reinforcement techniques such as setting up a PA system and using a mixing console. All units studied in this elective can be credited towards VET Certificate II in Music or VET Certificate III in Technical Production (Music). Students need to commit to their instrument or vocal study requirements, and complete a series of modules from the national training package set for the semester. It is therefore recommended that students have a strong interest in playing and performing with musical instruments if they select this subject. Students must concurrently undertake private instrumental tuition, either at the College or outside school hours.


    • Health and Safety and Hearing Protection procedures
    • Practical experience with microphones, mixers and PA systems
    • Studio recording experience
    • Rock Performance craft
    • Aural training
    • Completion of certified Music Industry training modules

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Spiteri - Faculty Leader of Performing Arts

  • Professional Writing

    General Description

    This elective is for those students who love writing and who would like to publish their own work. Students explore innovative writing styles to produce a publication of student work.

    Written work will cover a selection of the following:

    • Poetry
    • Short stories
    • Scripts
    • Journals
    • Feature articles
    • Essays

    Students are required to:

    • Experiment with linguistic structures and features in complex writing for a range of audiences and purposes
    • Produce finished pieces of original work for publication

    Any students wishing to take part in this elective must be working at the upper end of the expected standard or above the standard in Year 8 English for the writing dimension and be recommended by his/her Year 8 English Teacher.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms K. Molony - English Faculty Leader

  • Technology

    General Description

    Technology is often associated with computers, modern day cars, electronic equipment and modern medicine. In fact, these are just a small part of a rapidly expanding world of technology that surrounds us. Technology is a response to the worlds needs. Today, technology makes life easier and more pleasurable for all of us. The study of technology in Year 9 is a study of materials and how these materials are used to solve problems of daily living. It is an exciting study because each student is given opportunities to produce something unique and different, more effective and more exciting than previous solutions to similar problems.

    Students can expect to study the following content: Safety (safe use of tools and equipment in the workshop); Materials (Wood, metal and plastics); Problem-solving (Investigating and designing, making and appraising 3-dimensional objects); Design Briefs (Presentation of a problem requiring a solution); Drawings (sketching ideas -orthographic, isometric, oblique); Practical skills (development of skills through processing of materials); Materials investigation (simple tests to determine characteristics of different materials); Investigation (inquiry into the effects of using materials in today’s society) and Evaluation of final products.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms T. Baggio - Coordinator of Technology (Year7-9)

  • Theatre Studies

    General Description

    In Year 9 Theatre Studies, students begin to learn the skills involved in Theatre Making. The skills of acting, theatrical design and performance analysis are developed.

    By examining various historical and modern Theatre Movements, students begin to develop their understanding of performance in its contexts and their own performance skills. Movements such as Expressionist Theatre, Commedia DelArte and Physical Theatre are examined in detail, and performance projects in these styles are conducted.

    Students also develop their skills in performance analysis by examining and providing feedback on both student and professional performances. This allows opportunities to observe various Theatre Performances, both at an amateur Theatre Company and Professional Theatre standard. Aspects of design in these theatre movements, such as costume and sound design, are also studied theory and practise.

    A strong emphasis is placed on ensemble work, script based performance and performance analysis. This unit involves at least one major performance project a term, as well as minor showings.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr M. Spiteri - Faculty Leader of Performing Arts

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