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St. Pius X High School

Curriculum

Students at St Pius X High School are required to study across eight Key Learning Areas (KLAs) over Year 7 to Year 10.  Five of these KLAs are studied in each of Years 7 to 10. These are:

 English;
 Mathematics;
 Science;
 Human Society and Its Environment;
 Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.
 
At some time during Years 7-10 students are also required to study courses in Creative Arts (Music and Visual Art), Languages other than English, and Technological and Applied Studies.
 
As a Catholic school, St Pius X requires all students to complete courses in Religious Studies each year.
 
 
Patterns of Study
 
In accordance with the requirements outlined, the courses of study for the four years are:
 
Year 7                                                     Year 8
Religious Studies                                        Religious Studies
English                                                     English
Mathematics                                             Mathematics
Science                                                    Science
History/Geography                                     History/Geography
Language- French, Italian or Japanese          Visual Arts
Music                                                       PD/Health/PE
Design & Technology                                 Design & Technology
PD/Health/PE
 
Year 9                                                     Year 10
Religious Studies                                        Religious Studies
English                                                     English
Mathematics                                             Mathematics
Science                                                    Science
History/Geography/Civics                             History/Geography/Civics
PD/Health/PE                                            PD/Health/PE
 
In Years 9 & 10 students also study two Elective Courses chosen from:
Creative Arts
Drama
Music
Photographic & Digital Media       
Visual Arts    
 
Technology & Applied Studies
Food Technology
Graphics Technology
Industrial Technology (wood/metal)
Industrial Technology (wood/art metal)
Information & Software Technology
Textiles Technology
 
Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Hospitality
 
 
Languages Other than English
French
Italian
 
Human Society & Its Environment
Commerce
History
Geography
 
Personal Development/Health/PE
Physical Activity and Sports Studies
 
Science
Marine & Aquaculture Technology
iSTEM
 
 
Grading
The Grading Policy for English, Maths & Science is clearly explained in the Handbook which each parent receives on the enrolment of their child.
 
 
Home Learning
We encourage students to appreciate the importance of taking responsibility for their own learning. They need to be organised and self motivated in order to develop the best possible understanding of the concepts and skills covered at school.
There is always something that a student can do at home to help them reach their potential.
 
The three main types of home learning are:
 
Homework, or work set by the classroom teacher, is a regular feature of some subjects. It is usually designed to reinforce the concepts covered in class but often includes locating resources or reading a class novel. Homework is usually set one day and marked the next school day.
 
Preparing for and completing Assessment Tasks is another important feature of home learning. The Assessment Tasks are important as they are the primary tool for determining grades and results recorded in the semester reports. Some tasks are tests, others require research and the presentation of information in various ways. Learning how to manage the preparation of several tasks due around a similar time is an essential skill.
 
Study and revision is work initiated by the student. By preparing their own summaries, tests and reminders, students are better able to keep information fresh and develop a deeper understanding of the topic. To be effective, students should revise the information at regular intervals.
 
All students are given a planner for the recording of homework and assignments. Time is also taken to work with students on skills in organisation, time-management and revision techniques. With the help of parents, we encourage students to develop independent, work habits.
 
 
Course Descriptions
 
English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and Its Environment, Languages other than English, Technology (Mandatory), Visual Art, PD/H/PE, Music.
The teachers of St Pius X create programs that meet the requirements of the Board of Studies in these courses.
 
Religious Studies
The course is designed to develop in students an understanding and an appreciation of the Catholic faith. It explores key Catholic beliefs and rituals, some component of Church history, social justice issues and some beliefs of other religions. This course is endorsed by the Board of Studies.

Elective Subjects
 
Commerce
Commerce enables young people to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and values that form the foundation on which they can make sound decisions about consumer, financial, legal, business and employment issues. It develops in students the ability to research information, apply problem-solving strategies and evaluate options in order to make informed and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the community.

Drama
Drama tries to develop self-confidence and self-awareness in students, along with enhanced communication skills. It enables students to develop the understanding and skills needed to make, perform and appreciate dramatic works. Students role-play as a means of exploring familiar and unfamiliar aspects of their world, including the ways people react and respond to different situations and ideas. Hopefully, students develop an interest in reading plays and an enjoyment of theatre and sometimes film.

Fashion and Textile Design
The study of Fashion and Textile Design provides students with a broad knowledge of fashion properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibre are explored.  Students will examine the historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives on fashion and textile design and develop an appreciation of the factors affecting textile consumers.  Students will investigate the work of fashion and textile designers and study the appropriateness of design ideas, the selection of materials, the tools and quality of fashion and textile items.
 
Food Technology
Food Technology is a mixture of practical experience and theory.  The major emphasis is on students exploring food related issues through a range of ‘hands on’ activities.  While engaging in these activities students will learn the importance of hygiene, safe working practices and the importance of legislation within the food industry.

Graphics Technology
The ability to interpret graphics is an important skill in today’s technological world.  The skills and knowledge developed in Graphics Technology will help students develop a better understanding of graphics and their use in communicating both technical and non-technical information. As such, Graphics Technology provides a sound foundation for anyone studying many of the trade, engineering or architecture courses beyond school.
 
iSTEM
iSTEM demonstrates real world applications of science and mathematics, through the development of technical skills and mechanical engineering knowledge.  Inquiry-based learning activities will be used to cover a number of modules in the fields of technology and engineering.  These include:
 
·        Engineering Fundamentals,
·        Aerodynamics, Motion,
·        Mechatronics,
·        3D CAD/CAM and
·        a Major Research Project.
 
Industrial Technology
Industrial Technology develops students’ knowledge and understanding of materials and processes in a range of technologies. They develop knowledge and skills relating to the selection, use and application of materials, tools, machines and processes through the planning and production of quality practical projects.  Students may study the areas based on a range of technologies of industrial and domestic significance. These technologies include studies in: Industrial Technology (Wood/ Metal) and Industrial Technology (Wood Art/ Metal)
  
Information and Software Technology
People require highly developed skills of computing and technology for their future lives. Students therefore need to be aware of the scope, limitations and implications of information and software technologies. Individual and group tasks in this practical-based course deliver the relevant knowledge and skills needed by students. Development of technology skills and information about career opportunities are important aspects of the course.
 
Languages – Italian, French and Japanese
These courses are for students who are interested in learning to understand, read, write and speak another language to School Certificate level and who wish to develop an understanding of another culture. Learning another language can help you to understand your own.

Marine and Aquaculture Technology
All students learn about marine and aquatic environments. They study water safety, general first aid and the maintenance of equipment. The economical sustainability of aquaculture and marine environments is emphasised together with the preservation of wild seafood stocks. Students learn about the ethical and sustainable use, management and protection of the marine environment. The responsible selection and safe use of equipment in aquaculture and marine and maritime activities is emphasised. They also study a range of industries and organisations that use, manage and regulate the marine environment.
 
Music
Music is a mixture of theory and practical activities. Students learn about a variety of musical styles including Rock Music, Film Music and the Music of a Culture. Students are given the opportunity to showcase and develop their talent through performing at school assemblies, concerts, musicals, cultural evenings and Diocesan events. Technology has become a very important aspect of our department as we offer recording facilities and musical software to compose songs and instrumental music.

Photographic and Digital Media
Photographic and Digital Media provides opportunities for students to enjoy making and studying a range of photographic and digital media works.  It enables students to represent their ideas and interests about the world, to engage in contemporary forms of communication and understand and write about their contemporary world. Photographic and Digital Media enables students to investigate new technologies, cultural identity and the evolution of photography and digital media into the 21st Century. Students are provided with opportunities to make and study photographic and digital media works in greater depth and breadth than through the Visual Arts elective course.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies
Physical Activity and Sports Studies Syllabus is an extension of the Year 7 to Year 10 PD/H/PE syllabus. It provides students with different physical activity and sports options, which they do not experience in PD/H/PE syllabus. These have included: Biathlon, Tennis, Squash, Boot Camp Fitness, Diving, Self-Defence, Golf and others. Students are required to organise and run a tabloid sports competition for primary school students.
 
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NRL Banner produced by Mr Brennan's 2013 Year 8 class

Visual Arts
Students will be given the opportunity to produce a wide range of two-dimensional and three dimensional artworks in the forms of mixed media, canvas paintings, traditional landscape paintings, drawings, design, printmaking and sculptures. Students will investigate, interpret and explain how artists throughout history have represented ideas about their world through their art.
 
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Mr Brennan's 2013 Year 8 class with their NRL Banner - great work people!
 
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The Board of Studies permits schools to commence VET Courses in Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10). Stage 5 VET Courses count towards RoSA, Higher School Certificate (HSC) and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate II and III levels.  The courses are designed to enable students to acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills valued both within and beyond the workplace.  They will also acquire underpinning skills and knowledge related to work, employment and further training within their chosen industry sector.  Through the study of these courses, students will gain experiences that can be applied to a range of contexts, including work, study and leisure and which can assist them in making informed career choices.
 
The following VET course is offered at St Pius X:
 
Hospitality
This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain national vocational qualifications for employment in the hospitality industry. Students will be able to develop generic hospitality skills in customer service, communication, environmentally sustainable work practices, hygiene and safety as well as basic skills in the hospitality industry.