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YEAR 9 LEAP PATHWAY
Dromana College’s LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Acceleration Program) aims to cater to the individual needs of high ability and highly engaged students. The Year 7 and 8 program caters to the needs of these students by providing students with access to a more demanding curriculum, in a class with peers who are committed to and engaged in learning. Our approach to teaching and learning within LEAP at Year 7 and 8 is more attuned to the needs of high ability students. This approach includes having accomplished Year 12 VCE Teachers as the Pastoral and subject teachers for the LEAP class, having one teacher for English and HUMS and one teacher for Maths and Science and it includes the undertaking of two Language studies (Indonesian and Japanese) and studying Philosophy.
The Year 9 LEAP pathway is based on the best available research and evidence. We recognise the importance of giving all Year 9 students choice over their pathways, but we also recognise the importance of ensuring all students continue to gain exposure and breadth across a wide range of pathways.
With this in mind the LEAP pathway at Year 9 for 2018 differs slightly from the mainstream Year 9 Program in a number of ways to ensure that we continue to meet the individual needs of our LEAP students.
How does the 2017 Year 9 LEAP Pathway differ from the mainstream Year 9 Pathway?
The LEAP Pathway aspires to prepare students for both the undertaking of University Enhancement subjects and the Victorian Baccalaureate in Year 11 and 12. (The Victorian Baccalaureate is a newly awarded certificate that complements the VCE).
To meet the requirements of the Victorian Baccalaureate students are required, at VCE level, to undertake a Language study and VCE Maths Methods as well as attain a high score in VCE English.
To ensure students are given every opportunity to access these pathways in Senior School the Year 9 LEAP pathway requires students to:
- Undertake at least one Language study (either Indonesian or Japanese)
- Be accepted to either or both of the Extension English and / or Extension Mathematics classes (Note: English and Maths classes at Year 9 are single sex classes. Within both English and Maths Dromana College offers an extension class and it is a requirement of the LEAP pathway that a LEAP student must be invited to access at least one of either the Extension English or Extension Maths class)
- Undertake LEAP Humanities and LEAP Science
- Be given the opportunity to access Year 10 / VCE studies offered within the Wednesday ‘F Block’
Year 9 Mainstream Program Sample:
|Sem||Core:||Art / Tech Elective:||Additional Electives:|
|Elective 3||Elective 5|
|2||HPE||Tech Elective||Elective 2||Elective 4||Elective 6|
Year 9 LEAP Program Sample:
|English||Maths||P/Care||LEAP Science||LEAP Humanities||
(Art / Tech)
Wed F Block Option
(Art / Tech)
Wed F Block Option
- LEAP students must undertake a Language study
- LEAP students will be together for Science and HUMS
- LEAP students will have access to the Wednesday F block Yr 10 /11 electives. (Note: LEAP students are under no obligation to elect to undertake one of these subjects)
- LEAP students will be in gender based classes for English and Maths at Year 9 and for Pastoral / Form Meeting
- To qualify for continuation in LEAP students must be invited to access Extension Maths and / or Extension English in Year 9.
Year 10/11 Elective Options available to LEAP students (Wednesday F Block Options):
The following subjects are Year 10/11 subjects that are available to Year 9 LEAP students. The advantage of undertaking these subjects is that it gives LEAP students the opportunity to access University Enhancement Pathway options when they enter Senior School. Whilst all LEAP students are free to elect one of these subjects, approval for them to undertake the subject is dependent upon approval from the relevant teaching staff and Senior School Leaders.
YEAR 10 ASTROPHYSICS & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
This course is designed for Year 9 and 10 students who are thinking about studying VCE Chemistry and or Physics. In this course, students will learn about the types of bonding involved in ionic, covalent and metallic compounds. They will study organic chemistry and learn how to name and draw hydrocarbons. Students will apply this knowledge to investigate the reactions of hydrocarbons and explore compounds such as carboxylic acids and haloalkanes. They will also explore many of the really interesting topics in Physics which include astrophysics, circular motion, black holes, quantum mechanics, the Big Bang, dark matter, dual nature of light and much, much more.
While not a prerequisite for VCE, this course will be a great preparation and introduction to some of the content in the VCE course. It is suitable for Essential Science students and Year 9 students thinking of completing a Year 11 Science subject in Year 10.
GROUP MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Group Music Performance will run every Wednesday afternoon sessions 3 and 4 and will be available to students in Years 9-11 who are enrolled in a Music subject at their year level and who are learning an instrument. Students who are intending on undertaking VCE Music are strongly encouraged to elect this subject as it will focus on building student’s performance skills in preparation for VCE Music.
YEAR 10 LITERATURE
The study of Literature is an exciting course that relies upon lively debate amongst class members to develop and extend an understanding and enjoyment of reading. Coursework includes creative responses, spirited discussion and analytical thinking and writing. This broad selection of tasks encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers. These skills will assist students in their future academic study and life-long careers.
Students interested in undertaking VCE Literature are strongly encouraged to undertake Year 10 Literature.
YEAR 10 PSYCHOLOGY
Year 10 Psychology introduces students to the scientific nature of Psychology. Students investigate the history of Psychology, consider influences on human behaviour from biological, behavioural, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. They examine the contribution that classic studies have made to the development of different psychological theories. Students will also have the chance to conduct their own scientific research and learn how to write a formal scientific report based on the evidence they have collected.
The purpose of Year 10 Psychology is to provide students with a pathway into VCE Psychology and provide sound preparation for the rigors of VCE Psychology.
YEAR 10 VISUAL COMMUNICATION
This course involves students in the use of a variety of materials and media, as well as becoming familiar with the graphic elements and design processes. Students will be given a variety of creative topics to make them aware of Visual Communication and its uses in society. The course involves the use of Visual Communication in the following: graphic design, multimedia, architecture, industrial design, fashion design, cartography, pavilion design, freehand drawing and rendering, function of design in communication, illustration, engineering. Students gain an understanding of design and visual communication in industry and the workplace and the people involved. Students will produce a folio, workbook and design products. Computer generation of images will be included in all projects.
Unit 1: Establishing and operating a service business
This unit focuses on the establishment of a small business and the accounting and financial management of the business. Students are introduced to the processes of gathering and recording financial data and the reporting and analysing of accounting information by internal and external users. The cash basis of recording and reporting is used throughout this unit. Using single entry recording of financial data and analysis of accounting information, students examine the role of accounting in the decision-making process for a sole proprietor of a service business.
Unit 2: Accounting for a trading business
This unit extends the accounting process from a service business and focuses on accounting for a sole proprietor of a single activity trading business. Students use a single entry recording system for cash and credit transactions and the accrual method for determining profit. They analyse and evaluate the performance of the business using financial and non-financial information. Using these evaluations, students suggest strategies to the owner on how to improve the performance of the business.
VCE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science that explores the interactions and interconnectedness between humans and their environments and analyses the functions of both living and non-living elements that sustain Earth systems.
How can pollution be managed?
Students investigate the extent to which humans modify their environments and the consequences of these changes in local and global contexts with a focus on pollution, biodiversity, energy use and climate change; they explore the conceptual, behavioural, ethical and technological responses to these changes.
VCE Environmental Science provides for continuing study pathways within the field and leads to a range of careers. Diverse areas of employment range from design, including: landscape or building architecture, engineering and urban planning, environmental consultancy and advocacy, which may involve employment in air, water and/or soil quality monitoring and control, agriculture, construction, mining and property management and water quality engineering. Environmental scientists also work in cross-disciplinary areas such as: bushfire research, environmental management and conservation, geology and oceanography.
Geography is the study of exploring, analyzing and understanding the characteristics of the world around us. Some of the key skills built across geography include interpreting and analyzing maps; describing geographical phenomena; and collecting, sorting and representing information and data. Students undertake fieldwork each unit to investigate concepts learnt in the classroom. Overall geography aims to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about people, cultures and environments throughout the world.
Unit 1: Hazards and disasters