Curriculum

Subject Domains: 

Learning and Teaching

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Curriculum

The learning and teaching program at Kilbreda College is both dynamic and innovative, catering for the students’ spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical development. Students are challenged to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers and to develop a broad and transferable skill set. Opportunities for both independent and collaborative learning are provided and contemporary technologies are integrated throughout the learning and teaching program.

The learning environment caters for a diverse range of student abilities with specially tailored support programs and enrichment opportunities for highly able students. We recognise the integral role that parents play as co-educators of our students and encourage parents to be active participants in their daughter’s education.

Accelerated Studies Program

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Students who have demonstrated strong academic ability and excellent work habits may apply to study one of a number of VCE subjects offered as part of an accelerated studies program. This allows the student to undertake a VCE Unit 1/2 subject in Year 10 and continue with the subject at a Unit 3/4 level in Year 11.

Learning Enhancement

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Kilbreda College has a well-resourced Learning Enhancement Department which caters for the specialised requirements of those students who have been assessed as having specific learning needs. In consultation with subject teachers, the Learning Enhancement staff provide academic or program support that considers the student’s individual learning style so as to facilitate their access to the school curriculum. In Year 9, students with additional learning needs are invited to participate in the Compass program which supports students in a number of areas, including organisational and time management, study skills, social skills programs, research skills and exam preparation.



Year Level Overview

   
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Years 7 and 8


In Years 7 and 8, all students undertake a variety of core subjects and are offered a broad range of sequential learning experiences. Italian and Japanese are studied by all students in Year 7. Students then choose one of these languages to continue with in Year 8.

Year 7 Year 8
Core Subjects Core Subjects
Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities Humanities
Health Education Languages (Italian or Japanese)
Digital Technologies Health Education
Mathematics Mathematics
Physical Education Physical Education
Science Science
Semester Based Subjects Digital Technologies
Art Semester Based Subjects
Drama Art
Music Dance
Textiles Drama
Languages (Italian and Japanese) Food Technology

Years 9 and 10

In Years 9 and 10, all students study a combination of core and elective subjects. A broad range of electives are offered for students to select from.

The BRIDGES Program, which is undertaken one day per fortnight, is a unique element of our Year 9 program. Over the year students undertake four thematic, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based units as follows:

Bridges to Change
The Bridges to Change unit provides the students with an opportunity to develop understanding and skills that will support them in gaining future employment, including the writing of resumes and job applications, preparing for interviews and communication skills. Students complete the Victorian Education and Training (VET) Certificate I in Employment Pathways which further enhances their resume.

Bridges to City
This unit allows students to explore the City of Melbourne in groups, to investigate the social justice issues prevalent in our city.

Bridges to Community
Students deepen their understanding of their local community and the responsibility of community members to be active, positive contributors. Voluntary community service is undertaken by students during this unit.

Bridges to Country
This unit develops student understanding of where our food comes from, food security in Australia and the many challenges facing our farmers today. Students visit working farms in Regional Victoria during a three-day study tour and undertake an in-depth group research project of an issue relating to Regional Victoria.

Year 9 Year 10
Compulsory Subjects Compulsory Subjects
Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities Physical Education
Physical Education Mathematics
Mathematics Science
Science Elective Subjects (Semester Based)
Health Education Art
BRIDGES Program Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Elective Subjects (Semester Based) Food Studies
Animals, Food and the Outdoors Geogrpahies of Human Well-Being
Art - 2 Dimensional Health Priority #1
Art - 3 Dimensional History: The Modern Word and Australia
Big History Human Movement
Compass Program Inside Sport
Cosmetic Chemisty Introduction to English Language
Creative Textiles Languages (Italian or Japanese)
Dance Literature
Digital Technologies Making and Breaking the Law
Drama Media Arts
Fashion Design and Production Medical Science
Fit for Life Mind Your Bussiness
Food Studies Music Performance
Languages (Italian or Japanese) Programming, Gaming and Web Design
Managing My Money Textiles
Music Performance and Sound Production The Human Experience
Outdoor Education Visual Communication and Design
The Shape of Things to Come Accelerated Studies Program
The Writer's Workshop High achieving students may apply to undertake one of the following VCE / VCE-VET subjects in Year 10:
Visual Communication and Design VCE Art Units 1 & 2
Young People and the Law VCE Biology Units 1 & 2
  VCE Computing Units 1 & 2
  VCE Dance Units 1 & 2
  VCE Drama Units 1 & 2
  VCE Health and Human Development Units 1 & 2
  VCE History Units 1 & 2
  VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 2
  VCE Media Units 1 & 2
  VCE Psychology Units 1 & 2
  VCE VET Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  VCE VET Certificate II in Business
  VCE VET Certificate II in Hospitality
  VCE VET Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12, students have two pathways to choose from at Kilbreda College; the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This enables our students to choose the pathway best suited to their learning style and future pathway. A broad range of VCE subjects are offered and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects can also be undertaken as part of both the VCE and VCAL.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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This qualification aims to provide the skills and knowledge to enable students to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education. VCAL supports students who wish to work in a more practical program while still achieving a certificate/s at the end of six years of secondary schooling.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
Compulsory Subjects Students who choose to complete VCAL undertake the following program of studies:
Religious Education Literacy and Numeracy Skills
English and/or Literature and/or Language Work Related Skills
Elective subjects Industry Specific Skills
Accounting Personal Development Skills
Art Religious Education
Biology VCE VET subjects (2) of their choosing
Business Management NB: The VCE VET subjects listed are offered on-site at the College. Students can also access an extensive range of VCE VET subjects offiste as part of their academic program.
Chemistry  
Computing  
Dance  
Drama  
Food Studies  
Foundation Mathematics  
Genreral Mathematics  
Mathematical Methods  
Specialist Mathematics  
Health and Human Development  
History  
Informatics  
Italian  
Japanese  
Legal Studies  
Media  
Music Performance  
Physical Education  
Physics  
Product Design and Technology: Textiles  
Psychology  
Studio Arts  
Theatre Studies  
Visual Communication Design  
VCE VET Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology  
VCE VET Certificate II in Business  
VCE VET Certificate II in Hospitality  
VCE VET Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Domain Overview


Religious Education

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Kilbreda College is a Catholic school in the Brigidine tradition. The spirit of St Brigid and of Bishop Daniel Delany, the founder of the Brigidine Sisters, underpins school life; Religious Education is at the heart of the school curriculum. Students have opportunities to explore the Scriptures, Catholic beliefs and practices, Church history and tradition, Christian values and morality, and inter-faith dialogue.They are encouraged to practise prayer and meditation and to participate in a variety of liturgies and rituals influenced by the Church’s liturgical calendar.

RE

Students are invited to engage in reflection days and retreats, as well as to participate in a broad range of social justice activities and community building events. The Religious Education program aims to help students reflect on their beliefs and values, foster their own spirituality and to reach out to others in our world, in short, to put into practice the Brigidine motto, Strength and Kindliness.

Social Justice

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As a Catholic school in the Brigidine tradition, Kilbreda College has a strong focus on social justice. There are various ways in which students, staff and families can become engaged with social justice issues at Kilbreda and therefore make a difference in our world. Catholic social teaching makes clear that the dignity of each person is of great importance and that we must work to protect the poor and vulnerable in our community.

The ongoing commitment to social justice at Kilbreda includes Justice and Democracy Students Forum (JDF), FIRE Carriers, Stand Up Against Poverty, Project Compassion, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project (BASP) and support for initiatives of the Office for Justice and Peace and Kildare Ministries. In our commitment to justice we must strive to live a life that reflects the teaching and person of Jesus as well as reflecting the charism of our founders, St Brigid and Bishop Daniel Delany.

Creative Arts

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At Kilbreda College the Creative Arts are valued as expressive, creative and communicative experiences that engage students in critical and creative thinking. We strive to inspire and nurture a love of learning in our students by providing specialist guidance in the following: drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, textiles, garment construction, photography, visual communication and design and media studies.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts engage students in a variety of forms, technologies and processes. Students’ learning encompasses cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic and kinaesthetic dimensions. The curriculum encourages students to not only improve their skills in this area, but to become risk takers and critical thinkers, striving for excellence.

The Annual Creative Art and Design exhibition is an organised presentation which displays students' work from Years 7 to 12 in the areas of Art, Studio Art, Textiles, Media and Visual Communication. We acknowledge the talent of our students by exhibiting their work to families, peers and school community. Kilbreda also encourages students to pursue opportunities provided by the wider community through competitions, exhibitions or projects and community murals. This establishes meaningful links between classroom practice and its application within society.

English

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The study of English is central to the learning and development of all of us. The traditional elements of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing are just as important as ever when it comes to effective communication. The explosion of technology in recent years calls for increasing interaction with multimodal texts by our students.

At Kilbreda College we aim to develop confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens who are thoughtful and ethical and who see themselves as active members of society. English teachers work with students to encourage analysis, understanding, communication and the building of relationships with others and with the world around them.

Food Studies

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Food Studies is offered from Years 8 to 12. The subject includes the study of food and nutrition and covers practical skill development, using a diverse range of cuisines and a variety of ingredients.

Food Studies
It develops skills in investigation, designing, producing and evaluating through the use of design briefs. There is an emphasis on the relationship between food and health, on safe use of equipment and on factors influencing our food choices.

Health and Physical Education

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The College offers an extensive and comprehensive Health Education program that is tailored to the needs of students at their various stages of development. The theme of the Year 7 program is Changes, where we explore and discuss ways of dealing with family and friendship issues, body image and the safe use of technology. Consideration of the physical changes that occur with puberty is also included. At Year 8, the theme of Right Relationships gives the students the opportunity to consider the ideas of their increasing independence, the responsibility that comes with this and their values. In Year 9, a range of women’s health issues are explored and in Year 10 the emphasis is on responsible decision making. Students can further pursue Health studies in Years 11 and 12.

PE

Physical Education is offered from Years 7 to 12. Students are involved in a range of physical activities which include a bicycle education program at Year 7, a lifesaving carnival at Year 8, a cheerleading and self-defence program at Year 9. The Physical Education program involves a range of focus sports which take place over a three week period and minor sports which take place over the course of a week. Our sport and activities program is designed to ensure that students remain focused and motivated to participate all year round. Sports include: Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Basketball, Circuit Room (gym activities), Cricket, Dance, European Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball.

Humanities

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Our Humanities curriculum is compliant with the current requirements of the Victorian curriculum (Years 7 to 10).

The Humanities help our students to understand the way in which people and societies have organized their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it.

The Humanities in each year level encourage students to:

• undertake a disciplined process of inquiry and research
• learn to question and analyse data through a variety of sources
• promote debate and encourage empathy and thinking about human values
• form conclusions supported by evidence about present and future challenges.

Digital Technologies

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Digital Technologies is taught to all Year 7 and 8 students. Students in later years can choose electives in Year 9 and 10. Our aims in the ICT department include:

Digital Technologies

• building on the ever improving ICT skills that students bring from primary school
• introducing our students to a diverse and challenging range of ICT software (including Web 2.0, Adobe Suite, Microsoft and other packages)
• fostering ICT literacy and confidence in our students, so that they can use these skills in other subjects and other areas of their lives
• encouraging creative, collaborative and critical ways of thinking and working with technology.

We are committed to providing a challenging, enriching and contemporary learning environment for students. Every student has a College issued laptop to enable ready access to digital/online resources and to develop their skills in the effective and responsible use of technology. The College is extremely well resourced in terms of Information and Communication Technology with a wireless network, data projectors/interactive whiteboards or high definition screens installed in every classroom and two computer laboratories.

Languages

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Languages

Language is the gateway to becoming better global citizens with a broader understanding of the world, its people and cultures. Learning a language enhances learners’ cognitive development through the use of analytical and higher order thinking skills and provides a context for critical thinking, peer-work, problem-solving and decision-making.

Kilbreda offers two languages, Italian and Japanese (French is being phased out). Students study Italian and Japanese for a semester each at Year 7, and in Year 8 they choose from either Italian or Japanese for the full year. Language students access web-based programs to underpin and extend their enjoyment of language.

Mathematics

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Maths

Hypatia (AD 350 – 415) is historically noted as the first woman of Mathematics, renowned for her work in mathematical study, logic, astronomy and philosophy. When your daughter starts studying secondary school Mathematics she will encounter a world of learning dating back to Hypatia and beyond.

Mathematics at Kilbreda College is taught as a whole class discipline. Students remain in their homeroom groups and access a broad curriculum that follows the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum. Your daughter will participate in individual, small group and whole class activities. She will play maths games and use interactive technologies that reinforce her learning in class. Students are subscribed to websites such as MyMathsOnline and Sumdog for online learning experiences.

Textbooks are supported by digital resources which means that your daughter can leave her heavy book at school and use a computer or tablet to access the text and other resources at home. Your daughter will be given opportunities to learn in fun and active ways. She will be supported by her teacher and classroom support staff as needed. Our goal is to assist each student achieve to her maximum potential and for all students to become mathematically literate members of society. Who knows- maybe your daughter will be the Hypatia of her generation.

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Kilbreda College has a vibrant Performing Arts program that offers students the opportunity to explore, experience and communicate their creative expression through drama, music and dance. As well as being studied at the junior levels Drama, Music, Dance and Theatre Studies are subjects currently offered at VCE level where our students consistently excel and feature at Top Acts concerts.

There are also many opportunities for students to be involved in our extensive co-curriculum program. Productions include school musicals and junior productions. There are further opportunities for students to participate in school productions in conjunction with St Bede’s College.

In Music, students participate in bands, string orchestra, small ensembles and choir. Private and small group music tuition is available for many instruments, including piano, voice and guitar. There is an annual music camp and two music soirees throughout the year to showcase our students’ musical skills. Students are also encouraged to perform at school functions, assemblies and Masses.

Science

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“I heard, and I forgot. I saw, and I remembered. I did, and I understood”  Confucius

Science

Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human activity where students explore the unknown and conduct experiments to make sense of what they have heard and seen, be it in the classroom or beyond. By investigating how and why things work as they do, students develop critical and creative thinking skills which will be vital to their development as high functioning and articulate members of this highly technological society in which we live.

At Kilbreda our students separate complex mixtures into their components, they dissect squid and chicken wings to see what lies within, they investigate how we humans came to look and act as we do and they use a range of technologies to frame and articulate their responses to what they have learnt. We believe that Science is an important discipline, the knowledge of which is an integral part of any well-educated citizen.