Junior School Team
New Year 7 Students commencing at the College
View the following useful information for your child commencing at Cranbourne Secondary College next year:
- Principal’s Welcome
- Enrolment Enquiry
- School Tours
- Term Dates and Bell Times
- Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)
- Library Resource Centre
- Policies and Procedures
- Mobile Phone Policy
- School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- High Achiever Program
Junior School Engagement Curriculum Program
Cranbourne Secondary College strives to holistically educate our students and they are encouraged to speak up and express their views and concerns in an open, honest and respectful manner. Avenues to raise concerns are regularly discussed with students. The College values student voice and has avenues for students to be active in all aspects of the College, including whole school decision-making.
The Wellbeing Team, Coordinators and Engagement Curriculum Teachers work in unison to deliver a range of proactive programs that are aimed at developing the resilience, empowerment and safety of our students.
The College has a professional Student Wellbeing Team led by a Psychologist who regularly meets with coordinators to support our students. The College has well-defined referral processes for students and parents all aimed at supporting our students.
Parents are regularly contacted to inform them of their son/daughter’s progress. Also, parents are continuously encouraged to contact their son/daughter’s Engagement Curriculum Teacher should they have any queries or concerns.
Year 7 & 8 Core Subjects:
- Health and Physical Education (HPE)
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE) – German
- Life Skills
Year 7 & 8 Elective Subjects:
- Art & Design Technology (including Digital Technology)
Year 7 & 8 English
The study of English helps to create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. English is strongly focused on developing the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Throughout Years 7 and 8, students will be expected to complete a variety of activities within each domain, which will include writing in a range of styles as well as reading, analysing and discussing various texts.
Students will study a selection of texts and complete extended writing units. They will use Education Perfect which is an online resource, to assist them to develop a greater understanding of grammar, spelling and vocabulary. Students will be assigned to the Library Reading Room for one period per week, where, with the support and commitment of the highly experienced Library staff, students will be encouraged to partake in wider reading and complete activities to build reading strategies. Students are expected to develop more extensive reading habits as they progress through secondary schooling, equipping them with strong literacy skills.
Literacy is an important part of the College’s Strategic Plan so that students develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. With the help of a range of assessment tools, teachers will work with students to set meaningful goals to develop their literacy skills so that they can improve the quality of their reading and writing.
Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of formal and informal oral tasks. These include debating, book reports, speech presentations and oral comprehension activities.
Year 7 & 8 Mathematics
The Mathematics course initially reinforces and builds upon the four basic operational skills – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – taught in primary school. All students are required to have a scientific calculator for use throughout the year.
Every attempt is made, where possible, to link mathematical concepts to real-world applications. Students are encouraged to present work clearly and logically through skills and practice exercises in class. They also complete a number of problem-solving tasks in our dedicated Numeracy room and then reflect on the methods used in attaining the solution. Students will also undertake On-Demand Testing in the various numeracy dimensions, enabling teachers to identify their skill levels and work extensively to assist students to improve on their Victorian Curriculum progression scores. During the allotted period per week, students will partake in higher-order thinking and Mathematical ideas, broadening their thinking of how Mathematics applies to everyday situations.
In Year 7 concepts of Algebra are first introduced, involving index laws, equation solving and graphs. Introductions to plane geometry, area and volume, measurement and methods of representing statistical data also form an important part of the course.
Students work from College produced workbooks for each topic studied, and they are also expected to keep their own workbook in an organised format. The online Mangahigh computer program is used by students in all classes to reinforce coursework and to differentiate their learning. Students receive a password and have access to this program at home via the Internet.
Students will be required to complete one scaffolded Common Assessment Task (CAT) per term. This will be presented to students at an appropriate level and will focus on assessing each student’s capacity to demonstrate skills in fluency, understanding, problem-solving and reasoning in relation to numeracy tasks.
The college offers a Numeracy support program staffed by specialist teachers and tailored specifically to meet the needs of students requiring intervention in Mathematics.
As a means to further extend Mathematics students, the College annually participates in the Australian Westpac Mathematics Competition. All students are welcome to sit this test and compete against students from across Australia.
Year 7 & 8 Science
In Year 7 Science, the students’ main focus is to build on their Science Inquiry Skills and literacy skills. Science Inquiry skills involve identifying and posing questions, planning, conducting and reflecting on investigation processing, analysing and interpreting evidence, and communicating findings. There are five sub-strands of Science Inquiry skills that students will learn:
- Questioning and Predicting: Students will identify and construct questions, propose hypotheses and suggest possible outcomes.
- Planning and Conducting: Students will make decisions regarding how to conduct an investigation or solve a problem, including the collection of data.
- Recording and Processing: Students record and represent data in meaningful and useful ways.
- Analysing & Evaluating: Students will consider the quality of available evidence and the merit or significance of a claim, proposition or conclusion and identify trends, patterns and relationships in data, with reference to evidence.
- Communicating: Students will convey information or ideas to others through appropriate representations, text types and modes.
At the end of each unit, students will be expected to complete a CAT (Common Assessment Task) which will test what inquiry skills the students have learnt in class for each term. The CAT will run for approximately two weeks. With an additional one week of feedback from teachers to each student on how they performed to help improve their learning.
Each student in Term 1 will study the Earth and Space Science sub-strand entitled ‘Earth and Beyond’ in which students will focus on five essential questions related to the Science Inquiry Skills with a focus on literacy to improve student literacy skills. Students will look at moon phases, tides and seasons within this unit.
Term 2 focuses on the Physical Science sub-strand entitled ‘Gravity: a Force to be Reckoned With’. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of forces and motion, including how an object’s motion (direction, speed and acceleration) is influenced by a range of contact and non-contact forces such as friction, magnetism, gravity and electrostatic forces.
Term 3 sees the students studying the Chemical Science sub-strand entitled ‘The Matter of States’. Students will gain an understanding of the composition and behaviour of substances. Students will classify substances based on properties, such as solids, liquids and gases.
Term 4 is the study of the Biological Science sub-strand entitled ‘Interactions between Organisms’. Students investigate living things, including animals, plants and microorganisms and their interdependence and interactions within ecosystems.
Year 7 & 8 Humanities
Humanities involves the study of people and their place in the world. It includes the areas traditionally covered by History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business.
In Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business, students explore the systems that shape Australian society, with a specific focus on legal and economic systems. Students learn about Australia’s role in global systems and are encouraged to appreciate democratic principles and to contribute as active, informed and responsible citizens.
In History and Geography, students explore the processes that have shaped and continue to shape different societies and cultures, appreciate the common humanity shared across time and distance, and evaluate the ways in which humans have faced and continue to face different challenges.
The Year 7 and 8 course is a two-year program designed to prepare students for greater specialisation in their subject choices as they move into senior years. Students are expected to work at a high level, developing and producing projects, research assignments and comprehensive workbooks. Computer technologies and other multimedia resources are commonly used in Humanities classrooms at all year levels.
Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education
For PE practical classes, students are required to change into their College PE uniform to enable them to participate. In PE, a wide variety of games and sporting activities are undertaken, such as basketball, athletics, soccer, volleyball, softball, cricket, netball and hockey. Students will also undertake a range of physical tests including the 20m beep test and 1.3km full school run. These tests determine a student’s fitness level and will be retested in the second semester to observe any fitness improvement.
PE games and activities are designed to develop hand-eye coordination, balance and general movement, fitness and a basic knowledge of game strategies and rules.
Health theory classes will focus on health-related topics and personal development. Students will also be required to complete one theory Common Assessment Task (CAT) per semester in Health.
Year 7 & 8 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) – German
In Years 7 and 8 each student is required to study German.
The course aims to provide students with an introduction to Germany and its surrounding countries through learning about the language and culture. Students will complete a range of writing, speaking and listening activities based on a variety of language themes. Themes studied include greetings and introductions, hobbies, animals, colours, numbers, seasons and family. Special attention is given to students speaking German in a range of contexts.
Cultural themes include a study of German and German-speaking countries’ geography, flag, coat of arms, special celebrations and unique features.
To support students with the theory component, they will work from a range of resources supplied by the teacher as well as Education Perfect, which contains useful vocabulary, comprehension smart lessons and listening lessons.
Students are expected to maintain an accurate record of the semester’s work and complete all set activities in a student workbook or on worksheets. Students will regularly be involved in role play activities, dialogue creations and class presentations. Regular testing also forms part of the student’s assessment.
Year 7 & 8 Art & Technology Program
The Art & Technology program runs over two years providing students with the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects in these areas. Students will work intensively for four periods per week in Visual Arts for one semester in Year 7 and again for a semester in Year 8. In the other semester each year, they will study the different technology subjects.
Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts Program
Throughout the two years, students will complete one semester of art in Year 7, followed by a semester of Visual Communication Design in Year 8. Both programs are designed to equip students with the necessary skills required for continuing the range of visual arts study areas in the later years.
Year 7 Art
Throughout the semester, students are exposed to a range of materials, techniques and processes to create visual artworks that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. Students engage in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to the study of Art while building visual language.
Year 8 Visual Communication Design
In Visual Communication Design, students develop conceptual and aesthetic understandings of design solutions in the world around them. With a focus on the design process, students are encouraged to apply creative, critical and reflective techniques as a fundamental introduction to learning in Visual Communication Design.
Year 7 & 8 Technology Program
The Technology program runs over two years providing students with the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects in these areas. Students will work intensively for four periods per week in Food Technology, Materials (wood, plastic, metal) and Digital Technology for one semester in Year 7 and again for a semester in Year 8. In the other semester each year, they will study the different technology subjects
They will develop their skills using The Design Process by designing, planning, making and evaluating a variety of products. The course will focus on the development of both theory skills and practical skills, techniques and confidence in the use of a range of tools, and machinery.
In Years 7 & 8 all students undertake Digital Technologies where they study coding, learn about programming language and explore how the internet is developed. This equips them with the skills to negotiate ICT throughout their life.
Year 7 Music
Music in Year 7 is a semester-based subject where students will be introduced to all areas of the subject. Students will explore the practical side of the subject by playing the drum kit, the keyboard and the guitar, learning basic coordination skills as well as mastering different songs and rhythmic patterns.
Overall, the subject is to be seen as a starting point for many students to explore music as either a leisure activity or an avenue for further study and, ultimately, a career. Some students have the opportunity to apply for and become accepted into our Instrumental Music Program to further develop their instrumental skills and join the school band.
They are made aware of the links that music has with other subjects such as graphics, Mathematics, Languages and the Arts.
Instrumental Music tuition is available and takes place during class time. The fees are $125 per term (subject to change) for drums, percussion, piano, voice, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass and guitar tuition, subject to the availability of private teachers. Students involved in learning a musical instrument are expected to participate in ensemble practice and performances. Some instruments are available for use during lessons at school although it is desirable for students to obtain their own instruments.
Year 8 Drama
In Drama, students learn the skills of non-competitive teamwork. They get to know each other as a class through warm-up activities and workshops. Students develop their expressive skills (voice, gesture, body movement and facial expression), collaboration and playbuilding skills.
The units of study cover Characterisation and Melodrama. Within these focused units, students will gain an understanding of creating and developing characters for performance, stereotypes, mime and movement, stagecraft elements and performance skills.
Based on the Australian Curriculum students also learn to “shape drama for audiences using narrative and non-narrative dramatic forms and production elements, build on their understanding of role, character and relationships, use voice and movement to sustain character and situation and use focus, tension, space and time to enhance drama”.
Teachers use a variety of techniques for assessing student achievement and progress. These include class tests, folios, projects, homework, assessment tasks, assignments, essays, oral presentations and examinations. All results are recorded and used to determine whether the student has satisfactorily completed each subject.
Students in Years 7-10 are to complete Key Learning Activities that are set by every teacher each Term. Parents are able to view the work their children have set via the Compass program. All Students from Years 7-10, who have outstanding KLA’s due, are required to attend Redemption sessions every Monday from 2.30pm to 4pm & Wednesday afternoons from 3pm – 4.30pm in C7 to complete their work with the assistance of teachers.
Regular meaningful homework is an important aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of a good work ethic and sound study habits. With appropriate time management, homework should not adversely affect the participation of students in other activities outside the College.
Your child should not inform you that “I don’t have homework”, as there will be tasks, such as:
- Classwork revision,
- Read a book,
- Completion of work that is due at a later date
- Preparation for class the next day (see homework tasks listed below).
An organised home study routine will ensure your child has every opportunity to achieve success throughout secondary schooling. As the demands increase students should have the ability to adapt quite easily, should they have a sound work ethic and study routine.
Expected Homework tasks include:
- Completion of class work, skills practice and Assessment Tasks,
- Diagnostic, remediation, enrichment and consolidation exercises;
- Reading, study and research;
- Collection of resources and constructing models;
- Correction, improvement and organisation of earlier work,
- Preparation for oral performance presentations;
- Revision and preparation for tests and examinations
- Mangahigh (Numeracy) activities
Homework is assigned in each subject on a regular basis. A reasonable expectation of the total time that should generally be spent on homework on each of the five nights is:
- Years 7/8: one to one and a half hours
- Year 9: one and a half to two hours
- Year 10: two to two and a half hours
- Year 11: two and a half to three hours
- Year 12: three to three and a half hours
If parents feel that their child is spending excessive or too little time on homework, contact should be made with their Engagement Curriculum Teacher. Parents should encourage such activities as reading, viewing current affairs television programs and revision when set homework is light.
Students receive academic reports via the program Compass regularly throughout the year. At the end of each Semester, reports are generated. Parents are encouraged to read carefully through reports and attend Parent/Teacher interviews, which are conducted in Term 1 and Term 3.
Should you, as parents be concerned about your child’s academic progress it is essential that you contact the College immediately to discuss and work through your concerns with the Pastoral Care teacher or sub-school leadership team. By working together, we can ensure successful outcomes for students and implement effective strategies to support the education of the student.