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Course Selection: Subjects

Religious Education


Core Subject


Religious Education

Religious Education is central to the learning and development of students in Catholic schools, and it focuses on the knowledge and understanding of the Gospel as it is handed on by the Catholic Church to those who follow Christ.  It is through learning in Religious Education that students, through a process of cultural, systematic, and critical reflection, learn the teachings of the Gospels and understand how Christians live. 

The Bishops of Western Australia have prime responsibility for Religious Education and authorise the content and process of the curriculum for schools in Western Australia. Religious Education has a mandated and formal curriculum for classroom learning and teaching for Years K-12. 

Year Seven students explore how people grow and learn from human experiences. They identify how people come to discover God, the Creator, and how God offers love and goodness to all. Students identify important Christian beliefs about God’s Son, Jesus, who modelled love and goodness. Students identify from Scripture and Church teachings, connections between the life of Jesus and the human potential to respect life and live for the common good. 

Students describe how the Church, the Body of Christ, is present and active in the world today. They identify examples of how the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit to continue the mission of Jesus and to deepen people’s relationship with God. Students explain how the Church throughout history has drawn from Scripture and Tradition to hand on the teachings of Jesus. They identify diocesan structures that support the work of the Church. Students describe how the sacramental life of the Church, initiated in Baptism, and nourished through the Eucharist, is a new way of living that promotes the common good. This new way of living is modelled on Jesus’ teachings about reconciliation, social justice, and peace. 

The Religious Education Learning Area aims to relate Catholic beliefs and practices to the real-life situations of students through:
•    A study of the Bible – its structure, history, and settings as well as its role as the primary source of Divine Revelation. 
•    A focus on the Catholic Liturgical Year with a special emphasis on the important feasts. 
•    A study of some Catholic teachings and practices. 

Students also participate in Religious Education in practical ways through Christian Service Learning, Retreats and Catholic sacred rituals and celebrations.

Art


Elective Subject


Visual Arts - Art

This is a course that effectively provides opportunities for students to express their own identities and ideas using a variety of materials and processes. Students will develop an appreciation of their own artwork and that of other artists and cultures. The projects will be developed from Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking or Graphic Design, or a combination of these.

Students will be guided through a skills-based process to enable them to achieve confidence and expertise with the materials and techniques. They will be encouraged to develop ideas from small original sketches in personal Visual Diaries and take these ideas through to high quality final studio pieces.

Design and Technology


Elective Subject


Design and Technology is taught as two separate units in Year 7:

  • Design Engineering
  • Materials Technology

Design Engineering

The Design Engineering elective provides students with the opportunity to study different types of graphic communication techniques used in our modern technological world using the latest CAD software. We have also incorporated an Engineering component into the experience, looking at electronic circuits and associated technical skills. Both these units give the students a basic understanding of Design and Technology in the modern world and create an opportunity for further study in future years.


Materials

The aim of the Materials course is to give students an insight into the fundamentals associated with working with a broad range of materials and their impact on the environment. There is a focus on creating a safe work environment, where all students can demonstate creativity and develop some basic hand skills. They are encouraged to design, make and evaluate aspects of their project which gives them a valuable insight into the design process.

English


Core Subject


Within the English subject there are two English courses offered in Year 7.


English

The Year 7 Programme will focus broadly on several key areas: reading and comprehension, functional literacy and critical literacy. The focus on reading will be addressed through structured personal reading and the class-based study of a range of print texts including novels, short stories and articles. Through reading journals, library activities, reading aloud, comprehension tasks and creative work, students will be encouraged to enjoy their reading and engage thoughtfully with the opportunities for learning and escapism that books can provide.

Functional literacy is a vital component of all Middle School English programmes, and in Year 7 it will be addressed regularly and thoroughly. All students need to understand that their ability to use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as interesting and appropriately selected vocabulary, are core components of written communication, and cannot simply be prioritised intermittently. As such, regular spelling and grammatical tasks will be interspersed with extended and short answer written work – both comprehension and creative based – where the expression of ideas is treated as comparably important to the content.

In Year 7, the critical literacy emphasis is on encouraging students to think more deeply about the meaning conveyed in familiar text types, and exploring the possibilities for thought and understanding conveyed in less familiar text types. In order to encourage this, a range of interesting texts will be selected for students to explore in a manner easily relatable to their own lives, whilst giving them the chance to explore new and challenging ideas in a supported and nurturing environment.


English Course 3

This course is specially designed for boys identified as needing extra assistance in English.

This supportive and stimulating classroom environment fashions a differentiated programme that still incorporates units from the Mainstream programme. In any one lesson, students will complete activities that focus on their individual point of need, their independence and motivation and skill level throughout the year. A student in this class will gain extra one on one attention to ensure that their development is assured.

Each student’s progress is monitored throughout their enrolment in this course and their potential in rejoining mainstream English will be reviewed at the end of each term. Overall, it will seek to provide all of its students with the skills necessary to eventually move into a senior school course appropriate to the abilities of the student.

Health and Physical Education


Core Subject


Health

In Year 7, the content expands students' knowledge, understanding and skills to help them achieve successful outcomes in personal, social, movement and online situations. They learn how to take positive action to enhance their health, safety and wellbeing by applying problem-solving and effective communication skills, and through a range of preventive health practices. Outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, Trangia cooking and fishing are used as a practical setting to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts covered in the program.


Physical Education

In Year 7, the content expands students' knowledge, understanding and skills to help them achieve successful outcomes in personal, social, movement and online situations. They learn how to take positive action to enhance their health, safety and wellbeing by applying problem-solving and effective communication skills, and through a range of preventive health practices.

Students continue to develop and refine specialised movement skills and focus on developing tactical thinking skills in a range of contexts and applying them to physical activities. They have opportunities to analyse their own and others' performance using feedback to improve body control and coordination. They learn about health-related and skill-related components of fitness and the types of activities that improve individual aspects of fitness. The application of fair play and ethical behaviour continues to be a focus for students as they consider modified rules, scoring systems and equipment, which allows participants to enjoy physical activities and experience success. They begin to link activities and processes to the improvement of health and fitness. The Year 7 curriculum exposes students to an aquatic unit combining survival skills and stroke development, athletics, basketball, fundamental movement skills and strength and conditioning.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and exhibit attitudes and values that promote a healthy lifestyle. The health component is predominantly addressed in the Year 7 elective rotation where students study health for one period each week for the duration of the year.

Humanities


Core Subject


Humanities is a broad-range subject that studies human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future. By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively. Humanities subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.

The Humanities course in Year 7 is divided into two key areas – knowledge and understanding and skills. Students will focus on the four main subject areas of History, Economics, Geography and Civics and Citizenship.

During Semester 1, there will be two courses offered:

  • Humanities (Mainstream)
  • Humanities (Course 3).

After the Semester 1 reporting cycle, a Humanities extension course will be established.


Humanities (Mainstream)

This course follows the Western Australian Curriculum and students will focus on developing their knowledge and understanding of the following key content areas:

  • History: The Ancient World
  • Economics: Producing and Consuming
  • Civics & Citizenship: Designing our Political and Legal System
  • Geography: Water in the World and Liveability

Humanities (Course 3)

This course has been specifically designed to support students who require a differentiated curriculum. While the content covered reflects the WA Curriculum, it is delivered in a supportive and stimulating environment which supports individual learning needs.

Each student’s progress is monitored throughout their enrolment in this course and their potential in rejoining mainstream Humanities will be revised on a regular basis.

Following the semester one reporting cycle,. This course will identify high performers and provide them with differentiated teaching, aimed at challenging and extending their learning. 


Humanities (Extension) – From Semester Two

The Humanities extension course will target high performers and provide them with differentiated teaching and learning opportunities, aimed at challenging and extending their content knowledge and skills beyond the Western Australian Curriculum. Students will be identified for this class based on their performance in Semester 1 and on teacher recommendation. Their performance will be regularly monitored to ensure ongoing suitability to this course.

Information Technology


Elective Subject


Applied Information Technology

The Applied Information Technology (AIT) for Year 7 students provides an introduction to the concepts of information technology. Students will learn about the different types of computer and network hardware, robotics and some basic programming skills.

In addition to the technical aspects of information technology, student will also develop their problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and digital communication skills. They will learn how to use information technology to solve real-world problems and be able to communicate their findings with others.


Game Design

In Game Design, students use a range of applications to design and make simple games. They will learn the elements of good game and story design, the importance of play testing, and receiving feedback on their digital creations. Students work independently and collaboratively, to plan, develop and communicate ideas and information.


Visual Arts - Media Arts

In Year 7 Media Arts we encourage students to build on their pre-existing knowledge of the worlds of film and television to analyse and create their own exciting and engaging pieces of media work. In learning about film codes and conventions, as well genres and the technical skills used to create fascinating film and TV, they will also create their own examples of these works, all while learning about industry-based media skills. This will include safely & responsibly using media equipment, working as part of a production team, and editing their work using industry-standard Abode software. They will also engage in peer review and be able to share their ideas and final productions with their classmates.

Italian


Core Subject


Italian

In Year 7 Italian students will cover topics such as Greetings, Introductions, Birthdays, People and Sport. On a cultural note they will briefly study the Regions of Italy and also learn about Italian customs and traditions. They will learn basic grammatical concepts within the context of topics covered throughout the course.

Learning Support


Elective Subject


Literacy Enrichment and Assessment Programme (LEAP)

Trinity College strives to enable all students to reach their full potential and offer a variety of extra support programs. One of these is the Literacy Program. It will assist Year 7 students in improving their writing and reading skills (to support cross-curricular writing tasks and to prepare for NAPLAN). The Literacy program targets writing skills, in particular, paragraph writing, Persuasive and Narrative essay writing, comprehension, and decoding skills. The program varies on the needs of the students enrolled.

The program will take the place of an elective class and will occur twice a week. We are confident that the successful participation in this program by your son will improve his literacy level appreciably.

Mathematics


Core Subject


The Year 7 Mathematics course is designed to develop a rigorous foundation of the fundamental concepts underlying mathematics. The emphasis will be on core number skills and the development of mental strategies.

We will cover topics specified in the Western Australian Curriculum, namely: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

Problem solving will be interwoven within each of the above mentioned areas of mathematics. Technology will be utilised at every opportunity to enhance student understanding and learning. Students will also develop skills in calculator usage, preparing mathematical projects and
mathematics competitions.

Year 7 students will be ability grouped for their mathematics classes at the end of Term One, however all Year 7 students will do the same course.

Some students may also be identified for the Quicksmart Numeracy program at the end of Term One. See below for details of this program.

See Below: Senior Secondary Mathematics Pathways.

Music and Performing Arts


Elective Subject


Performing Arts - Music

The Year 7 Music course is a fun and practical semester-long course designed to cater for the general student and to provide the background necessary for the Year 8 music electives. The course is aimed at exploring the different elements of music through the teaching methods of the Kodaly concept.

Through singing and rhythm games students will develop their understanding of rhythm, pitch and notation and be given the opportunity to create and perform their own compositions.


Music Advanced - Yearlong (By selection)

A group of 20 boys will be selected to take part in the advanced year-long music program.

Selection will be on the basis of their musical aptitude as determined by a test administered to all incoming Year 7 students in November of this year. Selected boys will all need to be learning an instrument for the duration of the elective to be considered for the class.

Students in this elective will learn advanced rhythm, pitch and notation concepts through the Kodaly teaching methodology. In addition, they will have the opportunity to write their own music for their instrument and perform it in class.


Performing Arts - Drama

Students will be given the opportunity to plan, develop and present performance to their peers by safely using processes, techniques and conventions of drama. Drama will be improvised, or taken from appropriate, published scripts, using selected drama forms and styles. In Year 7, students will be covering beginner drama skills in the form of improvisation and circus. Student work in devised and/or scripted drama is the focus of informal reflective processes using generalised drama terminology and language.

Science


Core Subject


Year 7 is an exciting time for students as, for some, it will be their first time in a science laboratory. To study science, it is necessary to learn many skills so that they can embark on the processes of scientific inquiry and science investigation. The emphasis, therefore, of the Year 7 course is to learn how to conduct experiments. An interest in science is progressively built as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live.

After a short introductory course in which students are familiarised with laboratory safety and procedures, they are exposed to the processes of scientific inquiry and science investigation through a series of activities. These activities build from simple concepts such as observing to more
sophisticated skills such as inferring. Emphasis is on the scientific method which engages students through problem solving and teamwork. During Semester Two further content is introduced to students through conceptual areas of Biological, Physical, and Earth Science which are explored through familiar and relevant real-world experiences. In Course 3, students are exposed to the same content as the other courses, however, the pace of delivery is slower, and more time is allowed for learning of key concepts. Furthermore, the curriculum is adjusted to allow more practice for literacy skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

Year 10 students moving into Year 11 2025: subject data is due Friday 2 August

Year 11 students moving into Year 12 2025: subject data is due Friday 16 August

Year 7,8,9 students moving into 2025: elective data is due Friday 23 August