In the past two years students in Years 7-10 have had a range of options/electives to choose from ranging from Drama to Basketball to Bushrangers. They have also been required to select at least one elective from the list of Arts as well as the Technologies electives.
In 2018, the Federal government has become even more restrictive in its requirements for what primary and secondary students must study at school.
There are eight learning areas in the Australian Curriculum:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Languages other than English
- Physical Education and Health
- The Arts
The first four of these are the ‘core’ learning areas and most of the time in the curriculum is given to them. All students at MCC also study a period a week of Indonesian as their language study, and also to meet the requirement for students to learn Intercultural understanding to ensure they learn respect and tolerance of the cultural differences between people groups in the world that they are likely to be exposed to in life. In addition, students are required to have a minimum of 80 hours per year of study in Physical Education and Health (about 2 hours per week) time-tabled for this learning area.
Finally, schools are asked to ensure that all students have opportunity to learn from the Arts and Technologies areas. The Western Australian government has moved to ensure that schools have a broader amount of offerings in this area, particularly technologies, in order to ensure that Australian children are not behind their international peers.
From 2018, we are required to report on all students in both Digital Technologies and Design and Technology. And in the Arts, schools are required to offer and report on each student in both Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
All of these four areas must be taught during our electives periods. To make this possible, electives will be offered for six months only in Years 7 – 10, and students will be asked to select at least one from each of the following groups of electives:
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- Digital Technologies, and
- Design and Technologies.
Students will consequently select six electives (three for each Semester) which must include one each of these four areas. The benefit of this is that if they select an elective that they do not like, they only have to continue studying it for six months rather than twelve.
Students wishing to use their electives to develop a preparation ‘pathway’ to courses in Year 11 and 12 and potential employment following their schooling, need to think very carefully about their choice of electives. For example, if they are interested in a possible future in the hospitality industry, they should choose electives in that area in order to prepare themselves for the demands of the Hospitality course offered at MCC in Years 11 and 12. They should choose the consecutive Hospitality electives, particularly in Year 10. Similarly, for students wishing to study Computer Science or Design & Materials (wood) in Year 11. Some electives in Years 9 and 10 are likely to require that students have already studied electives in that area in Years 7 and 8 as they increase in the level of difficulty.
Rigour in the Electives
All electives have a theory component – no longer are electives viewed as being times in the schooling day where students can just focus on relaxing and doing something they enjoy. Students are required to undertake rigorous assessment tasks in each elective; usually time for this is given during class but, but depending on how efficiently they work, some work may be required to be undertaken at home.
Student selections will be required early in Term Three. They will be collated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so we ask that you support your son/daughter to get their selections in as soon as possible after they are offered.
Dr Thelma Perso
Director Teaching and Learning