Curriculum

The Curriculum at Killester is underpinned by the ideals of:

    • flexibility
    • options
    • diversity
    • success

Killester supports all students to select a pathway that best suits their interests and abilities therefore their learning becomes more purposeful and future focused. Pathways planning aims to broaden each student’s options through the making of informed choices. This involves:

    • Consultation and a conversation with significant people in the student’s life
    • Research into Pathways options
    • Realistic assessment of strengths
    • Recognition of each student’s likes and wants

In Year 10 the World of Work is explored through the Dare to Dream week and Work Experience. The curriculum begins to offer more choices and students can undertake a VCE or VET subject while a range of electives begin to specifically introduce more specialised subjects leading to Years 11 and 12.

Pathways are mapped out in a one-on-one interview with the Careers and Pathways Educator and each student is assisted to choose her VCE or VCAL subjects for her final secondary years. Killester encourages parents to participate actively role in their daughter’s Pathway selection by providing current information. The curriculum emphasises a strong link between independent learning, skill and knowledge awareness and requirements pertaining to the VCE or VCAL Pathways.

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Year 7

The broad goals of the Year 7 program are:

  • To raise the standard of literacy, numeracy and the quality of output for all students in all subjects
  • To ensure that we support all students in all subjects in order to help them to close the gap on key skills and knowledge required
  • To engage and enrich learning and begin to develop an understanding in students of how they best learn

Core Subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Digital and Design Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts

Students will study both of the following semester length language units:

  • Indonesian
  • Italian
Year 8

The broad goals of the Year 8 program are:

  • To consolidate the foundations of Year 7 learning and understanding and move students beyond their learning comfort levels
  • To offer challenges to develop higher order thinking, creative and critical thinking, increased standards and a sense of self worth through learning about themselves and the world in which they live

Core Subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Indonesian OR Italian

Across Years 7 to 9 students also study the following semester length units.

Two units are studied per semester:

  • Art 1 Drama 1 Food 1 Music 1 Textiles 1 Design and Materials: Wood 1 Information Technology 1
  • Art 2 Drama 2 Food 2 Music 2 Textiles 2 Digital and Design Technology 2 Visual Communication 2
Year 9

Year 9 – Independant Learning

At Year 9 students experience a year of challenge and awakened awareness of their role in their own learning.

The broad goals of the Year 9 program are:

    • That our students become more engaged in their learning – in learning which is relevant and empowering.
    • That students take more responsibility for their own learning.
    • That the curriculum which is taught is academically rigorous.
    • That the emphasis will be on student learning, rather than on the teacher teaching.
    • That students develop their ability to make informed choices about what and how they best learn
    • That the curriculum should be differentiated as much as possible to bring out every student’s potential.
    • That digital technology would be used to a large extent in enabling and empowering student learning.

Core Subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Indonesian OR Italian

Term Length Projects:

Students will do 4 term-length projects. These include Personal Development , which is compulsory plus choices of 3 other units. These will come from a range of electives which are on offer each year from the Arts, Technology, English and Science Curriculum.

Year 10

Core Subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Science
  • *Maths Enhancement – upon recommendation

Electives:

Students choose 5 semester length units from the following subject areas:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Media Studies
  • Multi-media
  • Music
  • Science
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Communication
  • Designer Materials Technology

Whilst students normally undertake VCE Units 1 and 2 in Year 11, the opportunity exists for students in Year 10 to undertake Unit 1 and 2 studies. Students wishing to do this will be invited to apply and satisfy the application criteria.

Instrumental Music is available to students at all year levels.

VTAC Year 10 Guide

Year 11

Year 11

At Year 11 students are individually encouraged to recognise their learning strengths and preferences. There are opportunities also available for students to select a Vocational Education and Training (VETiS) course offered either at Killester or with an external provider. A key feature of a VETiS program is it enhances and develops a student’s interests that allows for learning to take place in a variety of environments.

Killester also works in a Partnership Program with Tertiary Institutions to provide ongoing opportunities to gain experience and broaden students’ knowledge of post secondary possibilities.

Killester encourages the pursuit of a diverse range of Pathways so that all students have a smooth transition to life beyond Killester.

Units in the following subjects are offered:

Arts/Humanities

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Health & Human Development
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Languages other than English (Indonesian & Italian)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Global Politics
  • Religion and Society
  • Texts and Traditions
  • Visual Communication

Maths/Science/Technology

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Information Technology
  • Health & Human Development
  • Mathematics – Further, Methods, Specialist
  • Physics
  • Psychology

VTAC Year 11 Guide

Year 12

Year 12

At Year 12 students are supported with the higher demands of subject knowledge and skills, time management and prioritising. Advisory Teachers and subject teachers work closely with individual students to offer a variety of delivery modes that best suit individual student learning and pathway needs.

The VCE is a two year certificate, generally taken over Year 11 and 12. Students study a programme of 24 units – 13 in Year 11 and 11 in Year 12. English/Literature and Religious Education are compulsory studies.

Each unit is one semester in length. Students receive detailed information about the VCE and Units as part of their transition from Year 10 into Year 11.

Units in the following subjects are offered:

Arts/Humanities

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Business Management
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Health & Human Development
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Languages other than English (Indonesian & Italian)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Global Politics
  • Religion and Society
  • Texts and Traditions
  • Visual Communication

Maths/Science/Technology

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Information Technology
  • Health & Human Development
  • Mathematics – Further, Methods, Specialist
  • Physics
  • Psychology
VCE

WHAT IS THE VCE?

The VCE is the certificate received by most students who satisfactorily complete secondary education. The VCE aims to provide pathways to University, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and employment.

For further information on options within the VCE, course structure and assessment see the VCAA website.


VCE SUBJECTS OFFERED AT KILLESTER COLLEGE

Killester College offers a range of subjects including VET. A full list of these is available in the college’s Student Handbook. Here you will find detailed statements of subjects offered, course outlines, student advice as well as policies on assessment, attendance and satisfactory completion of work.

The handbook is updated annually.


ADMINISTRATION OF THE VCE

SAC (School Assessed Coursework) CALENDAR

Each year a calendar of SAC dates is published. This is of particular importance to any student undertaking a Year 12 subject at Killester College.

 


SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL FORM

When a student is absent from a SAC (Year 12) or Outcome (Year 11) they must present a medical certificate to verify the absence. Students absent from a SAC must also present a Supplementary Medical Form which is to be completed by an authorised Medical Practitioner. This form along with the medical certificate is to be presented to the student’s homeroom teacher immediately upon return to school.

 


PRESENTATIONS

Each year the Senior Pathways team provides information to students and parents via a number of briefings. The dates for these briefings are published on the college calendar and the presentations offered at these briefings are:

Year 10 into 11 student briefing:

Year 10 Pathways evening:

Year 11 into 12 Information

 

Handbook

VCE/VCAL handbook can be downloaded below:

 

VTAC

VTAC Application Information

 

Advice

  • CourseWork/Assessment Information

See VCE/VCAL Handbook and VCAA website.

Students are also given specific information by their subject teachers at the start of each unit and prior to any assessments.

Links

VCAA website to find all information about courses and assessment.

VET

VET

A number of VET courses are offered in coordination with the South East Local Learning and Employment Network. Students may choose an off campus VET course or select from those offered at Killester:

  • VET – Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design & Technology
  • VET – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • VET – Certificate II in Hospitality
  • VET – Certificate II in Sport & Recreation

Students normally undertake Units 1 and 2 in Year 11, and Units 3 and 4 in Year 12.  However, opportunity exists for students in Year 11 to undertake Unit 3 and 4 studies, and students in Year 12 may have the option of undertaking University enhancement subjects.

Killester students generally complete external VET studies at Chisholm, Holmesglen, Box Hill and Fountation Learning Centre.

External VET programs are also available through the VCAA website.

VET studies contribute towards the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) as either scored or unscored VET subjects.

VCAL

WHAT IS VCAL?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior secondary qualification that has been designed to increase the pathways for young people in Year 11 and 12. VCAL focuses on ‘hands on learning’. It gives young people practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal and work skills that are important for life and work. Students who do VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. The flexibility of the VCAL enables students to design a study program that suits their interests, strengths and learning needs so that students leave school with a Certificate from TAFE, VCAL Certificate and experience in their chosen field. There is still a tertiary pathway available through the VCAL program.

HOW IS VCAL ASSESSED?

The VCAL is made up of accredited courses and certificates. There are 4 compulsory strands:

1. Numeracy, Literacy and Oracy
2. Work Related Skills
3. Personal Development Skills
4. Industry Specific Skills

A range of assessment methods may be used including student demonstration, teacher observation, peer and self-assessment inventories, portfolios, written text, debates, participation in incursions, excursions, camps and other activities.

LINKS

1. www.vcaa.vic.edu.au

2. VCAA: VCAL – the hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students

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