Secondary Curriculum

Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, students may apply for entry to our PTS (Pathways Through Sport), VAMM (Visual Arts Multimedia), Fusion Music Program or our STEM Program in Year 7. We have created our S.T.E.M (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program for students who have a demonstrated passion in these subject areas to address a globalised world that places a greater emphasis on jobs with automation, technology and computer skills. In these crucial development years, literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental to a student’s development. We place great emphasis on measuring student abilities in these core areas and provide targeted intervention for students that are falling behind via our English Reading Program, EAL program and Individual Learning Plans to ensure no child is left behind. We believe in giving students as much opportunity to trial and sample a broad range of subject areas to give students the chance to identify areas of interest to pursue in later years of education. With this in mind, we have developed an elective cycle that gives students an insight in to subjects such as Art, Media and Cooking to name a few.

Year 9

As students begin to grow and discover more about themselves and areas of interest we encourage them to take some control of their learning by choosing from a wide array of elective subjects from the various Domains of learning; The Arts, English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Technology, Languages, Performing Arts and Health/PE. While literacy and numeracy remain a core focus through compulsory studies of English and Maths, our wide range of elective subjects ensures that students are able to personalise their learning in subject areas they are interested in knowing more about. We have seen from past experience that often our students begin their career pathway from the subjects they have undertaken at Year 9. Our Year 9 program therefore is one that encourages development as our students begin to grow towards independence and self-reliance.

Year 10

Our focus for students at Year 10 is to provide them with opportunities to consider their future pathways. There is a heavy focus on careers with students having the opportunity to prepare for VCE or VCAL pathways. Pathway decisions are informed by student interests, results and goals and during Course Counselling the best viable options will be presented. Our career counsellors and tertiary transition courses help students to make choices that will deliver the best results, not just in terms of ATAR scores and marks, but for their life direction, personal goals and career opportunities.

The Senior Years

We are very proud of our Senior Years program, one that provides students with multiple pathways to reach their career or further education and training goals. Our VCAL program is widely considered to be the best in the State, with 100% completion rates consistently achieved since inception. Our VCE program consistently exceeds state benchmarks in terms of student results with a median score of 31+ being achieved for the past 13 years.

Secondary Domains


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light, it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.

English helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. English values, respects and explores the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have contributed to Australian society and to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience.

At Narre Warren South P-12 College we consider literacy skills to be the building blocks on which future learning is built.


Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

Mathematics has its own value and beauty and at Narre Warren South P-12 we aim to instil an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning in our students. Mathematical ideas have evolved across all cultures over thousands of years, and are constantly developing.

Digital technologies are facilitating this expansion of ideas and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and invention. The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. These proficiencies enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.

Mathematics ensures that the links between the various components of mathematics, as well as the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines, are made clear. Mathematics is composed of multiple but interrelated and interdependent concepts and systems which students apply beyond the mathematics classroom. In science, for example, understanding sources of error and their impact on the confidence of conclusions is vital, as is the use of mathematical models in other disciplines. In geography, interpretation of data underpins the study of human populations and their physical environments; in history, students need to be able to imagine timelines and time frames to reconcile related events; and in English, deriving quantitative and spatial information is an important aspect of making meaning of texts.


The humanities and social sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future.

This learning area includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business.

Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. Thinking about and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The Humanities and Social Science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century.


Science provides a way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.

The Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

In addition to its practical applications, learning science is a valuable pursuit in its own right. Students can experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. The wider benefits of this ‘scientific literacy’ are well established, including giving students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.

The ability to think and act in scientific ways helps build the broader suite of capabilities in students as confident, self-motivated and active members of our society. At Narre Warren South P-12 College we actively seek ways to explore the Science curriculum in a hands on manner, ensuring maximum opportunity is given for students to practice their learning in experiments and live demonstrations. In 2017 we started our S.T.E.M program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Students may apply for entry in to this program. Please contact me to discuss the program further.

The Arts

The Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places.

The arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The five arts subjects in the Australian Curriculum provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.

The arts entertain, challenge, provoke responses and enrich our knowledge of self, communities, world cultures and histories as well as contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning in The Arts is based on cognitive, affective and sensory/kinaesthetic response to arts practices as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills and processes with developing confidence and sophistication across their years of learning. At Narre Warren South we take pride in showcasing the many talents of our students.

Performing Arts and Music

Although technically within the ARTS domain, at Narre Warren South P-12 College we have created a separate domain to specifically target and cater for students who have a passion in dance, drama and music. We also have separate private tuition rooms for students who wish to study with a trained instructor in a particular instrument or voice. We value the importance of practicing performances in front of live audiences and seek opportunities for students to regularly perform at school concerts and events, at lunch times at school as well as off site.

Upon application, students may be selected in to the school FUSION program which challenges and extends students with a talent for music. Please contact the college for further information or Mr Rob Oakley.


Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments.

In this Domain we ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. By applying their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources to create innovative solutions, independently and collaboratively, they develop knowledge, understanding and skills to respond creatively to current and future needs.

Health and Physical Eductaion

In an increasingly complex, sedentary and rapidly changing world it is critical for every young Australian to not only be able to cope with life’s challenges but also to flourish as healthy, safe and active citizens in the 21st century. This is a strong investment in the future of the Australian population.

Technology and media will continue to transform our lives and change the way we communicate. Some health issues will endure while new ones will emerge. New forms of physical activity will become available. Students need critical inquiry skills to research and analyse knowledge and to understand the influences on their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation. They also need to be resilient, to develop empathy and to be actively engaged in their own and others’ wellbeing, using health, safety and physical activity resources for the benefit of themselves and their communities.

In Health and Physical Education, students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. They critique and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Students learn to navigate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations.

At the core of Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation and enhanced performance, students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.

Health and Physical Education provides students with an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active.


Learning languages in addition to English extends student’s literacy range and their ability to communicate. It strengthens student’s understanding of the nature of language, culture, and the processes of communication. In 2019 year 7 and 8 students will learn both Indonesian and Japanese for a Semester. In year 9 Indonesian and Japanese is an elective and runs for the year.

During language lessons students focus on communicating by reading, writing, speaking and listening and complete a variety of learning tasks to demonstrate their understanding on a range of topics including but not limited to: about themselves and others, family, animals and life in Japan/Indonesia.

Learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered to students who have recently arrived to Australia and can be undertaken by students instead of English classes for up to 7 years.

In EAL lessons students develop literacy in English by: learning to speak English, learning to read and write English, continuing their learning in all learning areas through English, at the same time as they are learning English students are also learning about the Australian school system. They also need to develop new cultural understandings, in both the educational context and in the wider community. During EAL lessons students focus on communicative skills through a range of topics including but not limited to: narrative reading and writing, persuasive language and techniques, independent reading, class novels, SMART spelling program and film as texts. The teaching of language conventions is integrated throughout the year and is consistently focused on during writing sessions.