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Term 3 Week 2


Secondary Curriculum 2020

Although we are only just into Semester 2, plans are well underway for 2020.

Next year will see some exciting changes to the Academic Program at Canterbury College. These changes will include a 5-lesson day, a range of new subjects and a new elective curriculum structure.

In addition to the core subjects, students currently in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be able to choose electives from a range of subject offerings. Students are advised to choose subjects that they enjoy and are interested in. Studying a range of subjects will broaden their options in the future.

In 2020 we will offer many semester-based subjects. This will allow students to try more subjects and gain a broader knowledge and a wider range of skills in Years 8-10.

All subjects offered will provide students with a variety of 21st century skills, which can be utilised in all future subjects and career pathways.

We believe that the changes being made to our curriculum, will result in the best learning experiences for our students equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to thrive.

During the next week, students will be able to access subject selection handbooks. They will be able to read about the content and assessment types of each subject offered. It is advised that Parents and Carers discuss subject selections with their children at this stage.

Students are also encouraged to talk to their teachers about the specifics of 2020 subjects and should ask any questions that may help them in making their decisions. On the 8 August there will be a subject selection information evening for students and parents, where there will be the opportunity to discuss subject information with teachers.

By the end of week 5 this term, students will need to have chosen the subjects that they wish to study next year. This process will involve students filling in an online form during a designated lesson. Students will be given more details about this closer to the time.
It may not be possible to offer every subject combination. Too many or too few requests for a given subject can present problems. Subjects may not be offered if student numbers are too low.

The sections below contain some specific information for each Year level:

Year 7

Next year will see the appearance of some new subjects in Year 7. As well as the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and HPE, students will study French and Japanese. There are also eight subjects that the students will rotate through. These will be studied two per term, so that all eight have been studied by the end of the year:

• Philosophy and Logic

• Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship

• Food and Hospitality

• Drama

• Visual Art

• Digital Technology and Media

• Industrial Technology and Engineering        

 • Music or Music Extension

As these subjects will be studied by all Year 7 students, there will be no subject selections. Student timetables will change each term to reflect which of the rotations they will be completing.

Year 8

In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities , HPE, and a language (Japanese or French), Year 8 students will be able to select two elective subjects to be studied in Semester 1 and two different elective subjects to be studied in Semester 2.

In the next couple of weeks our current Year 7 students will be asked to select their elective subjects from the following list: 

• Engineering
• Japanese
• French
• Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship
• Food and Hospitality
• Drama
• Musical Theatre
• Visual Art
• Music
• Music Extension
• Film and Media
• Industrial Technology and Design
• Digital Solutions
• Mathematics Problem Solving

In Year 8, students will be required to select at least 1 Arts subject and 1 Technology subject.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will study the core subjects of: English, Mathematics, Science, History (Semester 1) and HPE. They will also be able to select five electives from the following:

• Anatomy
• Chemistry and Physics Extension
• Engineering
• Principles of Animal Production
• Sport Academy Netball
• Psychology
• Japanese
• French
• Languages Lab
• World History (America and Asia)
• Legal Studies
• Geography
• Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship
• Food and Hospitality
• Drama
• Dance
• Visual Art
• Music
• Film and Media
• Industrial Technology and Design
• Digital Solutions 

Most of these subjects will run for a semester, however some will run for the whole year. Details about each subject will be made available to students and parents in the subject selection handbook.

Year 10

The range of Year 10 subjects have been designed to best prepare students for the subjects that they will study in Year 11 and 12.
Students in Year 10 next year will choose an English subject to study from: English, English Essentials and English as an Additional Language. They will also choose a Mathematics option from Pre-Mathematics Methods, Pre-General Mathematics and Pre-Essential Mathematics.

In Year 10, students will study core Science and History for one semester each and then may choose a Science or History in Semester 2. In total Year 10 students will have 8 elective subjects. Although this number may be less if choosing whole year courses. Students in Year 9 will be able to choose Year 10 2020 elective subjects from the following list:

• Literature
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Engineering
• Agricultural Science
• Physical Education
• Health
• Sport Academy Netball
• Psychology
• Sport and Fitness
• Japanese
• French
• Chinese
• World History (Europe and Africa)
• Legal Studies
• Geography
• Business
• Tourism
• Food and Hospitality
• Drama
• Dance
• Visual Art
• Music
• Film and Media
• Design
• Digital Solutions
• Furniture making
• Construction
• Fashion

Details about each subject will be made available to students and parents in the subject selection handbook.

Year 11

Last week the current Year 10 students and their parents attended the senior subject selection evening. Students had the opportunity to speak with teachers about the details of subjects that they were considering studying in Year 11.

The Year 10 into 11 process also includes SET plan interviews where every Year 10 student and their parents has a 20 minute appointment to discuss their senior subject options and pathways.

Our extensive range of senior subjects (Years 11 and 12) caters for students wishing to go on to Tertiary study as well as those wanting to pursue a Trade or go directly into the workforce after school. Our 2020 Year 11 options include:

• English
• Literature
• English Essentials
• English as an additional Language
• Essential Mathematics
• General Mathematics
• Mathematical Methods
• Specialist Mathematics
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Engineering
• Agricultural Sciences
• Physical Education
• Health
• Certificate III in Fitness
• Psychology
• Sport and Recreation
• Early Childhood studies
• Japanese
• French
• Chinese
• Modern History
• Ancient History
• Legal Studies
• Business
• Accounting
• Hospitality Practices
• Diploma of Business
• Dance
• Visual Art
• Music
• Film, Television and New Media
• Design
• Digital Solutions
• Information and Communications Technology
• Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways
• Certificate I in Construction
• Fashion

If you have any questions about the subject selection process, please contact me on email: j.jenkins@canterbury.qld.edu.au


Year 8 Logan Recycling Excursion
In Term 3, the Year 8 cohort are undertaking an integrated project where students will be creating and marketing a product that reduces the need for mineral mining. Students visited the Logan Recycling Market on the first day back of term and were able to buy a variety of disused products, analyse their mineral content and generate ideas for their projects. The excursion provided an enjoyable start to the unit and we look forward to seeing their finished products.


Mr James Jenkins
Director of Learning and Innovation Years 7-12