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CURRICULUM

 

Click Here to Access the 2017 Procedural Senior Certificates Handbook
 

Click Here to Access the 2017 Senior Certificates (VCE, VCAL and VET) Subject Information Handbook
 

Click Here to Access the 2017 Year 10 Subject Information Handbook
 

Click Here to Access the 2017 Year 9 Subject Information Handbook
 

Students are taught within the AusVels framework, which is part of the developing national Australian Curriculum. AusVels uses an 11-level structure which broadly relates to the years of schooling from Prep to Year 10.
Year 7 students continue to progress from level 6 and by Year 10, students should achieve AusVels Level 10.
Senior school students may then commence VCE, VCAL or VET studies in Year 11.

English
Students are taught the skills of reading, viewing, writing, speaking and listening. Grammar and spelling are taught explicitly and the skills of responding to text, writing creatively and analysing language are developed. Wide reading is encouraged across all levels of secondary school.
NAPLAN testing is conducted in Years 7 and 9. In addition, regular Robert Allwell tests are also conducted. Students have the opportunity to compete in debating, writing and public speaking competitions both within the College and externally.

Mathematics
Maths is a core subject to Year 10 and the Maths teachers at Marymede focus on building student confidence and enjoyment of the subject. Maths is everywhere in life, so students are encouraged to use technology in their study and to find everyday applications that add interest and reward to their work.
From Year 10, students may choose a more advanced level of study. Year 11 VCE Maths options include General Mathematics (standard or advanced); and Mathematical Methods CAS. VCE Year 12 options include Further Mathematics; Mathematical Methods CAS; or Specialist Mathematics.

Science
General Science is a core subject to Year 10 which covers the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, space and physics. During these years, students are exposed to a dynamic body of knowledge and discovery through hands-on activities and experimentation.
To support students in their journey of scientific discovery, they can access the College Science Club and participate in excursions to the Zoo, Scienceworks, Ceres, La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and the Synchrotron.
From Year 11, VCE study is offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology.

Humanities
The Humanities is a vibrant area of study with real-world relevance. In Years 7-10, History, Geography and Commerce and Civics are taught, with a broader range of elective options available in Year 10.
From Year 11, VCE study is offered in Accounting, Business Management, Economics, History, Geography and Legal Studies.

Music
Music study at Marymede is cutting edge and state-of-the-art. The College has made significant investment in instruments and performance equipment to raise the calibre of 21st century music education.
Students in Years 7-10 have the opportunity to learn a band instrument such as drums, guitar or keyboard, as well the ability for regular public performance and co-curricular music events. Vocalists are also supported and benefit from the latest equipment.
A Music education at Marymede is complete with the study of units 1-4 VCE Music in Years 11 and 12.

Health and Physical Education
All Year 7-10 students undertake an integrated study of Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education. It is an intensive and diverse program that takes an innovative and experience-based approach to health and physical fitness.
The Health and PE teaching team inspire students to make physical activity part of their lives, rather than just part of their education. The program is challenging and results in positive attitudes to personal health and activity.
The program develops skills and tactics in different games, as well building knowledge in important topics such as nutrition, the human body and Australia’s health.
From Year 11, VCE study is offered in PE and Health and Human Development.

Performing Arts
The Performing Arts of dance and drama are undertaken by students in Years 7-10 and are extremely popular. The Performing Arts include a combination of practical elements that develop confidence, as well as theory based study that builds analytical skills.
The study also includes costuming, make-up, props, set design and other production elements. The College’s extensive costume collection is often sought for hire by amateur theatre companies.
VCE Drama is offered to Year 11 and 12 students and is perfectly complementary to a traditional VCE study selection.

Visual Arts and Technology
Visual Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking. Students learn about the design process and develop practical skills in making and presenting works of art.
Visual Arts students learn techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, woodwork, digital photography and digital design.
Food technology begins in Year 7 with simple baking and research of ingredients. It progresses to sophisticated food science in senior school.
The study of Visual Arts can help to engage students in a creative and innovative way in all aspects of their learning. 
VCE Visual Communication and Design, Food Technology, Art, Studio Arts, and Product Design and Technology are offered to Year 11 and 12 students.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
The study of a second language prepares students for the global society in which they will live and work. Marymede runs a highly successful LOTE program in which students participate with enthusiasm and skill.
Languages are taught in a full immersion setting. Student learning is supported through cultural activities and state-based writing competitions. A study tour to Japan is offered, as well as extended stays at our sister school in Veneto, Italy.
All students study a language (Italian or Japanese) in Years 7-9, continued study is optional in Year 10 and Italian and Japanese are currently offered at VCE level.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is a hands-on alternative to the VCE. Students undertaking the VCAL may be interested in a pathway to an apprenticeship, traineeship, further TAFE study, a particular university course, or employment.
The VCAL is an exciting and rewarding course of study. It provides practical, work-related experience and a qualification recognised by TAFE institutes and employers.
VCAL study at Marymede encompasses literacy and numeracy skills, personal development, religious education, structured workplace skills and industry specific skills.
The time commitment is similar to VCE. However, VCAL students normally spend three days of the week at school, one day in TAFE training, and one day of structured work placement.
In 2014, Marymede will have its very own trade training centre that will provide apprenticeship training onsite.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Vocational Education and Training is delivered in units of study that contribute towards successful completion of VCE or VCAL. The VET units, or programs, teach students the standards and skills required in a particular industry. For example, students studying hospitality will undertake some of their training in a working, commercial kitchen.
The VET pathway can lead to further tertiary education, TAFE qualifications or employment.
VCE VET units have equal status to other VCE studies and results produce an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score.