Year 9 Overview
In Year 9, personal choice and responsibility for learning are greatly encouraged. This is in keeping with research that shows adolescents learn better when they feel they are involved in their own learning.
In Year 9, compulsory subjects for the full year include:
Health & Physical Education
In addition, all students in Year 9 students undertake History for one semester and elect either Geography or Economics for the alternate semester. Students also must select one Arts subject and one Technologies subject to be studied for a semester each. The elective system facilitates personal choice and responsibility for learning by allowing students to choose from a range of subjects offered by the different Learning Areas.
Small group tuition is offered to students who would benefit from additional literacy development. In Year 9, Learning Enhancement may be undertaken instead of aLanguage by selected students.
All Year 9 students are in homeroom groups for Religious Education, English and Health & Physical Education.
Teachers prepare courses carefully to cater for the various learning requirements of their students. Regular participation in class is essential for development of knowledge and skills. All Year 9 students undertake formal end-of-semester examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These examinations are designed to give students an opportunity to experience a formal examination assessment in preparation for the future.
PROVIDING FOR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Students who undertook Year 8 Learning Enhancement instead of a Language usually continue it in Year 9 for a semester. These students must select an additional Year 9 elective from the Arts, Technologies or Humanities Learning Areas.
Provision is made for individual differences in Mathematics. In Year 9 most students undertake Core studies in Mathematics in semester 1. In semester 2, students from this group who have demonstrated extra ability may be invited into Extension Mathematics classes which cover content at a faster pace and in greater depth.
A group of highly capable students are invited to participate in the Accelerated Mathematics programme. This programme covers all the Year 9 Mathematics (Core) as well as the year 10 Mathematics A course in one year.
Continuous monitoring of students’ learning is a vital aspect of education. Students undertake a variety of coursework that develops their skills and knowledge. Assessment tasks are graded from A+ to E/UG. Online continuous reporting ensures that students and parents have access to assessment task grades and feedback in real time.
The semester report produced at the end of each semester provides a summative indication of each student’s achievement according to the Victorian Curriculum standards.
In Year 9 formal examinations are held for English, Maths and Science in June and November.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING YEAR 9 UNITS
When choosing elective subjects for study in Year 9, students must make their selections within the following limits:
- One unit of Geography or one unit of Economics
- One unit of Arts (Visual Arts, Drama or Music)
- One unit of Technologies (Design, Food or Digital)
Students should also consider whether any particular unit:
- interests them
- will extend their knowledge
- is deemed a wise choice by parents and teachers
Before making any choices for a particular semester, it is vital that students view the individual subject information.
Our timetable is constructed based on students’ choices each year. The ability to accommodate a change of mind may be possible but will be limited by timetable and class size constraints.
YEAR 9 DISCOVERY LEARNING
Students are involved in an outdoor education program early in the year. The Lake Eildon camp is four days long. The camp is a compulsory part of the Year 9 Discovery Learning curriculum and is designed to develop students’ skills across a broad range of areas, including the capabilities and learning areas of the Victorian curriculum.
Engaging with the community and responding to the needs of the less fortunate is a vital part of Avila College’s mission. Students participate in various fund raising and outreach activities.
Year 9 Semester 1 & 2 Core subjects
The Year 9 Religious Education program seeks to bring students to a better understanding of how they can begin to accept responsibility for their lives, at this stage of emerging adulthood, and how the Catholic tradition can provide guidance and understanding. Students reflect on and discuss their beliefs, discover different ways of reading the bible and discover individuals in the Church that have made our world a better place by speaking out. The Religious Education program is based on the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s guidelines and utilises the text To Know, Worship and Love.
This unit looks at the significance of Christian prayers for the religious community, but especially for the individual. This unit explores the nature of prayer; the way prayer exposes the community and individual’s understanding of the transcendent; and the ways in which communities and individuals pray. It is a unit which challenges students to develop a personal spirituality.
The Way of the Cross
Throughout the season of Lent, students explore the importance of Easter in the Catholic Tradition. There is a focus in the final weeks of the season on the historical and theological importance of The Way of the Cross. Students look at different pieces of artwork and uncover the messages of the Passion of Christ and how it relates in a modern day Christian context.
The Australian Church
The Australian Church has a unique history, shaped by Irish Catholic convicts and successive immigrants from around the world. In this unit, students discover how Catholics have worked hard to find their place in Australia and made great contributions to the arts, culture and social justice in Australia. On an excursion, students will visit a range a institutions that continue to shape the life of the Church today. The unit also looks at the challenges and changes brought by the Second Vatican Council.
Women in the Bible
Students revise the various genres of writing in the Old Testament. They research and present a report on the lives of women in the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures. A detailed study followed by an exegesis is completed on the Book of Ruth. Mary and her Fiat is examined, providing a link to the subsequent unit on women in the Church.
Women in the Church
What does it really mean to be a “Daughter of the Church” in the twenty-first century? In this unit, students investigate historical and contemporary women who have lived out the Beatitudes and carried on the work of discipleship begun by the women of the early Church. The unit explores ways in which young women today can follow their example and apply Gospel values to their own lives.
Year 9 History | 1 SEMESTER ONLY
The Making of the Modern World
The Year 9 curriculum provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918 which was an era of nationalism and imperialism. The colonisation of Australia was part of the expansion of European power. The period culminated in World War I (1914-1918), the ‘war to end all wars’. The history content at this year level involves two strands: Historical Concepts and Skills and Historical Knowledge. Topics studied include: movement of peoples from 1750-1901 and their experiences as convicts or free settlers and the making of the Australian nation. Students conclude the unit by investigating key aspects of World War I and the Australian experience of the war.
Health & Physical Education
The Year 9 core Health programme uses a ‘strengths-based’ model and assists students to establish positive attitudes towards their health and well-being.
Health issues relevant to young people are explored and students engage in activities designed to equip them with life skills and appropriate strategies to use in response to well-being and health issues.
Topics covered include:
- First aid & Sports Injuries
- Drug education
- Reproduction, Sexuality and Relationships
Physical Education at year 9, complements the Health programme by offering students the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in a practical setting. Participation, resilience and the development of advanced skills in the key areas of fitness, tactical play and leadership, are the focus during activities such as:
- Rhythmic gymnastics
- SEPEP Soccer
English - Core
All students study English as a core subject. The English curriculum is built around three interrelated strands of: Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. In-school events and excursions such as performances, guest speakers and extended writing activities are an integral aspect of Year 9 English.
- Students engage with the various features of language that support meaning.
- Students explore the ways in which choices about language features shape meaning in texts.
- Students learn about the ways that language patterns contribute to the distinctive nature of the overall organisation and shape of a text.
- Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment and study classic and contemporary literature.
- Students explore a range of text types including spoken, written and multimodal texts.
- Students use literary texts as models for their own writing.
- Students explore the ways in which vocabulary, text structures and language features impact on meaning.
- Students comprehend and interpret texts in a range of ways.
- Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects.
An examination is held at the end of each semester.
Year 9 Mathematics
All students must undertake Mathematics for the full year. Individual differences are accommodated through three different programs: Accelerated, Mainstream and Extension.
Year 9 Accelerated Mathematics
Year 9 Accelerated Mathematics is offered, by invitation only, to a select group of highly capable students towards the end of Year 8. This course compresses all the Year 9 Mathematics and Year 10 Mathematics A into one year. It is a fast paced course for highly able students only. Students who successfully complete the the Year 9 Accelerated Mathematics course proceed to VCE Mathematics in Year 10.
Year 9 Mainstream Mathematics
The content covers the following strands:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
Students are required to learn, practise and apply mathematical algorithms, routines and techniques. The use of technology (CAS calculator and laptop) is incorporated into the course. This allows the students to solve more complex questions and grasp a better understanding of skills required.
Students at each level engage in activities which develop:
- knowledge of facts and technical skills
- depth of conceptual understanding
- ability to communicate using clear and precise mathematical language
- ability to tackle non-routine problems in an organised and systematic way
- ability to apply what has been learned to solve real problems
- ability to conduct investigations using mathematics
- logical reasoning and understanding of proof at the appropriate level of sophistication
- practical ability in measuring, estimating and making sensible use of calculators and computers.
Assessment is based on facts, skills, problem solving and application tasks. There is continual assessment throughout the year with reports issued at mid year and the end of the year. Examinations in Mathematics are conducted in June and November.
In semester 2 of Year 9, students who have excelled in Mainstream Mathematics during semester 1 will be invited to undertake Extension Maths.
Year 9 Extension Mathematics (extended core subject)
Some students in Year 9 will be invited to study Year 9 Extension Mathematics in Semester 2. This unit of work provides an environment which allows students to be challenged through varying degrees of difficulty of questions. It is highly recommended that students who study Extension Maths participate in the Australian Maths Competition.
The Year 9 Science is a core subject with the additional selection of a choice of one of three specialised streams for students. Units 1 and 2 of a science stream must be undertaken for the entire year. Student choices are:
- Astro Stream (1 & 2)
- Consumer Stream (1 & 2)
- Enviro Stream (1 & 2)
Each stream runs throughout the whole year along with core science content and topics according to the Victorian Curriculum. A majority of the science year focusses on core content in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Core topics also covered are:
- Chemistry (Atomic Theory and Chemical Reactions)
- Systems of Life / Biology (Body Systems and Ecosystems)
- Energy / Physics (Electricity)
Core topics help develop our understanding of physical, chemical, and biological sciences and the way humans interact with their environment. They build on the knowledge presented in Years 7 and 8 and extend the use of the Scientific Method in designing, experimenting and reporting on practical work.
The Year 9 Language is a core subject that run for a full year. Students can choose one of three languages on offer. Units 1 and 2 of a language must be undertaken for the entire year. Student choices are:
- French (1 & 2)
- Indonesian (1 & 2)
- Italian (1 & 2)