From year 9 onwards, our students can personalize their timetable by selecting one or more of our Fixed Focus classes.
The Year 9-12 students are able to take these life-skills classes alongside their compulsory curriculum subjects. Year 9 students have 5 English lessons, 5 Maths lessons, 2 HASS lessons, 2 Science lessons, 2 Wellbeing classes (Living Ways), 1 Physical Education lesson, and 1 Health lesson each week. Leaving our Year 9s with 7 periods of Fixed Focus classes.
Year 10-12 students have 5 CGEA Literacy lessons, 5 CGEA Numeracy lessons, 2 Wellbeing classes (Living Ways or New Beginnings), 1 Physical Education, and 1 Health class each week. Leaving our senior students with 11 Fixed Focus subjects each week.
Fixed focus classes change every semester to boost skill development and keep our curriculum engaging and fresh. Some of the classes on offer include:
Art helps to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Students experiment with colours, textures and objects in craft-based tasks to support self-awareness and regulation. Our students are able to work on personal art projects or join group projects and you will see many of these artworks displayed around our school.
Students transition to the kitchen to learn basic culinary skills, equipping them with a range of food options for future use. They also receive a recipe book each term including dishes they have created together.
Information Technology and Games
Technology lovers are provided with basic to intermediate skills in Microsoft Office programs and different internet platforms and engage with educational games and resources. Students are also able to join together to play a range of strategic board games, such as Chess or Monopoly, or complete a puzzle together. Game playing, turn taking, and being a gracious winner or loser, are great opportunities for our students to consolidate their developing social skills and engage with ther teachers and peers in an enjoyable social setting.
Our media students are placed in the shoes of industry professionals as they study, analyse and interpret documentaries, stories and feature films from different genres. These classes provide our students with the opportunity to shift gears and think critically in a low pressure setting while watching a variety of films chosen to engage students in thought. Our Media teachers compile a program of films for each term based on either a topic theme or film technique focus, to expose our students to ideas they may not otherwise have seen.
Designed for hands on workers, trade students work on manual arts projects. Under the guidance of our teachers, students develop and maintain skills in tool use and building, whilst developing a basic understanding of Work Health and Safety. Our Trades classes focus on basic DIY type projects so that even students who do not wish to pursue a career in a trade, are able to leave school equipped with the basic knowledge needed to live independently.
This class is well suited to sport fanatics and nature enthusiasts and is always our most popular Fixed Focus class.
Students are encouraged to boost health and fitness levels by partaking in activities both individually and in groups.
Students are also presented with the opportunity to go on an annual OE camp where they are challenged to greater develop their communication and interpersonal skills including leadership, responsibility and initiative.
For our musically gifted students, or students who wish to learn a new skill, the Band class is their opportunity to develop their talents. The class is run by our senior Maths Teacher, Carolyn, and our multi-skilled Business Manager, Dennis, who are both talented muscians in their own rights. The students have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments, learn new songs, and play together under the guidance of Carolyn and Dennis.