Course Outline

The electives listed for Year 8 were offered for study in 2021 and provide a guide to the depth and breadth of study available. As a College, we are committed to the annual review of electives to ensure that they are relevant, meaningful, purposeful and engaging.

Electives offered by the College are driven by student choice and voice.

Course Outline Year 7

  • The Humanities course includes an integrated range of skills and learning from Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship.
  • Students can also audition for the Performing Arts Stream in Year 7.
  • Literacy Enhancement Lessons (English 2) is a program offered to students requiring intensive language support. Literacy Enhancement Lessons will be offered to identified students within Year 7 and Year 8, instead of Languages.
Course Studies (Full Year)
  • Christian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Sport
  • Languages: German, Indonesian or Mandarin
Core Studies (Semester Length)
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology – Materials (Wood, Metal)
  • 3D Art/ Ceramics

A Semester in the Life of a Year 7 Student

Written by:
Claire

Year 7 Camp
Camp helped us so much to meet new people from our focus class, and we had a great time too. We had so much fun seeing who was brave enough to go to the top of the thrilling giant swing, upside down on the circatron, or who could build the best sand sculpture. The staff cooked amazing food and made delicious treats when there was a birthday. At night we stayed up telling hilarious stories. Camp was an amazing experience!

Choice!
Luther offers so many amazing subjects that we didn’t get to do in primary school. We get to do things like ceramics which is separate from the art class, where we focus on ceramics and clay. Design tech materials is one of my favourites. We make amazing things like fancy rings, and I was so surprised how easy it is to make and an awesome looking ring. At Luther, I love all the subjects. There is not one subject that I think “I wish I wasn’t doing this today”.

House Carnivals
The school athletics and swimming carnivals were great. Even if you weren’t in any events, or didn’t want to do anything, they were lots of other fun activities you could do. At the swimming carnival, there was a pool you could use, water features and even a canteen. At the athletics carnival, you could do tug of war. As Yarra and Warran had less people (new Houses) and had to put younger students in the events for older year levels, it was a fun experience getting to participate in events for older year levels.

My advice to other Year 7 students

  • Take all the opportunities you get. Even if it’s something you don’t like, like swimming or athletics, still do it. It will probably turn out to be more fun than you think, and you might get points for your House.
  • Ask questions. It will make things so much easier. If you don’t know where a class is or how to sign into the music lessons, then just ask!

Written by:
Claire

A Semester in the Life of a Year 7 Student

Written by:
Raymond

First Day of School
It really didn’t comprehend with me at the time. It was a shocking truth to be told that I was in Year 7! That meant that it was my first day at a new school, with new people, subjects and responsibilities. I was so nervous about talking to other people. What if they didn’t like me? What if they found me weird? It turned out that the fear and paranoia was needless. The people in Year 7 and all of the community were some of the friendliest if not THE friendliest people I had ever met! The reality of coming into this new world surpassed my expectations by a landslide. To be completely transparent, I thought high school would be nothing short of an army training facility! My assessment of high school was completely shattered and re-written. Year 7 turned out to be a place of new beginnings, to make new friends, learn new things and was a welcoming and encouraging learning experience.

Camp
The first thing that comes to mind is toasting marshmallows over a campfire, singing songs, sleeping in tents and getting chased by grizzly bears in the middle of a foreboding forest. Year 7 camp turned out to be everything but the latter. Instead of living on a diet of marshmallows for three days, we were sitting in a cozy dining hall and being served delicious meals. Singing songs wasn’t the only fun we had. There were activities spread all throughout the days of camp of a wide variety. High ropes, canoeing and a themed activity night were just some of the fun events that occurred. The activity night went by in a blur of neon, rainbows and bright colours. It was such a great opportunity to make new friends and get to know other. Even the shyest people made friends that night!

Highlights of the Semester
One of the highlights of the semester for me had to be chess club. I was so excited to see that so many other people were interested in the game. Going head-to-head in games of chess really bought people together.

A main moment in the history of being in year 7 however brief, was unforgettable which was receiving our brand-new laptops. I was ecstatic to remove the laptop from the box and its protective casing. People were shocked speechless by the amazing features of the laptops, including the fact that we had our own nameplates at the bottom accompanied by a laptop bag with our name on it! Surprise, surprise! Everyone immediately scribbled all over their screen with their stylus pens. Discovering the new subjects was also very memorable. We had things we had never learned before. Like; ceramics, design technology, drama, food technology and so much more!

Challenges and Opportunities
Finding my way to my classes was surprisingly difficult (especially ceramics). Not being able to find my classes led to me being late. Fortunately (unfortunately for others) I wasn’t the only one late to all my classes. Others were also finding it difficult. The map that was provided for us along with our timetable was the solution to our problems. It made navigating the school so much easier. High school came with new expectations, and punctuality is one of them. A watch helped me not only get to class on time, but also to get me to class early. Many opportunities came up, like chess club, EISM, swimming and athletics trials and tryouts.

Advice and Tips
My biggest piece of advice is to wear a watch to school! It significantly helps with punctuality and keeping track of how long your food needs to cook in food technology classes. A tip from me is to check Omnia (the online portal where all information, grades and your timetable is posted) every morning before school and every night before bed. It really does help with knowing what uniform to wear and what upcoming events there are. The calendar tab on Omnia also helps with that a lot (just generally check Omnia often)! There is no need to worry like me about not being able to make friends. The community is very welcoming and there are many people with unique interests so there is no worry about not fitting in. Double checking everything may also be an answer to anxiety. Double checking all my folders, my sports bag and my Omnia tabs gave me confirmation on events and things I needed to do.

Written by:
Raymond

Course Outline Year 8

  • The Humanities course includes an integrated range of skills and learning from Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship.
  • Literacy Enhancement Lessons (English 2) is a program offered to students requiring intensive language support. Literacy Enhancement Lessons will be offered to identified students within Year 7 and Year 8, instead of Languages.
Core Studies (Full Year)
  • Christian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Sport
  • Languages: German, Indonesian or Mandarin
Core Studies (Semester Length)
  • Economics and Business
  • Digital Technology
Elective Studies
  • Printmaking and Drawing
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Exploring Art and Ideas
  • Graphic Design
  • Making Music
  • Music Technology
  • Drama
  • Top Acts – Drama
  • Top Acts – Music
  • Food Technology
  • Creative Timber Products
  • Creative Metal Products
  • Textiles Design Studio
  • Live Your Own Learning

Live Your Own Learning

Written by:
Julian

The Live Your Own Learning elective unlocks learning through the power of choice. Year 8 students undertake one major audacious project outside of class to explore a passion, and in doing so, develop new skills. It is a subject more focused on the process than the product – brainstorming, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, budgeting, collaborating, avoiding procrastination and reflection. It’s about putting independent learning skills into practice. It is truly valuable for students to authentically own their learning and be proud of their achievements.

I decided to choose Live Your Own Learning because it was something different from the other electives available. My sister chose it in Year 8, and she loved the subject, so I wanted to give it a go. I also wanted to demonstrate my knowledge on a particular topic and how much time I had spent on learning it. I also wanted to learn how to complete such a huge project successfully. 

For my project, I wrote a book about the universe. I have such a deep understanding and passion for space, and I found it so intriguing. This was an enormous challenge for me because I had never written a book before. 

To write the book, I was given two hours to review my progress and continue writing during class then as much time as I needed at home. I created a draft for each page of the book and did the final copy in Microsoft Publisher. I used over 100 websites and resources, including the NASA websites to write each page, and I printed everything at Officeworks.

The task became even harder because of lockdown, which interfered with my plans, meaning I had to make an alternate plan for my presentation. It all worked out in the end though, and I drew and wrote some excerpts from my book to be put on display. 

I enjoyed so many aspects of Live Your Own Learning along the way, like discovering things I never knew about, like ways of finding a planet outside of our solar system. Although learning how to design a book from scratch was hard, it certainly was enjoyable, like inserting the pictures and formatting the text. Getting distracted was easily the most difficult thing I had to try and stop myself doing, and I learnt the important qualities an organised learner should have. In total, my book took me more than 50 hours of hard work and has really shown me what I can achieve. 

 

Written by:
Julian

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