Curriculum

Junior Secondary

Our Junior Secondary curriculum bridges the gap between Primary and Senior Schooling by supporting, stimulating and challenging students. Our Junior Secondary curriculum aims to meet the needs of young maturing adolescents. As students proceed through Years 7-10 they will progress from teacher directed study to increasingly self-motivated and self-directed study, utilising the teacher as one of many resources contributing to their learning journey.

Junior Secondary Learning

learning opportunities for every child

Year 7 is a transition year, a time for students to mature, gain greater independence and prepare for Years 8 and 9 and beyond. Through Year 7 key teachers lead the core subjects English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Pastoral Care/ Biblical Studies. Specialist subject teachers are responsible for the additional offerings of Art, Drama, Music, Technology, Outdoor Education, and Health & Physical Education.

The College has a compulsory BYOD laptop program for students in Years 7 to 12. This is backed by our robust, high-speed wireless network and internet access that is filtered to ensure students are kept safe online. Classwork and assessment items that were traditionally paper-based are now completed and assessed electronically, reducing paper usage and preparing students for work and life after high school. Microsoft Office 365 email, cloud storage, and productivity software, as well as software required for specialist classes,  are provided by the College, and our IT Technicians are available throughout the school day to quickly resolve any technical issues students may be having.

Through Years 8 -10 students work with a range of teachers who take responsibility for Core and Elective subjects.

Through Year 7-10 students have many co-curricular opportunities such as Football Academy, Beyond the Classroom experiences and SPIN (Special Interest) Activities. Students requiring extra assistance continue to be supported through our Enrichment Unit and MLC (Multi-Level Classroom).

Junior Secondary Subjects

Highlights

AXIS

AXIS is divided into three components – Biblical Studies, Service and Chapel. The aim of Biblical Studies is to provide an understanding of the Bible and how it relates to life here and now. We aim to help students explore the Bible for themselves, to understand the gospel and to consider seriously a Christian worldview. In Service, our aim is for students to live out the Christian values of the school in practical ways. Chapel involves students from each class preparing for and running the weekly chapel service at CCC once per term.

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English

The course is designed to refine the basic skills and understanding of Language and Literacy developed in the Primary years. The principal focus areas include reading, effective comprehension of text material and clear, flexible communication of ideas in a range of writing styles.

Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical Education promotes the health of individuals and communities. It provides students with opportunities to develop concepts and skills for physical activities, and enhance personal development.

Humanities

Humanities is made up of four strands. Civics and citizenship, in which students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. Economics and business, in which students develop understandings that will enable them to actively and ethically participate in the local, national, regional and global economy as economically, financially and business-literate citizens. Geography, which aims to ensure that students develop a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world. And History, which aims to ensure that students develop interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens.

mathematics

Mathematics aims to encourage an interest in, and enjoyment of, the challenge of Mathematics through developing a positive, adventurous attitude. Students develop and maintain mathematical reasoning, as they prepare for using Mathematics in everyday life, the world of work, and in further study.

science

Science is part of the human quest for understanding and wisdom and reflects human wonder about the world. The study of science as a ‘way of knowing’ and a ‘way of doing’ can help students reach a deeper understanding and appreciation of their world and the structures and laws that maintain it. It equips them with the means to present and defend their understanding in a persuasive and non-confrontational manner.

Elective Subjects

Computing – Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies in the twenty-first century is increasingly interlinked and mediated by technology. Digital technology enables individuals to access, construct and publish information for particular purposes and audiences. It also allows communication and collaboration with others in real and virtual spaces. Individuals can use digital technologies as a medium to express ideas and be creative.

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Drama

Drama is a practical subject, which requires students to make dramatic concepts a reality through polished performances, which can be either original or published works, as well as their own scripted dramas. Students respond to dramatic performances and opportunities to view current live theatre productions in Brisbane are a valued part of the curriculum. Students must work with others to share and develop ideas, and to gain insights into fictional characters and situations.

Fibre technology

Our students are growing up in a world that is technologically diverse and challenging so it is important to incorporate a relevant and contemporary approach to textiles and design. Fibre technology engages students in critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They use the design process to create solutions which are functional and will appeal to the targeted audience. While we acknowledge the fast-paced technological society we are preparing our students for, we still need to maintain a focus on the importance of creativity and innovation which builds confidence, independence and collaboration skills.

Food Technology

Our students are growing up in a world that is technologically diverse and challenging so it is important to incorporate a relevant and contemporary approach to food and nutrition. While we acknowledge the fast-paced technological society we are preparing our students for, we still need to maintain a focus on the importance of healthy eating. Food Technology encourages students to build on the traditions within the family, embrace new learnings and apply this knowledge to the practical skills required to enhance their individual well-being as well as that of their family and the wider community.

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship combines Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Civics and citizenship, in which students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. Geography, which aims to ensure that students develop a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world.

Graphic Design

In Graphic Design students will learn how to produce various portfolios to communicate their ideas, they will learn how to write a design brief, for effective planning, and an evaluation, to justify their ideas. They will have the opportunity to develop their sketching and drawing skills, and students will have the opportunity to build and test their designs.

Industrial Design & Technology

Industrial Design & Technology introduces students to the basic skills and knowledge of woodworking, plastic fabrication, sheet metal work and graphic design. Through the completion of various projects, students develop essential hand-eye and fine motor skills, drawing and design skills and a sense of confidence and satisfaction. Furthermore, students gain an understanding of stewardship of our God-given natural resources and an understanding of safe workshop practices.

Media Arts

In Media Arts, students explore elements of mass media, including online and social media, television, radio and film industries, to gain an understanding of their significance, structure and production. Issues within the media are addressed, and students use starting points such as observation, experience and research to express their ideas and opinions.

Music

Experiences in Music involve learning some of the fundamentals of music theory, which are essential for further studies within the subject. Within Junior Music, students are given opportunities to progress their knowledge of an instrument that they already play, as well as some opportunities to broaden their musical talents on other instruments. Experiences also involve research into particular artists, as well as specific genres and time periods throughout the history of music.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education in Year 8 provides students with an introduction to the philosophies, skills and knowledge of Outdoor Education. Students are then able to make an informed decision in choosing Outdoor Education as an elective in year 9 &10. The foundation for discussion and experience is built upon developing relationship in four main areas. Students will experience introductory skills in mountain biking, canoeing, camping skills, cooking, First Aid environmental project, navigation, indoor climbing.

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Spanish

Spanish is divided into two main learning areas – Communicating (socialising, informing, creating, translating, reflecting), and Understanding (systems of language, language variation and change, the role of language and culture).

Visual Art

The first way we meet God in the Bible is as Creator. As Genesis 1 records, we have been made in the image of God, so being creative is the first way in which we express our imagery of God. This is why there is so much satisfaction gained from developing creative skills. Students who participate in the Arts (visual arts, music and drama) also develop competence in analytical and problem solving skillsDrama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works.

Primary Subjects

Highlights

 

AXIS

AXIS is divided into three components – Biblical Studies, Service and Chapel. The aim of Biblical Studies is to provide an understanding of the Bible and how it relates to life here and now. We aim to help students explore the Bible for themselves, to understand the gospel and to consider seriously a Christian worldview. In Service, our aim is for students to live out the Christian values of the school in practical ways. Chapel involves students from each class preparing for and running the weekly chapel service at CCC once per term.

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English

The course is designed to refine the basic skills and understanding of Language and Literacy developed in the Primary years. The principal focus areas include reading, effective comprehension of text material and clear, flexible communication of ideas in a range of writing styles.

Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical Education promotes the health of individuals and communities. It provides students with opportunities to develop concepts and skills for physical activities, and enhance personal development.

Humanities

Humanities is made up of four strands. Civics and citizenship, in which students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. Economics and business, in which students develop understandings that will enable them to actively and ethically participate in the local, national, regional and global economy as economically, financially and business-literate citizens. Geography, which aims to ensure that students develop a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world. And History, which aims to ensure that students develop interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens.

mathematics

Mathematics aims to encourage an interest in, and enjoyment of, the challenge of Mathematics through developing a positive, adventurous attitude. Students develop and maintain mathematical reasoning, as they prepare for using Mathematics in everyday life, the world of work, and in further study.

science

Science is part of the human quest for understanding and wisdom and reflects human wonder about the world. The study of science as a ‘way of knowing’ and a ‘way of doing’ can help students reach a deeper understanding and appreciation of their world and the structures and laws that maintain it. It equips them with the means to present and defend their understanding in a persuasive and non-confrontational manner.

Elective Subjects

Computing – Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies in the twenty-first century is increasingly interlinked and mediated by technology. Digital technology enables individuals to access, construct and publish information for particular purposes and audiences. It also allows communication and collaboration with others in real and virtual spaces. Individuals can use digital technologies as a medium to express ideas and be creative.

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Drama

Drama is a practical subject, which requires students to make dramatic concepts a reality through polished performances, which can be either original or published works, as well as their own scripted dramas. Students respond to dramatic performances and opportunities to view current live theatre productions in Brisbane are a valued part of the curriculum. Students must work with others to share and develop ideas, and to gain insights into fictional characters and situations.

Fibre technology

Our students are growing up in a world that is technologically diverse and challenging so it is important to incorporate a relevant and contemporary approach to textiles and design. Fibre technology engages students in critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They use the design process to create solutions which are functional and will appeal to the targeted audience. While we acknowledge the fast-paced technological society we are preparing our students for, we still need to maintain a focus on the importance of creativity and innovation which builds confidence, independence and collaboration skills.

Food Technology

Our students are growing up in a world that is technologically diverse and challenging so it is important to incorporate a relevant and contemporary approach to food and nutrition. While we acknowledge the fast-paced technological society we are preparing our students for, we still need to maintain a focus on the importance of healthy eating. Food Technology encourages students to build on the traditions within the family, embrace new learnings and apply this knowledge to the practical skills required to enhance their individual well-being as well as that of their family and the wider community.

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship combines Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Civics and citizenship, in which students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. Geography, which aims to ensure that students develop a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world.

Graphic Design

In Graphic Design students will learn how to produce various portfolios to communicate their ideas, they will learn how to write a design brief, for effective planning, and an evaluation, to justify their ideas. They will have the opportunity to develop their sketching and drawing skills, and students will have the opportunity to build and test their designs.

Industrial Design & Technology

Industrial Design & Technology introduces students to the basic skills and knowledge of woodworking, plastic fabrication, sheet metal work and graphic design. Through the completion of various projects, students develop essential hand-eye and fine motor skills, drawing and design skills and a sense of confidence and satisfaction. Furthermore, students gain an understanding of stewardship of our God-given natural resources and an understanding of safe workshop practices.

Media Arts

In Media Arts, students explore elements of mass media, including online and social media, television, radio and film industries, to gain an understanding of their significance, structure and production. Issues within the media are addressed, and students use starting points such as observation, experience and research to express their ideas and opinions.

Music

Experiences in Music involve learning some of the fundamentals of music theory, which are essential for further studies within the subject. Within Junior Music, students are given opportunities to progress their knowledge of an instrument that they already play, as well as some opportunities to broaden their musical talents on other instruments. Experiences also involve research into particular artists, as well as specific genres and time periods throughout the history of music.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education in Year 8 provides students with an introduction to the philosophies, skills and knowledge of Outdoor Education. Students are then able to make an informed decision in choosing Outdoor Education as an elective in year 9 &10. The foundation for discussion and experience is built upon developing relationship in four main areas. Students will experience introductory skills in mountain biking, canoeing, camping skills, cooking, First Aid environmental project, navigation, indoor climbing.

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Spanish

Spanish is divided into two main learning areas – Communicating (socialising, informing, creating, translating, reflecting), and Understanding (systems of language, language variation and change, the role of language and culture).

Visual Art

The first way we meet God in the Bible is as Creator. As Genesis 1 records, we have been made in the image of God, so being creative is the first way in which we express our imagery of God. This is why there is so much satisfaction gained from developing creative skills. Students who participate in the Arts (visual arts, music and drama) also develop competence in analytical and problem solving skillsDrama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works.

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