Literature

Literature

Course Summary

VCE Literature provides opportunities for you to develop an awareness of other people, places and cultures and explore the way texts represent the complexity of human experience. This subject equips you with skills to examine the evolving and dialogic nature of texts, the changing contexts in which they were produced and notions of value. You’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of literature, and an ability to reflect critically on the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of texts. The study of Literature enables you to consider the power and complexity of language, the ways literary features and techniques contribute to meaning and the significance of form and structure.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop critical and creative responses and deepen your understanding of the meaning of texts by studying literacy elements such as narrative, the characters, the language and structure of the text
  • Explore the impact of culture as an influence on understanding and interpretation of the text
  • Complete frequent and detailed reading and writing
  • Reflect and develop individual interpretations
  • Explore adaptations and transformations, creative responses to texts, literary perspectives and close analysis

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Pearson English Skills Workbook $51 (if not purchased previously)

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

Outdoor & Environmental Studies

Outdoor & Environmental Studies

Course Summary

Do you like interacting with the natural environment? Are you adventurous? Studying Outdoor and Environmental Studies will enable you to make critically informed comments on questions of environmental sustainability, as well as, you’ll understand the importance of environmental health, particularly in local contexts. Through both passive and active outdoor activities, you will develop experiential knowledge of outdoor environments. This is further enhanced through the complex interplay between outdoor environment and humans including environmental history, ecology and the social studies of human relationships with nature.

Unit 1 examines some of the ways in which people understand and relate to nature through experiences of outdoor environments.

Unit 2 focuses on the characteristics of outdoor environments and our impacts on them.

  • What motivates individuals towards outdoor environments and experiences?
  • How have people interacted with outdoor environments? What happens now? How does the natural environment impact on humans and what impact are humans having on outdoor environments?

Unit 3 looks at the ecological, historical and social effects of people on the Australian environment. Unit 4 explores the sustainable use and management of outdoor environments.

  • What ecological, historical and social contexts help us think about relationships between humans and outdoor environments in Australia?
  • What about conservation? How can outdoor environments be maintained?
  • Can human needs and the needs of outdoor environments be balanced?
  • Adventure activities include bushwalking, white water rafting and other activities chosen to meet student and course requirements.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore some of the ways in which people understand and relate to nature through experiences of the outdoor environment
  • Explore what motivates individuals towards outdoor environments and experiences, how people interact with the outdoor environment
  • Develop adventure skills in rock climbing, snow camping, skiing and boarding, bushwalking, horse riding or surfing including termly overnight/s outdoor activities
  • Investigate the ecological, historical and social effects of people on the Australian environment
  • Explore the sustainable use and management of outdoor environments

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Excursions $45 – $595

Unit 3 & 4

Excursions $45 – $450

Checkpoint $18 (Optional)

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Health & Physical Education Learning Area Leader

Derek Bowey

English as an Additional Language (Bridging)

EAL – Bridging English (1 & 2)

Course Summary

Is English your additional language? Bridging English as an Additional Language (EAL) is the intensive and explicit study of the English language in a range of socio-cultural contexts and for a range of purposes, including further education and the workplace. You will develop your language skills and confidence, assisting you to communicate effectively in a range of contexts, including academic and every day, using a range of spoken and written Standard Australian English.

VCE: Unit 1 and Unit 2 available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the English language in a range of socio-cultural contexts and for a range of purposes, including further education and the workplace
  • Develop language skills and confidence for you to communicate effectively academically and personally
  • Apply language skills to participate effectively in Australian life

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English

English

Course Summary

Murder, heartache, trauma, love, voyeurism, betrayal, beatings, whippings, stolen kisses…

Hate, death, repression, humour, longing, desire, identity, belonging, voices, media, images, presentations, audiences, point of view, a world where your imagination is challenged by beliefs and values defined by authors of the past and present.  We aim to challenge your desire to write creatively embodying your most inner feelings and representing them in the world of a text.  Leaving you with the power to create a narrative that will blow your teacher’s mind.  Then be challenged by the power of words and persuasion, why do we feel the way we do when we read, see and hear?  Create a speech that fulfils your brightest ideas and confront the minds of your fellow students with your delivery. And if that is not enough, be insightful, infer meaning, challenging themes and ideas with texts that are designed to test the very essence of your understanding and produce an analytical experience that showcases your writing skills and vocabulary in an analytical and comparative response.

You are in for a treat, dare to be, write with passion and prepare to be enlightened. 

English Units 1 – 4 what a blast!

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Critically analyse written and multimodal text
  • Create pieces of writing in a range of styles and forms
  • Analyse the ways verbal and visual language is used to persuade in other texts and your own
  • Apply skills to a range of creative, analytical and media texts
  • Complete classwork and final exams to demonstrate competence and confidence in writing and speaking for different purposes and to different audiences, in a variety of forms

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Course Summary

Is another language other than English your first language or dialect? Do you require additional support with English? English as an Additional Language (EAL) is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations, including those for whom English is an additional language. You will be equipped with critical and creative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity. You will engage with texts from the contemporary world and the past, and using texts from Australia and other cultures.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Critically analyse written and spoken texts
  • Create pieces of writing in a range of styles and forms
  • Analyse the ways spoken and visual language is used to persuade
  • Apply written and spoken skills to a range of creative, analytical and media texts
  • Complete classwork and final exams to demonstrate competence and confidence in writing and speaking for different purposes

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English Learning Area Leader

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Physical Education

Physical Education

Course Summary

Do you love playing sport and learning about movement? Are you interested in health, wellbeing and the human body? Studying Physical Education will equip you with strong communication skills and provides you with practical activities to examine the core concepts that underpin movement and that influence performance and participation in physical activity, sport and exercise. You will also examine how behavioural, psychological, environmental and sociocultural factors influence performance and participation in physical activity.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore physical activity, sport and exercise, and the enablers and barriers to movement
  • Investigate the musculoskeletal system
  • Participate in a range of physical activities
  • Participate in and understand a range of fundamental movement skills (FMS)
  • Write a report on an activity analysis

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Unit 1 & 2

Workbook $30

Unit 3 & 4

Workbook $30

Optional Text $32

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Health & Physical Education Learning Area Leader

Derek Bowey

English Language

English Language

Course Summary

Are you interested in a career that supports language-related field? The study of English Language will enable you to further develop and refine your skills in reading, writing, listening to and speaking English. You will learn about personal and public discourses in workplaces, fields of study, trades and social groups. As a part of this subject, you will study a range of texts, including publications and public commentary about language in print and multimodal form, as well as, observe and discuss contemporary language in use.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Analyse the technical construction and use of the English language, the nature and function of language, the way language is organised and its use in communication
  • Explore language over time, language in its social setting and situating texts in their social, cultural and ideological context
  • Investigate English language in formal and informal contexts and contemporary Australian social setting
  • Consider language as a means of social interaction
  • Explore through written and spoken texts how we communicate infromation, ideas, attitudes and prejudices

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

Circus (VET)

Circus (VET)

Course Summary

Are you a member of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus? This subject is designed to provide you with specific skills and knowledge required for fitness instructors in circus training and performance at a basic level. You will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to assist more qualified circus trainers. This subject provides you with a firm foundation of theory and practice to assist with a future diploma or degree courses in the circus area.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score for this subject. Instead, they receive an ATAR increment of 10% of their fourth Study Score in other subjects 

VET: Certificate III 10110NAT in Circus Arts

Structured workplace learning advice: To be completed in conjunction with circus training for students enrolled in the Fruit Fly Circus

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the role of body awareness and knowledge of major body systems in elementary training for circus performers
  • Reflect on the physiological and psychological requirement of performance for specific circus apparatus
  • Assess individual requirements for fitness, strength and conditioning and participate in relevant pre and post-training fitness testing
  • Participate in individual fitness strength and conditioning program
  • Reflect on one’s individual training program, progress and outcomes

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Health & Physical Education Learning Area Leader

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Music Investigation

Music Investigation (Unit 3 & 4)

Course Summary

Music Investigation requires you to design an Investigation Topic based on your musical interests that have a performance-based outcome. This topic determines the scope, content and direction of your study across the year. Your work for each Area of Study, Outcome and Assessment Task, including the end-of-year performance examination, must draw on content relevant to the Investigation Topic. This subject is only available to students in their final year of VCE. You cannot select this subject unless they have had discussions with relevant music teaching staff.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Complete a research report and presentation
  • Undertake a technical demonstration and discussion
  • Respond to questions based on mini-program performance of Unit 3 work
  • Undertake Composition/Improvisation/Arrangement
  • Sit an external performance examination

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Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Music Styles & Composition

Music Styles & Composition

Course Summary

Do you enjoy studying music? Do you want to create music yourself? In Music Style and Composition you will investigate ways composers and/or creators treat elements of music and use compositional devices to create effects and elicit responses. Listening and responding to music from a wide range of music styles will enable you to improve your familiarity with elements of music and ways composers/music creators treat these elements and use compositional devices to create specific effects. You will compose and/or arrange music for a multi-disciplinary work of your choice in response to an understanding of the music and the creative processes studied.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Write responses to musical excerpts
  • Complete oral and visual analysis of selected works for study
  • Document a folio of original compositions
  • Sit an end of year oral and written examination

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Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower