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Junior Studies

Merici Year 7 students come from a wide range of primary schools, both from within the ACT and from the surrounding region. The Year 7 curriculum is designed to support students to make the transition from primary to secondary education.

The Junior Curriculum is divided into the following stages and further information and handbooks can be found here College Handbooks and Strategic Documentation.

Year 7

Year 7 provides an essential link between primary and secondary school. Parts of the curriculum are integrated to allow students to see connections across traditional subject areas, much the same as they did in primary school.  Here, an inquiry approach is used where skills and learning strategies are applied towards common themes that integrate content from the traditional areas. All students are accommodated for in non-streamed classes. Information and Communication Technology skills are embedded across the curriculum. A new program to support students to settle into the secondary school environment, build their study and research skills and to provide support and extension opportunities outside of regular classroom will be implemented for all Year 7 students in 2016.

The courses currently studied in Year 7 are:

  • Religious Education
  • Integrated Humanities โ€“ comprising units from English, History and Geography.
  • Integrated Mathematics and Science
  • Languages โ€“ students select one language from French, Mandarin and Italian for continuous study in both Years 7 & 8.
  • Physical Education and Health
  • One term each of Textiles and Food Technology
  • Two elective choices from the Expressive Arts area (one term of each); chosen from Visual Art, Dance, Drama or Music. 

Year 8

The courses are:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Languages โ€“ Students continue with their study of the language chosen in Year 7
  • Physical Education and Health
  • One semester each of History and of Geography
  • Two elective subjects: One semester of each.

One selection is from the Arts and one is from the Technology curriculum areas.  Currently, students may select Consumer Education instead of one of the pre-set elective areas.

ARTS

TECHNOLOGY

  • Visual Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Food Technology
  • Textiles
  • Information Technology

 

 

  • Consumer Education

 

Years 9 and 10

The courses for both year levels are:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Physical Education and Health
  • One semester each of History and Geography
  • Two elective subjects for a whole year

In Year 9, as in Year 8, students select one subject from the Arts and one from the Technology area of the curriculum.  Currently, students who choose either a language or consumer education can take these instead of an Art or Technology.

In Year 10, students may choose any two electives.  There is no restriction of having to pick from specific curriculum areas.

ARTS

TECHNOLOGY

  • Visual Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  •  Information Technology
  • Textiles
  • Sustainability
  • Engineering Technology
  • Technology (Y10)
  • Business Admin V (Y10)
  • Food Technology (Y9)
  • Hospitality V (Y10)

                                                                      Consumer Education

                                                                      French

                                                                      Italian

                                                                      Mandarin

When students and their families are making subject choices they will be given more information about the elective selection process. Every effort will be made to accommodate student choices, however, there may be limits to some classes due to facilities and class sizes.  Classes will run only if selected by a sufficient number of students.

Year 10 is an important preparatory year for the Senior College. Courses provide skills needed for Years 11 and 12 and emphasis is placed on research, interpretation and analysis, essay writing, problem solving and seeing linkages between traditional subject areas. Students begin to have assessment tasks similar in type to those they might expect in the senior years. Year 10 students have access to some Vocational Subjects (V) such as Hospitality and Business Administration.

National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

All schools participate in a national testing program called NAPLAN.

Students in Yr 7 and 9 undergo a program of testing in literacy and numeracy

 

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