Courses Offered: Core + Pathways (Watha Endeavour House)

Welcome to Core + CMCC’s Stage 5 Elective Program

Core + offers students the flexibility to design a program of study that reflects their interests, passions, and curiosity. Unlike offerings at most schools, Core + offers our learners two unique possibilities:

  • The capacity to study two, three or four courses over Year 9 and 10
  • Choice of both traditional and CMCC specific course offerings

Course Selection Process

Students currently in Year 8 will choose two courses to study in Year 9. During Year 9, these same students select additional courses to study in Year 10. Students may choose to extend their current course of study for a second year or opt to try a new course for Year 10.

Course selection will take place online, with more detail provided to students and families at the appropriate time.

RoSA and Non-RoSA Courses

CMCC offers two categories of courses, RoSA and Non-RoSA. RoSA stands for the Record of School Achievement and is a student’s highest level of academic attainment prior to the completion of the HSC. From Year 10, the standard NSW compulsory subjects along with Religion and a child’s elective choices appear on the RoSA.

The RoSA is available for a child to access from the end of Year 10 until after they leave school. As the child progresses through Years 11 and 12 their courses of study are added to it. It is important to remember that the highest qualification on offer to students in NSW is the Higher School Certificate (HSC), which is awarded to students who complete Year 12.

Non-RoSA courses are typically developed here at the College or potentially by a third-party provider. They are designed to meet the needs and interests of our students; they have rigour and points of assessment. As they are not formally developed courses offered through NESA, they will not appear on a child’s RoSA.

It is the College’s position that the inclusion of elective courses on the student RoSA is of little significance, especially for students who are looking to attend University upon the completion of school. As such, for the majority of students, a course being RoSA or non-RoSA accredited is of little consequence.

You can learn more about the RoSA here

 

Course Fees

Elective courses attract a course fee that covers the cost of consumable items used within the course. Further details will be provided at the time of course selection. While course fees, will differ between courses, these fees are capped and will not exceed $100 per year for any one course.

Advice for Learners

In selecting courses to study it is important for students to:

  • Do your homework. Read the information available below on the courses you are interested in. Talk to parents / guardians and your teachers about your thoughts.
  • Be curious. This is your chance to try something new, or explore an area that you are interested in.
  • Don’t pick a course with a job in mind. There is a long way from Year 9 to your future occupation. If anything, think less about employment and more about employability. What skills and capabilities are / will be valuable in the workplace?
  • Don’t worry about what your friends are doing. You are all still coming to school together every day. This is YOUR chance to pick for YOURSELF.

 

Courses Offered at CMCC

 

Aboriginal Studies

RoSA Course

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Aboriginal Studies allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Peoples, histories, cultures and experiences. Students study historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal Peoples, perceptions and its effect. Students learn about the diversity of Aboriginal Peoples’ identities, cultures and communities. They learn how to engage respectfully and responsibly with the local Aboriginal community and other Aboriginal communities. Students learn about the connection between Country and spirituality for Aboriginal People, as well as the dynamic nature of cultural expression and interactions between people. Aboriginal Studies is inclusive of all students and is of value to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

What will I study?

  • Aboriginal Identities
  • Aboriginal Autonomy
  • Aboriginal Visual Arts
  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Media
  • Aboriginal Film and Television
  • Aboriginal Peoples and Sport

Where could this take me in the future?

This course is supportive of the Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies course in Years 11 and 12. Students also gain a greater understanding of the oldest surviving civilisation in the world, providing a valuable understanding of the Aboriginal people of Australia. Students may find this course supports future employment opportunities, including through community relations and an understanding of societal issues.

 

Commerce

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Commerce enables young people to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that form the foundation on which they can make sound decisions about consumer, financial, economic, business, legal, political and employment issues. It develops in students the ability to research information, apply problem-solving strategies and evaluate options in order to make informed and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the community.

What will I study?

  • Consumer and Financial Decisions
  • The Economic and Business Environment
  • Employment and Work Futures
  • Law, Society and Political Involvement
  • Running a Business
  • Investing

Where could this take me in the future?

Student learning in Commerce promotes critical thinking and the opportunity to participate in the community. Students learn to identify, research and evaluate options when solving problems and making decisions on matters relating to their consumer, financial, economic, business, legal, political and employment interactions. They develop research and communication skills, including the use of ICT, and the skills of working independently and collaboratively. Commerce links to the Stage 6 courses of Business Studies, Legal Studies and Economics.

 

Child Studies

RoSA Course

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline

Child Studies provides learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to positively influence the wellbeing and development of children in the critical early years (0–8 years) in a range of settings and contexts. Our learners will examine the diverse range of values and beliefs about childhood and the care of children, the nature of contemporary families and the changing roles of children in a contemporary consumer society.

What will I study?

CMCC will choose modules in the course based on the needs and interests of our learners. These modules could include:

  • Preparing for parenthood
  • Conception to birth
  • Newborn care, growth, and development
  • Play and the developing child
  • Food and nutrition in childhood
  • Children and culture
  • Media and technology in childhood
  • Aboriginal cultures and childhood
  • Childcare services and career opportunities.

Where could this take me in the future?

Learners develop an awareness of the diverse nature of career and volunteer opportunities that exist to support the health and wellbeing of children. The qualifications, skills and knowledge required to perform these roles are explored, including the desirable personal qualities necessary for working with children. Students may acquire basic first aid skills to manage common accidents and injuries that would be useful in a workplace setting. The various types of childcare services available to support parents who wish to return to work are also investigated and evaluated to suit the needs of different family circumstances.

Child Studies is a great base for any learners interested in a career in Child Care or Early Education either at TAFE or University.

 

Design and Technology

RoSA Course

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Design and Technology provides a broad range of opportunities and experiences. The design and production of quality projects gives students the opportunity to identify problems and opportunities, research and investigate existing solutions, analyse data and information, generate, justify and evaluate ideas, and experiment with technologies to manage and produce design projects. The diverse learning experiences encourage both independent and collaborative learning and the development of skills in designing, planning, managing and evaluating, which are transferable across the curriculum.

Must like designing, making and problem solving!

What will I study?

  • Design concepts and processes
  • The impact of past, current and emerging technologies on the individual, society and environments
  • The work of designers and the issues and trends that influence their work
  • Develop skills in:
    • innovation, creativity and enterprise
    • communicating design ideas and solutions
    • managing resources and producing quality design solutions.

Where could this take me in the future?

Design and Technology can be studied up to the HSC and beyond. Design and Technology is a beneficial foundation for a wide range of university courses including all fields of design and engineering. Entrepreneurs use Design and Technology approaches to generate ideas and develop successful businesses.

 

Drama

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) or 200 hours (2 years) 

Course Outline

What will I study?

Drama enables young people to develop knowledge, understanding and skills individually and collaboratively to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. Learners take on roles and means of exploring both familiar and unfamiliar aspects of their world while exploring the ways people react and respond to different situations, issues and ideas.

Making refers to participating in the creation of drama and theatre process work. Learners develop and explore imagining and creating fictional situations in both dramatic and theatrical environments. Improvisation and playbuilding are key methods of making which involve a group of students collaborating to devise their own work.

Performing refers to learners actively engaging in acting and performing drama and theatre for different audiences.

Appreciating refers to leaners responding to, inquiring into, investigating and critically studying a range of drama and theatre experiences.

Where could this take me in the future?

In Drama, learners develop skills, competencies, understandings and attributes, which equip them to identify potential areas of employment in drama and theatre. In Drama, work and employment opportunities relate to each of the learning experiences of making and performing and appreciating. As learners engage in these activities they will develop an understanding of the roles of actors, writers, directors, and other drama and theatre practitioners, as well as other key roles in the theatre, film and television industries. These industries are globally significant and provide potential international opportunities. Drama develops communication skills vital to all employment areas.

 

Food Technology

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations, and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life and how it contributes to both vocational and general life experiences.

What will I study?

  • Food in Australia
  • Food selection and health
  • Food Equity
  • Food trends
  • Food product development
  • Food services and catering
  • Food for special occassions

Where could this take me in the future? Occupations in the Australian Hospitality industry:

  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Baker
  • Chocolatier
  • Caterer
  • Nutritionist
  • Food technologist
  • Functions Manager
  • Winery Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Food-Processing Worker
  • Food & Beverages Supervisor
  • Butcher
  • Teaching

Course Description:

This course provides for the development of relevant and meaningful learning experiences, inclusive of life experiences, values, learning styles and individual learner characteristics. Through a study of food and its applications in domestic, commercial, industrial, and global settings, the syllabus caters for all learners’ needs and interests. It contributes to both vocational and general life experiences. Integral to this syllabus is the ability to design, produce and evaluate solutions involving food.

 

Game Study and Creation

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year).

Course Outline

Game study and creation aims to explore traditional game strategy and design. Learners will initially investigate a variety of traditional games, their rules, structure, and strategy. They will reflect on their experiences to determine what makes a game ‘fun’ and investigate the problem-solving processes involved in playing the game. The learners will then design their own unique games in the first semester. In the second semester learners will investigate modern ‘games’ including escape rooms and geocaches. They will then work collaboratively to create their own escape rooms or geocaches. Please be aware that this course does not include digital games or gaming consoles.

What will I study?

The topics will include:

  • Rule designs for games
  • Solo, pair and group games
  • Game Strategy
  • Problem Solving
  • Game Creation
  • Game design

Where could this take me in the future?

This course aims to increase learner creativity, communication and collaboration. It will have a strong focus on problem solving and evaluation. Learners who participate in this course will improve their critical thinking skills as they analyse and explain a variety of traditional games. Their creativity and design skills will be challenged as they create their own unique games. Furthermore, their project management skills will increase as they organise and navigate working with each other to create geocaches and escape rooms from conception to reality.

 

Grand Designs

Non-RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Grand Designs is a rich project-based course related to Engineering, architectural design, and technical drawing. Each term students will work on a different design challenge, for example designing a bridge, house, office tower and public park. Concurrently with completion of each project students will examine the engineering principals, properties and sustainability of construction materials, design process, architecture considerations and consider technical drawing/ model building principles.

What will I study?

The following key topics will be studied and applied in practical project-based tasks

  • Engineering Principles (calculating forces, free-body diagrams, Physical and chemical properties of building materials, utilising Australian standards)
  • Sustainable Design (Life-cycle analysis, thermal properties of materials, green star ratings etc)
  • technical drawing, Auto-CAD and model building
  • Cost estimation and budgeting

Where could this take me in the future?

This course will provide strong links to the Stage 6 courses of Engineering Studies and Design and Technology. Grand Designs is a course geared towards students considering careers in Engineering, Architecture, Town Planning and Drafting. However, through engaging in this course students will develop the skills of design, research, collaboration, and practical application of mathematical and scientific principals which will be easily transferable to many future courses of study and careers.

 

History Elective

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Students explore the nature of history, heritage and archaeology and the methods that historians use to construct history through a range of thematic and historical studies. The construction of history is examined through options such as oral history, museum or archive studies, historical fiction, media, biography or film. Historical issues studied include the collection, display and reconstruction of the past, ethical issues of ownership, preservation and conservation of the past. Features of a range of ancient, medieval and modern societies are explored and students have the opportunity to study historical themes such as war and peace, crime and punishment, music through history, slavery and gender in history.

What will I study?

  • History, Heritage and Archaeology
  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Societies
  • Thematic Studies
  • Historical Inquiry
  • Historical Argument

Where could this take me in the future?

History Elective strengthens students’ understanding of History and would deepen application in their mandatory History. History Elective connects to Stage 6 History, including Ancient History, Modern History and History Extension. In studying History Elective, students are able to build their ability to present logical historical arguments supported by relevant evidence, skills valuable in today’s society.

 

Humans

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year).

Course Outline

This course will explore what makes us Human. With a strong focus on human experience and emotions, learners will investigate key questions around human life. This includes our evolution, body systems and experiences with others. The course will investigate sociology, social emotional responses, and basic psychology. Learners will analyse a variety of different humans and study their lives. Learners will also explore the variety within human-life. They will complete short project-based learning activities where they will reflect and summarise their understanding in several ways.

What will I study?

The topics will include:

  • Human evolution
  • Human emotions
  • Human connections
  • Social emotional learning
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Where could this take me in the future?

This course aims to increase learner awareness and understanding of humans and our place in the world. It will build on the core skills of character, critical thinking, and citizenship. Learners will learn to question and investigate people and the world around them. This will help them to build a greater understanding and compassion for others. In the future, this course would be beneficial for those interested in sociology and psychology.

 

Industrial technology Timber

RoSA Course

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

The study of Industrial Technology provides students with opportunities to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences using a variety of technologies widely available in industrial and domestic settings. Industrial Technology at CMCC will specifically focus on Timber Technology

Industrial Technology develops knowledge and understanding of materials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialised approach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development, construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skills are developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities.

Must love hands-on practical work!

What will I study?

  • Design and production of practical projects
  • Knowledge of and capability in applying Work Health and Safety and risk-management procedures and practices
  • The relationship between the properties of materials and their applications
  • Skills in communicating ideas, processes and technical information with a range of audiences

Where could this take me in the future?

Industrial Technology Timber can be studied up to the HSC and provides foundation skills for further study and careers in woodworking related industries such as carpentry, cabinet making, joinery, wood machining, CNC operations etc.

 

IStem

Non-RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are fundamental to shaping the future of Australia. They provide enabling skills and knowledge that increasingly underpin many professions and trades and the skills of a technologically based workforce. 

This course is aimed at those learners who enjoy problem solving, creating, investigating and pursuing their own ideas and are perhaps considering a career in the Technological, Scientific or Engineering fields. The main purpose of this course is to better engage students in science, technology engineering and mathematics. It is meant to challenge and excite students with the possibilities of the future. It involves many 21st century learning opportunities and emphasises inquiry-based learning where students are encouraged to learn by doing.

What will I study?

The students will be introduced to many concepts in the initial modules which they will then continue to develop and utilise over the course in order to complete inquiry-based projects. 

Core modules:

  • STEM Fundamentals 1
  • STEM Fundamentals 2
  • Mechatronics 1
  • Mechatronics 2 

Elective modules:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Motion
  • CAD/CAM1 & CAD/CAM2
  • STEM PBL Minor & STEM PBL Major
  • Surveying
  • Design for Space
  • Statistics in Action
  • Biomedical Innovation

To satisfy the requirements of the course students must undertake a range of inquiry-based learning activities which occupy the majority of course time. Thus, within the course structure there are many points at which students raise questions and explore ideas.

Where could this take me in the future?

This course has traditional pathways to Science, Mathematics and Engineering subjects and employment fields. However, it is widely recognised among employers that key competencies such as problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration are highly valuable skills.  Hence, completing this course has the potential to open many doors and opportunities across many employment and study options.

 

Language

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (Year 9) or 200 hours (Years 9 & 10)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Interesting people show a strong interest in others and what better way to do this than to study another language!

Language learning is engaging and enjoyable. It enables you, not only to communicate in another language, but also to appreciate the cultural heritage of the people whose language you are learning. Language learning promotes understanding, tolerance, empathy, and respect for people from different cultural backgrounds. The CMCC Core + Languages course offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for effective interaction in their study language.

What will I study?

In the CMCC Core + Languages course, learners will study grammar and vocabulary through structured online learning utilising the Education Perfect online platform. They will gain confidence in expressing their thoughts and opinions in multi-modal forms in their study language. Learners will develop skills in communicating in their chosen language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) that will support them well into the future. They will also have the opportunity to delve into the culture of their chosen language through a variety of individual and group projects. Learners will continue to have the choice between 4 languages – Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Indonesian. Learners may continue with their Stage 4 language or start learning a different one.

Where could this take me in the future?

Students will have the opportunity to continue their language study into the Senior School or to start a new language from scratch for Stage 6. Looking further into the future, languages are important in any profession or industry involving communication with others. Some examples include: travel and tourism; hospitality; finance; sales professionals; IT; Defence Forces; engineering; law; foreign affairs; winemaking; fashion; social work and teaching. The communication skills and cultural understanding that language study develops in individuals are skills that are highly valued in many industries around the world.

 

Marine Studies

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

The major aims of the Marine Studies course are;

  • To provide an opportunity for the future custodians of the marine environment to study it and to appreciate its value.
  • To develop the necessary knowledge and skills to use and protect the marine environments unique ecosystems, and at the same time communicate their appreciation to the community.
  • To provide for learners to develop an acceptable ethical code towards the use of the marine environment, increasingly demanded by the community and governments.
  • To enable learners to make informed arguments for the maintenance of biodiversity and the sustainable use of marine ecosystems.

By studying Marine Studies Learners develop technological and scientific literacy. They increase their capacity to think critically by calling upon a wide range of knowledge, procedures and approaches to analyse issues and develop solutions to current world-wide issues. Learners also increase their collaborative and creative skills by engaging in the group-based activities on offer.

What will I study?

Learners will complete a variety of modules that may include the following;

  • Water Safety and General First Aid
  • Maintaining Equipment and the Marine Environment
  • Sustainability of the marine environment and the impact of marine debris and over fishing
  • Oceans and Seas of the World, Water Cycle and Weather
  • Fish Biology- the Anatomy and Physiology of Fish
  • Growing Crustaceans- Anatomy, Life Cycles, Yabbies
  • Aquarium Design, Construction and Maintenance
  • Basic Snorkelling, Equipment and Safety
  • The Rock Platform- the Plants and Animals that make it home
  • Marine Mammals- Characteristics, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Estuaries- Human Use of Estuaries and Importance of them
  • Antarctica’s Marine Ecology- Exploration, Marine Life and Weather
  • Fish Harvesting- Methods Used to Catch Fish

Where could this take me in the future?

The oceans and waterways are a somewhat understudied region of the world. In fact, as a human race, we know more about deep space than we do our deepest oceans. This course has the potential to unlock learner interests and passions for future careers. Learners will be able to use skills and knowledge in a variety of employment or study fields including, tourism, boating, recreational activities, Science, Earth Science, Aquarium keeping and oceanography.

 

Mental health and Wellbeing

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year).

Course Outline

This course will explore mental health and wellbeing. Learners will engage in the Teen Mental Health First Aid Course. They will explore the pillars and dimensions of wellbeing and investigate a range of methods to improve these. For example, mindfulness and meditation, self-care, physical activity, volunteering, and sleep management.  This course will also investigate growth mindsets and positive psychology. Through the completion of various lessons from Reach out, along with Project-based and inquiry learning topics, learners will investigate and analyse mental health and wellbeing.

What will I study?

The topics will include:

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid Course
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Resilience and Grit
  • Self care
  • Sleep
  • The brain

Where could this take me in the future?

This course aims to increase learner awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. In the future, it could help increase your core skills of character, collaboration and communication. It may provide understanding for those people wishing to be involved in the health and wellness industry.

 

Music

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

This course develops knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of performing composing and listening. The 100 hour course allows learners to improve their confidence, develop their aural skills and also focuses on ensemble and solo independence. Learners who study this course will develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music.

What will I study?

Learners will:

  • Compose music incorporating music technology and also develop skills using the Recording Studio
  • compile a portfolio of various recordings
  • develop confidence for performance
  • develop a deeper understanding of the concepts of music through listening
  • experience live music
  • develop expertise on their chosen instrument
  • participate in performance opportunities
  • develop an appreciation for music

Where could this take me in the future?

This course provides pathways to the Stage 6 Music 1 preliminary and HSC courses. Stage 5 Music not only provides opportunities to work the creative arts industry but also provides the skills to excel in various workplace areas. Skills that a Stage 5 Music learner can develop:

  • confidence
  • courage
  • organisation
  • management
  • creativity
  • independence
  • collaboration
  • passion
  • resilience

 

Outdoor Education

Non-RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

With lockdowns, isolation, increased screen-time, and a lack of access to nature, the last two years have seen times of struggle for everyone. However, the need to develop a clear sense of self, formed through social and natural connections, remains within our lives. With this perspective, Catherine McAuley Catholic College views Outdoor Education as more significant than ever.

Outdoor Education (either 100 hours or 200 hours) is a chance for learners to discover themselves through a variety of activities that prioritise a connection to our natural world. They will explore the skills necessary to undertake and lead expeditions, expand their knowledge and application of geographical skills, and prepare themselves to courageously face their future.

What will I study?

  • Influenced by the Stage 6 Outdoor Recreation VET course, Scouts Australia, and the Duke of Edinburgh program, learners will advance their understanding of how they can grow to reach their full potential.
  • Each term, learners will undertake at least one off-site outdoor activity. These activities may include orienteering, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, or many others. There is some potential for diversification based on student preference and availability of equipment.
  • Learners will tackle projects in small groups, developing the tools to facilitate discussions and give and receive feedback effectively.
  • They will expand their understanding of independent exploration skills, using tools such as topographic maps in order to navigate their environment.
  • Learners will develop their decision making for safe outdoor journeys, including access to external providers for key skills such as first aid.
  • They will plan for and deliver outdoor education programs for a variety of groups.

Where could this take me in the future?

The learning in Outdoor Education provides an opportunity for students to engender positive relationships with their peers, the environment, and themselves through interactions with their world. These relationships provide a significant background for any potential career choice, as many employers continue to prioritise skills such as adaptability, resilience, and empathy above others.

Experiences in Outdoor Education can open doors in fields of work such as outdoor recreation, tourism, hospitality, and many more. The wide variety of skills in this course provides a true opportunity for development of the character of the individual.

 

Photographic and Digital Media

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Photography is a subject that encourages and challenges learners to interpret and view the world in which we live, in different ways. Learners develop their photography skills and knowledge through practical and theory-based workshop activities, focusing on photographic techniques and processes, theoretical and technical skills of a DSLR camera as well as the manipulation of imagery using Adobe Photoshop and mixed media practices. Learners also explore other photographers’ practice through historical and critical studies. These studies help inform the learners’ personal approach to creating photographic images.

What will I study?

  • The history of Photography
  • How and why photographers have made their photographic works
  • How to use a DSLR camera (aperture, ISO, shutter speed)
  • Creating photographic images that address a theme. These themes could include landscapes, portraiture, site studies, macro photography, still life and much more.

Where could this take me in the future?

Post school opportunities include the further study of Photography at University or other tertiary institutions. Study and employment opportunities in film, animation, television, wedding, real estate, sports, fashion, events, landscape, nature, journalism, travel, architecture, advertising and fine arts photography.

 

Physical Activity and Sport Studies (PASS)

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) or 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline

PASS stands for Physical Activity and Sport Studies. If you enjoy PDHPE, PASS would be a great choice for you. It has the aim to enhance your capacity to participate effectively in physical activity and sport, leading to an improved quality of life for themselves and others. Learners will participate in both theory and practical components and our learners will develop key understandings of how and why we move. PASS provides you with a broad understanding of recreation, physical activity, sport and health fields that will provide career opportunities in the future. It is also a great way to progress into Stage 6 PDHPE.  

Schools will choose modules in the course based on the needs and interests of their students

What will I study?

CMCC will choose modules in the course based on the needs and interests of our learners. These could include:

  • Body Systems and energy for physical activity
  • Physical fitness
  • Fundamentals of movement skill development
  • Nutrition and Physical activity
  • Technology, participating and performance in Sport
  • Australia’s Sporting Identity
  • Enhancing Performance – strategies and techniques
  • Coaching

Learners will also participate in a variety of individual and team based practical activities. Our practical activities will build upon what they have done in PDHPE. Throughout PASS we will be looking into opportunities to travel offsite to participate in external sporting activities. We also hope to immerse ourselves into the community including coaching of some younger students.

Where could this take me in the future?

Recreation, physical activity, sport and related health fields provide legitimate career pathways. This course provides learners with a broad understanding of the multifaceted nature of these fields. It also introduces students to valuable and marketable skills in organisation, enterprise, leadership and communication. Students with these skills will be positioned to make a strong contribution to their community as physical activity and sport provides a major context for both voluntary and paid work across Australia.

PASS is an excellent base for Stage 6 PDHPE and/or Community and Family Studies and can provide students with a practical outlet throughout their schooling. 

 

Self Directed Learning

Non- RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) or 200 hours (2 years) 

Course Outline

Students have the opportunity to choose their own path of study by engaging in either an individual passion project or enrolling in a course through a third-party provider. Students undertaking this course are required to have a mature, dedicated, and independent approach to their study.

Access to this self-directed learning is via application where students will be asked to present a detailed overview of the proposed course of study

Students and their parents who are interested in this program are asked to discuss this possibility in more detail with Mrs. Simpson. (eli.simpson@mn.catholic.edu.au)

 

Textiles Technology

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Textile projects will provide students with the opportunity to be creative, independent learners and to explore functional and aesthetic aspects of textiles. Textiles Technology involves relevant practical experience to teach the three areas of study: Design, Properties and Performance of Textiles and Textiles and Society. The focus areas determine student projects:

  • Apparel • Furnishings • Costume • Textile arts • Non-apparel

Textiles is one of the oldest manufactured items known to humankind. It is used in all areas of our contemporary lifestyle. The study of this subject will enrich your understanding of this valuable and creative resource. Working in the Textiles industry involves: Materials and material knowledge ranging from animal and natural products to synthetic fabrics, measuring skills, designing, and making skills, sustainable practices: Visible mending, natural dying, upcycling textiles, slow fashion, technical applications, computer-assisted design, and incorporation of digital technologies into textiles.

What will I study?

  • Fashion knowledge and application: Project-based learning
  • Properties and performance of textiles: Textiles & Society
  • Basic fabric and construction skills
  • Australian wool industry
  • Fashion trends
  • Fabric decoration/art
  • Fancy dress/costumes
  • Specialty fabrics: formal wear

Where could this take me in the future? Occupations in the Australian textiles industry:

  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion consultant
  • Fabric designer
  • Quilting/patchwork/fabric technician
  • Scientific dyes, weaving, fabric construction/ fibre construction technician
  • Textile artist
  • Entertainment/theatre/opera/cinema/musicals/TV productions
  • Wool industry
  • Surf industry/clothing
  • Footwear
  • Interior design/industrial and domestic designer

Course Description:

Textiles is a “hands-on” practical subject that builds on a learners’s creativity. The course allows learners to apply their imaginative skills to complete design projects of their own choice. It is a “learner-based” course where learners are in total control of the planning, management, and completion of their own projects. Learners learn to select, use, and manipulate appropriate materials, equipment and techniques to produce quality textile projects.

 

The Apprentice 

Non-RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

The Apprentice is a rich project-based course related to business and entrepreneurial skills. Each term students will work in small groups to complete different business-related challenges, for example, pitching a business, creating, and running a marketing campaign, competing in a stock market challenge, and running a small business at school. This course will allow students to develop key skills of public speaking/ pitching, entrepreneurial skills, business acumen, leadership, along with teamwork, resilience and collaborative decision making.

What will I study?

The following key topics will be studied and applied in practical project-based tasks

  • Marketing (Product, Price, Place and Promotion)
  • Pitching and entrepreneurial skills
  • Running and operating a business (management approaches, profit and loss calculations, Break-even analysis, business classifications,)
  • Creating a business plan
  • Shares, the stock market and trading

Where could this take me in the future?

This course will provide a good introduction to the Stage 6 HSIE courses of Business Studies and Economics. The practical skills of teamwork, collaboration, research, pitching, managing, and operating a business will set students up for success in a multitude of careers but will be especially beneficial to students wanting to pursue a career in Business, Marketing, economics and will be geared perfectly towards kick starting our future entrepreneurs.

 

The Art of Writing 

Non-RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

This course will encourage students to develop their own writing style, underpinned by courageous application and risk-taking in writing. Students will become better writers through practice and guided writing in a range of modes. Students will focus on applying their developing skills to create engaging and powerful examples of writing, focusing on composition to represent their own ideas. Experimentation in writing will be a foundation to this course and students will be challenged to better utilise a repertoire of skills to express themselves.

What will I study?

  • Descriptive writing
  • Narrative styles
  • Character writing
  • Experimentation through genre
  • Writing for different audiences and purposes
  • Reflection on the writing process

Where could this take me in the future?

Writing is a fundamental skill and one which provides students with an outlet for expression. This course supports study of composition in mandatory English courses in Stage 5 and 6. Additionally, it will provide students with a wide range of skills to support Stage 6 Extension English 1 and 2, focusing on composition and writing skills.

 

Visual Arts

RoSA

Course Length: 100 hours (1 Year) 200 hours (2 years)

Course Outline – What’s it all about?

Visual Arts in Years 9 is an extension of what you have done in Year 7. You will experience a range of activities such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Visual Arts involves understanding that you are a practicing artist and developing ways you can communicate your ideas, passion, and beliefs through your artwork. It’s also about understanding how and why famous artists create their artworks and delving a bit deeper into art history as well as contemporary art. As you progress in Visual Arts, you will be required to work more independently in developing your ideas into bodies of work across a range of mediums including printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics. As in Year 7, you will be required to keep a Visual Arts Diary to document your work.

You do not have to be a great "talent" to do well in Visual Arts. You do have to have an interest in exploring ideas and developing them into artworks that relate to your own experiences. If you have enjoyed Visual Arts in Year 7, you should find Years 9 and 10 even more rewarding.

What will I study?

  • 2D artmaking- painting, drawing, printmaking
  • 3D artmaking- ceramics, sculpture
  • Digital Media- Photography, digital illustration
  • Art History
  • Contemporary Art

Where could this take me in the future?

Visual Arts continues to Year 12 and can lead to tertiary study.

Art training provides opportunities to develop your creative problem-solving skills and can be an advantage in a number of careers, for example teaching, advertising, architecture, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, stage design, ceramics, and graphics. Visual Arts is also a subject that can help to develop a lifelong interest in the world of art and design.