What to Expect in Junior and Senior

Our teachers try to draw from a balance of experience, research and professional reflection to create curricular offerings that are contemporary, challenging and engaging.

The Hillbrook motto ‘in balance we grow’ is central to our curriculum. We have four themes that bring this motto to life and specifically guide our thinking and underpin all our programmes.

We are:

Community Centred:
We value inclusion, fairness, involvement and diversity.
Adolescent Centred:
Providing challenge and support, seeking identity.
Thinking Centred:
Valuing learning as meaning making, creativity, risk-taking.
 Learning/Teaching Centred:
Encouraging active learning and the teacher as a role model.

The Curriculum

“Curriculum” isn't just the subjects studied: rather it’s all the intended learning experiences that students can expect to undertake at the school, in and beyond the classroom. The Hillbrook curriculum is based on a balance of learning experiences drawn from our ever evolving understanding of how young people learn.

Research indicates that real variety in curriculum comes more from a diversity of learning experiences rather than from a vast choice of subjects. Hillbrook offers a select, but comprehensive range of essential academic subjects which build in our students the vital core skills that provide the tools for future engagement in the workplace, in higher and further learning, and in the community.

Students experience a broad-based curriculum with an academic focus which encourages them to engage with a variety of disciplines. We believe that together these will:

  1. Provide a challenging yet supportive environment for adolescents.
  2. Set high expectations for the success of all. We believe all students have the potential to achieve in a variety of ways.
  3. Model the different ways that people learn and work together, in both physical and virtual spaces.
  4. Engage our students to grapple with fundamental ideas and concepts in extended tasks.
  5. Promote critical and creative thinking and develop unique ways of addressing complex issues.
  6. Develop personal accountability and a propensity to action guided by a strong moral and ethical framework.
  7. Lay the foundation for an understanding that learning continues throughout life.
  8. Encourage the search for a deeper meaning for life.

Year Level Themes & Subject Offerings

Year 7

Year 7 - Connections

As Hillbrook has no junior or feeder school, most Year 7′s won’t know each other very well, nor do they know much about their teachers, or Hillbrook in general. This is one of the reasons why the Year 7 camp is held early in first Term.

 

Core Curriculum One Semester of Each Subject
English Art
Mathematics Digital Technologies
Science Design & Technology
Global Studies Drama
Health German
Outdoor Education Food & Textiles Technologies
Personal & Spiritual Development Music
Philosophical Inquiry Japanese
Physical Recreation  
Religious Studies  
 

Year 8

Year 8 - Explorations

Year 8 aims to challenge students to extend themselves in a supportive environment.

 

Core Curriculum Students Choose 4 Electives
English Art
Mathematics Business Studies
Science Design & Engineering Technologies
Global Studies Design & Industrial Technologies
Health Digital Technologies
Outdoor Education Drama
Personal & Spiritual Development Food & Textiles Technologies
Philosophical Inquiry German
Physical Recreation Japanese
Religious Studies Music

 

Year 9

Year 9 - Journeys

As students enter Year 9 there are limitless discoveries still to be made, as learning continues to be interactive, focused, and challenging. Most things that are worth discovering take personal effort, usually involve mutual support and provide lasting reward.

Core Curriculum Students Choose 3 Electives
English Art
Mathematics Business Studies
Science Design & Engineering Technologies
Global Studies* Design & Industrial Technologies
Health Digital Technologies
Outdoor Education Drama
Personal & Spiritual Development Food & Textiles Technologies
Philosophical Inquiry German
Physical Recreation Japanese
Religious Studies Music

 *Global Studies integrates the subject areas of History, Geography and Economics

Year 10

Year 10 - Transitions

As students start to make the transition into senior schooling, we focus on creating a feeling of being a part of a community.  It is designed to promote resilience to help students cope with every day issues and changes in social structures and to make their transition a little more meaningful, symbolic and simplified.

Core Curriculum Students Choose 3 Electives
English Art
Mathematics Business Studies
Science Design & Technology
Global Studies* Digital Technologies
Health Drama
Outdoor Education Food Technology
Personal & Spiritual Development Home Economics
Philosophical Inquiry German
Physical Recreation Graphics
Religious Studies Japanese
  Music

*Global Studies integrates the subject areas of History, Geography and Economics

Year 11

Year 11 - Decisions

The theme of 'Decisions' reflects the increasing influence students have over their life and its direction. By this stage, students probably have more power to make decisions than they have had before. Coupled with this, is the fact that many of these decisions now have the potential to be more consequential.

Core Curriculum Students choose 4 Electives
English Accounting
Mathematics A or B Ancient History
Negotiated Time Art
Outdoor Education Biological Science
Personal & Spiritual Development Chemistry
Religious Studies Drama
  Economics
  Engineering Technology
  Geography
  German
  Graphics
  Home Economics
  Information Technology Systems
  Japanese
  Mathematics C
  Modern History
  Music
  Physical Education
  Physics
  Science 21
  Technology Studies

 

Year 12

Year 12 - Destinations

This theme is reflective of the direction students will be taking when finishing their final year of schooling.

Core Curriculum Students choose 4 Electives
English Accounting
Mathematics A or B Ancient History
Negotiated Time Art
Outdoor Education Biological Science
Personal & Spiritual Development Chemistry
Religious Studies Drama
  Economics
  Engineering Technology
  English Extension
  Geography
  German
  Graphics
  Home Economics
  Information Technology Systems
  Japanese
  Mathematics C
  Modern History
  Music
  Music Extension
  Physical Education
  Physics
  Science 21
  Technology Studies

 

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