Years 7-10

As a community at MDCS, we are interested not only in what our students are learning and the skills they are acquiring, but also in who they are becoming. As such, teachers are interested in their students’ development as ‘whole’ people, not just as academic learners.

In the Secondary years, they assist their students to develop skills in the areas of time management, problem solving, articulating themselves effectively and in applying what they are learning in class to real life situations. Along with these academic skills, students are also learning to appreciate the diversity within their classroom, work well in a team and develop a supportive network of friends, becoming more resilient, growing in empathy for others and forming a strong sense of justice.

As they become increasingly independent in their thinking and action, our Secondary students continue to develop a knowledge of the living God and foster a relationship with Him. Through a growing appreciation of the centrality of the Bible to all of life, they are challenged to see how they can live out their giftedness and faith in their relationships and community.

Curriculum and Subjects

Our educational objectives are guided by the Australian Curriculum framework and have been developed with a foundation of Biblical perspectives. In our classrooms we aim to develop learning communities, each contributing from their own knowledge and talents and helping others in the learning task.

A brief description of the subjects undertaken in Years 7-10:

SUBJECT Focus/Description Year Level/s
General Studies We study a ‘slice of life’ each term and explore it using various tools and thinking skills from other subject areas, including science, history, geography, culture and society. Examples of topics are: ‘Leisure’; ‘World War II’; ‘Work‘; ‘Birth, Death and Ageing’. 7-10 Core Subject
Language, Literature & Literacy (English) To enable students to integrate the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking, with a focus on teaching the following: critical/analytical reading, clear thinking, spelling, grammar, oral/written fluency, listening skills, vocabulary extension, communication technology, etc. 7-10 Core Subject
Mathematics All areas of Maths help us explore, measure, analyse and predict elements of God’s creation. Content strands include: Number and Algebra; Measurement and Geometry; Statistics and Probability. 7-10 Core Subject
Science Designed to encourage students to be competent observers and questioners of what they find in the world around them and bring a Christian perspective to their understanding of how the world works. 7-10 Core Subject
Physical Education & Sport Students are encouraged to appreciate and express the varying physical gifts God has given them. Focus is on the development of skills, game and activity strategies, fitness and personal attitudes to participation. 7-10 Core Subject
Christian Studies To help students understand the context of Biblical events, providing a sense of depth and reality to the events detailed in Scripture. An appreciation and understanding of the Gospel message, with a picture of the person and work of Jesus Christ. 7-10 Core Subject
Art In understanding what it means to be made in the image of a creative God, students respond visually to world and life issues. They develop understanding of the design process, explore a range of Art skills, techniques, materials and processes. 7-8 Compulsory
9-10 Elective
Indonesian Dual focus on understanding and acquiring the Indonesian language as well as developing an awareness of the Indonesian culture and how it is similar and different to ours. 7-8 Compulsory
9-10 Elective
Music Combining an understanding of both the theory and practice of Music, students focus on music appreciation, group processes and performance. 7-8 Compulsory
9-10 Elective
Food Technology Key goals for this subject include: Awareness of principles of healthy eating, developing confidence as cooks, hygiene and safety in the kitchen, developing group work skills, acquiring food presentation skills, and appreciating the social aspects of food by sharing created meals together. 7-9 Compulsory
Wood Technology Through the process of creating different items from wood, students learn about workshop safety and the use of tools, appreciation of God’s creation through materials such as timber, respect for others and development of creative gifts. 7-8 Compulsory (6 months)
9-10 Elective
Multimedia A practical, artistic subject where students are able to learn and experiment with technology to create a variety of work. Techniques include composition, manipulation and presentation of photographs and film, editing, stop-motion, sound recording and editing. 7-8 Compulsory
9-10 Elective
Sport & Fitness Comprised of both practical and theoretical classes, the focus of this subject is learn about the uniqueness of our human bodies through fitness and investigate the concepts and themes surrounding sport. 9-10 Elective
Drama Through improvisation, role-play and characterisation, students make, create and re-create imaginary and representational ‘worlds’. Outcomes include: self-acceptance, building of confidence, empathy, encouragement and involvement of others, appreciation of a variety of dramatic styles. 7-9 Compulsory
Environmental Studies   9 Compulsory
(6 months)

Year 10 Opportunities and Transition

Year 10 students have several opportunities to assist in considering their future direction and becoming familiar with their options for VCE subjects, vocational training or employment. These include:

  • The option of undertaking a VET (Vocational Education Training) course in Year 10.
    These are usually quite practical and can often be credited towards the VCE. They give students the opportunity to gain a certificate qualification in a certain area. Examples include: Hospitality, Horticulture and Aircraft Maintenance. MDCS is a member of the Yarra Valley VET Cluster and is also one of the schools involved in the foundation of Ranges TEC, a Christian Trade Training Centre in Lilydale.
  • The option of undertaking a VCE subject in Year 10.
    Instead of choosing a VET course, students may elect to complete Units 1 and 2 of VCE Psychology, Physical Education or Outdoor & Environmental Studies.
  • Transition Week.
    Held during Year 10, this is a week of information about pathways students can follow after Year 10. VCE, in all its complexity is introduced, along with terminology such as SACs (Student Assessed Coursework) and ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). Tertiary study and pre-requisites for course entry are explored, alternative pathways such as apprenticeships, TAFE study, VET courses and work placements are also considered. Highlights of Transition week include a trip to local tertiary institution and a panel discussion where past MDCS students and others discuss their own study and work experiences.

A VCE and VET Information Night is held during year 9 for parents and students to be introduced to the maze of possibilities and considerations for the coming years. Each student and their parents are also invited to an interview with the VCE Coordinator and Careers advisor to discuss subject selection for Year 10 and beyond in light of students’ possible career interests. At this meeting, they have the opportunity to ask questions and clear up any concerns about VCE study and their chosen subjects.

Years 7-10 Annual Highlights
  • Year 7-8 Camp – Usually in Term One, this camp enhances learning of the General Studies topic as well as helping in the development of relationships and community. Locations vary from year-to-year, and include hiking at Wilsons Promontory and Camp Coolamatong on the Gippsland Lakes.
  • Year 9-10 Melbourne or Canberra Camp – Alternating between these two locations each year, both camps have been held since the early days of schooling at MDCS. They are much anticipated and highly valuable experiences.
  • House Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Events.
  • Interschool Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Football and Netball competitions.
  • Secondary Soiree – Music celebration evening where students perform as class groups and individually before an audience of family and friends.
  • Year 9 Production – The Year 9 class spends a whole term making sets, learning lines, arranging costumes, and working as a team to put on a very entertaining and high quality production.
  • Year 8 ‘Starting a Business’ Unit – From conception to execution, the Year 8 class brainstorms, decides, structures, plans, makes, creates, advertises and sells a product or service to foster an understanding of the elements involved in running a business.