Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Beaudesert State High School:

  • Is a comprehensive community-centred high school
  • Has a curriculum that is wide and diverse
  • Caters for mainstream and special education
  • Provides pathways to future education, training and work

Year 8: To receive a quality curriculum and to lay the foundation for future study, Year 8 students at Beaudesert State High School have the opportunity to:

  • Study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Health
    & Physical Education.
  • Sample a specialist curriculum, namely: Visual & Performing Arts (Art, Media & Drama), Agricultural Science, Food Technology, and Design & Technology
  • Undertake LOTE or an intensive literacy program

Year 9: To engage students in a quality curriculum and to prepare them for Year 10, students at Beaudesert State High School have the opportunity to:

  • Complete a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Health & Physical Education.
  • Undertake Three (3) elective subjects from: The Arts, Technology, LOTE.

Year 10:   Year 10 Students base their subject selections and decision-making processes on the notion that this is a foundation year for senior studies. Students complete:

  • A core of English, Mathematics, Science, and Health & Physical Education.
  • Three (3) elective subjects from the following:

The Arts

Dance
Drama
Media
Visual Art

Technology

Food Studies

Graphics Shop A Shop B
Industrial Technology & Design

Agricultural Mechanics
Agricultural Science
Animal Husbandry

Business Studies
Information & Communication Technology

LOTE

Japanese

Social Science

Geography
History

Health & PE

Physical Education

Year 11 and 12

In the senior school we proudly boast twenty six (26) Authority subjects:

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Legal Studies
  • Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C
  • Chemistry, Physics, Biological Science, Agricultural Science, Science 2
  • Accounting,  Business  Communication  &  Technology,  Information  Processing  & Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Visual Art, Dance, Film & Television, Music, Drama
  • Technology Studies, Graphics

In addition, we have an extensive range of Vocational Education Subjects including:

  • English Communication
  • Prevocational Mathematics
  • Hospitality Practices, Early Childhood
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Industrial Skills (Construction, Engineering, and Furnishing)
  • Automotive Mechanics, Agricultural & Horticultural Skills, Welding
  • Sports Coaching, Fitness
  • Visual Art Studies

Beaudesert State High School also offers senior students opportunities to undertake school- based apprenticeships or traineeships. More information is available from our school’s Industry Liaison Officer.

Learning and Support Programs

We believe that it is very important for all students to complete the twelve years of schooling or equivalent qualifications so that they gain the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the workforce, with their relationships and in families, and to be active citizens in the community.

Our school has developed a number of programs to help our young people set goals, keep focused and achieve their full potential.

In Years 8 and 9, we offer learning support classes for students who have been identified with learning difficulties in English and Mathematics.  These classes have a smaller number of students to provide a more personalised learning environment in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

English Communication and Pre-Vocational Maths are offered in the senior years.   These subjects are designed to assist students to continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills for TAFE and the workplace.

In addition, our comprehensive array of subject offerings mean that students also have the opportunity to choose from a range of elective subjects, many of which are activity based and involve hands-on approaches to learning.

Get Connected

Education for the whole person is essential for the well being of students. At Beaudesert State High School, a range of activities and topics targeting specific needs are addressed throughout the year levels through the Get Connected program initiative. The program has been developed with the aim of encouraging students to care for others and themselves.

Get Connected Program includes topics such as: Career Education
SET planning
Values Education
Human Relationships Education Drugs and Alcohol Education Literacy and Numeracy
QCS preparation

Homework

Homework and study are integral to classroom success. Students should develop good study skills and habits. They should strive to become self-directed and independent in their work habits.

Homework should be written down in the appropriate section of the Student Organiser. This handbook, supplied through the Student Resource Scheme, allows easy retrieval by students and easy checking by parents. It is important for students to realise that when no set work is given by the teacher, they are expected to devote their study time to revision of the day’s lesson or to general revision of the subject.

Therefore, students always have homework and parents can assist by checking completion of homework, assignments and home study each night of the school week. Regular completion of work will have a positive effect on a student’s performance and results.

Approximate times which should be devoted to homework on five nights of the week are:

  • Year 8 – 1 hours per night
  • Year 9 – 1 to 2 hours per night
  • Year 10 – 2 hours per night
  • Year 11 & 12 – 2 to 3 hours per night

Assessment

Assessment is the purposeful, systematic and ongoing collection of evidence and its use in making judgements about students demonstrated learning against criteria. All students are required to adhere to the guidelines outlined.

Each student is able to download  a personalised  assessment calendar indicating  check dates and due dates early  in each semester.

Judgements of student responses to assessment instruments are made using standards associated with Exit Criteria.

All assessment will have a task sheet indicating:

  • Criteria
  • Standards
  • Check dates/draft dates
  • Due date
  • Acknowledgement that this is the student’s own work

Staff  progressively  monitor  and  gather  evidence  of  student  progress  throughout  the assessment period and before the due date.
Evidence may include class work, collected drafts, rehearsal notes, photographs of work, teacher observations.

Consequences
Should a student fail to submit required work at check dates:
The teacher will contact the parent – by letter or telephone
The student is required to work with the class teacher during lunch sessions until required draft work is complete
Head of Department will be informed

Should a student fail to submit required work at due date:
The teacher will contact the parent – by letter or telephone.
Student is to complete work during the lesson and submit for marking.
Draft work plus other evidence of work will be marked by the teacher and recorded on student profile
Judgements can only be made using evidence available on or before the due date.
In the event that no evidence is submitted, a standard cannot be awarded and the student will not be rated. This could affect the student’s QCE & OP eligibility in the senior school.

SAT students
Have the responsibility to complete all assessment requirements for school subjects by the due dates, including attendance at timetabled exams and assessment sessions.

Extensions
If an extension to due date is required application must be made to the Head of Department (Year 10, 11 & 12) or teacher (Year 8 & 9) prior to the due date.
Forms  requesting  an  extension  to  the  due  date  are  available  from  Heads of Department.

Special  provision  may  be  granted  on  individual  basis.  An  appointment  with  a Guidance Officer is required in this instance.

Absences for Assessment

Written Assessment Tasks
Students should send work to the school via email , parent or another person. If this is not possible student/parent should contact the teacher.
Students absent from school on check or final dates must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.

Oral Assessment Tasks
Students should send scripts to the school via email , parent or another person
If this is not possible student/parent should contact the teacher.
Students absent from school on check or final dates must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.
An alternate time to complete the assessment task will be set by the Head of
Department or teacher.

Written Tests and Exams
Students absent from school on the day of tests and exams must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.
The student will complete the same or alternate assessment task in the next lesson.

Verifying Student Ownership of Work
Plagiarism is the taking and using of another persons’ thoughts, writings, inventions, ideas or research as one’s own work and is a breach of copyright.  Consequences for a breach of academic ethics shall be determined by the Head of Department in consultation with the administration.  Consequences will depend on the degree of the breach  of  academic  ethics  and  the  year  level  involved.    Consequences  for  senior students will be more severe.  Consequences may include:  awarding a grade based on the work that the student is known to have completed, undertaking new assessment, or failure for that piece or unit of work.

Assessment Decisions Appeal Process
Initial concerns should be addressed with the classroom teacher. Subsequent appeals should be addressed with relevant evidence to support the claim to the Head of Department for consideration.

Reporting

Information regarding student progress is readily available to students and parents/guardians.

Two formal parent/teacher interview evenings are held each year. Parents make appointments for parent/teacher interview evening via an online booking system (instructions are sent out with report cards). Report cards are issued three times each year.

Parents are encouraged to contact teachers if they have queries or concerns about student performance. Teachers may be contacted through the school office.

 

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