Year 7

In Year 7, Parade College offers students courses based on the Victorian Curriculum. It covers eight Learning Areas and four Capabilities. There are opportunities in the curriculum for students to experience learning in all Learning Areas and Capabilities. In addition to stand-alone courses, Parade College offers topics centred around Problem Based Learning (PBL).

Courses at Year 7 are at Level Year 7 of the Victorian Curriculum.

If you have any questions relating to the Year 7 Curriculum which this website does not address, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning or the Year 7-10 Learning Coordinator at the College.


Learning Areas

At Parade College subjects are grouped into a number of Learning Areas ensure that the needs of all students are met:

  • The Arts, which includes Art and Visual Communication, the Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
  • English, including English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities, which consists of two areas of Humanities: History & Geography; and Commerce
  • Design and Digital Technologies
  • Languages
  • Technology
  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Subjects Studied at Year 7

In Year 7 students experience subjects in each of the Learning Areas listed above. Students experience practical classes in Science, and an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. In Year 7 one language is studied, chosen from: Italian, French and Japanese. Please also note that all courses (including core subjects) are semester-based and will not necessarily have the same student cohort or teacher for subjects that run for two semesters.

Year 7 Core Units
Religious Education English Maths Science The Arts
Humanities Personal & Social Development Health & PE Languages Technology
Year 7 Elective Units
Options from: Art and Visual Communication / DigiSTEM / Drama / Food Studies / Materials Design and Production / Music *

*NB. All offerings in Technology are subject to the availability of specialist teaching staff.

Beginning in Year 7 and developing throughout their time at Parade College, students develop knowledge and skills in a number of Learning Areas.

Core Subjects

English

In Year 7 English, the students develop their ability to use both written and oral language appropriately taking into account purpose and audience. The program makes connections between the classroom and the outside world. Listening, speaking, reading and writing activities are designed to encourage effective expression of ideas. Students respond to a variety of text modes, concentrating on building the skills of analysis and reflection. Students continue to develop literacy skills through the explicit teaching of grammar and punctuation.

Intervention English

This course is designed to explicitly develop students' literacy skills; in particular, their reading skills. Students are in smaller class groups that allow for increased individual attention and specific instruction. Students focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Year 7 Intervention English leads to Year 8 Intervention English.

Participation in this course is by invitation only.


Mathematics

In Mathematics there is an emphasis on understanding of basic skills. Students cover work in a number of key areas of Mathematics including Space and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Application tasks involve applying skills learnt in a practical situation. The use of computer technology is an integral part of the course. Analysis tasks entail finding solutions to non-routine problems.

Intervention Mathematics

Intervention Mathematics is a modified course for students with significant numeracy difficulties. Students are in smaller class groups that allow for increased levels of teacher assistance. Students undertake outcome tests and complete set homework on a regular basis. Year 7 Intervention Mathematics leads to Year 8 Intervention Mathematics.

Participation in this course is by invitation only.


Religious Education

Students

Students are presented with a general coverage of the Christian story for the benefit of students who have come from various primary school backgrounds - Catholic and State.

The school story of Parade College is told with special reference to the Edmund Rice story. Edmund's Brothers came out from Ireland to Australia in 1868 and established the Catholic school in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne which came to be known as Parade College, and then the present development of the current Parade College in Bundoora and Preston.

Each year, students examine topics within the following areas of study

  • Scripture and Jesus
  • Church Ccommunities – including the role of the school community
  • God, Religion and Life: a study of Catholic beliefs
  • Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments: the ways people pray and practice their beliefs
  • Morality and Justice: moral decision making and working for justice. This also includes the ‘Rock and Water Program’, which helps students to learn about different ways that they can interact with each other and how they can best respond to different circumstances and pressures.

Science

Students are able to experience four major areas of science. Chemistry includes the properties of solids, liquids and gases, safety in the lab, identifying laboratory equipment, using the Bunsen burner and chemical and physical separation techniques. Physics introduces forces, simple machines, light and sound. The Earth & Space unit covers the structure of the earth, the seasons and the solar system. In Biology, cells and the characteristics of different animal and plant groups are examined. Practical work in the laboratory forms an important part of the learning in this area.


Humanities

The Humanities in Year 7 involve the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and the present. The Humanities provide a framework for developing in students the key ideas and concepts that enable them to understand the way in which people and societies have organised their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it.

The Humanities take as their subject matter human behaviour. They provide unique ways to understand how and why groups of people have settled where they have, organised their societies, developed means of generating and distributing wealth, developed codes, laws and belief systems, related to other groups of people and interacted with their physical environment.

The Humanities encourage use of research skills and inquiry processes. Students learn to plan an investigation and ask key questions. They question and analyse a range of data and sources including artefacts, photographs, maps, stories, special events, interviews, site visits and electronic media. They form conclusions supported by evidence and present information in a variety of ways.


Year 7 Information Technology (IT)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities are primarily taught within the DataWise subject (see Technology below). ICT skills are also embedded into the Year 7 curriculum and are addressed through a number of the learning areas. The use of ICT in learning areas adds to the depth and richness of student learning. DataWise (core) and DigiSTEM (elective) subjects provide the content and contexts within which students truly develop and apply the full knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that comprise ICT capabilities.


DataWise

In this semester based subject students will be introduced to data and how it can be transformed into information using digital devices. They will, analyse and evaluate data from a range of sources and learn how data can be secured and presented as information within a digital system. They will develop skills in managing and visualising data through the use of spreadsheets and databases which can be used in other subjects. Throughout the subject students will experience and be taught the expectations of being a cybercitizen including how to behave and the etiquette used when online.


Personal & Social Development

Personal & Social Development provides an introduction to secondary school in general and Parade College in particular. Students will be given a school tour, opportunities to get to know other students in year 7 and skills in how to use the Learning Centre and their planner. Effective work, research and study skills will also be developed to provide students with every opportunity to experience success at the College. In Semester Two the students take part in the Rock & Water program.


Altior Program

The Parade College Altior Program is open to students who are academically able, highly motivated and have an excellent work ethic. Students are offered a variety of complex tasks that encourage leadership skills, higher order thinking, resilience and team work, as well as acceleration in certain topics.

Entry to the Year 7 Altior Program is via the application form included with the Year 7 Offers. All students who have accepted an offer for Year 7 entry are invited to apply for this program prior to commencing Year 7. Selection for the Altior program at Year 7 is on the basis of this application and relevant documentation. Altior subjects commence in Semester 2 of Year 7.


Click here for more information about the Altior program

Languages

In Year 7 there are three different languages offered to students. Students choose one of these languages as part of their enrolment procedure prior to commencing at Parade College. They then continue with this language until the end of Year 8. From Year 9 onwards, students may elect to continue with their chosen language, all the way through to VCE.


Italian

This subject is designed to extend students’ knowledge of the Italian Language and culture. Students will be provided with opportunities to enhance their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, through the use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and functional expressions. They will explore topics such as school, animals and pets.


French

Students are introduced to the French language through the study of basic grammar as it exists in a range of practical communicative contexts, including talking about oneself and friends, family interaction and likes and dislikes. Students are also introduced to French culture around the world.


Japanese

Students are introduced to the Japanese language through a variety of activities such as self-introductions, numbers, basic greetings and expressions. They learn the Hiragana script and are introduced to Kanji. Students also study various aspects of Japanese culture and explore topics such as pets, classroom instructions, classroom objects and weekend activities. (Bundoora Campus only)


Performing Arts – Music Performance

In this performance-based subject, students develop instrumental techniques on a suitable concert band instrument combining cognitive, kinaesthetic and cultural domains. Underpinning this is the interpretation of written music notation as it appears on a stave. Students perform pieces in a variety of musical styles that are utilised to provide practice on the essential performance concepts. These concepts are introduced sequentially throughout the course. Students can extend their skills in the Year 7 Honours Band and the music subject pathways in Year 8 and beyond.


Health and Physical Education

Students

Health and Physical Education are an important part of the curriculum. Our Year 7 students undertake a program designed to develop fundamental motor skills and game sense through a variety of sports. Students will also receive vital health education on topics such as Sun Safety, Basic First Aid, elements of positive relationships and managing change during puberty. At Year 7 the following units are undertaken:

  • Invasion Games
  • New/Wall Games
  • Strike/Field Games
  • Target Games
  • Safety
  • Positive relationships and puberty

Students will be made aware of various health issues present in our society and especially those relevant to young men of their age group. They will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make well informed decisions that will assist in the maintenance of a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. The unit will take a harm minimisation approach in as much as we realise that these issues are real and that our boys will most probably encounter them, if they haven’t already.


Sport

Sport is an important feature in the life of a student at Parade College. Whether it is intra-school sport conducted on College facilities or inter-school sport via the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) competition, all students will have the opportunity to be engaged in sport.

Intra-school sport includes traditional sports and activities. Students participate in round robin competition, a house athletics carnival and cross country run for house points. The emphasis of intra-school sport is participation.

Inter-school sport is offered for those students who may wish to represent the College in a more competitive environment. Whilst the College acknowledges that ACC sport is competitive, it also strongly upholds the motto of the ACC at all times; Excellence, Honour and Fairness.

Parade College has been a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges since its inception. Parade fields additional teams at Year 7 & 8. The ACC Sports are as follows:

  • Term 2: Football and Soccer
  • Term 3: Basketball, Table Tennis and Hockey
  • Term 4: Volleyball, Cricket and Tennis
  • Carnival Sports: Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country

Other sports in which the College participates are Rugby, Skiing, Cycling, Golf, Badminton and Clay Target Shooting.


Elective Subjects


Art & Visual Communication

Students explore a range of techniques such as sculpture, painting, drawing and digital art for creating artwork and designs through activities that develop creativity and imagination. Students are introduced to Visual Design and learn to communicate to an audience. All tasks, designs and research are documented in a visual diary and refined in a folio of work. Students respond to artworks and acquire the knowledge of artists’ use of art elements and principles. In responding to art, students study how artists use art elements and principles to create artwork. They also learn to interpret the meaning of artwork and understand the intentions of the artists.


DigiSTEM

There is a need for schools of the 21st Century to respond to the increasing technological demands placed on society for advanced skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. DigiSTEM allows Year 7 students to develop in these essential areas of the curriculum focussing particularly on using digital devices to create solutions to ‘real world’ projects/problems.

Students who undertake this elective will conduct project-based investigations to solve engaging and challenging problems linked to scientific and mathematical concepts. They will learn how to control digital devices such as computers using programming languages and develop their abstract and computational thinking. They will approach new challenges through investigating, reasoning, modelling, visualising and problem-solving and develop an understanding of the importance of data/information and how it is managed.


Performing Arts - Drama

In Drama at Year 7, students who undertake the subject have the chance to develop the basic aspects of performance skills. The focus is on building confidence and self-esteem, from working in front of or with a group of their peers. Drama allows students to develop a love and appreciation of working with their voices and bodies to develop meaning through character. Students will come to use a range of dramatic terms and techniques at a basic level, whilst exploring Mime, Dreamtime and Horror as theatrical forms.


Performing Arts – Music

In Year 7, students who undertake Music develop their musicality through a range of inter-related activities. Students develop performance skills on a brass or woodwind instrument and perform a variety of music. They explore their creativity through a Music Technology Composition assignment and develop an understanding of the elements of music, music notation and theory. Year 7 Music equips every student with the essential experiences and knowledge to begin a personal exploration of Music, both in and out of the classroom.


Technology

In Year 7 students are introduced to a range of Technologies, which may include the following:


Food Studies

In attempting to address Australia’s Obesity Crisis students will acquire a basic knowledge of the six essential nutrients – Water, Carbohydrates, Minerals, Vitamins, Fats and Protein. They will apply this knowledge of basic nutrition to design and develop diets to meet the needs of specific diets. The course will cover the following Food Safety, Nutrition for Australian Aborigines, Changing Food Patterns in Australia, Food Fads, Fast Food, Food Labelling and Packaging, Health and Nutritional Requirements across the lifespan and Positive Body Image. Each theory class will be followed by a practical class which will further enhance the theory component of this course.


Materials Design and Production

Student area introduced to the basics required for working with different materials in a safe workshop. These materials include wood, plastic and metal. The students produce a “brief” which is a statement of a design for the article they will produce. They investigate various solutions to the design and decide on the best one. Finally students are shown how to safely use basic hand tools in the workshop. They evaluate their final product to see if it is a solution to their design brief.