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Arts < More Info
Visual Arts Music
Art & Visual Communication 8aAV Music Performance 8aMP
Media 8aME    
English < More Info
English (Semester 1) 8eEN1 English (Semester 2) 8eEN2
Altior English (Semester 1) 8eAL1 Altior English (Semester 2) 8eAL2
Intervention English (Semester 1) 8eES1 Intervention English (Semester 2) 8eES2
Health & Physical Education < More Info
Physical Education (Semester 1) 8pPO Physical Education (Semester 2) 8pPT
High Performance ACC Sport (Semester 1) 8pHO1 High Performance ACC Sport (Semester 2) 8pHT2
Humanities < More Info
Humanities1 Humanities2
History 8hHU1 Geography & Economics 8hHU2
Languages < More Info
Italian Year 8 (Semester 1) 8LIT1 Italian Year 8 (Semester 2) 8LIT2
French Year 8 (Semester 1) 8LFR1 French Year 8 (Semester 2) 8LFR2
Mathematics < More Info
Year 8 Mathematics (Semester 1) 8mMA1 Year 8 Mathematics (Semester 2) 8mMA2
Year 8 Intervention Mathematics (Semester 1) 8mMS1 Year 8 Intervention Mathematics (Semester 2) 8mMS2
Altior Mathematics (Semester 1) 8mAL1 Altior Mathematics (Semester 2) 8mAL2
Religious Education < More Info
Religious Education Year 8 (Semester 1) 8rRE1 Religious Education Year 8 (Semester 2) 8rRE2
Science < More Info
Science Year 8 (Semester 1) 8sSC1 Science Year 8 (Semester 2) 8sSC2
Altior Science (Semester 1) 8sAL1 Altior Science (Semester 2) 8sAL2
Technology* < More Info
Materials Design & Production 8tMD Make IT Happen! 8iIT

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



 Units in the Performing Arts are assessed using a range of methods including the following:

  • Solo Performance
  • Demonstration of Skills
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Research Projects & Assignments
  • Theory Tests
  • Topic Assignments
  • Film presentations
  • Computer aided design
  • Oral communication
  • Analysis Tasks


Music Performance– Code: 8aMP

This course builds on the fundamental concepts of instrumental performance and ensemble skills. On a chosen instrument students consolidate technical facility, tone production and conventions in reading notation in solo and group environments. Students are encouraged to undertake tuition in the College Instrumental Music Program. Students submit a research paper based on aural responses to a variety of musical styles and use technology to compose and arrange ensemble pieces.

Visual Arts

Art & Visual Communication – Code: 8aAV

Art is a means of expression and communication in all societies. In this unit students develop skills in a wide range of art areas including painting, drawing, printing, digital image production and manipulation, and sculpture. They create and adapt images from a variety of sources to generate and express ideas. They learn to be inventive and imaginative and are encouraged to explore a range of media and materials. Students examine visual arts techniques and processes in the development of visual arts knowledge and skills. Graphic Communication is the conveying of visual information and ideas using design, free hand and technical drawings. Students participate in activities that develop practical knowledge of the graphic elements and devices so essential to effective visual communication.

Media – Code: 8aME

Students are required to interact with incredible amounts of media these days. Year 8 Media provides an opportunity to engage with the media critically, begin to understand how and why the media is constructed in the ways that it is, and to explore ways of making meaning for themselves through analysing and producing work. They engage with media texts such as film, photography, print and podcasts. They also have the opportunity to construct their own media texts in a variety of forms including photography and podcasts, focusing on current issues.



Units in English are assessed using the following methods:

  • Writing Folio
  • Text Responses
  • Debating
  • Literacy Skills
  • Semester Examination

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Year 8 English (Semester 1) - Code: 8eEN1 & (Semester 2) - Code: 8eEN2

In Year 8 English, the students continue to develop their ability to use both written and oral language appropriately taking into account purpose and audience. Through historical fiction, and other fictional texts, students develop their awareness of how language changes over time and how it reflects its socio-historical context. Listening, speaking, reading and writing activities are designed to encourage effective expression of ideas and introduce students to concepts and issues relevant to their lives. Students respond to a variety of text modes, concentrating on building the skills of analysis and reflection. The Extended Reading Program encourages students towards becoming literate, broad minded individuals with the capacity to think critically.

English offered by Student Support Services at Year 8

Intervention English Support Codes: 8eES1 & 8eES2

This course provides specific instruction in literacy skills for students with significant literacy difficulties. Students are in smaller class groups which enables increased levels of teacher assistance. Students develop their oral language skills, note-taking skills, and ability to write for different purposes. Explicit teaching of grammar and spelling is tailored to the needs of individual students. Students undertake an end of semester examination. Year 8 Intervention English leads to Year 9 Intervention English.

Participation in this course is by invitation only.



Units in Health and Physical Education are assessed using a range of methods including the following:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Topic Tests
  • Assignment Work

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Physical Education – Code: 8pPO1 and/or 8pPT2

The focus of Physical Education at Year 8 is physical activity. Students are exposed to a variety of sports where they can develop the specialised skills necessary for effective gameplay. Students will learn these skills in isolation, while also being given the opportunity to implement them in a game situation to improve their decision making and problem solving abilities. They will be encouraged to cooperate with others in group work and to value their unique talents and abilities. In theory classes, students will investigate how to enhance personal fitness through lifelong physical activity, health benefits of regular physical activity, consequences of inactivity and sedentary behaviour, domains and dimensions of physical activity, measuring physical activity level, influences on participation in physical activity and barriers to physical activity participation.

The practical activities studied in Semester 1 are Soccer, Softball and Badminton. Basketball, Modified/Recreational Games and Volleyball are undertaken in Semester 2.

Health Education – Code: 8pHE1 and 8pHE2

These units are the foundation for all health electives offered by the College. Health Education at Year 8 aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions that will lead to good health outcomes now and in the future. Students will examine health topics such as identity, self-esteem, diversity, communication, body image, resilience, mental health, risk taking, harm minimisation, assertive behaviour, alcohol use, food and nutrition as well as the physical and emotional elements of respectful relationships and sexuality. They will also learn self-help techniques to manage a variety of health issues and where to access quality health information and support services. The study of these topics takes place in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment, where students are encouraged to engage in discussion and ask questions.

High Performance ACC Sport – Semester 1 Code: 8pHO1 and/or Semester 2 Code:8pHT2

This subject is designed for students undertaking an ACC sport and will involve ACC games, training and theory lessons. Games and training will occur during regular school hours. Whilst students can elect to do this subject, final selection into this elective will be based on a combination of level of expertise, previous involvement in ACC Sport, behaviour, level of commitment and an ability to represent the College in a sportsmanlike manner.

Students should carefully choose the subject code that fits the ACC sports they wish to play, i.e. 8pHO1 for Semester 1 sports and 8pHT2 for Semester 2 sports. Students wishing to be involved in a sport in Semester 1 and 2 must select this subject for both semesters.

ACC Sports

TERM 1: Swimming and Athletics 
TERM 2: Football and Soccer

ACC Sports

TERM 3: Hockey, Table Tennis, Basketball and Cross Country
TERM 4: Cricket, Volleyball and Tennis

AREAS OF STUDY – Students will investigate some of the following in relation to their involvement in a specific sport:

  • Sporting Equipment and its effect on performance and participation
  • Community Sport
  • Individual and Team Tactics
  • Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Innovations in Sport
  • Tactics in Sport
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Fitness for Sport



Units in the Humanities are assessed using a range of methods including the following:

  • Historical Inquiry (Research Reports)
  • Oral Presentations
  • Exercises
  • Tests
  • Research Assignments
  • Semester Examination

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History, Geography & Economics and Business

Humanities - Code: 8hHU1 & 8hHU2

The Humanities course in Year 8 will comprise a semester of History followed by a semester of Geography and commerce.

In the first semester unit, students will develop skills needed for the understanding and appreciation of History. Students develop an understanding of how historians approach the study of history and the methods they use to gain knowledge of people and societies of the past. Students will study the social, political and economic features of societies during feudal times in Europe and Japan. Students will study the religious beliefs and ideas of these societies as they responded to changes brought on by historical.

In the second semester unit, students will study a term of geography and a term of Commerce. In Geography they will investigate the impact of human activities on the natural environment and the way people respond to change. The focus will be upon rainforests and urbanisation. In Economics and Business, students will cover topics such as: The Market System, Consumer Rights, Managing Money and The Future of Work.


In Year 8 Languages, students continue the study of Italian or French, begun at Year 7.


Units in Languages are assessed using the following methods:

  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Writing Tasks
  • Oral Tasks
  • Comprehension Tasks
  • Cultural Task


French Year 8 (Semester 1 & 2) – Codes: 8LFR1 and 8LFR2

Pre-requisite - Students are expected to have completed 8LFR1 before undertaking 8LFR2.

Students continue to develop their knowledge of the French language through the study of grammar as it exists in a range of practical communicative contexts. This includes topics such as clothing, housing, buying food and playing sport. Students continue to study culture in the French-speaking world.


Italian Year 8 (Semester 1 & 2) – Codes: 8LIT1 and 8LIT2

Pre-requisite - Students are expected to have completed 8LIT1 before undertaking 8LIT2.

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.



Units in Mathematics are assessed from a range of the following methods:

  • Topic Tests
  • Application Tasks
  • Modelling Problems
  • Research assignments
  • Technology related Tasks
  • Semester Examinations

Year 8 Mathematics (Semester 1 & 2) – Codes: 8mMA1 & 8mMA2

Pre-requisite - Students are expected to have completed 8mMA1 before undertaking 8mMA2.

This subject is part of a two unit course studied in Year 8 Mathematics. Workbooks are checked frequently and homework is regularly given. Throughout the Unit students are expected to complete an application task and several analysis tasks. The application task involves applying skills learnt in a practical situation. Analysis tasks entail finding solutions to non-routine problems. The use of technology is an integrated part of application tasks and coursework.

Intervention Mathematics Year 8 (Semester 1 & 2) – Codes: 8mMS1 & 8mMS2

Pre-requisite - It expected that students have completed 8mMS1 before undertaking 8mMS2.

Intervention Mathematics is a modified course for students with significant numeracy difficulties. Students undertake outcome tests in all topics covered as well as an end of semester examination. Homework is set on a regular basis. Throughout the semester, students complete application and assignment tasks. Year 8 Intervention Mathematics leads to Year 9 Intervention Mathematics.

Participation in this course is by invitation only.



There is an assessment for each content area studied and a Religious Education examination at the end of each semester.

Year 8 Religion Codes: 8rRE1 & 8rRE2

Each year, students examine topics within five content areas. The Units build on each other in a sequenced approach. These five content areas provide the organisational framework within which the school based Religious Education curriculum is developed.

The Units studied for Year 8 are as follows:

Background to the Gospel
The teachings of Jesus and His life as a Jewish man

People and Ministries in the Church
The First Christians
The Early Church
Before Constantine: Snapshot of the 3rd Century
A Closer look at St Paul

Experiences of Good and Evil
Catholic belief about life after death
Celebrate being Catholic

A closer look at Catholic symbols in the Eucharist

Living the Christian life
In the world: A snapshot of Catholic life around the world



Units in Science are assessed using the following methods:

  • Topic Tests
  • Investigations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Research Assignments
  • Semester Examination

Year 8 Science Codes: 8sSC1 & 8sSC2

In Year 8, students build and extend on the Year 7 Science course. The Chemistry unit covers elements, compounds, and chemical reactions. Physics introduces the idea of the conservation of energy, forms of energy and energy transformations. The Earth and Space unit covers weathering, erosion and different rock types. The Biological Science unit incorporates the study of cells, body systems and reproduction.



Units in Materials & Systems Technology are assessed using a range of methods including the following:

Units in Information Technology are assessed using a range of methods including the following:

  • Investigation
  • Design Folio
  • Production
  • Folio
  • Problem Solving
  • Major Project
  • Research Task

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* NB. All offerings in Technology are subject to the availability of specialist teaching staff. There will be limited numbers of classes with preference given to those who submit their forms earliest.

Make IT Happen!: 8iIT

This course is designed for students who wish to increase their computer skills and knowledge including learning a general programming language. Based upon the new Victorian Curriculum Digital Technologies, students will learn about different types of networks and the hardware and software required to manage a network. They will use tools to organise complex data and identify patterns and trends. Students will be required to solve an information problem using the problem solving methodology – analysis, design, development and evaluation. Through their work on projects students will reinforce their communication skills and the integration of all available software tools to produce a comprehensive solution. As part of the course students will expand on their introduction to programming (coding) in Year 7 using other programming languages such as Python.

Materials Design & Production – Code: 8tMD

This unit focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in designing and manufacturing practical solutions to identified needs. Students follow the Design Process to investigate, design, produce and evaluate solutions to design problems. They learn about design and are introduced to design briefs. They study materials and apply this knowledge to their work, use a range of graphic communication techniques and are introduced to a variety of basic hand tools and equipment. They develop their production skills while observing safe working procedure.