2013 Year 7 Curriculum Handbook - The Southport School

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2013 Year 7 Curriculum Handbook - The Southport School

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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Contents

From the Headmaster .............................................................................................................................2

Executive Team .......................................................................................................................................3

Year 7 Teaching Team ..............................................................................................................................4

Year 7 Curriculum ..................................................................................................................................6

Curriculum Years 8 to 9 .........................................................................................................................7

Leadership ...............................................................................................................................................9

Life & Faith ..............................................................................................................................................9

English ................................................................................................................................................... 10

Mathematics ..........................................................................................................................................10

Science ................................................................................................................................................... 11

Humanities & Social Sciences ..............................................................................................................11

The Arts ................................................................................................................................................. 12

Languages .............................................................................................................................................. 14

Technologies .......................................................................................................................................... 15

Health & Physical Education ...............................................................................................................17

Outdoor Education & Adventure Training .........................................................................................17

The Reading, Writing and Research Experience .................................................................................18

Gifted & Talented Program ..................................................................................................................19

Academic Support ................................................................................................................................19

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From the Headmaster

Greg Wain

A large amount of work has been done to create a transition that is successful and supportive for

TSS boys. We have subsequently developed the Learning and Teaching Framework to ensure

quality education occurs in the new Bennett Year 7 classrooms. This evolving framework is based

on the foundation of developing Mind, Body and Spirit in order to follow the School’s vision “To

challenge each boy to achieve excellence in a Christian community where education embraces the

whole of life.”

Developing emotional intelligence incorporates fostering;

The Mind - Habits of Mind allowing TSS to remain a Home for the Mind,

The Spirit - we foster Spirit in fostered by the school spirit, the House Spirit, Community

Spirit and Christian spirit.

The Body - TSS offers limitless opportunities for boys to challenge the bodies via Outdoor

Education, Sport, Cultural Activities and Music.

To embrace the theme of Mind, Body and Spirit we have developed four “domains” or key

curriculum framework areas - Relationships, Leadership, Knowledge, Commitment – so as to

create an effective learning and teaching culture and to drive the further development of this first

year of Year 7 to 9 program. Within these four domains there is the teacher’s role, student growth

and parent opportunity. The parent opportunity continuum will allow Year 7 parents to assist their

boys in the transition to ensure each boy has a positive and happy experience at TSS.

In terms of the ‘teaching and learning’ aspects of this program, our Year 7 boys in transition from

Primary to Secondary will be in a unique position to experience the best of both worlds. Specialist

Secondary teachers with degrees in Mathematics, Science and English will challenge and prepare

the boys for their senior years and university preparation, and they will be complemented by

experienced primary-trained teachers who are age group specialists, highly-attuned to pastoral care

needs and individual difference, with knowledge and skills in a variety of subject areas.

Our Year 7 boys in 2013 will also be in line with the larger states and set up to experience fully, the

new National Curriculum which will be Secondary for Years 7 to 12.

In Year 7, the Leadership Program will be enabled through a new Adventure Training Program, a

Peer Support program involving selected senior boys, use of the Responsible Adolescent Program

developed through QUT, and the Outdoor Education Program.

Looking at the scope and depth of our preparations for transition and having the first-hand

experience of teaching mathematics to Year 7 boys in New South Wales from many years, I can

state with confidence that our boys will ready and able to be on the same campus as Years 8 to 12.

Mission Statement

“To challenge each boy to achieve excellence in a Christian community where education embraces

the whole of life.”

Vision

The Southport School will be acknowledged as a world-class day and boarding school for boys,

a balanced and holistic Christian learning community in the Anglican tradition, working with

families to nurture outstanding young men who are confident, happy, healthy and responsible,

possessing intelligent dispositions and highly developed skills in the areas of academics, leadership,

thinking, creativity, and emotional intelligence.


Executive Team

It’s of paramount importance that the wellbeing and tuition of every student is upheld to the

highest standards. The Executive team of The Southport School maintains the quality of academic

excellence while providing support to numerous facets of TSS life. From working corroboratively

with Housemasters and boarding staff, to reinforcing the cultural and sporting programs on offer

to students, the Executive Team members are an integral part of the School.

• Greg Wain, Headmaster

• Alan Parsons, Deputy Headmaster

• Ross Cardiff, Business Manager/CFO

• Jeff Symms, Head of the Preparatory School

• Jo Inglis, Head of Teaching and Learning

• Bryan Hain, Director of Sport and Activities

• Andrew Hawkins, Dean of Students Years 10 - 12

• Richard Dobrenov, Dean of Students Years 7 - 9

• Daniel Brown, Dean of Boarding

Alan Parsons

Deputy Headmaster

Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in

Education along with Diplomas

in Teaching and Theology and

Postgraduate qualifications specialising

in Boys’ education, and is currently

completing a Masters in Educational

Studies. With 32 years’ experience as

an educator, Alan has taught in the

State, Catholic and Independent sectors

in both co-educational and single sex

schools. Having attended six different

primary schools in three countries as a

boy followed by five years as a boarder

at a Brisbane school, he is very familiar

with the angst facing a number of our

boys as they transition into the Senior

School from a variety of previous

experiences.

Alan has held various positions of

academic and pastoral responsibility

during his career including three

years as coordinator of the primary

to secondary transition program in a

previous school, Alan is acutely aware of

the need to marry these two areas of the

school to ensure the excellent pastoral

care program in place at TSS supports

the boys through their academic studies.

Jo Inglis

Head of Learning and Teaching

Head of Learning and Teaching,

Jo Inglis, holds both Bachelor and

Masters degrees in Education with

specialist post-graduate studies in boys’

education.

With three sons of her own, all of

whom attended The Southport School,

Jo brings a wealth of knowledge to

the academic programs from both

curriculum and pastoral perspectives.

She has worked as an educator and

administrator in senior and middle

schools in Queensland, Melbourne,

the United Kingdom and United

Arab Emirates and has worked

collaboratively with TSS teachers,

parents and boys to bring together a

year 7 academic program “built for

boys”.

Richard Dobrenov

Dean of Students Years 7-9

During his 24 year tenure at The

Southport School, Richard has been

both a Boarding Housemaster of

Thorold , Day Housemaster of Turnock

and Year 12 Events Coordinator.

Richard holds a Masters’ Degree in

Educational Administration where his

thesis addressed the changing nature of

bullying in Australian Schools. In 1996

Richard completed a teacher exchange

to Shrewsbury School in Shropshire

where he taught ‘A Level’, ‘GCSE

English’ and was a Tutor in School

House.

In 2012 as the Director of Football, TSS

won its first inaugural GPS Football

Premiership and in 2001 Richard cocoached

the First XV to their first rugby

premiership in 63 years.

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Year 7 Teaching Team

The Year 7 Teaching team is committed to delivering a dynamic and resourceful curriculum

that will prepare our boys for their seniors years of schooling. Our teachers have had a wealth of

experience teaching in the middle school years and are aware of the critical pastoral demands that

come with nurturing our young men. Each member of the Team will specialise and focus on vital

core areas significant for boys and education such as: metacognitive behavioural principles, social

and emotional learning strategies and furthermore developing responsibility and leadership in

each boy. Establishing a strong sense of purpose and belonging with the Senior School will allow

the boys to thrive in the Senior school environment and the teaching team are passionate about

nurturing this assimilation with the rest of the school.

Year 7 Coordinator

Year 7 Teaching Team

Karel Bos

Karel has had Boarding and Pastoral care experience at Brisbane

Grammar, St Laurence’s College and currently at TSS. He has held

roles such as: Assistant Housemaster, Director of Activities and Head

of year. Karel has acquired extensive Pastoral Care experience as Head

of Year at St Laurance’s, covering Years 8, 11 and 12 and has a keen

interest in delivering essential pastoral programs in these key middle

school years.

His speciality areas in teaching consist of English, Science and

Physical Education and he is currently co-ordinating the English

Communication subjects in the senior years. He is heavily involved in

the extra – curricular program, especially in Rugby Union where he is

a level 2 National accredited coach. Currently, he resides on campus

with his family and is the Housemaster of ‘The Delpratt House’.

Lindsay Close

During his 16 year tenure at The Southport School, Lindsay has had

the opportunity to teach every year level from Year 1 to 7. He has also

gained Year 7 teaching experience in the State system at Churchill,

Richlands East and Kruger State Schools. As a Prep School teacher

Lindsay has taught every area of the curriculum and has had wealth of

experience introducing the new “Australian Curriculum.”

In his six years as the Housemaster of Rogers House, he had the

opportunity to tutor and assist Year 7 learners with their nightly prep.

He is very familiar with the academic, social and emotional challenges

that face our boarding students and their concerned families.

During his years at TSS he has been Assistant Coach of the First XV

Rugby team; Director of Junior Rugby; CIC Rugby Director and a

member of the Prep School, Athletics coaching team.

Paula Henry

Paula has been teaching at TSS since 2009 in both Year 6 and 7.

She has worked in a number of Anglican Schools in Queensland,

teaching Years 5 through to 9, in both Primary and Middle School

settings. Prior to that, she worked with Education Queensland.

Paula has undergraduate qualifications in Journalism, with

post-graduate qualifications in Education and Teaching English

as a Second Language. Paula has been the Year 6 Coordinator in

the Preparatory School for the past two years, leading her team

through the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. She

was Public Speaking Coordinator in the Preparatory School for

three years and has added to the extra-curricular programme

through her involvement in CIC Tennis fixtures. Paula is looking

forward to being part of the Year 7 Team in 2013.


Sam Lobascher

Sam Lobascher is currently in his third year at TSS. After finishing a

Bachelor of Education at Griffith University Sam taught English at

Worthing High on the south coast of England. Upon returning to Australia

he explored the relevance of the English pedagogical and curricula approach

to the Australian context while completing a Masters of Education, also

at Griffith University. Since achieving a Masters of Education Sam has

contributed to literacy journals and has recently presented at the English

Teacher’s Association of Queensland annual conference.

As well as co-ordinating Year 8 English and teaching Years 10, 11 and 12,

Sam coaches swimming, football and rugby, and is also a cadet officer in

the Navy cadets. He is a tutor in TSS’s literacy and numeracy up-skills

program, has tutored ESL students and has worked in learning support

assisting students with learning difficulties.

Matthew Slattery

Matt Slattery has worked in boys education 5.5 years, specialising

in Science and maths. Throughout his years teaching these

subjects, he has ranged from special needs to Gifted and

Talented, with previous experience as a ‘core’ teacher in Sydney

all boys schools and gained experience in programming and

planning units of work for year 7 Science curriculums.

Matt has an advanced mini certificate of gifted education and

experience in teaching Science G and T and experience running

CREST awards (Science award).

Rob Wehl

Rob Wehl has been teaching Year 7 at TSS since 2010. During

this time he has been involved with the transition to the National

Curriculum and has worked closely with both the Science and

Mathematics strands.

Rob has been involved in the school’s sports program for a

number of years , having been involved in GPS Tennis for the

past 10 years and often working with the Year 7’s in the CIC

Cricket Competition.

Rob is an Old Boy and has a good understanding of the schools

culture and traditions. He is excited and looking forward to

being involved with the Year 7 program in 2013.

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Year 7 Curriculum

TSS academic programs are designed for boys and our teachers design learning activities

specifically to engage boys and to cater for their strengths and challenges. Boys are supported

in their learning with technology and are encouraged to broaden their growth, learning and

development through involvement in a wide range of co-curricular activities. TSS boys are

encouraged to be actively involved in all that TSS has to offer.

Year 7 boys study:

- Life & Faith

- Leadership

- English

- Mathematics

- Science

- Humanities & Social Sciences

- The Arts: Art, Drama and Music

- Languages: Chinese and French

- Technologies: Design Technology, Digital Technology and Robotic Engineering

- Health & Physical Education

- Research & Information Mastery

- Gifted & Talented: by invitation

- Outdoor Education and Adventure Training

The academic curriculum is informed by an understanding of Positive Psychology which

‘….achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals,

families and communities” (Seligman M, et el, 2000). Our Positive Psychology framework aims to

build optimism, identify individual character strengths and virtues; to promote this understanding

to increase and sustain boys’ well-being and build positive and resilient young men.

Resources and facilities

Our modern and well equipped learning spaces include the purpose built Year 7 Transition Centre,

Academic and Leadership Centres, Annand Drama and Music Theatre, Science Centre, Library,

Creative Visual Arts Centre, dedicated and specialised learning spaces for Drama and Robotics,

Centenary Sports Centre, Boatshed Outdoor Education facility, extensive sporting facilities,

grounds and the Stradbroke Island Outdoor Education facility.

Virtual and online learning resources include a fully wireless campus, specialist computer labs,

access to iPad and Netbook technologies and Learning@TSS, our tailored online learning

management system. Virtual terminal services allow 24/7 access to online resources and research

databases and campus-wide BYOD capabilities allows students to bring and use their preferred

mobile device.

Project Days

Cross-curricular Project Days contextualise learning and make it real, an essential facet of boys’

education.

Full and half day learning activities provide opportunities for hands-on learning across a range of

subject areas. Designed by Year 7 classroom specialists, together with Year 7-12 subject specialists,

full and half day Project Days bring curriculum aspects together into rich learning tasks which

include real-world learning activities, higher order thinking skills, creativity, innovation,

cooperation, initiative, teamwork and leadership skills.

Assessment and Reporting to Parents

Student learning and performance is assessed as a continuous process using a variety of assessment

techniques including tests, research assignments, oral and practical performances, e-portfolios

and teacher observation. Detailed academic reporting occurs twice yearly at the end of each

academic semester. Parent-Student-Teacher interviews occur after completion of the first term of

each academic year and are complemented by an interim report and TSS Habits of Mind selfassessment

framework.


Curriculum Years 8 to 9

The Year 8 and 9 Curriculum is built for boys. We take our cue from authoritative brain research

that demonstrates the gender-specific learning modes of boys and have developed our curriculum

accordingly. Curricula for Years 7 to 12 are fine-tuned to reflect the relative maturity and specific

needs of the boys.

Year 8 boys study:

- Life & Faith

- Leadership: Cadets

- English

- Mathematics

- Science

- Humanities & Social Sciences

- The Arts: Art, Drama and Music

- Languages: Chinese or French

- Technologies: Design Technology, Digital Technology and Robotic Engineering

- Health & Physical Education

- Gifted & Talented: by invitation

- Outdoor Education & Adventure Training

Year 9 boys continue to study the required Australian Curriculum learning areas complemented by

elective studies. All Year 9 boys study:

- Life & Faith

- Leadership: Cadets

- English

- Mathematics

- Science

- Humanities & Social Sciences

- Health & Physical Education

- Gifted & Talented: by invitation

- Outdoor Education & Adventure Training

Students select two of the following full year elective courses;

- Art

- Business

- Chinese

- Design Technology

- Digital Technology

- Drama

- French

- Graphics

- Music

- Robotics

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Future Focussed: Year 9 Extended Stay

The Year 7 TSS Leadership, Outdoor Education and Adventure Training programs are steps on the

journey towards the opportunity of an extended stay, a culminating activity of the Year 7 to 9 TSS

Bridge Program.

Boys in Year 9 will have the opportunity to plan towards and undertake an extended stay of 10 days

or more in a local Gold Coast, Queensland, or interstate outdoor environment, or even further

afield on the TSS China Sojourn.

The Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priorities of Asia and Australia’s engagement with

Asia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; Sustainability; and the Australian

Curriculum identified general capabilities of personal and social competence, ethical behaviour

and intercultural understanding provide a framework of rich potential for learning, personal

growth and development.

A TSS education embraces the whole of life, recognising that obtaining knowledge is one thing,

while the ‘getting of wisdom’ is another. As a consequence, we offer a learning experience that is

balanced and holistic, one that moves outside the classroom to complement academic achievement

with the development of a range of life-skills designed to reveal the full individual potential of

each boy as he matures to manhood. TSS certainly produces graduates of high scholastic calibre,

but more importantly, we produce outstanding young men who exhibit confidence, responsibility,

leadership, commendable ethics and emotional intelligence.


Leadership

Learning to Lead is a succinct and potent expression of a vital element in TSS’s mission to

foster in every boy the qualities of leadership that will serve him in both his personal and social

advancement. To facilitate the fostering of the key qualities of intelligent dispositions, Habits

of Mind, positive psychology and an over-arching emotional intelligence, TSS offers boys a

comprehensive range of activities and specialised programs.

Year 7 classrooms are strategically located in the purpose built Academic and Leadership Centre.

This dedicated physical space, led by the Director of Leadership and specialist staff, provide a

focus for boys to recognise and enhance their individual leadership potential. Varied leadership

opportunities are provided through classes, sport and co-curricular programs and all Year 7

students experience linked and contextualised leadership development programs to mark the

beginning of a three year journey though Years 7 to 9 focussing on “Leading Self ”. Year 7 class

teachers deliver a weekly leadership curriculum to their class. Topics include transition to the

Senior School, resilience, communication skills, positive relationships and friendship.

Life & Faith

TSS is an Anglican school and so, while welcoming students from all denominations and cultures,

we reflect the ethos and tenets characteristic of a Christian School. Life & Faith is a sequential

study that begins in Year 7 and progressively builds upon themes through to Year 12. Boys in Year

7 apply thinking skills to investigate topics under the following themes: The Nature of Human

Being, World Views, Society and Community, Applications and Implications. These themes seek

to address the personal, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of all boys.

Life & Faith also aims to promote core beliefs and values of Christianity which include living the

Gospel message of forgiveness, reconciliation, mission and loving service to God; tolerance and

respect; making a positive contribution to our culture; supporting the traditions and dignity of the

School and promoting a sense of social responsibility through service and social justice.

Year 7 boys are actively encouraged to explore the relevance of Christian faith for daily living and

to consider the formulation of their own personal system of morals and ethics.

The Year 7 program includes:

- Knowledge and understanding of the past history of TSS, its philosophy and current practices.

- Familiarity with and knowledge of the life of Jesus and the message of the Gospel with an

understanding that this developed out of the Old Testament.

- Familiarity with basic theories of decision-making.

- Developing and consolidating basic inquiry skills through the exploration of world religions

and evaluating their contributions.

- Utilising IT skills for research and the creation of assessable projects.

The historic St Alban’s Chapel, located in the heart of the school, provides a reverent gathering

place for weekly chapel services for all members of the TSS community.

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Mathematics

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English

TSS Year 7 English program tailors the Language, Literature and Literacy strands of the Australian

Curriculum especially for boys. Students will explore and experiment with text structures

to understand how they influence the complexity of writing and how audience, purpose and

content impact the quality and power of the written word. Boys will appreciate how the choice

of language features, images and vocabulary affect meaning and will be able to create written

pieces as appropriate for specific purposes and audiences. Students will apply thinking skills

to examine issues and ideas from a variety of sources, and will learn to listen for and explain

different perspectives in texts, as well as contribute actively to class discussions using language

features to engage the audience. Students will practise editing and improving their writing

effectively, demonstrating understanding of grammar, specialised vocabulary, accurate spelling and

punctuation.

The English program is based on the study of a variety of texts, chosen with the interests and

learning styles of boys in mind and will provide the students with opportunities to respond in

written, oral and digital form. Themes and topics include:

- Convince Me: Written and spoken argument

- Ancient Tales

- Epic, Couplets and Cyclic Poetry

- Engaging with Asia

Readers are Leaders

There is a strong and healthy culture of reading at TSS. The reading program is integral to the

study of English and enhances learning across the curriculum. One lesson per fortnight and

ten minutes of every lesson is devoted to silent reading. This highly successful program has

proven ability to enhance the development of language skills such as comprehension, spelling,

punctuation, vocabulary and written expression and to broaden intellect.

The three content strands of the Australian Curriculum in Mathematics are; Number and

Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. The four proficiency strands are;

Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning.

TSS Year 7 boys develop their concepts of number and shape and advance their understanding

of algebraic principles. There is an emphasis on building strong foundations and basic number

skills. Hands-on and relevant out-of-classroom activities are used to both reinforce and extend

mathematical ideas. Mathematical thinking and analysis skills are used to make judgments,

improve accuracy and enhance numerical fluency. Opportunities exist for extension, acceleration

and remediation, catering for individual boys’ strengths and areas requiring support.

Particular emphasis is placed on the development and use of Higher Order Thinking Skills,

allowing students to build a repertoire of problem solving techniques for approaching both

mathematical and scientific contexts.

Technology

Technology is viewed as a tool to assist and complement mathematical understanding rather than

to replace it.

Students will use scientific calculators as a tool in their everyday mathematics studies. Students

will be taught how to use the basics of spread-sheeting applications as well as use the internet to

complete research for assignments. Online programs to develop and build mathematical skills and

processes are accessed to complement learning.


Science

The Australian Curriculum in Science is organised around three interrelated strands: Science

Inquiry Skills, Science as Human Endeavour and Science Understanding.

Science inquiry skills incorporate thinking skills including posing questions, planning, conducting

and critiquing investigations, collecting, analysing and interpreting evidence, investigating claims

and evaluating conclusions. Science as human endeavour focuses on the need for informed,

evidence-based decision-making about current and future applications of science. It acknowledges

that science has advanced through, and is open to, the contributions of many different people

from different cultures at different times in history and that science offers rewarding career paths.

Science understanding describes a basic understanding of the science disciplines of Biology,

Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics as well as the ability to apply the knowledge in ways

that explain and predict phenomena, and its application to new situations and events. Science

knowledge represents the building blocks of science understanding but it is the dynamic nature of

science understanding that will be beneficial to citizens in an ever-changing world.

Specifically and actively, TSS Year 7 boys explore techniques to separate pure substances from

mixtures, and learn how to represent and predict the effects of unbalanced forces, including

Earth’s gravity, on motion. They discover how the relative positions of the Earth, sun and moon

affect phenomena on Earth. They consider how sustainable use of resources depends on the way

they are formed and cycle through Earth systems and predict the effect of environmental changes

on feeding relationships. Both inside and outside the classroom boys classify and organise diverse

organisms based on observable differences.

Science Laboratory facilities

Year 7 Science lessons take place in purpose built and expertly resourced science laboratories

with highly specialised staff and equipment. Students work to identify questions that can be

investigated scientifically. They plan fair experimental methods, identifying variables to be changed

and measured and select equipment that improves fairness and accuracy and describe how they

considered safety. Students communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific

language and appropriate representations.

Humanities & Social Sciences

The Year 7 History curriculum provides a study of historical societies and events from the time

of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60 000 BC –

c.650 AD. It was a period defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies.

The study of the ancient world includes the discoveries (the remains of the past and what we

know) and the mysteries (what we do not know) about this period of history. Specifically, at The

Southport School, the Year 7 course focuses on the civilisations of Ancient Rome and Ancient

China. The course provides opportunities for students to develop historical understanding

through familiarity with the key concepts of evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect,

perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.

Four key inquiry questions form the foundation of the course:

- How do we know about the ancient past?

- Why and where did the earliest societies develop?

- What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies?

- What have been the legacies of ancient societies?

Student performance is assessed by means of research tasks and stimulus response tests. For

example, in the unit on Ancient China, students have the opportunity to research Ancient Chinese

inventions, and respond to stimulus on Marco Polo and the Silk Road. In the unit on Ancient

Rome, students research and produce a short dramatic piece on one aspect of life in Ancient

Rome, and respond to stimuli on the gladiators of this period. The Australian Curriculum subject,

Humanities and Social Sciences consists of the history course as well as school-developed units

related to geography, economics, politics and citizenship.

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The Arts

The Year 7 Arts program includes the study of Drama, Music and Visual Art in rotation through

the year. TSS facilities include a purpose built Drama classroom space, fully operational Drama

and Music Annand Theatre, the new and purpose designed Visual Art precinct with indoor and

outdoor creative areas and gallery displays, and the modern-equipped historic TSS Cable Station

Music Centre. All Year 7 Arts lessons take place in these dedicated facilities with specialist teachers.

Drama

Drama inspires students to use their creativity and imagination to explore their world. An allboy

environment provides great freedom for students to enjoy encouragement and support in

exploring their dramatic and theatrical potential; to take risks and move beyond their comfort zone

to liberty and effectiveness of expression. Students are introduced to the basic elements of drama

such as role play and tension engaging in dramatic activities both individually and collaboratively.

Drama is both an individual and a group art and the ability to work cooperatively as a group

member is an essential skill.

Year 7 students learn to create dramatic action based on real or imagined events and to analyse

scripted scenes. Students create roles using basic characterisation skills e.g. language, voice and

movement and learn how to improvise for dramatic purpose and to build enhanced public

presence.

Music

Students live in a world in which music has an important and pervasive presence. Whether actively

engaging in music by listening, performing or composing, or incidentally encountering music,

students have an individual experience of music. Music is an integral part of everyday life and, as a

powerful educative tool, music contributes to the holistic development of the individual.

Year 7 Music aims to develop knowledge of the musical elements through listening and analysis;

deconstruction of music composition; construction/creation of music and performance; realising

of music. Technical applications introduce students to loop based software to create music for

animations enabling boys to analyse how music and sound effects are used to create mood and

musical nuance and then create their own soundtrack for an animation.

Visual Art

Year 7 Art provides highly practical, engaging and creative learning opportunities for boys to

encourage freedom of expression. Technical and sophisticated skills and processes are introduced

that enable students to engage effectively in a variety of media in a globalised world. Students

become better equipped to make sense of the world in which they live and to make a contribution

to building the creative depth of the world around them. Topics and activities include:

- The use of texture and pattern in Visual Art making specific reference to Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander culture.

- Colour theory, design and the use of tone and line in rendering form and space.

- An investigation of sculptural forms in hebel and ceramics making specific reference to the

three dimensional work of other cultures. The sustainable management of the equipment and

the external and personal environment is a key component of this unit.

- The use of digital media in design with particular reference to capturing and altering images

in Photoshop.

- A written reflection that demonstrates an ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate

using specialised vocabulary, the students own artwork and that of others.


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Languages

Chinese and French Language and Culture Programs

Year 7 students study both Chinese and French, each for one semester. Both Chinese and French

are important for Australia’s international trade and diplomacy, and are official languages of the

United Nations. The Languages Department hosts Language Assistants in Chinese and French,

whose purpose is to aid the students and staff and contribute to the cultural program.

Languages are assessed in the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Chinese

The Year 7 Chinese Language and Culture Program is designed specifically for students learning

Chinese as a second language. Students will learn characters and pinyin romanisation, as well as

pronunciation and communication in Standard Mandarin Chinese. Online resources supplement

the program designed to build functional language acquisition. Topics include greetings, numbers,

families, pets, hobbies, sports and discovering China.

TSS has recently been paired with a partner school in Beijing, Tsinghua High School. Students

will contact each other online, and are welcome to join the China study tour in 2013, when we

will visit our new friends. Students are welcome to join the TSS Lion Dance Troupe and to take

part in cultural activities, such as the annual Chinese National Day dinner in the Dining Hall.

French

The Year 7 French Language and Culture program is designed to enhance the acquisition of basic

skills in French. New language words are taught through cartoon stories with integrated cultural

material and clear, concise grammar. The course is supplemented with visual and online material.

Topics include greetings, introductions, numbers, family members, where we live and places of

interest in a French street.

Students join in Bastille Day celebrations every year with a staff-student soccer match and

celebration dinner in the TSS Dining Hall. Vive la révolution!


Technologies

The Year 7 Technologies program includes the study of Design Technology, ICT and Robotics Engineering in rotation through

the year. TSS facilities include a new purpose-built Lego and Robotics learning space, computer labs and fully equipped

technology workshops. All Year 7 Technologies lessons take place in these dedicated facilities with specialist teachers.

Design Technology

The unit of Design Technology allows students an opportunity to create basic skills through the handling and manipulation

of materials and a variety of workshop hand tools. Students design and create a number of practical projects including model

racing cars and basic furniture.

Students are challenged to expand their Higher Order Thinking Skills through designing and problem solving in the creation

of a physical project. Boys also develop an understanding of safe workshop practices and the safe use of hand tools and

equipment in a multi-task workshop environment.

Digital Technology

Digital Technologies develops students’ practical and essential computer skills to broaden his repertoire of technology expertise

for application across the senior school curriculum and prepare students for a digitally enhanced world. A modern and relevant

subject, Digital Technologies gives boys the edge in understanding much of how our world works.

As well as learning essential skills in file management and digital communication, Year 7 will experiment with a range of new

technologies such as Sumo Paint, Fireworks, 3D Modeller, Flipbook and Flash animation.

Robotic Engineering

Robotic Engineering provides learning experiences through problem based design activities using the LEGO Mindstorm NXT

and the LEGO Wedo Robotic kits.

Robot Programming is explored using the graphical programming environments of NXT-G and Scratch. Both Computer

Languages provide students with opportunities to develop skills in simple and complex programming. A sequence of Robotic

Design Challenges allows boys to develop their engineering capabilities and group communication skills. The course

challenges students by requiring them to develop and build higher order and conceptual thinking skills in a negotiated learning

experience.

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Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education provides opportunities for students to improve their general

fitness as well as develop skills in a variety of sports and physical activities. Features of the program

include:

- Expert coaching exposure from a range of teachers and qualified coaches working in

specialised facilities.

- Increased skill levels via sports excellence coaching in Cricket, Rowing, Swimming, Sailing,

Tennis, Football, Cross-Country, Gymnastics, Rugby, Basketball and Athletics.

- Standardised longitudinal fitness testing.

- Progression in theoretical concepts of Health & Physical Education through Years 7 to 10.

The extensive TSS Sports and HPE programs provide further avenues for building the necessary

attributes of leadership. In every physical program and all training contexts, boys are imbued

with the value of striving to achieve at their best, whether in a solo undertaking or within

the framework of a team, leadership group or captaincy. The guiding principles of fair play,

sportsmanship, courage and endurance so common to success in the physical and sporting arenas,

are also the cornerstones of leadership in the wider community.

Outdoor Education & Adventure Training

Year 7 Stradbroke Camp

Students attend camp at the School’s purpose built campsite on Stradbroke Island, developing Outdoor Education skills

including sleeping in tents, preparing and cooking their own meals, looking after themselves and their gear. Activities and

topics include hiking, canoeing proficiency, overnight canoe trip, sand dune and mangrove ecology, and creative activities.

Outdoor Education camps at TSS are designed to develop sequential skills and proficiencies through the program which runs

from Years 4 to 11. At Year 7 camp, progressive and important skills are taught that are enhanced and developed on subsequent

camps including campcraft, campfire cooking, canoeing and an understanding of sustainability and minimal environmental

impact practices with emphasis on coastal environs and rainforest ecosystems. Leadership attributes are encouraged that are

applicable to all learning situations including self-awareness, self-organisation, initiative and co-operation.

Weekly Leadership lessons incorporate Adventure Training aspects as components of ‘Leadership of Self ’.

Cross-curricular Project Days incorporate elements of Outdoor Education, Adventure Training, elements of the Australian

Curriculum and practical skills.

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The Reading, Writing and Research

Experience

Readers are Leaders

As part of the school’s recognition of the importance of developing the ‘whole boy’ and the

foundational nature of reading and writing, the Senior Library, in cooperation with the English

Department, has a reading program designed to create a positive reading and writing environment

within the School.

Year 7 English classes regularly visit the Senior Library weekly where the Senior Librarian presents

and discusses a collection of selected works of fiction and non-fiction. Boys are encouraged to

borrow on a regular basis and they are welcome to recommend books for the library to purchase

for the collection.

In addition, each English lesson begins with a ten minute period of sustained silent reading. Boys

are engaged in discussion about their reading and the reading choices they are making. They

are encouraged to maintain a reading record which includes information such as what is being

read, oral book reports, summaries and comments from staff. At TSS voluntary reading is seen

as a valued and serious undertaking that leads to the development of boys as critical readers and

writers.

The Reading Program is designed to ensure that all boys read widely and on a regular basis. Such

sustained reading promotes improvements in comprehension, spelling, and grammar while

encouraging the development of empathy for others by giving access to “other” experiences

through wide reading.

Research and Information Mastery

The Senior Library, in cooperation with all academic departments, provides integrated information

literacy skills instruction. The goal is to develop the boys’ capacities to solve

information problems with emphasis on the research process rather than just the skills of location

and access to materials. How the boys find information and what they do with it is most important

and to assist in this area, boys are trained in on-line database and Web 2.0 technology use. Such an

approach has a positive impact on the boys’ mastery of prescribed curriculum content as well as

information problem solving.

Together, the Reading Program and the emphasis placed on developing research and information

literacy skills assist in promoting a range of literacies including: functional (reading and

writing), social (communication in a cultural context) and digital (appropriate use of ICTs). An

understanding and an appreciation of these literacies will encourage and prepare boys to become

lifelong learners.


Gifted & Talented Program

The Gifted and Talented program aims to enrich and extend Year 7 students who have high ability

in the key academic areas, including achievers and non-achievers. Selection is multidimensional

with an emphasis on ability and aptitude testing plus current research indicators of the

characteristics of gifted and talented students.

Ability and aptitude indicators for Gifted and Talented Students include:

- Above year level performance in skill areas

- General ability testing – Australian Council of Educational Research tests

- Academic records and work samples

- Observation checklists for teachers and parents

- External test results from a WISC or Stanford Binet

Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students include:

- Understanding beyond his peer group

- Creative divergent thinker, vivid imagination

- Strong sense of justice and humour

- Intense curiosity about subjects

- Task commitment to a chosen topic of interest

- Desire to work independently on self-selected projects

Gifted and Talented Students who have been previously involved in TSS Preparatory School G&T

Program generally flow into the Senior School Program. Students are withdrawn on a rotational

basis in like-ability groups where they are taught a wide range of creative and higher order

thinking skills such as creative problem solving and strategies for accelerated learning. Students

are encouraged to view issues from multi-perspectives and to explore possibilities rather than

definitive answers.

As recognition of involvement in the Gifted and Talented Program,

students are awarded a TSS Gifted and Talented badge and earn a

report certificate signed by the Head of Learning and Teaching and

their Gifted and Talented teacher. Students involved in G&T are also

afforded additional privileges such as use of the facilities in the G&T/

Honours Resource Centre, including computers, a scanner, games,

puzzles and books.

Academic Support

Consideration for inclusion in academic support is based on evidence of significant learning

difficulties and performance of assessment tasks across the curriculum with particular emphasis on

English and Mathematics.

Parents of students entering the School, who would like further details, should contact TSS

School Counsellor Mr Scot Gannon.

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