Making choices – starting to specialise In these middle years, students start to specialise by choosing subjects that interest them and that will best support choices for the future. This is part of getting ready for the senior years of school. Students can choose subjects from Arts, Design and Technology, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Science.
Specially trained teachers work closely with students to help them to choose their subjects. Each student has an interview to discuss what interests them, what they are good at and what they might like to do when they finish school (i.e. work with animals, forensics, design buildings etc.). This ensures that students choose subjects that they’ll enjoy learning about and that give them a wide range of choices in the future. Subject choice interviews are normally held in term 3.
Year 10: Work experience During Year 10, all students undertake a week-long work experience placement with a local business. It is a chance for students to gain some valuable work experience and to learn within a real-life context. The skills that many of them acquire in that week, such as time management or task planning, can also be transferred back to life at school.