Year 7 at ACC Darling Downs
In our high school, you’ll see consistency of teaching strategies, well managed lessons and highly engaged students. The students here are overwhelmingly positive and polite and our teachers encourage students to achieve their personal best.
Our school is a great place to complete secondary studies, with teachers and students who work together to create a kind, generous and respectful learning environment.
Our Secondary School offers:
- High-impact teaching that gets academic results
- Access to the best lessons from ACC teachers across Australia
- Small classes, but with a surprisingly broad subject offering
- Learning continuity achieved whether on-campus or online
- Students are given to opportunities to learn to be creators of technology, not consumers of technology
- Renovated and purpose built classrooms
Being a school that is committed to helping students succeed in whatever God wants them to do, ACC provides challenging opportunities both during and after-school hours. While students are busy with their academic studies during the school day, their schooling experience will be enriched if they choose to participate in some of our co-curricular programs. Programs such as music, sports training, Oracy, Numero, debating and tutoring begin before regular classes start and after they end.
Our goal at ACC is to help students to be ready for the future, whatever that will look like. The Year 7 curriculum covers nine learning areas made up of the eight key learning areas in the WA National Curriculum plus Christian Education.
What Year 7 students study:
Students investigate and study a wider, and increasingly more challenging, range of texts. There will be more focus on English Literature, critical literacy and analysis, and developing sophisticated language skills.
2. Health and Physical Education
Students learn how to take positive action to enhance their overall health, safety and wellbeing, by applying problem-solving and effective communication skills, and through a range of preventive health practices. Students have access to a variety of sport and recreation activities.
3. Humanities and Social Sciences
Students will have greater diversity and depth of study in areas such as ancient history, modern history, geography, economics and politics. Students will increasingly move into the world of writing and thinking like young historians, young geographers and the like.
4. Languages other than English
Students study the Mandarin language and Chinese culture in more depth, with increased opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills and take advantage of learning opportunities such as external competitions, cultural days and excursions.
Students are introduced to new and more demanding mathematical concepts including formal algebra, geometry and various statistical models. They also start stepping out processes using mathematical reasoning and use technologically advanced calculators.
Students have greater diversity and depth of study in the biological and physical sciences. They handle and mix chemicals using specialised equipment; use digital measures such as electronic temperature probes connected to computers; and learn about the impact of science on society. Students do more individual work and there is a greater focus on experiments and fieldwork.
7. The Arts
Students sample at least one Performance and one Visual subject. The Arts subjects that may be sampled include music, dance, media, photography and visual art. Students will have access to a variety of specialised resources including software suites, musical equipment and audio/video equipment.
Students study two subjects: Digital Technologies and Design & Technologies. They have a diverse range of learning experiences such as computer science, electronics, robotics, food science, textiles, wood technology and metal technology. Students will use kitchen classrooms, laboratories and workshops with specialist equipment and tools for hands-on practical work.
9. Christian Education
Students learn how God can change lives when people put their trust in Him. They grow in their relationship with, and love for God and explore His calling on their lives. They look at Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration as vital perspectives in every area of learning. They explore both the New and Old Testaments in the Bible to find out how God’s love has been shown throughout generations and how they are part of His Big Story into the future.
Students may also be involved in one of our specialist programs offered at our school:
Gifted and Talented (GATE) Program – students who have been selected for this program, follow a differentiated curriculum and engage in an enrichment program in the combined areas of Science, Technologies, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Concert Band – students who have been selected for this program will study Music to a high level in a discrete class during school hours, as well as with other Music students after-school hours.
To learn more, please book a Principal’s Tour today.