De La Salle College

Year 9 at Holy Eucharist

The transition from one year to the next is always a challenging part of a student’s educational journey. With a new campus comes the opportunity to review and revise the program to make it relevant, exciting and engaging for Year 9 students, as well as provide a strong personal, social and academic foundation for the senior years of schooling.

In order to achieve this, a degree of independence from Tiverton and Kinnoull is necessary. An independent timetable allows us to create a program that is tailored to suit the specific needs of Year 9 students.

Curriculum

Our Year 9 program is designed to be authentic, meaningful, purposeful and distinctive to Year 9 students.

It is tailored towards:

  • Giving students inquiry‐based learning opportunities where they play a lead role in their own learning
  • Letting students make decisions about what they do, how they do it and who they do it with
  • Taking students out of their comfort zone and engaging them in new experiences and different ways of thinking
  • Teaching students valuable skills which will help them succeed in the 21st century

The Year 9 Program is designed around a set of six ‘ribbons’. 

Each ribbon comprises learning with an interdisciplinary underpinning, organised in the following way:

  • Ingenuity: Mathematics, Science, Computing
  • Alliance: English, Humanities
  • Discovery: Health and Physical Education, Personal Development, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Encounter: Religion
  • Conversation: Italian or French or Literacy Support
  • Experiential: Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Media, Technology, Photography, Literature (1 per Semester)

In addition, meaningful term‐length themes of Identity; Stewardship; Futures and Legacy will provide the platform in which all curriculum design is based.

Learning Environment

At the Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus, we aim to promote a learning environment where students are more engaged, empowered and self‐motivated. All classrooms have a strong collaborative focus – with teachers working alongside Year 9 students. By the end of our first year, we hope that all Year 9 students will have more confidence as learner and are much more self‐aware of required areas of personal growth.

Lasallian Service

Much of the curriculum is more student‐lead. Lasallian Service is a structured opportunity whereby students can put into practice the Christian values and learning which takes place within the College. The Program promotes practical Christianity, enhances the learning experience and promotes the pastoral development of the student. In the adolescent years, it is noted that students are predominantly self‐focused. The nature of this program takes students beyond their self‐centred needs and concerns to an appreciation of their own opportunities and environment.

Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze)

Connected to Discovery is the Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze) Award. This student‐led award builds metacognition and agency within participants. It requires all students to partake in Community Service; build a skill; engage in physical recreation; and complete a self‐lead adventurous journey. Students will partake in two adventurous journeys along the Surf Coast and engage in hiking, camp craft and team building activities.

A Rite of Passage

De La Salle College has formed a partnership with the Rites of Passage Institute. Workshops designed around our Campus themes of Identity, Stewardship, Futures and Legacy aim to provide skills, motivation and passion to make a positive impact on society. Workshops later in the year culminate with parent evenings which aim to compliment a Year 9 student’s learning journey.