Electives

Upper Primary College

Cooking 

Learning how to cook simple, inexpensive, tasty and healthy meals and snacks is more important than ever because of the social and advertising pressure of instant, high-fat, high-sugar, low-nutrition fast food. Preparing your own food isn’t just better for your body, it’s easier on your budget and it provides you with an opportunity to socialize by sharing food with friends and family.

And just like learning to swim or speak a second language, learning to cook is more effective if we can start early in life and have fun at it.

That’s why Primary College’s Cooking Elective was created – to help inspire students to learn this important life skill through participation in the cooking club.

So get ready, get messy, and make some fun, healthy snacks and meals.

Claymation 

Through this project, students will learn how to use Microsoft Word, Windows Movie Maker, discussion boards, digital cameras, tripods, and microphones to record sounds on the computer. Previously students have really enjoyed this project and have created some great little movies. Below is the summary for this project and the steps that we will take to make it a success and it’s going to include four main components understanding Claymation, storyboards, props, sets, characters and creating a movie. 

Journalism

In this Innovative Education Team, students will work in collaboration to develop a GBC Primary School Student Magazine (digital). Students will develop skills in technology, working together, design and creative problem solving. They will also develop understandings in digital technologies, presentation and design.

Craft 

Using craft as a means of relaxing and expressing oneself is widely recognised. The students will have the opportunity to learn a variety crafts that make use of recycled items. The crafts covered are simple enough that the students can replicate them at home, yet complex enough that the students will be very proud of what they can produce. The students will have the opportunity to use their creative minds to make a variety of projects for themselves and others. The students will be encouraged to think about others and create some of their craft items for the purpose of using them as gifts. Some projects will be finished in a session while our main project of book origami will take persistence over a few weeks to complete.

 

Secondary College

Food Technology 

Food Technology at Goldfields Baptist College provides a variety of life skills starting with the basics in Year 7 and working up to more challenging experiences as the students’ progress through to Year 10. Our course is tailored to suit all ability levels, from those needing basic life skills to those students who may want to take up food technology as a profession.

We emphasise a hands-on approach and through practical tasks students are able to develop, reinforce and apply their culinary skills and techniques. They also increase their confidence in producing a variety of food products. Based on our Christian ethos, we encourage co-operation, respect, self-management and self-discipline. As they plan, prepare and produce culinary delights, they not only come to enjoy the social aspects of this course but they are able to eat and share the products of their labour.

The course involves:

·         an understanding of nutrition and food consumption and an appreciation of the consequences of food choices on health

·         knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing and preparation to produce quality food products and solutions to specific food situations

·         an appreciation of the importance of food hygiene, safe working practices and legislation to produce quality food

·         the development of skills in researching, evaluating and communicating issues related to food

 

Design and Technology 

Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 students will focus on using technology to design, produce and evaluate solutions for identified needs and opportunities. Students will also investigate the ways in which products, services and environments evolve locally, regionally and globally through the creativity, innovation and enterprise of individuals and groups as well as effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make designed solutions

Year 9 and 10

The students will get the opportunity to critically analyse factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures and the complex design and production processes involved. Students will also work flexibly to safely test, select, justify and use appropriate technologies and processes to make designed solutions, evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions against comprehensive criteria for success recognising the need for sustainability and also develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes.

 

Sport Studies 

Goldfields Baptist College provides a variety of life skills starting with the basics in Year 7 and working up to more challenging experiences as the students’ progress through to Year 10.

Our Sports Studies course is tailored to suit all ability levels, from those interested in basic health and fitness to those students who may want to take up Sport Science as a profession. The students will focus on the topics of Anatomy and Human Biology, Physiology, Exercise and Health and Event Management throughout their semester course. The students will be expected to complete a number of assessments throughout the semester and will work both individually and together, including involvement with the school sporting events and carnivals.

The course involves:

·         an understanding of  Anatomy and Human Biology and an appreciation of the consequences sport and fitness on health

·         knowledge and understanding of Physiology and how it relates to health and fitness

·         an appreciation of the importance of exercise and fitness when being involved in sport

·         the development of skills in event management, including communication, organisation and evaluating outcomes.

 

Music Technology 

By studying Music Technology at Goldfields Baptist College, students will develop a range of music skills and life skills that will help them in their academic, technological, emotional and spiritual growth. In 2015, GBC is using TPN Australia as a major resource for the development of its Music Program. TPN Australia is a nationally accredited organisation that has developed full programs that link to the Australian Curriculum. TPN Australia’s assessments and resources are also directly connected to their VET Certificate courses, allowing students the opportunity to experience high-level assessment.

The course starts with foundational skills and understandings in Year 7 and progresses to challenging experiences as students’ progress through to Year 10. The Music course is student-centred and is tailored to suit all ability levels, from those wanting to appreciate and develop basic music skills to those students who may want to take up music technology as a profession.

Curriculum Focus of Year 7/8

·         Foundational music practice and theory

·         Music composition

·         Music performance

·         Creating music using software

·         Recording and mixing music

Curriculum Focus of Year 9/10

·         Foundational music practice and theory

·         Music composition

·         Music performance

·         Creating music using software

·         Recording and mixing music

·         Sound & music in multimedia

·         Sound for live music events

 

Year 9 and 10 Supplementary English 

At GBC we are committed to helping our students to achieve the best results possible. Based on data from diagnostic tests and NAPLAN, we have identified a need for supplementary learning for literacy. In Supplementary English we will be attempting to help students acquire sound knowledge and understanding of given text types. Students will be guided to read and construct texts to identify, describe and communicate appropriate responses to given audiences over a wide range of genres. Here students will have the opportunity to practise skills and pay special attention to gaps in their studies of English.

 

French 

The French Elective, at Goldfields Baptist College, allows students to build on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that they have learnt in Primary College Although French is compulsory up to Year 8, Year 9 students can choose whether they would like to continue with French or rather have extra English classes.  The class activities encourage the students to communicate about topics that range from the family to travel; from food and culture to cinema and hobbies, allowing them to engage in imaginative and creative language experiences in groups and as individuals.

Students will complete written tasks, participate in role-play situations, ask and respond to questions in the target language, listen to recordings and answer questions based on the vocabulary taught.

 

Year 9 Supplementary Maths

In Supplementary Maths, Year 9 students who experience difficulties in understanding and applying Maths will have the opportunity to receive additional support and guidance in order to improve their Number, Statistics and Probability and Geometry skills. Emphasis will be placed on differential teaching methods, altered workloads and re-induction to problem areas.

 

Year 9 Digital Technology 

In this subject, students will develop skills and understandings of computing technology. Students will develop skills in touch-typing in order to use their time effectively when completing academic tasks. Students will study graphic design, identifying ways to present their work according to the task required. Students will investigate specialist techniques and apply knowledge to effectively use industry-standard software programs used in the academic, business and creative realms, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop and other products from Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite.

 

Year 10 Quantitative Sciences 

The Quantitative Sciences elective is for Year 10 students who are aiming to enrol in Physics, Mathematics Methods and/or Mathematics Specialist in Year 11. The first semester focusses on the Electrical, Motion and Forces aspect of Physics, following a theme of an electric car. These concepts are useful in preparing the students for being able to tackle the higher order concepts in Senior High.

The second semester follows the National Curriculum 10A Mathematics course, an extension of the standard 10 Mathematics course. Concepts being studied in this course are highly beneficial for students desiring to enroll in either of the top two Senior High Mathematics courses in Year 11.