Year 10 at Geelong Grammar School provides for the consolidation of academic skills and careful preparation for the programmes offered in the two senior years of school. It also builds on the skills and knowledge acquired at Timbertop.
Students continue to study English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education in Year 10.
History (Australian Curriculum) and Texts and Traditions are taught as semester units to all students. Positive Education and Values and Ethics classes are taught each cycle to all students.
A very wide range of elective subjects is offered. These choices reflect subjects in the VCE and the International Baccalaureate. Prominent in this range are Arts and Technology choices such as Art, Photography, Visual Communication and Design, Design and Technology, Music, Drama and Agriculture and Horticulture. The elective block also includes French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Business - Markets, Justice and Money, History subjects (Modern and Ancient), Geography, Sport Science and Literature. These choices complete a balanced range of subjects from all of the major academic disciplines and offer something of interest and value to all students.
YEAR 10 ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
Students choose four semester units from the following:
Elective Subjects that must be taken for both semesters:
- Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese.
Elective Subjects that can be taken in one semester or both:
- Geography, History, Music.
Subjects taken for one semester only:
- Agriculture and Horticulture, Art, Art - Photography, Business Markets, Justice and Money, Design and Technology-Textiles, Design and Technology - Resistant Materials, Drama, Literature, Sport Science, Visual Communication Design.
Students are encouraged to maintain breadth in their elective subjects in order to develop a range of skills and a good foundation for Years 11 and 12.
General academic support is offered via class teachers, tutors, and often senior students in the House.
Sometimes students find themselves in need of special support. Either through their own request or through that of their subject teachers or their Head of House, recommendations can be made for them to be assessed through the Academic Support Centre.
The Academic Support Centre provides pastoral, academic and social support for Senior School students with learning difficulties. It offers a comprehensive individual diagnostic service that ascertains the learning profile of a student with special needs. Programmes include: supervised study, remedial literacy and numeracy, and individual tutorials.
The support service aims to provide a student-centred approach to curriculum, promote self-regulated learning and develop each student’s identity and confidence with learning. Each student who attends the support centre in a structured way will receive a report from the teacher outlining what has been achieved over the semester.
In addition, for students who have significant prior learning, there are some opportunities for acceleration in maths, music and languages. Contact should be made with the Academic Office to discuss appropriate choices. This needs to occur prior to the end of Term 3 to ensure timetabling possibilities can be investigated.
Students who need specific subject-related help with Mathematics or English should request this through their Head of House and make an application on the Portal. Tutorials operate after school and during evening prep sessions.
During Semester 1, all Year 10 students undertake a range of different tests, surveys and interest inventories. The information obtained acts as a catalyst in the process of students learning to make subject choices, career plans and decisions about their own abilities and interests. In particular, the Morrisby Report is used for an individual session with a Careers Counsellor. This useful information is followed up with interviews with Tutors, Heads of House and the Careers Counsellors. All Year 10 students will have an individual session with a Careers Counsellor.
It is important that students practise and consolidate the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. They need to develop worthwhile work habits, discipline themselves in concentration, persistence and independence; discover and use the available resources and improve their planning and time management. In this way they become more successful students. To these ends, prep or homework is set on a regular basis and supervised in Houses in an organised way.
Teachers place prep on the Portal so that students and their parents have an online resource of their prep details each evening.
Access To Resources
During evening prep sessions, access to specialist areas outside Houses (e.g. Libraries, the Music School, the Art School, Science Laboratories) is generally encouraged and supervised, although there are restrictions for Year 10 students. Access is dependent on the needs of students, their readiness to make use of the opportunities in a responsible and productive manner, and the need for Tutors on duty in Houses to know precisely where each student is. Access to these specialist areas at other times (after school and at weekends) is strongly encouraged.
Timetable For Prep
Heads of Houses arrange for a specific fixed length of time to be set aside at the beginning of each prep evening for silent prep with minimal movement about the House. Supervision by Tutors on duty is strict in Year 10 and gradually relaxes as students demonstrate that they can work independently. In Boarding Houses there are two prep sessions and in the second prep session collaborative work is possible. The timetable in Year 10, where teachers may set 25 minutes work to be done each day that the class meets, allows sufficient time for students to complete the basic work that is required to be handed in to teachers. Students are encouraged to use other spare time for wider reading, reflection, revision and independent research. Music practice sessions are timetabled and supervised during evening prep sessions.
The Co-Curricular Programme
The Activities Programme is a unique and integral part of the offering at Geelong Grammar School and is offered in addition to the Sporting Programme. It provides students with a change of emphasis from that found in either the classroom or in the competitive sports arena and aims to develop student awareness and understanding of the importance of service, both within the School community and outside it. It encourages them to develop self-confidence and self-awareness through the experience of activities, it broadens their experience and it encourages them to make choices and accept responsibility for those choices.
Time after school is therefore made available for: creative artistic activities, help with study skills, career choices, subject choices, service activities, personal development, leadership, dance of various kinds, drama and music. Students will find themselves with a rich choice of activities and the requirement that they undertake a challenging outdoor activity leading up to a camp.
Exchanges In Year 10
The Languages department offers a number of exchanges to Year 10 students. Information on these is available on the Community Portal and from the Languages Department. A meeting of interested students is held early in Term 1, when students are provided with further information, including application deadlines.