Year 10 at Geelong Grammar School provides an innovative and creative curriculum that develops the attitudes and skills needed for success in the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) programmes offered in the final two senior years of school. It allows for student choice, in both the core and elective components of the course, Project Based Learning and the option to complete Unit 1/2 VCE subjects for selected students. It also builds on the skills and knowledge acquired at Timbertop.


Both Semesters

Students continue to study English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education in Year 10. Careers is taught to all students for one lesson per cycle and Enabling Wisdom is taught in both semesters.

One Semester

History – Making the Modern World, and Positive Education are taught to all students for one semester. Project Based Learning (PBL) is taught in second semester and gives students the opportunity to explore problems and challenges that have real – world applications and develops problem posing, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

Elective Subjects

A wide range of elective subjects is offered. These choices reflect subjects in the VCE and the IB. Prominent in this range are Arts and Technology choices such as Art - Film, Painting/Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture/Ceramics, Visual Communication Design, Design and Technology, Music, Drama and Agriculture and Horticulture. The elective block also includes French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Business Studies - Markets, Justice and Money, History, Geography and Sport Science. 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.


Students choose three 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 (Environmental Change and Management and Geographies of Human Wellbeing), History (Ancient Worlds and Global Empires), Music.

Subjects taken for one semester only:
- Agriculture and Horticulture, Art - Film, Art - Painting/Printmaking, Art - Photography, Art - Sculpture/Ceramics, Art - Visual Communication Design, Business Studies - Markets, Justice and Money, Design and Technology Textiles or Resistant Materials, Drama, Music Technology, Sport Science.
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.

VCE Units 1/2

Students who display the academic ability and maturity in Year 9 have the option of completing either VCE Unit 1 or 2 or both in Studio Arts, Visual Communication and Design, Health and Human Development, Psychology or Texts and Traditions. An average GPA of 7 or above is required in Year 9.

Student Support

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 Inclusive Learning.  Inclusive Learning 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. It offers targeted interventions based on the unique profile. Programmes include: supervised study, remedial literacy and numeracy, executive functioning enhancement 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 Inclusive Learning in a structured way will receive a report from the teacher outlining what has been achieved over the semester. 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.


All Year 10 students participate in Careers classes one lesson per week cycle in both semesters. The key diagnostic tool is the Morrisby report, which provides students with valuable insight to aptitudes, interests, personality and learning styles, and then makes a number of related job suggestions. Students then investigate a range of different job areas and identify the specific training and courses required for entry. All students meet with a Careers Practitioner to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Morrisby report. Various online search engines are introduced to assist students explore career and training options, in Victoria, interstate and also overseas. Any required or prerequisite studies can be identified and catered for during subject selection discussions in Term 3. Semester 2 focusses more on how the workplace will look like in the future and developing e-portfolios, resumes and application letters to assist with the transition.


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. Collaborative work is possible toward the end of the Prep session. 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 involvement in creative and visual arts, help with study skills, career choices, service activities, personal development, leadership, dance of various kinds, drama, music, debating, public speaking and much more. Students also have the opportunity to complete short courses such as Hospitality, Barista, First Aid and Pool Lifeguarding. Students will find themselves with a rich choice of activities that will provide them with many opportunities to broaden their co-curricular experience.

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.