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Core subjects




The study of English develops students’ capacity to speak, listen, read, view and write with purpose, effect and confidence.  The Australian Curriculum for English focuses on texts and language.  Students study and use written, spoken and visual language as they interact with every day, popular and classic texts including fiction and non-fiction texts. At Woodbridge School, students have the opportunities to appreciate texts and use language for imaginative and critical purposes.




The study of History reflects the changing nature of studies of society in an increasingly globalised world. History has at its heart identity and citizenship and reflects multiple perspectives, including indigenous perspectives. Students complete a range of written and oral communications to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed decisions as self-directed, ethical and responsible citizens.




The study of Mathematics investigates the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.  Students develop the ability to reason and communicate effectively in a mathematical context. Learning in mathematics is differentiated to offer a range of personalised opportunities ranging from the study of higher-level (year 11) Maths Methods to a focus on thinking and working mathematically with everyday applications of whole numbers, money, and measurement.




Throughout the studies of Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science and Biology, students complete a range of practical activities, literacy tasks and debates in order to best engage with the content and our surrounds. Within each topic students are expected to consider the ethical and social implications of scientific principles and discoveries and recognise contributions of scientist through history and around the world.




Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. Students explore these themes from personal to global perspectives and across broad timelines in History, including indigenous perspectives. Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in their studies. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.


Health and Physical Education


Health and Physical Education teaches students how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity in varied and changing contexts. In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and to build and manage satisfying relationships. The curriculum helps them to become resilient, and to make decisions and take actions which will promote their health.


Design and Technology


Students will be given the opportunity to:


  • Develop an understanding of the design process


  • Learn to use hand, power and machine tools


  • Learn simple to complex wood and metal working skills


  • Develop manual and digital drawing techniques


  • Design and construct your own projects


Students will be given the opportunity to complete set briefs in timber, metal and plastic to develop skills with tools and a deeper understanding of workshop processes. This course continues on from the skill development gained in Year 7 Materials, Design and Technology.


Digital Technologies & Programming


Students will be provided with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. The subject helps students to become innovative creators of digital solutions, effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems.


Students will be given the opportunity to;


  • Develop computational and algorithmic thinking skills in individual and group settings.


  • Plan and manage digital projects using Windows, iOS and Linux operating systems.


  • Use a variety of hardware and software to solve problems, gather data and create user interface solutions.



Drama is fun! Drama is about exploring ideas, creating and developing the physical and psychological aspects of characters, improvisation, interpreting themes within scripts and devising your own. It’s about being supported to build the confidence and skills to perform, whilst learning to respond constructively to the performances of others; about expressive use of movement, voice and space to communicate.

There are a wide range of benefits for students participating in drama activities; increased confidence, communication and ‘team’ skills, as well as opportunities to explore a diverse range of themes and perspectives; both imagined and relevant to the world around them.


Foods & Catering


Foods and Catering is a largely practical course which involves developing skills to prepare healthy foods for the home and also be involved in catering for school functions.  There is a strong emphasis on developing problem solving skills and the ability to work independently. There will also be the opportunity to investigate the roles available in the hospitality and catering industry.


You will be given the opportunity to:


  • Learn about nutrition and the Australian Dietary Guidelines


  • Plan and prepare nutritious and delicious meals


  • Learn about food preservation


  • Create, cost and prepare menus to suit various occasions


  • Cater for school based functions


  • Learn cake decorating.


  • Learn how to use and look after kitchen equipment and appliances


  • Understand the need for safety and hygiene in the kitchen.


  • Develop skills in working effectively as part of a team, problem solving, time management and general organisational skills.


  • Understand the importance of Occupational Health & Safety in the kitchen.




This subject is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of the entertainment and media area.  The course teaches students technical skills and production techniques needed to produce quality video products.  Students can use these skills to develop a greater appreciation of how the medium functions in society.


Working in small teams, as well as a whole class, students will produce video projects.  This will involve learning practical skills such as how to use a video camera and edit movies using video editing software.



Marine Science

This aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of both local and global marine environments and equip them with the scientific skills to explore and appreciate it.  Students will learn about: marine conservation, what causes tides, weather and ocean currents, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, marine ecosystems, marine taxonomy and marine field techniques.


The practical aspects of the course will include snorkelling, field work, boating and building remotely operated underwater vehicles.  As part of this course students will chose a project to study based on a topic within Marine Science.  They will develop and refine their skills in data collection, data analysis, writing scientific reports and delivering presentations.


Mathematics Methods 3


Mathematics Methods 3 (formerly Foundation 2) provides an opportunity for gifted and talented Year 10 students to further their understanding of mathematics and enrolment in this course is subject to consultation with, and approval by, your child’s mathematics teacher. It is a Year 11 subject that broadens students’ mathematical experience and provides different scenarios for incorporating mathematical arguments and problem solving.


The units covered include


  • Linear, Quadratic, and Cubic functions


  • Calculus


  • Exponential, Logarithmic and Trigonometric functions


  • Probability


This subject is offered with support from Hobart College and will involve support at school and students will undertake examinations at the Hobart College campus.




The Arts are a major form of human communication and expression. They are used to explore and communicate ideas, feelings, and experiences. Through The Arts, individuals and groups create and share meaning, making sense of the world.


This performing arts course will give students opportunities to work creatively using music, drama and dance. Students will have scope to stage-manage, choreograph, plan and design.


Students will have the following learning opportunities:


  • They will develop movement skills and develop confidence in a safe and supportive environment.


  • They will develop creative thinking and problem solving strategies


  • Students will develop as musicians through a variety of activities: singing, playing an instrument, listening and using music software.


  • They will use costumes, music and props to help communicate ideas.


  • They will learn to reflect on their own performance and others to improve their work.


  • They will undertake research into specific areas of interest.


Outdoor Education


Outdoor Education offers the opportunity for our students to engage in positive educational experiences, in which they will have an opportunity to develop social and personal skills, getting to know themselves and other classmates better in cooperative, safe and fun outdoor adventures. Educational activities will focus on Tassie’s world class inland and coastal ecosystems, and recreational skill development will be led by their teacher and other qualified instructors who specialise in teaching young people in the field. Their classroom will be the bush, creeks, ocean and mountains! They will also have the opportunity to undertake accredited qualifications, including first aid training and surf lifesaving qualification.


Digital Art


This subject is designed for students interested in developing digital photography, Photoshop and graphic design skills. Students will learn about design principles, creative and expressive typography, page layout, and digital image manipulation. Students will explore the work of contemporary and past photographers and graphic designers to enrich and inform their artwork. Over the course students will develop and refine their ideas, skills and techniques; developing a portfolio that showcases their work.


Students will have the opportunity to learn:


  • How to use Photoshop to create images


  • How to use a Digital SLR camera


  • Photographic composition and techniques


  • How to edit and manipulate photographs


  • How to combine texts and images to communicate ideas




In this half-year subject students have the opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the German language and culture. Students will focus on communication in German through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. Students will have the opportunity to do German cooking and participate in excursions related to the subject, including the Goethe German Competition. There are also opportunities to apply for exchange programs to Germany for advanced students in Grade 10.


Some of the benefits of learning a language, and specifically German, are:


  • Learning a language allows students to participate actively in an increasingly globalised world.


  • Learning a language opens up opportunities for travel and further education.


  • A knowledge of German is an advantage in many careers, particularly those in science, technology, tourism, business and the arts.


  • There is a strong pathway to study in Years 11 and 12. Hobart College is part of the German government’s Schools: Partners for the Future programme, which offers extra support to the school and provides opportunities to go on exchange to Germany.


Creative Writing


In this half-year subject students will extend their English writing skills and develop an enhanced understanding of the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities designed to improve their skills in developing imaginative and informative texts.


Students will have the opportunity to select from a range of writing tasks, including a major piece of their own choosing. Genres and techniques explored may include descriptive writing, character creation, dialogue, poetry, autobiography, journalism and narrative. Students will ultimately work towards producing a published portfolio showcasing their best work from the course.


Students who enrol in this subject should be independent and organised workers who are working at grade level or above in English.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)


This options line is designed to engage students in solving real-world problems. Students will learn how to integrate various fields of scientific and mathematical knowledge with the design framework of technology and engineering to create solutions to real world problems.


STEM emphasises a collaborative and hands-on approach to learning that encourages the use or creation of technology.  Students will work collaboratively to research, design and reflect upon their solutions.


Students will have the opportunity to learn:


– Greater depth of scientific and mathematical content


– To apply their knowledge to solve problems


– To work as a team




Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants.  Horticulture is a vital and growing industry in Tasmania. Within this subject students will have the opportunity to study and broaden their understanding of the many aspects that contribute to horticulture, including soil, climate, garden design, plant biology, technology, health and marketing. Students will develop skills in investigation design, practical techniques, communication, analysis, and the development of a business plan.


This is a hands on subject which will allow students to focus on the development of their horticulture skills within the school garden.  Students will also be able to visit local horticultural businesses to gain real life understanding of what running such a business entails.  Students will be able to develop their own business ideas and make steps towards making them into a reality.


Introduction to Journalism


In Term 3, students will develop a range of journalism skills enabling them to subsequently  respond to a number of clearly outlined ‘briefs’ – such as the creation of a ‘human interest’ article for a specific purpose and audience.


In this regard, students will build understanding of the forms that journalism can take, practise questioning techniques in order to source first-hand quotes, take notes from live interviews as well as learn how to structure and edit the articles they create.


In responding to the briefs set, students will operate within a ‘newsroom’ hierarchy, with an editor in chief, section editors, photographers, reporters, etc. and will have to work to meet deadlines.


Later in Term 3 / Term 4, students will apply their learning in taking responsibility for the production of the school magazine, working in collaboration with staff in order to produce a quality text.


The following links provide information for parents about teaching and learning in relation to the Australian Curriculum


Year 7-8 http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Information_for_parents_years_7_-_8.pdf


Year 9-10 http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Information_for_parents_years_9_-_10.pdf