Year 7

ART [NWS Year 7]

“If God made the flowers, they are worth painting and writing about. If God made the birds, they are worth painting. If God made the sky, the sky is worth painting. If God made the ocean, indeed it is worth writing poetry about. It is worth man’s while to create works upon the basis of the great works God has already created.” Francis A. Schaeffer

Overview

Year 7 Art covers three main areas: drawing, painting and print making. Media explored includes progresso pencil, pen and ink, charcoal/pastel and watercolour. In the drawing and painting unit, students draw objects from observation. Media explored includes progress pencil, fine liner and watercolour. Colour theory and painting techniques are also explored when an acrylic painting is imaginatively undertaken. Students are taught to render textures using a variety of marks and learn to work with increased accuracy and expression. For the printing unit, students originate a suitable design for a linocut print. This is developed into a carved block and printed first in black and white, then in colour. Students are encouraged to print on a variety of surfaces and use a range of media to embellish the print.

Aims

  • To experience and develop skills in handling a variety of media
  • To develop skills and competence in linocut carving and printing
  • To know and apply the elements of Art
  • To develop appreciation of other artworks
  • To stimulate enthusiasm and participation in this subject

Topics Include

  • Pen and ink drawing
  • Printing and mixed media
  • Watercolour studies
  • Mixed Media
  • Printmaking
  • Painting

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Classroom assignments
  • Practical activities

“I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him.” 2 Chronicles 2:13-14

 

 

BIBLICAL STUDIES [NWS Year 7]

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” Theodore Roosevelt

Overview

In Year 7 Biblical Studies, students complete two units of work; The Bible: The Big Picture and Heroes of the Faith. These foundational studies are designed to help students master the Bible’s storyline and the significant events and developments that occur within it.

Aims

  • To develop a love and appreciation for God’s Word
  • To help students master the Bible’s storyline
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to be able to engage in a deeper study of the Bible
  • To teach students how to identify and explain the significance of the major events in the historical storyline of the Bible
  • To introduce students to the reality that all of God’s revelation points to Christ
  • To help students have a thorough knowledge of the book of Genesis and the foundational place that it has in God’s revelation to us
  • To build the discipline of Bible reading in the life of the student

Topics Include

  • Semester One: ‘The Bible: The Big Picture’
  • Semester Two: ‘Heroes of the Faith’

Time Allocation

  • 3 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Any full translation of the Bible

Assessment

  • Bible Reading Plans
  • Research Assignments
  • Oral Presentations
  • Tests

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17


 

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Engineering [NWS Year 7]

“Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, Its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasures for the dedicated things. “All this is in writing,” David said, “because the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he gave me understand in all the details of the plans.” 1 Chronicles 28:11-12, 19

Overview

Students in Engineering Design are immersed in the creative process of solving problems by identifying needs and developing solutions. Depending on the problem, the solution may be a product, technique, structure, a process or a combination of multiple elements. This course is intended to stimulate students’ ingenuity, creative and critical thinking and practical skills in devising solutions to engineering design problems. Students use the challenged with problems they have not seen before, giving them practice experimenting, working through uncertainty, breaking problems down into small parts, taking risks and playing with their own ideas. The Engineering elective is a practical course, which provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to general engineering concepts. Students will explore broad topics in Systems, Electrical, Mechanical and Software engineering.

Aims

  • Provide students with opportunities to apply maths, geometry and reasoning skills in practical, relevant and contextualised ways
  • Students will explore computational skills through coding, programming and electronics
  • Develop Technological, problem-solving and hands-on practical skills
  • To solve an engineering problem, the students would need to design parts, build them, write code and then evaluate their success. This problem solving process will allow them to be inventors of both hardware and software in creative and exciting ways
  • Explore many career fields; including engineering, science, mathematics, computer aided design (CAD) and electronics
  • CAD drawing and designing: Using Autodesk Fusion 360

Topics Include

  • Problem Solving Simulations – Real world scenarios
  • Computer Science - Pyton
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD): Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Inquiry Project - Egg Drop Challenge

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods for the whole year

Prerequisites

  • None

Requirements

  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • Use of technology and equipment
  • Engineering design process - logbook
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Classroom participation

“The Lord said to Moses, “See I have chosen Bezalel and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab to help him. Also I have given skills to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.” Exodus31:1

 

 

DRAMA [NWS Year 7]

“Thinking cannot be clear till it has had expression. We must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in a half torpid form. Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend as rain, will never bring up fruit or flower. So it is with the inward feelings; expression gives them development.” Henry Ward Beecher

Overview

In this course students will be exploring performance and expressive skills needed to perform meaningful and engaging drama. Incorporating both whole-class and small group activities, this unit encourages and empowers students to participate in verbal and non-verbal exercises in the form of skits, play extracts and theatre-sports games. The class content aims to aid in building confidence to perform alone and to work collaboratively with others on devised, scripted and improvised performances. In learning the art of scriptwriting and storytelling, students will gain insight into how performance can impact an audience and be used for God’s glory; telling His story in powerful, creative and interactive ways.

Aims

  • To build confidence to stand alone or work with others
  • To participate as a valued member of a group
  • To extend experience and methods of presentation of thoughts and feelings
  • To develop the ability to think quickly and act appropriately during improvisations
  • To develop listening skills
  • To develop the ability to follow specific instructions
  • To develop flexible thinking, creative thinking and problem solving
  • To learn the art of storytelling and how good stories can impact lives for positive change

Topics Include

  • Improvisation
  • Characterisation
  • Character Development
  • Script Writing
  • Scripted Performance
    • Theatre Games

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one Semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Ongoing assessments
  • Individual skill development
  • Participation as a team member
  • Individual performances
  • Group performances
  • Written Assessment – Drama Workbook
  • Class participation and engagement

“No-one ever spoke the way this man does.” John 7:4

 

 

ENGLISH [NWS Year 7]

“We must contemplate the import of ignoring the printed word. If you cannot read, you can do only what you are told.” Joseph P. Bean

Overview

SEMESTER 1: Students lay a foundation for the necessary English skills to critically read and respond to a variety of texts in today’s world. With an understanding of the four main elements of literature: character, setting, plot and theme, students analyse the construction of texts as well as write their own narrative stories according to the plot structure. Throughout our text studies, the themes of reconciliation, sinful nature and forgiveness are explored, considering what Christ has done for us and our response. The rules of grammar and punctuation are applied in their creative, persuasive and analytical writing, and speaking and listening skills are taught and employed in their oral presentations.

SEMESTER 2: Students expand on their understanding of narrative construction, analysing a film text and the impact of the film elements on the narrative’s structure, themes and characterisation. Exploring the themes of leadership, students consider the biblical models of leadership and how we should treat others. Students are exposed to a variety of poetic forms and literary devices, allowing them to write their own poetry and critically analyse the construction of poems including poetic forms in the Bible. Students build on their understanding of the conventions of English, utilising correct grammar and usage to communicate effectively.

Aims

  • To develop skills to acquire knowledge by reading
  • To develop enjoyment in literature of various types
  • To adopt reading strategies for different purposes
  • To write effectively to communicate thoughts, feelings, etc.
  • To ask and answer questions orally
  • To share experiences orally
  • To interpret and evaluate the spoken word
  • To use the God-given gifts of creativity and discernment

Topics Include

  • Persuasive writing
  • Study of novels and films
  • Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Easay Writing
  • Letter Writing

Time Allocation

  • 8 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Spelling and grammar
  • Oral presentations
  • Reading and studying texts
  • Text response
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Craft of Writing
  • Examinations
  • Presentation of an issue

“They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving them meaning so that the people could understand what was being read” Nehemiah 8:8

 

 

FOOD STUDIES [NWS Year 7]

“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of – a blessing that money cannot buy; therefore value it, and be thankful for it.” Isaak Walton

Overview

Students explore the importance of food in our everyday living. God provides us with a body and the foods on this earth to nourish it well for optimum health, performance and service to others. To this end, students are introduced to basic food preparation and basic nutritional needs for healthy living. They become familiar with kitchen safety and hygiene principles in order to produce foods that promote health and wellbeing. Students learn correct techniques for measuring ingredients and are exposed to recipe terminology and foundational cooking techniques. Students apply their learning in practical cooking activities and tests.

Aims

  • To encourage enjoyment in the handling and preparation of food
  • To foster confidence in the use of equipment, recipe reading and meal planning
  • To develop an appreciation of food in relation to health and hygiene
  • To achieve an understanding of the properties of food
  • To develop the students’ skills in preparing, cooking and serving food
  • To assist in the development of students’ personalities, both individually and as part of the group, by enabling them to organise themselves and their resources to the best advantage
  • To understand God cares about our need for food

Topics Include

  • The Kitchen
  • Safety and Hygiene
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Cookery Terms
  • Food and Health

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Suitable container to transport food
  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • Practical works
  • Bookwork
  • Assignment
  • Tests

“Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything”. Genesis 9:3

 

 

GEOGRAPHY [NWS Year 7]

God left His fingerprints all over creation. - Byron Snapp

Overview

The course is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School Geography classes. There are two units of study in the Year 7 curriculum for Geography: Water in the world and Place and liveability. Water in the world focuses on water as an example of a renewable environmental resource. This unit examines the many uses of water, the ways it is perceived and valued, its different forms as a resource, the ways it connects places as it moves through the environment, its varying availability in time and across space, and its scarcity. Place and liveability focuses on the concept of place through an investigation of liveability. This unit examines factors that influence liveability and how it is perceived, the idea that places provide us with the services and facilities needed to support and enhance our lives, and that spaces are planned and managed by people.

Aims

  • To enable students to develop geographic skills such as using an atlas, understanding mapping conventions and an ability to observe, organise and record data
  • To develop students’ understanding of the concept of environment
  • To recognise the interdependence and interconnections between people, places and environments
  • To recognise the reliance of humans upon the natural environment and its processes, as well as how people change places and the impact of these changes
  • To understand that natural resources such as water belong to God and we are stewards of the Earth and responsible to care for it
  • To be able to describe geographical processes that influence the characteristics of places and how places are perceived and valued differently
  • To develop students’ ability to evaluate the livability of their own place and to investigate whether it can be improved through planning

Topics Include

  • Geographic skills, mapping and countries of the world
  • Water in the world – in nature, human uses, management and hazards
  • Place and livability

Time Allocation

  • 6 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Geographic data / mapping skills test
  • Water scarcity and livability assignments
  • Examination
  • Data analysis task

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”. Psalm 24:1


 

HISTORY [NWS Year 7]

“What are all histories but God manifesting himself, shaking down and trampling under foot whatsoever he hath not planted.” Oliver Cromwell

Overview

The course is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School History classes. Within the framework of the chosen topics, students will learn about the many Primary and Secondary resources available to the historian. An important part of the course is to teach students that historical data is open to interpretation and thereby to teach them to evaluate evidence for themselves.  The course also looks deeply into a number of Ancient Civilisations and compares them with the current world, analysing changes and continuities.

Aims

  • To enable students to think chronologically
  • To give students access to a variety of research skills and methods
  • To enable students to critically evaluate data
  • To present a world-wide overview of history
  • To help students understand the continuing influence of past history on today’s society
  • To understand that God wants us to know history and expects us to learn from a knowledge of history
  • To enable students to notate and list resources accurately

Topics Include

  • Historical concepts, researching skills and timelines
  • Timelines
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Australia

Time Allocation

  • 6 periods per cycle for one semester

 

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

 

Assessment

  • Assignments
  • Research and reporting
  • Book work
  • Oral reports
  • Group work
  • Short factual tests
  • Semester examinations

“Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” Revelation 1:11,19

 

 

LOTE: Chinese [NWS Year 7]

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own. - Johann Goethe

Overview

Students explore the world of Chinese speakers through text and personal interaction, developing a deeper appreciation of life and experiences in diverse Chinese communities. They reflect on personal experiences and observations of using and learning Chinese language in familiar contexts. They use Chinese for self-expression, to access new information and to share their knowledge and experiences with others. For Beginner Level stream, they learn Pinyin, General Greetings, Numbers and Introducing people’s age, occupation, nationality and language proficiency. For Advanced Level stream, they learn describing moving house, daily meals, sick experience, pets and friend. Students examine the representation and reflection of God's handiwork in Chinese characters.

Aims

  • To introduce the students to the structure and flow of Chinese
  • To lay a foundation for further studies in Chinese
  • To give the students an understanding of one of China, Chinese culture, traditions and values
  • To encourage the students to develop a competence in the usage of Chinese in both spoken and written form
  • To understand God originated languages, and in heaven, all nations and languages will be represented

Topics Include

BEGINNER LEVEL STREAM

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Family and Friends
  • Pets
  • Sports
  • Food

ADVANCED LEVEL STREAM

  • Moving House
  • My Room
  • My Daily Meals
  • Weather Forecast
  • Farcicalities Nearby
  • My New Friends

Time Allocation

  • 5 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items
  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • Participation in communication activities (oral)
  • Completion of set tasks
  • Participation in classroom activities
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions
  • Examinations

“The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:6-7, 9

 

 

LOTE: French [NWS Year 7]

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own. Johann Goethe

Overview

Students begin to use written and spoken French to interact with teachers, peers and others. They develop an understanding that languages are part of creation; by studying other languages they gain insight into the world that God has given us and has commanded us to care for. They will develop a range of descriptive and expressive language to talk and write about immediate environments, personal interests and feelings. They locate and analyse information from different sources presenting it in modes and formats suitable for the intended audience. Students identify the relationship between language and culture, understanding that personal and community identity are expressed through cultural expression and language use.

Aims

  • To introduce the students to the structure and flow of French
  • To lay a foundation for further studies in French
  • To give the students an understanding of one of France, French culture, traditions and values
  • To encourage the students to develop a competence in the usage of French in both spoken and written form
  • To understand God originated languages, and in heaven, all nations and languages will be represented

Topics Include

  • Salut – Greetings and farewells
  • Qui est-ce – Describing people
  • Tu aimes les animaux – Pets
  • Ma famille – Family
  • À table – Food and birthdays
  • Numbers 0-70

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items
  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • Participation in communication activities (oral, speaking comprehension))
  • Completion of set tasks/projects
  • Participation in classroom activities
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions (listening comprehension)
  • Weekly Spelling / Vocabulary tests.
  • Topic Tests
  • Examinations
  • Reading and writing simple text

“The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:6-7, 9

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS [NWS Year 7]

“God uses mathematics in everything He makes. He makes things in multiples of sevens, elevens, and forties. Everything that God does, He does according to mathematics: the writing of His Bible, the making of Arcturus and establishing the circuit of the earth. He imparts some of that wonderful knowledge to us that we may know something about His grace and love for us is this respect.” - Asa Sparks

Overview

Mathematics incorporates skills practice, standard applications, problem solving, project work and testing. Students are generally expected to complete the coursework designated for their year level; however, although students should utilise their talents faithfully, they have been given different levels of gifting by God. Hence, students may undertake modified work requirements in some cases in order to consolidate fundamental mathematical skills whereas other students may work on an advanced program which develops a deeper understanding of set topics and extends students to provide access to more complex applications, enabling greater access to advanced mathematics options in senior year levels.

Aims

  • To develop each student to their fullest potential according to their unique God-given talent
  • To appreciate the way in which mathematics reflects the order in God’s Creation
  • To appreciate the historical development of Mathematical concepts
  • To develop the students’ understanding of the concepts of number, space and their inter-relationship
  • To deepen the students’ awareness and understanding of mathematics as a functional tool in solving everyday problems

Topics Include

  • Positive and negative integers
  • Indices and primes
  • Rational numbers
  • Geometry
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Probability
  • Linear equations
  • Representing and interpreting data
  • Coordinates and the Cartesian plane
  • Transformations
  • Money

Time Allocation

  • 8 periods per cycle, streamed according to previous achievement

Requirements

  • Scientific calculator
  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Assignments / Projects
  • Classwork
  • Topic Tests
  • Semester Examinations
  • Problem Solving Tasks

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” Psalm 147:4

 

 

ORCHESTRAL STREAM & POPULAR MUSIC STREAM [NWS Year 7]

“The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.” - Johann Sebastian Bach

Overview

SEMESTER 1 This unit is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School Music classes through the learning of an orchestral instrument. Here, students focus on developing musical skills, artistic sensitivity and expressive capabilities, growing students’ in areas of self-exteem, creativity, and deep processing skills. Undertaking a weekly double orchestra session, and small grou instrumental lesson, students in the Year 7 Orchestral Program gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, patience, discipline, respect and an ability to focus on tasks.

Note: this subject continues through to Semester 2 as a weekly Orchestra rehearsal held before or after school

Note: due to additional costs, this subject is opt-in

SEMESTER 2 This unit is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School Music classes. With a major emphasis on Pop music, students study music notation, value of notes, musical signs, abbreviations and aural skills to enhance their music-making. Students learn basic skills on popular such as guitar, drums and keyboard using Jam Hub technology to be able to play in bands. Finally, students use production software to create music and explore music technology. 

General Aims

  • To develop students' ability to play an Orchestral instrument
  • To experience playing and performing with an Orchestra
  • To learn a variety of Orchestral repertoire by various composers
  • To foster a greater appreciation of music
  • To develop greater sight-reading skills
  • To be able to write a review of a live music concert
  • To learn and demonstrate the fundamental technique on a popular instrument 
  • To develop students' musical ability 
  • To foster appreciation of music 
  • To develop and identify pitch 
  • To develop ability to notate simple musical rhythms 
  • To develop students' creative ability through digital music creation 

Topics Include

  • Solo performance on Orchestral instrument
  • Group Performance in Orchestra
  • Music Theory
  • Writing a Review
  • Aural Studies/ Music Theory
  • Making Music' through in-class performance 
  • Practical music making 
  • Computer Technology/ Digital Music Creation 

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items
  • Levy Cost
  • Estimated cost for instrument hire and small group instrument lessons for one full academic year is $600.00 ($150.00 if billed per term)

Assessment

  • Individual instrumental assessments
  • In-Class Performance assessment
  • Music Theory worksheets
  • Writing a Review
  • Drum, guitar and keyboard assessment 
  • In class band participation 
  • Theory worksheets
  • Digital music assignment 

“Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and fluet, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” Psalm 150


 

MUSIC [NWS Year 7]

“The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.” Johann Sebastian Bach

Overview

This unit is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School Music classes. Study includes notation, value of notes, musical signs, abbreviations and aural skills, as well as an introduction to the History of Music in a clear, fun and concise way. Students explore the popular instruments used in modern music including guitar, drums and keyboard using Jam Hubs to perform in bands. Students delve into the topic ‘My Style, Your Style’ to evaluate Music in terms of the Christian World Perspective. Finally, students use production software to create music and explore music technology.

General Aims

  • To learn and demonstrate the fundamental technique on a popular instrument
  • To develop students’ musical ability
  • To foster appreciation of music
  • To assess and prescribe a Music Theory level individual program for students
  • To develop ability to identify pitch
  • To develop ability to notate simple musical rhythms
  • To be able to describe and differentiate various styles of music
  • To be able to evaluate music in terms of a Christian Worldview Perspective
  • To develop students’ creative ability through digital music creation
  • To provide appropriate Music Theory levels for students
  • To develop ability to identify and use musical elements
  • To have an understanding of different styles

Topics Include

  • Aural studies / Music Theory
  • ‘Making Music’ through in-class band performance
  • ‘My Style, Your Style’
  • Practical music making
  • Computer Technology / Digital Music Creation
  • Individual Project

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items
  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • ‘My Style, Your Style’ Project
  • In class band participation
  • In class solo instrument performance exam
  • Theory Packets and Tests
  • Digital Music Assignment
  • Project
  • Music Technology Composition tasks

“Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and fluet, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” Psalm 150


 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT [NWS Year 7]

“All men have their frailties; and whoever looks for a friend without imperfections, will never find what he seeks. We love ourselves notwithstanding our faults, and we ought to love our friends in like manner.” Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian empire

Overview

Personal Development aims to equip students to deal with issues, in line with Christian values. Throughout their time in Secondary School, students will be encouraged to maintain a focus on personal reflection, goal setting for growth and making a difference in the world. Personal Development provides support and a forum to discuss and process issues of importance to their age group.

Aims

  • To assist students in their spiritual and emotional development
  • To promote Christian character development
  • To give a Biblical framework for various issues confronting students
  • To enable students to grow in confidence through sharing ideas in a group setting
  • To develop a biblical Christian worldview
  • To see students equipped to make a difference in their world

Topics Include

  • Orientation “Welcome to Secondary”
  • Camp Follow-up - “B is for Belonging”
  • This is Me
  • Goal Setting
  • Surface Pro
  • Community Service
  • Bullying
  • Study Skills
  • IT Skills
  • Cyber Safety
  • Friendships
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Social Media Etiquette
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Fundraising
  • Resilience
  • Sleep

Time Allocation

  • 3 periods per cycle

Assessment

  • Students are expected to be actively involved in class discussions and activities
  • Community Service participation and follow-up reports

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION [NWS Year 7]

“The world would have us believe that winning or success is measured by points on a scoreboard or by dollar signs. The Christian realises that winning or success is determined by whether or not a goal has been achieved, and that goal is to bring glory to God.” Thomas M. Boqdon

Overview

Students investigate a number of different strategies using a ‘game sense’ approach, where the focus is not only on technical proficiency, but a greater emphasis is placed on the development of tactics and decision-making. It involves the use of small-sided games to develop skills rather than the practice of discrete skills in isolation or through conditioned drills. Practice games always involve players or students making choices. Through involvement in the small-sized games, students develop a Christian perspective towards competition with a view to promoting sportsmanship and cooperation.

Aims

  • To improve skill level under competitive pressure
  • To improve transfer of skills across games
  • To improve decision-making
  • To improve use of space in games
  • To develop teamwork and cooperation
  • To develop leadership
  • To maximize participation
  • To increase fun, enjoyment and motivation

Topics Include

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cross Country
  • Fitness
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Time Allocation

  • 3 periods per cycle

Other Sports and Activities

  • House Sports: Athletics, Ball Sports, Badminton, Cross Country, Swimming
  • Interschool Sports: Badminton, Basketball, Netball, Soccer, 5-a-side Soccer, Super 8’s Cricket, Tennis, Table-Tennis, Volleyball
  • Interschool Carnivals: Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming
  • WCC Activities: Aerobic Fitness, Golf, Indoor Cricket, Lawn Bowls, Self-defence

Requirements

  • Physical Education uniform as per College requirements
  • A mouth guard is recommended to be used for activities that involve a higher level of physical contact
  • Sport levy is charged via the College Fees for Interschool Sport and activities

Assessment

  • Attitude and Effort
  • Athletics 5-star Program
  • Game-sense Rubrics
  • Fitness level against Age and Gender norms

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

 

SCIENCE [NWS Year 7]

“The Christian faith of the early scientists gave them more than presuppositions; it also gave them motivation. They believed that in studying nature they were discovering the wisdom and power of the Creator and were thus honouring Him.” James F. Jekel

Overview

Science seeks to develop the students’ abilities to ask questions and to find answers about aspects of God’s creation. The laws which govern Creation have many applications in our daily lives. Students will learn to use different laboratory equipment and develop skills in inferring, predicting, measuring and experimenting within a laboratory setting. They will also learn about forces in the world around us such as friction, gravity and magnetism. Students undertake a study of the kingdoms that all living things are categorized into and also learn about the properties of substances.

Aims

  • To retain awe and wonder when contemplating God’s marvellous Creation
  • To foster and develop curiosity about all aspects of the earth and the universe
  • To emphasise both the potential of science as well as its limits
  • To help students co-discover many facts, laws and principles that have been previously discovered by earlier investigators of nature and the cosmos
  • To increase students’ powers of observation
  • To develop skills to design and carry out experiments and analyse the resultant data
  • To develop skills to evaluate evidence and solve problems

Topics Include

  • Properties of Substances
  • Forces
  • Earth and Space
  • Habitats and Classification
  • Mixtures
  • Earth Resources
  • Practical Skills
  • Science Skills
  • Writing Reports

Time Allocation

  • 7 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items
  • Levy Cost

Assessment

  • Unit tests
  • Workbook and assignments
  • Practical investigations and reports
  • Semester examinations
  • Homework

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10


 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION [NWS Year 7]

“In a small way human creative hands imitate this profusion of God, going beyond the minimum requirements of getting the job done. Creative hands are not content to spread on the frosting; they must make a tasteful arrangement of swirls and colour. They don’t just apply a coat of varnish; they polish the surface until it glows like satin.  Creative hands do more than plant seeds; they place them in a tasteful and eye-pleasing garden arrangement.” - LeRoy Koopman

Overview

Students are introduced to the design process stages of generating ideas, developing concepts and refining ideas. It focuses on experimenting with the design elements when using freehand methods to visualise ideas and create visual communications. Students acquire knowledge and skills related to three-dimensional technical drawing conventions.

Aims

  • To familiarise students with basic methods and language of Visual Communication
  • To develop two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawing and rendering skills
  • To design and produce visual communications that use design elements effectively

Topics Include

  • Creative lettering
  • Isometric Drawing
  • Elements of Design

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Practical assignments
  • Folio work

“Now son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it”. Ezekiel 4:1


 

ORCHESTRA Elective Subject[NWS Year 7]

“The aim and final reason for all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit” Johann Sebastian Bach

Overview

This Semester 1 subject builds on the foundations laid in the College’s Years 5 and 6 Orchestra Elective. Here, students focus on developing musical skills, artistic sensitivity and expressive capabilities in order to develop self-esteem, creativity, and deep processing skills. Undertaking a weekly double orchestra session, large ensemble rehearsal and small group instrumental lesson, students in the Year 7 Orchestra Elective gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, patience, discipline, respect and focus.

Note: Year 7 Orchestra weekly rehearsals continue into Semester 2 once the Classroom Music component has ended

Note: This subject is opt-in due to the additional cost (see ‘Requirements’ below)

Aims

  • To develop students' ability to play an orchestral instrument
  • To experience playing and performing with an orchestra
  • To learn a variety of orchestral repertoire covering a range of genres
  • To foster a greater appreciation of the elements of music and their role in musical works
  • To develop better sight-reading and music theory skills
  • To be able to write a review of a live music concert

Topics Include

  • Solo performance on orchestral instrument
  • Group Performance in Orchestra
  • Music Theory & Aural Studies
  • Computer Technology/ Digital Music Creation 

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester
  • Instrumental Lesson (Orchestra students only)
  • Whole group rehearsal (Orchestra students only)

Requirements

  • Levy Cost
  • Estimated cost for instrument hire and small group instrument lessons for one full academic year is $550.00 (Approximately $140.00 if paying in term installments)

Assessment

  • Individual instrumental assessments
  • In-class performance assessment
  • Music theory worksheets
  • Digital music project

“Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” Psalm 150

 

 

POPULAR MUSIC STREAM Elective Subject[NWS Year 7]

“The aim and final reason for all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit” Johann Sebastian Bach

Overview

This unit is designed to build on the foundations laid in Primary School Music classes. With a major emphasis on Pop music, students study music notation, aural skills and the elements of music to enhance their music-making. Students learn basic skills on popular instruments such as guitar, drums and keyboard using Jam Hub technology to be able to play in bands. Finally, students use production software to create music and explore music technology. 

Aims

  • To learn and demonstrate the fundamental technique on a popular instrument 
  • To develop students' musical ability 
  • To foster appreciation of music 
  • To develop students’ ability to use the elements of music
  • To develop students' creative ability through digital music creation 

Topics Include

  • Aural studies and music theory  
  • Learning to play drums, guitar, keyboard
  • Playing in a group
  • Digital music recording

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle for one semester

Requirements

  • Levy Cos

Assessment

  • In-Class Performance assessment- Drum, guitar and keyboard.
  • Music theory worksheets
  • Digital music assignment 

“Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” Psalm 150