Years 9 and 10

Overview

Year Nine is a time of critical decision making, when world views are shaped and life choices are cemented: when young people are seeking to establish their own identity. We believe this journey of self discovery is strengthened by a deeper understanding of serving others, of looking outside oneself, of learning from elders and members of the community and, most importantly in establishing an intimate and dynamic relationship with their Creator.

The Year Nine program is designed to see students

  • grow towards wholeness;
  • be established in their identity in Christ;
  • have robust inquiring minds;
  • engaged in their worlds;
  • contribute to their local communities,
  • serving others,
  • learning independently and cooperatively.

Through Covenant College’s Year Nine program, we want to see students with an earnest regard for the truth those who are critical thinkers, able to challenge the world’s imposition of worldviews, who value goodness, excellence, courage, beauty, integrity, justice and love and students who are learning to be salt and light in their community.

The Cornerstones of the Year Nine program are:

  • Servanthood (Philippians 2:1-11)
  • Discipleship (John 15:8, Matthew 28:19)
  • Character of Christ (Ephesians 5:1)
  • Leadership (John 10:1-21, Ephesians 5:1)
  • Excellence (Colossians 3:23)

Course Structure
Course content slots into four main themes, i.e. Self, Local, National and Global. Within these themes, students take on a variety of integrated studies to develop their knowledge and skills. Students are encouraged to take knowledge further, to discover how this new found knowledge, as well as skills can be used in a positive way for the Kingdom both now and in their future direction in life. There is a separate Year 9 facility for these studies which enables the students the practice they need in forming a valuable community with staff and peers. All excursions are linked into curriculum and are valuable in the development of character for the students’ spiritual journey.

YEAR TEN PROGRAM
The Year Ten program has been designed to further equip and prepare students for their Victorian Certificate of Education [VCE]. All students in Year 10 are expected to complete a Year Eleven VCE subject. This can be in the form of a school based subject from a selected range – Music Performance, Studio Arts, Media Studies, Food Technology or Product Design Technology,  School-based Apprenticeship (or SbATs) and VET are recognized VCE subjects and go towards their Enter score at the end of Year 12. The remainder of the Year 10 program is based on Key Learning Areas (KLA). 

Arts (Drama, Graphics, Media, Music, Visual Arts)
Bible
English (Literature)
Health and Physical Education
LOTE (Languages other than English)
Mathematics
Science
SOSE (Economy and Society, Geography, History)
Technology (Ag Hort, Food, IT, Metal, Plastics, Wood)

SbATs

Schoolbased Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
Students may study at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for one afternoon a week, and are employed by a business, company or organisation for one day a week in the field of their Certificate. For example: Cert II in Fitness employer may be a gym, health studio, swim club or any allied field of interest. Cert II in Business employer can be anyone who runs a business for any legitimate reason. Cert II in Equine Studies Employer may own a stud farm, horse agistment, pony club or any organisation involving horses.