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SGSC implemented a dedicated Year 8 Program in 2009. The Program is based on the DEECD’s (Department of Education & Training development) implementation of the VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards) initiative in Teaching and Learning. Our Year 8 Program, like the Year 7 program recognises the importance of Student Voice and encourages Ownership of Learning.

However, the Year 8 program also focuses on the importance of team work through developing relationships. More emphasis will be placed on using the information they find out about themselves and how this is of relevance to students in Year 8 and the wider school community. This is carried out in dedicated Personal Health and Development classes and also through cross curricular planning. Girls will participate in the MPower program and boys in the Revved Up program, to develop social skills and build resiliency and sense of team. The culmination of all the hard work throughout the year in this area is a camp at Wilson’s Promontory, which the students themselves plan for themselves. Activities on the camp are designed to promote team building skills and prepare the students for the more challenging Year 9 Hike in Term1 or 2 the following year.

The Year 8 program seeks to build on all the hard work and positive results that have been gained by the Year 7 program.

Literacy and Numeracy continue to be of extreme importance therefore the Year 8 Program  continues to provide more time in those subjects (Maths & English), and implement intervention programs as necessary.

The Year 8 Program takes a holistic approach to education; which includes academic growth and the development of important life skills, including teamwork and leadership skills. The program also seeks to assist students in acquiring a broad knowledge of themselves as learners and people. This is achieved through the election of Peer Activity Leaders, Student Ambassadors and SRC reps.

Student Ambassadors were chosen after a rigorous selection process where students registered their interest in the positions, identifying their own strengths and weaknesses, leadership experience and why they should be chosen for the important role. SRC reps were voted for by other students and Peer Activity leaders registered their interest and were then chosen by staff in Year 8.

We like to promote goal setting and reward students for excellent attitude, behaviour and work in and out of class through a dedicated ‘Star’ system. Students must receive 100 stars by mid way through Term 4 in order to attend the ‘Big Day Out’ organised by the Student Ambassadors for the end of the year.

Unique to the Year 8 program is the Making a Difference class which enables students to actively tackle issues important to our school and make and drive positive change. So far students have engaged with issues surrounding the canteen, litter, water and energy use at our school. As a consequence our school has completed the Core Module and Waste Wise Module and been accredited by the Aussi Vic Sustainable Schools program.

Curriculum

  • The whole year Habits of Mind – Thinking, Managing Impulsivity and Persistence

Term 1: Main Foci-

  • Learning to Learn
  • Elect Ambassadors and SRC reps
  • Integrating Theme – Exploration – Is there anybody out there?

Term 2: Main Foci

  • Working Collaboratively
  • Elect Peer actively leaders
  • Integrating Theme – History – Mediaeval and Indigenous

Term 3: Main Foci

  • Differentiation
  • Integrating Theme – Healthy Living

Term 4: Main Foci

  • Persistence and Assessment
  • Integrating Theme – Wilson’s Promontory and Camp
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