Year 8

Students in the Middle Years learn in a team with 2 teachers providing integrated, purposeful and relevant learning.

The essential elements of the Middle Years program are:

  • starting from the students' prior knowledge
  • learning to learn, learning to think
  • collaborative team approach – teachers and students
  • stronger focus on relationships between students and teachers
  • cross-curricular, interdisciplinary & integrated learning approaches
  • authentic assessment, product orientated learning, exhibitions of learning, real life contexts

Students undertake Progressive Assessment Tests (PAT) each year and achieve goals based around their Negotiated Learning Plans.

The Year 8 curriculum is organized into Central Studies, Languages and Electives.

Central Studies

Central Studies at year 8 incorporates the compulsory subjects of the Australian Curriculum learning: Mathematics, Science, English, HASS, and Health in a series of thematic units that provide meaningful and purposeful learning for all students. Students also develop specific essential skills through rehearsal and consolidation.


Language study is compulsory in year 8. Students can choose from the following languages:

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Student preferences will determine which languages are then taught.


Full time students in year 7 and 8 are required to do Central Studies, a language plus 1 semester of The Arts and 1 semester of Technology per year.

Music is an art elective.

Students who choose Music choose both semester 1 and semester 2 (these students will be doing an extra elective unit). Music is chosen at either Year 7 or Year 8.

Year 8 Electives

Elective Semester Learning Area
Art: Fur, Feathers & Photography (Digital Media) Semester 1 Arts
Art: Mixing it Up (Pattern and Art) Semester 2 Arts
Music Full year Arts
Design & Technology: Food and Fibre Journey Semester 2 Technologies
Design & Technology: Things that Move - Mechanisms Semester 1 Technologies
Digital Technology Semester 1 or 2 Technologies

Last updated: 14 August 2019