Subject and Course Offerings

Course and Subject selection sheets for the following year are due at the beginning of Term 3. Information outlining course or subject selection, costs and payment will be sent home via students and made available on Connect in Week 9 of Term 2. Please complete and return your selection sheet as soon as possible. 

Year 7

At Lesmurdie SHS, students in Year 7 study subjects in the eight Learning Areas and are placed into the compulsory year-long subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS), Languages (Italian), Physical Education and Health Education.

In Technologies, students will complete a semester each in Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies. The contexts involved in Design and Technologies are Food & Fibre and Materials & Technologies Specialisation.

In The Arts, students will complete a semester each in Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Dance, Music or Drama). If selected, students who choose IMSS will study Music as their Performing Arts subject for one semester. Please note; if IMSS is chosen then it will be studied for a semester, however, the instrumental tuition will be studied for the whole year.

Year 8

Year 8 students study subjects in the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities & Social Science (HaSS), Languages (Italian), Health Education and Physical Education for the full year.

Year 8 students choosing to study Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) will study this subject for a semester but have personal tuition for the whole year. For the Arts and Technologies Learning Areas, students will be given choices to support their developing interests and career directions. To provide breadth and balance, all Year 8 students will be required to study semester-long subjects in Visual Arts and one of the Performing Arts (Dance, Drama or Music), as well as Digital Technologies and one of the Design and Technologies subjects.

LEAP students and students with high mathematic ability will be given an opportunity to select Engineering as a subject studied for the whole year.

Year 9

Year 9 students study year-long subjects in the eight Learning Areas and will be placed into the compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities & Social Science (HaSS) and Physical Education and Health (HPE).

For the Arts, HPE, Languages (Italian) and Technologies Learning Areas, students will be given greater choices to support their developing specialist interests and career directions.

Technologies offer specialisation in Foods, Materials and Technologies, Robotics, Industrial systems, Dimensional Design, computer animation and programming, and our specialist Engineering subject.

Year 9 students can choose year-long courses in Photography, Performing and Visual Arts and IMSS from the Arts Learning Area and keen HPE students make like to choose Specialised Sport Science.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 study year-long subjects in the 8 Learning Areas and are placed into the compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS) and Health and Physical Education (HPE).

Students are again given greater choices when choosing subjects from the Arts, Technologies, HPE and Language (Italian) Learning Areas, and can choose three options of two periods each week. The Arts builds on those subjects studied in Years 7 – 9, whilst Technologies expands the selection to include childcare and catering. Language and Photography students may participate in the bi-annual Italian Cultural Tour and those studying HPE can now choose Outdoor Education.

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Year 11 and 12

Students may choose to complete a program in Years 11 and 12 that leads to employment, a traineeship or apprenticeship, TAFE or University. Students must choose six (6) Courses to study from any number of Learning Areas, one course must be English.

In 2024/25 we offer the following subjects for Year 11 and 12 students.

The Arts

The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The term ‘creativity’ plays a critical role in all five arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Together they provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences, as they discover and interpret the world.

Our specialist staffs’ knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism allows students to learn, develop and refine their skills and techniques in the performing and visual arts. Concerts, musical productions, exhibitions, excursions, incursions and tours provide students with enrichment and extension and the opportunity to perform and display their wide range of talents.

Students engaged in The Arts Learning Area are assessed in the following two outcomes:

  • Making: Making in each Arts subject engages students’ cognition, imagination, senses and emotions in conceptual and practical ways and involves thinking kinaesthetically, critically and creatively. Students develop knowledge and skills to plan, produce, present, design and perform in each arts subject independently and collaboratively. Students work from an idea, an intention, particular resources, an imaginative impulse, or an external stimulus.
  • Responding: Responding in each Arts subject involves students reflecting, analysing, interpreting and evaluating in the Arts. Students learn to appreciate and investigate the Arts through contextual study. Learning through making is interrelated with, and dependent upon, responding. Students learn by reflecting on their making and responding to the making of others. The points of view students hold, shift according to different experiences in the Arts.

Acknowledgement of Country

I respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional custodians of this land on which we are meeting, the Beelu people. It is a privilege to be standing on Beelu country. I also acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of all children and people in this country we all live in and share together – Australia.