Horsham College, in partnership with families and the wider community, provides a curriculum that is both dynamic and responsive to the diverse needs of our students while acknowledging and implementing Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) initiatives.
The structure of the curriculum has been organised to meet students’ intellectual, vocational and cultural needs. Students move through adolescence in the Middle Years campus and, as young adults complete their learning in the Senior Years area.
The underlying principles that guide our curriculum structure are informed by three main questions:
By personalising learning and building skills and abilities, we respond to the unique needs of every individual student. Some examples include:
We discover and encourage the talents of each student by Differentiating Education and fostering their personal growth through:
We extend the capacities of teachers to deliver innovative learning by:
The College provides a sequential curriculum in years 7 – 10. The key learning areas are:
At Years 11 and 12 the College provides a broad curriculum with many subjects on offer within the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) including Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.
The development of the Wimmera Trade Training Centre and the growth of the Wimmera Virtual Schools Network will offer expanded opportunities at Horsham College in the near future.
Students in Year 7 build on their knowledge gained during their years in various Primary Schools. The curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum for English Mathematics, Science and History and Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) in all other key learning areas. As other studies are approved, the college will implement these areas of the National Curriculum. Each student may choose to study Chinese or German in Languages and will study Music, Art, Home Economics and Wood from the Arts and Technology area.
Students in Year 8 continue to study from all key learning areas but Music is now offered as an elective. Each student will study Drama and Graphics from the Arts and Integrated Systems and Textiles from Technology.
In Year 9 students enter the Challenge Programme with its emphasis on Relationships and Community. Students continue to study English, Humanities, Maths, Science, Health and PE with an emphasis on integrating their studiers. All other studies are offered as a semester elective. Each student will choose 4 elective studies , 2 each semester. Students make their selection from the Year 9 Handbook which is updated each year.