Creek Street Christian College

Curriculum Outline

Junior and Middle School Curriculum

The Junior and Middle School follows a school based curriculum which has been developed over a number of years and which is designed to meet the needs of our pupils. The curriculum content takes into consideration the material contained within the Australian Curriculum.

The morning sessions mainly involve class, group and where appropriate individual teaching in the core subjects of Mathematics, Language, Reading, Spelling and French.

During the afternoon sessions the students are involved in the cultural subjects which include Humanities, Health, Physical Education, Science, Music and Art.

(a) Daily Work Requirements

Each student is required to complete a set amount of work each day in each of the core subjects. If at the end of the school day expectations have not been achieved, the incomplete work is assigned as homework. In this event, parents are notified by a diary entry that the child takes home. Parents are asked to check that the homework has been done correctly and fully, and to sign their child’s diary and have it returned with the homework and all borrowed text books the following school day.

(b) Classroom Program

Within each classroom an endeavour is made to present work that is stimulating and challenging to the children and each child is encouraged to fully develop his/her abilities.

The needs of the individuals who have learning difficulties or who transfer into our College with 'gaps' in their learning, will be catered for within the classroom program using materials appropriate to their individual needs or specifically chosen to fill the gaps that exist.

(c) Incentive Program

Emphasis is placed on praising academic achievement and sincere efforts by the students to present consistently neat bookwork.

A greater emphasis will be made to praise desirable character traits such as truthfulness, helpfulness and kindness.

Children are rewarded with credits (house points) for sincere efforts. Demerits which result in a loss of 5 house points will be given when a disturbance or rule violation is severe or repetitive. Three or more demerits in one day results in a detention as does five or more demerits in any school week. When detentions are given, parents will be notified using a detention slip and these should be acknowledged with a parent’s signature and returned to the class teacher the day following when it was issued.

(d) Assessment Program

Work covered in the areas of Maths, Spelling, Reading Comprehension and Grammar for pupils in years 2- 6 and in areas of Maths, Spelling and Reading for year 1 pupils, will be assessed by testing each term and the results accumulated to form the basis of feedback to parents via Interim and Semester Reports. Work tested in each of these subjects will be the work covered at any time during the particular term.

(e) Student Record Folders

The main function of this display folder is to keep parents informed of their child’s progress in the core areas of Mathematics, Grammar and Reading.

Each book will hold revision sheets for each of these subject areas and will be sent home periodically throughout each term.

Should parents wish to assist their children in areas they may find more challenging then this folder will convey to them the aspects of their child’s work requiring help.

Parents are requested to sign the folder acknowledging that they have viewed their child’s work and then return it to College the next school day.

Senior School Curriculum

The College accommodates one group of students at each year level. Our students in the Senior School are Year 8 through to Year 10.

Our optimum size for each group is twenty-five students with an upper limit ceiling of twenty-eight students.

The curriculum drawn up for each year level within the senior school uses as a basis the Australian Curriculum and is sensitive to the Christian philosophy of our College.

At years 8 level most subjects taught are compulsory but some options are given in regard to the practical subjects such as Woodwork, Food Technology, Art and Digital Photography. To enable better use of facilities and student-teacher ratios these subjects are taught in half-groups.

Year 9 and 10 students have a choice of four of the subjects they do during their year 9 and/or year 10 years. These electives are chosen from groups of four to six different subjects and run for the full year.

Senior Subjects

Year 8

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Christian Living (including Chapel)
  • Life Skills
  • Art
  • French
  • Health
  • Woodwork
  • Music
  • Food Technology
  • Physical Education

Years 9 and 10 (Core subjects)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Christian Living (including Chapel)
  • Economy & Society or VCE Business Management
  • Sport
  • Health

ELECTIVES - Year 9 & 10

Group 1

  • Extension Mathematics
  • Private Study
  • Creative Design
  • Community Service
  • Performing Arts
  • Music

Group 2

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Visual Arts
  • Private Study
  • Extension Maths
  • Automotive Technology
  • Community Service
  • French

Group 3

  • Cabinet Making
  • French
  • Hospitality
  • Community Service
  • Media
  • Private Study
  • Music

Group 4

  • Community Service
  • Digital Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Extension Science
  • Private Study
  • Music

Each student selects one elective from each of four groupings and undertakes each elective for one afternoon/two periods per week for the whole year.

Electives and grouping of electives may change slightly from one year to the next depending upon the availability of teaching staff, student demand and the need for an overall balance of the subjects taught.

Leadership Opportunities

All students are encouraged to take up the opportunites presented to them for leadership within the college. Most particularly students in Year 4, Year 7 and Year 10 have opportunities to lead their particular Schools. Students may also aspire to become House Captains or Class Captains. We value all input from our students and aim to develop their confidence and self-esteem through opportunities to lead and be involved in the wider college community.