Year 9 at Foster Secondary College
Year 9 is probably the most challenging of all years; it is traditionally the year that all our current educational research tells us is the most difficult time for students to maintain motivation and a connection with schooling. Our Year 9 Program aims to provide a framework that celebrates difference and embraces individuality and creativity, while maintaining the focus on academic growth. The students will experience a real connection with their school, local and global communities.
Over the last few years at Foster Secondary College we have continually reviewed the way we organise Year 9 studies to tailor to the needs of each cohort of students. After careful consideration we firmly believe that students need, not only choice, but also time to explore subjects that move them beyond the classroom and into learning through experience. We have placed a real focus on student engagement in the design and structure of our Year 9 program, and encourage students to participate in extra-curricular opportunities such as Coastal Ambassadors, the Bogong Snow Camp and the SRC.
We believe that the inclusion of the Community program, which gives all students a chance to develop skills in leadership, initiative and problem solving will provide Year 9 students with new opportunities in their education.
Community Program Learning Focus
Personal Learning encompasses the skills that have been identified by teachers, students and parents as those necessary to become independent, responsible and confident members of the school, local and global communities. These skills assist students to cope with the challenges that the future brings. The skills students will practice and develop are Leadership, Teamwork, Organisation, Managing Relationships, Goal Setting, Communication, Self-motivation etc. During this time, motivational speakers, guests, health programs and excursions to community events will be presented to the students.
Fitness: Walking & Running
Hiking: Equipment preparation, Meal planning, Group meetings and packing skills, Environmental impact assessment, Team building.
Camp: Three day hike (Cost Approximately $80)
Group rotation through choice options for Terms 3 and 4 (Taste-testing)
TERM 3 & 4
Students choose one of the following to pursue as a Community Program. All the programs include a camp or activities at the end of the year. Payment for the programs would be appreciated prior to September 1st 2017. Payment plans can be arranged by contacting the office staff.
SURF LIFE SAVING- Surfing, Surf Lifesaving (WARATAH SLSC -Expectation that students will then volunteer at Waratah SLSC). A 5 day camp is included.
Sustainability: Kitchen Garden development and management, cooking, and an environmental project are undertaken. A Melbourne Camp is included .
Outdoor Environment: Students work on a particular environmental project as decided by the students. They also participate in adventure activities including mountain biking, kayaking, indoor rock climbing and surfing. Three day excursions are organised at the end of the year.