Subjects

In accordance with the Australian Curriculum, students from Year 7 to Year 9 participate in the following subjects in Distance Education:

Semester 1 Subjects

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • HaSS (History)

  • Food Technology

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Christian Foundations

Semester 2 Subjects

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • HaSS

  • The Arts

  • Digital Technologies

  • Christian Foundations

Time Allocations

It is recommended that students are actively engaged in schooling for 25 hours a week (this includes curriculum based excursions, workshops and Teaching and Learning sessions). Families are offered a flexible timetable that allows them to fit this schooling around extracurricular activities and family schedules.

Below is a break-down of where this time should be spent.

Term 1

  • Maths (3+ hours a week)

  • English (3+ hours a week)

  • Science (2.5-3 hours a week)

  • Hass (3 hours a week)

  • Food Technology (2+ hours a week)

  • Christian Foundations (1+ hours a week)

Term 2

  • Maths (3+ hours a week)

  • English (3+ hours a week)

  • Science (2.5-3 hours a week)

  • Hass (3 hours a week)

  • HPE (2+ hours a week)

  • Christian Foundations (1+ hours a week)

Term 3

  • Maths (3+ hours a week)

  • English (3+ hours a week)

  • Science (2.5-3 hours a week)

  • Hass (3 hours a week)

  • The Arts (2+ hours a week)

  • Christian Foundations (1+ hours a week)

Term 4

  • Maths (3+ hours a week)

  • English (3+ hours a week)

  • Science (2.5-3 hours a week)

  • Hass (3 hours a week)

  • Digital Technology (2+ hours a week)

  • Christian Foundations (1+ hours a week)

Resources

Students are provided with text books, workbooks and digital resources on our online platform Learner Link. They also have access to additional supplementary resources including Mathletics.

Learner.Link

Learner.Link is the name given to the learning management system that our online courses are run through. This technology is the primary method of delivery of course content, tasks, quizzes, assessment and other similar course elements.

Below is an example of the Learner.Link Dashboard.

Each course includes:

  • Your teachers contact details

  • Term Overviews

  • Assessments & Task Sheets

  • Online Forums

  • Coursework & Resources

Teaching and Learning Sessions

Students in Year 7 to Year 9 participate in Teaching and Learning sessions throughout the year. These sessions are run through Microsoft Teams which is provided in our free Office 365 suite package. This includes:

  • 30 minute individual Teaching & Learning sessions twice a term. During sessions, students & their home tutors are given one-on-one tutoring & support.
  • 30 minute group Teaching and Learning sessions for each subject (approximately 6 sessions per term). During these sessions teachers will provide direct instruction on weekly content and upcoming assessments. There are also opportunities for students to ask questions and seek support. These sessions are recorded for cases where students are unable to attend the live chats.

Question Forums

Students are able to seek general support for any questions through online forums in each subject. These forums are open to all students in the year level, therefore it is advised that any personal questions are emailed directly to the teacher.

Assessments:

  • Students are assessed through Learning Check Points and Assessments, which are uploaded to our online platform Learner Link.
  • Learning Check Points allow teachers to monitor each student’s progress throughout the term, informing them on area’s students need further support or extension work.
  • Assessment pieces are predominantly used to gauge whether a student has understood the terms content in order to accurately report on a semester’s work.
  • Home Tutors are provided with an Assessment task sheet that steps them through the task.

Workshops, Excursions, Sporting Events and Camps

Students in Middle Phase enjoy a wide range of excursions and workshops in Distance Education throughout the year, including:

The Secondary Study Day (approximately 3 per year). These days are run to provide students with teacher support in their core subjects. Students also participate in science practicals and investigations in our fully equipped Science labs.

Workshops will be held at Groves four times a year. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, such as Science, Robotics, The Arts and Design Technologies.

Year level camps at various locations, including the Canberra trip in Year 7.

Curriculum connected excursions each term to a range of locations in South-East Queensland.

Cross Country, Swimming Carnival and Athletics Carnival.

Students with Additional Needs (SWANs)

Students with additional needs are supported by our specialised teachers in our SWANs programs. Each fortnight, SWANs teachers run classes that provide students the opportunity to engage in small group activities.