Secondary – Learning

Davoren Park Campus

Class of 2019

Garden College offers a healthy and secure academic environment for students to excel and achieve their best with an emphasis on each student attaining excellence. Garden College students are held accountable for their learning, and regular feedback is provided to parents in the form of regular letters going home, phone calls, parent-teacher interviews and information nights.

 The College provides a curriculum program for students, which is stimulating and hands-on. Garden College runs five period days with one hour periods. This allows students to have more hands-on time within the classroom, where active learning takes place.

The program provides:

  • A nurturing and safe school environment where students become confident learners.
  • Students exploration and encourage one another’s learning.
  • A broad range of quality elective programs allowing students to take a personal interest in different areas of their learning.
  • An emphasis on catering for the various learning styles of the students and developing a hands-on program where all students are engaged.
  • An extensive co-curricular program to foster the development of the whole person.
  • EALD and special needs programs to support those students in need.

Garden College offers many subjects in each year level and all core subjects are based on the Australian Curriculum. Academic competitions are constantly being offered such as Big Science Competition. Furthermore, committees, clubs and lunchtime activities are offered to students throughout the week. Moreover, Garden College gives students a chance to participate in different workshops offered by universities to improve their academic levels and extend their learning. Overall all students are encouraged to achieve their best and become confident individuals.

YEAR 7

Year 7 is a transitional year where students move from the Primary School into Secondary Education. As such emphasis is placed on preparing the students for a successful secondary education. The students are supported and enriched as identified by the assessment records obtained during the enrolment process and teachers’ early evaluations. All students in Year 7 are required to cover the same curriculum, however, academically advanced students are exposed to a richer and in-depth coverage of the curriculum content. The College also assists students who are eligible for English as an Additional Language (EALD) and Special Education. These programs provide students with support to acquire the set objectives in literacy and numeracy.

The aim of the wellbeing programs embedded in the health curriculum is to teach students how to approach others and develop positive relationships, identify problems, cooperate, negotiate and manage conflict non-violently and how to resist negative peer pressure.

Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Quran
  • Islamic Studies
  • LOTE (Arabic & Turkish)
  • Physical Education – PE (Theory and Practical)
  • PBL (Project-based learning), The Art (Visual art, Drama, Digital art) & Design and Technology integrated
  • English as Additional Language or Dialogue, Streamed classes

 

Co-curricular Activities

The Year 7 students also participate in many activities including incursions and excursions related to units of work studied, celebrating educational, religious and social events (Science week, Pi day, Harmony day etc.)

Ramadan activities, including group iftar as well as Islamic and Quranic competitions.

Students take part in SAPSASA state carnival and state championships for different sports, such as Truck and Field, netball etc.  They also participate in district Soccer games and beach volleyball.  These activities help the students develop bonding skills and emphasise the importance of teamwork for survival and success.

Our year 7’s are currently finalising their Introduction to Drawing projects. This project primarily focuses on observational drawings and using line and shade to create an illusion of depth. We experimented with line only drawings, mark making, sandpaper and charcoal in an attempt to give the 3D effect.

Meanwhile, the year 8’s have been busy producing their African tribal masks. As a class, we have explored African art to appreciate its enormous influence on the Western world. Students have each researched different tribal masks to elicit distinct features, earth tones and patterns to incorporate into their personalised mask. We have explored the technique of paper mache and different paper sculpture methods including relief, paper strip, pop up and newspaper. To add to the aesthetics of the artworks, we incorporated decorations including raffia, feathers and beads.

The artistic year 9’s are preparing fantastic food sculptures! Students have had great fun experimenting with special ingredients including plaster, model magic and compound joint to resemble frosting, fondant and fruits.

Our year 10’s have focused on relief printmaking. Students had a chance to print their designs on a range of materials including cotton fabric, old clothes from home, butchers paper and 100% printmaking cotton paper.

YEAR 8

The Year 8 academic program builds on the skills and knowledge taught in Year 7. All students in Year 8 are required to cover the same curriculum; however academically advanced students are exposed to a more productive and in-depth coverage of the curriculum content. To achieve that, the Year 08 are doing PBL (Project Based Learning) where Media Art & Digital Technologies are integrated.  The College also assists students who are eligible for English as an Additional Language or dialect (EALD) and Special Education. These programs support students to acquire the set objectives in literacy and numeracy. The Quran and Islamic Studies programs target the students’ needs in terms of spirituality and growth.

The well-being program in Year 8 aims at bringing awareness of bullying and equipping students with the skills to resist and cope. Other areas taught are anger management, goal setting and study skills. Acquiring skills in these areas is seen as elementary at this stage of the students’ development.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Quran
  • Islamic Studies
  • LOTE (Arabic & Turkish*)
  • Physical Education – PE (Theory and Practical)
  • PBL (Project-based learning), The Art (Visual art, Drama, Digital art) & Design and Technology integrated
  • English as Additional Language or Dialogue, Streamed classes

Co-curricular Activities

The Year 8 students participate in many activities including incursions and excursions related to units of work studied, celebrating educational, religious and social events (Science week, Pi day, Harmony day etc.)

Ramadan activities, including group iftar as well as Islamic and Quranic competitions.

Students also take part in SSSSA (Secondary School Sport South Australia) state carnival and state championships for different sports, such as Truck and Field, netball, Soccer and volleyball.  These activities help the students develop bonding skills and emphasise the importance of teamwork for survival and success.

Students develop social skills and gain confidence in public speaking in front of their peers, through participation in school events and programs such Ramadan Iftaar, Eid festival, Harmony day, school assemblies and other after-school functions.

YEAR 9

The Year 9 academic program builds on the skills and knowledge taught in Year 8. All students in Year 9 are required to cover the same curriculum; however academically advanced students are exposed to a more productive and in-depth coverage of the curriculum content. To achieve that, the year 09 students are doing PBL (Project Based Learning) where Media Art & Digital Technologies are integrated.  The College also assists students who are eligible for English as an Additional Language or dialect (EALD) and Special Education. These programs support students to acquire the set objectives in literacy and numeracy. The Quran and Islamic Studies programs target the students’ needs in terms of spirituality and growth.

The well-being program in Year 9 aims at providing the students with self-management skills, with the emphasis on time management and stress management, goal setting and study skills to bring maturity and responsibility to the Year 09 students, early in their life.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Quran
  • Islamic Studies
  • LOTE (Arabic & Turkish*)
  • Physical Education – PE (Theory and Practical)
  • PBL (Project-based learning), The Art (Visual art, Drama, Digital art) & Design and Technology integrated
  • English as Additional Language or Dialogue, Streamed classes

Co-curricular Activities

The Year 8 students participate in many activities including incursions and excursions related to units of work studied, celebrating educational, religious and social events (Science week, Pi day, Harmony day etc.)

Ramadan activities, including group iftar as well as Islamic and Quranic competitions.

Students also take part in SSSSA (Secondary School Sport South Australia) state carnival and state championships for different sports, such as Truck and Field, netball, Soccer and volleyball.  These activities help the students develop bonding skills and emphasise the importance of teamwork for survival and success.

Students develop social skills and gain confidence in public speaking in front of their peers, through participation in school events and programs such Ramadan Iftaar, Eid festival, Harmony day, school assemblies and other after-school functions.

YEAR 10

The Year 10 program is a combination of the SACE and core subjects as required by ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority).  In this year level, students are exposed to extensive careers counselling through individual and group information sessions run by The Uni of Adelaide, UniSA, Flinders University and Career Expo throughout the year. In Term 3, all students participate in the Work Experience Program which allows them to experience the rigours of a professional career.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • PLP (Personal Learning Plan), which is a compulsory subject at Stage 1that helps students to plan for their future and assists them in choosing the subjects they will study in Years 11 and 12)
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Quran
  • Islamic Studies
  • LOTE (Arabic & Turkish*)
  • Physical Education – PE (Theory and Practical)
  • PBL (Project-based learning), The Art (Visual art, Drama, Digital art) & Design and Technology integrated
  • English as Additional Language or Dialogue, Streamed classes

Co-curricular Activities

The Year 10 students have engaged incursions and excursions activities related to units of work studied, celebrating educational, religious and social events (Science week, Pi day, Harmony day etc.)

They eagerly participate in Ramadan activities, including group iftar as well as Islamic and Quranic competitions.

Students also take part in SSSSA (Secondary School Sport South Australia) state carnival and state championships for Truck and Field, netball, Soccer and volleyball.  These activities help the students develop bonding skills and emphasise the importance of teamwork for survival and success.

Students develop social skills and gain confidence in public speaking in front of their peers, through participation in school events and programs such Ramadan Iftaar, Eid festival, Harmony day, school assemblies and other after-school functions.

Library

We are fortunate to have such ample space for the library. There have been occasions when two classes have been using it at the same time.
The collection of fiction and non-fiction books is ever expanding, through school purchases and donations from families and staff, as well as other schools, to accommodate an increasing student population. Student requests have been taken into consideration.

Shelving is being improved to allow taller books to stand and, therefore, be more comfortable to locate and peruse. Being open before school, recess, lunch-time and after school allows greater use by students and teachers. Borrowing and reading happen then, of course, but the use of computers will enable students to work on school work and other educational fun activities.

The library is sometimes used by students in lesson time to work on school work in a quiet place where they can concentrate without interruption. This helps them to achieve their education goals.

Library lessons add to school learning and increased awareness of information literacy skills.