Dance - Year 9 & 10

Dance provides students with the opportunity to engage in creating and performing dance, as well as teaching the skills of performance analysis and reflection. Students participate in small group performances, using basic choreographic tools. Students also develop an understanding of the techniques involved in creating a performance.

Personal Fitness

Personal Fitness places an emphasis on both individual and team fitness activities. Students are exposed to various training principles such as cross-fit training, cardiovascular training, muscular development and plyometric training. Students are encouraged to recognise that active participation in physical fitness activities is essential to achieving their personal health and fitness goals.

Team Sports

Students have the opportunity to participate in and advance their knowledge and understanding of various team sports. Students are introduced to the different roles and responsibilities within team settings and taught how to increase their tactical awareness and enhance their individual skill sets in team sports.

The Arts

Art and Design - Years 7 & 8

In this course, students explore the basic elements of design through the study of art works and the visual environment. Students use this knowledge and understanding to express ideas and feelings through their art works. The elements of design studied in detail in this course include: line, shape, form, colour, tone, texture and space. Examples of projects undertaken in this course include: tonal drawing exercises, portraits, still life and landscape drawing, mixed media works, 3D art works and collages.

Visual Arts - Year 9

In this course students expand their view of how they create and interpret their world through visual means. Students are encouraged to paint, draw, build sculptures, construct installations, etc. in order to discover their own area of interest and specialisation. Students study what influences and inspires them visually, exploring the way art works are put together and developing related themes in their own work. Students discuss and evaluate their responses to art works and investigate why they like and/or dislike certain aspects of those art works.

Photograph: Senior Campus GymnasiumPhotograph: Senior Campus Front EntrancePhotograph: Senior Campus Gym Room

Visual Arts - Year 10

In this course students have the opportunity to focus on and develop their own art-making processes. They can choose to do this by combining media across the curriculum or deepening their knowledge of one or a variety of art forms. This course prepares and encourages students to expand their view of how they create and interpret their world through visual means.

2D Art  - Year 9 & 10

In this course students have the opportunity to intensively develop their own process by exploring a variety of art -making using 2 dimensional techniques. Students experiment and build skills in painting, printing, drawing, stencilling, collage and mixed media and are supported to produce a self-directed work using a 2D technique of their own choice.

3D Art - Year 9 & 10

In this course students intensively develop their own process by exploring a variety of art making using 3 dimensional techniques. Students experiment and build skills in making installations and creating sculpture, which may include papier mache, metal, wood, plaster, paint, collage and recycled materials. Students are supported to produce a self-directed work using a 3D technique of their own choice.

Drama - Years 7-10

In Years 7 and 8 students learn about characterisation and how to incorporate it into performance. They work in small groups and as a class to develop, rehearse and perform to the class and outside audiences. They create puppets and gain an understanding of Greek and Elizabethan theatre. Students use reflective journals to assist in refining their skills and understandings.

In Years 9 and 10 students further develop characterisation skills to incorporate into solo, small group and class performances. Students learn how to critically analyse a performance. They also take on various roles in addition to acting for an end-of-semester performance for family and friends. Students further develop their self-reflection abilities.

Media - Years 7-10

In Years 7 and 8 students use computers to create a product and develop an advertising campaign to help it 'sell'. They learn about film composition and use those practical skills to plan, film and edit a 30 second television advertisement. They work with Digital SLR cameras to take images and use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate them.

In Years 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to learn about television and film by analysing the ways that stereotypes are used. They gain an understanding of how different facets of the Australian media work. Students work with Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images they have taken on Digital SLR cameras. They take responsibility for the range of different aspects of film production to create a group film from script development through to editing.

Photograph: Artwork displayPhotograph: Indigenous ArtworkPhotograph: Senior Campus garden

Food Technology

Year 7 & 8 - 'Beginner Chef'

This semester course introduces students to simple cookery skills. Students learn how to use specific kitchen equipment and to follow correct food safety and hygiene principles.

Students study aspects of nutrition that relate to general wellbeing. They look at their own eating plans and how these compare to the various food selection models. The course investigates healthy choices for meals and various healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Some of the foods cooked in practical lessons include: scones, chocolate slice, chicken stir-fry, hamburgers, chocolate chip biscuits, Eggs Benedict, French Toast, fruit smoothies, cheesy corn pasta, vegetable fritters and penne chicken bake.

Food Technology - Year 9 & 10

Semester 1: 'Snack Smart'

In this unit students look at the basics of good nutrition, what foods are considered healthy snacks and then create new healthy snack products for sale as an alternative to 'fast' or 'junk' foods.

Also considered are the specific nutritional requirements of individuals in the different stages of the life cycle. This knowledge is then applied to creating family meals and students plan a child's birthday party and cook and decorate a child's birthday cake.

Semester 2: 'Cooking around the World'

In this unit students learn about different cultures and their different food habits, cooking and eating styles.

Semester 3: 'The Patisserie'

In this unit students learn the art of pastry making and the skills involved in producing various pastry styles and cakes.

Semester 4: 'Entertaining at Home'

In this unit students learn the art of entertaining and the types of foods suitable for different types of functions. Students visit a local restaurant and enjoy a meal as a food critic and then produce a review of the restaurant. Weekly practical lessons complement the theory element.

Course requirements include: good food hygiene skills and kitchen safety skills; an interest in cooking and nutrition; compliance with OH & S rules.

Hospitality - Year 9 & 10

This semester course delivers three nationally accredited Hospitality modules which can be credited towards a Certificate I or II in Hospitality with continued study at College or CIT.

Modules covered are:

  • SITXOHS001A... Follow health, safety and security procedures
  • SITXOHS002A... Follow workplace hygiene procedures
  • SITHFAB012A... Prepare and serve espresso coffee

Course requirements include: as for 9/10 Food Technology.

Hospitality-Barista - Year 9 & 10

This year long course delivers five nationally accredited modules of study which can be credited towards a Certificate I or II in Hospitality with continued study at College or CIT. Wanniassa School is the only school in the ACT to offer this course.

Modules covered are:

  • SIRXCCS001A Apply point-of-sale handling procedures
  • SITHFAB012B Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • SITHFAB016A Plan and monitor espresso coffee service
  • SITXCCS002A Provide quality customer service
  • SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures

Course requirements are as for 9/10 Hospitality with the addition of interest in making coffee-based beverages.

Both the above accredited courses are assessed through competency-based assessment and involve weekly practical lesson and running a fortnightly lunch-time café.

Photograph: Senior Campus KitchenPhotograph: Senior Campus cafe tablesPhotograph: Cafe Cappucino machine

Textiles and Design - Year 7 & 8

This semester course involves planning design solutions for making simple textile products. Students will learn about fibres and fabrics and simple construction techniques.

Practical tasks include making:

  • a bag/pencil case
  • a pair of shorts
  • an Easter Bunny/Santa soft toy

Applied Technology

Years 7-10 - Woodwork

In Years 7 and 8 students learn isometric drawing skills and build their knowledge of materials, tools and safe work practices in woodwork at a beginner level.

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the design process and demonstrate these by applying the process in the development and construction of creative solutions to problems in woodwork. Students will design and make a range of products in wood.

In Years 9 and 10 students further develop their technical drawing skills and are introduced to new problem-solving strategies. Students produce more complex isometric drawings, and are introduced to orthographic projections.

Time in the workshop will specifically focus on the production of timber products. Students will continue to predominately use hand tools to produce more complicated joints which may then be used in specific projects and will also have the opportunity to use lathes. There is the opportunity to negotiate individual projects.

Students will also be introduced to basic theoretical engineering concepts and will complete two structural assignments in their own time that meet specific criteria. Examples of structures include bridges, towers and cranes.

Students will be required to supply their own quality compass and 2H pencils. The purchase of a quality set of set squares would also be advantageous.

Years 7-10 - Metalwork

This subject introduces students to basic metalworking skills and the processes of designing, making and appraising. Students undertake practical workshop projects as well as classroom theory topics. Students learn to read, interpret and produce basic working drawings, enabling them to produce projects to set specifications as well as their own design briefs. Students learn the skills of welding, brazing, riveting, soldering, tempering, hardening and bluing and are encouraged and trained to work independently and at their own pace.

Students receive instruction in the safe use of a variety of hand tools, power tools, equipment and machinery and are required to demonstrate the safe use of these through the production of practical projects such as a tool box, a ring spanner, a minichopper and a special project of their choice.

Japanese - Sequential and Cumulative Learning - Years 7-10

Japanese at Wanniassa School offers students a fantastic opportunity to broaden and enrich their understanding of another culture through a range of fun and exciting learning activities. All students study Japanese in Years 7 and 8 and interested students can then elect to go on to further study in Years 9 and 10.

For students who have studied Japanese at primary school, the program is a continuation of the sequential and cumulative learning undertaken there. However, students who have not studied Japanese before are not disadvantaged, as a comprehensive revision unit is the focus for Year 7. Several main topics are covered and language structures are integrated using these themes. Students will develop skills in all four communication skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Year 9 and 10 program focuses on further developing communication skills and fluency.

Photograph: Senior Campus students doing metalworkPhotograph: Senior Campus Woodwork areaPhotograph: Senior Campus Japanese Room

Information Technology - Years 7- 10

This subject provides the opportunity for students to use computers and software to manage information. The six popular management skills students focus on are:

  • operating a personal computer
  • operating a word processing application
  • operating a spread sheet application
  • operating a data base application, and
  • sending and receiving information over the internet using browsers and email

Music - Years 7-10

In this course students have the opportunity to develop their performance skills on a range of instruments as well as learn to read and compose music. No matter what the level of musicianship, there is a place in this course for all who want to challenge themselves or learn something new.

All Year 7 and 8 students undertake a semester of Music. Students have the opportunity to learn guitar and keyboard before making a choice of instrument to perform on. They also learn how to read basic music notation.

Year 9 and 10 students develop their performance, music reading and composition skills and study music of different times and cultures. Students have the opportunity to perform at school and public events.