In Years 9, students become a part of the thriving and bustling Senior School. Students study core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education. In addition, students have the opportunity to study a range of semester-based electives and are are encouraged to aim for breadth, keeping an open mind and all doors open for future TCE studies.
All three languages – Chinese, Japanese and French – continue to be offered right through to TCE. There are a large number of elective subjects in the Design and Technology area (Applied Technology and Food Technology), Visual and Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Art), ICT, Business Studies, and Health and Physical Education. All Years 9 students work with the Futures Centre team to begin their individualised Pathway Plan and careers education. Year 9 have formal mid-year and end of year testing and exams to prepare them for TCE.
In addition to these curriculum offerings, Year 9 has a distinctive 4-week experiential learning program as part of the 9Alive Program. For one week each term, students take part in the following:
- Southern Tasmania program (Humanities and Science focus)
- Community Service placement
- Integrated Learning Week – Building Healthy Communities
- Our Land Our Future – Education Outdoors and Environmental Studies, ‘From paddock to plate’
Students are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and can apply to participate in College service and educational trips, Round Square conferences, and exchanges across Australia and around the world. There are also a multitude of co-curricular, extension and enrichment opportunities across all subject areas and interests to stimulate engagement with learning and the community and thus ensure a true sense of belonging.