Dear Students and Parents,
As you embark on the next phase of your educational journey the course selection process supports all students in the transition to the next year level. Drouin Secondary College provides a diverse range of options and pathways to cater for student’s needs. The inclusion of these options supports students in their planning and the course selection process is designed to allow the creation of individualised pathways to reflect student’s strengths and interest areas helping them to select a well-rounded program.
The curriculum structure gives students a wide number of options and pathways at every year level from Year 8 through to Year 12. Students can also be recommended to complete units across two or more levels. Having choice and pathway flexibility also means that students need to put time and thought into the course selection process. When completed, students are more engaged in their learning and achieve better results because they have courses that better suit their needs, interests and abilities.
The process in place supports students to make well informed and relevant choices. All students will complete a pathways information program in learning group sessions. This should build student’s understanding of their strengths, weaknesses and interests and how these may translate to a future profession.
At Drouin Secondary College in Years 8-10, students are placed in individual courses based on proven competence, not by their age. Students with strong background knowledge and demonstrated skills in a subject will be grouped together in courses that suit their individual learning needs. The College will offer four levels of courses in the Core Four subjects: English, Maths, Science and Humanities. The Core Four subjects will be allocated in priority order over all other subject choices.
This comprehensive course selection guide outlines all pathways and units from Year 8 through to Year 12. Students should carefully read about any units of interest.
The 2022 Course Selection Information will be launched online on the DSC website from Tuesday 10th August.
Available information includes:
1. General overview of the Course Selection process
2. Recorded screencasts of:
3. VET course information flyers
4. Links to other relevant information
It is important that both students and parents consider the advice gained through reading the Course Selection Guides, but also ask teachers about the units of study they teach and talk to students already doing those units about their experiences and the nature of the learning activities before selecting their subjects.
The course selection process should be a partnership between parents, students and staff. It is vital that all parents talk with their child about their future aspirations and use this Guide to become familiar with the pathways and units available. Please do not hesitate to seek clarification on any aspect of the course structures. I urge all parents to take a keen interest in your child's course.
I wish students well as you plan for the next exciting phase in your secondary schooling.
Mrs Liz Godwin
Drouin Secondary College