Year 9 students have their own Discovery Centre at Brighton Secondary College. This modern, purpose-built facility is “home” for mainstream year 9 students. Principal Richard Minack says the roaming-teacher approach in the common learning areas is unique. There is no typical back or front of these classrooms, which keeps students engaged and allows teachers to focus on individuals. Students use the school’s new da Vinci science, arts and technology centre to extend their learning.
They are also are offered experiences that relate their education to the real world, including language immersion tours to France and Japan. High-ability students may also be invited into the accelerated Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) elective at Year 9 (further details below).
Students attend adventure camps that challenge them personally and socially, offering team building and leadership opportunities. They can undertake community placements such as mentoring primary school students and helping the elderly and local charities.
Students are encouraged and guided towards becoming managers of their own learning. Inparticular the five attributes of effective learners, that is, resilience, resourcefulness, responsibility, reasoning and reflectivity are actively developed within students.
“Our Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) students accelerate past year 9 straight into year 10, ready for a three-year VCE option. Socially it is important that they still maintain connections with their cohort and consequently they participate in a number of year 9 activities.”
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Elective (STEM) by invitation only
This year-long elective is designed to deeply engage and extend students with high ability and keen interest in exploring areas of Maths, Science and Design.
Students will investigate topics including: Dark Matter & Energy Astronomy; Applied Aerodynamics; Weather & Climate Change; Robotics & Programming Logic; and Surviving a Natural/Unnatural Disaster. Students will have the unique opportunity to combine mathematical principles with scientific design.
Cutting-edge Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians will visit the classroom to work alongside students to design their own research projects through the Scientists in Schools initiative. Excursions will visit Industrial and University sites of interest.
Students who demonstrate very high levels of achievement in both Science and Mathematics in Year 8 may be offered a place in this subject.