Dozens of subjects on offer for GSSC Year 9 students

By Madi Chwasta

When you look at the sheer variety of subject choices for Year 9 students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College, you may think it was a for a university degree list.

The school is offering a whopping 80 subjects for the near 400 students at the Mooroopna Campus, across English, maths, humanities, technology, art and languages.

GSSC teaching and learning associate principal Megan Michalaidis said the diversity was beyond what had been offered previously at any of the four, now merged, high schools, and students were so far thrilled.

“Now that the electives are under way, I’m impressed by how students are enjoying the variety of subjects,” she said.

Mrs Michalaidis said the teachers came up with the subject concepts themselves, which reflected their individual passions.

“The teachers all put them forward – there was a subject submission sheet, and teachers had to answer lots of criteria,” she said.

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Some of the criteria includes adherence to the Victorian curriculum, evidence of strong community and industry links, and potential pathways into VCE or VCAL subjects.

Many of the subjects involve interaction with community organisations, and one subject, Cafe Culture, includes two modules from a Certificate II of Hospitality TAFE course.

In addition to the volume of electives, which Mrs Michalaidis said would be offered across both semesters, students are also required to complete core subjects in English, maths, science and humanities.

Mrs Michalaidis said finding new and innovative ways to inspire Year 9s was particularly important, as 14-year-old students can often disengage from the traditional classroom routine.

“Kids have been so engaged,” she said.