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A varied and purposeful curriculum
caters for academic and vocational learning

The Denmark Senior High School curriculum, in its delivery and content, aims high at academic excellence and whole-person development.

Providing –

  • Proficiency in research, consolidation, problem solving and critical thinking
  • Confidence in team work, participation and self- management
  • Sound skills base for post compulsory and life long learning
  • Informative and inspiring insights into real world opportunity

Over 80% of DSHS students (Year Seven and Nine) attained above National Minimum Standard for numeracy & literacy in 2016

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Through a colourful and diverse range of topics and activities, subject leaders seek to inspire and engage student interest and application.

Educational pathways are progressively tailored towards the individual needs and aims of the student. As students progress through the school, elective choices make up a larger and larger part of their program of study.

Key strengths and interests are explored in Year Eight and Nine. In Year Ten, core subjects are streamed according to results obtained, and students are able to choose from a wide range of electives. At this stage of maturity, students are ready to focus their ambitions, with direction and purpose, towards either University or more vocational preparation.

At every stage of the pathway the curriculum choices offer a balance between practical/applied and theoretical learning. All students benefit from a well rounded education and a whole person approach to learning. However, some students in particular respond better to a more applied approach. These students are well catered for through Technology and Enterprise, Music, Arts and Sports electives and programs.

The streaming systems for Maths, Science and English, in Year Ten, offer students steady or rapid advancement, according to ability. The system also offers a chance for students to receive an applied verses academic learning focus, where appropriate.

Career Education is compulsory in Year Nine and Ten. Focus on real world realities and opportunities, together with sound pathway counselling, sets students on track for success for Years Eleven and Twelve.

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School library

Home Study and Study Guidelines

A strong sense of personal responsibility is nurtured at Denmark Senior High School. Personal responsibility is critical to successful learning and home study is a vital part of the learning process. Parents are in partnership with the students and the teachers and are encouraged to assist where possible and support home study.

The School’s Responsibility

 

  • Set home study which is meaningful and reflects the needs of each learning area.
  • Advise students clearly and accurately of the home study and study guidelines.
  • Set clear and reasonable last dates for submission.
  • Encourage a planned approach to major projects.
  • Return marked home study promptly.
  • Provide feedback to students and parents.
  • Contact parents about consistently late, lost or substandard work.

The Student’s Responsibility

  • Take responsibility for learning.
  • Complete all set home study.
  • Record due dates in a home study diary.
  • Ask for help when difficulties with home study arise, well before the due date.
  • Find out what is missed when absent.
  • Prepare a home study and study timetable which includes allocating time after school to organise files and equipment for the following school day.

How Parents Can Help

  • Be aware of our home study and study guidelines.
  • Provide a home study area for student.
  • Assist students to balance sport, social commitments, study, part-time work and relaxation.
  • Encourage the preparation of a home study and study timetable.
  • Show interest by asking about home study and study.
  • Encourage the proper use of a home study diary.
  • Actively encourage the completion of all home study by due date.
  • Arrange to see teachers if there is an ongoing problem. Contact us on 9848 0100 and ask to speak to the teacher if you have questions or concerns.
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English

Student working in class

Years 7, 8 & 9

Students are provided with opportunities to learn how to speak, listen, read, view and write with purpose, understanding, effectiveness and critical awareness in a wide range of contexts. They develop knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to content, purpose, audience and context as well as their grasp of the conventions of English. Students are exposed to a range of written and visual texts and are encouraged to relate these to aspects of contemporary society as well as to personal experience.

Throughout the course students develop their ability to discuss and analyse texts and language critically and with appreciation. As students progress, the range of text types expands from the familiar to the unfamiliar, and from the simple to the complex.

Year 10

In Year Ten English students continue to learn about the English language and how to use it effectively, thus preparing them for the Upper School Courses of Study.

Maths

Year 7 & 8

In Mathematics students develop and communicate mathematical ideas and information from a range of sources and describe patterns and relationships to understand Number, Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Through a diversity of problem-solving experiences and mathematical investigations each student’s confidence towards developing into an independent, self-motivated, numerate learner is enhanced.

Students using macbooks in class
Student working on macbook in class

Year 9

Pathway 1 & 2

Students will continue to explore the content areas of Number and Algebra; Measurement and Geometry; and Statistics and Probability that are described in the Australian Mathematics Curriculum.

Students will be placed in a Year Nine Maths class based on their ability and their achievement demonstrated in Year Eight. Pathway 1 and 2 will essentially cover the same content with Pathway 1 providing extra challenge and acceleration for mathematically able students.

Pathway 3

Students in Pathway 3 will be provided a curriculum with appropriate support tasks and pacing of content to continue the development of their mathematical skills and understandings.

Year 10

Pathway 1

A course designed to prepare students for ATAR Courses of Study leading to Tertiary entrance through WACE examinations of Mathematics Applications, Methods or Specialist. Students use mathematical thinking processes and skills in interpreting and dealing with high level mathematical situations.

Pathway 2

A course designed to prepare students for the study of some Mathematics in Senior School. It will provide adequate background to attempt Tertiary Entrance through WACE examinations of the Mathematics Applications Course. It also gives a strong grounding necessary to succeed in TAFE and Trades.

 

Pathway 3

A course designed for students who intend to study Mathematics Essentials in Year Eleven, undertake TAFE courses or entry into the work force. The course is designed to improve students’ ability in applying mathematics in context to help students become more aware of and confident about, mathematics in everyday situations.

Science

Year 7

Year Seven science begins with a transitional program to introduce students to the science laboratory and focuses on safety in the laboratory and scientific investigation skills. We then move across the four strands of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. The year seven curriculum has a strong attachment to real life and students study topics that include forces, cycles in the solar system, sustainability and classification.

Year 8

Year Eight involves the same four strands of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. However, depth of scientific understanding becomes more complex. The students study topics that include types of energy, cell biology, the rock cycle and the periodic table.

Year 9

Year Nine involves the same four strands of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. And is a pivotal year to provide a foundation for Year Ten studies. The students study topics that include plate tectonics, body systems, chemical reactions and electromagnetic radiation. Achievement in Year Nine is closely monitored as it will determine the most appropriate pathway for Year Ten studies.

Science equipment
Science experiments
Science equipment

Year 10

Science in Year Ten prepares students for WACE or VET studies in Senior School. Year Ten involves the same four strands of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. Students will be counseled towards one of the following pathways based on Year Nine achievement and outcomes.

Pathway 1 & 2

Students cover topics that will give them a solid grounding for entry into Senior School WACE subjects Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Biology and Psychology. Topics covered include genetics and evolution, stoichiometry, motion and the big bang theory.

Pathway 3

Students cover the same topics as pathway one and two, however, there is more of a practical focus with greater amounts of experimentation. Students will have a good grounding to undertake general Integrated Science, VET of TAFE studies after completion of the years work.

STEM

 

Year 7

 

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The implementation of STEM as a cross curricular endeavour has been a major focus of the Education Department as part of its Students First strategy. The aims of STEM education are to meet the needs of all learners as they enter a workplace that is increasingly reliant on technology across a variety of contexts.

Students complete a range of project work including video game design, stop motion animation and robotics.

Year 8

 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The implementation of STEM as a cross curricular endeavour has been a major focus of the Education Department as part of its Students First strategy. The aims of STEM education are to meet the needs of all learners as they enter a workplace that is increasingly reliant on technology across a variety of contexts.

Students complete a range of project work including coding, electronics and product design.

Humanities and Social Science (HaSS)

Year 7

Humanities is the study of people and where they live. Whilst our focus covers the four main areas of History, Geography, Economics and Civics; another key aim is to be equipping students to retrieve information and apply their knowledge in a meaningful way in the 21st century. The Geography strand covers two main areas: Water in the world – which investigates water as a resource and ways of overcoming the issues of water scarcity. Place and Liveability explores factors that influence where people live, and also strategies that enhance the liveability of places for young people. The History component explores the Ancient World and gives students the chance to understand how historians and archaeologists investigate the past and then discover an ancient society in depth for themselves.

Year 8

Humanities is the study of people and their interactions with each other and the environment. In Year Eight our focus is guided by the West Australian curriculum to incorporate the strands of Geography, History, Civics and Economics.

Year Eight Geography explores the different types of landscapes we have in Australia and the connection to country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We also explore the dangerous world of geomorphic hazards and consider how we can prevent, mitigate and prepare for such events.

Our major historical focus of study is the Medieval world (including a depth study of the black death). This allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the lives of people in the Middle Ages society and feast, debate and celebrate surviving the Plague! In Civics and Citizenship students explore civil and criminal law through infamous case studies and conduct a mock trial to demonstrate their understanding of the legal process.

Year 9

The aim of the HASS course is to develop in students a sense of wonder, curiosity, knowledge and interest about the world we live in. Students will have their confidence and creativity built across a range of skills, and will be able to use these skills to extend their knowledge, make sense of new situations and to solve problems.

The Year Nine course is structured on the Western Australian Curriculum, and covers units on History, Geography, Economics and Civics. Students are also provided with rich learning opportunities on excursions and with guest speakers. A particularly engaging learning activity students complete in this year is the investigation on a social issue of the student’s choice. This culminates with all students presenting their findings at a community Presentation Night. With the generous support of the Denmark RSL, students in Year Nine also reflect on “The Spirit of ANZAC” with one student being given the opportunity to visit the National War Memorial with a parent, paid for by the RSL.

Across the units, issues are studied at a range of scales, from the local to the global. In History, students investigate the Industrial Revolution and how the advances of the time were turned to destructive ends in World War 1. In Civics, they learn more about the legal system in our state and across Australia, including the role of the police, our courts, and their rights and responsibilities as young citizens. In Geography, we look at issues surrounding food security and geographies of interconnection. In Economics, students examine Australia’s role in the global economy.

Year 10

The aim of the HASS course is to develop in students a sense of wonder, curiosity, knowledge and interest about the world we live in. Students will have their confidence and creativity built across a range of skills, and will be able to use these skills to extend their knowledge, make sense of new situations and to solve problems.

The Year Ten course is structured on the Western Australian Curriculum, and covers units on History, Geography, Economics and Civics. Across the units, issues are studied at a range of scales, from the local to the global. In History, students investigate World War Two and the reshaping of the modern world post war. In Civics, they learn more about the structure of the Australian government, and our obligations to the international community. In Geography, we look at ways in which humans impact on the environment, and how we can act in a more sustainable manner. In Economics, students examine economic performance and how it is related to living standards.

Using activities, students will investigate the ways people interact with each other and with their environments in order to make informed decisions and implement social action.

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Students working with teacher in class

Health & Physical Education

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Health Education:

In this course students study concepts related to self-esteem, interpersonal skill development, sexuality, safety education, first aid and issues relating to smoking, nutrition and disease prevention. The concepts covered will adopt an awareness-raising approach, with an emphasis on harm minimisation.

Physical Education:

Students in Year Seven and Eight will study the movement skills and strategies to gain confidence in physical activity through a variety of sports, including European Hand Ball, Indoor Cricket, Softball, Netball and Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Hockey and Athletics. Physical Education promotes a healthy, active lifestyle and provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership and team work skills, with an emphasis on participation. Students must wear the Denmark High School sports uniform as outlined in the uniform policy.

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Visual Arts

Student artwork

Compulsory for Year 7 & 8

Students will be given the opportunities to use arts skills, techniques, technologies and processes to create, interpret, develop, explore and communicate arts ideas. Students will explore and develop their understanding and mastery of the elements of art, drawing and painting techniques, ceramics, print making and design. Students are expected to maintain a visual diary which portfolios their understanding and mastery of art skills, processes and history.

Drama

Compulsory for Year 7 & 8

A course based on improvisation, characterisation and dialogue to introduce Drama skills. Emphasis is on having fun whilst developing dramatic skills that may have applications to how students relate in real life.

Theatre Performance

Technology & Enterprise

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Compulsory for Year 7 & 8

Design and Technology
Information Technology
Textiles and Food Technology

Career Education

Year 9 and Year 10

The Career Education course focuses on post-compulsory schooling, study and career options. Students are provided with opportunities to set goals in life and study, construct job applications and resumes and develop sound interview techniques.

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