Years 7 and 8
In Year 7, all students participate in a program incorporating the disciplines of History (Ancient Civilisations) and Geography (Water in the World) and get the opportunity to study Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship.
In Year 8, students again participate in a similar program, but the Geography unit’s focus is on Landforms and Landscapes and the History unit focuses on Medieval History. As part of their Medieval History studies, students take part in a Medieval Fair that allows them to creatively learn about and experience the period of time. Students in Year 8 also study a Civics and Citizenship and an Economics and Business unit.
Years 9 and 10
In Year 9 and 10, students study a variety of units aimed at giving students a deeper understanding and appreciation of issues facing Australia and the world.
The units studied include:
Australian Curriculum History - Students cover the period of history from 1750-1918 in the Making a Nation unit, exploring three depth studies on The Frontier Wars, the Industrial Revolution and World War I. The period of 1918 - The Modern Day is also explored through two depth studies: World war II and Freedoms (1945 – the present).
Geography: Students study Geography through the study of Geographies of Interconnections, Global Issues and Geographies of Human Wellbeing. These units focus on how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways and the different concepts and measures of human wellbeing.
Legal Studies: Students gain a foundational understanding of laws and the Australian legal system. With a focus on social cohesion, individual rights, types of law and the relationship between parliament and the courts.
Financial Literacy and Economics and Business: Students gain a basic understanding of finance, economics and the global financial system. In particular, there is a focus on giving students a practical understanding of personal finance and Australia’s economic performance and standard of living.
Civics and Citizenship: Students examine the legal and political systems of Australia and learn about the ways political parties, interest groups, media and individuals influence government and decision-making processes. They also investigate the features and principles of Australia’s constitution, parliament and court system.
Australian Business Week (ABW)
As part of their Economics and Business studies, Year 9 and 10 Students participate in Australian Business Week. Students learn about teamwork, deadlines, stress, decision-making, creativity, communication and a range of business issues.
Melrose High School has run the popular one-week business simulation event for Year 10 students since 2002. The ABW program is designed to encourage independent and cooperative learning skills and to develop an enterprise mindset prior to entering the workforce or proceeding to further study. It exposes students to the issues of coping with stress and effective time management, both major issues that impact on students in high school and beyond.
During ABW, Year 10 students are divided into teams of 12-14. The teams/companies compete with each other in a simulated business environment and students perform a full range of tasks together over the five days:
- Manage a business through a computer simulation
- Learn from guest speakers from business and the community
- Develop a new product of their own invention
- Create a video and trade display to advertise their product
- Give an oral and written report of the week’s activities
- Interact with business people and teachers as facilitators/mentors
It is a fantastic program that has been embedded in the Year 10 program and has become part of the culture of the school.