Radford College celebrates and caters for the unique needs and qualities of adolescents. Years 7 to 10 are important years, as students commence their path to discover who they are in their capabilities, interests and values.
Years 7-10 Handbook (Radford Online login required for access)
In secondary school, students are introduced to a range of new subjects to inspire and challenge them. All students are offered a set of core subjects which are fundamental to a person's education. In Years 7 and 8, students are exposed to a wide range of elective subjects in order to get a "taste" of everything to see what they enjoy best. In later years, they choose their preferred elective subjects so they can spend more time on the subjects in which they excel.
Our greatest aspiration is to help students to embrace their intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual development. We encourage the pursuit of excellence in all areas by providing a learning community that lives up to its values and which provides each student with a range of quality experiences.
Years 7 and 8
Years 7 and 8 are the bridge between primary school and secondary school. We aim to celebrate and cater for the unique needs and qualities of young adolescents and provide multiple opportunities for every student to experience success.
Years 7 and 8 provide a broad range of teaching and learning activities that build upon the transdisciplinary approach of our Junior School and prepare students for the subject-based approach of later secondary schooling. The program is differentiated, where appropriate, to cater to the needs of each individual student.
To assist the transition into Year 7, our students have a pastoral tutor who teaches them for two subjects, and in Year 8 their pastoral tutor teaches them for one subject. They are also exposed to the wealth of talent from experienced specialist teachers.
In Year 7 and 8 students study English, Mathematics, Science, History/Geography, Health and Physical Education, Religious and Values Education (through Chapel in Year 7) and languages - from Chinese, French and Japanese - as the core subjects. In addition, they participate in rotations over the two years covering Drama, Music, Food Technology, Woodwork, Visual Arts, Design and Technology (Year 7) Graphics and Design (Year 8) and Textiles. Year 7 students will also undertake the transdisciplinary Future Connections unit.
Students will be invited to participate in the College's co-curricular and service learning activities offered in Years 7 and 8, and a wide range of enrichment activities.
Years 9 and 10
In Years 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to gain a depth of knowledge and understanding in subjects of their choice, as well as continuing to study the core program which comprises English, Mathematics, Science, Physical and Health Education, Religious and Values Education, Chapel and one Humanities subject each semester from Geography and History.
In the elective program they choose from three of the following: Chinese, Drama, Food Technology, French, Graphics and Design, Information Technology, Japanese, Media Arts, Music, Textiles, The Commercial World, Visual Art and Woodwork.
In Year 10 the Core Program includes English, Mathematics, Science, Physical and Health Education, Religious and Values Education, Careers Education, Chapel, and one Humanities subject each semester from Geography and History.
Students in Year 10 also choose two subjects from the Elective Program: Drama, Food Technology, French, Graphics and Design, Information Technology, Japanese, Media Studies, Music, Textiles, The Commercial World, Visual Art and Woodwork.
Unit Outlines for currently enrolled students may be viewed through Radford Online, using your family login.