The Local Integrated Studies Program (Year 9 – Year 10) supports adolescents to find a meaningful place within the community as a leader. It is also designed to encourage students to build academic independence.
Students undertake local integrated studies with topics and projects based on regional issues and that reflect each student’s individual interests.
Students undertaken key lessons in the mornings – with core Australian National Curriculum subjects such as mathematics, english, science and history mapped out to key lessons over two years. Students then put what they have learnt into practical application in the practical work sessions in the afternoons.
Assessments vary in size, type and timing throughout the two-year program with the achievement standards for Years 9 and 10 mapped over two years to cross-curricula focusses for each term. By the end of Year 10, the adolescents will have been assessed on all of the Australian National Curriculum achievement standards.
In Year 9 and Year 10 students begin to assume leadership roles, by leading community meetings, instigating communicating projects and leading and mentoring younger peers. They assume the role of ”employer” in the micro-economy businesses and begin to specialise in roles that have a leadership and management focus.
Students also have the opportunity to design and lead Clubs and Teams activities and to begin to organise internal events. Currently, adolescents have the opportunity to join a Touch Football team, a Soccer team, a Sailing Club or a Debating Club for their weekly Clubs and Teams activities.
Students in the Year 9 – Year 10 couplet also adopt leadership roles on the 10-day Odyssey expedition where they lead students in the Year 7 – Year 8 couplet.