In Year 7, students study the full-year core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and the Pastoral Care programme. Year 7 students also complete a semester (two terms) each of Food Technology and Information Technology. Students will also have the opportunity of studying a foreign language. They may either study French or Japanese. Some students may have been recommended for Study Support because they need support in literacy skills or are having difficulties in reading and writing.
In addition to the core subjects BMG offers a Creative and Performing Arts programme that enables students to have a wide range of experiences during Year 7 and 8. In 2010 this program will include Music, Drama, Choir, and The Arts.
In Year 8, students continue to study the same subjects as in Year 9: i.e. the full-year core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and the Pastoral Care programme, a semester (two terms) each of Food & Technology and Information Technology, and they will continue to have the opportunity to study a foreign language (either French or Japanese). Other students will continue their work in Study Support in lieu of a foreign language.
In addition to the core subjects we continue to offer an Arts Program that enables students to experience a range of performing and visual arts during Year 7 and 8. In 2010 this program will continue to include Music, Drama, Choir and The Arts.
The Year 9 Core Curriculum at Bacchus Marsh Grammar focuses on the development of skills and knowledge in the core areas of:
As well as core skills, it is vital that Year 9 students start to experience the breadth of subjects that are available to study in future years. To this end, students will have the opportunity to select some Elective Subjects for the first time. It is also the first time they will come up against the restrictions of timetabling, in that not all students will be able to study all the electives they wish to.
In Year 9, students select 2 electives per semester, a total of four for the year. However: if students wish to continue studying French or Japanese (which is highly desirable), then they must be studied for the full year, which counts for two of the four time slots available for electives.
The Year 10 curriculum at Bacchus Marsh Grammar specifically offers a very wide selection of subjects, which allows students the opportunity to experience a range of subjects before making their VCE choices.
Bacchus Marsh Grammar also provides an opportunity for appropriate Year 10 students to accelerate their learning program by commencing their VCE program in Year 10 and doing a Unit 1&2 study.Year 10 students study twelve semester-length subjects and may choose almost all of the subjects that are available, as long as they meet certain guidelines that ensure a balanced load that prepares them for future options.
At Year 11 students complete six subjects (twelve units). Each subject includes five periods per week. This means students are in class for all thirty periods per week and that students will not have study periods. Students may choose from the subjects listed below. Please note that some subjects may not run due to insufficient student numbers, time-tabling issues and/or staff resources. VET students must complete five subjects. Their VET course will be completed in lieu of a sixth subject and VET students will have some study periods depending on the 2010 timetable.
Students at Year 12 must complete five subjects (ten units). It is generally assumed that at the end of their Year 11 studies, students will drop their weakest subject and retain the five subjects studied at Year 11 that they were academically strongest in. Each subject has five periods per week. This means that students will have five periods per week where they are engaged in study.
There are twenty-nine subjects that students may choose from at BMG at a Units 3 and 4 level. It is recommended that students carefully consider their choice of subjects, making sure that they have the necessary pre-requisite Units 1 and 2 subjects before taking on any subjects at a Units 3 and 4 level. Individual subject teachers are in the best position to advise students on this matter.