Blackburn High School offers a personalised curriculum designed around the needs of all students. We aim not only to differentiate what we teach, but also how we teach, recognising that students have different preferred learning styles. Each year, every student in Years 7–10 chooses from a range of goals targeted to improve their learning. They work on these with their parents’ help.
Within the classroom, it is considered normal for there to be a two-and-a-half year range in ability, and teachers cater for this in curriculum delivery and assessment. Beyond this range teachers cater for individual differences, with a variety of learning activities designed to challenge the gifted and encourage those who need support. Outside the classroom, students can choose from the extensive range of co-curricular activities that will enable them to enrich their personal learning.
In the early years, our main focus is on students making the successful transition to secondary school.The core element in the curriculum for Years 7–9 reflects our belief that all students need to learn from each of the Learning Areas. The only exceptions are students learning English as an Alternative Language, who receive extra tuition in English rather than in a Language Other Than English.
In Year 8 and Year 9, we are concerned with ensuring that our students acquire the work habits that lead to deep learning and engagement.
New programs are introduced at Year 9 to meet the challenge of maximising student engagement. After Year 9, students choose programs to suit the courses and pathways they hope to follow, but school rules mean they make subject choices that will keep their options open for as long as possible.
In Year 10 and VCE, the focus shifts to acquiring the outcomes that will lead to a successful transition to the next stage of education.
We encourage our able students to start VCE in Year 10 and to undertake a VCE Unit 3&4 sequence while in Year 11. We try not to schedule VCE classes on Wednesday afternoons so that students wanting to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs with other providers outside of school can do so.
Curriculum for Years 7–10
In Years 7–9, students study a core curriculum with subjects chosen from each of the eight Learning Areas (LAs). Students also choose between the study of French, German or English as a Second Language. In Year 9 they undertake electives in Arts, Technology and Sport subjects.
In Year 10, students continue their core study areas and choose further electives. Selected students are also able to study a VCE subject, based on the selection criteria and availability.
Blackburn High School has a national reputation for its outstanding Instrumental and Performance Music Program. All students have the opportunity to participate in this program.
Curriculum for VCE
Blackburn High School offers a range of VCE subjects. Students selecting VCE subjects receive assistance to ensure that subject choices leave as many options as possible open in terms of tertiary and further education.
Our school offers VCE subjects leading to careers in the Science, Engineering and Medical fields, in Business, Humanities, Health and Physical Education and in the Visual and Performing Arts. Blackburn High School has an exceptional reputation for its Music program and all VCE Music subjects are taught.
For students who wish to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject, arrangements can be made with other associated institutions