Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus

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Learning across the curriculum

Cross curriculum content enriches and supports the learning areas and adds depth to student learning.

In NSW students study a range of learning across the curriculum content.

Cross curriculum priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures 
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia 
  • sustainability

General capabilities

  • critical and creative thinking 
  • ethical understanding 
  • information and communication technology capability 
  • intercultural understanding 
  • literacy 
  • numeracy 
  • personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

  • civics and citizenship
  • difference and diversity
  • work and enterprise.

© NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012

Selection of Electives for Year 9 

At Berkeley Vale Campus, students will enter their second phase of secondary education in Years 9 and 10. These are the Stage 5 years and, subject to all requirements, students will be awarded a Record of Student Achievement (RoSA) at the end of Year 10. Details of the requirements for the RoSA will be explained to parents/caregivers at an information night to be held next year. 

Students will study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and Personal Development Health Physical Education (PDHPE). As well, students will then have the opportunity to study THREE (3) elective subjects. Details of the subjects being offered as electives at this school are set out in our Year 9 Elective Booklet. 

This initial choice offers a broad range of courses from which to choose. Those courses, which fail to attract sufficient interest, may not run and students will then be asked to reselect subjects. The courses will also be subject to staffing availability, therefore, it is essential that students find more than just their 3 favoured courses as unfortunately some subjects may not be able to run.  

It is hoped that students will seek advice from Head Teachers and teachers when selecting subjects. 

Educationally, attendance is essential at this stage with regards to preparation for senior studies at The Entrance Campus. Attendance must be above 90%. Missing lessons, or parts of lessons, can significantly impact upon the continuation of learning. This is best highlighted in the following examples. If a student misses one hour of schooling per week from kindergarten to the end of Year 10, they will miss 1½ terms of school. Missing half an hour per day equates to missing almost 1 year of school. Finally, missing one day per week means that students will miss 2 years and 1 term of education. These three examples highlight the importance of being at school and in class on time. 

Homework is also an important aspect of school. While there is much debate about whether homework should be provided by the school or not, at Berkeley Vale Campus homework is given to support student learning as well as achievement during assessment tasks. It is essential that homework is completed when set. More importantly though is a student’s ability to read fluently and comprehend information. For this to occur, students should read every night for at least 20 minutes. This will allow all students to access the work provided within the classroom. 

Subject selection will occur through EDVAL. Please follow instructions in the booklet below and for opening and closing dates.