Breadth Years - Year 7 & 8

Year 7

As there is so much to adjust to in secondary school, Year 7s have a supportive program in the first two weeks of the Term. The emphasis throughout the early weeks will be on meeting new girls and building an inclusive culture amongst the Year level. Students in Year 7 will, for Term 1, begin their school day at 8.45am to assist in the smooth transition to secondary school.

The Induction Program will incorporate timetabled classes along with familiarisation sessions in the library, ICT sessions and fun activities to support social connections. During Pastoral Care time, all year 7s participate in a year level specific program that focuses on:

  • Transition to secondary school
  • Restorative practices
  • Digital citizenship
  • Puberty
  • Looking back - moving forward

Helpful Resources:
For more information regarding Year 7 at Clonard College please refer to the following document:
Junior School Handbook 2019   Junior School Handbook 2019       (3726 KB)

The Catholic Education Office also supplies an online handbook for parents via this link.

Year 7 Locker Training Video: 
Locker Training Video   Locker Training Video       (5442 KB)

Year 8

In Year 8 the curriculum focuses on strengthening and developing the skills and knowledge in the subject areas from Year 7. There is a small elective program for students in Year 8 to enable them to work with students in other classes and to give them some agency.  

Please be aware that the choices are within subject areas rather than students electing into and out of subjects. 

Year 7

Year 8

Religious Education

Religious Education

Wellbeing

Wellbeing

English - Advanced classes available by invitation

English – students select their genre study for Semester 2.  Advanced classes available by invitation

Mathematics – Advanced classes available by invitation

Mathematics – Advanced classes available by invitation

Science

Science - Advanced classes available by invitation

Humanities (History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Citizenship)

Humanities (History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Citizenship) – students exercise individual choices in some depth studies.

Health/PE

Health/PE

LOTE – French or Indonesian

LOTE – French or Indonesian

Performing Arts (Music and Drama) (1 Semester)

Performing Arts (Drama and Music) (1 Semester)

Visual Arts (1 Semester)

Visual Arts (1 Semester)  Students select a pair of Visual Arts foci for the semester.

DigiSTEM  (1 Semester)

DigiSTEM (1 Semester)

Food Studies (1 Semester)

Food Studies (1 Semester)


Homework in the Breadth Years

In the Breadth Years, we believe that establishing healthy homework patterns is important but it should be in balance with a student’s home-life, social life and sporting life.  Students should have a study schedule that works for them and their schedule and family priorities.  

We also believe that ‘busy work’ or homework for the sake of it, lacks authenticity and value.  Therefore, the only homework permitted in the Breadth Years is revision, recitation or rote.  Students should only require their laptops if they are undertaking an online program that is part of this kind of learning for a subject area, eg: HotMaths, Literacy Planet, Language Perfect.  

Year 7

Year 8

20 minutes of Mathematics per night

(100 mins per week)

20 minutes Mathematics per night

(100 mins/week)

20 minutes of Reading per night

(100 mins per week)

20 minutes of Reading per night

(100 mins per week)

20 minutes of homework for each subject per week (180 minutes per week)

30 minutes of homework for each subject per week (270 minutes per week)

Total: Approx. 6.5 hours per week.

Total: Less than 8 hours per week

Students are free to do more work and ask for extension if they choose.