Harrison School

7-10 Electives

All 7-10 students are required to study core subject areas in each year. These include Maths, Science, English, Humanities ans Social Sciences (HaSS), Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Languages (for Year 7 and 8). Students are able to inidividualise their own learning program by selecting to study specific subject areas as electives based on their own interest. This includes subject areas such as the Languages (for 9 and 10), Arts, Technology and other specialised electives, such as Sports Science, Modern History Conflict or Outdoor Education.

Elective classes are structured as composite age groups such as 7/8 and 9/10 over a two year period cycle of odd and even years (i.e. 2019 and 2020). Students will not be able to repeat a unit during this two year period. More information on 7/8 electives can be found here and more information on 9/10 electives can be found here.

Students will select their choice of electives prior to the year commencing for both semester 1 and 2, (two electives per semester). Students will have the opportunity to change their selection at various times of the year within a given timeframe.

Two year elective cycle

Electives are offered over a two year period cycle. Subject areas for each semester will be offering various electives choices for each composite age group. The two year elective cycle has been divided into odd and/or even years for each composite age group, for instance 2019 is an odd year and 2020 will be an even year. This allows all students the opportunity to study their interested subject area each year. More information on 7/8 electives can be found here and more information on 9/10 electives can be found here.

Currently Enrolled Students

Students who are currently enrolled at Harrison School will select their elective choices through the use of web preferences online. Email will be sent to all students via their 'Schoolsnet' account, providing their log on and instructions on how to select electives. Students will be asked to list their preferences in order, as some classes have restricted class sizes and availability. Detailed information for each elective unit can be found on this website.

Students new to the School

During the enrollment process new students will have the opportunity to select their electives prior to starting at the school. More information on 7/8 electives can be found here and more information on 9/10 electives can be found here.

Special Programs

All specialised programs have an application process that is coordinated by the specialist teacher for that area. For more information on the programs and how to apply please contact the specialist teacher. (please see below). Sports Development Academy and Drama Production will run on an elective line and will replace one of the student's electives. Band will be running during the personal learning and will not replace an elective.

Band

In Band students have the opportunity to develop and extend their instrumental performance skills on their band instrument, as well as work on repertoire for the whole band. Students will have the opportunity to perform at Whole School events, ACT Band Festival, Band Extravaganza and at other schools and venues in and around Canberra. Students develop theoretical knowledge, listening and practical skills as they practice their instruments and play together as a band. The band program is open to students of all music levels and abilities and is for beginners through to students who have played instruments for years. This special program is by application only for more information please contact Sarah Wicken (sarah.wicken@ed.act.edu.au).

Sport Development Academy

The Harrison School Sport Development Academy’s purpose is to: identify aspiring student-athletes provide a platform for student-athletes to develop and fulfill their potential in both sport and academics, and facilitate connections with state and local sporting bodies and local service providers to enhance sporting opportunity, performance as well as academic achievement. The sports development academy will consist of four core components and run across six lessons, some of which will occur during school lunchtimes. This special program is by application only for more information please contact Hakan Cosan (hakan.cosan@ed.act.edu.au).

Drama Production

A specialised course providing students with a unique opportunity to create a production for performance. Discover how to interpret scripts and learn lines effectively. Create a fully developed character, rehearse and perform with a group of people to create a memorable production. Students participating in this unit will be expected to perform as part of the school production. This will include both evening and matinee (day) performances. Students will develop a performance as part of the group. They will be required to participate in rehearsals during class time and some lunch times. This special program is by application only for more information please contact Juliet Moody (juliet.moody@ed.act.edu.au).