Your child can expect to enjoy themselves while being offered every opportunity to improve in both the traditional elements of English, such as reading and writing, viewing, speaking and listening, as well as in the area of critical literacy – the ability to see how different texts can shape our identity, our values and our beliefs.

The English learning area acknowledges the special gifts and interests that all our students possess. Our students are offered interesting, innovative, analytical and creative work that reflects the college’s gifted and talented Arts programs. In addition, our students participate in a range of competitions and extracurricular programs including debating.  Students are encouraged to enter writing competitions such as the Tim Winton Short Story Competition, The Young Writers’ Competition and the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition.

Each lower school course has been designed to reflect the three elements of the national curriculum – literacy, language and literature.

In lower school courses are designed to prepare students for the progressive and challenging texts used in the Year 11 and 12 English and literature courses.  Text types studied include novels, short stories, poetry, narratives, letters, journals, print advertising, TV drama, news, current affairs and advertising.

English is also offered as part of our Academic Excellence Program.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences is a dynamic learning area that develops students understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. It aims to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values in order to understand and participate effectively in the rapidly changing local, national and global community. Students engage in a variety of learning activities that enable them to build individual and cooperative skills in research and communication.

The Year 7 to 10 Learning Area Curriculum meets the subject content requirements and the Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum, which has four interrelated parts:

  • Planning: Students plan ways to organise and gather information.
  • Conducting: Students conduct investigations by collecting and organising information while sources of information are located and evaluated.
  • Processing and Translating: Students process and translate information to make findings/judgments.
  • Applying and Communicating Findings: Students reflect on, apply and communicate findings to purpose/audience.

In Year 7 and 8 students study Geography and History in Year 9 History, Law and Politics, Economics and Business.  Over the course of Year 10 students complete one unit in Economics, Geography and Modern History. These units provide grounding for courses which are offered for study in Years 11 and 12.

Students intending to enrol in Geography or Modern History in Year 11 need to attain a minimum B Grade in Year 10 Humanities and social sciences and entry into 2A/B English.

Psychology is offered to students who achieve a B Grade in Year 10 Humanities and social sciences, Science and entry into 2A/B English.

Humanities and Social Sciences  is also offered in our Academic Excellence Program.

LOTE (Languages Other Than English) – Italian Studies

Learning Italian at John Curtin College of the Arts is compulsory in Years 7, 8 and 9 and optional in Years 10, 11 and 12.

When programming courses in Italian we do so with the special interests and aptitudes of our students in mind. We aim to infuse our study programs with music, film, art and drama. We also include features from sport (particularly soccer), food, fashion and history.

Italian studies has a long tradition at John Curtin College of the Arts due to its relevance to the Arts and the Fremantle community. Many Fremantle residents are of Italian origin and the influence of this culture is evident across the cafes, restaurants, fashion stores and festivals in the Fremantle area.

At the core of our programs are speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the target language. Students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of tasks such as research projects, posters, menus and role plays. Italian songs and films are also studied.