Sale College offers a comprehensive curriculum in line with the Victorian F-10 as well as a range of extracurricular and innovative programs.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. It sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. From 2017 the Victorian Curriculum F–10 will support the planning for whole school teaching and learning.
You can find out more about the Victorian Curriculum F–10 by clicking here.
Sale College strives to be at the forefront of innovative practices that provide students with engaging alternatives beyond the classroom.
In addition to our core curriculum we currently offer programs that range from catering for gifted and talented students, providing community based hands on learning and state wide recognised literacy & numeracy support.
Sale College provides students with a range of extra curricular experiences that complement our normal learning programs.
Students have access to a range of Drama programs and are encouraged to participate in an array of annual performances. Our Instrumental Music program consists of a large number of bands and ensembles which have won gold and silver medals at the Melbourne Secondary Schools Band Awards as well as local Eisteddfods'.
All students study English from year 7 to year 12. We aim to foster the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English. Reading for pleasure and information is actively encouraged.
Year 7 enjoy an integrated curriculum STEPS. A small teacher team draws the strands of Humanities and English learning together in powerful ways.
Year 8 continues skill development under the same integrated structure. Reading, writing in different genres, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are developed through the study of literary and everyday texts.
Year 9 and 10 English involves consolidating skills and extension activities. Students explore everyday, literary, film and media texts. They practise using language for different purposes and audiences, some of which are drawn from the workplace in anticipation of the choices students will be making.
At year 11 and 12 as they move into senior years, students have the opportunity to choose from a range of options: English, English literature, VCAL literacy, to meet their individual needs.
The teaching of mathematics is an ever evolving process and Sale College endeavors to find a balance between skills, (tools of the trade), and applications. Mathematics provides the perfect vehicle for teaching students how to think.
Sale College continually strives to present Mathematics in a way that is stimulating, accessible, rigorous and effective in an effort to engender a love of learning at the same time as providing core skills.
As mathematics learning occurs along a continuum of skills and understandings that develop in complexity, the learning and teaching of mathematics at Sale College is well-planned to accommodate ability levels.
A variety of methodologies are utilised to improve attitudes towards mathematics, develop powers of logical thought and provide students with the means to explore and apply mathematics in their natural and man-made surroundings. Evolving technologies are readily adopted and incorporated, altering the emphasis on the learning and teaching of mathematics from time to time.
At Yr 7 and 8, mathematics is under the umbrella of the subject "Discovery", which includes scientific and numerical knowledge and applications.
At Yrs 9 & 10 students are grouped according to their predicted future pathway, enabling students to progress at a more suitable rate. MATHS IN ACTION, STANDARD and ADVANCED are the groupings currently adopted.
Yrs 11 & 12 mathematics is grouped according to the VCE subjects of Foundation Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics, Specialist Mathematics and VCAL mathematics is also currently available.
Sale College offers an extensive Arts program from Year 7 to VCE, incorporating both Visual and Performing Arts.
Students will undertake a semester of Arts based studies in both Year 7 and Year 8. Within each year level students will progressively develop their skills and ability in both Visual Art and Visual Communication practices. Study of the Arts focuses on exploring, creating and making artworks by manipulating the elements and principles of art and design.
Click on a link below to see web galleries of student art work.
All students complete a semester of Music at Year 7 and a semester of Drama in Year 8.
In Music, students learn about styles and history of music, basic notation and learn to play keyboard, ukele, guitar and drums.They do classroom music in year 7 for one semester and then can elect to do it in year
9 and year 10. Instrumental Music lessons
are also available in Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Keyboard. See the Music Page for details.
In Drama, students study movement, mime, sound and visual comedy. Students have the opportunity to participate in Junior and Senior productions which are collaborative, cross campus, multi-age theatre performances that provide students from Years 7 to 12 with the opportunity to work together to develop and perform large scale theatrical works.
At year 9, a range of electives are available in the Arts including Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Music, Instrumental Music and Drama Performance.
At year 10, students move to the Macalister Campus and, as in Year 9, a range of electives are available in the Arts including 2D Art and 2D/3D Studio Art, Photography, Media, Visual Communication and Design, Instrumental Music and Drama Performance. Details about these courses are available in the Years 10-12 Handbook
In Years 11 and 12, students can select from a range of subjects including:
Students at Sale College get an opportunity to investigate different aspects of Science (Life, Physical, Earth etc) through practical investigations, research and other activities.introduces the Science Laboratory and Scientific Method through topics such as Contact and Non-Contact Forces, and how to separate different types of mixtures. Astronomy, Ecosystems and the Classification System are also investigated.
At Sale College, students in Years 7 and 8 study a language and intercultural program that meets the Victorian Curriculum Languages and Intercultural Understanding Standards. This program, called "Engaging in Asia" involves students studying 8 units over 2 years. Students study an Introduction to Asia unit before moving on to explore various Asian countries and their languages in the other 7 units.
Beyond Year 8 students have the opportunity to pursue a language of their choice, a global studies elective, or Antipodeans Community Project Tour PL group.
under the Victorian Curriculum is made up of four disciplines: Civics &
Citizenship, Economics, History and Geography. At Years 7, 8 and 9 these
subjects are taught within the core curriculum under the title of Humanities.
At year 10, at the senior campus of Sale College the names change slightly. Civics & Citizenship is called Legal Studies to emphasise the pathway into VCE Legal Studies. Economics is called Business Studies to emphasise the transition into VCE Business Management. While History and Geography remain unchanged.
The Economics and Business curriculum explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future.
Students can study History at Sale College at all levels, from Year 7 through to VCE.
Year 7 students study the Ancient past, including Indigenous Australians, hunter gatherers to farmers, Ancient China and Ancient Greece. Students analyse how these ancient civilisations have helped to mould their current lives.
The Year 8 curriculum focus on the Middle Ages and early exploration,
specifically Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy and the Polynesian
In Year 9, students begin to look at the beginning of modern day Australia. The students start with the Industrial Revolution in Europe and how technology increased, bringing people to cities for work. This in turn led to increase in crime and overcrowding in prison. The students then move forward on the timeline to convicts moving from England to Australia. The students focus on white settlement and the repercussions for Indigenous people. The students also look at movement for the Gold Rush and then Australia’s involvement in World War 1.
The Geography curriculum presents a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change.
In Year 7, students study Water in the World. Students delve into ideas surrounding water and how it used around the world. Specifically students look at poverty, scarcity, pollution and spirituality of water.
The Year 8 curriculum focuses on Landforms and Landscapes. The students will work on mapping, researching and using technology to understand geomorphic processes, natural disasters and more.
In Year 9, the students refine their geography skills with Food Security and Biomes.
Planning a Business
Managing a Business
Transforming a Business
Twentieth Century History: 1918 to 1939
Twentieth Century History: 1945 to 2000
The French Revolution: 1774 to 1795
The Russian Revolution: 1896 to 1927
Criminal Law in Action
Issues in Civil Law
Resolution and Justice
Sale College offers a variety of Health and Physical Education classes from years 7-12.
In the junior years (7&8) Health and PE are core subjects covering topics such as athletics, minor games, smoking and puberty. At year 9 we understand the importance of participation and provide gender specific classes as on option to both males and females along with traditional Physical Education Classes and Outdoor Education.
At VCE levels student have the opportunity to choose from Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Health and Human Development.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports at Sale College. House Carnivals are conducted in swimming, athletics and cross country and these days are aimed at involving the maximum number of students.
A wide range of individual and team
sports are also catered for with students progressing from the East
Gippsland to Gippsland level and if successful then on to the Southern
Zone or State finals. In recent years students have made State finals
in swimming, athletics, cricket, soccer, basketball, tennis and
Students also have the opportunity to compete against other schools in a variety of individual and team sporting events.
In Design & Technologies students use the technology design process (Generate, Investigate, Produce, Manage, Evaluate & Technologies in Society) to create design solutions and products in food, materials, and electronic systems that meet specific needs. There is a major emphasis on workshop & kitchen safety, encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) based thinking and integrating the use of digital technologies and process based thinking.
In years 7 & 8 students gain experience in food technologies, basic robotics, wood, textiles, programmable electronics and plastics (3D design, 3D printing and Acrylics).
Progressing into years 9 & 10, students have the opportunity, through an electives system, to expand their design and creating skills in food technologies, metals engineering, woodwork, systems engineering and plastics design.
Our VCE offerings include Food & Technology, Product Design & Technology and Systems Engineering.
Sale College has a strong focus on using ICT to support and improve Teaching
Every student across the College has the opportunity to participate in a 1-1 Laptop rental program this allows students to continue their studies when they are off site.
All are supported by a robust network allowing storage of student work and high speed access to the Internet. A comprehensive range of software applications are available to support the college curriculum requirements.
Year 7 students have access to interactive whiteboards, many classes have roof mounted multimedia projectors, with portable projectors also available.
Resource centres also have available digital video and audio equipment.
All learning areas strongly integrate the use of ICT into classroom learning and activities with all students having individual email accounts.
All ICT elements are reviewed annually for compliance with the college's ICT roadmap as well as to accommodate new technological developments.