Curriculum

OVERVIEW

In the context of a Christian foundation, students are taught:

  • God is Lord of all.
  • To recognise Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • To live in obedience to Christ in their relationship with Him and other people.
  • God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom.
  • All areas of life should be under Christ. Christian service can be found in all legitimate occupations and callings

 

Horizon Christian School is registered as a school providing education to students from Reception to Year 12. The Non Government Schools Registration Board is a Government body dedicated to ensuring that students within Non-Government schools continue to receive high quality education. Horizon Christian School is held in high regard by members of this board for the high standard of education we provide to our students.

Horizon Christian School is divided into three sections:

  • Junior School (Reception to Year 6)
  • Middle School (Years 7-9)
  • Senior School (Years 10-12).

Each section has its own special emphasis on the sorts of relationships, class organization and teaching methods which are best suited to achieving successful learning for each student.

EARLY YEARS SCHOOLING
  • Important formative years
  • Basis of spiritual, physical and academic schooling for life
  • Transition from Kindergarten to formal school setting where they can stay until year 12
  • Positive experience for both family and student
  • Small classes to ensure relationships are built with individual children

Horizon Provides:

  • Family/ caring environment... older students look after the younger students

  • Children focus... Biblical teachings that the children can build their lives on

Junior Primary Friendly environment:

  • Undercover playground located outside the Junior Primary classrooms

  • Junior Primary classes enjoy an extra 'mini' recess to cater for the length of the morning learning time

  • Supervised lunch eating time

  • Junior Primary toilets adjoining the Reception and year 1 classrooms

Reception Students will:

  • Enjoy art and music lessons provided by specialist teachers

  • Have access to the computer lab

  • Receive classroom support

  • Receive support form the Special Education teacher

  • Participate in individual transition for students with Special Needs

  • Have access to LAP (Learning Assistant Programme)

  • Have access to specialist services such as Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Behavioural Optometrist

Parent Communication:

  • Daily communication diaries for sharing between parents and teachers

  • Reception class newsletter weekly

  • School newsletter weekly

  • Communication books of work samples twice a term

  • Initial interview after first term at school (by request third term)

  • Written reports twice yearly

Special Events:

  • Book week celebrations

  • Swimming lessons and carnival

  • Sports day

  • Visits to Mill Court

  • Excursions each term

  • Assemblies

  • Classroom activities with older children

  • Commonwealth and Olympic Games days

  • Community visitors

  • Visits to and from the Kindy

JUNIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Our Primary section has a very strong emphasis upon Literacy and Numeracy. Students in these years are welcomed to school and are encouraged to support the caring and productive classroom environments that are characteristic of our school.

Primary students spend the majority of their time with their classroom teacher. Here they learn from the following curriculum areas:

  • Faith studies

  • Literacy and English

  • Numeracy and Specialist Mathematics

  • Science & Technology

  • Studies of Society and the Environment

  • Information Technology & Processing

Students in the Primary years also receive instruction from specialist teachers in:

  • Art/Design

  • Music (Instrumental music from year 4)

  • German

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

In our Middle School students benefit from a challenging curriculum, delivered by a team of specialist teachers. Our emphasis in this section is upon maintaining strong quality relationships between teachers and students during these early teenage years.

Horizon Christian School provides a broad curriculum for its students including the following:

  • Biblical studies

  • Literacy and English

  • Numeracy and Specialist Mathematics

  • Visual and Performing Arts (including Art, Design, Drama & Music)

  • Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Agricultural Science)

  • Studies of Society and the Environment (History and Geography)

  • Information Technology & Word Processing

  • Home Economics (including food and nutrition, Textiles and sewing)

  • Technology studies (woodwork)

  • Languages other than English: LOTE (German)

  • Physical Education

  • Health

SENIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The Senior School at Horizon has an emphasis upon preparing students for further tertiary study, vocational study placements and the world of work.

Year 10

In Year 10, all students study core topics in:

  • Biblical Studies

  • Australian Studies

  • English

  • Geography

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Science

Students may elect to study from the following subjects at Year 10:

  • Art

  • Drama

  • German

  • Home Economics

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Woodwork Technology

Year 11

In Year 11, all students study core topics in:

  • Biblical Studies

  • Australian Studies

  • English

  • Mathematics (Studies or Applications)

Students may elect to study the following subjects at Year 11:

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Child Studies

  • Design

  • Geography

  • History (Modern)

  • Home Economics (Clothing & Textiles)

  • Home Economics (Food & Nutrition)

  • Information Technology

  • Information Processing & Publishing

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Specialist Mathematics

  • VET Programs

  • Woodwork Technology

Year 12

The Year 12 program offers more flexibility and the opportunity to specialise, as students are able to choose from the following subjects:

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Design

  • English Communications

  • English Studies

  • Geography

  • History (Modern)

  • Home Economics (Clothing & Textiles)

  • Home Economics (Food & Nutrition)

  • Information Technology

  • Information Processing & Publishing

  • Mathematical Applications

  • Mathematical Studies

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Specialist Mathematics

  • VET Programs

  • Vocational Studies

  • Woodwork Technology

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Horizon Christian Schools Vocational Education and Training Program enables students to gain nationally recognised training in a range of industries.

Students at Horizon have the opportunity to complete the Certificate I in Information Technology and participate in School Based New Apprenticeships.

Certificate I in Information Technology
The Certificate I in Information Technology is a certificate that recognises a student's basic ability to use computers and common software. To complete the certificate, students must demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • Operating a Personal Computer

  • Word Processing

  • Spreadsheets

  • Presentation Software

  • Databases

  • Internet & E-Mail

As students study Information Technology in the Middle School (Years 7-9), they will work towards competence in Operating a Personal Computer, Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentation Software.

In the Senior School, students will complete the certificate as part of Year 10 Information Technology. At the completion of Year 10, most students will have:

  • Completed the Certificate I in IT

  • Gained between 1 and 2 units of Credit towards the SACE

School-based New Aprenticeships (SBNA)

School-based New Apprenticeships allow students to study for their SACE whilst simultaneously completing a nationally recognised Vocational Training qualification as paid employees

A School-based New Apprentice must enter a contract of training between an employer, a training organisation and themselves. To complete the SBNA, students need to work an average of 15 hours per week for two years, plus some holiday time.

Students completing a SBNA may be released from school on a regular basis to attend work and training sessions. This time will be accredited towards the student's SACE.

SBNA's can be completed in almost any industry. Examples include:

  • Agriculture

  • Rural Operations

  • Information Technology

  • Hospitality

  • Retail

  • Mechanics

  • Viticulture

  • Carpentry

  • Business Services

  • Engineering

  • Tourism

  • Any other Industry

 

Further information on SBNA can be sought by contacting Horizon's VET Coordinator.