Middle Years Curriculum


Heathfield High School values and promotes Middle Schooling. Our Middle Years curriculum is designed to meet the changing needs of the adolescent. Through our Middle Years curriculum, students develop a sense of self, clarify their values and begin to see themselves as community citizens. Our students are encouraged to develop positive, meaningful relationships with both adults and peers, to think laterally and act confidently through our leading edge learning programs that allow our students access to cutting edge technologies and pedagogies.

Our Middle Years teachers know each student well. They are highly skilled, and are specialists in their own areas of learning. We provide additional support for students with special needs through intensive support programs, and by providing small classes with specialist teachers for students who require intervention in literacy and numeracy. At the same time, we provide a challenging and innovative curriculum for students with high intellectual potential. The school has established a dedicated Year 8 Learning Area to assist our students in their transition into high school. Year 8 classes are scheduled in this area wherever possible and appropriate. Year 8 students are supported by Senior School students through a Big Brother and Sister program that focuses on student well-being, transition, and leadership.

The overall learning and well-being of the Middle Years students is supported and monitored by the team of skilled subject teachers, ACE Group teachers, Learning Area Coordinators, the Middle Years Coordinator, the Middle Years Assistant Principal, and Student Counsellor.

Middle Years students are given a 'voice' within the school community through a Middle Years Forum, which works in collaboration with senior members of the SRC. Students' contribution to whole-school decision-making is both sought and valued. Strong social skills, study habits, organisational skills and collaborative team skills are developed through carefully planned academic and ACE programs. All of our Middle Years students are encouraged and supported to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award which starts towards the end of Year 8 and the beginning of Year 9.

Please consider carefully the learning opportunities available. Parents are welcome to contact the school for further information.

Middle Years Areas Of Study

The Australian Curriculum guidelines describe the curriculum for students in Year 8 and Year 9 in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Society and the Environment - Humanities and Social Sciences, Civics and Citizenship, Business and Economics, Geography and History

At Heathfield High School, our Year 8 and 9 Students engage in the above eight ‘Areas of Study’ through:

  • Advanced Technologies (Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology)
  • Global Learnings (English, Languages, Society and Environment, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Business and Enterprise)
  • Responsible Living (Health and Physical Education)
  • The Arts (Music, Drama, Visual Arts)

Middle Years students undertake studies in each of these areas. To ensure this requirement is met, students enrolling in Middle Year Courses at Heathfield High School select from one of a number of pre-determined courses.

Subject Information

Information about individual subjects is available by clicking on the name of the subject in the course outlines. For each subject, the information includes:

  • A description of the subject.
  • The area of study for the subject.
  • Information about the assessment methods for the subject.
  • The length of the subject in semesters.
  • Any preferred background that students should have prior to commencing a subject. It is important that you are aware of the preferred background for subjects to be studied in senior years, so that appropriate background subjects can be chosen in earlier years.
  • Any special costs associated with a subject. While most subject costs are covered by government grants and parent fees, some costs are not covered. These include some excursions, field trips, or extra-curricular activities, and any individual subject costs for materials or tuition of a special nature. Special subject costs are subject to variation due to price increases.
  • Any special conditions or other information specific to the subject.
  • Additional information is provided for Vocational Education & Training (VET) subjects.

Course Information

Click here for information on Year 8 courses

Click here for information on Year 9 courses

Levels Of Study

Each subject is offered at various year levels, which have increasing levels of expectations. Students at any year level may take subjects at various year levels of study, according to their educational backgrounds, interests, capabilities and plans for the future. This is contingent on class sizes and timetable constraints. For example, a Year 9 student may enrol in Year 8 Music or Year 10 Music, but will usually enrol in 9 Music.

Study Times

In Year 8 the following average time per week is allocated to each Area of Study.

Advanced Technologies 560 minutes
Global Learnings 335 minutes
Responsible Living 225 minutes
The Arts 225 minutes
Languages Other Than English 225 minutes

In Year 9 the following average time per week is allocated to each Area of Study.

Advanced Technologies 560 minutes
Global Learnings 450 minutes
Responsible Living 225 minutes
The Arts 115 minutes
Choice Subjects 225 minutes