The focus for Year 8 at Camberwell High School is on developing students’ independence and responsibility. The goal is to develop the students' skills in the management of their time and learning to put in place good learning behaviour for future years.
To find out more about different aspects of Year 8, follow the headings listed below.
At Camberwell High School we support our students in all dimensions of their learning as they grow into young adults ready to make their mark on the world. Our school offers a broad curriculum which provides students with a strong foundation to take on further learning. Our Junior School curriculum is a shared curriculum with electives offered further on. Integrated Learning in these year levels requires students to establish research questions, undertake research, demonstrate their ability to work effectively in small groups and present their findings to an audience.
The study of English involves students exploring the meaning of a range of texts and how that meaning is conveyed, to develop critical and analytical thinking. At Year 8 all students undertake a common course in either English or ESL (English as a Second Language). Students build on their foundation of analytical skills and a critical understanding about the ways writers and speakers control language to influence their listeners, readers and viewers.
The Humanities involve the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and the present. The Humanities encourage use of research skills and inquiry processes. Students learn to plan an investigation and ask key questions, analysing a range of data and sources including artefacts, photographs, maps, stories, interviews and electronic media.
Students in Junior School all study a broad Humanities subject, covering History, Geography and Commerce. Students are encouraged and guided to develop their understanding of each discipline and how they are interconnected.
The teaching of Languages at Camberwell High School provides students with greater understanding of other cultures and opens opportunities for overseas study tours. All students (excluding those from a non-English speaking background undertaking ESL) choose one language that is compulsory until the end of Year 8. Students can choose either French or Chinese (Mandarin). We assume a communicative approach to language study, combining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that focus on everyday life situations.
Camberwell High School places early emphasis on the importance of mathematics as a means of making significant contribution to the demands of a modern technological society. It is essential that students leave school enthused by, and confident in, the use of mathematics.
All students study a common course of Mathematics in Year 8 and there is an emphasis on mathematical literacy, and technology is used to support student learning. Based on individual student abilities, extension work within the classroom is provided, and support is available at Year 8 by a Numeracy Aide.
The study of science aims to encourage observation, exploration and investigation, leading to greater understanding. All students study a common course throughout Junior School to provide an understanding of the four key areas of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Geology. Through a process of inquiry and experimentation students create a thorough knowledge basis for future scientific study.
The Arts at Camberwell High School provide students with the opportunity to experience both Performing and Visual Arts as part of their core curriculum at Year 8. Study of The Arts allows students to express and explore creative concepts, develop communication skills for the modern age, and build confidence in themselves and their ideas. Year 8 students take four arts-related subjects: Art, Drama, Music, and Visual Communication, with ample opportunity for focus and refinement through electives in Year 9.
Technology subjects provide students with opportunities for learning, understanding, creation and expansion within several fields that teach important life skills. Systems Engineering and Materials Technology are introduced in Year 8. These subjects are designed to engage students with interesting and creative activities and introduce skills for decision-making and construction. In Materials Technology students use a range of tools, equipment and techniques in order to process materials into products, and must consider ecological and environmental factors. Systems Engineering involves construction of electrical and mechanical models.
The areas of Physical Education, Health and Sport are all covered in the Junior school to give students the basic understanding and skills within each. Health focuses on physical health and development, nutrition, problem-solving, and making informed decisions about personal health. Physical Education develops motor skills, strategic thinking and tactical knowledge through the introduction of games, athletics and fitness. Sport Education aims to deliver extensive opportunities for all students to experience a wide variety of sporting and recreational activities.
Music is well regarded and highly valued by the school community, and Camberwell High School is becoming increasingly recognised in the wider community as an excellent school for music. As well as having an active class music program at all year levels, Camberwell High School has four concert bands, three stage bands, three string ensembles and two choirs as part of Co-curricular Music.
Throughout each year students undertaking Co-curricular Music have the opportunity to participate in the busy schedule of events, including performances for each band, battle of the bands, music tours and appearances at many other school events.
As well as the extensive Health, PE & Sports program offered as part of the curriculum at Camberwell High School, we also provide great opportunities to participate in Co-curricular Sports and competition. Students gain many benefits from being involved in sport, including teamwork and leadership skills, excellent physical fitness, the chance to try their hand at different sports, and lasting friendships with fellow teammates. In the Junior School team selection for Interschool Sport is largely done through Sport Education, where students show an aptitude or interest in playing competitively. Camberwell High School participates in over 15 different competitive sports, so there is always ample opportunity for involvement.
As well as sporting activities, there are always things happening at Camberwell High School to keep students occupied and interested. Several clubs run lunchtime such as the Chess club, French Club and Creative Writing club. The Library is available for extended reading and private study. Basketballs can be borrowed by Junior school students for lunchtime play, and sports teams and music groups often have practice or activities.
Participation in the Wollangarra is made available for Year 8 students. This camp an optional camp which is a more challenging, outward-bound style camp, including an overnight hike and bush camping. Generally this camp is offered three times during the year, with 24 places for students on each camp.
The Personal Development Program involves the coordinated effort and contribution of staff, as well as student councils and captains, to provide an environment in which every student is challenged to reach their best potential. The program combines large and small group activities which come together twice weekly to discuss issues relevant to their age group, whether it be bullying, cyber safety, future careers or community responsibilities. It is through the education about and development of these concepts that students will better understand their role as responsible citizens of the wider community.
Camberwell High School seeks to provide a safe and happy environment for each student. Our Parent Networks have been very successful in providing the school with important information about the effectiveness of our educational programs, and granting parents an insight into how the school operates. Areas for refinement and improvement can be determined by the students’ experiences and ensured by their parents’ participation.
The Year 8 Parent Network operates for each of the student’s homegroup. Parents volunteer to be representatives (around 5 or 6 per homegroup) who then call the other parents of students in the same homegroup. Items commonly discussed will be how your child is enjoying their time at Camberwell High School and whether they are being sufficiently challenged and supported in their studies. The Year 8 Parent Network meets once each term, and all parents are invited to participate for the ongoing wellbeing of all our students.
Student welfare at Camberwell High School is of the upmost importance and treated with great care. We have a full time Student Welfare Coordinator whom students may consult or be referred to with any issues they are having. The Coordinator is supported by a visiting educational psychologist and they are both available for meeting with students and families as required. Students can approach any member of staff with troubles they may be having at the school and they will be guided to the help they need.