Learning Areas

The curriculum design process at Forest Hill College draws on the:

Curriculum planning forms an important first step in implementing Forest Hill College’s Learning Culture. “The first step for the classroom teacher, in implementing a staged response, is preventative and results in the delivery of a viable and engaging curriculum.” (FHC, 2012) This is the foundation on which the rest of our Learning Culture is built.

Below you will find a broad overview of the Learning Areas at Forest Hill College.

The Arts

Overview

The study of Arts is a unique, expressive, creative and communicative discipline that engages students in critical and creative thinking and helps them understand themselves and the world.

The courses at Forest Hill College have been designed to maximize students’ scope for practical work and creative expression, whether in painting, drawing, visual design and communication, audio/video production, animation and photography, playmaking and music composition.

The expert staff aim to foster their students a love of visual and performing arts; to develop advanced skill levels; and to encourage all students to achieve their own individual style.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Arts program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Ms Lacey Robinson.

English & EAL

Overview

The English and EAL curriculum at Forest Hill College has been designed with our 21st Century learners in mind. Alongside our study of classic texts, such as Shakespeare, we embrace contemporary texts that allow students to explore themes relevant to our globalised society.

We offer a variety of English & EAL pathways for both local and international students catering for a myriad of learning styles and encourage our students to fully engage with all forms of text including novels, film study, media and online forums.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the English program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Mr Julian Warren.

Health & PE

Overview

The Health and Physical Education Learning Area at Forest Hill College provides students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to promote lifelong participation in physical activity. This learning area focuses on inclusive activities, which respond to students’ abilities, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity for all.

This learning area has the potential to impact on the vital components of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Practical experiences ranging from individual, competitive and non-competitive, to team activities will enable skills such as problem solving and leadership to be developed, and in the later years enable students to pursue career pathways, which reflect these valuable studies.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Health and PE program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Ms Lacey Robinson.

The Humanities

Overview

The Humanities at Forest Hill College involves the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and present. The Humanities provides a framework for developing in students the key ideas and concepts that enable them to understand the way in which people and societies have organised their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it.

The Humanities provide unique ways to understand how and why groups of people have settled where they have, organised their societies, developed means of generating and distributing wealth, developed codes, laws and belief systems, related to other groups of people and interacted with their physical environment.

Forest Hill College offers a diverse range of Humanities subjects that encourage use of research skills and inquiry processes. Students learn to plan and investigate, ask key questions, analyse a range of data and sources, form conclusions supported by evidence and present information in a variety of ways.

The Humanities staff at Forest Hill College strive to develop in students a sense of empathy and appreciation for all cultures and encourage all students to participate in our global community as active, ethical and informed participants.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Humanities program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Ms Jane Boras.

Languages

Overview

Forest Hill College offers a language-rich environment due to our thriving International Student Program and Deaf Facility. To reflect our school and local community, we offer Auslan (the language of the Australian Deaf community – sign language), Chinese (Mandarin), and French from Year 7 through to VCE.

Students develop a strong foundation in their chosen language and a comprehensive understanding of the culture each language represents through a variety of learning activities, games and excursions. Students are encouraged to use their language skills both in and outside the classroom.

In Year 7, students experience all three languages through our Language Taster Program, choosing one language to continue studying in Year 8 and beyond. Studying a language in VCE is strongly recommended to improve academic results and future career opportunities.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Languages program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Mr Julian Warren.

Mathematics

Overview

Mathematics at Forest Hill College provides students with essential skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

Opportunities for students studying mathematics at Forest Hill College include the Maths Talent Quest, the Maths Challenge, Maths Games days, Maths competition and early VCE access for approved students. VCE subjects offered at Units 3 and 4 are Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Languages program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Domain Mentor, Ms Kung Yii Loh.

Science

Overview

Junior Science at Forest Hill College incorporates a rich and engaging curriculum that makes learning interesting and accessible for all students. Students develop their knowledge and skills in theoretical and practical science that is relevant and applicable to real life.

Senior Science at Forest Hill College allows students to select from a range of subjects that cater for both their interests and abilities. Curriculum focuses on key knowledge and skills outlined by the VCAA, preparing students for a wide range of careers or tertiary education options.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Languages program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Ms Kung Yii Loh.

Technologies

Overview

The Technology Domain at Forest Hill College fosters student’s development in the areas of creativity and innovation. It requires students to be autonomous, creative problem-solvers, as individuals and as members of a team. Emphasis is placed on the engagement in designing, creating and evaluating processes, products and technological systems using a variety of materials.

Forest Hill College offers students a range of mediums to explore through strong, dynamic and contemporary areas of study. Myriad opportunities are available to prospective students through the choice of; Materials Technology subjects that include the use of Wood, Metal and Plastic, Food Technology subjects, Robotics and Computing subjects.

Learning Area Leader

More information about the Languages program at Forest Hill College can be found on our Course Selection Website, or by contacting the Learning Area Leader, Ms Jane Boras.