Year 8 Subject Selection in Term 3

In Year 7 and 8 rotations, students have had the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of a wide variety of subjects. Early in Term 3, Year 8 students will be given the opportunity to select subjects for Year 9. Students should choose subjects they have enjoyed and succeeded with, and those in which they would like to increase their skills and knowledge.  There are also subjects on offer that Year 8 students have not yet encountered, and students may want to explore these subjects.

How do I choose subjects?

The advice is to first research what each subject entails. This can be done by looking at the subject information on Compass or by speaking with subject teachers to get a clear idea of what is involved.  Students should be encouraged to choose subjects that they enjoy, which increases motivation and makes completing the coursework less demanding. The workload increases in Year 9 and classwork, homework and assessment expectations are greater than in previous years. 

The most important advice would be to make sure students do NOT choose a subject because their friend is doing it, or because they liked the teacher, or because it is easy.  

Careful consideration of this choice is vital because classes may fill up. This means that moving between electives into another subject is not always possible.

Jennie Lubbe 
Future Pathways Officer and VET Coordinator