Faculty

Agriculture

Agricultural Technology at JFHS offers students the chance to experience aspects of an agricultural lifestyle through direct contact with plants and animals.

Stage 4 and 5

The Year 8 – 10 course challenges students to develop their knowledge and skills and encourages students to explore career opportunities in agriculture and related industries.

Students studying Agricultural Technology investigate a range of enterprises which are conducted on the school farm. These enterprises include:

  • Beef cattle
  • Prime lamb production
  • Layer chickens
  • Fruit & vegetable production
  • Extensive cropping

Stage 6

Primary Industries, a Vocational Education & Training (VET) course is offered in Years 11 & 12. This course allows students to develop specific technical and vocational competencies related to work and employment in the primary industries sector. An important part of this course is the requirement to spend two weeks in a relevant industry sector undertaking work placement.

Careers

The Career Centre’s mission is to furnish an environment with resources, guidance and assistance that will allow every student the opportunity to increase their understanding and appreciation for a diverse world of college and career alternatives. In the course of examination, inquiries and evaluation, our students will gain knowledge of the skills essential to developing long term educational and professional aspirations.

The school has a well stocked Careers Reference Room. Students and parents may visit the room at anytime. The Careers Adviser, Mr Taylor is involved in teaching programs in Years 9 & 10, organises the Work Experience Programs in Years 9, 10, 11 and spends a considerable amount of time advising individual students and parents.

Mr Taylor has accurate and current information about career opportunities and entry to Universities, Private Colleges, TAFE Institutes and the general workforce.

James Fallon Careers Website: For the most up-to-date information from the Careers faculty, parents and students should see the James Fallon Careers website at jamesfalloncareers.com, which is regularly updated by the Careers Adviser.

Career Alerts: Parents and students are invited to receive Career Alerts daily via your school email address. Simply complete the form on the front page of the James Fallon Careers website. Subscription is free and you may remove your address whenever you wish. Career Alerts can also be viewed on the Careers Noticeboard. Past alert notices are available.

Careers Newsletter: Regularly throughout the year a Careers Newsletter is published. To view the newsletters, visit the newsletter page on the James Fallon Careers website here.

Email: [email protected]

Location: ‘B’ Block (top floor next to library exit)

Career Guidance: Myfuture is Australia’s career information & exploration service. Your son/daughter can find current career information, articles and links to thousands of resources to assist them on their career journey. Visit myfuture at www.myfuture.edu.au.

Useful Links: There are many other useful sites that provide valuable careers information. There is also some important information about career education opportunities at JFHS. Just click on the appropriate link below.

Computing Studies

Computing Studies at James Fallon HS is part of the Technical and Applied Studies (TAS) faculty. As such, we are involved with the mandatory Information and Communications course for year 7 as well as elective course work in years 8 to 10 (Information and Software Technology). Our senior students study Information Processes and Technology.

Though a small part of the TAS faculty, our students enter and have regularly produced above State average scores in University run computing skills tests as well as in the HSC.

As a school, we are well-resourced with four up to date computer laboratories licensed with software that allows our students the flexibility for individual learning and project work and ably caters for the needs of each student.

Years 7 & 8 Course

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Technology (Mandatory)

The ICT skills learnt in Technology Mandatory assist students’ to meet the syllabus requirements and address the learning outcomes in an enjoyable learning environment. We are also providing students’ with skills that will enhance the presentation of projects’ in both the junior and senior years and be beneficial for all word processing. CAD, an integral component of 3 D printing, has been incorporated into the production of Technology projects, and have further enhanced student learning to include modern practices in the computing industry. The school is equipped with 3 D Printers and expert staff always happy to share their knowledge with students’ who are eager to learn.

Years 8 – 10 Course

Information and Software Technology (IST)

The aim of the IST in Years 8–10 is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding, confidence and creativity in analysing, designing, developing and evaluating information and software technology solutions. This elective course (100 hours in year 8 and 200 hours in Years 9&10) builds on the basic computer literacy as well as the skills and knowledge learned in earlier years. It is a course that caters for all student levels, with a great deal of both individual and group work involved. Using a Project based approach, this course quickly teaches students to become independent learners – and to make effective use of computer technology in solving problems. Leggo Robotics has been programmed into the curriculum and caters to students’ interest and embellishes the relevance of computer programming.

There are no prerequisites for either of these courses, but it is assumed that students have basic computer literacy – and an interest in and a desire to  learn more about all things to do with computing.

The syllabus for each of these subjects can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link – Board of Studies

Years 11 – 12

Information Processes and Technology (IPT)

The stage 6 IPT course, teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. With this background, students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge.

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Information Digital Media and Technology is a vocational subject that offers the opportunity for students’ to achieve a Statement of Attainment, or, work towards Certificate 3 and a career in the vast and ever changing world of computing, while at school. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a wide range of general information and communications technology (ICT) technical functions and to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency as an advanced ICT user. Persons working at this level will support information technology activities in the workplace across a wide range of ICT areas, including technical support, network administration, web technologies, software applications and digital media technologies. There is a 70 hour Work Placement (WP), as with most VET courses and the demanding workload of the School Computer Technician offers the students on WP in Year 12 the ability to meet RTO requirements in a familiar and friendly setting.

Dance

  • Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding.
  • Learning in dance and learning through dance enables students to apply their own experiences to their study of dance.
  • They learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances, and analyse dance as works of art.
  • They think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas through movement.
  • The school has a magnificent, brand new, fully equipped studio, specifically designed accommodate Dance and Drama. The school is also the Management Centre for the Riverina – Albury District Dance Ensembles.

Drama

Drama is studied at James Fallon High School in years 8 to 12. Studying Drama is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. Students can study a wide variety of forms such as mask, puppetry, clowning, physical theatre, small screen drama and improvisation. Styles studied include Realist, Melodrama, Theatre of the Absurd, Brecht, Elizabethan, Commedia dell’Arte, Greek and Modern American.

All students perform whether for their own class, other classes in the school, for parents and friends, in the Biting Dog Theatre Festival and for our feeder primary schools. There have been regular class plays and showcase evenings. Students from Drama participate in the biennial Musical and in the Rock Eisteddfod.

Each year students are invited to attend the Riverina Drama Camp held in Wagga in Term 2. Three senior students are invited to the State Drama Camp in Term 3.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts at JFHS includes the Rock Eisteddfod, the biennial Musical, opportunities to attend the Riverina and State Dance Festivals and participation in local and regional events.

In the last nine years James Fallon has produced ‘In your Dreams’ , ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, ‘Oliver’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Every second year a student company is formed that finances and produces the show. Students from Years 7 to 11 in every part of the school are encouraged to take part. It is great fun for the students, especially the last night when huge energy and adrenalin kick in to push the show to great heights.

James Fallon also enters the Biting Dog Theatre Festival which is run by Hothouse Theatre on the Lincoln Causeway between  Albury and Wodonga. This is a schools’ festival where students get assistance to perform on a professional stage with industry professionals to help. Traineeships are also available for Stage Managing, Lighting, Sound and Media Promotion.

 

Wakakirri

The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness. A great story can change the way people think about the world around them and Wakakirri gives schools the opportunity to do just that.  Each year, hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for the ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch these performances each year.

Wakakirri is a very significant part of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty at JFHS with around 150 students and their teachers rehearsing during sport for three terms to prepare for the performance.

English

Language shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world, and is the primary means by which we relate to others. English is the study and use of the English language in various spoken, written and visual texts of varying complexity.

Skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in English are central to the learning and development of students at James Fallon High School. Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and active participants in Australian society. It supports the development and expression of a set of personal values based on students’ understanding of moral, ethical and spiritual issues and gives expression to their hopes and ideals.

English develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active and independent learners.

Students learn English through the explicit teaching of language skills and through their experience of a diverse range of meaningful and increasingly demanding language experiences.

Through responding to and composing texts, students learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure. They engage with and explore texts that include the literature of past and contemporary societies. They develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts.

In their study of English, students develop their critical and imaginative faculties and broaden their cultural understanding. They examine the contexts of language usage to understand how meaning is shaped by a variety of social factors. As students’ command of English grows, they are able to question, assess, challenge and reformulate information and use creative and analytical language to clarify and solve problems. They become imaginative and confident users of information and communication technologies. These skills allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them in lifelong learning, in their careers and in life.

Courses of Study

At James Fallon High School English is taught in all years, 7 through 12. There is a common course set by the Board of Studies for Years 7 to 10, and then separate Advanced and Standard English courses for Years 11 and 12. In Years 11 and 12 students can also elect to study Extension 1 English, and in Year 12 students can also select Extension 2 English, where they design and produce a Major Work.

Details of all courses of study are available on the Board of Studies website and can be accessed by clicking on the following link – Board of Studies

For the latest English/History news click here

Looking Back

To view a gallery of English/History news over many years, click on the following link to open the pdf file:
Looking Back at JFHS English and History Faculties

Creative Writing Gallery

The Creative Writing Gallery contains examples of some of the best creative writing by our students over the past few years. You can access the gallery by opening the pdf file:
JFHS Creative Writing Gallery

Microstories

Students create a microstory of exactly 100 words – not one word more or one word less. This is quite an art – every word counts, and every word must be needed, and the story must work with the audience. Look at the best from across the years at James Fallon High School by opening the pdf file …..
JFHS Microstories

You can also listen to some microstories and interviews with the writers as mp3 podcasts. Simply click on the link below to listen immediately, or save to your computer (by clicking with the right-hand mouse button, and choosing “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”) so that you can listen later. Save to a place where you can find the file again (eg Desktop):

Live on Air

In the last week of February 2010, Lachlan McIntyre of Year 9 had an hour-long interview broadcast on Vision Australia radio – discussing his writing, his interests and his views about a wide range of topics. This interview sprang from his double win in late 2009 at the Rotary ‘River of Stories’ Contest – winning the poetry and short story divisions with his excellent contributions. A great achievement!

Download and listen to the mp3 files:

Vision Australia interview with Lachlan – Part 1

Vision Australia interview with Lachlan – Part 2

Senior School Success

Get lots of study tips by clicking on the link: Senior School Success

Debating and Public Speaking

James Fallon High School has had a high level of success in the areas of debating and public speaking. Students in Years 7 & 8 enter the Premier’s Debating Contest, a statewide debating contest. Students in Year 9 take part in the Riverina Debating Festival held in December each year in Albury.  Year 10 students participate in the Year 10 Premier’s Debating Contest, and Year 11 students take part in the Premier’s Senior Debating Contest. There are also other occasional debating opportunities available through our local service clubs and organisations.

Our students take part in the Sydney Morning Herald Public Speaking Contest for Senior students and Year 10 students, as  well as  service club speaking contests within the region. The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is a prestigious competition in which our students have had  outstanding success. with students winning the club and regional divisions on many occasions over the past few years.

Learning Support

There is a range of support provided for students of JFHS to achieve optimal educational outcomes. Our school uses learning programs and specialised staff where needed and we work in partnership with parents and carers to assist students who have special learning needs.

We have Learning and Support Teachers (LaST), Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO) and an EAL/D teacher. This team of people provide students and staff specialised support to enhance the learning opportunities of all students.  We monitor each student’s progress and provide additional learning support as required. Individual Learning/Educational Plans are developed to cater specifically for individual needs and goals within the school setting.

Our school is committed to working with Aboriginal parents and community members in developing personalised plans for our Aboriginal students.

JFHS also has a Learning Centre room centralising services, providing learning resources for staff and students and enabling a wider range of student needs to be addressed.

Learning Support Staff

As part of the LST, there are a variety of support staff to assist student learning needs across the school:

  • Learning and Support Teachers (LaST)
  • Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO)
  • Indigenous Support – Aboriginal Student Support Officers
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) Support
  • Hearing Support Teacher

 

Library

General Information

Our school library has seen a wonderful transformation over the past few years. Our enthusiastic Librarian, Mrs Katherine Kane, has worked extremely hard to revitalise the Library. There is always an amazing display for students to see and student work is proudly displayed throughout.

The Library has an extensive collection of books and other educational resources. In addition to book and audio visual materials, the library subscribes to numerous pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers. The library is open for borrowing before school, at lunch time and after school until 4.00pm. The library administration has been changed over to the OLIVER computerised system. Students also have access to computers, tablets and printers/photocopier. The library is connected to the internet and Intranet systems.

Homework Centre

The Homework Centre operates on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm in the Library. We always have amazing staff on hand to assist students with homework, assessments and classwork. We put on a delicious afternoon tea. Any students who may require transport assistance need to see Mrs Kane in the Library for a permission note.  All are welcome and we always  look forward to seeing new faces.

History

The study of History allows students to appreciate and enjoy the human endeavours and achievements of the past, both for their own intrinsic interest and for their legacy to later generations. History provides opportunities for students to explore human life and actions in a range of historical contexts, and develop understanding of human motives, consequences and empathy towards others’ experiences.

The study of History provides intellectual skills to enable students to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence, and to develop reasoned explanations or hypotheses about the past. Through the study of History students are able to understand and evaluate the cultural, social and political events and issues that have shaped the world around them.

The study of History strengthens understandings of civics and citizenship, and develops understandings of different cultural groups in society. The study of History equips students with the knowledge and skills essential for their future roles as active, informed citizens and advocates for a fair and just society, and to enable students to become engaged in lifelong learning.

Courses of Study

At James Fallon High School students study History from ancient times through to early modern times in Years 7 and 8, and then focus on the study of Australian History in Years 9 and 10. These mandatory courses of study are set by the Board of Studies. In Years 11 and 12 students can select HSC Ancient History and/or Modern History, and these are courses set by the Board of Studies (click on the following link – Board of Studies). In Year 12 there is also the option to select the HSC Extension History course.

Looking Back

To view a gallery of English/History news over many years, click on the following link to open the pdf file:
Looking Back at JFHS English and History Faculties

Home Science

Food Technology

This is a popular subject at James Fallon and students and we pride ourselves in the variety of skills and opportunities that are afforded to our students in both theory and practical areas.

In years 8, 9 and 10 students regularly submit various products to the Albury Show. These have ranged from basic scones and cookies to creative and decorated cakes and plaques. Our students have won considerable accolades for their cake decorating skills.

Students in Year 7 and 8 undertake the Technology Mandatory course. The aim of this course is to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. Students may study Textile Technology and Food Technology and experiment with a kitchen garden context area.

Hospitality/Retail Services

This is a Vocational Education Course (VET). VET courses enable students to study courses which are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school destinations. These courses allow students to gain both HSC qualifications and accreditation with industry and the workplace as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Students at James Fallon High are provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to enable them to commence a career and be an effective employee in the retail industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge by working in the Retail Coffee Shop, Café J once a week. 

Hospitality has been very successful, with students gaining interesting careers in the hospitality and tourism industries.

                         

Bush Tukka and Cafe J

Indigenous students at JFHS participate in running a ‘Bush Tukka Cafe’. Students have shared ownership of the Senior Retail Cafe, ‘Cafe J’ where they actively participate in the organisation and running of their Bush Tukka Cafe. An adjacent kitchen allows students to create products for sale. Students gain an understanding of the realities of running a small business and they gain skills and knowledge which equip them for life beyond school. 

Mathematics

Overview

The highly experienced and dedicated Mathematics staff at James Fallon High School are committed to providing all students with a quality education in Mathematics. Staff use a variety of teaching strategies and resources to deliver classroom lessons designed to create interest and develop understanding of concepts.

The Staff Endeavour to Develop in Students:

  • numeracy skills
  • a positive attitude to learning Mathematics
  • problem solving skills
  • an awareness of the importance of Mathematics in every day life
  • understanding that allows students to achieve to
  • their full potential in this subject

Resources

  • Highly experienced staff
  • Textbooks
  • Videos/Computer Software
  • Interactive whiteboards are being used to enrich and enhance student learning.
  • Web sites including companion websites for junior texts.

Teaching Programs

The Mathematics teaching programs are based on the NSW Department of Education syllabi. Staff design lessons that use a variety of teaching strategies. Students are given challenging, problem solving activities and working mathematically is the basis of each lesson.

Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning. Students receive ongoing feedback, encouragement and challenge from their teachers. Homework is given on a regular basis to re-enforce /consolidate and to extend /challenge students.

Details of the courses offered can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link – Board of Studies

Industrial Arts

The Industrial Arts Faculty Presents the Following Courses:

  • Yrs 7 & 8 Technology Mandatory

In this subject students learn about the Design Process using various Technologies such as Graphics, Metal, Plastic, Timber and Composite Materials in a range of context areas. They learn about safely using tools, machines and processes to create quality solutions to Design Challenges.

  • Yrs 8, 9 and 10 Industrial Technology

In this area we offer Timber, Metals and Graphics where students learn to safely use these Technologies to create quality items. They culminate their experiences in Yr 10 with a Personal Project where they put the skills they have acquired in Yrs 8 & 9 to good use.

  • Yrs 11 & 12 Industrial Technology Automotive, Metal and Engineering and Timber Products and Furniture Technologies

The choice of which course is presented depends on the number of students that select the options above. We have had fantastic success with Automotive Technologies in the past few years thanks to the expertise of 2 very proficient Teachers who have Automotive trade backgrounds.

  • Design and Technology

Provides students with the opportunity for, after learning about the Design Process in the Preliminary Year, creating a Major Project (MP) from a System, Product or Environment context area using their chosen personal interests. Be it Architectural Model Making, Textiles Dress Making, Engineering, practically any avenue they wish to explore can be used by students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Design Process in the construction of the MP.

  • VET Metals and Engineering

With our new Trade Training Centre we provide the opportunity for students to acquire metal working skills in a fully functioning light industrial workshop that is equipped for most metal fabrication and small parts machining. Certificate 1 in Metals and Engineering is currently on offer and the students gain a sound understanding of a vocation in the metal industry.  

                            

Music

During Year 7 all students do the Mandatory Music Course. During this time they will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for active engagement and enjoyment in performing, composing and listening.

Learning to read music is done mainly though performance work – using the information being learnt. To start Year 7 the classes learn the recorder and then progress to guitar and then to keyboards. A variety if listening activities reflect tops covered in Year 7 such as Sound, The Orchestra and Australian Music.

Students are then offered the opportunity to further develop their skills in Years 8 – 10 Elective classes if they wish to do so. Music is also a subject that can be undertaken as part of the Higher School Certificate Course

PDHPE

  • All students in years 7-10 study PDHE. Students participate in one double lesson (approx 80mins) and one single lesson (approx 40mins) of PDHPE per week.
  • Double lessons are usually of a practical nature whilst the single lessons are of a theory nature.
  • Year 7-10 programs focus on an integration of the 4 main stands of the syllabus – Self and Relationships; Movement Skill and Performance; Individual and Community Health; Lifelong Physical Activity. The programs are delivered through a variety of teaching and learning strategies that are innovative and creative. More specific information relating to these strands can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link – Board of Studies
  • Elective PE is available in Year 8. Its focus is on performing in a range of contexts including: circus skills, fitness and games. See information here: ELECTIVE PDHPE
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies is a year 9 and 10 elective subject that focuses on coaching and accreditation.

In the senior school (Years 11 and 12) students can elect to study 2 unit PDHPE. This is a very demanding academic subject, which investigates a range of topics related to health and physical activity. Students can use this as a pathway to further study post school if they so wish.

All Year 11 students are required to study a mandatory PDHPE 25 hour course titled “Crossroads”. At James Fallon High School we deliver this course via a 3-day camp held at the Hume Weir Resort. An information sheet can be downloaded: Crossroads Information

Stage 4&5 PDHPE & 6 PDHPE information can be accessed.

A range of other extra curricular activities are held within the faculty during the year. These may include students assisting at primary school sporting carnivals, orienteering activities, Nail Can Hill hikes, visits to gymnasiums, overnight excursions, Red Cross first aid accreditation, Life Saving Awards.

The requirements for PDHPE are:

For practical lessons – yellow polo shirt, navy sports shorts with maroon and white trim (available from the school office) and runners.
For theory lessons – a 96 page A4 book and writing utensils.

PDHPE Uniform Policy

Parents and students are reminded that for all practical PE classes the following uniform policy exists:

  • Bring and change into the correct uniform for all practical PDHPE lessons. The uniform being yellow shirt, JFHS blue sports shorts for summer and PLAIN blue track pants in winter, sports shoes.
  • All students are to bring a drink bottle, hat and if required; asthma puffer and epipen to every lesson.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a challenging and rewarding program for young people aged between 14 and 25. There are 5 million participants in over 100 countries around the world.

The basic idea of the Award is individual challenge. As everyone is different, so too are the challenges that young people undertake to achieve the Award. There are three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these levels has four sections – Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.

At JFHS the Journey section is undertaken in the form of a canoe trip. We usually run two 3 day trips each year. – one on the upper Murray in Term 1, and a second, downstream from Albury in Term 4.

The other sections of the Award are undertaken in the participant’s own time. Activities commonly undertaken include:

  • volunteer work in the care of animals,
  • assisting charity organizations,
  • participation in a wide range of sports, 
  • Student Representative Council,
  • peer tutoring in reading,
  • coaching sporting teams,
  • umpiring,
  • music,
  • art,
  • photography and
  • woodwork.

 

Science

The Science Faculty at James Fallon High School delivers the Science syllabus in a way that allows students to develop as independent learners in a rich and dynamic context with excellent facilities.

Why Learn Science?

The question often asked is why do we have to do Science? Science is studied so that students can:

  • Understand the world around us
  • Understand the role of Science in our society
  • Develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information and evaluating their findings
  • Act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge.

From their experiences in Science, students:

  • Predict, analyse, test, evaluate and respond to ideas to confirm, challenge or modify their interpretations
  • Have opportunities to learn through talking, listening, reading, viewing, drawing, making, enacting, experimenting and modelling

Stages 4 & 5 (Years 7 to 10)

The study of Science in Stages 4 and 5 develops students’ scientific knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes within broad areas of Science that encompass the traditional disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Earth Sciences.

As well as acquiring scientific knowledge and skills, students apply their understanding to everyday life and develop an appreciation of Science as a human activity.

Students learn about the need to conserve, protect and maintain the environment, the use and importance of technology in advancing Science and the role of Science in developing technology.

Students also develop an appreciation of, and skills in, selecting and using resources and systems to solve problems.

A mandatory component of the Science course includes the completion of a Student Research Project (SRP) in both Stage 4 and Stage 5:

  • Stage 4 SRP – a model illustrating a scientific principal, completed in Year 8. To have a look at examples of models submitted in recent years, click on the link: Year 8 Student Research Projects
  • Stage 5 SRP – an investigation/experiment to test an hypothesis. This SRP must be the student’s own design and is to be completed in Year 9.

Stage 6 Science Courses (Years 11 & 12)

The Science courses offered in Stage 6 recognise that students may take different pathways beyond Stage 6; some continue with further study in Science, some continue with further study in other areas and others move on to the workforce.

The Science courses offered in Stage 6 include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, as well as an integrated Science course (Senior Science). The syllabus for each of these subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies website – click on the following link – Board of Studies

There are hundreds of great sites with Science news, animations & games. Try some of the following:

General Science Links 
ABC ScienceFor the latest news in Science
InteractivesFind info on your favourite topic in Science (and other subjects)
KidneticA site full of original games, challenges and quizzes.
Physics Links 
EinsteinlightSimple explanations and animations in Physics
Physics.orgThis site is full of clear explanations, animations and links
Astronomy Links 
Hubble SatelliteAll the Hubble news and pictures
Space ScienceInteractive Space games
NASA for StudentsMore interesting space news
Biology Links 
AnatomiaParts of the human body explored as interactive labelling activities
Cells AliveThis site includes explanations, animations, videos & study tools
DNA InformationA site with information about all aspects of Genetics
Geology Links 
Savage EarthThis site explores tsunamis, earthquakes & volcanoes
Volcano WorldFor those who are volcano fans
Chemistry Links 
The Dynamic Periodic TableAn interactive Periodic Table with lots of useful information
Visual ElementsA visual look at the Periodic Table
Chem4kidsThe basics of Chemistry and online quizzes
Dinosaur Link 
Prehistoric LifeInformation about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric life
DIY Science Link 
MakezineA fantastic website devoted to DIY technology projects
Environment Links 
WWF for KidsWorld Wildlife Fund site with information, games and more
Planet DiaryThe Earth’s latest environmental news
Recycle CityTour Dumptown to see how the residents are reducing waste
Technology Link 
HowStuffWorksExplains how just about everything works
Fun Stuff 
Try ScienceFind out how interesting Science & Technology can be
Science BobBob answers questions about lots of Science topics
QuestionautA great animated adventure game to test your Science & Maths skills
London Science MuseumFind a game for every branch of Science

Social Science

Geography

Geography is a mandatory subject for all students in Years 7-10.  Students have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of a range of geographical issues through inquiry-based learning. They are able to investigate the interactions between environments and communities across local and global scales. Students engage in a number of fieldwork activities which provides them with knowledge in relation to the natural and human environment that they live in. They develop skills that allow them to undertake geographical investigation and make informed decisions on environmental management and protection.

Commerce

Commerce provides  students with the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial , business, legal and employment issues.It develops in students an understanding if commercial and legal processes and competencies for personal financial management.  Through the study of Commerce, students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way.

Language

Language is a mandatory subject according to NESA, with students at James Fallon High School completing 100 hours of language in Year 7. The study of language provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community. Indonesia is Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour and the study  of Indonesia and its national language, Bahasa Indonesia, is therefore relevant to Australian students. The ability to communicate in Indonesian enhances the positive features of Australia’s culturally diverse society and helps to reinforce the ideals of mutual respect. It promotes understanding, harmony and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. The mandatory course incorporates the gradual learning of vocabulary, phrases and grammatical structure in the context of topics.

Work Education

Work Education is an elective subject for students in Years 9 and 10.  This subject provides students with a wide range of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enables them to participate in their local community  and the wider Australian community as active and informed citizens. Changes in work, technology, training , education and the community mean that new skills and knowledge are required in order to succeed in these environments. Work education is taught with a Project Based Learning approach which empowers students  to investigate areas of interest to them.

Senior Geography

Senior Geography is an elective HSC subject that focuses on how and why humans interact differently with environments in different places. Students investigate the opportunities for human activities, the constraints placed upon them and the impacts of these activities. The study of Geography allows students to perceive the world in a variety of ways and helps them make sense of a complex and changing world. Students participate in a wide range of Fieldwork opportunities analysing and integrating the data collected during fieldwork to a range of geographical contexts.

Business Studies

Business Studies encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of key business functions that students will encounter throughout their lives. Students will develop general and specific skills, including research, analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and communication. These skills enhance their confidence and ability to participate effectively, not only as members of the business world, but also as citizens dealing with issues emanating from business activity. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore different business environments making reference to the various key business functions covered throughout the course.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies students focus on the way in which law is generated, how it is structured and how it operates in Australian and International contexts. Students develop knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills in relation to the legal system and its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society, with a view to empowering students to participate effectively as responsible citizens at the local, national and international level.

Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.  Students examine how the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities is affected by broader societal influences including sociocultural, economic and political factors.

Work Studies

Work Studies is designed to assist students in their transition from school to work. It develops knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by students in the transition to work and the skills needed for effective career planning and performance of tasks in the work environment.

Special Ed

The Special Education Faculty at James Fallon High School provides students with additional learning needs the opportunity to access discrete Special Education classes. In addition to these classes, students have opportunities to be involved in mainstream classes, sporting and other extra-curricular activities.

The faculty consists of two Multi-Categorical classes and two classes for students with Intellectual Disabilities. Students are placed into classes in our Special Education Faculty after access requests are approved through Albury Area Office. 

Individualised planning to support behavioural and learning needs are key features of programs for students in the faculty.  Some students are supported in their learning with Life Skills Curriculum, Work Readiness, Work Experience and Community Life Skills programs. Other students in the faculty are supported to fully transition into mainstream classes.

 

Visual Arts

It is widely recognised that we receive by far the majority of our experience and knowledge of the world around us through visual means, through images that define, images that explain and images that express. Our subjects are about how this visual experience of the environment around us can be personally expressed and individually studied.

Visual Arts and the Photography and Digital Media subjects are offered as elective subjects from year eight through to year twelve following the completion of the mandatory hours in year seven.

At James Fallon High School students are fortunate to have all the facilities necessary for the study of these subjects in one area of the school. This enables unprecedented sharing of expertise and materials across and between classes, especially in Stages 5 & 6. Our school has a strong tradition in Visual Arts and broad representation in local, State and Nationally oriented exhibitions and competitions.

In the digital media subjects, all aspects of photography and image making are available to students, from the fascinating traditions and processes of ‘wet’ photography through to the increasingly sophisticated, engaging and challenging areas of digital still and video imaging.

The study of our subjects can lead to myriad careers and further study at all tertiary institutions in Australia. Past students have gone on to many related areas from working in Graphic Design, Media Studies and Television production to running a large advertising agency in London.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)