Year 10 Program
We encourage students to make the most of their Year 10 Loreto education! The Year 10 Program includes a diverse academic program as well as a dedicated series of programs and events to enlighten and empower Loreto students for their future.
Opportunities in Year 10
Mission and Service - In Year 10 as educated people with privilege and faith, it is our responsibility to act in ways of loving and responsible service to others.
- Term 1 – International Focus
- Term 2 – National Focus
- Terms 3 / 4 – Local Focus inclusive of a personal social justice project, which will involve students thinking about the contributions they can make to our College and local community. Doing good for others has wellbeing benefits for the students too.
STRIVE - The STRIVE program combines and further develops Physical Education, Health and Careers education into a weekly program to encourage students to strive to be the best version of themselves. More information included later in this booklet.
Mary Ward Connect - The Mary Ward Connect program is unique to Loreto Schools and offers an exchange program that encourages girls to meet and make new friends, while learning about the history and culture of another Loreto school. The program connects Year 10 students from various Loreto schools around Australia.
Year Level Committee - A committee of girls work together to plan Year 10 events and activities throughout the year and communicate with the Year Level Coordinator about year level matters and concerns.
Science and Engineering Challenge - Coordinated challenges against other Ballarat schools, promoting teamwork, science and engineering knowledge and problem solving skills.
Year 10 Camp
Our Year 10s venture to Camp Jungai located 2 hours from Melbourne for a 2 night stay in the Rubicon Valley. Activities include bushwalking, high ropes course, indigenous games, canoe, cultural session and initiative games.
Careers in Year 10
Year 10 is an important time for students to explore and develop study habits and career pathways. Throughout Year 10 some of the important relevant information relating to careers includes:
- STRIVE – Futures Focus
The STRIVE Program includes a rotation called Futures Focus. This will include:
- Presentations from tertiary providers
- Resume construction
- Course research and selection
- Researching tertiary course entry requirements
- Morrisby Profiling
Morrisby Profiling is a leading career-matching tool suited to ages 15 and upwards to discover strengths, ambitions and goals. The assessment software identifies a student’s strengths and builds a comprehensive personal profile, raising self-awareness. The aim is to help young people investigate the best routes to achieve their goals and encourage them to explore similar careers and courses including many they may never have considered.
- Subject selections in Term 3
Students will be provided with a range of online and printed publications
and presentations to assist with Year 11 and Year 12 subject selection
- Work Experience
Our Work Experience program encourages students to make the most of the opportunity to complete work experience to learn about work, study and career options.
Year 10 Curriculum
In Years 7 to 9, students experience a curriculum which is based on the principle of a comprehensive core of subjects which cover all the key learning areas. As students move closer to their senior student years, we introduce some choices in the curriculum. The two blocks of study are:
Block 1: Core Subjects
Block 2: Elective Subjects
These blocks are designed to ensure that students have access to all of the learning areas while also offering them the chance to develop their academic aptitude, skills and interest in specific areas.
This should equip students with the academic skills and experiences to draw upon when making choices for their senior secondary years later in 2021 and beyond.
The following outlines the period allocation and structure of each of the blocks of study.
All Year 10 students will study the following Core studies in 2023
- RELIGION AND SOCIETY - Unit 1 9 Periods per fortnight for 1 Semester
- ENGLISH 9 - Periods per fortnight
- MATHEMATICS 9 - Periods per fortnight
- Mathematics A OR
- Mathematics B OR
- Maths for Living
- Prime Mathematics *Students will be invited to enrol in Prime Mathematics
- HUMANITIES - 9 Periods per fortnight for 1 Semester
- SCIENCE (must choose 1 science) - 9 Periods per fortnight (for 1 semester)
- STRIVE - 4 Periods per fortnight
All Year 10 students will study chosen electives for 9 periods for 1 semester. The aim of this block of studies is to provide an opportunity for students to:
- Extend and further develop the skills and knowledge introduced to them in the Core Study on certain topics or learning areas in more detail
- Provide a pathway to senior secondary studies including the study of VCE Units 1 & 2
- While most of the Elective Studies are semester length units, there are some studies which run for the full year (eg. languages).
- Religious Education
- Music Exploration
- Music Design
- Visual Communication and Design
- English Literature
- English Language
- Future Skills
- Future Skills
- Health & Physical Education
- Sports Science
- Legal Studies
- International Studies
- Science (must choose at least 1)
- General Science
- Applied Science Chemistry
- Agricultural & Horticultural Science
- Food Technology
- Product Design & Technology
Year 10 students can choose, upon application and approval, to study a VCE Unit 1 & 2 subject in their Year 10 year. This offers them the opportunity to accelerate learning and begin their VCE studies in Year 10.
The particular VCE Units 1 & 2 available to Year 10 students varies from year to year as this is dependent on the structure of the VCE timetable and the number of places available in these classes.
Studying a VCE Units 1 & 2 subject in Year 10 is not for every student and we encourage students and parents to discuss this option carefully with their daughter’s Mentor Teacher and her Subject Teachers.
To apply to study a Units 1 & 2 subject in Year 10 students will need to complete an online form which can be found on PAM. Check PAM for deadline details.
Students will need to meet the following criteria:
- Graded performances of 85% plus or ‘Excellent’ in the relevant Year 9 subject(s)
- A high level of classroom organisational skills
- A record of prompt completion of all home study tasks
- A high level of classroom behaviour
- A record of submission of all tasks on time
- A portfolio of work related to the proposed VCE Units 1 and 2 study
Any student who does not fully meet each of these criteria will not be considered for a VCE Units 1 and 2 study as a Year 10 student.
Year 9 Mentor Teachers will be asked to assess each student’s level of commitment to learning by commenting on the following areas:
- Level of classroom organisational skills
- Completion of home study tasks
- Ability to meet due dates
- Classroom behaviour
- Consistency in all of the above areas are essential
The Loreto College VCE subjects that may be available are:
- Health & Human Development
- Business Management
- Legal Studies
- Product Design & Technology
- Food Studies
Year 10 Curriculum Handbook
Please view the Senior Pathways Handbook in conjunction with the Year 10 Subject Supplement for specific subject information and pathway options.