Year 8 Curriculum

Year 8 General Course and Think Bright 

All learning in the Middle Years at Brighton Secondary School is based on the Australian Curriculum. We value the importance of disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding, the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.

In Year 8 our students follow a core curriculum, maintaining a balance across the compulsory Australian Curriculum with opportunities to choose options within the performing and visual arts (Drama, Music and Art), Languages (Japanese or French) and Technologies. Students are encourages to explore diverse interests and talents, build on and identify passions, and discover new opportunities.

Year 8 General Course students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education. They are then required to choose options from Arts and Technologies electives and have the option to continue with language.

Year 8 Special Think Bright students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education and the F1 in Schools Technologies subjects. Students will need to select an Art option along with a free elective option and/or to continue a language.

Course Outline - General Selection and Think Bright


















Year 8 Special Interest Music (SIM)

Year 8 Special Interest Music students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education subjects. The Arts and Technologies curriculum is incorporated into the program however, students can choose an elective including to continue with a language.

Course Outline - Special Interest Music (SIM)



















Year 8 Special Interest Volleyball (SIV)

Year 8 Special Interest Volleyball students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Science subjects. The Health and Physical Education curriculum is incorporated into the program however, students will need to select Art and Technology options and/or to continue a language.

Course Outline - Special Interest Volleyball (SIV)


















Year 8 Elective Subjects

Art Electives

Visual Arts: 

Art for Our Life 

In Art for Our Life, you will be introduced to the fundamental skills and processes of artmaking (practical work) and responding (talking and writing about art). We will explore themes of the 'self' incorporating personal interests and experiences. 

You will develop your artistic journey through folios and final products (both 2d and 3d) and reflective practitioners statements.

Art in Our World

In  Art in Our World, you will explore the role that art plays in our world linked to cultures and societies. This will include exploring cultural artefacts, traditions and methods used by different societies.

You will learn to develop your ideas and skills through folios, 2d and 3d final products and reflective practitioner's statements.


Performing Arts: 

Theatre Elements

In Theatre Elements, we will explore improvisation, vocal expression, mime and movement in addition to the concept of characterisation through body language. We will explore the history of theatre by experimenting with many styles of performance from different countries and eras. We will evaluate and respond to our own dramatic works and that of others through the lens of story telling. ritual and culture.


Core Music (required for SIM)

In Core Music, you will have the opportunity to play in a class band, string ensemble or percussion ensemble. You will have access to free instrumental music lessons every week to support your learning. Instruments can be hired from the school so there is no need to own an instrument. Choosing Core Music will also allow you to participate in the many co-curricular ensembles and choirs available before school, at lunchtime and after school. Core Music students are also eligible for the incredible local and international music tours. 


Music Experience

Music Experience is a 6-month experiential music course. You will learn some basic skills on the guitar, keyboard and percussion instruments while covering some entry level music theory and creative tasks. If you wish to study music for more than 6 months, you should choose Core Music, which gives you the option of a musical pathway through to year 12. For students who finish Music Experience and wish to continue learning music beyond 6 months, this will give you a chance to explore your options!

Technology Electives

Design Technologies 

You will create designed solutions incorporating responses to the challenge of sustainability. You will create and adapt design ideas, make decisions and justify your choices to different audiences using relevant technical terms. You will need to apply project management skills and document your production and reflections throughout.

Digital Technologies

You will design user experiences and alogorithms incorporating branching and iterations. You will test, modify and implement chosen digital solutions and evaluate your solutions based on whether it meets the desired needs, meets innovative criteria and meets sustainability requirements.  

Food and Product Design 

You will explore the concepts of food and fibre production incorporating ideas of sustainable practice, skill development and appraisal processes. 



In year 8 French students will build upon their understanding of French culture and further develop their French language skills.



In year 8 Japanese students will build upon their understanding of Japanese culture and further develop their Japanese language skills.

Physical Education

Physical Education

In Physical Education, we will explore a range of practical topics to enhance physical performance, collaboration, skill analysis and performance evaluation.  Topics may include Cricket, Soccer, Volleyball, International Rules, European Handball, Flag Football, Tennis and Park sports.

Go to Top