Year 9 Curriculum

Year 9 General Course and Think Bright 

All learning in the Middle School at Brighton Secondary School is based on the Australian Curriculum. In Year 9 you have the option to build upon the skills and experiences you chose in Years 7 and 8, or to try out new areas of interest or personal development through your subject choices.

In Year 9 you will study the compulsory Australian Curriculum subjects with a full year of English, Mathematics, and Science, and a semester of History and Health and Physical Education.

You will need to choose one Arts and one Technology subject and can continue with the language you studied in Year 7 & 8.

You will have additional free choices subjects from the performing and visual arts (Drama, Music and Art), Technologies, Health & Physical Education, and Humanities and Social Sciences options.

Year 9 Think Bright need to select the Challenge Based Project as one of their choice subjects.

Your pattern of subjects is shown below, with each full row representing a full year subject and each half row representing a semester subject.

Course Outline - General Selection and Think Bright


Year 9 Special Interest Music (SIM)

In Year 9 Special Interest Music you will study English, History, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education subjects.

You will have two free choice subjects, which can be selected from any Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Health & Physical Education, or Technologies elective subject.

Course Outline - Special Interest Music (SIM)

Year 9 Special Interest Volleyball (SIV)

In Year 9 Special Interest Volleyball you will study English, History, Mathematics, and Science subjects. The Health and Physical Education curriculum is incorporated into the program.

You will need to select one Art and one Technologies subject as well as three additional free choice subjects which may include continuing to study a language.

Course Outline - Special Interest Volleyball (SIV)

Year 9 Elective Subjects

Art Electives

Visual Arts: 

Building with the Elements of Art 

In Building with the Elements of Art we will explore line, tone, texture, colour, shape, space, and form as important building blocks of visual and design art works. You will apply a range of art media including drawing, painting, print making, collage, sculpture, and installation into artworks.

Creative Principles of Art

In Creative Principles of Art, we will focus on rhythm, contrast, balance, pattern, emphasis, movement, and unity. These principles will be explored through a range of art media including drawing, print making, painting, collage, sculpture, and installation to create artworks.

Media Studies: 

Media Arts 

In Media Arts you will explore sound, word, and visual imagery to gain an understanding of the purpose and function of media and how it relates to culture and society. You will explore the film making process and learn to create, evaluate, and respond to media artworks.

Performing Arts: 

Core Music (required for SIM)

Building on Year 8 Core Music, you will engage further in meaningful music making. This will include theory, aural musicianship, composition, analysis, ensemble, and solo performance.

Drama - Performance

How can our stories change the future? How are young theatre makers reimagining live performance? Throughout the semester, you will discover how artists make groundbreaking shows today, as well as explore some of the most powerful political theatre styles of the past. You will use these ideas as inspiration to create and perform your own live theatre that integrates new ways of telling stories. As you refine your skills as a performer, the experience will encourage you to see how powerful your ideas are and how, through making a show, you can communicate what really matters to you.

Technical Theatre and Design

How do the elements of production, such as lighting, sound, costume and set, influence the audience’s understanding of a theatre show? How can we create designs that reflect key aspects of the story, as well as the mood, tone and feel of a production? How can we utilize technology in performance? In this course you will follow design processes to create original designs for the stage. You will develop your creativity as well as learn how to operate technology. You will collaborate to develop a major production in the theatre.



You will investigate the 5 major biomes found on Earth learning about the variations of landscapes, climate, plants, and animals found within each biome. You will undertake learning about staple foods and the issues associated with world food security, while developing knowledge of various ways to increase agricultural yields.

Did you know tourism is one of the fastest growing global industries? In Geography you will discover the latest trends and factors shaping tourism and how these factors impact countries socially, environmentally, and economically. You will demonstrate your knowledge and skills through reports, multimodal presentations, and source analysis.



In year 9 French students will build upon their understanding of French culture and further develop their French language skills including asking questions, time and daily routines, transport, and map reading. We will explore French cinema and music as we build a deeper understanding of the rich French cultural experiences.


In year 9 Japanese students will build upon their understanding of Japanese culture and further develop their Japanese language skills including routines and questioning, describing home and general school instructions. We will explore family life, cuisine, sport, and education in Japan.

Physical Education

Physical Education: Personal Performance Analysis

Physical Education is an elective subject tailored for students with a genuine interest in cultivating their sporting skills, maintaining an active lifestyle, and possessing a curiosity for analysing their performance. These individuals are motivated to enhance their physical prowess while remaining actively engaged in sports. The primary emphasis is on nurturing students' specialised movement skills and expanding their understanding of movement concepts and strategies.

This elective serves as a foundational pathway leading into senior school Physical Education. Course topics cover a diverse range of sports, including invasion sports, net and wall sports, and striking and fielding sports.

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 and computer aided manufacturing processes. You will need to apply project management skills and document your production and reflections whilst using a variety of materials including metals, timbers, and plastics.

Digital Technologies

You will engage in computational thinking to tackle real-world problems and design user experiences. Abstraction will be explored, representing online documents in terms of content, structure, and presentation as well as developing data models. Data compression techniques will be studied to make information more concise, and students will enhance data acquisition and interpretation skills to ensure accuracy and relevance. Complex spreadsheets and databases will be handled to filter and analyze data, visualizing it for better understanding. Systems thinking will explore digital system components' interactions and security measures, using advanced digital tools to create interactive content for various audiences. Cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities will be examined, and privacy principles will be emphasized.

Year 9 Digital Technologies promises to equip students with valuable skills and knowledge for navigating the digital world, creating impactful user experiences, and safeguarding data security and privacy.

STEM F1 in schools

You will apply STEM thinking to design, test, manufacture and race a prototype F1 vehicle. You will learn to use 3D modelling and virtual wind tunnel software to design and test the aerodynamic efficiency of your car. You will use 3D printing and a CNC technology to build your design. Success in this course will lead to opportunities to compete in the biggest engineering competition in the world.

Architecture and CAD

You will learn how to use a range of CAD software programs in this subject. With these skills, you will create architectural models based on your investigation into sustainable building practices. Your design can be visualised using floorplans, animations and virtual reality technology.

Food in Action

You will develop an understanding of the importance of a variety of food, sound nutrition principles and food preparation skills in order to make better food choices.

Sew Make Create

You will develop design and construction skills using fibre materials through two major projects, a t-shirt and cushion.

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