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A small number of students with a disability may require adjustments to year level expectations, involving learning at a lower year level for some learning areas; for example, English and Mathematics. Elective subjects are offered in Years 7-10 on an individual need basis, with ASDAN available to students in Year 7-12.

ASDAN

ASDAN stands for Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network and is an internationally recognised program assessed outside the school. 

This program provides many benefits. Within ASDAN students have the opportunity to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Students choose which modules they would like to study and as they progress they develops a range of skills relevant to life after school and further study.  The emphasis on the process of learning rather than an assessment, or test result, is also important to students who are able to work at their own pace and ability level. The goal is to make students independent learners.  

Course Content: All of the programs are activity-based and provide a life skills context to promote the development of multiple skills. Course content varies from year to year with a range of activities including planning a holiday overseas, comparing supermarket prices on a shopping list, and researching traditional food and beverages of foreign countries.

Three programs are available for our students: 

New Horizons (Year 7/8) – students enrolled in the World of Work subject will work towards completing this program and achieve a certificate (Bronze)
Transition Challenge (Year 9/10) – students enrolled in ASDAN as a subject in 9 and 10 will work towards completing this program and achieve a certificate (Silver)
Towards Independence (Year 11/12) – Students enrolled in ASDAN as a subject in 11 and 12 will work towards completing this program and achieve a certificate (Gold)

Opportunities/extracurricular activities: Attend excursions, such as theatre performances, and listen to guest speakers. 

What students say/like about ASDAN:
I like choosing my own topics 
I enjoy the excursions out of the school
I feel successful when I finish enough challenges to get my point! 

Pathways:  
If a student achieves Silver Award or Gold Award they can also earn one point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).  ASDAN is available at university level. Students are also able to continue ASDAN studies after school has finished through their employment agencies. 

The World of Work

In World of Work students learn about work culture and basic work practices by running a small business called “Bunch of Bubbles” within the school grounds.

The benefits of this subject come through the introduction of students to an age appropriate ASDAN program, Preparing for Adulthood that leads to either a Silver or Gold Certificate. 

Course Content: The subject is activity-based and provides a life skills context to promote the development of skills. These skills include socialisation and independence along with problem solving. Students also complete challenges using Lego, Magformers, Quadrilla marble run and puzzles. 

Opportunities/extracurricular activities: 
New Horizons is a certificate with international recognition. Students have the opportunity to receive either a silver or gold certificate if they complete this program. 

What students say/like about World of Work: 
“I like the variety of things in this subject” 
“I love building with the Lego” 
“I like working on the computer, my goal is to get the Gold certificate!” 

Pathways  
All courses with an ASDAN component allow students to accrue points towards certificates.

Art Therapy
Art Therapy is an application of the visual arts in a therapeutic context and is well known for its positive benefits for issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and even some phobias. It is a great way to express
emotions without the need for words and to find relief by processing complex feelings and emotions. 
 
Course content: Students build skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and animation. Students experiment with design elements and principles such as texture, colour, shape and tone to express their ideas and meet specific purposes.


Opportunities/extracurricular activities:
Art Therapy students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities throughout the year.  These vary from year to year but may include participation in Art Competitions and Exhibitions. 

What students say/like about Art Therapy:
“Art is my best subject because it gives me freedom.”
“I like Art. There is no right or wrong.”
“I like my own ideas and what I can show in my drawings.” 

Pathways: 
Design




Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

The vision of The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is to help students form positive food habits for life by providing pleasurable food education. There are more than 800 Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Schools and in a growing number of Kitchen Garden Classroom members, across Australia.
The benefits of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program are numerous. They gain greater respect for our environment, become more cooperative and gain increased self-esteem. In addition, the Kitchen Garden program truly engages all senses and brings joy and wonderment as students watch their fruit and plants ripen ready for harvest.

Course content: Students will be encouraged to learn about a variety of healthy, delicious foods and about the countries these amazing foods originate from. They use physical energy when outdoors in the garden and specific skills while in the kitchen, such as how to work safely with knives. This class engages all the senses and delivers increased self-esteem, and cooperative behaviour. 

Opportunities/extracurricular activities:
Art Therapy students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities throughout the year.  These vary from year to year but may include participation in Art Competitions and Exhibitions. 

What students say/like about Art Therapy:
“I feel confident and like I know what I’m doing in KGP.”
“I want to be a chef. That’s what I want to do.”
“I feel smart when I do KGP because I can do everything that the teacher asks me to do.”

Pathways: Students who have success in the Kitchen Garden Program could move to other more challenging electives such as Home Economics or Hospitality. 

Digital World

Note: This subject is generally offered to Diverse Learning Hub Students in Year 8 only. Digital World empowers students by providing them with learning opportunities using emerging digital technologies. 

Digital World aims to introduce students to the world of multimedia- a combination of music, sounds, computer games, animation, video, digital enhancing and text. Students learn to identify real world problems and create digital solutions. They will have control over the creation, production and delivery of their own electronic media. The course covers computer basics, data management, programming, creating animations, graphics and movie making.

What students say/like about Digital World:
“It’s fun to learn more about computers and how they work.” 
“I liked being able to create my own games with code.” 
“I enjoyed learning how to code.”

Pathways
This subject will provide students with skills to complete other more challenging electives in the area of technology.
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Last reviewed 31 July 2019
Last updated 31 July 2019