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Business

Business contexts within contemporary society present a range of challenges to people in their roles as citizens, consumers, workers, small business owners or entrepreneurs. The aim of the Business Education Faculty is to develop students' thinking, investigating, creating, communicating, participating, evaluating and reflecting skills to meet the challenges they are faced with. The Business Education Faculty strives to provide students with up-to-date relevant information on current industry practices and  the ever changing technologies. 

Creative Arts

Dance provides students with the opportunity to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance. Students build fitness, coordination and the ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate.  Drama enables students to communicate dramatic ideas and concepts. Students develop skills in creating, performing and responding. Film, Television and New Media examines how television programs and films represent the world and how audiences respond to them. Our school offers new digital facilities which giving students the opportunity to produce films, documentaries, television shows and music clips. Music cultivates in students an enduring love of and lifelong involvement in music. Students become familiar with music technologies as well as exploring performance, analysis and composition. Visual Art provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, digital photography and digital imaging. Students are exposed to artworks from many different cultures and artists from both contemporary and traditional times.
For more information open our Creative Arts Overview Document (PDF 1.7MB), or  contact Jackie Yarwood on jyarw2@eq.edu.au

Humanities

In English at Cleveland District State High School, all ability  levels are catered for.  Extension classes are created from Year 8 and students who are excelling in the subject are given the opportunity to extend themselves through the challenge of more complex texts and in depth discussion and tasks. These classes equip students to undertake the extra subject English Extension in Year 12 as they develop more critical thinking skills. An understanding of the world around us is vital and the Social Sciences are essential in developing that understanding. At Cleveland District State High School in Year 8 and 9, we offer History and Geography which introduces students to these disciplines. In Year 9, students can also choose Ancient History. These subjects lead on to more in depth studies as electives in Year 10, 11 and 12. 

Languages  

Cleveland High offers three Languages Other Than English (LOTE) from year 7 to year 12. These are French, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. We are the only school in the Redlands Bayside area that offers three languages via face to face classroom teaching and one of only a few schools in Queensland that do so. We also offer students the opportunity to study any other language via distance electronic learning mode in our new distance learning centre. 

Mathematics

Cleveland District State High school is committed to the continual improvement of your student’s lifelong numeracy skills. The aims of the mathematics course are to provide students with a range of skills and areas of understanding which are:
 
  • associated with numeracy

  • necessary for present roles in society

  • required by other subject areas

  • important as a basis for further study in mathematics

  • useful in the technological society

  • essential for communication

Health and Physical Education

Cleveland District State High Schools Health and Physical Education Department aims to provide all students with maximum opportunity to succeed in sport by offering students a huge range of sports both intra and inter school, and an array of competitions in which to participate.  This sporting platform will be supported by student’s involvement in classroom theory and assessment that will enhance their health and fitness knowledge and will prepare them to make better health choices.

Science

 
In year 8 all students do Science for 3 terms and 1 term of Agriculture. They do units that have lots of hands on activities so as to engage their interest in Science and Agriculture.  In Year 9 students choose to do either Science or Agriculture and also have a choice of electives such as Science Research and Technology, an extension Science subject, Animal husbandry an extension Agricultural subject. Students are grouped according to results obtained in year 8. In these groups they cover term topics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy choose which strand of Science they want to do.  In Year 10 student choose from 6 Science and Agricultural subjects which will be taught by a specialist teacher. These include Physical Science, Living Science, Environmental & Agricultural Science, Science Research & Technology, Certificate in Rural Operations, Certificate in Animal Studies. This subjects enable teachers to produce high quality units of work that are interesting and give students insight into these subjects to help them choose Senior Science subjects in year 11 & 12.

Science in years 7 and 8 follow the Australian Curriculum, learning knowledge, skills and applications related to topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Space Science.  The Science Department also delivers Technology in Year 7 and 8, covering aspects of design and digital technologies, integrated with their learning in Science.  In year 9, students may choose their core Science subject, between Science, which follows the Australian Curriculum, and Agricultural Science which applies the Australian Curriculum content in an agricultural context.  Year 9 students also have to opportunity to select from three elective subjects:

  • Animal Husbandry, in which students develop knowledge and skills concerning domestic animals, livestock and wildlife
  • Agricultural Mechanics, in which students develop knowledge and skills concerning agricultural tools and technologies
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), a challenging subject offered to the highest achievers in Science and Mathematics in which students develop higher order thinking skills as they apply to STEM industries.

 

These subjects prepare students for a wide variety of Science subjects and pathways on offer from year 10 to 12:

  • QCAA Authority-Registered subject – Agricultural Practices
  • QCAA Authority subjects – Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Physics
  • International Baccalaureate subjects
    • Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
    • Group 3 & 4 Interdisciplinary: Environmental Systems & Societies
  

Technology

The Technology department is comprised of two main subject areas; Home Economics and Industrial Technology.
 

Home Economics subjects are offered to students in years 9-12.  This area has the following subjects: Home Economics, Hospitality, Practical Cookery, Early Childhood studies and Food & Design Technology.

Home Economics focuses on the wellbeing of individuals and families in everyday activities. Students are encouraged to consider issues relating to the wellbeing of individuals and families from a range of perspectives, such as social, cultural, political, legal, historical, environmental, economic and ethical. 

Hospitality aims to prepare students to enter the vocational pathway of the Hospitality industry. The course covers management practices, food preparation, team work and service of food and beverages for various functions.

Practical Cookery is designed to cater for the needs of those students who wish to concentrate their study in the area of food. The course emphasises cookery skills – both basic and advanced, management practices and their theoretical aspects.

Early Childhood Studies The primary focus of the early childhood field of study is to promote the wellbeing of young children and a greater awareness of the importance of quality practices in the wider community. Throughout this course, students are encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding including human development, the needs and rights of children, the value of play, concepts of childhood, the role of parents, the importance of families, behaviour management, special needs, workplace health and safety, industry practice and legislation and ethical issues. This provides a framework for students’ observations of, interactions with and reasoning about young children.

Food & Design Technology focuses on the wellbeing of people and their integration within their personal, family, community and work roles. It gives students life skills to allow them to live more confidently and better cope with the demands of present day living. This subject combines the theory with practical applications related to food and nutrition, human development and relationships, living environments and textiles.  

Industrial Technology subjects are offered to students in years 9 -12.  This area has the following subjects: Graphics, Industrial Graphics, Technology Studies, Wood Technology, Metal Technology, Furnishing Skills, Engineering Skills and Building & Construction Skills.

Graphics students are exposed to a wide range of graphical techniques to explore and solve design problems.  The solution to these problems is expressed by students as a graphical product.

Technology Studies is based around the solving of a design problem which results in students producing a physical prototype as part of the solution.

Furnishing Skills is a practical based subject that gives students an introduction into the processes and machinery that is used in the furniture making industry.

Engineering Skills is a practical subject giving student’s skills in three main metal engineering areas; Fitting & Machining, Sheet Metal Work and Boiler Making (welding). Across the course students create a range of practical outcomes that covers these areas.

Building & Construction Skills is a practical based subject that provides students with foundation skills to enter a variety of trades in the construction industry.  The subject is based around a variety of projects to develop particular skill areas, some of which are team based outdoor construction projects.

  • Creative Arts

    Cleveland District State High School has a very strong Creative Arts department that manages subjects such as Drama, Multimedia, Music, Visual Arts and Dance.