Middle School – Years 7, 8 & 9


At Rossmoyne Senior High School the curriculum fulfils the requirements of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and Department of Education and therefore, provides learning experiences across eight learning areas. In Years 7, 8 and 9 student courses are structured as follows:-

Compulsory Studies

Elective Studies

English / English as Second Language
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Language other than English
Physical Education or Volleyball
The Arts

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media
  • Music
  • Photography


  • Digital Technologies
  • Home Economics
  • Design & Technologies

Most Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students follow a common course in English, Science and HASS.  In Mathematics Year 8 students are grouped into extension, advanced or general courses based on Year 6 results.  These groups are revised at the end of Semester 1.  Year 9 students are directed to a course based on Year 8 results in that subject.

Due to timetabling and resource constraints, not all elective courses offered will run. Students may have to reselect their chosen courses. Students who complete their course selections online on time will be prioritised entry to their preferred courses. While this does not guarantee enrolment into all of their preferred courses, every effort will be made to do so. Students who do not complete their course selections will be placed into classes that have spare capacity.

Year 7

Within the Technologies Learning Area, students will work through taster courses which are designed to expose students to a wide variety of learning experiences. Students study Digital Technologies as well as sample a range of other subjects from Design and Technologies including:

  • Electronics/Robotics
  • Metal Technology
  • Wood Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Textiles

Within The Arts Learning Area, students will sample a range of Arts subjects, at least one a performance subject and the other a visual subject. The Arts subjects that may be sampled include:

  • Art and Craft (Visual)
  • Dance (Performance)
  • Digital Photography (Visual)
  • Drama (Performance)
  • Media (Visual)

Year 8

Within The Arts Learning Area, students will study at least two Arts subjects, one a performance subject and the other a visual subject. Students studying Music in Year 7 continue with the enrolment in Year 8.

Within the Technologies Learning Area, students study Digital Technologies and at least one other subject from Design and Technologies.

The overall curriculum course structure facilitates a smooth transition from primary to secondary school for Year 7 students and maximises stability and pastoral care for both Year 7, 8 and 9 students.

Curriculum Handbooks

View Current Curriculum Handbooks

Resource lists and Contributions and Charges

Contributions and Charges

Parents are requested to pay school contributions and charges before students commence classes.

School contributions and charges apply to all students from Years 7 to 12. These contributions and charges cover basic supplies required in subjects for student use. Throughout the year, students will be provided with materials as part of classroom lessons.

Contributions and charges enable the school to deliver and enrich the basic curriculum, thus allowing students full benefit from the compulsory charges paid.  Failure to make these payments reduces the resources that each learning area can provide to students.

When students select courses where considerable expenditure are incurred, additional charges will apply. This may cover items such as travel, venue hire, consumables and models retained by the student. A student may be required to re-select a less expensive option if a parent does not pay the charges for high cost optimal subjects.

Payments can be made by:

  • Qkr! payment app – Download Qkr on your Android phone or iphone.  (This is the school’s preferred option)
  • Internet payment – Bank details are on the payment form below.
  • Mail – using the payment form below.
  • In person. The school has EFTPOS facilities at the Cashier.

For more detailed information, please see the Parent Information Sheets distributed with the Resource lists and Contributions and Charges sheets.

See Booklists.

Financial Assistance

The Government’s Secondary Assistance Scheme aims to assist needy families who are unable to fully meet the cost of their children’s contributions and charges. The application form for this grant will be available at the school from 4 February 2019. The closing date for applications for Secondary Assistance Scheme is 12 April 2019.   Late applications will not be accepted.

Payment of contributions and charges in installments can be arranged with the Cashier.


  • Contributions and Charges are refunded on a pro-rata basis.
  • Voluntary Contributions to the Chaplain and P&C are not refundable.
  • When a Year 12 student withdraws from a subject, there is no refund.
  • The cost of the homework diary, school information handbook and course selection handbooks are not refunded because students are issued with these items by the school.


Books cannot be purchased at Rossmoyne Senior High School but can be obtained from other school book suppliers. A suggested supplier is Campion Education, 28 Kembla Way, Willetton.

Rossmoyne Senior High School does not coordinate a Second-hand book shop. Some second hand books may be found through the Sustainable School Shop Pty Ltd website on www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au or Email: info@sustainableschoolshop.com.au.

  • A suggested supplier is Campion Education, 28 Kembla Way, Willetton.


Determining the Awards using GPAs

Grade Point Average (GPA).  What does this mean?  The maximum GPA is 5. This represents a perfect number of A grades, whether that is 5 of 5, 8 of 8 or 11 of 11, as is the case for some Year 7 students. Students with a GPA of 5 will receive a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement.  The GPA cut off for Certificates of Excellence and High Achievement are outlined in the table below. The use of a GPA rewards students who have performed consistently across all subjects. A GPA of 4.88 for example represents a student who has achieved 7As and 1B of eight subjects or 8As and 1C of nine subjects.

Certificate Presented GPA
Certificate of Outstanding Achievement 𝑮𝑷𝑨=𝟓.𝟎𝟎
Certificate of Excellence 𝟒.𝟖𝟎≤𝑮𝑷𝑨<𝟓.𝟎𝟎
Certificate of High Achievement 𝟒.𝟔𝟎≤𝑮𝑷𝑨<𝟒.𝟖𝟎