Jump to content

Electives in High School


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 mumto3princesses

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

DD#1 will be in Year 9 next year. She chose her electives for Years 9/10 but was told she didn't get her first choice. I have rung the school asking about how it will effect her and to check there is definately nothing we can do and waiting for a call back. But as she is my first to go through High School we are unsure how it all works. I was told it wouldn't matter too much though but they will see what happened and see if there is anything they can do about it. Will that matter that she doesn't get what she thought she needed? Or will she be basically 2 years behind everyone else?

DD#1 has me looking into what she can do outside of school to get her goals and I have thought of a few things so far. Her coach thought of a couple of things and we have found an online course she can do and we will look into a first aid course too. We even contemplated another school if that was even possible but she is torn there as she is happy with her friends. But I have rung them to see if its even a possibility before she starts considering it.

The subject she wanted was PASS (Physical Activity Sports Studies) as she wants to be a gymnastics coach. (She's not sure what else she wants to do at this point but whatever she does she wants to do this as well) She has been assisting her Coach all this year with the younger kids and she has been showing her how to help them etc and her coach is going to try and get her into a conference and leadership camp next year. (I say try because they are meant to be 14 and she wont turn 14 until afterwards so they may say she has to wait until 2014) I guess on the upside she will still be doing the compulsory PDHPE at school.

She goes onto a bigger campus in Year 11 & 12 and I have been assured that her choices wont be a problem then. I hope thats true.

So, I guess I'm just after advise from people who know more about how the High School electives work and if that really is true that it wont matter too much that she didn't get the main subject she was after?

#2 gadfly271

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:53 AM

I'm not sure what it will mean for her subject selection in Yrs 11 & 12, but I'm pretty sure there are no high school subject prerequisites required to become a gymnastics coach.

The main thing would be that she continues to train at her club and completes any training courses required by Gymnastics Australia, gets first aid etc. If you get in touch with Gymnastics Australia they should be able to tell you the exact qualifications required.

Not quite the same, but my sister is a horse riding instructor. All Equestrian Australia needed was for her to complete their training course, not any school subjects. Also, I'm a music teacher and didn't do music in high school (studied in my own time), so your school subjects aren't the be all and end all.

Good luck to your daughter.

#3 SarahBelle48

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:03 AM

Her electives for years 9/10 probably won't matter that much in the long-term, it's more about the year 11-12 subjects. Especially since she will still be doing some form of PE. Are you asking in terms of her being able to get into a tertiary course? If so, just look up the prerequisites for that course. But again, they're more concerned about the HSC/VCE(not sure what state you're in) subjects. My understanding of year 9/10 electives is that it's the first opportunity for the students to have a choice and to expose them to subjects outside the core subjects such as maths, English, science etc.

By all means, try and get her into the class she wants but don't stress if it doesn't pan out and don't turn it into a huge drama. I certainly wouldn't suggest changing schools just for that. What electives did she get instead of the sports studies? Can she do dance as an alternative?

#4 mumto3princesses

Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:57 PM

Thanks  original.gif Good to know it shouldn't matter for Year 11 & 12.

Yes, I have spoken to her Year Advisor and she said she will find out for us. She tried to see what she could find out yesterday for me but was unable to. She told me yesterday that she was going to have a meeting with the Deputy Principal today and will discuss it with him and see whether anything can be done. (Told her how dedicated she is etc)

They were told to choose carefully and what they get is what they have to do for 2 years (or 1 year for the 1 year one). They will do 2 x 2 year electives and 1x 1 year one. So, unless someone actually leaves the school I doubt she will get it later.

DD#1 is happy with what she ended up with in terms of the fact that they are all things she likes but just really disappointed not to get PASS. She even said she would swap Food Tech (as she knows Food Tech is one a lot of them wanted) with someone for PASS so thats saying a lot because she loves Food Tech. (PASS was her 1st choice and Food Tech was her 2nd.) She ended up with Art which was her 3rd choice and she enjoys Art. She also got Design tech for her 1 year one.

In terms of what she actually needs to do for Gym Coaching I don't think that matters there but its more if she desides she wants to do something along the fitness lines as well as her main job then she was worried about not getting PASS.

I will tell her not to stress about it. One of her good friends ended up worse off than her though. She knows she definately wants to be a Kindergarten/Child Care teacher or a music teacher or both. Didn't get into Music or Child Studies!

#5 mindy05

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

My DD was constantly messed around with her electives but has still managed to get most of the subjects she wanted in Years 11 and 12. She couldn't get into a maths class next year without going to the nearby boys' school, so has picked up history instead. The issue probably isn't so much the number of students trying for each class, as rather the way the classes are blocked. With DD it's always come down to timetabling.

#6 mumto3princesses

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (20%Cooler @ 30/11/2012, 08:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi OP original.gif

Just wondering if you got this right?

As far as I'm aware for yrs 9-10, the BOS allows only two 2yr electives, or in smaller high schools one 2yr elective and two 1 yr electives (even up to four 1 yr electives). Basically they do 200 hrs a year of electives (100 hrs for 1 yr elective, 200 hrs for a 2 yr elective).


Hi, thanks for checking but yes it's right. They will do 2x 200 hour electives (in year 9 & 10) and 1x 100 hour elective (in year 9).

I know someone who's daughter goes to another local school and she is in Year 9 doing 2x 200 hour electives for year 9 & 10 but did 1x 100 hour elective last year in Year 8. (which DD#1 didn't do)


Thanks mindy. That makes sense.

Still waiting to hear back. I was told by the end of the week so hopefully I will get a call back sometime this afternoon. Since she rang me back when she said she would on Tuesday even though she had no information for me yet I'm thinking she should call.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.