Year 9

Cultivating curiosity and passions

In Year 9 at Shelford students continue to build solid academic foundations through inquiry, collaborative projects and thinking creatively and critically. Students have the opportunity to work on real-world problems and issues outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Classroom teachers, wellbeing mentors and the Year Level Coordinator work closely with students to ensure that they are well, safe and connected, so they can continue to grow and extend themselves in all areas.

Core subjects undertaken by all Year 9 students include English, PE, Humanities, a Language, Science and Mathematics. Students also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives such as:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • English – World of Writing
  • Food Studies
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • PE – Sports Science
  • Science – Forensic Science
  • Science – Robotics and Technology
  • Visual Communication and Design

Year 9 Challenge Program

To engage and give purpose to our Year 9 students we run a Year 9 Challenge Program. This series of seven themed weeks provide unique learning opportunities outside the classroom. Students develop a variety of life skills along with unique delivery of the curriculum.

The Challenge Program caters for a range of individual differences and interests. The emphasis is on project and inquiry-based learning that is largely hands-on. This program offers a dynamic and memorable learning experience which encourages:

  • greater responsibility for independent learning and reflection
  • development of team-work strategies
  • a sense of belonging
  • an increased awareness of diversity within our community.

Quaerite Wellbeing Program

Our Year 9 students participate in the Quærite Wellbeing Program, a wellbeing and personal development program that operates throughout the whole school.

Service learning

Service Learning provides an opportunity for our Year 9 students to think critically and creatively as they work with each other and community partners.

Peer support leaders

At the end of Year 9 all students undertake Peer Support training and can apply to be Peer Support Leaders in Year 10. This entails running sessions with the Year 7 students and attending the Year 7 Camp in Term 1.


Year 9 students participate in the Career 4sight Program, with a focus on participating in opportunities to explore different career paths.


Year 9 Handbook