Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Open Evening Highlights New Subjects at BTC for 2013

 BTC recently held an Open Evening  for information on Careers, Subject Selection (including new subjects on offer)  QCE and OP's. Two of the Senior students, Justin and Jess  gave  fellow students and insight into the processes and changes they have made over their Senior Years to arrive at the career path they have now chosen. the underlying message coming through continually was to for the students to give themselves plenty of opportunity for choice because what you believe you want to do at one stage is not necessarily what you will end up doing when you have finished school. studentsd and parents could then visit the classrooms where they could talk to teachers and see displays of some of the work done in each subject. Thanks to the staff involved in setting up the evening.

New subjects at BTC

It is the duty of schools to prepare their students to enter the world of work.  This world is fast moving and ever changing.  Jobs that did not exist 20 years ago now are common, whilst others have fallen by the way side.  The College has decided to offer 5 new subjects to senior students and 1 new subject for middle school students in an effort to give students the widest possible opportunities.  This new offering must come with a caveat though; these subjects need students.  Once the first round of subject selection is complete, the college will decide which subjects should run based on their popularity; it is simply not efficient to run a senior class with one or two students when instead we could deploy that teacher to work in the Middle School.

Senior Subjects

Film and TV (OP)

For most of us, film, television and new media are our primary sources of information and entertainment. They are important channels for education and cultural exchange. Moving-image media enable us to understand and express ourselves as Australian and global citizens, consumers, workers and imaginative beings. The "information" and "creative" industries are already among the largest employers and drivers of the economy in many countries. Their significance in our lives seems set only to increase, given that moving-image media will play an increasingly prominent part in our work and leisure. Students will critique and create moving images, radio broadcasts and internet websites.

Health Studies (OP)

Health Education examines health in the context of society, and the mechanisms necessary to develop and promote health for individuals, groups, communities and nations. Health Education is a subject that would interest students who are concerned about social justice issues and who have a strong commitment to community. Students considering the following careers would find this subject beneficial:  

 Health-related fields — health policy development, health and safety laws and regulations, health information management 

 Medical and Social health fields — health advocacy, counselling, social work, medicine and nursing. 


Technology Studies involves students in designing, engineering and producing innovative and creative products. These products encompass artefacts, processes, systems and environments. It is a course that encourages knowledge and application of available resources, systems and practices through inquiry, design and problem-solving methodologies. The subject helps students understand and use past, present and future industrial technologies to meet the demands and needs of the 21st century, and to be responsive to current and emerging economic, industrial, social and technological changes. 

Technology Studies offers a variety of perspectives and depth of study oriented towards work, training and university pathways. The course aims to prepare students for careers in, for example, the building and service professions (architecture, surveying, and engineering), industrial design, environmental design and manufacturing design.

Tourism SAS

Tourism has become the world’s biggest industry and its potential impact on societies and their economic and ecological future is enormous. The tourism industry is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries, and has assumed increasing importance in Australian society as a source of expanding employment opportunities.

The study area specification in Tourism has been designed to support the needs of entrants into the tourism industry, to provide an introduction to a broad understanding of tourism, and to develop the personal and interpersonal skills that underpin employment in the tourism industry. It examines the dynamic nature of global tourism and the broader social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sustainable tourism. The study area specification in Tourism is designed to provide students with a variety of intellectual, technical, operational and workplace skills. It also enables students to gain an understanding of the role of the tourism industry and the structure, scope and operation of the related tourism sectors of travel, hospitality and visitor services. The development of students’ tourism-related knowledge and skills will also allow for the development of the key competencies, in contexts that arise naturally from the learning experiences and assessment practices of the subject. †   In the course of their studies, students will collect, analyse, and organise information, individually and in teams, particularly in the performance of practical tasks. They will plan and organise activities, and will have opportunities to propose and implement solutions to tourism-related situations. They will be involved in communicating ideas, information, opinions, arguments and conclusions, in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences. As part of their learning and classroom experiences, students will have opportunities to employ mathematical skills, and will be continuously involved in using technologies related to tourism business. The tourism industry provides the context for students to understand the industry’s workplace culture and practices, and also to develop the skills, processes and attitudes crucial for making valid decisions about career pathways. Students are also encouraged to investigate tourism as a source of leisure activity, life skills and as an avenue for further study.

Certificate in Physical Training

This certificate starts students on the path to becoming a physical trainer.  It will involve both the practical and theoretical elements of effective coaching someone to improve their physical performance.

Middle School Subjects

Commerce and Legal

Though Commerce was offered this year, the College has decided to update the course to include some elements of the Senior Legal studies program to allow students to experience both of these areas.  

Media Studies
This subject is the precursor to the Senior subject ‘Film TV and New Media.  It will examine the role of the modern media in society, involve students in critiquing it effectiveness through the examination of films and television programs; and also include the production of modern media.

Goodbye to Our Japanese Visitors

Amid tears, smiles hugs and photos the BTC community said goodbye to our Japanese friends. It was a wonderful week having them at BTC with all the students,  enjoying the experience.  Goodbye until next time..........

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Japanese Visitors Around BTC

The Japanese visitors have been busy around the BTC campus . They were found cooking ....and tasting.....in the home economics room and painting pet rocks, writing messages on their arms and colouring- in indigenous drawings in the art room. The two teachers were helping to judge the Japanese speaking competition which was held in the Primary library.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NAIDOC Celebrations

BTC celebrated NAIDOC with activities from P-12. The younger Year P-2 students were involved with bark and rock painting, making damper and listening to dreamtime stories while theYear 3-6 students split up into groups of boys and girls . Indigenous boys then spoke to the group of boys while the girls were involved in making friendship bracelets with indigenous girls. The bracelets were in the colours of the Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islanders flag. Secondary grades were involved with discussions of the importance of NAIDOC, completed a word search and some did colouring in. To top off the day, some of the students performed some of their dances.  A big thanks to all students and teachers involved in organising NAIDOC  activities. A special thanks to Tanay, Brittney, Tajah and Kerri-Ann for their inspiring dancing. Well done girls. Also to Jacinta for telling the students about the dances and for Sebastian, Peter and Errol for teaching some of the boys their dance moves.