Learning at Kennedy
Kennedy students are expected to strive for personal excellence in all that they do. At Kennedy, your child will learn to see life’s opportunities as theirs to seize and obstacles as challenges to overcome.
Students are encouraged to actively engage in their learning, with the option to choose the skills and areas they are interested in. This creates a fun, inspiring learning journey that motivates Kennedy students to achieve their best.
Learning areas offered at Kennedy include:
- English and Languages
- Health and Physical Education
- Research and Study
The College utilises high-capacity internet services and wireless infrastructure to effectively access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas. With personalised support from our Information and Communication Technologies team, we promote a Bring Your Own Device Program, where students can choose the device that best suits their personal learning style.
Kennedy is home to an all-encompassing creative arts program that seeks to inspire and motivate students to develop and express creativity. Every student has unique talents and abilities, and we want to nurture these gifts so your child can excel in creative and artistic spheres.
From the stage to the dance studio and the media editing suite, Kennedy’s cutting-edge Arts facilities are home to talented teaching staff who direct and inspire students to strive for personal excellence.
Arts electives offered at Kennedy include:
- Film Making
- Fine Art
- General Art
- General Music
- Graphic Art
- Singing and Music
- Specialist Dance
- Specialist Drama
- Specialist Music
All Kennedy students are taught the Western Australian English Curriculum, built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. The aim of the program is to develop your child’s knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing.
The English Learning Area is central to all learning and development at Kennedy Baptist College. Our teachers are highly trained and creative in their pedagogical practices, promoting the development of confident communicators, innovative minds and global citizens.
Studying a language other than English (LOTE) is compulsory for Years 7 and 8 students. Kennedy offers a choice of French or Chinese. Students may wish to continue their LOTE studies through to Year 12 or replace this with another elective from Year 9 onwards.
Kennedy’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum is relevant, engaging, contemporary and encourages physical activity that is enjoyable and developmentally appropriate. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self, to build and maintain relationships and to make positive decisions to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Sport and Physical Education are an integral part of life at Kennedy. From the oval to the court, the College provides students with a variety of opportunities to improve their health and develop their athletic and teamwork abilities.
A variety of sporting opportunities are available, during and out of school hours, including:
- Australian Rules Football
- Cross Country
- Surf Lifesaving
- Touch Rugby
- Ultimate Frisbee
Humanities is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The Humanities Curriculum includes four subject areas: History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business.
Through studying Humanities, your child will develop the ability to ask questions, think critically, problem solve, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. They will develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.
Kennedy’s Mathematics Curriculum provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. These proficiencies enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
At Kennedy, we appreciate the power of mathematical reasoning and encourage students to learn and apply their mathematical understanding creatively and efficiently. We want your child to develop a love of learning with the ambition to succeed and the determination to persevere, all in the pursuit of personal excellence.
Kennedy offers foundation, general, advanced and extension opportunities within the Mathematics Learning Area. Teaching staff are passionate about supporting your child in developing the skills they need to successfully apply mathematical concepts beyond the mathematics classroom.
Science is the systematic study of the biological, physical and technological worlds. It is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of the world.
The Science Curriculum at Kennedy Baptist College will help your child to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society and its applications in our lives.
During their studies, your child will develop a solid foundation of:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemical Sciences
- Earth and Space Sciences
- Physical Sciences
Kennedy students have the opportunity to expand their curiosity and willingness to explore, question and speculate about the world in which we live. Students also develop an understanding of, and ability to use a range of scientific enquiry methods, while developing their communication skills as they justify ideas and debate scientific arguments and claims.
Technologies enrich the lives of people and societies globally. The Western Australian Curriculum states that:
“Society needs enterprising students who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living”
Kennedy’s Technologies Curriculum describes two distinct but related subjects:
- Design and Technologies
- Digital Technologies
During Design and Technologies, your child will use design thinking and technologies to create solutions that address the needs of society. Students are supported and encouraged to develop an innovative mindset as they investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions.
The Digital Technologies Curriculum focuses on the increasingly digital world in which we live. The curriculum will prepare your child to make informed decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in his/her life and across society.
A deep knowledge and understanding of information systems will also enable your child to be a creative and discerning decision-maker when evaluating, managing and using data, information, processes and digital systems to meet their needs.
Kennedy Baptist College has a strong commitment to reading, study and research. Our Research and Study Centre offers an extensive collection of resources and books, with the support of teaching staff.
A study skills program is taught in Year 7 and across other year groups as required. If your child requires further assistance, individual tutoring is also available.
Various activities are offered at the Research and Study Centre, including Book Club, study skills tuition and a continually evolving Maker Space program. Encouraging regular reading is an important part of our job. The Research and Study Centre runs reading programs, in collaboration with the English Teachers, to all students in Year 7 to 10.
The Research and Study Centre is open from 7.45am to 4.15pm every day.