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Year 8 News


Welcome all returning students, new students, and their families, to our Catherine McAuley College community.

Year 8 students experienced a busy and positive start to 2020. We participated in a Year level assembly on Friday introducing our theme for the year, ‘Mercy for our common home’. Students then moved onto classes.

A highlight of Term 1 will be our camp at Anglesea in the last week of term. Families will receive more information shortly in relation to the camp. Meanwhile, mark these dates for your calendar:

Camp 1: 23-25 March – Core groups A1, A2, A3, B1 and B2.
Camp 2: 25-27 March – Core groups B3, B4, C1, C2, C3, C4

The following is a summary of some of the concepts to be studied in classes this term:

This term we will be undertaking a novel study titled Digger J.Jones by Richard J. Frankland. The novel is set in Melbourne during the 1960s and explores the 1967 referendum. This novel will be read and analysed as a class. All students have been offered the audio of the novel to have on their computers.

As well as the novel study, we will undertake a weekly grammar session using a new grammar textbook and continue with the fortnightly reading sessions in the library.


  • Students will be exploring the topic: “A Just Society”. At looking at these questions:
  • What role do laws play in a just society?
  • Can we have justice without mercy?
  • Is there fair and equitable access to health strategies and resources in our society?
  • How is justice determined within the Australian Legal System?


All classes have commenced with a week of Number skills to consolidate concepts such as factors, multiples, primes, index notation, integers and basic arithmetic skills. Students will then be working on the Essential Assessment Program to support the concept-based work from the Open Up Program. In Term 1, we will be looking at Scale drawings and Proportional relationships.

We are looking forward to working with students, and their families, to achieve positive outcomes in their learning and their personal growth. We are deeply committed to the College values and ‘Respect the Learning’ statements.

Jan Lake and Cara Lewis, Year 8 Year Level Learning Leaders