• Galileo camp

    Galileo camp

    Students exploring the natural environment
  • Galileo


    Students connecting with local community
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Year 9 Galileo Curriculum Overview

What’s different about the Galileo Program?

The program is a term-long, intensive course with 60 students and 3 University High School teachers.

The students leave mainstream classes for the term, enrolled in Galileo for 24/30 sessions per week. The students will be placed into smaller homegroups during the second week of the program for assessment and pastoral care purposes.

They will complete elective classes with the rest of their Year 9 cohort for the remaining 6 sessions. The students are still free to participate in their normal extracurricular activities, e.g. music lessons, sports days, the musical etc.

The course is largely project based with students participating in: an excursion (trail) most weeks; a community service placement; surveying the public; interviewing an expert; and going on camp to The Grampians National Park.

Project-based learning

In a project-based environment, students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an engaging question, problem or challenge.

A project-based learning and teaching framework addresses cross-curricula content and learning dispositions through rigorous, authentic, hands-on, interactive learning experience.

Learning Goals and reflective practice

Students monitor the progress of their learning goals on their blogs where they:
  • Introduce their learning goals and express they want to make progress on them
  • Critically analyse their progress on their goals
  • Identify key points in their week where they have progressed on their goals
  • Identify how/why they may not have progress on their goals and what they can do to rectify this
2021 Course Outline for the Year 9 Galileo Program

What Galileo means to me

"From Galileo I have learnt self-belief, confidence and that I am able to achieve anything if I try. At the start of Galileo we were all little baby plants, through the 10 weeks we used The Loft which was our sun, our three talented teachers which were the gardeners and our peers who were our soil to become the people we are today." Natasha Zeng, Year 9