Year 8

Year 8

Adolescence is a time of significant growth and development inside the teenage brain and how teenagers spend their time is crucial to brain development. At Taminmin we provide plenty of academic stimulation through our core and elective subjects that are both hands on and technical. In year 8 students nominate areas of interest from a list of elective subjects that is diverse enough to nurture your child’s creative interests and talents.

Students in Year 8 are arranged in Homeroom groups and remain in these groups for their core subjects and for their wellbeing sessions.

The Year 8 timetable consists of the five core subjects: English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE). Students nominate two elective subjects each semester as they start to explore their areas of personal interest.

All our Year 8 learning programs follow the Australian Curriculum (ACARA).

At Taminmin we value and cater for diversity for more information see Inclusive Education

Core Subjects


Students examine and respond to a range of written genres, identifying how text is influence by context and purpose. Students plan, write and publish texts including producing a poetry anthology. Students engage with a film study, analysing a variety of filming techniques. There is a leading learners program for available for this subject


Students expand their knowledge of geometry by working with circles and Pythagoras’ Theorem. They work on proportional thinking and link this to algebra through linear graphing. Further skills in algebraic manipulation are developed. Students’ knowledge of data distributions is enhanced in statistics and probability. There is a leading learners program for available for this subject.

Health & Physical Education

Explore help-seeking strategies and the nature of relationship to enhance health, safety, and wellbeing. Participate in movement and physical activities to increase their overall health and wellbeing


Students study cells, organs and systems in plants and animals. They explore energy transfers and transformations. Students investigate chemical changes using the particle model. They study the rock cycle, plate tectonics and continental drift. There is a leading learners program for available for this subject

Studies of Society and Environment

Students develop their inquiry, source analysis, data interpretation and communication skills. Students learn about the history of Medieval Europe and complete a case study of expanding contacts in the early modern world. Students develop their understanding of landscapes and landforms, urbanisation, how businesses adapt, the formation of government, and how laws are made. There is a leading learners program for available for this subject


These weekly wellbeing sessions help students improve personal management and social management skills. They look at the impacts of social media and body image to develop a strong sense of self and an ethos of caring in the community

Elective Subjects


Focused on horticulture, learn to maintain and design a garden using the schools vegetable patch and fruit orchards


Build technical skills and knowledge though experimenting with drawing, painting and printmaking


Learn glazing techniques and hand building earthenware inspired by storytelling and sculpture


Explore and interpret Commercial Dance as an art through choreography, performance and appreciation

Digital Technologies

Learn basic computer game coding, Adobe image editing, and program Lego robots


Develop performance narratives using Drama Elements, such as tension, characterisation and expression


Understand fitness as a life ethos. Participate in fitness activities. Investigate coaching techniques

Home Economics

Cooking: Design and prepare healthy dishes
Textiles: Learn machine sewing, fabric dyeing and construction techniques

Marine Technology

Study fish anatomy and habitat. Manage and design aquaponics systems


Learn to appreciate other cultures and value diversity. Students learn some Spanish so they can speak to each other in a different language

Sports Academy

Develop specialized movement skills and sequences within Rugby and AFL

STEM Makerspace

Understand design thinking. Build solutions using 3D printing, laser cutting and woodwork techniques