Resources for Year 9 students

Resources for Year 9 students

We will continue to add resources across all year levels and learning areas, to give children and young people the best opportunity to continue to learn at home.

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  • 'Hamlet': torment and tragedy

    Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most tormented tragic heroes. Unlike the protagonists of most other tragedies, Hamlet begins the play in a state of anguish. In this early soliloquy, the audience learns why. Tom Conroy from Bell Shakespeare realises Hamlet's agony in this moving excerpt from Act 1, scene 2.

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  • A mini chemistry set in a stick

    Do you know how glowsticks work? Watch this clip and discover the chemical reaction that takes place when you snap a glowstick and release the reactants. Find out about chemiluminescence in nature, when scientists first created glowing sticks and the chemical equation that describes the reaction. Can you guess which glowstick colour is the most challenging to create?

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  • Applying trigonometry: leaning tower

    The Leaning Tower of Gingin is the centrepiece of the Gravity Discovery Centre. The Catalyst team of Derek, Simon and Anja drop watermelons from the tower, to examine the rate at which they fall. They are testing Galileo's theory about falling objects. The dimensions of the tower provide an opportunity to apply some basic trigonometry.

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  • Are lasers accurate enough to track space debris?

    In space there are thousands of human-made objects (satellites and space junk) orbiting Earth. To avoid collision with space debris, satellites are manoeuvred out of its path. Discover how space debris is tracked using lasers, and about accuracy's effects on the lifetime of the satellite. Find out, using trigonometry, the effect even 1 degree has on accuracy over a large distance.

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  • Big data, better hospitals

    Overcrowding in hospitals is one of the biggest challenges facing our healthcare system . In order to reduce hospital waiting times, the Patient Admission Prediction Tool (PAPT) uses historical data to predict how many patients, and with what kinds of injuries, are expected to arrive at the emergency department each day of the year. This video shows the experience of one hospital in Queensland, where the staff use the PAPT to make the care they provide more efficient.

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  • Calculate your compost

    JP Williamson says that, on average, households produce 2.3kg of compostable food waste per week. Can you use this figure to calculate how much food waste your street produces each week? Using your best guess to estimate the average number of people per household in your neighbourhood, now calculate how much food waste per person is created each week. Do the numbers surprise you? Maybe you can contact your local council and find out about composting!

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  • Challenges and Choices - A Resilience Approach to Road Safety Education - Year 9

    Student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development. Children who are confident, resilient and emotionally intelligent perform better academically. These skills can contribute to the maintenance of healthy relationships and responsible lifestyles.

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  • Challenges and Choices - Be Ready student workbook - Year 9

    Our strengths can influence the way we behave, think or feel, and allow us to function and perform at our best. Learn the 24 characteristic strengths of positive psychology

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  • Challenges and Choices - In Gear student workbook - Year 9

    Learn to manage situations, avoid serious conflict, and stay in control. Learning to speak assertively will help you to communicate effectively

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  • Challenges and Choices - Resilience Education - Year 9

    Student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development. Children who are confident, resilient and emotionally intelligent perform better academically. These skills contribute to the maintenance of healthy relationships and responsible lifestyles.

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  • Charles Perkins in Moree

    Australia in the 1960s was still a racially segregated country. What did Charles Perkins organise in 1965 to challenge racist attitudes and practises in regional NSW? Watch as people discuss what happened in Moree, which illustrates the division of that time, and learn about the difference Charles Perkins and his Freedom Riders made to the Aboriginal community of Moree.

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  • Chemistry of rotten eggs, and more

    Want to know if an egg is rotten, why onions bring on tears and what makes green vegetables turn brown after cooking? Watch this clip to discover the chemistry behind these and other everyday problems. Find out about the chemical reactions, compounds and elements involved, and learn some simple chemistry-inspired solutions.

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  • Credit and debt

    Students discuss borrowing money and controlling their level of debt.

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  • Declining forests of Giant Kelp

    Imagine diving between giant kelp that reach more than 30 metres from the bottom of the ocean to the surface. The east coast of Tasmania is one of the few places in the world where these underwater forests exist. But how much longer will they survive? Watch this clip to find out why these magnificent ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate.

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  • Defining moments

    Examine hundreds of events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people.

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  • Difference Differently Level 4

    This resource helps children explore the challenges and opportunities created by diversity.

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  • Dyeing with red cabbage

    Many natural products, such as red cabbage and turmeric, can be used as a natural source of colour to dye fibres. Watch the dyeing demonstration in this clip to see how. Discover the chemistry of natural dyes, including the bonding properties of different pigments and how acid-base reactions can alter the colour of pH-sensitive dyes.

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  • Exploring atoms: atom structure

    See how scientists such as Ernest Rutherford have investigated the structure of atoms. Explore possible models. Fire charged particles at atoms and find which model best fits the results.

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  • Is bamboo clothing really eco-friendly?

    Bamboo is an increasingly popular choice as a clothing fabric, but is it really as eco-friendly as they say? Discover raw bamboo's natural characteristics and properties and find out why it's admired as a processed fibre. Then see what research reveals about the way it's processed.

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  • Jane Eyre: Fairytale and realism

    Do you detect a hint of the supernatural in Jane Eyre? Professor John Bowen, Professor of Nineteeth-century Literature at the University of York, says, 'It is a novel with a lot of haunting in it.' Listen as Professor Bowen discusses the fairytale and gothic elements in Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. This clip from The British Library is one in a series of four.

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