Year 8


In Year 8 students will be completing the Western Australian Curriculum course for English. The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands. These strands are Language, Literature and Literacy. For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.


Students follow the Western Australian Curriculum for Mathematics which contains work from the Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability strands. For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.


The three strands of the curriculum, Science Inquiry Skills, Science Understanding and Science as a Human Endeavour are interrelated, and their content is taught in an integrated way. In Year 8, students are introduced to cells as microscopic structures that explain macroscopic properties of living systems.  Similarly, they explore changes in matter at a particle level, and distinguish between chemical and physical change. They classify different forms of energy, and describe the role of energy in causing change in systems, including in the rock cycle. Students continue to develop their understanding of the scientific method and their ability to use scientific equipment and conduct experiments. For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)

The Humanities and Social Sciences, enable students to develop their critical thinking and skill application ready for life after school. We focus on skills such as questioning, research, analysis, evaluation, communication, and reflection through investigation of events, developments, issues, and phenomena in both historical and contemporary contexts. The four subject areas covered in HASS are Geography, Economics, History and Politics and Law. For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.


The units are designed to develop skills in the reading, writing, listening and performance of music, which will greatly complement the learning of any musical instrument.

This specialist course is compulsory for students already receiving tuition on a musical instrument through the Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) Program. Students who are receiving IMSS lessons in Primary school will be automatically enrolled in Year 8 class music for Semester 1 and 2. Students studying an instrument privately are also recommended to select these units and are encouraged to be involved in an ensemble. For further information, please contact the TIC (Teacher in Charge) of this department.


The Engagement program has been set up to inspire young minds to shine by empowering students to develop their strengths, build resilience and shine. The program is split into three distinct areas, Literacy, Numeracy and Educational Support. Identified students have an individually structured program, developed to meet their individual needs. Please contact Charlotte Edwards for more information (


A language is compulsory for students in Year 7 and 8. At Eastern Hills SHS we deliver Italian, and Japanese for the full year. Learning a language helps to improve communication, employability, and English language skills. Studying a foreign language opens your mind to other cultures and world views. For further information, please contact the English Department.

Physical Education

Students will perform a variety of individual movement skills and sequences demonstrating improved control, accuracy, and efficiency in their performance. In competitive contexts, they implement a variety of tactics to achieve an intended outcome. Students will participate in a range of sporting contexts such as basketball, sofcrosse, tennis, softball, athletics, soccer, hockey, and badminton. For further information, please contact the Physical Education Department.

Health Education

Students are provided with the opportunity to identify skills and strategies to manage change and promote all aspects of their own and others’ health, including making informed decisions, using assertive responses, and making contingency plans to avoid and prevent risks to health. Students identify the impact of negative behaviours on relationships and describe a range of factors and their impact on a person’s emotional response and behaviour. For further information, please contact the Physical Education and Health Department.

Eastern Hills Sports Academy

The Eastern Hills Sports Academy is a program which engages students in high-quality sporting environment to improve sporting performance and develop teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills. The Sports Academy encourages students to actively engage with their local community through sport while promoting lifelong participation and learning. Students entering Year 8 have the option to choose the Football Program or Sports Academy PE (Football, Basketball and Netball).

Students within the Sports Academy are expected to demonstrate positive behaviour standards both at school and while representing the school at interschool competitions. An application process may be conducted to determine the suitability of students wishing to enter the Sports Academy.  For more information contact the Physical Education and Health Department.


Year 8 consists of taster Arts courses in the areas of Media (Media YouTube and Media Film and TV), Visual Arts (Visual Art 2D, Ceramics, Printmaking and Computer Graphics) and Performing Arts (Drama). For further information, please contact the Arts Department.


Design and Technology

Taster subjects in Design and Technology include Woodwork, Metalwork.  For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.

Home Economics

Food Awareness

Food Awareness is a taster program where students will engage in understanding the basic nutritional value of food and preparation techniques and presentation. Students will prepare a range of prescribed dishes to develop skills that will be built upon in coming years.

Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies is compulsory for all students in Years 7 and 8.  It is a term long unit that focuses on developing understanding and skills in computational thinking such as decomposing problems and prototyping.  For further information, please contact the HOLA (Head of Learning Area) of this department.