Year 7 students at Lumen Christi have the opportunity to experience a semester of Woodwork and a semester of Metalwork in their first year at the College. These introductory semesters are a foundation for the Manual Arts and give students a chance to discover a flair for working with wood or metal.
Year 8 students are able to continue on with Manual Arts and have the option of choosing from Woodwork, Metalwork or Technical Drawing.
Students in Year 9 will undertake year long units which focus on either skills or design. Subjects focusing on skills will involve the practical components of cabinet making and carpentry, while the design focus will develop students toward the use of woodwork and metalwork as an art form.
In year 10 students will continue on with the skills or design approach to Manual Arts. Also available to year 10 students is Engineering.
Engineering at year 10 level centres around practical skills with the view to continuing onto Upper School Engineering units. Students will need to have a strong academic background as Maths, Physics and English have a large impact on the success of students in this unit. Students who are achieve at high levels in this unit will be encouraged to continue on to Engineering at the Upper School level.
Woodwork & Metalwork
Woodwork and Metalwork are Stage 1 units. At this stage there are no vocational certificates imbedded in the coursework however the skills that students acquire prepare them with the skills to enter a trade.
Woodwork students will have the skills required for an apprenticeship or VET course in Carpentry or Cabinet Making.
Metalwork students will be able to begin an apprenticeship or a VET course in Boiler-making, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Machinist or as a Fitter and Turner.
Students develop skills working with programs such as CAD and students studying Technical Drawing are prepared to enter vocational courses in Drafting or Engineering.
The Engineering Course in Upper School at Lumen Christi prepares students for the WACE and is designed for students who intend to apply for a University Engineering course.
Students will need to have a strong academic background as Maths, Physics and English have a large impact on the success of students in this unit. Students who have been successful in the year 10 Engineering unit will be advised that they are capable of continuing on to the Upper School Engineering course.
Engineering students in year 11 will partake in the Electric Vehicle project as part of their assessment. The students will design, build and test the car making sure it meets the specific requirements set out in the project. Students will learn principles of engineering by design, testing and redesigning elements of the vehicle.
Students in year 12 will concentrate more on principles than practical work in preparation for their exam.