Curriculum

Our College adheres to the national standards set out in the Australian Curriculum and the Church’s guidance on Religious Education provided through Treasures New and Old.

Each of the eight subject areas we teach has the equivalent of three hour-long lessons in a week, comparable with other high schools. We cover the same curriculum content (the Australian Curriculum) and do equivalent assessment.

The difference lies in our use of time. Two of the three hours are devoted to traditional classroom teaching. The third hour is intensive individual learning.

Religious Education

As a Catholic College, we recognise religious education as critical to a student’s understanding of the world and their purpose within it. Our Religious Education program opens students to the richness of the Catholic tradition, and its role in shaping our society. We also welcome the sharing of the beliefs and experience of members of our community from other faith backgrounds. Together, we explore the contemporary challenges people of conscience and faith are called upon to face.

YEAR 7

Year 7 is a time of transition as well an opportunity for students to explore a range of subject paths. Our program prepares students to take full advantage of their middle schooling years.

Central to the Year 7 program is the linking of related disciplines to help students approach learning holistically. Our integrated subjects reinforce the core competencies shared across fields, and encourage students to make the connections required for solving real-world problems.

Students also begin or continue language studies, with a choice of French or Chinese (Mandarin). Their chosen language becomes a core subject for the next two years.

Electives are offered, with students cycling through one each term. This ensures that students have the opportunity to experience a range of subjects in Years 7 & 8 before making elective choices in Years 9-12.

CORE SUBJECTS

Religious Education
Integrated Maths and Science
Integrated Humanities encompassing English, History and Geography
Physical Education and Health
Languages (French or Chinese)

ELECTIVES 2016

Food Technology
Music
Woodwork
Drama

Please note that electives may vary from year to year.

YEAR 8

The Year 8 program allows students to build on the skills and interests developed in their introductory year. Students undertake eight subjects, including an elective. The components of Year 7 integrated subjects are taught as discrete subjects in Year 8. Connections are still made across subject areas.

The Year 8 Curriculum consists of the following subjects

Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Studies of Society and the Environment (History and Geography)

PE and Health
French or Chinese

ELECTIVES 2016

Sustainability
Media
Textiles
Wood Technology
Dance
Art

Please note that electives may vary from year to year.

YEARS 9 & 10

As students approach their senior years the College encourages reflection on study and career paths, seeking to open rather than exclude future choices. A broad array of electives allow students to test a range of possible futures, whether they seek a vocational or academic path.

Students are not required to study a foreign language, but are encouraged to continue the study of their chosen language as an elective.

Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Studies of Society and the Environment (History and Geography)
PE and Health

ELECTIVES 2016:

French
Chinese
Information Technology
Food Technology
Textiles Technology
Wood Technology
Sustainability
Visual Arts
Photography and Graphic Design
Dance
Drama
Music
Introduction to the Law
Business and Economics
Advanced Sports Studies