Secondary Years 7 - 10 The secondary years of learning at St Mary’s Parish School are driven by the need to equip students with applicable and transferrable skills. The secondary years will focus on the honing and mastery of literacy and numeracy skills. These skills are explicitly taught across the curriculum and all learning areas by teachers who are committed to each student achieving their potential. In years 7 and 8, foundations and experimentation in new areas which we hope will result in life-long pursuits, are established.
Years 7 and 8 The Year 7 and 8 curriculum at St Mary’s Parish School is underpinned by two guiding visions. The first aims to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in their senior pathway, and the second is to provide a broad range of opportunities for success across a wide variety of learning areas. Years 7 and 8 are a time for students to explore and discover their strengths and weakness and likes and dislikes in a supportive and challenging environment. All students in Year 7 and 8 study English, Mathematics, Science, Religion, Humanities and Physical Education, Music (Year 7 only) and LOTE (i.e. German) for the entire year.
Students then undertake one term of subjects from the areas of Technologies and the Arts. These learning areas are taught in their distinct disciplines and include: Design Technology (Wood), Information Technology, Food Technology, Design Technology, Art and Drama. These taster subjects expose students to a variety of subjects and ensure students are able to make informed choices when narrowing their curriculum in Year 9.
Years 9 and 10 The Years 9 and 10 curriculum builds on the foundations of Years 7 and 8 and has a more specialised focus. A core curriculum ensures all students participate in the compulsory learning areas of English, Mathematics, Religion, Science, PE, History and Geography. Study in these learning areas continue to focus on the mastery of transferrable skills and ensures students are competent in the literacies and numeracies associated with these subjects.
All learning at St Mary’s Parish School embeds information and communication technologies and these skills continue to be extended, consolidated and developed in Year 9 and 10. These skills are complemented and furthered by the study of elective subjects in semester units. Students are able to reflect on their experiences in Years 7 and 8 and choose subjects which reflect their talents, interests and future aspirations. Students can choose electives from subject areas such as: Art, Music, Drama, Languages (German), Design Technologies (Wood), Design Technologies (Graphics), Digital Technology, Legal Studies, Design Technologies (Food).
Students in Year 10 are able to begin a school-based apprenticeship if they wish.
One to One ICT Program St Mary’s Parish School embraces the digital technology provided by laptops to promote a technologically centered learning environment. Our Years 7 to 10 students are provided with a laptop for use in all classes and at home for both formal and informal learning opportunities. For payment plans please refer to our school fee schedule.
This strategic direction aims to:
Support and enable successful independent learning for our students to become life-long digital global learners.
Allow students to collaborate with peers and teachers using media rich technologies.
Engage students in a personal and differentiated learning journey.
Embrace critical thinking and problem-solving while enabling students to develop their creativity.
Provide our students with anywhere-anytime access to information, research and learning.
Our challenge is to ensure these laptops exponentially add to the inquiry and learning of the students, so they embrace this technology appropriately.
We trust that this program can enable students to have the most technologically focused and beneficial learning environment possible for their future.
St Mary’s Parish School aims to promote excellence in education and provides challenging and stimulating learning experiences and opportunities which enable all students to explore and build on their gifts and talents. The laptop is just one tool which supports these learning environments and experiences.