Junior Secondary Programs are developed from the Australian
Curriculum and allocations for subjects reflect the National
priorities for schooling. In this context, we have six core subjects
and some choice for elective subjects.
Students will study six core subjects throughout the year: English,
Health & Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics, Religion
Selection of subjects by students is an important part of focusing
their thinking on what their strengths and interests are. With the
majority of study mandated for them, we ask parents to provide
guidance, but to allow students to make their personal selections
from the elective courses.
Students will study SIX core subjects and will choose FOUR electives to study for a semester each.
Students are assigned to pastoral groups and a pastoral care teacher. The pastoral group starts each day together for roll marking, daily notices, and the return of notes for absence/illness/lateness/early departure. The pastoral group and the pastoral teacher is the first and most significant means of providing for the care of students. To ensure the development of closer understanding, the pastoral teacher will teach at least one core subject. The Head of Year 8 and Assistant Head of Year 8 is the next level of supervision and care. Beyond this, we have College counsellors and senior administration staff. In particular the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, Ms Vivian Savage and the Assistant Principal Administration – Junior Curriculum, Ms Katrina Nicholson.
Up to two reflection days led by guest speakers provide students with time for reflection, discussion and group activities. These days, within the context of a busy school year, attempt to integrate faith, life and peer culture at this stage in their development.