Year 8 students are immersed into an educational environment centred on outcomes based education where the total development of the student, to their full potential, is promoted. Students remain in teams for the English, Mathematics, Society and Environment, and Science learning areas to assist with their transition into high school. Teachers work collaboratively to deliver a program that meets the specific needs of each student. These teachers meet regularly to oversee the academic progress and general well being of each individual.
The Religious Education program provides opportunities to learn about what it means to be a Catholic Christian and to become involved in the religious life of the College. Various themes are covered during the year, including: the natural desire to have friends; to respect themselves, others and the rest of creation; to be accepted; and to share their gifts and talents. God values these desires in people and, through Jesus, seeks to help them live according to these ideals. They accept God’s help through caring for creation, prayer and the celebration of the sacraments.
Literacy and numeracy are both given priority, as they are essential for success in both the students’ academic and personal development. Modified courses are devised for individuals who are having difficulties in this area. Likewise, opportunities to extend students are provided both within the classroom and through an enrichment program. This program encourages the development of higher order thinking.
The bulk of the curriculum covers the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, and Health and Physical Education. Students are given exposure to other learning areas through shorter courses:
Visual Arts: Art, Dance, Drama, Music
Languages other than English: Japanese or Italian
Technology & Enterprise: Computing, Design and Technology, Textiles, and Food and Nutrition