Our Middle and Senior Years curriculum is monitored by a highly qualified and experienced staff with enthusiastic and committed teachers who work to meet the individual needs of students, so as to truly develop a love of learning.
We set high expectations. Our teachers are here to teach; they are passionate about their work, and fully committed to providing an engaging and immersive learning environment for your child. As a parent you will receive constant feedback on your children’s progress. Our focus is on preparing young men and women to take their place in society and “Lead with Courage”.
MacKillop Catholic College has an extensive subject offering, including a dedicated core curriculum of the traditional foundational study areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Studies of Society and Environment, Religious Education, and a wide selection of more specialised elective subjects, including Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Music, IT, Food Technology, Industrial Design, Health and Physical Education, Rugby League, Japanese, Italian and Indonesian, among others. We will always endeavour to provide a subject if students wish to study it, and have even in some instances run classes with just one student in order to provide that student with the education they are seeking to attain.
Students will be taught by caring, dedicated and specialised staff who focus on the individual needs of the students.
The MacKillop Middle Years journey runs from Year 7 to Year 9. It draws heavily from our MacKillop Learning Framework in that it:
- Uses relationships and collaboration as the basis upon which all quality learning takes place;
- Is grounded in curriculum that is relevant to students lives integrated content across subject areas;
- Is inclusive and differentiated in practice, catering to needs of all our students;
- Uses quality feedback as a key strategy in maximising student impact for all learners; and,
- Use international best practice to design quality lesson and unit of work.
Learning in the Middle Years draws dually from vision and the Australian Curriculum. Our Middle Years Curriculum looks to offer students a diverse and rigorous learning journey towards the Senior School. A full overview of this journey is available in our 2017 Subject Handbook available here.
As part of our diverse Middle Years curriculum we offer a broad and comprehensive electives program from Year 7. These electives align to the Australia Curriculum Languages, Technology, Health and Physical Education and Arts areas. Students in Year 7 begin with a broad taste of subjects from all areas and progressively focus their interest as they approach the Senior School in Year 10. More information about electives at each year level can be found below.
Year 7 Elective Program
Students in Year 7 enjoy a wide breadth of subjects that gives them an opportunity to experience what each area of the curriculum can offer.
An overview of the Year 7 electives offered for 2017 can be accessed here. (pdf)
The 2017 Year 7 elective handbook can be accessed from here. (pdf)
Year 7 2017 Selections
Our year 7 elective subject choices are completed via an online survey that can be accessed here.
Year 8 Elective Program
In Year 8 students again enjoy a wide variety of elective options across the year whilst building on the skills they have developed in over the previous year.
An overview of the Year 8 electives offered for 2017 can be accessed here. (pdf)
The 2017 Year 8 elective handbook can be accessed from here. (pdf)
Year 8 2017 Selections
Our year 8 elective subject choices are completed via an online survey that can be accessed here.
Year 9 Elective Program
Students in Year 9 move to semester-long electives that allow them to begin to focus their interests as they head towards Senior School.
An overview of the Year 9 electives offered for 2017 can be accessed here. (pdf)
The 2017 Year 9 elective handbook can be accessed from here. (pdf)
Year 9 2017 Selections
Our year 9 elective subject choices are completed via an online survey that can be accessed here.
Senior Year students, from Year 10 to Year 12, have more control over the electives they choose to undertake, as they prepare for life after school. Whether they choose to continue on to university, take up a trade or apprenticeship, pursue other tertiary studies, or immediately join the workforce.
Our College also offers a Vocational Education and Training programme, which assists students with career options, work experience, industry connections, and applying for and attaining further qualifications.
SATAC Tertiary Information Booklet
Information for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in Northern Territory and South Australian Schools
Core Subject Areas
Religious education, in the Catholic context, is the study of Christian identity, history and culture, contemplation of ideas such as morality and purpose, and discussion of such ideas and their place within the world we live in.
English is the study of the use of our language, in written and spoken word, to effectively convey our ideas. The subject encompasses all aspects of this, from spelling and grammar to to narrative structure, stylistic writing techniques and vocabulary.
Mathematics is the study of numbers, structure and patterns, and helps us understand the fundamental logic behind how our world works. It is the language and basis of all other sciences.
Science is the structured study of the world around us through observation and analysis of data. It encompasses many fields, including some which students may choose to specialise in such as biology, physics and chemistry.
Studies of Society and Environment
SOSE covers a broad spectrum of topics within the humanities field which look at the interactions of people within the societies and environments they inhabit. Areas of study covered in SOSE can include anthropology, economics, history, political science, geography, sociology and environmental science.
Elective Subject Areas
Students participate in activities such as: hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, surf lifesaving and archery.
We also offer extracurricular instrumental music.
Industrial Design and Technology encompasses the fields of woodwork, metalwork, other manual arts, and technical drawing and design.
We also offer extracurricular dance classes.
Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the study of computing and the application of digital technology.
Rugby League Footy Focus
As the NT’s only officially recognised Rugby League School, we offer this subject to enable students to understand the game of Rugby League, and its surrounding industry, in greater depth.
In addition to the subject, Rugby League is also a popular extracurricular option at MacKillop.
This subject looks at the language and culture of Japan. We have an exchange programme with our sister school, Hakata High School. Our Japanese Language page for Japanese students and teachers interested in this program can be found here.
We also have an extracurricular anime club.
This subject looks at the language and culture of Italy.
This subject looks at the language and culture of Indonesia.
In this subject, students study and participate in sport, and learn about health and physiology.
Information on school sports in general can be found here.
In this subject you will learn to sew, and about the creation of clothing and other textiles-based products.
The study of law and its application.
Psychology is the study of the mind and how people think.
Biology encompasses the branch of sciences which observe the processes of life and the ecosystems in which life occurs.
Chemistry is the study of the properties of the matter which makes up our universe.
Physics is the study of the fundamental forces through which matter and energy interact.
Electronic music focuses on the creation of music and music notation by means of computer software.
Digital Media includes the collaborative fields of film and sound production and editing, journalism, and media design.