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Middle Years


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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.

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.


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Core Subject Areas – Middle Years

Religious Education

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 – Middle Years

This list is not comprehensive. For a full and up to date list of elective subjects, see the subject handbooks above.



This subject looks at the language and culture of Japan. We have an exchange programme with our sister school, Hakata High School.

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.


This subject looks at the language and culture of Indonesia.

The Arts

Classroom Music

We also offer extracurricular instrumental music.

Electronic Music

Electronic music focuses on the creation of music and music notation by means of computer software.

Visual Art


We also offer extracurricular dance classes.



Health and Physical Education

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.

Rugby Footy Focus

We offer this subject to enable students to understand the game of Rugby, and its surrounding industry, in greater depth.

In addition to the subject, Rugby is also a popular extracurricular option at MacKillop.



Industrial Design and Technology encompasses the fields of woodwork, metalwork, other manual arts, and technical drawing and design.

Information Technology

Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the study of computing and the application of digital technology.

Food Technology

Textiles Technology

In this subject you will learn to sew, and about the creation of clothing and other textiles-based products.