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Curriculum

IMG_2107Our  curriculum offering is overseen 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.

Middle Years

win_20160216_091340The 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 herepdf

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 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 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

Senior Years

Bondi RescueSenior 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.

pdf Year 10 2018 Subject Handbook

pdf Year 11 2018 Subject Handbook

pdf Year 12 2018 Subject Handbook

Other Useful Documents for Seniors:

pdf A Guide to Effective Referencing v2 2016

pdf A Guide to Excellent Writing in Senior v2 2016

pdf A Guide to focus and concentration v2 2016

pdf A Guide to Learning Styles v2 2016

pdf Preparing for Examinations – Notetaking v2 2016

Flexible Learning

pdf Flexible Learning Subject Handbook 2017

 

SATAC Tertiary Information Booklet

Information for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in Northern Territory and South Australian Schools

pdf SATAC NT Booklet

pdf NTCET Senior Years Pattern 90 credits

pdf NTCET Planner

Core Subject Areas – Middle Years

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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

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.

 

 

Maths

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

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

Languages

Japanese

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.

 

Italian

This subject looks at the language and culture of Italy.

 

 

 

Indonesian

This subject looks at the language and culture of Indonesia.

 

 

 

 The Arts

Classroom Musicsaxophones

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

 

 

 

 

Dance

We also offer extracurricular dance classes.

 

 

 

Drama

 

 

 

 

Sport

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 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.

 

Technology

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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.

 

 

 

Senior Years Subjects

Senior Religious Educationcross

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.

 

 

Senior English

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.

 

 

Senior Maths

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.

 

 

The Sciences

Year 10 Science

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.

 

 

Biology

Biology encompasses the branch of sciences which observe the processes of life and the ecosystems in which life occurs.

 

 

 

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the properties of the matter which makes up our universe.

 

 

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences

This subject emphasises ways in which Earth materials and processes generate environments, including habitats, where organisms live; the natural processes and human influences that induce changes in physical environments; and ways in which organisms respond to those changes.

 

 

Physics

Physics is the study of the fundamental forces through which matter and energy interact.

 

 

 

NutritionNutrition

Students of Nutrition are presented with up-to-date scientific information on the role of nutrients in the body as well as social and environmental issues in nutrition.

 

 

 

Psychology

Psychology is the study of the mind and how people think.

 

 

 

Year 10 Science

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.

 

 

 

Scientific Studies

Students develop their knowledge of scientific principles and concepts, the ability to use that knowledge to identify questions, issues, opportunities and challenges, and the capacity to acquire new knowledge through their own investigations.

 

 

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences

This subject covers History, Ancient History, Geography, Legal Studies, Civics and Business and Enterprise.

 

 

 

Ancient Studies

Students critically engage with texts and analyse archaeological and historical sources, both primary and secondary. Students develop skills of historical literacy that enable them to challenge or confirm their beliefs, attitudes, and values.

 

 

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Students of History have the opportunity to make sense of an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world by connecting the past and the present. History involves the investigation of human experience over time.

 

 

Geography

Through the study of Geography, students develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people, places, and environments.

 

 

 

Media Studies

Digital Media includes the collaborative fields of film and sound production and editing, journalism, and media design.

 

 

 

Legal Studies

The study of law and its application.

 

 

 

Health and Physical Education

Year 10 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.

 

 

handsChild Studies

Child Studies is a subject that focuses on the study of children from conception to 8 years. It is a subject that supports an active process of learning where students engage in challenging experiences.

 

 

Food and Hospitality

Students work independently and collaboratively to achieve common goals. They develop skills and safe work practices in the preparation, storage and handling of food, complying with current health and safety legislation.

 

 

 

HealthHealth

Students recognise the various factors that shape the behaviour and attitudes of individuals and groups in relation to healthy living, and caring for themselves and the environment.

 

 

 

Outdoor EducationPicture1

Students participate in activities such as: hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, surf lifesaving and archery.

 

 

 

Senior 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.

 

 

The Arts

Senior Musicsaxophones

We also offer extracurricular instrumental music.

 

 

 

Senior Visual Art

 

 

 

 

Senior Creative Arts

 

 

 

 

Senior Dance

We also offer extracurricular dance classes.

 

 

 

Senior Drama

 

 

 

 

Business, Enterprise and Technology

Design and Technology – Material Products

 

 

 

 

 

 Design and Technology – Communication Products

 

 

 

 

Design and Technology – Systems and Control Products

 

 

 

 

Business and Enterprise

Business and Enterprise focuses on the successful management of business and enterprise issues in personal, business, and social contexts.

 

 

 

Workplace Practices

 

 

 

 

Information Processing and Publishing

 

 

 

 

Cross-Disciplinary

Community Studies

 

 

 

 

Integrated Learning

 

 

 

 

Research Project

 

 

 

 

Languages

Senior Japanese

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.

 

Senior Italian

This subject looks at the language and culture of Italy.

 

 

 

Senior Indonesian

This subject looks at the language and culture of Indonesia.

 

 

 

Vocational Education and Training

VET at MacKillop

At MacKillop Catholic College we offer many Vocational Education and Training (VET) options. Please arrange an appointment with Tonia Folino in VET and Careers if you are interested in exploring VET options. Find out more here!