Curriculum

Curriculum

All schools including Sydney Catholic schools follow the same Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, with our Catholic values underpinning everything that we do.

With a focus on the development of the whole person, courses offered at the school cover the NESA syllabus requirements – developing the core skills of literacy and numeracy – and our Archdiocesan Religious Education curriculum.

Our teachers extend and challenge students to be the best they can be, while recognising that every student is unique and learns differently.

Religious Education is at the heart of Catholic education. It informs all aspects of school life and contributes to the mission of the Catholic Church in announcing the good news of Jesus Christ.

All students are expected to participate in the religious life of the school. This includes their participation in Religious Education classes, their study of the Archdiocesan curriculum and their use of the To Know, Worship and Love textbooks and resources.

In English ‘students learn to read, write, speak, view and represent language. They learn about the English language and literature through working with a wide range of spoken, visual, multimedia and digital texts. Students learn how language varies according to context, and how to communicate with a range of audiences for different purposes. They learn to read for information and pleasure. Students gain a sound grasp of language structures, punctuation, spelling and grammar. They also learn to think in ways that are imaginative, creative and critical.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

Literacy is the effective use of knowledge and skills to interpret and use language confidently for learning, communicating and engaging in society. It involves the integration of listening, speaking, reading, viewing, creating, writing and critical thinking. These skills are applied in different curriculum areas for a variety of purposes.

The Sydney Catholic Schools Statement on Literacy provides further elaboration on the principles of literacy and various roles within and across our schools.

In Kindergarten to Year 6, Mathematics ‘focuses on developing students’ mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, reasoning and problem-solving through their study of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations, using strategies to make decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

Numeracy is the effective use of Mathematics to meet the demands of daily learning and life. Numeracy takes place across the curriculum and throughout the school day in a variety of contexts.

The Sydney Catholic Schools Statement on Numeracy provides further elaboration on the principles of numeracy and various roles within and across our schools.

The Science syllabus covers Science and Technology for Kindergarten to Year 6 students.

Science and Technology ‘fosters in students a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. Students are encouraged to embrace new concepts and to learn through trialling, testing and refining ideas. They are supported to participate responsibly in developing innovative ideas and solutions in response to questions and opportunities relevant to them and the world around them.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) ‘provides opportunities for students to explore the past and present to develop an understanding of their personal and community identity. They investigate the interactions between people, places and environments that shape their nation and world. They learn to participate in society as informed, responsible and active citizens.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

The focus is on History and Geography in Kindergarten to Year 6.

Creative Arts ‘gives students experiences in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. They have opportunities to explore their creativity in each of these areas. Students learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each art form offers. They perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

‘Through Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) students develop self management, interpersonal and movement skills to help them become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens. The learning experiences in PDHPE provide students with a foundation to actively contribute to, and advocate for the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others in the community and beyond school. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in physical activity to develop movement skills and recognise the impact of physical activity on health and wellbeing.’ – NSW Education Standards Authority, Parent Guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses.

Religious Education
Students are invited into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God through their exploration of the Scriptures, their participation in personal and communal prayer and their living out of Catholic social and moral teachings. Religious Education provides opportunities for young people to ‘see, judge and act’ in response to Jesus’ great commandment to love God and love others and thus, ‘live life to the full’.

English
Year 7 and 8 students learn to engage and explore increasingly complex texts with a focus on the teaching of literature through clearly defined content and text requirements of reading, listening to and viewing at least two works of fiction, film, nonfiction, drama and a range of poetry.

Mathematics
Year 7 and 8 students learn to integrate the components of working mathematically (communicating, problem-solving, reasoning, understanding and fluency) throughout the strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability.

Science and Technology
Year 7 and 8 students’ study of science, emphasises inquiry-based learning. Students explore the physical world, earth and space, living world and chemical world with the following scientific enquiry:

  • questioning and predicting
  • planning investigations
  • conducting investigations
  • processing and analysing data and information
  • problem-solving
  • communicating

Year 7 and 8 students learn to use a range of tools, materials and techniques in the design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons.

PDHPE
Year 7 and 8 students learn to:

  • think critically, solve problems and make informed decisions on health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity
  • explore issues that impact the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others
  • participate in movement experiences that are regular, varied, purposeful, challenging and enjoyable

Creative Arts
In Year 7 students study art making, critical and historical studies through the use of conceptual framework and a variety of frames.

In Year 8 students study musical concepts through performing, composing and listening.

Geography and History
The study of geography looks at where things are, why they are there, and how humans interact with environments. It involves students investigating geographical issues including contemporary concepts such as sustainability.
A study of history examines the past to help explain how people, places and events shape our world today. Our students will explore the different stories, perspectives and interpretations of the past using a range of sources. They also use this evidence to provide their own point of view using historical research and skills.

Year 9 offers a core curriculum with one elective. The following subjects are planned to be offered: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, PDHPE, HSIE, (Australian History and Geography – Civics), Religious Education, PDHPE (Health and Personal Development).

One Elective (200 hours across Years 9 and 10): Drama, Dance, Food Technology, Visual Arts, Multimedia, IST, Music, Graphics, Timber, Engineering, STEM Elective, Asian Language, Textiles and Design.

Year 10 offers a greater choice with three electives (including one continuing from Year 9). Year 10 is deemed as the commencement of the senior school at St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral.

The following subject curricula is planned to be offered: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, PDHPE, Religious Education, PDHPE (Health and Personal Development)

Three Electives (2 x 100 hours and continuing the second 100 hours of the 200 hours course)*. *Elective choices will be dependent on student enrolments, available facilities and teacher qualifications.

Non Stem Elective Subjects: Drama*, Big History, Photography, PASS, Visual Arts, Child Studies, Commerce, Music*, Elective History, Elective Geography, Asian Language, Italian, Dance*.

Stem Elective Subjects: Food Technology*, Multimedia*, IST*, Graphics*, Timber*, Engineering Studies*, STEM Elective*, Design and Technology*, Textiles and Design*.

*Please note that each child would need to select at least one elective in Stage 5 from either a STEM based or Performing Arts area. This emphasises the school’s future-oriented curriculum with specialisation in Sciences, Engineering, Technology and the Performing Arts.

The following senior courses are planned at this initial stage to be offered to Year 11 and 12 students. Offerings will be dependent on student enrolments, available facilities and teacher qualifications:

Studies of Religion 1 Unit
Studies of Religion 2 Unit
Studies of Catholic Thought 1 Unit

English (Advanced) 2 Unit
English (Standard) 2 Unit
English (Extension 1) 1 Unit (Ext 2 Year 12)
English (Studies) 2 Unit

Mathematics General 2 Unit
Mathematics Advanced 2 Unit
Mathematics Extension 1 & 2

Biology 2 Unit
Chemistry 2 Unit
Physics 2 Unit
Investigating Science 2 Unit
Extension Science 1 Unit

Ancient History 2 Unit
Business Studies 2 Unit
Economics 2 Unit
Legal Studies 2 Unit
Modern History 2 Unit
Society and Culture 2 Unit
Work Studies 1 Unit
Work Studies 2 Unit

Design & Technology 2 Unit
Engineering Studies 2 Unit
Industrial Technology 2 Unit
Food Technology 2 Unit

Community & Family Studies
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 2 Unit
Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation Preliminary 1 Unit
Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation Preliminary 2 Unit

Music 1 2 Unit
Drama 2 Unit
Dance 2 Unit
Photography, Video & Digital Imaging 1 Unit
Visual Arts 2 Unit
Visual Design 2 Unit

Asian Language (tbd)
European Language (tbd)

VET – Curriculum Frameworks
VET – Business Services
VET – Construction
VET – Hospitality
VET – Retail Services
VET – Early Childhood Education and Care.

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