The curriculum at Mt St Patrick College is constantly evolving as we endeavour to do our best for every student in terms of their educational needs and growth as a Christian person. The curriculum is student-centred and allows every student to experience success, develop self esteem and gain confidence to meet their future needs.
Over the last few years, eight new elective subjects have been added to the already broad options available to students in Stage 5 and 6. Students have more choice and are now able to study more elective subjects in Stage 5 due to the introduction of 100 hour courses.
The curriculum is flexible and offers students a number of different pathways leading to the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. Options may include Life Skills Courses, Vocational Education Courses, on-line delivery, acceleration or TAFE courses.
An innovative Science program allows Year 9 students to sit for their School Certificate Examination in Science at the end of Year 9 and then complete their Higher School Certificate Chemistry Examination at the end of Year 11. This reduces a student’s work load in Year 12 and helps create a more positive work ethic in all subjects. Acceleration is also offered in Mathematics.
Classes are streamed in Mathematics in Years 7 to 12 as well as in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in Years 9 to 12. Enrichment classes are offered in Years 7 and 8. Students who require extra assistance have access to the Life Skills Centre.
Mt St Patrick prides itself on offering a wide choice in curriculum. Students are provided with a variety of opportunities in each Key Learning Area. As a CatholicCollege, Religion is taught at all levels. A state-wide course called ‘Faithful to God, Faithful to People’ is taught from Years 7 to 10. In Years 11 and 12 a 1 Unit Board Developed Course, ‘Studies of Religion’ and a 1 Unit Board Endorsed Course entitled ‘Catholic Studies’ are taught.
- English and Mathematics offer the full range of courses while Science offers Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Studies and Senior Science in Years 11 and 12.
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is studied in Years 7 to 10 and is also offered in Years 11 and 12 in conjunction with PE and Community and Family Studies.
- Human Society and its Environment enables students to study History, Geography, and Commerce. While in Years 11 and 12 students may also study Economics, Legal Studies, Business Studies, History and Geography.
- Technological and Applied Studies have opened the doors to a variety of new and interesting subjects such as Design & Technology, Food Technology, Hospitality and Furnishings. Also on offer in this KLA are Computing Studies, Technics, Textiles, Industrial Technology, Technical Drawing, Information Processes and Technology and Business and Office Procedures.
- In the Creative Arts KLA, students are able to study Music, Drama and Visual Arts from Years 7 to 12 while Photography is offered in Years 9, 10 and 11.
- Japanese is offered in Year 8 as a compulsory study. Beyond these years its availability is dependent on student numbers. There is a possibility that students may be able to study another language through correspondence with the OpenHigh School at a cost to the student.
- Mt St Patrick College also offers a range of Vocational Education courses in the Senior School. These are Board of Studies Developed Courses and Content Endorsed Courses and include Hospitality; Exploring Early Childhood; Photography; Sports, Leisure and Recreation.
- TAFE – delivered vocational education courses – In Years 11 and 12 students are able to study TAFE courses as part of their HSC course.
- Content Endorsed Course: Photography; Sport, Leisure and Recreation; Marine Studies; Exploring Early Childhood
- Board of Studies Developed Course: Hospitality