Curriculum Overview

St Clare’s College prides itself in developing and delivering an excellent curriculum catering for the learning needs of a wide range of students. Students are encouraged to become active learners and take increased responsibility for their own learning. The formal curriculum delivery is complemented by a diverse range of opportunities, allowing students to experience learning in a variety of settings through excursions, guest speakers, use of ICT, participation in competitions and collaborative research opportunities.

Integral to the College is the importance placed on learning, and a focus on each and every student working to achieve to the very best of their ability.

Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 provides students with a rich and rewarding curriculum to begin their secondary school journey. Students study the core subjects: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Languages, and Physical Education and Health throughout both Years 7 and 8. Complementing these studies all students have the opportunity to experience various elective subjects contained within the Arts (Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts) and Technologies (Information Technology, Design Technology, Food Technology, and Textile and Fashion Technology). Throughout Years 7 to 10 students will investigate Business and Economics, and Civics and Citizenship in Australia. They will have the opportunity to explore the political and legal systems, question what is citizenship, and endeavour to understand aspects of diversity and identity in the 21st century. At the conclusion of the Foundation Program, students have been exposed to an exciting, enriching and stimulating curriculum providing each student with the opportunity to make considered choices for Year 9.

Brainology and Applied Brainology
Based on the ground-breaking research of Drs Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell, Brainology® and Applied Brainology® is a blended learning curriculum designed to teach students the understanding that their intelligence and abilities are not fixed and can be developed through effort and their own actions. 

When students develop a growth mindset, they gain confidence in their ability to learn. They learn to take on challenges and work hard to get smarter, becoming more resilient when they encounter difficulty, and leading to higher achievement in school. 

Both programs are fun and engaging showing students how their brains – like their muscles – become stronger with effective effort and deliberate practice. 

In Year 7 with the help of animated characters Chris, Dahlia, and Dr Cerebrus, students learn about how the brain functions and learns, along with healthy habits, study techniques, self-regulation strategies, and other non-cognitive skills that help them to become effective learners. Then they deepen their knowledge and apply it to their own experience through classroom lessons. 

In Year 8 the curriculum of Applied Brainology teaches students the application of specific strategies to support growth mindset to their school work and everyday lives. Students are taught the neuroscience behind how the brain becomes smarter, as well as brain-healthy habits, self-regulation strategies, and other essential non-cognitive skills. The program includes planning and goal-setting activities, reflection, self-monitoring, and assessment tools. Students can become more effective learners, applying their growth mindset understanding and newly developed strategies to all areas of their lives.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are able to partake of a curriculum that provides greater development in both core and elective areas of study. Students have the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge in each area of study while developing collaborative and critical thinking techniques. Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), and Physical Education and Health form the core subjects that are studied every semester. Year 9 studies bring the excitement and anticipation of electing subjects. Students have the opportunity to select three subjects from the vast array of elective areas. Of these three subjects, a minimum of one semester must be studied from The Arts, for example, Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts and one semester from Technologies, for example, Food Technology, Textile and Fashion Technology, Design Technology and Information Technology. Other elective subjects include French, Italian, Japanese, History, Geography, Business and Economics, and Civics and Citizenship.

Year 10

Delving deeper with their academic studies, students in Year 10 continue with a challenging program consisting of core and elective subjects. The selection of elective studies does not, in Year 10, require students to complete a semester of study from specific areas. At this stage in their academic development students will be able to partake of a wide curriculum to enhance their areas of interests, challenge their abilities and better inform their future choices. Year 10 is a critical academic midpoint to a student’s extraordinary academic experience at St Clare’s College.

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12 students continue on their academic pathway to optimise their skills for participation in an ever-increasing complex and dynamic world beyond St Clare’s College. All students study Religious Studies and English and many students undertake one of the five different courses available in Mathematics. The array of subjects available to students offers diverse learning opportunities in a supportive environment that embraces critical thinking, growth mindset and visible learning principles. The majority of courses throughout the senior years can be studied at a Tertiary (T) or Accredited (A) level with some courses on offer as Vocational (V), which provide students the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications. Throughout these two years, students generally study five courses each semester. The attainment of the Senior Secondary Certificate is a justifiable reward for a commitment to learning and recognises the growth students have experienced during this vital developmental period.

Student Progress Program (SPP)

A Focused and Supportive Study Environment Open To All Students

The Student Progress Program (SPP) is a College initiative designed to support academic achievement and growth. Since its introduction in 2019, there has been a positive student response. Continuing this year, the program will be operational every Wednesday and Thursday, in the Learning Commons from 3.30pm – 5.00pm. It is resourced with academic tutors and many generous faculty staff, including a teacher-librarian to assist with any resourcing needs for class study and/or assessment.

The SPP is a focused and supportive study environment that is open to all students. The SPP requires a strong commitment to meeting the prescribed study conditions. Students wishing to attend are reminded that this is a study environment, which does not service nor foster a social setting. In line with classroom policy, students are requested not to use their mobile phones nor engage with social media. Students who are at conflict with the desired study environment will be requested to find an alternate study option. Student attendance will be recorded, monitored and tracked using the SEQTA kiosk, requiring students to tag-in and out.

For further information contact anna.hayes@stcc.act.edu.au