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

The Foundation Program in 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 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 society. 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.

Year 9

In Years 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 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.

The curriculum at St Clare’s College provides students with a dynamic enriching pathway upon which a Catholic holistic education experience can be realised.