Curriculum

The choice of subjects available in each year at the School is amended from time to time according to demand and teacher expertise.

SUBJECTS:

JUNIOR SECONDARY

Years 7 & 8:

As these years are our major intake, there is a wide variety of student ability, so we consider these are our years to establish “the basics”, allow students to be exposed to subjects that they may not have the opportunity to study in specially equipped areas e.g. Science, Design and Technology, and generally allow students to fully adapt to a boarding lifestyle before seriously considering their pathway to their future.

As a result, students study Core subjects for the full year e.g. Mathematics, but study their “options” for a semester rotation e.g. your son or daughter may study Design and Technology in Semester 1, but they may change to Music in Semester 2.

Years 9 & 10:

Once students have experienced a range of subjects, they have the opportunity to specialize by choosing subjects that interest them and support their future pathway. We carefully monitor students at this stage to ensure that our more academically minded students are challenged, our students who are experiencing difficulty are supported and other students have the opportunity to consider their pathway.

How do we know which students need extra assistance?
At the beginning of each year, all students are tested by our learning support teachers. From this testing, students at risk are identified and a plan of support, including modified programs is put into place. Parents are informed early in the term if this is required.

For our more able students, those that attain a place on the Academic Merit list have an opportunity to apply for special projects. During these projects, students are mentored to show their in depth learning, including links with outside providers e.g. designing apps, solar car entries.

During these years, students study Life Skills. The modules in Life Skills cover a wide range of social and life issues including a large emphasis on student career development.

SENIOR SECONDARY

Year 11 & 12:

This is the “business end of the market” where students have a wide range of support networks to help with their pathway – be it going to university, competing in the job market, or starting apprenticeships or traineeships. Students have a wide range of Authority Subjects, Authority Registered Subjects or Certificate Courses to choose from. We have a wonderful opportunity with the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre for students to be able to study certificates in a trade environment.

2017 DALRYMPLE TRADE TRAINING CENTRE (DTTC) OFFERINGS:

ASSG has been involved with the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre since its inception in 2007. Now up and running since 2014, we have had exciting advancement in RTO (Registered Training Organisations) numbers and certificate offerings. At this stage in our RTO discussions we have available the following courses:

Please note that some of these DTTC certificate courses have fees.

OTHER ALTERNATIVE COURSES:

From time to time, the opportunity for students to complete Course or Certificates arises at All Souls St Gabriels School. (e.g.: Certificate 2 through RITE, RSA and First Aid)

Information about these opportunities is generally provided to students through either the Academic Dean or VET Coordinator. If you are particularly interested in a course that has not been mentioned, please contact the Academic Dean and we will endeavour to support the pathway of your son/daughter.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

“All students can do something – it’s finding the something that is the art of teaching”.

No two students are alike and each has their strength and weakness. We have many layers of support for all our students:

Layer 1:
Students are supported in class. Teachers differentiate in the classroom and cater to different literacy styles/levels. On top of this, homework is carefully structured and in Years 7 to 10, there is a homework setting schedule. Students do not have the excuse “I don’t have homework”…or….“I don’t know if I have homework” as all homework is set on allocated nights.

Layer 2:
For those students who need a little extra help, we have a free afternoon homework club or “Ringers Club”. This is run by students and staff who just want to help students reach their potential.

Layer 3:
These are our students who need specialised one on one or small group extra assistance. We have had a range of students achieve success from the very humble literacy beginnings of “barely reading” to “have a few holes”.

We have to add here that we do NOT have special needs trained teachers – only learning support. There is a big difference in the support that these two categories require. This specialised learning support is at no extra cost, but all our teachers strive to ensure that your child achieves the highest level that he or she is capable of.

WHAT CURRICULUM DO YOU STUDY?

We follow the Australian Curriculum for Maths, Science, English, Health and Physical Education, History and Geography in Years 7 – 10. We combine History and Geography into one subject and call this HASS.

For more information about subject criteria or standards please see: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au or ACARA at www.acara.edu.au

For our other Junior Secondary subjects, we follow the Curriculum outlined by the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority – formerly QSA)

Our Senior Secondary subjects follow the QCAA guidelines in terms of subjects and academic guidelines and policies. For further information, please see our Assessment Policy and the QCAA website www.qcaa.qld.edu.au