Senior School Pathways Planning
We offer a broad and stimulating curriculum which encourages the achievement of academic success and excellence. The College aims to encourage individual development and provides a range of learning experiences to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop their true potential. Such provision includes Learning Support and a Talented Student Program.
Our curriculum spans the core areas: Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and the Environment, and Health and Physical Education. From Kindergarten to Grade 10, teams of teachers work together to cover these core areas within an integrated and connected curriculum, while focusing on the social and economic futures of young people. The Australian Curriculum seeks to focus on the skills, competencies and outcomes needed by our students in the 21st Century work environment. In addition, Units in Certificate I Construction and in Certificate I Hospitality are offered in conjunction with the Southern Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre.
A broad range of subjects is offered in Grades 11 and 12 including pre-tertiary syllabuses approved for university entrance. St Mary’s College is also committed to the provision of Vocational Education and Training courses as enhancing a direct pathway to the workplace. The College is a Registered Training Organisation and vocational education is given parity with our academic program. A number of students combine academic and VET subjects in their senior study program.
Dedicated specialist teachers enable students to have a wide range of choice in areas such as Languages other than English, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Food Technology and Textiles. The sports program encourages all students to develop skills and fitness through active participation in a wide variety of team and individual games. The College is committed to the incorporation of ICT into all aspects of student learning, with an extensive array of technology spread throughout the campus.
With a progressive approach to modern education, students are encouraged to become active participants in their own learning. We see St Mary’s as a learning community. Staff are encouraged to be reflective practitioners and our students reflective learners.
The College seeks to cater for student needs at all levels, and in the senior years enjoys partnerships with other Colleges, the University of Tasmania and other education providers. Such partnerships allow students to expand even further their learning opportunities while in Grades 11 and 12.
Our Careers Advisor is always available to provide one to one counselling for all students in the Senior School. By Grade 10, this becomes an intensive process, helping students to discern their strengths, preferences and personal qualities which will lead them to making the best subject choices for Grades 11, 12 and beyond, to further education or the world of work.