Secondary - Secondary Curriculum Information

STAGE 4 & 5 CURRICULUM

Year 7 is very much a transition year for students in education. At St. Philomena’s our aim is to make this transitional year as comfortable and secure as possible so that all students will be given the opportunity to develop their personalities, talents and skills in a harmonious environment in which the Catholic Faith and Traditions flourish.  In Year 7 –10, at St. Philomena’s, the students’ journey towards self-direction, self-motivation and self-discipline will be made less difficult through the guiding light of Christian Values.

Secondary students will be encouraged to meet the challenges that education in these technological times puts forward.  In the curriculum, there will be an emphasis on integrating computers across all subject areas so that computer skills become relevant to many aspects of the students’ lives. 

The Stage 4 curriculum at St. Philomena’s will consist of the eight Key Learning Areas as defined by the N.S.W. 1990 Education Reform Act.  These Key Learning Areas are: English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment, Languages, Creative Arts, Technology, and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Exploration of these areas will enable students to make informed choices about electives for both Year 9 and Year 10 as well as for the Higher School Certificate based on what they discover about their own talents, needs and interests in Years 7 and 8.

 

The Stage 5 curriculum at St. Philomena’s will consist of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment, and Personal Development, Health & Physical Education. A range of elective subjects are available including Commerce, Drama, Information and Software Technology, Creative Arts – Music, Creative Arts – Visual Arts, Textiles Technology, Industrial Technology: Wood, Agricultural Technology and Languages. These are determined annually.  These electives are designed to enable students to make an informed choice about areas they wish to pursue in Stage 6.

At St. Philomena’s we add a ninth Key Learning Area - Religious Education.         

 

Key Learning Areas

Stage 4 KLA’s

Year 7 KLA’s

Year 8 KLA’s

Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious Education

English

English

English

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Science

Science

Science

HSIE (Geography and History)

HSIE

HSIE

Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Languages

N/A

Japanese

Creative Arts

Art & Music

Art & Music

PD/H/PE

PD/H/PE

PD/H/PE

 

Stage 5 KLA’s

Year 9  KLA’s

Year 10 KLA’s

 

Core Subjects

Core Subjects

Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious Education

English

English

English

Mathematics

Mathematics

-          Stage 9.3

-          Stage 9.2

Mathematics

-          Stage 10.3

-          Stage 10.2

Science

Science

Science

HSIE (Geography and History)

HSIE

HSIE

PD/H/PE

PD/H/PE

PD/H/PE

 

Electives

Electives

Creative Arts

Music, Visual Art

Music, Visual Art

Languages

Japanese

Japanese

HSIE

Commerce

Commerce

Technology

Agricultural Technology

Industrial Technology

Agricultural Technology

Industrial Technology

Stage 5 elective courses are as shown for the 2013 school year. Annually these are allocated according to student interest and in previous years Drama and Information and Software Technology and Textiles Technology courses have been available.