Our Learning Program

Unique Learning Pathways

A unique characteristic of Years 5 and 6 at St Patrick's College is that students have increased access to the variety of facilities and specialised teachers that come with an integrated Years 5 – 12 campus. In addition to a core classroom teacher, students have the opportunity to study Design Technology, LOTE (Indonesian), Drama, Visual Art, Physical Education and Music through specialist teachers. This enables a more effective and efficient transition for students into the Middle Phase. Additionally, students with special or extension needs are provided with individual support for some lessons each week as well as assistance with particular learning tasks.

Throughout Years 7-9 students undertake a range of subject offerings. Core subjects include Religious Education, Study of Society and Environment, English, Information Communication Technology, Mathematics and Science. To compliment the core subjects, students are also required to choose elective subjects once they have concluded their Year 8 studies. Elective subjects include Advanced English, Science and Mathematics, Business Studies, Visual Art and Shop A and Shop B.

In senior schooling, Years 10-12, students are encouraged to select a studies pathway that is suited to their interests and needs. Students may wish to undertake subjects that lead to Tertiary Entrance on completion of Year 12. Alternatively, students may wish to undertake subjects that lead to vocational outcomes, including the completion of TAFE certified Certificate Courses. These students may also participate in structured work placements (one day each week) within areas of employment that they wish to trial. Students may also select a combination of both of these pathways. All students in Years 11 - 12 are required to undertake seven (7) subjects. These must include a strand of Religious Education, Mathematics and English.