At MacKillop Catholic College the Senior Years includes Years 10, 11 and 12 and students typically are aged from 15 – 18. The Senior Years of schooling prioritises a respectful learning environment that allows for the development of skills for progressing learning and providing students with opportunities to make informed and relevant choices about future learning, skills based vocational training and employment
In Year 10 priority is given to the transition from the Middle to the Senior phase of schooling. During this year students are assisted to imagine and plan for their learning vocational and employment pathway. Challenging and diverse learning experiences serve as an introduction to the range of pathways students may take in Years 11 and 12. In the early part of Year 10, students are supported to develop a SET Plan (Senior Education and Training Plan) in consultation with careers advisors and their families.
The senior years of schooling are demanding and challenging. Students are encouraged to plan for and monitor themselves to support a workable and healthy balance of study, co-curricular school activities, work experience, family and social life, leisure, part-time work and appropriate rest is achieved.
MacKillop Catholic College will offer a broad range of subjects and experiences, forming purposeful pathways for our learners. We want our graduates to be well educated, to have experienced success in co-curricular activities, to have grown personally, and to be well formed by the Gospel values and spiritual experiences which underpin the ethos and endeavours of our College community.
We will challenge and support our Year 11 to students to embrace the responsibilities and commitments which they undertake and to engage in their studies and the learning activities knowing their chosen pathways will provide a springboard for future living, learning and employment. Success in the final years of senior studies students is built upon a high level of intrinsic motivation and personal responsibility.
Senior Students at MacKillop Catholic College will engage in a variety of learning pathways, designed to support individuals’ aspirations for entering the world of work, continuing with formal university and tertiary studies, or consolidating Vocational Education and Training.
All learning pathways will contain studies in Religious Education, literacy (English), and numeracy (Mathematics). The subject offerings in these core learning areas are likely to include:
- English (QCAA, ‘Authority subject’) or English Communication (SAS QCAA ‘Authority registered subject’);
- Study of Religion (QCAA ‘Authority subject’) or Religion and Ethics (QCAA SAS ‘Authority registered subject’);
- Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, or Prevocational Mathematics.
The subjects/studies which will be offered at Mary MacKillop will be carefully selected to enable students to undertake different pathways leading to Tertiary, Vocational and employment opportunities. Subject options will include Authority, Authority registered subjects and VET Certificate courses. Though actual offerings will be determined as Years 10-12 are established at the College, the range of subjects offered in the Senior Phase of Learning might include:
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|Authority Registered Subjects
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|VET Certificate Courses
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|Study of Religion||Business Communication and Technologies||Region and Ethics||Hospitality|
|English||Information Technology Systems||English Communication||Business|
|Maths A||Visual Arts||Pre-vocational Maths||Construction|
|Maths B||Dance||Recreation Studies||Childcare|
|Maths C||Drama||Industrial Technology Studies (Manufacturing)||Automotive|