College News

Expanding our Curriculum

Hannah Nugent, Sahana Anthony, Principal Judith Finan, Kate Sotiriadis & Akour Manyol

Students at St Mary’s College Ipswich have this year successfully completed subjects online, in partnership with other Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) schools.

Four students from Years 11 and 12 studied Specialist Mathematics online, the equivalent of Maths C in the old system. Two Year 12 students complete their course through St Eugene’s at Burpengary, and two Year 11 students complete their course through Mt Maria at Mitchelton.

Students have a study line at school, where they can access their learning through Microsoft Teams. Lessons are recorded and the girls have access to their teacher for clarification and support. When possible, the girls also had a term based face to face session with their teachers at their respective Colleges.

St Mary’s College Ipswich Deputy Principal Mr Marcus Richardson said the program had been successful this year. “Traditionally, St Mary’s had not been able to offer the highest level of Mathematics, with girls attending St Edmund’s to complete the course,” he said. “I congratulate Akour and Kate for their courage in accepting the challenge of online learning. The girls speak very favourably of the experience.

“Hannah and Sahana have demonstrated equal resolve. Most pleasingly, the results of the four girls are indicative of the program’s success.”

BCE and its schools is committed to offering students across the Senior years of their education a broad curriculum. To facilitate this, BCE instigated an online learning program in 2018 to support the new Queensland Certificate of Education. Delivering subjects online to the broader network of BCE schools expands the curriculum offering to all students beyond what can be offered at individual schools. This helps all schools responsibly manage their teaching resources and avoids the creation of very small classes. When only a few students at St Mary’s choose an elective subject, opportunities for its online delivery can be explored.

St Mary’s has now had students participate in Music (under the old curriculum), Specialist Mathematics and Accounting.

Mr Richardson said the school community had experienced a successful transition into online learning. “Online Learning is new to our system and there is great momentum in working towards a more centralised offering,” he said. “St Mary’s will continue to explore online learning to promote a breadth of study in an inclusive curriculum. I would encourage our parents to think favourably of online learning if the opportunity presents.”