Programs of study are based on the Australian Curriculum or the appropriate Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) syllabus. The Religious Education Program is based on the Archdiocesan Religious Education Guidelines.
Middle Years Phase; Years 7, 8 and 9
The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to facilitate a smooth transition into secondary school while introducing the students to a broad base of subjects. The curriculum includes Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages and Health and Physical Education. Students also study in the elective rotations in The Arts and Technologies.
Year 9 students are given more opportunity to design their own course of study by studying three electives each semester. The core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health and Physical Education complete their course of study, maintaining a broad base.
Senior Years Phase; Years 10, 11 and 12
VET and Pathways
Within the Senior School at St Mary’s College there are many opportunities for students to explore their future pathway and engage in Vocational Education and Training. During Year 10 students explore their options through the Pathways Program, SET Planning and subject selection and can continue to do this by engaging with VET and Pathways staff and completing Work Experience through years 11 and 12. In these senior years students can also take part in Vocational Qualifications delivered on campus as well as TAFE and private training organisations’ courses and school-based traineeships and apprenticeships.
Learning Support structures at St Mary’s College are varied and responsive to the needs of the students. While the support offered is mainly inclusive, at times, students may be withdrawn from lessons to receive more intensive one-on-one or small group assistance.
The Support Teacher – Inclusive Education partners with teachers in advising and planning and implementing the necessary adjustments for students with disabilities and learning difficulties, to afford all students access to the mainstream curriculum and success with their learning. The Support Teacher – Inclusive Education co-teaches and assists teachers in embedding a variety of strategies for support within their lessons. At St Mary’s College, there are two support teacher aides who primarily work in mainstream classes offering inclusive support; general, and individual for identified students, under the direction of the class teacher.
Our Learning Enrichment Centre, located in the Student Services, Doro building is a vibrant, welcoming and nurturing space. The room is used in class time for ‘inclusive withdrawal’ for one on one or small group learning, the delivery of targeted, intensive programs, English as a Second Language support, and exam support. Outside of class time, students are welcome to come and use the LEC either before or after school, or at first break. They may want: assistance with their work; clarification regarding a concept or unit of work; help to work through to completion of assessment; or simply a quiet space in which to do their own study or homework.
St Mary’s College Learning Support is a unique context in that it is for girls only, inclusive support in mainstream classes is prioritised and collaborative partnerships with parents, teachers, support staff, specialists and of course, the students are valued and fostered.