Curriculum

​St Benedict's College is committed to providing high quality, contemporary education in a Catholic Christian context.  We support and encourage all students to become successful life long learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens able to contribute fully to their community and the world in which they live.

From 2013 our College engaged in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.  This means that students are offered an education that covers both the mandated curriculum 'entitlements' and other activities covered by discretionary time.

At St Benedict's College, subjects will be offered in the following areas:

  • Religion
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences – including History, Geography, Economics, Business, Civics and Citizenship
  • The Arts - including Visual and Performing Arts
  • Language - Mandarin Chinese (other languages may be offered as enrolments increase)
  • Technology -  including Design Technology, Industrial Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Food and Fibre Technology
  • Work Readiness.

Years 7 and 8 (Middle Years) 

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) directs that all schools offer:

  • Mandatory Studies (80% of the time): English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts, Language and Technology.
  • Discretionary Studies (20% of the time): which for our students will include Religious Education, Pastoral Care,  Camps, Excursions, Sports Carnivals and other co-curricular activities.

Year 9 and 10 (Lower Senior Years)

  • Mandatory Studies (50% of the time): English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, History.
  • Discretionary Studies (50% of the time): including Religious Education, elective subjects, Pastoral Care, Work Experience (Year 10), NAPLAN preparation, Sports Carnivals, Excursions and other co-curricular activities.  Students choose from the following electives - Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship, Mandarin Chinese, Performing Arts - eg Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art, Technology - eg Design, ICT, Graphics and Media, Food, fibre and Industrial.

2016 Year 9 and Year 10 Subject Handbook

2015 Year 9 and Year 10 Subject Handbook

Years 11 and 12 (upper Senior Years) - from 2016

Senior Studies will cover both OP eligible and Non-OP eligible subjects, and allow for VET options to cater for the wide variety of pathway options such as the world of work, apprenticeships/traineeships, TAFE or University study.

2016 Year 11 and Year 12 Subject Handbook

Pastoral Care and Personal Development

Students also have a comprehensive pastoral care and personal development program which includes pastoral care lessons, camps and retreats. Senior students will also have specific tuition in preparing them for the QCS Test.

Co-Curricular Activities

We will aim to provide a wide variety of co-curricular options which will cover academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual/community related activities. Some of these might include:

  • Team sports
  • Inter-school sporting competitions
  • Music ensembles
  • Choir
  • Dance and Drama
  • Musical productions
  • Science, Engineering and Robotics
  • English and Maths competitions
  • Debating and Public Speaking
  • Chinese Speaking and Writing competitions
  • Short Fim and Media competitions
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • Community service

We would welcome any parent participation or support to assist us in providing a broad base of activities for students.

Extension and Excellence (EAE Programs)

These will be offered in a variety of ways, depending upon student interest.

EAE Programs and Masterclasses led by industry leaders may be offered in areas such as Business Entrepreneurship, The Arts and Media and Technology.  Opportunities will be available in all phases of learning: Middle, Lower Senior and Senior years.

Subject Acceleration: Students in Lower Senior may access Senior subjects if they are capable.

In Senior, EAE programs will focus on university and industry links and courses that will create real-world pathways for students.

Regional, State and International competitions are a feature in all year levels, again dependent upon student interests. 

Learning Support

Support is given to students to realise their potential by providing a structured system of assistance to students who require further support to enable them to better access the curriculum, and for those who require extension to their curriculum.  Our weekly Homework Club assists students in managing their time as well as offering them on the spot assistance with any learning queries.