Our College curriculum has undergone a process of exciting change as we have implemented the Australian Curriculum. Learning and teaching at MacKillop Catholic College is regularly updated to reflect the changing nature of education including review of content and Year 9 and 10 elective subjects - Years 9 & 10 2019 Elective Subject Handbook.
In a faith-based college, we have the dual responsibility of ensuring our curriculum and pedagogy follows the directions laid down in the Archbishop’s Charter. Our Religious Education program is closely underpinned by the guiding documents provided by the Archbishop and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.
We are also privileged to have a team of dedicated, caring and professional staff who commit to providing engaging, relevant and diverse curricula as well as presenting many opportunities to extend and interest students.
The MacKillop Catholic College curriculum is designed to:
- build engaging educational experiences;
- respond to the needs of students;
- maximise student talents and capabilities;
- teach students to be confident, creative, productive and ethical users of new technologies, especially digital technologies;
- develop lifelong learning.
Our curriculum develops the capacity for all students to be able to:
- analyse and solve problems;
- communicate ideas and information;
- plan and organise activities;
- collaborate with others;
- value diversity.
Here at MacKillop Catholic College, we want all students to:
- participate responsibly in society;
- exercise judgement in matters of morality, ethics and social justice;
- make sense of their world and to make rational and informed decisions about their own lives;
- accept responsibility for their own actions.
Our collective goal is that all students leave MacKillop Catholic College with:
- self-confidence, optimism, high self-esteem, and a commitment to personal excellence;
- an understanding of, and concern for, stewardship of the natural environment, and the knowledge and skills to contribute to an ecologically sustainable world;
- employment-related skills and an understanding of career options, work experience, and pathways.
Key Learning Areas
In Years 7 - 10, all students are assessed in the following subjects:
- Health and Physical Education
In addition, Years 7 and 8 students will be assessed in:
- Business and Economics
- Civics and Citizenship
- The Arts
- Digital and Design Technologies
Years 9 and 10 are also assessed in their elective subjects.
Assessment and Reporting
MacKillop Catholic College’s assessment and reporting structures are built around the Catholic Education of Tasmania (TCEO) Assessment and Reporting Guidelines.
Students are regularly assessed during the year using a number of different assessment tasks including examinations, in-class testing, essays, assignments, projects, portfolios. Not all assessments are written and there are many opportunities for students to show their progress in ways that suit their learning styles.
Student progress is reported twice a year using the TCEO A – E ratings using our online learning management system, SEQTA ENGAGE and parents have access to assignment dates, marks and feedback on areas of development and improvement.
Commitment to Learning Equity
MacKillop Catholic College is committed to providing learning opportunities which draw on the strengths of each of our students. Our experienced Learning Support team provides significant help to students and staff.
Our Learning Support teachers work in the Learning Hub and the Rice Resource Centre to provide academic, social and emotional support to a large number of students throughout the year. Learning Support Officers also provide extra help during the assessment periods or will work with small groups on personalised programs.
Support is also extended to students who would benefit from extension or extra challenges. Our Learning Extension teachers will work with groups or individuals to extend learning within the curriculum and beyond.
Support for Learning
In line with our College behaviour expectations – Be Engaged, Be Respectful, Be your Best – subject teachers work with all students to ensure there is engagement in all areas of learning.
Teachers and Learning Support staff are available to all students and parents/guardians to give help and support for assignments and homework. Extra help is available at after-school or lunch-time tutoring sessions, from Learning Support staff at the Hub or from staff in the Rice Resource Centre.