Curriculum

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 educational experiences that are engaging and responsive to the needs of students, maximising their talents and capabilities and developing lifelong learning;
  • develop the capacity for, and skills in, analysis and problem solving, communicating ideas and information, planning and organising activities, collaborating with others and valuing diversity;
  • prepare all students for responsible participation in society by developing their capacity to exercise judgement in matters of morality, ethics and social justice, to make sense of their world, to make rational and informed decisions about their own lives and to accept responsibility for their own actions;
  • develop qualities of self-confidence, optimism, high self-esteem, and a commitment to personal excellence;
  • teach students to be confident, creative and productive users of new technologies, particularly digital technologies, and to understand the impact of these technologies on society;
  • develop an understanding of, and concern for, stewardship of the natural environment, and having the knowledge and skills to contribute to an ecologically sustainable world; and
  • develop employment-related skills and an understanding of career options, work experience, and pathways.

Key Learning Areas

In Years 7 - 10, it is compulsory for students to be assessed in the following subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Physical Education

In addition, Years 7 and 8 students will be assessed in:

  • Geography
  • Business and Economics
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Language
  • The Arts
  • Digital and Design Technologies

Assessment and Reporting

MacKillop Catholic College’s assessment and reporting structures are built around the Catholic Education of Tasmania Assessment and Reporting Guidelines.

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 are encouraged to work with their students to ensure they stay engaged and on-task during periods of learning.

Students are encouraged to work with subject teachers if they require support for assignments or homework. Students can access extra help from teachers at after school or lunchtime tutoring sessions, from Learning Support staff at the Hub or from the staff at the Rice Resource Centre. This can be done in person or by email.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact Tutor teachers or subject teachers whenever they would like to talk about the learning, teaching or pastoral care of their child. This can be done by phone or email.

Australian Curriculum