Teaching and learning, as well as assessing and reporting student achievement, is directly related to the learning outcomes and curriculum content specified by NESA. Subjects are grouped into key learning areas (KLAs).
Teachers design learning experiences to help students achieve the syllabus outcomes, which are described in stages that relate to years of secondary schooling:
- Stage 4 – Years 7 and 8
- Stage 5 – Years 9 and 10
- Stage 6 – Years 11 and 12
Within this framework of KLAs, policies and stages, teachers aim to meet the needs of individual students to ensure that they achieve their potential.
HSC Pathways Program
Our Year 10 students complete a normal Year 10 pattern of study to meet RoSA (Record of School Achievement) requirements. However, instead of studying two Year 10 100 hr Elective subjects, this program allows students to select 1 subject from our Stage 6 range of courses. This Stage 6 subject which will be studied when the student is in Year 10 and Year 11. At completion of the course in Year 11, students will sit the HSC Exam for this subject during the November HSC period.
The benefits of a Pathways pattern of study are far reaching.
- It allows students to access a subject of interest in Year 10.
- In Year 10, 3 periods per fortnight cycle will be dedicated to Social and Emotional Learning, Fitness and Careers. This will enhance student confidence and wellbeing, providing strategies to achieve an overall well-rounded and focused outlook for the future.
- VET courses can be completed at the end of Year 11 allowing students to have a full Certificate II qualification should they choose to leave for employment at the end of Year 11.
- Students complete 1 HSC exam at the end of Year 11, alleviating the
pressure and anxiety of having to sit the full 5 or 6 exams when they are in Year 12.
- With the completion of one subject at the end of Year 11, students in Year 12 have additional time for extra study periods whilst also only having to focus on 4 or 5 subjects in the HSC year.
More information regarding our HSC Pathways Program can be downloaded here.
A special thank you is extended to all the priests of the surrounding parishes who have ministered to the school community in various ways throughout the year.
St Joseph’s strives to provide a program of study in the discipline of English that is relevant to 21st century learners.
The Mathematics Faculty at St Joseph’s Catholic High School Albion Park provides students with a learning environment, which nurtures individual problem-solving skills as well as teaching traditional mathematical skills.
The study of Science at St Joseph’s Catholic High School encourages students to jump into the exciting realms of imagination and knowledge, through engaging and challenging learning experiences.
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) is a diverse Key Learning Area (KLA) whose prime focus is to apply the theoretical aspects of education to the real world.
The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Key Learning Area (KLA) at St Joseph’s Catholic High School is a dynamic area that develops our students capacity to enhance personal health and wellbeing from a Catholic perspective.
The key learning area of Technological and Applied Studies at St Joseph’s Catholic High School brings together a variety of disciplines with different origins and traditions, all sharing an interest in effective learning and practical experiences based on a range of Technologies.
The Creative Arts Key Learning Area (KLA) at St Joseph’s Catholic High School provides students from all year groups the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic skills with state of the art resources and a wealth of opportunities, and to explore their interests in extra-curricular activities.
Immersing students in authentic language and cultural experiences with the aim to prepare bilingual global citizens is the focus of the Languages Key Learning Area (KLA) at St Joseph’s Catholic High School.