Middle School

The Middle School at St Patrick’s College encompasses Years 7 to 9 and operates within our Academic Care framework that identifies and develops strategies and experiences in order to create a cycle of enhanced learning and psychosocial development for students. Right relationships, together with a quality curriculum promote student learning, wellbeing and resilience through pedagogies aligned to student needs.

Curriculum

Years 7 and 8 - Stage 4

The Years 7 and 8 (Stage 4) curriculum at St Patrick’s College provides students with a  broad range of subjects that introduces them to the rigors of Secondary education . These courses cater for the varying interests and ability levels of all students. They facilitate academic achievement and enable informed choices to be made in regards to the Stage 5 curriculum.

At St Patrick’s College, Integrated studies appears across Years 7 and 8 . In Year 7, students engage in two forms of this study - 7 Connect (ie. English/HSIE) and Problem Based Learning (ie. Mathematics/Science). In Year 8, students integrate some Religious Education and PD/H/PE classes. In all cases, there still exists stand-alone lessons for the respective subjects.

The purpose of Integrated Studies is to develop and implement relationships and links between these subjects so that meaningful learning can be achieved. At the same time, integrated studies provides avenues for 21st century learning skills to be developed and enhanced through a differentiated curriculum.

The Stage 4 curriculum includes the following subjects:

  • Religious Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Geography
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Integrated Maths/Science - Yr 7 Problem Based Learning (PBL)
  • Integrated English/HSIE - Yr 7 Connect
  • Integrated PE/RE - Yr 8 PRI

Year 9 - Stage 5

Year 9 marks the beginning of the Stage 5 curriculum that builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Stage 4. The curriculum has a mandatory core component that includes Religious Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PD/H/PE). In addition, students select from a broad range of elective subjects.

Creative Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
Human Society and Its Environment
  • Elective History
  • Elective Geography
  • Commerce
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Physical Activities and Sport Studies
Languages
  • Italian
  • Japanese
Technology and Applied Studies
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Textiles and Design
Tutorial Support
  • (Invitation only)

Evidence of student learning is gathered through both ongoing informal and formal assessment programs. The Assessment Policy and Procedures Handbook and access to an electronic Assessment Calendar supports effective time management and educational growth.

St Patrick’s College ensures students’ program of study satisfies the NSW Board of Studies and Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES ) requirements for the Stage 5 Record of School Achievement (ROSA ).

Technology

St Patrick’s College BYOD program is part of a broader initiative aimed at providing active, engaging and contemporary 21st Century learning environments. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program enables the use of mobile technologies, anytime, anywhere in order to support student-centred teaching and learning. Families of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are asked to provide an Apple iPad as standard school equipment.

BYOD program information