The Senior School at St Patrick’s College encompases Years 10 to 12 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.
The Year 10 curriculum continues the Stage 5 course that began in Year 9 and builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Stage 4. St Patrick’s College offers a diverse range of subjects that caters for both their abilities and interests. Students will study a mandatory core that includes Religious Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). In addition, students select from a broad range of elective subjects.
The NSW Board of Studies and Teaching and Educational Standards (NESA ) requires students to complete a specific number of hours, together with the learning outcomes associated with each of the Core and Elective Subjects to meet the requirements for the Stage 5 Record of School Achievement (ROSA ).
The Year 11 and 12 (Stage 6) curriculum at St Patrick’s College offers students a broad range of subjects that cater for varying interests and ability levels of all students. They facilitate academic rigour and achievement to enable students to move to further study or employment post secondary education.
In accordance with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students in Years 11 and 12 will study a mandatory two units of English. As students of the College they are also required to include at least one unit of Studies of Religion. The remainder of their subjects can be chosen from a broad range of options. In Year 11 Preliminary, students are required to complete 12 units of study. In Year 12 students study a minimum of ten units of study.
Having successfully applied themselves to the learning outcomes associated with each subject students will be eligible for accreditation of the Stage 6 Preliminary Certificate (Year 11) and Higher School Certificate (Year 12).
St Patrick's College Students are able to include Vocational Education Training subjects in their Stage 6 program of study. Vocational Education Training subjects are taught by specialist teachers either at the College or at TAFE. This allows successful students to attain a Certificate in addition to their other credential.
To assist our Senior students supervised study is offered every Tuesday afternoon. This allows students to independently work and develop their study skills whilst having access to the College resources. In addition students are able to access Assessment calendars through SPC Connect which sets out due dates for all assessment tasks. Use of this resources enhances a student's ability to develop their organisational skills and meet assessment deadlines.
St Patrick’s College BYOD program is part of a broader initiative aimed at providing active, engaging and contemporary 21st Century learning environments. The College feels it is important to provide students with choices about their learning devices with which they are most comfortable and with which learning will be most effective.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program enables the use of mobile technologies, anytime, anywhere in order to support student-centred teaching and learning. In the Senior School, families of students in Years 10 to 12 are asked to provide students with their own device. This could be a Windows or Macintosh laptop.