St. Mary’s Campus offers an exciting and challenging program for Year 9 students. The curriculum has been designed to have close links with the local area and allow students to be active and engaged learners. With this aim in mind, the curriculum focuses on students’ understanding of themselves, their community and their world. A significant aspect of the St. Mary’s Campus program is learning through experience. Students are able to participate in a variety of experiences throughout their semester at the St. Mary’s Campus, including two Outdoor Education camps, excursions and immersion days.
The Integrated Studies curriculum is comprised of several modules that focus on building students’ knowledge and skills from a range of learning areas including English, Religious Education, Humanities, Science, The Arts and Technology. In addition to Integrated Studies, subjects such as Mathematics, Languages (French, Italian and Japanese) and Health and Physical Education are taught as stand-alone subjects.
A central feature of Integrated Studies is inquiry based learning. Students investigate areas of interest that are linked to classroom studies. This learning style gives students responsibility and ownership over their work and their learning. An example of inquiry learning in practice can be seen through the Action Inquiry Based Learning Task that students complete towards the end of their semester at the St. Mary’s Campus. Through this task, students investigate a topic of their choice and take action to make a difference in their world.