Curriculum Offerings 

Our commitment to excellence At St Saviour’s College our students strive for Excellence, one of our College Mercy values, in their academic studies. Our academic offerings challenge students to achieve their personal best with the support of our expert teachers. The College is committed to providing a student-centred learning programs that meet the needs of students from Year 7 to 12. Our broad range of subject offerings cater for both academic and vocationally oriented pathways as students progress into their senior phase of learning.

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Students learning is supported through additional activities and programs including:

• A focus on resilience and a growth mindset

• Academic interviews

• After school tutoring one afternoon per week

• Academic Awards for high academic achievement each semester/unit

• Academic badges for high academic achievement across a calendar year

• UNSW ICAS competitions

• RACI Titration competition

• Science and Engineering competition

• Student enrichment classes including senior preparation classes

• Debating competition

• Public speaking competition

• Learning support groups

 

Years 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 learning areas focus on building foundational knowledge and skills in a range of subjects. All students engage in a range of core subjects as well as four semester-long elective courses. These courses allow students an opportunity to attempt subjects that will be on offer across Year 9 and 10, and into the senior years, and to make informed decisions about their strengths and interests.

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Core subjects:

• Religious Education

• English

• Mathematics

• Science

• Humanities

• Health and Physical Education

 

Electives:

• Art

• Business

• Dance

• Design

• Digital technologies

• Drama

• Japanese

• Music

Students also participate in the Skills program which includes topics such as high school transition, IT skills, NAPLAN preparation, cyber safety, library, research and study skills and wellbeing strategies.

 

Years 9 and 10

Our Year 9 and 10 study programs focus on developing the foundational skills acquired in Year 7 and 8 while preparing students to move into their senior phase of learning. In Years 9 and 10 students continue to study core subjects, while also having the opportunity to select from a range of semester long elective courses of study. These electives allow students to further develop their skills in areas of interest and to make decisions about future study and career pathways.

Core subjects:

• Religious Education

• English

• Mathematics

• Science

• History

• Health and Physical Education

 

Electives:

• Art

• Business

• Dance

• Design

• Digital technologies

• Drama

• Geography

• Japanese

• Legal Studies

• Media Arts

• Music

Students also participate in the Skills program which primarily focuses on understanding career pathways. The Year 9 program focusing on exploring individual strengths and personalities, as well as writing resumes, cover letters and interview skills. In Year 10, the careers program assists in identifying students' career goals and works with students to ensure they have the required resources to attain these goals. This includes planning, applying for and participating in three days of work experience. Students and their parents/carers are involved in SET (Student Education and Training) Plans, as well as senior subject selections processes.

 

Years 11 and 12

Senior students at St Saviour’s College can design their senior phase of learning to suit their desired pathways. The College offers a mixture of General, Applied (Essential), Applied and Certificate courses for study across Year 11 and 12.

General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pursuing tertiary studies beyond secondary schooling. These subjects form the basis of study for students wishing to be awarded an ATAR (Australia Tertiary Admission Rank), the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions. To be ATAR eligible students are required to study five General subjects or four General subjects and an Applied or Certificate course (Certificate III or higher).

Applied subjects are suited to students who are interested in pursuing a vocational pathway or an employment pathway beyond secondary schooling.

Certificate courses are nationally recognised qualifications. The College utilises a number of external RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) to provide teaching and assessing materials.

General subjects:

• English

• Study of Religion

• General Mathematics

• Mathematical methods

• Biology

• Business

• Chemistry

• Dance

• Design

• Drama

• Geography

• Legal Studies

• Modern History

• Physical Education

• Physics

• Specialist Mathematics

• Visual Art

• Essential Mathematics

• Essential English

 

Applied subjects:

• Essential Mathematics

• Essential English

• Religion and Ethics

• Drama in Practice

• Fashion Studies

• Social and Community Studies

• Sport and Recreation

• Visual Art in Practice

 

Certificate courses:

• Certificate III Business (within the school timetable)

• Certificate III Hospitality (within the school timetable)

• Certificate II Health Support Services and Certificate II Community Service (one day per fortnight in the College’s Health Hub)

• Cert III Rural Operations (one day per fortnight at UQ, Gatton)

Across Year 11 and 12 all students work towards achieving the QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) or the QCIA (Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement). General, Applied and Certificate courses all contribute points towards attaining a QCE.

 

Tutoring

St Saviour’s College further supports students’ learning by operating a free tutoring program on Thursday afternoons from 3:15-4:15pm. Staff from across a range of subject areas are present to assist with homework, revision and assessments. Our tutoring program is open to students from all years and is a valuable opportunity for students to access extra support.