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Teaching and learning at St Patrick's uses a schools-based model to deliver its curriculum. The three schools, Junior, Middle and Senior, were established in recognition of the different and changing learning needs of each boy as he moves through his secondary schooling years. The schools model provides students with teaching and learning experiences and opportunities that are consistent with their level of development. The structure challenges each boy to pursue and achieve excellence in a range of exciting curricular and co-curricular areas.

Religious Education is the most important element of the curriculum. This reflects the distinctively Catholic nature of the school and the Mission Statement that affirms: "We believe that Religious Education has, and must retain, the primary curriculum position". Therefore it is taught at all year levels and underpins the manner in which all subjects are delivered.

In 2017, St Patrick's College will introduce the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into its curriculum, to run alongside our existing VCE and VETiS pathways.

The Junior School – Years 7 and 8

A broad and comprehensive curriculum is emphasised in Years 7 and 8. The Junior School structure is designed to enable boys to make an effective and enjoyable transition into secondary school.

Year 7 subjects:

Religious Education, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education, Japanese, Transition, Technology, Art, Drama, Multimedia and Information Technology, Music, Pastoral Care.

The classroom Music programme is complemented by Ensemble Music where each Year 7 student is allocated and learns a concert band instrument. Year 7 students identified as requiring further literacy support study Linguistics instead of Japanese. 

Year 8 subjects:

Religious Education, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education, Japanese, Technology (including Food), Art, Drama, Multimedia and Information Technology, Music, Pastoral Care.

Year 8 students can continue with Japanese or opt to study International Studies. Year 8 students identified as requiring further literacy support study Linguistics instead of Japanese or International Studies.

The Enhanced Learning department assists and supports with the literacy and numeracy needs of those Junior School boys identified as requiring further assistance in these areas. All Years 7 and 8 boys participate in the Wide Interest Reading English Development (WIRED) programme has been a part of the English curriculum. The goal of this programme is to enhance the literacy skills of students and to encourage them to discover reading as a worthy pastime that can support each boy to become lifelong learner. 

The Middle School – Year 9

Research indicates that in Year 9 boys are faced with a range of challenges that could impact upon their performance at school. The aim of the Year 9 programme is to engage students in a range of educational experiences that will ensure they remain focused upon their schooling. 

Research highlights that at this stage of the learning journey, boys need practically focussed activities that provide them with challenges and effectively link up different parts of the curriculum. Students in the Middle School continue to build numeracy and literacy skills whilst being involved in a range of experiential learning experiences.

The Year 9 programme consists of core subjects (compulsory for all), and elective subjects. 

Core: 

Religious Education, English (including WIRED), Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Extension, Extended Learning Projects, Literacy Extension (including the VET Certificate II in Applied Languages (Japanese) option), Pastoral Care 

Electives: 

The Year 9 elective offerings come from three disciplines – Information Technology, Technology and The Arts. Each elective is allocated eight periods per fortnight.

One semester-length subject is to be chosen for each semester from the list below: 

2D Art, 3D Art, Design Technology – Metal, Design Technology – Wood, Information and Communication Technology, Media, Music, Systems Engineering, Theatre Studies, Visual Communication and Design. 

The Senior School – Years 10, 11 and 12

The Senior School programme strives to prepare boys to achieve personal excellence in all areas of school life and to see each take his place in the wider community in the spirit of Edmund Rice.

The Senior School offers a broad range of subject choices that will equip students to confront the challenges of an ever changing world. The Senior School has developed programmes to provide boys with opportunities to perform to an excellent standard in many fields of endeavour. We also aim to recognise and build on the work of the Middle School in providing the opportunity for each boy to become an independent and active learner through rich and challenging curriculum.

Blocking of the timetable in the Senior School enables students to undertake VCE Units, VETiS certificates and School Based Apprenticeships or traineeships (SBAT) from the beginning of Year 10, opening up a wide range of subject choices for students as well as allowing the boys to study additional units at Years 11 and 12.

The 2016 update of the Expected Standards of Attainment in Assessment Tasks Guidelines can be found at this link

Year 10

The Year 10 programme consists of core subjects (compulsory for all), and elective subjects. 

Core: 

Religious Education - Six periods per fortnight for the whole year

English - Ten periods per fortnight for the whole year. Four alternatives offered

Mathematics - Ten periods per fortnight for the whole year. Four alternatives offered

Science - Ten periods per fortnight for one semester. Four alternatives offered.

History - Ten periods per fortnight for one semester. 

Sport - Four periods per fortnight for the whole year

Pastoral Care – One period per fortnight for the whole year

Electives: 

Year 10 students participate in three elective subjects each week. Each elective is allocated 10 periods per fortnight. Three elective subjects are to be chosen each semester from the list below: 

Arts/Humanities/HaPE Group:

Architectural Design, Art – 2D, Art – 3D, VCE Unit 1 Business Management, English Language, Health, Literature, Media Studies, Music Performance, VCE Units 1/2 Outdoor and Environmental Studies, Physical Education, Theatre Studies, Visual Communication Design, VET Certificate III Music (Technical Production), VET Certificate II Applied Languages (Japanese), VET Certificate II Sport and Recreation, VET Certificate I Vocational Preparation.

Maths/Science/Technology Group:

Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology – Wood, Food and Technology, VCE Units 1/2 General Mathematics – Specialist, IT – General Course, IT  – Hardware, IT – Multimedia and the Web, IT – Programming, Physics, Science and Society, Systems Engineering, VET Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry), VET Certificate II Engineering Studies.

Years 11 and 12

St Patrick’s recognise that as a boy moves into Years 11 and 12 he will choose more specialised subjects to help him prepare for the particular directions he wishes pursue beyond secondary school. Year 11 and 12 boys have access to the following subjects, with Year 11 boys typically studying Units 1/2 level studies and Year 12 boys completing Units 3/4 studies.  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:          

Religion and Society Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

Text and Traditions Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

Year 12 Non-VCE Religious Education          

ENGLISH GROUP:          

ENGLISH Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

ENGLISH LANGUAGE Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

LITERATURE Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

FOUNDATION ENGLISH Unit 1  Unit 2       

VOCATIONAL ENGLISH (Modified VCE 3/4 English)    Unit 3 Unit 4    

ACCOUNTING  Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

ART Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

BIOLOGY Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT     Unit 3 Unit 4    

CHEMISTRY Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

ECONOMICS Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

FOOD TECHNOLOGY Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

HEALTH and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

HISTORY GROUP:          

Twentieth Century/PEOPLE and Power Unit 1  Unit 2       

Australian     Unit 3 Unit 4    

Revolutions     Unit 3 Unit 4    

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Unit 1  Unit 2       

IT APPLICATIONS     Unit 3 Unit 4    

JAPANESE Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

LEGAL STUDIES Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

MATHEMATICS GROUP:          

FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS Unit 1  Unit 2       

GENERAL MATHEMATICS (Vocational) Unit 1  Unit 2       

GENERAL MATHEMATICS Unit 1  Unit 2       

FURTHER MATHEMATICS     Unit 3 Unit 4    

MATHEMATICAL METHODS (CAS) Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

GENERAL MATHEMATICS (Specialist) Unit 1 - Unit 2       

SPECIALIST MATHEMATICS (must be studied with 3/4 Maths Methods)  Unit 3 Unit 4    

MEDIA Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

MUSIC PERFORMANCE Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

OUTDOOR and ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

PHYSICS Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

PRODUCT DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT     Unit 3 Unit 4    

STUDIO ARTS Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

THEATRE STUDIES Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

VISUAL COMMUNICATION and DESIGN Unit 1  Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

VET IN THE VCE:

   CERTIFICATE II BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION Unit 1 - Unit 2  Unit 3 Unit 4    

   CERTIFICATE II ENGINEERING STUDIES Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

   CERTIFICATE III MUSIC (TECHNICAL PROD.) Unit 1 - Unit 2 - Unit 3 Unit 4    

   CERTIFICATE II SPORT and RECREATION Unit 1 - Unit 2       

  CERTIFICATE III SPORT and RECREATION     Unit 3 Unit 4    

   CERTIFICATE I VOCATIONAL PREPARATION

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