Years 7-10 Curriculum
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Years 7-10 at Marist

Curriculum in Years 7-10 at MRC is informed by the National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians and Catholic Social Teaching. Curriculum decisions are made by discerning the needs of learners in becoming confident, creative, reflective, informed and committed to the transformation of society towards a more compassionate and just world (TCEO Learning & Teaching Platform).

Our aim is to provide innovative teaching practices including the use of 21st century technologies to ensure students have access to first class learning opportunities. In line with this, we implement a 1:1 computer program for students in Years 7-10.

Curriculum

The Year 7-10 learning program at the College follows the Australian Curriculum in the key learning areas of Maths, Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Core subjects

  • Religious Education
  • Maths
  • Science
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health & Physical Education
  • LOTE (Year 7 and 8 only)

Electives

Students select from a range of elective subjects from the learning areas of:

  • LOTE
  • Vocational Education Training (VET)
  • Technology
  • The Arts
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Detailed information about all subject options and electives for each year level can be found in the Year 8-10 Subject Selection Guide  and the Year 7 Curriculum Guide.

Information evenings and opportunities to discuss subject options are available throughout the year. Heads of learning areas and subject teachers are available during Subject Advice Night to discuss subject choices.

Assessment

Assessment modes and demands vary with subjects. The core subjects are assessed against achievement standards. Religious Education is assessed against Tasmanian Catholic Education achievement standards. English, Mathematics, Science, and History and Social Sciences (HaSS) are assessed against ACARA achievement standards. Non-ACARA subjects are assessed against assessment criteria or may be competency-based.

Reporting

Reports are distributed three times throughout the year. Parents and students are invited to meet with teachers at our Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings.

  • Term One Progress Report - distributed end of Term One
  • Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings - beginning of Term Two
  • Semester One Report - distributed end of Term Two
  • Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings - beginning of Term Three
  • Semester Two Report - distributed end of Term Four

Online Progressive Feedback - MEL

At Marist, we use an online learning platform referred to as MEL (Marist e-Learning). Teachers and students use MEL as a valuable learning and teaching tool. Teachers utilise MEL to provide Online Progressive Feedback to students, by uploading marks, results and suggestions for improvement continuously throughout the year, encouraging students to take on the feedback for improved outcomes.  At the same time, parents have access, via the MEL Parent Portal, to tasks, due dates, and the feedback provided to students by their teachers.

In addition to information about student progress, the information available to parents on the MEL Parent Portal includes: access to class pages; access to a live version of the school calendar; access to homework and assessments that are due; student timetables and general information regarding uniform, canteen, library, news and highlights about what is happening within the College.

Middle Years Curriculum Overview

The learning program in Middle Years focuses on the particular academic, pastoral and social needs of young adolescents, as they make the transition from primary to secondary education. An emphasis on literacy and numeracy, combined with essential skills and knowledge for 21st century learners, enables students to become creative thinkers, problem solvers and solution seekers. The development of the whole person is a core focus, placing emphasis on pastoral care, school-parent partnerships, teacher-student and peer relationships. Students have extended contact with a core group of teachers and this creates an optimal environment for collaborative learning and teaching.

Year 9-10 Curriculum Overview

Years 9 and 10 can be a time of consolidation, where students strengthen and lay the foundations to prepare for further academic study and vocational pathways. Students are provided with opportunities to develop independent learning skills and employability skills as they progress into more formal curricula. In these years the curriculum is infused with leadership, opportunities to develop general capabilities and to foster confidence, sense of self, and connection with community, build resilience and the ability to discern.