The College provides students with the opportunity to engage with a diverse number of subjects during their years at the College. There are a variety of Learning Areas which have responsibility for the provision of high quality and engaging curriculum across all levels. The learning areas are:
Religious Education: The Religious Education program at the College is robust, engaging and designed to provide students with broad perspectives on world issues, in particular, by focusing on the Catholic perspective. Students are engaged in Religious Education at each year of their learning. The program is intertwined with our Faith program, with learning supported through extra-curricular offering as well as retreat programs.
The Arts: St John’s offers total immersion in both the Visual and Performing Arts. At the Year 7 level, students are engaged in a fully integrated program where all six disciplines of Visual Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Media Arts and Visual Communication Design. The integrated approach provides students with clear knowledge of how the disciplines of the arts complement and intersect with each other.
English: As the compulsory study throughout secondary school, the teaching of English is highly skills-based. With equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening, students are provided with the opportunity to engage with a variety of modern and historical texts which are in both written and visual form. From Year 9, elective learning programs are also introduced to run alongside the compulsory subject. Students are able to select Writer’s Workshop in Year 9 and Literature is available as a subject from Year 10 onwards.
Health and Physical Education: Health and Physical Education is a core subject from Year 7 to Year 10. Students undertake both an active program as well as studying relevant theory. Many of the areas studied as part of the Health program are also linked into both our Wellbeing program and Pastoral program. Health and Physical Education is also supported at the College through the Southern Independent Schools (SIS) Competitive sports competition.
Humanities: Humanities is a very diverse subject area. In Year 7, the areas of Geography, History and Civics and Citizenship are taught as part of the STEP program. For Years 8 and 9, Geography and History are independent subjects. At Year 10, English and History is integrated in order to provide easy skills transference between these two areas. At Year 10, students are also provided with the opportunity to select introductory studies in Commerce including Business, Politics, Legal Studies and Economics.
Languages: The College offers the opportunity to study the additional language of Italian. This program provides students with immersion in both the culture of Italy as well as the spoken and written word of the language. At Year 9, the study of the language is part of the elective program at the College. The College also holds a bi-annual study trip to Italy.
Mathematics: The Mathematics program at St John’s provides for differentiated learning opportunities in junior year levels. At Years 7 and 8, students requiring support in their attainment of skills are selected for the Numeracy Program. From Years 9 and 10, student have the opportunity to select an elective subject which provides for extension and application of various elements of Mathematics.
Science: All disciplines of science be it Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Psychology or Physics are offered throughout the learning programs. Science is a compulsory study from Years 7 to 10. Students are required to undertake an elective at Year 10 if they intend to study any science subject at the VCE level. Science is an engaging program at the College, with hand-on practical activities being central to study in each year level.
Technology: The College has a vibrant Technology area. Students are provided with introductory courses from Year 7. With textiles, woodwork, metalwork, IT, electronics and systems engineering on offer, students are able to develop their own designs prior to producing their final products.
The College recognises the interdisciplinary links between the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the integration of these areas within the extra-curricular activities at the College is a priority as we move forward.
LINKS: In recognising the individuality of each of our students, we are mindful that some students require targeted support in order to succeed. For students with literacy needs, such as those with an EAL background, or for students with challenges with reading or writing, they are offered to be members of the LINKS program. Students who take part in this program do not undertake the foreign language study. Rather, they are engaged in additional activities to support learning in writing skills and reading accuracy. The College also offers a Numeracy support program from Years 7 to 9.
Our Pathways Choices: At St John’s we seek to ensure that all students are undertaking a planned pathway into the senior years. The College offers nearly 40 VCE studies to choose from for students. Additionally, students may choose to undertake the VCAL program.
In both our VCE and VCAL programs, students can undertake a VET course as part of their program. We offer Vet Music, Vet Sport and Recreation and VET Hospitality. The Graduates’ Restaurant is a modern complex with two industrial kitchens, one providing Bakery and Patisserie training. In addition, students can also access many more VET courses through our relationship with other cluster schools, or by enrolling in courses at Chisholm TAFE.
The vast learning experiences offered at St John’s ensures that no matter their area of interest, our students are able to undertake an engaging learning program which provides options for their future beyond school.