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Curriculum

Mandurah Catholic College is committed to having a 21st century curriculum that is based on the expectation that all students have the ability to learn and the motivation to meet the challenges of a broad education.

Students in all year groups have a varied choice of subjects that offer a stimulating and engaging curriculum. Teachers at Mandurah Catholic College pride themselves on providing every student the opportunity to make full use of their intellect in engaging and interactive lessons; a rich and diverse curriculum that is rigorous and challenging ensures that every student develops skills and knowledge for further study, their future profession and for life.
The College is committed to

  • Providing all students with engaging and stimulating lessons
  • Offering a diverse array of subjects
  • Catering for students with special needs
  • Providing students with a range of religious, cultural and sporting opportunities in practical and theoretical settings
  • Providing mixed ability groups and streamed classes on a needs basis to enhance sequential development of skills and subject matter for all
  • Providing up-to-date technology for the enhancement of student learning through the use of digital devices to access rich, current digital content.

The College provides Early Childhood, Junior and Secondary School education K-12 (Kindergarten to Year 12). There is an emphasis on the Australian Curriculum and digital learning, as well as a varied curriculum that can be tailored to suit the needs of students of differing ability and with diverse career aspirations, whether they are university bound, considering TAFE and/or apprenticeships or seeking employment after Year 12 graduation.

Learning programs are developed to cater for the diverse range of student abilities and interests, both educational and spiritual, in every year group.  Students in the early adolescent phase of schooling work in a learning environment that covers the traditional disciplines of English, Mathematics, Society & Environment, Science, Religious Education, and Physical & Health Education. By Year 7, the subject selection diversifies to encompass a much broader range of subjects and activities. Music tuition is offered to students in Junior and Secondary School and specialised courses in drama and visual arts are introduced in Middle School. The MCC Sports Club offers weekend and after-school sporting opportunities to all students, complimenting an extensive Physical Education curriculum that covers a diverse range of sporting codes.

Our Vocational and Education program is extensive, and in 2016 offered Years 11 and 12 students the flexibility of undertaking over 50 TAFE courses and work placement while still studying at MCC.

Our College is a Catholic learning community acting on behalf of the wider church community, and is particularly committed to the faith education of young people. The College community, by its very nature, will contribute to the faith development of its students. The religious education program has, as its overall aim, the living of the Christian life in full.

The curriculum at Mandurah Catholic College is developed from the West Australian Curriculum, the WA Curriculum Framework from Pre-Primary – Year 10 and the Catholic Education of WA (CEWA) Religious Education Guidelines K-12.

At whole staff meetings, Learning Area meetings and executive meetings school level data derived from NAPLAN, ACER, WACE and OLNA, AGAT, Bishops’ Testing is collated and examined. The information gathered as a result of these frequent data collations provides teachers with the opportunity to plan for future improvement and to reflect on current practices within the College. Student performance is collected and analysed throughout the school year.

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Religious Education

Mandurah Catholic College is a Catholic learning community acting on behalf of the wider church community, and is particularly committed to the faith education of young people. The College community by its very nature will contribute to the faith development of its students. The religious education programme has as its overall aim the living of the Christian life in full.

Junior School students receive daily religious education lessons ranging from 15-30 minutes per day. In the Middle and Senior Schools, students receive 160 minutes of religious education per week.

Sacramental preparation is conducted in Year 3 for Reconciliation, in Year 4 for First Holy Communion, and in Year 7 for Confirmation. Parents are urged to participate in the Sacramental preparation programmes through parent information evenings and activities to complete at home with their child. Only Catholic children may receive these Sacraments, but all children will receive the same preparation for the Sacraments in class. It is expected that non-Catholic children will participate as fully as possible in these Sacramental preparation programmes.

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have a one day retreat and Year 12 students have an overnight retreat as part of their religious education experience. All secondary students are involved in preparation of prayer and reflection for their classes during the course of the year.

The Arts

Mandurah Catholic College’s curriculum is enriched by an exciting arts programme which encompasses drama, art and music. The arts contribute to the development of the emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimension of each individual student. Students are encouraged to recognise that our value systems are often expressed through this learning area and the Arts encourage reflection, enterprise and initiative.

English

At Mandurah Catholic College students learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. Language plays a central role in human life: it provides a vehicle for communication, a tool for thinking, a means of creativity and a source of pleasure. Through language, humans shape understanding of themselves and their world. An understanding of language and the ability to use it effectively empowers students. It gives them access to knowledge, enables them to play an active part in society and contributes to their personal growth. The English courses offered at Mandurah Catholic College are challenging, inclusive and supportive of students of all ability levels.


Health and Physical Education

The College offers a diverse and comprehensive health and physical education programme. The primary focus of this area is on students developing the whole person by participating in regular physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices. Teamwork, informed decision making, confidence and self-esteem are promoted within each year level, and programmes are adapted so that students are able to reach their full potential. There are many opportunities provided for students to participate in sport, including involvement in SWISSA and ACC interschool sporting events, sporting clubs and statewide competitions.


Mathematics

Each of our schools encourages students to be confident and capable users of mathematical concepts. Mathematics teaches students to become observant, interpret results and to draw general conclusions, all of which are skills required in everyday life. It also nurtures the inquiring mind and enhances the appreciation of the many benefits of having a positive attitude towards numeracy. Higher order mathematical courses are used by some students as a springboard to demanding tertiary studies.

Science

The learning area of science offers an innovative and diverse programme. It is designed to stimulate our students’ curiosity and teach knowledge and life-enhancing skills. Students investigate, understand and communicate about the physical, biological and technological world. The integration of technology into the science learning area has permitted students to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of our world. With knowledge gained in science some students make career decisions based on experience gained in biological or physical science areas.

Social Science

Social Science endeavours to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to understand and participate in our rapidly changing world. An integrated approach to learning encourages all students to make informed decisions, think critically, and develop a genuine desire to learn and to actively participate in the local and global community. To achieve this, our outcomes-focused courses encourage students to research, analyse, interpret and present information in a variety of media, including technology.

Technology and Enterprise

 

Courses offered in this area foster the skills of students and develop them to such an extent that some students continue with further training as they enter a career in the Trades. Increasingly, the use of computers and technology is playing a part in this area, leading to further skill enhancement. Mandurah Catholic College has an enviable reputation in this Learning Area where the emphasis is on design