Secondary School is a time of growth, development, and self-discovery. We provide our students with a rigorous academic curriculum supported by a range of learning opportunities. Student needs are catered for by expert educators who incorporate differentiation into their lessons, supporting students who have additional learning needs and extending those high potential learners in their classrooms.
For all Secondary students, we hold Academic Coaching during the week in the Library, offering a place for tutoring. Specialist teachers are available on specific days to assist students with their work, or they are free to work independently.
Our programme also encompasses the Pericles Leadership Program, which is a leadership program across Years 7-12 that enhances student leadership through service and community engagement, our Wellbeing Program, uses positive psychology to cultivate a student culture of acceptance, care and respect for others.
The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Teaching and learning programs balance and integrate all three strands. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit, strengthen and develop these as needed. The teachers work with students to develop their skills in analysing text and critical questioning with an aim for all students to become readers for pleasure.
Assessments in English include a variety of text analysis, multi-media production and presentation as well as narrative and persuasive writing. Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a common curriculum with some banding of similar ability students in Years 9 and 10. Courses offered in Year 11 and 12 include English General, English ATAR and English as an Additional Language or Dialect (ATAR and General).
At the school, the Mathematics staff strive to give students across the year levels opportunities to increase their knowledge base and develop their skills across the stands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The aim is for all students to develop a sound level of numeracy, become confident problem solvers and to appreciate the role mathematics plays in real life contexts.
Students across the year levels complete regular assessments in the forms of tests and exams, investigations and practical tasks where appropriate.
In years 7 and 8 the students follow their normal classes but in year 9 the classes are organised by gender and in year 10 the students are divided into an Aspirational class and a regular class. The Aspirational class will access some of the curriculum from the 10A course.
The courses offered at this level are Mathematics Essential, Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist.
At the school, the Science staff strive to provide students with a robust understanding of the world around them and at the same time develop specific skills and knowledge in order for them to be able to think scientifically. The aim is for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the application of science in society and in aspects of everyday life. Scientific enquiry skills are fostered throughout the year levels and deliberately embedded and referred to in all topics.
A STEM program aims to provide integrated activities using and developing skills from the areas of technology, science and mathematics again providing insights into the use of science in a variety of contexts.
After year 10 students can choose to further their skills and knowledge by studying Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology.
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum is dynamic in nature and allows students to acquire knowledge and skills relating to the past, present and for exploring future issues.
Subjects taught include History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics. There is an emphasis on using technology in both the presentation of material and addressing the curriculum concepts to ensure maximum engagement of students in lessons.
Technology is commonly used by students when researching and in the presentation of their ideas e.g., movies, power-point presentations etc.
In Humanities and Social Science, we explicitly teach a number of skills including but not limited to:
– Interpreting data (graphs, tables, statistics)
– Analysing sources (primary and secondary)
– Conducting research and referencing sources used
– Critically analysing and comparing photos, drawings and art relating to concepts taught
– Developing questions to guide research and expand their thinking and creativity
Our educational philosophy is to engage students in their learning and foster higher order thinking skills. Students are encouraged to explore their world and discover how they fit into it.
In Year 11 and 12 students can choose to study Modern History, Geography, Economics, and Politics and Law.
Modern Greek is the official language of Greece and Cyprus. It is spoken throughout the world. One of the major characteristics of the extensive Greek Diaspora is the maintenance of the Greek language and culture.
The modern standard version of Modern Greek (Neoelliniki: Νεοελληνική) is the demotic form of the written and spoken language and is the official language taught worldwide. It is an alphabetic (non-Roman) language, with 24 letters, and has remained relatively unchanged since ancient times. Modern Greek is a phonetic language, with a simple form of accentuation and highly structured grammar and syntax.
The Australian Curriculum: Languages for Modern Greek is pitched to second language learners, the dominant cohort of learners in the Australian context. There are two learning pathways for students: the Foundation to Year 10 Sequence and the Years 7–10 (Year 7 Entry) Sequence.
Teachers use the curriculum to cater for learners of different backgrounds by making appropriate adjustments to differentiate learning experiences for these students.
The Arts curriculum at St. Andrew’s allows all students to study at least two Arts subjects to the end of Year 8. It is a requirement that students study a performance subject and a visual subject.
In Years 9 and 10 the study of the Arts is optional, with students being able to choose from Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Media Arts: Photography.
Students in Year 11 and 12 can undertake studies in Visual Art and Drama at both ATAR and General level.
The early secondary Technology program is designed to engage students in a range of hands-on, creative digital learning experiences based on the engineering design process. The program introduces students to a range of ICT and digital technologies; examining how they work, and how they can be used to create and implement solutions to authentic, open-ended problems. With an emphasis on programming, LEGO robotics, game design, and introductory engineering, the program aims to help students learn and apply 21st Century computational thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills within and beyond their classroom walls. Materials Design Technology: Foods, Photography, and Materials Design Technology: Textiles complete the technology curriculum area.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Health and Physical Education learning area offers a varied program that focuses on participation, relationship building and creating health habits for life-long learning. In Health Education we aim to build resilient young people who are mindful of other individuals in society. Through a range of strategies that focuses on building resilience and mental health students acquire knowledge and skills that are purposeful in our expanding life.
Students are involved in two Physical Education classes per week where everyone is encouraged to have a go and try something new. Participation in physical activity is vital in building good life habits and at St Andrew’s Grammar we aim to provide students the opportunity to do this. Students will participate in a range of sports throughout the year that focus on team building, self-management and interpersonal skills.
All students participate in the Inter-House Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics carnivals. If students excel in their event, they can be selected to represent the school at the Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) carnivals. Students can also represent the school in a range of inter-school sporting events such as basketball, soccer, badminton and volleyball.