Teaching and learning takes place within a range of diverse spaces designed to meet differing educational purposes and needs. In so doing, the College endeavours to foster interactive learning where focused and mutually respectful learning relationships are forged and nurtured between adults and peers alike.
Committed to developing life-long learners, our broad academic curriculum draws upon elements of the Victorian Curriculum as well as core components of Ignatian pedagogy to place each student at the centre of the learning process.
The programs from Years 7 to 12 inclusive are delivered using the latest technologies. All students utilise individual laptops every day to support their learning and in the process are continually challenged to embrace opportunities to become independent critical and creative thinkers as part of their quest for deep knowledge and understanding.
During both years, students also have access to abroad range of Technology offerings and undertake classes in the following combinations of subjects: Woodwork, Food Technology, Textiles, Metals and Plastics, Music and Art.
As of 2018, DigiTech has been formally introduced into our Year 7 and Year 8 Technology Program for one semester at each year level. This specific component of technology focuses on students thought processes required to unravel problems and subsequently design and generate related digital solutions.
Students learn how computers work and how to create digital solutions for real-world problems and challenges with computational thinking that uses systematic solutions to solve problems. Part of this process involves developing a working knowledge of coding.
The curriculum in place at Year 9 begins to explore individual areas of student interest and potential specialisation that may form the basis of ongoing learning in Years 10, 11 and/or 12. It represents the commencement of the Pathways Stage within the Victorian curriculum prior to more specific and deliberate specialisation in the final two years of secondary schooling.
Compulsory studies in the requisite learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education and Religious Education make up approximately seventy percent of the time allocation and are the subjects that commonly prepare students for the transition to learning pathways beyond Year 9. The emphasis for Year Nine is to continue to build strong foundations through these core subjects.
A broad range of electives, account for thirty percent of the time allocation and provide an alternative experience of learning to the core subjects. These elective offerings, in turn, are drawn from the Arts/Humanities Maths/Technology, Health and Science fields of study.
The program reflects three-year teaching and learning sequences created to best prepare all students for the rigours of Year 12 study, be that as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education [VCE] pathway or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning [VCAL] pathway, both of which formally commence in Year 11.
Key skills and knowledge required to successfully complete both pathways have been identified to enable the Year 10 program to further improve the performance of all our students including those undertaking the more traditional academic pathway of VCE.
At Year 10, every student will complete seven units of study each semester. The units of study comprise a combination of mandated and non-mandated units. English, Mathematics, at least one semester of Science in conjunction with prescribed Physical Education is mandated for all students as is the continued study of Religious Education.
Semester examinations occur in all mandated and non-mandated subjects with the exception of Physical Education that comprises two periods of physical activity each week.
As part of the inherent flexibility in place, Year 10 students can apply to undertake accelerated VCE studies as part of their learning program.
Ignatian education views excellence as one of its intrinsic values. However this distinguishing quality refers to not only academic excellence but excellence in everything attempted by students in Jesuit Companion schools such as Saint Ignatius College, Geelong.
The Year 10 curriculum is focused on depth as opposed to breadth of study options. It also includes a weekly class entitled, Ignatian Learning, undertaken by all students. In these classes, there is opportunity for individual and collective discernment, that offers an Ignatian lens on contemporary issues affecting all adolescents related to health, social justice, environmental and faith matters.
A focus on leadership is implicit in these classes to help develop a clearer understanding of the increased responsibility placed on students to take prime ownership of their learning and subsequent actions in all that they do in and out of the classroom.
VCAL is a recognised applied learning program for students in Years 11 and 12 who are interested in taking up a traineeship, apprenticeship, T AFE studies or employment after Year 12. The VCAL curriculum is based on outcomes and competencies which are evidenced through projects and practical applications both at school and within industry training. It offers opportunities for experiential learning and skill development through activities that are structured and sequential in their learning outcomes. The program design has high relevance to personal strengths, develops resilience, confidence and self-worth, and strengthens connections with the community.
VCAL consists of strands rather than subjects that comprise literacy, numeracy, personal development skills and work related skills as well as compulsory VET studies. Students also undertake mandated studies in VCE Religion &Society as part of their enrolment at Saint Ignatius College.
Students will be enrolled in at least one VET Course and will complete modules from other Further Education (FE) programs adding to their qualifications and skills as necessary or deemed appropriate.
The VCAL curriculum is available at three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. Usually Year 11 students undertake studies at Intermediate level and continue into Year 12 with programs operating at Senior level. However tailored programs and individual pathways are possible depending on student aspirations and circumstances.
The Victorian Certificate of Education is a two-year certificate course that comprises semester units of study. At Saint Ignatius College, students normally undertake six subjects at Units 1 and 2 level in Year 11 and five subjects at Units 3 and 4 level including at least three units of English, two of which must be completed at Units 3 and 4 level as well as two units of Religious Education, currently Religion &Society at Units 1 and 2 level.
Subject offerings are diverse to accommodate tertiary pre-requisites as well as individual student interest and choice and are supported by detailed pathway planning activities and initiatives.
All students undertaking academic studies at Unit 1-4 level, undertake formal exams each semester as part of College curriculum expectations.
A) Year 12 English extension program – LEAP
LEAP has been a feature of the Year 12 Saint Ignatius Year 12 curriculum for several years. It is an extension English program designed for students entering Year 12 who are seeking to access tertiary study and enhance their ATAR score as a means of doing so.
Selection is based on a range of collated data including Unit 1 and 2 English results as well as relevant NAPLAN reading results in conjunction with recommendations from key College staff including the VCE Coordinator and College Strategic Data Leader.
Students undertake additional written activities related to examination preparation and refine specific skills in weekly sessions conducted after school by a designated senior English teacher.
B) Additional study workshops and seminars
The College compliments its curriculum offerings with linked workshops provided by Elevate Education including Study Sensei and Ace Your Exams at Years 11 and 12 respectively to optimise student outcomes at these levels.
It also provides an ‘in-house’ series of seminars entitled ACE –Achieve, Challenge and Excel- across Year 12 each year designed to assist students, especially those likely to be deemed ‘middle band’ in terms of ATAR scores, to optimise their individual performances.
C) Overseas Language Study Tours
Students studying Indonesian or Italian at VCE level are provided with the opportunity to access an in-country language tour in alternate years to further their aural and oral skills as well as their cultural understanding and awareness.
Languages starts in Year 7 and 8, with a fun and interactive way of introducing the Indonesian or Italian language and culture to students. Beginning the year with an insight into another country, students will have the opportunity to better understand a different culture, leading to the unique opportunity of seeing themselves and their own culture from an outside perspective.
Students will begin to develop their language skills beginning with basic vocabulary and building up to simple conversations. In Year 9, Languages becomes an elective subject that students can choose to continue studying all the way through to the end of Year 12. Students who continue Languages at or above the Year 10 level get the opportunity to be included on an overseas study tour.
Students will have the opportunity to develop their language skills, looking at topics of interest and relevance for young people, including family, sports, entertainment, holidaying, travel, animals and history. Students will have an opportunity to do a lot of inquiry based learning and hands on activities, with ICT incorporated into day-to-day study. Students will be surprised by the range of different activities they will do and how much they have learnt about the language and culture by the end of each year.
These programs are designed to promote the development of communication, problem solving and decision making skills. Horizons are broadened, new challenges embraced, and perseverance and determination are reinforced. The values and attitudes developed from shared endeavour help form a sound basis for responsible citizenship. Sensitivity to the environment is fostered, for young people to see themselves in a global context with an awareness of the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
Students can build self-confidence and self-esteem, develop a positive attitude to learning, an awareness of the needs and contributions of others, the ability to sustain effective relationships, the adaptability to cope with a rapidly changing world of work and the responsibility to be an effective member of a community.
Saint Ignatius College has a number of policies in place that are relevant to learning and teaching including student attendance requirements and exam practices and procedures.
Copies of these policies can be downloaded here:
The College has a dedicated and talented team of professionals working in this area who are committed to supporting all students to achieve personal success at school.
The Learning Support Team work closely with teachers and assist in developing Individual Learner Profiles and Learning Plans. Together they work to adjust and modify curriculum to cater to individual and diverse learning needs. They also work to ensure assessment and reporting procedures are appropriate for all students and provide ‘in class support’ where appropriate.
The Learning Support Team specifically support the following groups however endeavor to support all students with additional needs.
Booklist items will be available for collection at the College on Thursday January 21st 2021.
Suggested times of collection are as follows
A-G 8.30 am to 10.30am
H-M 10.30am to 12.30pm
N-Z 1.00pm to 3.30pm
ALL 3.30pm to 4.00pm
Book Collection Rooms - McKillop Centre (M2 to M3)
The College has implemented a system for the buying and selling of second-hand textbooks and other student resources via the Sustainable School Shop.
The service provides access to second-hand textbooks, calculators, stationery and other listed items and is simple and easy to use.
All enquiries should be made directly to the Sustainable School Shop on: 1300 683 337 or see their website by clicking the link below.
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