Our Students - Senior School

The Senior School consists of six classes covering Years Five & Six. At this level, students take more ownership of their learning, accepting greater responsibility for their growth and development. The senior teaching team offers a challenging curriculum, whilst also meeting the standards of the Victorian Curriculum. Students develop their skills of problem solving, formulating plans, sharing ideas, communicating and developing their understandings through various means including open-ended tasks.

Leadership is an integral part of the Senior School. Students have an opportunity to undertake roles which assist teachers in many facets of school life, as well as modelling the ideal behaviours for the younger students.

Prayer is an integral part of life in the Senior School. Students participate in class and school masses as well as liturgy sessions and daily prayers. Year Six students celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.

In English, students practise, consolidate and extend skills. They develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of grammar and language. Gradually, more complex punctuation, clause and sentence structures, and textual purposes and patterns are introduced. Students explore the language of different text types, including visual texts, advertising, digital/online and media texts.

In Mathematics, students study meaningful and purposeful mathematics that is relevant to their lives. They are exposed to experiences that allow them to construct key mathematical ideas through the use of models, pictures and symbols. The curriculum develops key understandings by extending the number, measurement, geometric and statistical learning from the middle level. They study patterns that lead to generalisations; describe relationships from data collected and represented; estimate and predict; deepen their understanding of place value through greater focus on fractions and decimals; and strengthen their mental computation skills.

In Science, students investigate topics such as: Materials – properties, behaviour and changes; Light ; Electricity; the Solar System; Living Things and the impact of environmental changes and Natural Disasters.  Students follow instructions to pose and develop questions for investigation, predict what might happen when variables are changed, and plan investigation methods. They collect, organise and interpret their data.

The Humanities curriculum provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students examine the establishment and development of a colony.  Their learning moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1900. They learn about the processes of consumption, production and distribution in meeting needs and wants, and the role of consumers, workers and producers in the economy.  They investigate some of the significant natural processes that operate across Australia (for example, rainfall, drought, flood, earthquake, cyclones and bushfire), and how people react to them, including their preparation for, and management of, natural disasters. They explore different parts of the world with particular emphasis on atlas work and mapping skills.

In Year Five and again in Year Six, students attend a 3-day camp aimed at fostering their ability to work in teams, applying new skills and challenging themselves. Year Six students also participate in interschool sports, playing against other schools in the district in both summer and winter sports.

Above all, students in the Senior School work to a high standard and are forever mindful of how success is achieved through building positive and collaborative relationships.

Please see below for a more detailed term overview of each year level.