Curriculum

Emmaus endeavours to provide our students with a wide range of learning opportunities.


The community at Emmaus Catholic College is one of faith and learning, where every student is given an opportunity to grow into the best possible version of themselves. Our curriculum caters to a wide range of learners and seeks to prepare them for whatever future they have in mind, whether it be continuing on to further study or joining the workforce. We offer a range of both academic and vocational subjects.

Our students are afforded a wide variety of subject choices when it comes to choosing their electives for Years Nine and Ten, as well as the package of study they will undertake in their Senior Years.



Courses offered at Emmaus Catholic College include, but are not limited to the following:

Overview

Subjects offered:

  • Year 7 - 10 Catholic Studies
  • Year 11 and 12 Catholic Studies, Studies of Religion 1 Unit and Studies of Religion 2 Unit

Religious Education at Emmaus is taught by a team of dedicated, faith-filled and experienced educators, including those with many years of experience in the teaching of senior Studies of Religion.

In Years 7 - 10, students are engaged in the diocesan Religious Education program which focuses largely on the history, traditions, beliefs, practices and ethics of the Christian tradition. Through both study and experience, students develop a comprehensive understanding of Christianity and come to appreciate its relevance in their own lives and contemporary Australian society.

In the senior years, students have the choice to continue the diocesan Religious Education program by pursuing the non-ATAR, Catholic Studies course or to engage in one of the Studies of Religion programs of study (1 unit or 2 unit) which contribute to a student’s ATAR. Both of these programs aim to promote an understanding and critical awareness of the nature and significance of religion and the influence of belief systems and religious traditions on individuals and within society. These academically rigorous subjects engage students in the study of traditions beyond Christianity, and challenge students to analyse and think critically about the role of religion in both the Australian and global context.

Subjects offered in Stage 6 English

 

  • English (Standard) is designed for students to increase their expertise in English in order to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives.

  • English (Advanced) is designed for students to undertake the challenge of higher-order thinking to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives.

  • English (Extension) is designed for students undertaking English (Advanced) who choose to study at a more intensive level in diverse but specific areas.  They enjoy engaging with complex levels of conceptualisation and seek the opportunity to work in increasingly independent ways

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all students at Emmaus Catholic College.  The study of English helps to create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens.  It is through the study of English that we learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world in which we live.

Our English Faculty focuses on developing in students an appreciation that learning is important, and to help them understand that lifelong learning is vital, not just for their career advancement but for their success in all facets of their lives.  Our programs are designed to develop enjoyment of English and an appreciation of its value and its role in learning.

English involves the study and use of language in its various textual forms, encompassing written, spoken and visual texts of varying complexity, including the language systems of English through which meaning is conveyed, interpreted and reflected.


Subjects offered:

 

  • Stage 4 Mathematics

  • Stage 5 Mathematics including 5.3, 5.2 and 5.1

  • Stage 6 Mathematics Standard 1 and 2, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2

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The Mathematics team at Emmaus is committed to supporting all students to grow in mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding.

 

Mathematics is compulsory for all students from Years 7 through to 10. These formative years of study focus on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. All students in Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) complete the same course of study in Mathematics, with the learning differentiated within classes to extend and challenge capable Mathematicians, as well as support those students requiring additional assistance. In Year 8, gifted and talented students in the Challenge class have the opportunity to commence an accelerated program of study in order to ultimately complete HSC studies in Advanced Mathematics by the end of Year 11. 

 

In Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10), students are grouped into classes according to their mathematical ability and skill level as determined by their Mathematics results in Stage 4, NAPLAN and PAT-M. Students will study one of the following three courses:

  • Stage 5.1 Mathematics is designed to assist in meeting the needs of students who are continuing to work towards the achievement of Stage 4 outcomes when they enter Year 9. It provides opportunities for students to consolidate and then build on the skills and knowledge that they gained from the Mathematics Years 7 and 8 courses. Studying the 5.1 course places students on a non-Mathematics Pathway for Stage 6.

  • Stage 5.2 Mathematics course builds on the content of Stage 5.1 and is designed to assist in meeting the needs of students who have achieved Stage 4 outcomes by the end of Year 8. The 5.2 course covers all of the Stage 5.1 content and some of the Stage 5.3 content. The Stage 5.2 course is designed for students who require more time than those doing the Stage 5.3 course to develop their mathematical ideas, and for students who are still developing a more abstract approach to mathematical thinking. Students who progress well through this course are encouraged to take a Standard Mathematics Pathway for Stage 6.

  • Stage 5.3 course includes and extends the content of the Stage 5.2 course, requiring students to develop their reasoning abilities to a greater extent than for the Stage 5.2 course.  The course emphasises algebraic processes, graphical techniques, interpretation, justification of solutions, advanced applications and reasoning, which arise in more sophisticated problems from realistic applications. Students who progress well through this course are encouraged to take an Advanced or Extension 1 Mathematics Pathway in Stage 6 with the possibility of Extension 2 in Year 12.Students who commenced the accelerated Mathematics program in Year 8 continue with this program through Year 9 and then commence their Preliminary HSC studies of Mathematics Advanced in Year 10.

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In Stage 6 (Year 11 and 12), students have the option to study Mathematics at various levels as is best suited to their interests, abilities, career ambitions and intentions for further study beyond school. Each Stage 6 Mathematics course assumes prior learning from Stage 5 and should only be chosen by students with the recommended prerequisite knowledge, skills and understanding. Mathematics is not compulsory in Stage 6.

 

Special programs and initiatives include:

 

  • Maths Help every Wednesday afternoon in the library

  • Accelerated Mathematics 

Inquiry-based learning is a distinct way of finding answers to important problems about the world around us through answering questions related to our everyday life. By working scientifically, students use scientific inquiry to develop their understanding of ideas and concepts, and the importance of evidence in making informed decisions about the uses of science in their lives.

 

Subjects offered in Stage 6 Science

 

Biology is the study of living organisms, life processes and interactions between organisms and their environment.

In year 11, the preliminary Biology course incorporates the study of unicellular and multicellular living things and the ways in which these organisms obtain, transport and draw on materials for their own growth and repair. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of biotic and abiotic features of the environment and the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem as well as the evolution of life on earth; and the effects of global changes on the Earth’s biodiversity and that of the Australian biota during the formation of the Australian continent.

In year 12,  the HSC (Higher School Certificate) course builds upon the knowledge and understanding of the preliminary course. It examines the processes and structures that organisms use to maintain a constant internal environment and the way in which features characteristics are passed on from generation to generation as well as developing knowledge on infectious and non-infectious diseases and disorders. 

Students are required to conduct depth studies across Year 11 and 12 using first-hand investigations and secondary research into Biological concepts. 

 

Chemistry is the study of the physical and chemical properties of matter, with a focus on substances and their interactions. Chemistry allows students to understand the use of materials around them at an atomic and molecular level.

 

In year 11, the preliminary Chemistry course incorporates the development of knowledge of atomic structure, chemical changes, rates of reaction and relationships between substances by focusing on increasing students' understanding of the earth's resources, the development of increasingly sophisticated methods to extract and use metals, the importance of water on earth and high energy carbon compounds.

In year 12, the HSC (Higher School Certificate) course  builds upon the concepts developed in the preliminary course, expanding on areas such as the search for new sources of traditional materials, the design and production of new materials, the management and monitoring of chemicals that have been developed and/or released as a result of human technological activity and the way in which environmental problems could be reversed or minimised. The options cover a variety of interest areas and draw on the increased information and understanding provided by improved technology to examine areas of current research.

Students are required to conduct depth studies across Year 11 and 12 using first-hand investigations and secondary research into Chemistry concepts. 

 

Physics investigates natural phenomena, identifies patterns and applies models, principles and laws to explain their behaviour.

 

In year 11, the preliminary Chemistry course incorporates the development of knowledge of waves, motion, forces, fields, electricity and magnetism by focusing on increasing students' understanding of current communication technologies, the use of electricity in the home, interaction involving vehicles (such as car crashes) and the mechanisms that maintain the physical conditions of planet Earth.

In year 12, the HSC (Higher School Certificate) course provides avenues for students to apply the concepts introduced in Year 11 and to motion in two dimensions, electromagnetism, the nature of light, and the atomic properties of matter.

Students are required to conduct depth studies across Year 11 and 12 using first-hand investigations and secondary research into Physics concepts. 

 

Investigating Science is a new and challenging HSC course that concerns all aspects and disciplines of Science, however, unlike other science courses, the focus is on developing scientific skills needed in practising Science. It must be mentioned that Investigating Science is not a replacement for the old Senior Science course. Investigating Science aims to strengthen students to build critical thinking and research skills by encouraging them to develop strong communication skills.  

 

In year 11, the preliminary Investigating Science course focuses on the centrality of observation in initiating the scientific process and examines the human tendency to draw inferences and make generalisations from these observations. Students learn about the development and use of scientific models and the similarities and differences between scientific theories and laws.

In year 12, the HSC (Higher School Certificate) course builds upon the skills and concepts learnt in Year 11 with students conducting their own scientific investigations and communicating their findings in scientific reports. Students are provided with the opportunity to examine the interdependent relationship between science and technology and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to scientifically examine a claim. The course concludes with students exploring the ethical, social, economic and political influences on science and scientific research in the modern world.

Students are required to conduct depth studies across Year 11 and 12 using first-hand investigations and secondary research into scientific concepts. 


Subjects offered:

 

  • Stage 4 - History and Geography

  • Stage 5 - History, Geography and Commerce

  • Stage 6 - Ancient History, Business Studies, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Society and Culture and Work Studies

 

The HSIE faculty is an innovative faculty with hardworking, enthusiastic and experienced teachers who are always seeking ways to enrich the learning experiences of all our students.  The HSIE teachers are passionate about their discipline.  They relish the opportunities to engage the students in new and diverse teaching and learning practices which excite and challenge them to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from these subjects.

 

The HSIE Key Learning (KLA) includes the History K-10 Syllabus.  A large number of individual subjects make up the Key Learning Area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information

  • question and make judgements

  • write for a variety of purposes

 

Special programs and initiatives include:

  • Mock Trial

  • Market Day

  • Canberra excursion

  • the Colin Shepherd Memorial Scholarship offered by ST Mary’s RSL sub-branch

 Subjects offered:

  • 7-10 PDHPE: The aim of the 7-10 PDHPE course is to develop students’ capacity to enhance personal health and wellbeing, enjoy an active lifestyle, maximise movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity.  It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, ado[tong and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. 

  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS): an academically rigorous subject that appeals to students who have a keen interest in the scientific dimensions of sport and exercise.  The units covered in this course consider historical, sociological, physiological and psychological aspects of human movement.  Units of study include: Australian Sporting Identity, Nutrition, Issues in Sport & Physical Activity, Coaching and Body Systems.

  • Child Studies: explores the broad range of social, environmental, genetic and cultural factors that influence prenatal development and a child’s sense of wellbeing and belonging between the ages of 0 and 8.  Learning in Child Studies is broken into modules,including:  Preparing for Parenthood, Newborn Care, Play and the Developing Child, and Food and Nutrition in Childhood.

Subjects offered:


  • Stage 4 Music and Visual Arts

  • Stage 5 Music, Visual Arts and Photography and Digital Media

  • Stage 6 Music 1, Music 2, Visual Arts and Photography, Video and Digital Imaging


The Creative And Performing Arts are well-resourced at Emmaus.  We have the latest audio-visual equipment available for musical items, assembly items and large-scale productions.  The Music department has also invested heavily on new instruments, mixers, speakers and recording equipment.  The Visual Art spaces have also had a refreshing make-over, student work can now be displayed in the hallways and classrooms and be fully appreciated.  The spaces are conducive to collaboration, creativity and practical work.  Students also have access to computer labs and laptops with the latest digital media editing software for Photography and Digital Media.  In our Visual Arts building we also have a functional darkroom for analogue photography.  Students have the opportunity to learn about and work with a number of different mediums in Visual Arts.  Students have achieved pleasing results in HSC CAPA subjects, including the inclusion of student artwork in Art Express 2013.


Special programs and initiatives include:  


The Creative Arts offers many opportunities for students to perform or showcase their work in our annual MADD Night and Art Show, participation in CAPTIVATE Showcase, assembly items, vocal group performances, liturgies, Open Nights and other large scale productions.  We also offer Music tuition (Instrumental Program) in Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals and Drums from outside-of-school experts, who give one-on-one assistance to any student who wishes to improve their music performance skills.


Technology is an integral part of the modern world.  Dramatic and rapid technological change is a basic fact of life for all students.  For personal, social and economic reasons, young people must be well equipped to use and understand technology.

The Technology and Applied Studies Key Learning Area (TAS KLA) focuses on the acquisition of knowledge about technology and design processes, the acquisition of practical skills in design and making, and the development of a general capacity for problem solving and analysis.

Subjects offered include:

  • Stage 4 Technology
  • Stage 5 Design and Technology
  • Stage 5 Food Technology
  • Stage 5 Industrial Technology Multimedia
  • Stage 5 Industrial Technology Timber
  • Stage 5 Industrial Technology Engineering
  • Stage 5 Graphics Technology
  • Stage 6 Electives:

-Design and Technology

                                      -Industrial Technology Timber and Furnishing Industries
                                      -Industrial Technology Multimedia Industries
                                      -Food Technology

 

The aim of the Technology and Applied Studies Faculty is to assist in the implementation of the College Mission Statement by:

 

  • catering for a wide range of student abilities and interests

  • providing students with positive experiences which give them the confidence and inspiration to learn to the best of their ability

  • adopting teaching practices which will allow students to learn and live the Gospel values of acceptance and respect for all

  • provide a range of experiences which equip members of our community with the necessary skills and confidence to meet future challenges

  • ensure that all members of our community participate in a planned program designed to sustain a faith community

The TAS KLA uses a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach to educating students in our care.  This is a focused move away from the ideal that the teacher is the focal point of learning in the classroom.  While the teacher remains the expert in the safe use and training of the use of equipment in our learning environments, it is the students that drive the direction of the learning that occurs.

The future looks bright for learning within the TAS KLA at Emmaus.  The embedding of STEM ideals into the junior syllabus, and new exciting educational programs in all teaching areas developed in response to student needs and best learning practice, means that the TAS KLA is a progressive learning environment that has the students as the heart of our practice in all that we do in delivering learning.

Subjects Offered: 

  • Stage 4-6 Italian and Korean

The study of languages offers students a valuable and interesting experience where they can engage with and participate in the linguistic and cultural diversity of our interrelated world. Through the study of languages, our students continue on their paths toward becoming universal citizens. Emmaus students appreciate and value their opportunities to study Italian and Korean. 

Our students develop their knowledge and understanding of Italian and Korean through communicative tasks across a range of themes and topics carefully selected to cater for the interests of young Australians. Study trips to Italy and South Korea are arranged regularly to further develop our students' language skills in all areas of communication. The College has a sister school located in South Korea. Emmaus students have the opportunity to visit this sister school and participate in daily Korean school activities biannually. 

The learning in the classroom for Italian and Korean students is supported and reinforced by a range of cultural tours, exchanges and hosting opportunities. 

 


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