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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition

Francis School (Years 7 & 8)

Mount Alvernia College

With each student’s needs as the focus, the Years 7 and 8 curriculum is structured around our clear focus on Community. This ‘big idea’ with the General Capabilities (Australian Curriculum) connects all Learning Areas within the curriculum, ensuring that students are provided the grounding of knowledge and skills in all Learning Areas, building a strong foundation for studies beyond this year level.


Subjects & Assessment

Francis School marks an important transition from Primary to Secondary education. The emphasis in Francis School is to ensure students feel a sense of community and belonging, so that they can experience academic success. Emphasis in Francis School is on building common academic routines and processes, which improve transferability and understanding across subjects. Teachers work intentionally to support the developmental needs of the students, particularly mindful of ongoing needs for orientation.

In Year 7, the emphasis is on all students undertaking a mandatory course of study, with some adjustments made to accommodate students with particular needs. The Year 7 timetable structure is as follows:

Core Subjects English

Humanities

RE

Mathematics Science HPE
To support transition students in English, Humanities and RE have a common teacher. Students in Core Subjects are with a Common Learning Area Group.
Term Time Subjects Design Drama Italian Music
Digital Solutions Economics and Business Japanese Visual and Media Arts

In Year 8, courses reflect national curriculum content and skills objectives and student outcomes are assessed using the Standards Elaborations of the QCAA. The Year 8 timetable structure is as follows:

Core Subjects English

Humanities

RE

English RE Mathematics Science HPE
Semester Subjects Curriculum Support Design STEM Extension Drama Italian Music
Digital Solutions   Economics and Business Japanese Visual and Media Arts
Students Must choose Digital Solutions and 3 others