St Brendan-Shaw College provides a safe, supportive learning and working environment centred on the dignity and integral growth of the whole person. Subjects under the eight Key Learning Areas (KLAs) will continue to be maintained according to a Curriculum that is tailored towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEECDYA 2008). This declaration sets the direction for Australian schooling for the next 10 years. From 2011 the Australian Curriculum is being phased in, beginning with Year 7 and Year 8 English, Mathematics, Science and History. The Tasmanian Curriculum, based also on these goals, is the framework for other subjects.
Religious Education is studied at all year levels. The Religious Education program in a Catholic school does more than just provide knowledge about the Catholic Faith. It provides a forum for discussion of issues that are part of day-to-day living and in this way helps our students to be able to exercise judgement and responsibility in matters of morality, ethics and social justice. Formal religion lessons are complemented by Faith Development programmes which provide opportunities for students and staff to participate in liturgy, prayer, Reflection Days or Retreats.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Literacy and numeracy are prioritised by a two-pronged approach: a greater proportion of dedicated teaching time is allocated to English and Mathematics in Years 7 and 8, while at the same time, these skills are further developed as part of the process of teaching and learning in all other subjects. As much as possible, the first two lessons of each day are dedicated to literacy and numeracy in Year 7. A lesson per cycle in Years 8-10 is dedicated to literacy and numeracy in the core English and Mathematics classes.
The Information Technology resources of the College are used in the whole range of subjects studied. The College has invested heavily in IT resources to meet the challenge of helping our students become "confident, creative and productive users of new technologies" (Melbourne Declaration, 2008).
A Pathways program runs from Years 8 to 12. Students are given opportunities to ask questions and have individual counselling to help determine what their possible future pathways might be, either in employment or further learning. In Year 8, 9 and 10 Pathways is a core subject and explores students' opportunities and focuses on their well-being. Pathways is available for senior students on their study line.
In each year there is a core of subjects studied by all students but this core becomes smaller in senior years.
The Curriculum in Year 7 is designed to provide a smooth transition into secondary education. Delivery of the Australian Curriculum is via a core teacher structure. As far as is practicable, each core class will have one teacher for Mathematics and Science, and another for English and History. The goal is to have these teachers, specialising in the Sciences or Humanities, also teaching more than one Year 7 Core class, thus maintaining a team structure that provides good pastoral care and consistent delivery of the Curriculum. Year 7 students have taster subjects including Design Technology, Food and Textiles Technology, Art, French, Japanese, Music and Drama.
The Curriculum in Year 8 involves many subjects and covers all eight Key Learning Areas of the Melbourne Declaration (2008). This is so that students can have a broad general background before having to choose which areas to develop further through elective subjects in later years.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Health and Physical Education is offered to all students in Years 7 - 10 and is optional for senior students.
Students have the opportunity to participate in choir, band, music, drama, public speaking, debating, interschool sporting events and leadership programs. For more information, refer to our Activities, Events, Clubs and Groups page.
For information on subjects offered, both core and elective for all year levels, see the full handbook of all Year levels below.
To download the Subject Handbook as a PDF, please click here.
We aim to provide the the very best IT services for all students and staff, with internet available across the whole campus to ensure that wherever you are, and with whichever device you have, you will be able to connect to the internet and the services we provide. We understand that technology is required in many areas of learning, and work closely with teachers to ensure we are adding value to learning outcomes.
This area known as the "cafeteria" has been set up with Wi-Fi to enable this space to be used during your study lines. Laptops may be available for senior students from the library. We now have BYOD (bring your own device) at the College which will enable you to bring your own iPad/laptop/tablet etc. and have it connected to the school internet. Your laptop/iPad/tablet etc. is your responsibility and the College takes no responsibility for any loss or damage.
With a dedicated IT service desk and IT team, we have the skills and experience required to ensure that technology doesn't get in the way of education and learning. The IT team are based in the Library, and have an open door policy, where students and staff can come in and have any issues resolved in a quick and efficient manner.