Years 7 – 10
Middle School Curriculum

Courses are planned around Australian, statewide and school-based syllabi from which units of study have been developed.

The benefits of organising the curriculum into modules are that:
• students work towards clear learning goals within manageable timelines
• students consult with their families and teachers in order to make choices every semester
• students access curriculum choices beyond the Australian and state wide syllabi offerings
• responses to changes in the workplace, particularly in the areas of technology are made more quickly, more easily and more effectively.
St James College Subject Offerings:
The units of work in the compulsory years have been developed from subjects which are supervised within seven facilities:

• English / Languages
• Arts / Humanities / Business
• Mathematics
• Religious Education
• Science
• Vocational Education / Trade Skills
• HPE / Technologies

Throughout Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students are given the choice to select certain electives. Information on these web pages has been designed to provide information to help in planning a course of study for students in the junior years at St James College. It is hoped that students, in consultation with their families and teachers will make choices that ensure full participation and positive outcomes from their educational experiences. The electives are arranged to prepare students for subjects in the senior school.
Modules are offered subject to numbers, staffing and resources.

Year 7 & 8 Subject Offerings

Mandatory Subjects:

English
Mathematics
Religious Education
Physical Education
Science
Languages (Chinese)

Semester Rotational Subjects:

Humanities
Music

Term Rotational Subjects:

Creative Media and Arts
Hospitality
Design and Technology
Digital Technology

Year 9 Subject Offerings

Mandatory Subjects:

English (Extension, General and English as an Additional Language)
Science (Extension and General)
Mathematics
Religion

Elective Subjects:

Creative Media and Arts
Creative Arts (Music and Drama)
Hospitality
Outdoor Recreation
Digital Technology
Design and Technology
Business & Enterprise
Languages (Chinese)
Humanities

Year 10 Subject Offerings Electives

Mandatory Subjects:

English (Extension, General and English as an Additional Language)
Science (Senior Science Preparation, General)
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Mathematics (Methods, General and Essential)
Advocacy & Community Services

Elective Subjects:

Specialist Mathematics
Creative Media and Arts
Creative Arts (Music and Drama)
Hospitality
Outdoor Recreation
Digital Technology
Design and Technology
Business & Enterprise
Languages (Chinese)
Humanities

Learning Enhancement Monitoring Process

In responding to the challenge to make learning accessible to all learners, St James College adheres to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. The Learning Enhancement Faculty aims to promote inclusive practices and acts in a consultative and collaborative capacity in ensuring that the diverse range of learners successfully access the curriculum and participate in the life of the college.
Learning differences are identified at the enrolment stage and appropriate support and monitoring processes are initiated to meet the educational needs of diverse learners such as:
• Verified Students
• Students experiencing learning difficulties which impact on literacy and/or numeracy skill acquisition
• Students who have language barriers because of English as an Additional Language (EALD)
• Students from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB)
• International students on study visas
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (ATSI)
• Gifted and Talented students who require enriched and extended learning experiences
Teaching and learning is informed through a thorough understanding and background knowledge of learner's needs and the factors impacting on their learning.
For students identified as eligible for entry into the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP), a multi-disciplinary team consisting of parents, relevant specialists, personnel from primary schools, teaching learning support and pastoral staff from St James, collaborate in initiating an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This plan which is communicated to all staff, outlines the educational support needs of students with significant needs and the necessary adjustments for implementation within the inclusive curriculum model offered at St James College.
Implications for teaching and learning are identified and support strategies, adjustments and accommodations to curriculum delivery are negotiated in consultation with the Head of Faculty – Learning Support. Support staff including teacher aides, volunteers, ESL teachers and Learning Support teachers, are allocated to classrooms; however the classroom teacher is central to the process of responding to the needs of students with learning differences. A process of data collection and close monitoring by the support staff and ongoing feedback from the team aims to contribute to successful, quality learning outcomes for all students.
Parents and caregivers are important partners in the support process and are encouraged to advocate on behalf of their young people. Input by way of sharing information, specialists reports, assessment results and proven strategies etc., as well as ongoing feedback regarding successes and concerns with student progress is a valued part of the process.
Students are empowered to gain an understanding of the process involved in thinking and learning and encouraged to confidently take ownership of their own learning. By actively building up an individual learning profile, outlining their preferred thinking and learning styles, strengths and academic 'gaps', students are then assisted to develop strategies and skills to draw out their full potential as learners and thus achieve success.

Director of Learning, Innovation and Pathways

Ms Jessica Whelan
JWhelan@stjamescollege.qld.edu.au