Teaching & Learning

Developing life-long learners.

Curriculum

Innovative and diverse

Our curriculum is underpinned by the St Peter’s Learning Framework and is supported by our contemporary and specialised learning facilities. Our extensive and relevant curriculum is knowledge and skills-based and has developed in response to meet all our learners’ needs through knowing their strengths, capabilities and interests. At St Peter’s we offer learners flexibility to access online and University courses, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and TAFE. Our Guiding Principles challenge all learners to embrace learning and pursue excellence.

Life-long learners

We understand the significance of preparing our young people for their future and the notion of life-long learning and we achieve this by fostering collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, teamwork and the use of technology. Personalised learning programs support, but are not limited to, inquiring based learning, independent learning projects, working in teams, real-life problems, project based learning, STEM and flipped learning practices used to encourage students to be responsible for their learning, develop self-regulation and take considered risks.

Extensive course offerings

With over 60 courses offered at St Peter’s, across Stage 4-6, we provide our learners with a balanced and diversified experience with an emphasis on extending literacy and numeracy capabilities. Students complete a range of mandatory and elective courses designed to support and inspire learners of all abilities, including accelerated, extension, specialised and life skills programs as set out by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) under the Key Learning Areas:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Creative Arts
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technologies
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Vocational Education & Training (VET).

Stage 4: Year 7 & Year 8

Stage 4 students have the opportunity to undertake study in the following areas:

– Religious Education
– PDHPE
– English
– Technology
– Mathematics
– Creative Arts (Music and Visual Arts)
– Science
– Language studied in Year 8 (Japanese or French)
– HSIE (Geography in Year 7 / History in Year 8)
– Sport

Stage 5: Year 9 & Year 10

In Stage 5 the College offers a comprehensive selection of courses:

– Religious Education
– Australian History and Geography, Civics & Citizenship
– English
– Mathematics
– PDHPE
– Science
– Sport

Students choose two (2) elective courses for the two years from the following options:

– Building Construction
– Japanese
– Commerce
– Technology: Metal
– Information & Software Technology
– Music
– Dance
– Outdoor Adventure
– Digital Media
– Technology: Graphics
– Drama
– Technology: Textiles
– Food Technology
– Visual Arts
– French
– Technology: Wood
– Physical Activity and Sports Studies

Stage 6: Year 11 & Year 12

In Stage 6 the College offers an extensive range of HSC courses including all extension courses at the highest level of study. The College also offers a large selection of Vocational Education courses for students who want additional workplace credentials. In Stage 6, English is the only compulsory subject for the Preliminary HSC Certificate and the HSC. The study of a Religious Education course is compulsory at St Peter’s as this is a Catholic school.

– Studies of Religion = 1 Unit
– Studies of Religion = 2 Unit
– Studies in Catholic Thought = 1 Unit
– English Advanced = 2 Unit
– English Standard = 2 Unit
– English Studies = 2 Unit
– English Extension 1 = 1 Unit (additional to Advanced English)
– English Extension 2 = 1 Unit (additional to Extension 1)
– Mathematics = 2 Unit
– General Mathematics = 2 Unit
– Mathematics Extension 1 = 1 Unit (additional to Mathematics)
– Mathematics Extension 2 = 1 Unit (additional to Extension 1)
– History Extension = 1 Unit if you take either Ancient or Modern History

Electives:

– Ancient History
– Food Technology
– Music Course 2
– Biology French Beginners / Continuers
– PDHPE
– Business Studies
– Geography
– Photography
– Chemistry
– Japanese Beginners / Continuers
– Physics
– Community and Family Studies
– Legal Studies
– Senior Science
– Dance
– Marine Studies
– Sports Coaching
– Design and Technology
– Modern History
– Society and Culture
– Drama
– Industrial Technology Furnishings
– Software Design and Development
– Economics
– Information Processes and Technology
– Textiles
– Engineering Studies
– Music Course 1
– Visual Arts

Vocational Education Courses

All courses are 2 Unit courses unless shown as a 1 Unit course:

– Business Services
– Retail Operations
– Construction
– Entertainment
– Hospitality Operations
– Metals & Engineering Studies
– Information Technology

The broad range of curriculum offerings is delivered by experienced teachers who are committed to the Catholic values of the College. Through the experience of the Catholic life of the College and the supportive Pastoral Care Policy of the College all students have the opportunity to learn in a technologically enriched environment. Through the development of self-discipline and the love of learning, students are able to successfully negotiate an increasingly complex world.

The College Enrolment Registrar 02 4352 9817
stpeters@dbb.catholic.edu.au