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The College offers a curriculum that is both high in diversity and broad in its depth of study, with the support and guidance of highly qualified, professional teaching staff.

Academic diversity is evident in the variety of subjects and courses on offer at each stage of schooling.

Years 7 and 8

Each student in Years 7 and 8 undertakes study in Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Visual Art, Music, PDHPE, Literacy and Technological Studies (in Year 7) and French or Indonesian (in Year 8).

Xavier Catholic College has a student netbook program from Year 7 so that all students have access to a netbook to enhance their learning.

The netbook program is complemented by the Literacy and Technology Studies that in Year 7 is undertaken by every student.

Literacy and Technology Studies (LATS)

LATS is a course designed to instruct students in the College’s computer network, the Microsoft Office Suite, basic touch typing and other applications of our computer system at school:  email, internet, intranet etc.  It also instructs students on how to access, collate and use information.  It has components of study skills, project strategies, question attack strategies, as well as literacy and numeracy.

This is a very effective way to ensure a good start to secondary education as it addresses many of the across curricula issues that students encounter in the transition from primary school to high school.

Years 9 and 10

In addition to the compulsory courses of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Australian Geography and PDHPE, students choose electives from a wide range of courses including Design and Technology, Food Technology, Textiles and Design, Industrial Technology (timber, metal and multimedia), Information Software, Commerce, French, Indonesian, Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts and Physical Activity and Sport Studies.

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12 students choose their pattern of study from a wide range of courses in consultation with our staff. They must include a Religious Education course and an English course.

Xavier Catholic College’s academic program is designed for students who are seeking further tertiary study as well as students working towards achieving a well-rounded education in the pursuit of employment.

Students can choose a pattern of study which enables them to acquire an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and can also include Vocational Education courses, if they want. These involve industry work placement and are dual accredited nationally (Certificate II or III) and for the HSC.

Offering flexible alternatives to their education, our students have opportunities to study online or through distance education to meet individual course needs.

Curriculum Electives

After enrolling in the mandatory subjects for each year level, students in Years 9-12 choose from a broad range of electives to complete their pattern of study. Xavier Catholic College has developed and offers an extensive array of elective subjects including but not limited to:-

  • Creative and Performing Arts: Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts.
  • Technology & Applied Studies: Food Technology, Design and Technology, Metal Technology, Timber Technology, Textiles Technology, Multimedia, Information Software and Graphics Technology.
  • Human Society and Its Environment: Elective History, Elective Geography, Commerce, Aboriginal Studies, Asian Social Studies.
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Sport Lifestyle & Recreation.
  • Languages Other Than English: Indonesian, Italian and French are currently offered at school with Japanese and other languages available through online and distance education.

HSC –  Xavier Catholic College offers and is currently running a very extensive range of 45 HSC subjects and courses including Vocational Education and Training courses and the highest levels of Extension 2 English and Extension 2 Mathematics.

Vocational Education and Training – Along with the traditional academic subjects, Xavier Catholic College offers an extensive range of vocational courses including Retail Services, Metal and Engineering, Hospitality, Construction and Entertainment Industry.  The students in these courses have met with great success and students have obtained school based traineeships and apprenticeships as well as National Awards for Excellence.

Languages

By studying a language other than their own, students improve their educational development, increase their communication and thinking abilities, and open themselves to the ability to fully appreciate and understand the world in which they live.

Xavier offers students the option of studying three different languages during their time at the college, with classes in:

Indonesian – Year 8 and elective in Year 9/10
French – Year 8 and elective in Year 9/10, HSC Continuers
Italian-  HSC Beginners
Students are also able to follow Diocesan online and Distance Education language courses. At present, the College has students undertaking courses in Japanese, German and Spanish.

Not just the language is taught but students get to understand the culture of the places in which that language is spoken. Some fun ways in which the teachers have explored diverse cultures are through trips to New Caledonia, France, French breakfasts and going to cafes, Indonesian food experiences and cheese tasting challenges.