To facilitate personal and spiritual development of students, our school community promotes and fosters a well-founded spirit of faith, hope, confidence and optimism in all students for their futures.

For specific details on all Subject Information from Year 9 - 11, please refer to our Subject Selection.

In order to promote these goals, the Curriculum has:
  • Sufficient flexibility to allow each student to reach their potential.
  • A comprehensive range of well-structured Religious Education programs, activities and experiences such as Feast Day celebrations, paraliturgies, masses, retreats.
  • Programs for the physical development and personal health and fitness of students such as Health Education, Physical Education, Dance, inter House and inter School sport.
  • A Camp/Excursion program, which gives students direct experience of situations and activities, develops social skills, provides personal challenges, promotes individual growth and provides a basis for the creative use of leisure time.
  • A relevant Pastoral Care programme which fosters creative and purposeful approaches by students to the challenging world by experience.
  • Creative and meaningful approaches to learning that will challenge students to meet their goals.
  • The Curriculum also ensures that all other studies in the College are developed and taught in ways which reflect the attitudes and values being developed within the Religious Education programmes.

In order to do this the College has developed Curriculum Frameworks which are broadly focused, expecting individuals to take increased responsibility for their own education. This can be achieved through learning modules which encompass:BASIC AND ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
  • Collecting, analyzing and organizing information
  • Communicating ideas and information
  • Planning and organizing activities
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Using mathematical ideas and techniques
  • Solving problems
  • Using technology

The curriculum at St Joseph’s College is divided into four areas:
  • Year 7
  • Year 8 (Mercy Campus Program)
  • Years 9 and 10 (Vertical Organisation)
  • Years 11 and 12 (Victorian Certificate of Education [VCE] / Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning [VCAL] / Vocational Education and Training [VET]).
During the first two years of schooling at the College, all students undertake a prescribed course studying Religious Education and a breadth of subjects. The subjects studied are:

Years 7 and 8
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Languages – Italian/Mercy Works
  • Physical Education
  • Food Technology
  • Drama
  • Textiles
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Music
  • Design & Technology
  • Digital Technologies
Years 9 and 10 – Vertical Organisation
At Years 9 and 10, students have the opportunity through Vertical Organisation to do an extraordinary variety of courses (over 70 units are offered). The extremely flexible nature of this system offers increased potential for all types of students and enables students to do subjects at more than one level – including VCE A balanced education is ensured by stipulating a certain Minimum Number of Units (MNU’s) in each of the Key Learning Areas.
As with VCE, all subjects are given the equal time allotment of 5 periods per week.

Rationale for Vertical Organisation
The primary purpose of offering a vertical organization system at the College is to allow for the learning development of each student as an individual and to offer a breadth of educational opportunity.
In order to do this the College has developed curriculum frameworks which are broadly focused, expecting individuals to take increased responsibility for their own education. Students must choose a minimum number of units (MNU) from each of the Domain areas.
Years 11 and 12 – VCE / VCAL / VET
At Years 11 and 12, students undertake their VCE as prescribed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Subjects will be offered based on student demand.
Subjects that are currently available are:
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food Technology
  • Further Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Health and Human Development
  • Industry and Enterprise
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Languages - Italian
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Music Performance (Solo)
  • Music Performance (Group)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Society
  • Religious Education – Art
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Studio Arts
  • Theatre Studies
The National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy (2005) deemed that upon leaving school... "students should have attained the skills of numeracy and English literacy; such that every student should be numerate, able to read, write, spell and communicate at an appropriate level.

In order to achieve this Literacy teaching focuses on written language, specifically on the ability to read, understand and use written language and the ability to write appropriately." (Department of Education and Training National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy, December 2005. p. 7.)

At St Joseph's College we aim to increase students' literacy competency by treating it as a key priority across all learning domains.

Mechanisms in place to facilitate these aims include:
  • Foundation English offered at Years 9 and 10.
  • VCAL Literacy at Year 11 allows for the expansion and development of career pathways for students not suited to academic VCE.
  • Additional VET and VCAL subjects available.
  • Incoming Year 7 students are assessed and regularly monitored on progress when necessary.
  • All Year 7 and Year 9 students complete National Numeracy and Literacy tests in May each year, focussing on reading, language conventions and writing.
The explicit teaching of good thinking habits is currently encouraged across the curriculum and across year levels, and is part of the requirements mandated by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.

In response to this St Joseph's College has begun to create a culture of learning that focuses on the way we think.
  • Staff and students alike are learning about thinking skills and how we can improve our learning by deepening our understanding of how we think.
  • We have commenced a program with yr 7 students that encourages them to recognise and develop an understanding of ‘Habits of Mind' which are essentially the thinking skills we engage in when solving problems.
  • As these students progress through Year levels further programs to develop good thinking habits will be developed to meet the vision that all students will have a fully developed understanding of the way they think and can challenge themselves in areas they need to improve.
  • The College will also be once again participating in the ‘Tournament of Minds' competition where a team of students from Year 7-10 are faced with a challenging problem they need to solve in a creative and original way. This program encourages excellence in good thinking skills.



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Mildura VIC 3500
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Mildura VIC 3500

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Mildura VIC 3500