Teaching & Learning

The Academic Journey

Year 7

Year 7 is a stand-alone introductory year to high school with an emphasis on welcome and belonging. Unique features include:

  • English, Social Science, Mathematics and Science taught 8 lessons each per cycle (fortnight).
  • Religious Education, Healthy Living taught 6 lessons each per cycle.
  • The same teacher for English and Social Science for an integrated unit.
  • 8 rotations over 4 Terms to sample specialist subjects across other curriculum areas.
  • Introduction of a Focus Class for sport, cultural and extra curricular involvement.

Year 8 and 9

Year 8 and 9 has an emphasis on students making choices and taking ownership for their learning. Special features include:

  • Students in Year 8 and 9 will choose 2 Elective Subjects per semester (8 in total over 2 years)
  • English, Mathematics and Healthy Living will be taught over 8 lessons each per cycle.
  • The same teacher for English and Social Science for an integrated unit in Year 8.
  • Social Science and Science will alternate between 8 and 6 lessons each per cycle between Year levels.
  • Continuation of a Focus Class for sport, cultural and extra-curricular involvement.

Year 10

Year 10 is a transition year in preparation for senior studies. It will be defined by:

  • A maximum of 6 subjects per semester.
  • The introduction of Transition Subjects including 3 per semester as preparatory courses for senior studies.
  • English, Mathematics and Transition Subjects will be taught over 9 lessons each per cycle and Religious Education taught over 6 lessons per cycle.
  • The introduction of The Rite Journey program taught over 3 lessons per cycle as part of the Rite of Passage ritual for all Year 10 students.
  • 2 lessons of Sport per cycle.

Year 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12 has a focus on on unity and leadership. This will feature:

Students choosing one of three senior pathway options including:

  • ATAR Pathway (AP) for students intending to go to University, Variable Pathway (VP) for students intending to seek employment or go to TAFE or Trade Pathway
  • (TP) for students intending to get an apprenticeship.
  • The Trade Pathway will include 1 work placement per week and a periodical block placement up to 4 per year.
  • Variable Pathway students may do either 1 TAFE day per week for selected Certificate courses or a Work Placement.
  • Work Placement day to be negotiated on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • All subjects studied will be afforded 9 lessons each per cycle.
  • 2 lessons per week assigned to Senior Studies Support

VET Qualifications

Senior Curriculum which includes AQF Certificates.

Further explanation is included in the senior school coursing booklet. These courses are taught by AQF and QCAA accredited teachers, who maintain their vocational currencies by annually undertaking on-the-job work experience to ensure student training meets the prescribed national criteria.

The school offers a range of certificate I and II courses. Each of these courses is credited to the QCE.


Enrichment & Learning Support

St Edmund’s College Exceptional Learning Centre

The staff of the Exceptional Learning Centre strive to implement the vision of Edmund Rice with a clear commitment to justice.

The Centre caters for exceptional learners who include:

  • Students with learning disabilities/difficulties
  • Students with low incidence disabilities
  • Students from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • International Students

Every student at our college has the right to an appropriate education to enable him to attain success in learning.

Students with exceptional needs are identified in a variety of ways:

  • Formal & informal testing, including teacher referral & parent referral
  • Student self-nomination
  • School identification through achievement & term/semester reports
  • Full assessment in learning disabilities including Dyslexia.

For further information, contact HOD Exceptional Learning via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.

St Edmund’s College is committed to academically challenging Gifted & Talented students. The school has in place a number of proactive programs designed to cater for their varying needs.

The College conducts activities for High Performing Learners including competitions, extension workshops with other schools and Universities, Days of Excellence and the Year 11 Mentoring Program.

For further information contact HOD Exceptional Learning Centre via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.

Gifted & Talented Students

St Edmund’s College is committed to academically challenging Gifted & Talented students. The school has in place a number of proactive programs designed to cater for their varying needs.

The College conducts activities for Gifted & Talented Students across all year levels including: Public Speaking, Youth Parliament, Workshops, Tournament of the Minds, competitions across a variety of subjects, students completing university subjects while in Year 12 and the College Mentoring Program.

For further information contact HOD Exceptional Learning Centre via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.


St Edmund’s College Pedagogical Framework – Plan Teach Manage

St Edmund’s College staff high impact researched evidence based pedagogical strategies in the development of a whole College Pedagogical Framework. This included the pedagogy which underpins the new ATAR General Syllabuses for Senior School. The St Edmund’s College Framework entitled “Plan Teach Manage”, is tailored to suit St Edmund’s College context and provides a consistency of teaching pedagogy to maximise outcomes for students.

Learning Management System

The St Edmund’s College Learning Management System, aptly named EDE for convenience, provides twenty-four hour electronic access for students and parents to a range of resources. Classroom resources and assessment tasks can be viewed and timely feedback for assessment is a feature the College is currently planning for delivery. College Policies are easily accessed together with Student Report Cards and Co-curricular information.

Parents have the ability to change and update personal details with ease.