LEARNING

At Trinity Catholic College all students are encouraged to strive for their personal academic best through a whole school pedagogy that supports student diversity and is inclusive of the learning needs of all students. Every day in every classroom our students are provided with differentiated educational opportunities to show what they know and are able to do.

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

SUBJECTS STUDIED IN YEAR 7

  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • English
  • History (one semester only)
  • Geography (one semester only)
  • Mathematics
  • Music (one semester only)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Visual Arts (one semester only)
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SUBJECTS STUDIED IN YEAR 8

  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • English
  • History (one semester only)
  • Geography (one semester only)
  • Language other than English (Italian or French)
  • Mathematics
  • Music (one semester only)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Visual Arts (one semester only)
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SUBJECTS STUDIED IN YEAR 9 and 10

  • English
  • History (one semester only)
  • Geography (one semester only)
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Two electives
  • Students may choose two of the following
  • Child Studies
  • Commerce
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Industrial Technology – Timber, Metal or Graphics
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Italian
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Study Through Distance Education School

Other than the courses offered at Trinity in Years 9 and 10, the study of a variety of courses is available to some students through the Distance Education School. Students receive their work packs from their Distance Education tutor regularly. They are required to complete work and post it back for marking on a weekly basis.

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SUBJECTS AVAILABLE IN YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12

  • Students must study 12 units in the Preliminary course and at least 10 units in the HSC course.
  • Subjects available include:
  • English – English Studies, English Standard, English Advanced, Extension 1 English, Extension 2 English
  • Mathematics – General Mathematics 1, General Mathematics 2, Mathematics, Extension 1 Mathematics, Extension 2 Mathematics
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Senior Science
  • Human Society and Its Environment – Geography, Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Society and Culture, Legal Studies, Business Studies, Economics,
  • Languages Other than English – French Beginners and Continuers, Italian Beginners, Continuers and Extension
  • Technology and Applied Studies – Industrial Technology- Multimedia, Timber and Graphics, Information Process and Technology, Textiles and Design, Food Technology
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education – PDHPE, Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation and Community and Family Studies
  • Religious Education – Studies of Religion 1, Studies of Religion 2, Catholic Studies
  • Creative and Performing Arts – Music 1, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Photography

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate. They enable students to study courses which are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school destinations. These courses allow students to gain both Higher School Certificate qualifications and accreditation with industry and the workplace as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Examples of VET courses offered by the College: Hospitality, Manufacturing Engineering, Early Childhood Education and Care, Entertainment Industry.

Examples of VET Courses offered by TAFE: Tourism, Accounting, Primary Industries.

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ASSESSMENT

Assessment practices at Trinity Catholic College Lismore are integral to all learning experiences. The use of assessment for, as and of learning enables teachers to gather evidence and make judgements about student achievement and plan for future learning.

In Stage 4 and 5 Assessment is standards referenced. Each student's progress and achievements are tracked using syllabus outcomes. A standards-referenced approach provides the means by which students know what they are expected to learn and the standards against which they will be assessed. Every learning experience contributes to a student’s overall achievement grade.

In Stage 6 internal school assessment plays an important role in assessing overall student achievement in a HSC course. By assessing student achievement over a wide range of syllabus outcomes, students are provided with multiple opportunities and different ways to demonstrate their achievements other than approaches used in the HSC exam.

ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS PROGRAM

The Alternative Pathway Program (APP) offers students a distinct passage to various post-school options: work, vocational education and/or tertiary studies. The Alternative Pathway Program provides students with a structured approach to meet their individual needs, goals and aspirations in a flexible learning environment. Those students wishing to acquire skills, qualifications and credentials to prepare them for success post-school are worthy candidates for this program.

There are many benefits to the APP:

  • The accumulation of additional credentials, beyond the RoSA and HSC, whilst completing Years 11 and 12.
  • Personalised mentoring that is individually tailored.
  • Flexible delivery of courses within the College’s timetable.
  • Development of skills that prepare students for 21st century employment.
  • Assist students to feel confident in their transition to post-school options.
  • Integrated approach to ensuring successful completion of senior studies.
  • Early access to appropriate support services - academic, pastoral, emotional, vocational - to ensure students achieve their potential.
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LEARNING SUPPORT

The College operates a Learning Enrichment Centre which provides learning, social and emotional support to all students at Trinity. The Learning Enrichment Centre is supported by two Learning Support Teachers and a large team of Teacher Assistants.