Our tradition of academic excellence speaks to our students of encouragement to achieve their best in learning. Implicit in our Vision Statement is our understanding of and commitment to the development of the giftedness of each student as a unique individual.
Secondary School Curriculum
The secondary curriculum offers a breadth of opportunity for all our students in the learning areas of Religious Education, Mathematics, The Arts, English, Health & Physical Education, French, Japanese, Society and History, Science and Technology. A rich foundational experience in a broad selection of subjects is provided in Years 7 & 8. Learning is deepened in Years 9 & 10 where some specialisation occurs prior to moving on to senior secondary education.
We believe that in an effective learning community all students should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Planning a pathway to the future through education should be life-giving and empowering. Opportunities are given to all students to develop:
• A confidence in their own abilities
• A capacity to build a personal vision for the future
• A desire to be faith-filled and articulate young women who use their talents to make a difference in their world.
Their learning should not confine but rather it should give a freedom and a permission to explore, question, evaluate and commit. By the time that they reach Year Nine, study should be evolving into a desire for knowledge, rather than an imposition. A responsible learner is one who recognises the benefits of self-discipline and balance and the value of growth through making mistakes.
Mount Carmel has developed an exciting and innovative curriculum designed to suit the needs and wants of Year 9 students. The programme is designed to cater for different learning styles and individual ability levels across a broad spectrum of curricular offerings. It is hoped that students can develop a sense of belonging and responsibility for sustainability and community projects.
We are a Christ-centred community and, as such, all teaching and learning occurs within the context of the Gospel values and restorative practices, specifically justice and compassion. In this way our students are challenged to use their gifts well, respecting and caring for the needs of self and others and walking forward strong in faith, to be women of knowledge, integrity and truth.
Mount Carmel College, as a Catholic college, believes that:
“A true education aims at the foundation of the human person with respect to the person’s ultimate goal, and simultaneously with respect to the good of those societies of which he/she is a member, and whose responsibilities as an adult he/she will share.”
(Excerpts from the Vatican II Documents on The Declaration of Christian Education)
Explicit teaching of key numeracy and literacy skills is the focus in each primary classroom. Teachers are involved in frequent and rigorous professional learning, discussion, planning and action to deepen students’ understanding of stimulating and relevant areas of study.
A close connection to the secondary school, which is on the same campus, allows staff and students to be knowledgeable about the educational journey ahead. Primary students have easy access to state of the art learning spaces on the campus, such as computer laboratories and classroom laptops, a modern and well equipped kitchen and highly conducive visual and related arts facilities.
Specialist teaching in the areas of Physical Education, Music and Learning Support is provided throughout the Primary School. Students study Japanese from Grade 4 to Grade 6.
Mount Carmel offers a great range of co-curricular activities for students. Sporting opportunities may include Netball, Hockey, Minkey, Water Polo, Softball, Athletics, Soccer, Tennis and Swimming. Grade 5 and 6 students participate in an inter-school debating competition, enabling them to develop skills in public speaking.
Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 enjoy an outdoor education camp each year where the skills of teamwork and cooperation are developed. Excursions, involvement in community events and guest speakers help to fully engage students in their learning.
The Primary School is committed to the ‘Restorative’ approach to assist in building healthy and respectful relationships. The nurturing of the wellbeing of each student is a priority from Kindergarten to Year 10. A counsellor is available on site at the College.
The spiritual development of students is central to the life of the Primary School. Students experience prayer, Class Masses and liturgies and are encouraged to be aware of and reach out to others in need. Religious Education aims to develop a conscious, personal and loving relationship with Jesus. Teachers plan and implement comprehensive and sequential Religious Education programmes that address many aspects of the Christian message and faith journey in life.
The sense of belonging to a special place seems to be embedded in student consciousness regardless of age and contributes to our wonderful sense of community in the Primary School.
The introduction of 1:1 iPads
At Mount Carmel College we are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students to engage with up-to-date technologies in the 21st century.
A 21st century education needs to facilitate the development of relevant skills, including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Mobile technology devices, such as the iPad, support this learning both in and out of the classroom, as well as encouraging students to become more independent and self-initiated learners.
The introduction of 1:1 iPads is a big change for Mount Carmel College. Over this year we have been working hard together to ensure everything is ready and working for the big rollout in 2013.