Academic Life 2020

A Jesuit education promotes intellectual achievement and encourages its students to pursue strong academic results. It also inspires each student to discover his unique gifts and develop them fully. St Aloysius’ College is committed to graduating young men who seek understanding and the truth, to be intellectually curious and to develop a lifelong love of learning.  

St Aloysius’ College is a small school and is therefore able to keep class sizes relatively small, enabling teachers to form a relationship with your son and understand his best way of learning. As an academically oriented school, most of our students have demonstrated that they will flourish in an academic environment. As such, classes in Year 7 are not graded and are of mixed ability. Classes will be graded in some subjects as your son progresses through the Senior School.  

The Core curriculum for Years 7 to 8 is:

  • English
  • Geography (Year 7)
  • History
  • Languages - French, Mandarin or Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science 
  • Technology 
  • Visual Arts 
*In Year 7, students study three languages. In Year 8, one language must be chosen from three options available.

The Core curriculum for Years 9 to 10 for is:

  • English
  • Geography (Year 9)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science

Students are expected to study two of the following electives across Year 9, 2020 and Year 10, 2021:

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • Languages - French, Latin or Japanese
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design
  • ISTEM

Senior School studies for Years 11 and 12 are divided into two parts:

  • Preliminary Year (Terms I to III of Year 11)
  • HSC Year (Term IV, Year 11 and Year 12)

In the Preliminary Year students must study at least 12 units. All students are required to study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Studies of Religion or Studies in Catholic Thought

Students then choose from the following elective subjects in 2020:

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Senior Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Engineering Studies

Extension I courses in Mathematics and English are offered in Year 11.

Extension and Enrichment Program

Generally the College has favoured an extension approach rather than acceleration, placing more importance on the formative/relational aspects of schooling over simple academic progress. Teachers are responsive to the needs of students in helping them reach their academic potential. Teachers coordinate extension and enrichment opportunities for all students according to need, provide support to the classroom teachers for strategies to assist individual students in their learning and provide professional development opportunities for staff.

Learning Enrichment

The College's Learning Enrichment staff work closely with Senior School teachers and parents to collaboratively develop individual plans for students with learning needs. There are Teacher Assistants available to support individual students in the classroom as needed.

The Learning Enrichment staff also liaise with outside agencies such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and health practitioners to best support the needs of individual students.

Home Study

Good study habits are not acquired overnight and regular home study is one way of developing a student’s ability to use his study time constructively. Sound study skills lead to self discipline and organisation. Thus, the College has developed a policy to ensure there is adequate attention paid to developing these skills. It is the expectation of the College that all teachers will set homework on a regular basis. The form this will take may vary according to the skills and content material being assessed at the time. It is also true that some homework tasks may be completed at the College during the school day.

Students are to record the day and date for submission of written homework and for the checking of assigned revision in their College diary. Parents are encouraged to check the diary and make comments in the space provided. Homeroom teachers for Year 7 will monitor diary use often and use it to communicate with parents, as will subject teachers for Years 8-12. The role of parents is an important one. They should see that the student is working towards setting good home study habits. A quiet, well equipped place, free from interruptions and distractions, coupled with enough quality time, should be conducive for developing these good habits.

Below is a schedule of approximate daily home study times for various years, bearing in mind the nature and style of home study set will vary from subject to subject. The times suggested below are a guide only. It is important to consider that some students may complete tasks more quickly or more slowly. Heads of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and class teachers monitor homework.:

Year 7 - 60 minutes written work; 30 minutes revision

Year 8 - 60 minutes written work; 30 minutes revision

Year 9 - 90 minutes written work; 60 minutes revision

Year 10 - 90 minutes written work; 60 minutes revision

Year 11 - 2 hours written work; 3 hours revision (6 hours on weekend)

Year 12 - 3 hours written work; 3 hours revision (6 hours on weekend)

In order to assist with the academic transition to Senior School in Year 7, students and parents attend a Study Skills Workshop in the first month of Senior School. The College also subscribes to an online handbook for study skills, the password for this is given to students once they commence at the College.

Booklists/Stationery Requirements

Years 7 - 11 booklists will be available late in Term IV (after 8 November 2019) at:  www.campion.com.au. The College's access code is Q398.  Please read the booklist very carefully and make sure you tick all the required items (ensuring you include the compulsory Hotmaths levy to be paid to Campion).

Textbook orders are to be submitted online.

Second Hand Book Sale

A second hand book and uniform sale, organised by the Parents’ & Friends’ Association, is held at the end of each year for Years 7-12 books only.  Current students may sell their books (if applicable for the following year) and second hand books may be purchased.

As new St Aloysius’ parents, you are most welcome to attend. The sale will be held this year on Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 8.00am - 9.15am in the foyer of The Great Hall  located on the Senior School Campus. Please be early, as books sell quickly. Payment is by cash or cheque only.

Use of ICT

St Aloysius’ has integrated technology into all aspects of its curriculum. The information technology opportunities rely on working with students, staff and families in using technology to develop educational potential and learning skills to integrate technology effectively into their lives and learning environment.

In 2020 all Senior School year groups will be BYODD. These devices are either available for purchase through the College portal Manresa near the end of Term IV, 2019 or click the link following to see the specification requirements of the College's BYODD equipment, if you already have a Laptop and need to check its suitability.