Excellence and Innovation

Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum at the school is broad and inclusive, adhering to the principle that learning is a life-long process and therefore learning must be inclusive of all students of varying abilities. The curriculum is focused on student centred learning supported by a number of initiatives to enhance each student’s achievement, such as the Aim High mentoring program for the academic high achievers, the technology rich Homework Centre, workshops and tutorials conducted during the school holidays, the ex-student tutor program, peer mentoring programs and the learning support team that works with students with specific difficulties.

The curriculum:

  • caters for a great diversity of students
  • is delivered in a technology rich environment
  • encourages students to excel
  • has a very strong focus on literacy and numeracy
  • allows for flexibility in terms of pathways and acceleration
  • includes vocational courses
  • allows for differentiation
  • selective streamed classes in English, Mathematics and Science
  • caters for the specific needs of boys

Subjects Available in Years 7 and 8

Students study Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment (History & Geography), Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Visual Art, Music, Technology and Applied Studies, and Languages other than English ( 100 hours completed in either Italian or French in Year 8).

Subjects Available in Years 9 and 10

Students study the core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Australian Geography and Personal Development Health and Physical Education.

Students supplement this core curriculum with two choices from the following:

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Graphics Technology
  • Geography Elective
  • History Elective
  • Italian
  • Industrial Technology (Timber or Metal)
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Activity and Sports’ Studies
  • Visual Art

Subjects Available in Years 11 and 12

Patrician Brothers’ College is accredited with the board of Studies so that students may qualify for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

  • In Year 11 (Preliminary Course) students are required to study a minimum of 12 units including at least 1 unit of Religion.
  • In Year 12 (HSC Course) students are required to study a minimum of 10 units including at least 2 units of English and 1 unit of Religion.

The courses available at the College are:

Year 11

Key Learning Area

Courses (and level if applicable)

   
English
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Fundamentals Part 1
  • English Extension 1
  • English Studies
  • English Life Skills
Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics General
  • Mathematics Extension I
  • Mathematics Life Skills
Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Senior Science
HSIE
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • Society and Culture
  • Work Studies 1 unit
  • Work and Community Life Skills
TAS
  • Industrial Technology Timber and Furniture Products
  • Industrial Technology Multimedia
  • Design and Technology
  • Software Design and Development
  • Information Process and Technology
  • Hospitality
PDHPE
  • PDHPE
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Sport Lifestyle and Recreation
Creative Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography , Video and Digital Imaging
Performing Arts
  • Music I
  • Drama
Languages
  • French Continuers
  • French Beginners
  • Italian Continuers
  • Italian Beginners
Religious Education
  • Studies of Religion 1 Unit
  • Studies of Religion II
  • Catholic Studies
VET
  • Construction
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation

 

Year 12

Key Learning Area

Courses (and level if applicable)

   
English
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension II
  • English Studies
  • English Life Skills
Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics General 2 (BDC)
  • Mathematics General 1 (CEC)
  • Mathematics Extension I
  • Mathematics Life Skills
Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Senior Science
HSIE
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • History Extension I
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • Society and Culture
  • Work and Community Life Skills
TAS
  • Industrial Technology Timber and Furniture Products
  • Industrial Technology Multimedia
  • Design and Technology
  • Software Design and Development
  • Information Process and Technology
  • Hospitality
PDHPE
  • PDHPE
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Sport Lifestyle and Recreation
Creative Arts
  • Visual Arts
Performing Arts
  • Music I
  • Drama
Languages
  • French Continuers
  • French Beginners
  • Italian Continuers
  • Italian Beginners
Religious Education
  • Studies of Religion 1 Unit
  • Studies of Religion II 2 units
  • Catholic Studies
VET
  • Construction
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation

Students also study external Vocational Education Courses at TAFE Colleges and languages at a Saturday School of Community Languages.

Teaching and Learning Facilities

Patrician Brothers’ College recognises the value of integrating technology into all aspects of learning and teaching. We believe that students at Patrician Brothers’ should be equipped to deal with the digital world in which we live. Patrician Brothers’ Bring Your Own Device program enables student’s to have access to a device to use at school and at home, enabling communication and collaboration among peers and teachers and connecting parents to their children’s learning. Google Classroom (learning management system for teaching and learning) allows students and teachers to be connected and working in a variety of collaborative spaces and ways. The College has state of the art learning facilities with high-speed internet and access to a range of technologies.