154 Ross River Road
Townsville Queensland 4812
CRICOS course code: 099589C
Level of study: Primary and High School
The Cathedral School Middle School curriculum is a mix of strong academic foundations, an appropriate level of challenge for each individual and some student choice. It develops a range of traditional and modern skills that prepare students for the academic rigours of the future and for participation in our increasingly complex, information driven, society.
Year 7 is a transition year, which keeps some of the security of a primary school structure but with a wider range of study options. The curriculum covers all the key learning areas and includes Japanese as the language taught. Each class has a couple of key teachers who teach across two or three subject areas, thus providing consistency and stability, and the benefit of integration across curriculum areas.
Year 8 provides students with the opportunity to try a variety of subjects so they can learn new skills and discover their personal strengths. The core subjects are studied throughout the year, and each class rotates through the various ‘elective’ subjects term by term – this allows them to see which subjects suit them when it comes time to choose electives in future years.
In Year 9, students begin to move towards a more senior school oriented model with choices of electives in areas of personal interest. The tutor group model of a home class group that stays together for core subjects is maintained, and one of the class’s key teachers will be their tutor. However, the class group splits for elective subjects, so students are eased into the senior school model of curriculum delivery with specialist teachers in all areas.
The Curriculum grid illustrates the subject range and progression through the Middle and Senior School years at Cathedral. Students are prepared for the demands of senior schooling through the seamless transitions across year levels.
In Year 10 students take a group of core subjects (taken by all students) and elective subjects (taken by some students).
The core subjects are English, Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Christian Education, Lifeskills Physical Education and Personal Development. In the Humanities, student will study Legal Studies, Accounting, and Geography and History units. In Science, student will study Psychology, Biology, Physics and Chemistry units.
Elective subjects consist of Drama, Visual Art, Food Textiles Technology, Digital Technology, Production Design Technology, Graphical Design Technology, Health & Physical Education and Economics & Business. Music and Japanese are year subjects and all other electives are studied for one semester.
Students taking Japanese or Music in Year 10 are expected to have studied these subjects in Year 9.
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The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James154 Ross River Road