21st Century Learning

At ECSC students will be provided with a range of learning experiences that provide young people with 21 st Century skills and dispositons that provide the foundation to senior years of schooling and beyond. Student achievement, engagement and wellbeing programs are tailored to reflect how students develop between the ages of 12 – 18 years from a dependent stage to a more independent stage. This helps to keep young people motivated and engaged in learning. At the College we will prepare students for their future by building capacity in:

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication via a range of mediums
  • Collaboration

Our teachers work in teams to undertake collaborative planning and to reflect on program outcomes and student learning outcomes. In this way we can aim to ensure that we always consider:

  • Our students at the centre of all that we plan and do
  • The use of ICT as providing a platform for learning
  • The importance of a community of lifelong learners who can collaborate with all 
members of the community.

The middle years of Secondary education is a time to develop and establish study patterns that will benefit students through to the Senior Years and during further study and training. Strong emphasis is placed upon pastoral care and the building of positive self-esteem throughout these critical adolescent years. Teachers foster academic and personal development and guide students in the responsible management of increasing independence. A rigorous, challenging academic program is followed where skills are thoroughly taught and become the foundations for future studies. Years 7 to 9 students follow a common curriculum that will be enhanced by electives allowing for an increase in student choice. The curriculum, and learning, is designed to challenge all students and is differentiated and personalised to meet the learning styles, and point of need for all students.

The mastery of core subjects is essential for students in the 21st century. These subjects include:

Years 7* and 8**

Sessions per week
English 6
Maths 6
Science (STEM integrated unit) 4
Humanities 4
Physical Education & Health 3
Wellbeing Program 1
Semester Units – Digital Technology

Performing Arts

Visual Art

Design Technology

(two each semester)

6

*There is some variance in this structure while at Mernda Central College.

** Year 8 course structure will be finalised with input from both teachers and students.