We encourage our Year 7 students to try new things, make new friends, learn new skills and find their voice in a supportive environment.
Our Year 7 program combines the excitement, creativity and individualised care associated with a primary school with the specialised facilities, academic rigour and co-curricular opportunities that our Senior School is renowned for. Our girls are given more independence as they begin their Senior School journey while retaining the pastoral care that a central classroom provides. We believe that knowing one teacher especially well helps our Year 7 girls. They also benefit from learning in our purpose-built Year 7 hub, which boasts seven classrooms, an IT laboratory, a science laboratory and a Learning Support classroom.
Year 7 is the perfect time for students to explore everything that St Mary’s has to offer. The following table lists our Year 7 subjects and demonstrates how studies progress throughout Senior School:
|YEAR 7||YEAR 8||YEAR 9||YEAR 10||YEARS 11 & 12|
|Mathematics: Essentials General|
|Mathematics: Applications ATAR|
|Mathematics: Methods ATAR|
|Mathematics: Specialist ATAR|
|Human Biology ATAR|
|Human Biology General|
|Environmental Sciences||Environmental Sciences||Biology ATAR|
|Marine Science||Marine Science||Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR|
|HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|Future Problem Solving||Politics and Law ATAR|
|Young People & the Law||–|
|Language and Literacy (French)||Multicultural Studies||–||EALD ATAR|
|Design, Construct, Innovate||Mechatronics|
|Enterprise & Business Technology||Accounting & Finance ATAR|
|Business Management & Enterprise ATAR|
|Business Management & Enterprise Gen|
|TECHNOLOGIES||–||Caring for Children||Children, Family, Community ATAR|
|Children, Family, Community General|
|Textiles||Textiles||Fashion & Graphic Design||Materials Design & Technology (Textiles) ATAR|
|Fashion & Graphic Design||Materials Design & Technology (Textiles) General|
|Food Technology||Food Science Technology ATAR|
|Food Science Technology General|
|MEDIA||–||Media Extended||Media ATAR|
|PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION|
|Certificate II Sport & Recreation|
|Certificate III Sport & Recreation|
|Introductory PE Studies||PE Studies ATAR|
|Fitness for Life|
|OUTDOOR EDUCATION||Year 7 Camp||Year 8 Camp||Year 9 Camp||Outdoor Education||Year 11 Camp|
|Year 10 Camp|
|VISUAL ARTS||Visual Arts ATAR|
|Visual Arts General|
|Certificate III Design Fundamentals|
|PERFORMING ARTS||Music||Music Extended||Music ATAR|
|Dance||Dance Extended||Dance ATAR|
|Drama||X||Drama Extended||Drama ATAR|
|Money & Careers||Careers & Enterprise General|
Arts and Sport
Our students are also encouraged to pursue their interests and develop their talents by participating in our vibrant arts and sport programs.
Our classroom music courses cover music literature, the history of music, music theory, music perception, music performance and techniques of composition, including melody writing and arranging for ensembles and harmony.
Year 7 students do three music classes per cycle for the duration of the year. Students who have not previously learnt an instrument are encouraged to do so through our Year 7 Beginner Band Program.
Instrument and voice lessons are given privately by specialist music teachers who visit the School each week. Lessons are 40 minutes in duration and are scheduled throughout the school day.
DANCE & DRAMA
All students in Year 7 participate in Dance and Drama classes via our Arts Alive course, which focuses on exploration, experimentation, key skills development and building self-confidence.
In the Senior School, all students participate in a variety of individual and team sports, including:
|Australian Rules Football||Floorball||Hockey||Softball||Touch Rugby|
|Basketball||Gymnastics||Self-defence||Swimming rescue certificate||Water Polo|
Interhouse sporting events are also an important part of school life and all students participate in our Interhouse Swimming and Athletics Carnivals. Fun, enthusiastic participation and team spirit are the hallmarks of these events. Students are also encouraged to compete in our Interhouse diving, cross country and gymnastics events.
St Mary’s is a member of the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) interschool sport competition. Students are selected on merit at the start of each season from interhouse carnival results and/or trials.
Encouragement and support
Year 7 is the perfect time for students to explore everything that St Mary’s has to offer. In addition to studying Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities and Social Science with their classroom teacher, our girls also study Creative Arts (Visual Art), Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama), Design Technologies, Digital Technologies, Physical Education, Health Education, Religious Studies and a language (French, Italian or Japanese) with specialist teachers.
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St Mary’s is all about girls discovering their best. We want our students to be engrossed in the exploration of ideas, to be self-motivated and self-directed, to delight in trying something new and to contribute positively to the community.