St Mary's vision includes a commitment to providing an innovative curriculum that equips girls for future study, life and work in the 21st century. The broad but rigorous curriculum recognises students' wide spectrum of abilities, interests and ambitions and embraces innovation in classroom practices and the integration of technology.
Girls experience the opportunities and challenges that transition brings, while still retaining the core pastoral care a central classroom provides. We believe that knowing one teacher especially well has considerable benefits for this age group. Support is given to every student in the development of personal organisation and time management and research and presentation skills, which combine to produce independent, lifelong learners.
The Learning Programme
Year 7s are involved in all aspects of Senior School life. In addition to the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and Technology and Enterprise, taught with their classroom teachers, the girls study Art, Debating, Drama, Health Education, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Library, Literature and Research, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education with specialist teachers.
Developing the Whole Person
Year 7 is a year in which the girls try new things, make new friends, learn new skills and find their own voice all within a nurturing environment. Year 7 at St Mary's includes eight classes of girls and the Year 7 facilities include seven purpose-built classrooms, an IT laboratory, a Science laboratory and the Learning Support classroom.
The beginning of the year is marked with an Outdoor Education Camp which provides an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other. Later in the year the girls travel to Canberra and Sydney as the culmination of their Year 7 studies.
Girls can explore their interests and develop their talents in the vibrant extracurricular programme of sport, music, dance, drama and after-school clubs.
Girls study the core Western Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Education, Physical Education and Digital Technologies. Year 8s follow a compulsory programme, which includes studying Visual Arts, Music and one or two languages of French, Italian or Japanese. In Years 9 and 10, more individual choice is offered with a variety of elective subjects that are enriching, intellectually stimulating, useful and enjoyable. Advanced Physical Education, Construct and Innovate, Creating Apps, Dance, Drama, Digital Design, Environmental Science, Fashion and Graphic Design, Food Technology, Marine Science, Mechatronics, Media Studies, Outdoor Education and Young People and The Law are just some on offer. Year 8 and 9 students participate in compulsory Outdoor Education camps, run out of the School’s campus at Metricup in the South West.
Extension programmes challenge academically gifted students, many of whom experience outstanding success in statewide and national competitions. There is also additional support from specialised staff, who work towards improving skills in literacy and numeracy in a positive, productive and encouraging environment. In most cases, both programmes contribute to an enhanced overall performance. Financial literacy, career education and work experience aspects of the Year 10 course contribute greatly to personal development and increasing maturity.
The opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme to schools in the USA, Canada, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore is offered to Year 10 students, with a rigorous selection process.
A wide range of Year 11 and 12 ATAR courses, from Physics to French, Economics to Physical Education Studies, Accounting to Drama, provides for students planning to pursue a university degree. Other General courses, such as Food Science and Business Management, prepare students for destinations such as TAFE, for employment, traineeships, and specialist colleges and for life in an ever-changing world. In addition, students can participate in CareerLink, a selective programme in association with employers, which allows Year 12 students to gain a VET certificate as well as workplace training one day a week and provides an excellent foundation for prospective employment. VET certificate courses in Visual Arts, Design, and Sport and Recreation are also offered. Students can choose a combination of ATAR, General and VET courses.