St Stanislaus’ College has a strong focus on academic engagement and striving for academic success. As a fully comprehensive secondary school, St Stanislaus’ welcomes students with a range of academic abilities.
All students at St Stanislaus’ are encouraged, supported, challenged and expected to achieve their very best. Each student works with his Tutor to set academic goals which are formalised in his Personal Learning Plan. These goals are then evaluated using feedback and data from teachers as well as input from the student himself.
Students in Years 7 and 8 participate in the College Learning to Learn Program, which is integrated into their weekly timetable. Teachers from a broad range of subject areas plan and work together to engage the students in learning how to learn. The latest educational research is drawn on to ensure that students identify the strengths and areas for development in their individual approach to learning. This sets a strong foundation for preparation for the senior years of study.
The College is structured so that senior school commences in Year 10. This unique approach ensures that Year 10 students are taught within a senior classroom culture with a focus on readiness for HSC studies. Year 10 students wear the Senior Uniform, have enhanced leadership responsibilities and are offered additional responsibilities as Senior students.
Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN data, as well as HSC results, show consistent growth in students’ academic achievements. A focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills across Years 7-12 is a high priority in preparing students not only for examination performance but also for the world beyond school.
The College has a fine reputation for outstanding HSC success. Year 12 students consistently perform well above State average across a wide range of subjects and their pathways on Graduation are extensive. Graduates succeed in gaining University entrance, traineeships, apprenticeships and chosen employment opportunities.
Rich Curriculum Choices and Small Class Sizes
Stannies students are offered a rich curriculum and wide choice of subjects and courses, taught in small classes where they are able to develop solid relationships with their teachers.
In Years 7 and 8 the core subjects studied are Learning to Learn Program (with a focus on STEM), Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, PDHPE, Geography, History, Language Other Than English (LOTE), Visual Arts, Music and Technology.
Years 9 and 10, core subjects studied are Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, PDHPE, Geography and History with elective choices from Agricultural Technology, Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, Food Technology, French, Graphics Technology, Industrial Technology – Automotive, Wood or Metal, Information and Software Technology, Music, Photographic and Digital Media, Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) and Visual Arts
The subject selection in Years 11 and 12 is English – Standard, Advanced and Extension (1 & 2); Mathematics – General, Mathematics and Mathematics Extension (1 & 2); Studies of Religion – 1 unit, 1 unit accelerated and 2 unit; Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Senior Science; Industrial Technology – Timber, Food Technology, Software Design & Development; Business Studies; Drama; Economics; Engineering Science; Geography; History – Ancient and Modern; Legal Studies; Visual Arts; VET Automotive, VET Construction, VET Primary Industries, VET Metals & Engineering.
The College has a strong tradition of supporting selected students to ‘accelerate’ in a HSC subject one year ahead of their cohort. Outstanding results have been achieved by selected Year 11 students undertaking the HSC in Studies of Religion 1 unit and Mathematics.
Students can access HSC subjects via our External Providers. Students are allocated library bookings to liaise directly with their HSC teacher and complete set work required weekly.
Through the Diocese of Lismore Online School, students are able to study Ancient History, Economics, Engineering Studies, History Extension, IPT (Information Processes Technology), Japanese Beginners and SDD (Software Design & Development).
The Dubbo School of Distance Education offers all HSC courses via distance education, this especially useful where elective line clashes may occur.
The Western Institute of TAFE has a vast range of subjects that students can study, the most popular subjects recently undertaken by Stannies students include Animal Care, Electrotechnology, Hospitality and Plumbing.