Overview of Our Curriculum (Philosophical Background)
At Staines Memorial College, we attend to the formal curriculum (content of lessons) and the informal or hidden curriculum (how we teach, what we model, how we treat each other and other values). The Bible (the Word of God) serves as the ultimate criterion for our curriculum. We believe that the curriculum we deliver should be relevant and authentic. It should connect to the everyday while containing eternal truths. It should draw on the life experiences of our young people to lead them to the higher order concepts they need to develop. It should be inclusive through acknowledging and valuing uniqueness and differences in gender, cultural background, family circumstances and disability. We believe the curriculum should be transforming.
The College desires all students to engage in a balanced program of study during their pre-compulsory, compulsory and post-compulsory years in line with State and Federal requirements. The formal curriculum is permeated with the general capabilities of Literacy, Numeracy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social capability, Ethical and Intercultural Understanding.
The curriculum at our College promotes to students a Christian and Biblical Worldview (including concepts of Social Justice in the light of the Gospel), and a need and desire to be lifelong learners. We aim to help students develop their God-given talents.
Additionally we week to develop core employability skills as outlined by the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) including:
- Problem Solving
- Planning and Organising
Within the context of the College mission, Biblical Living has the purpose of ensuring that students know what the Bible teaches, why we believe it and how it applies to our everyday life. While all subjects in this College are taught from a Biblical perspective, Biblical Living specifically focuses on the Word of God itself.
Our College makes a priority of teaching truths and principles from the Bible in Weekly Chapel services, pastoral care classes and where appropriate in various subjects. In the primary years, the focus of teaching is on Bible stories and lessons to be learned. In the middle years the focus is on values and how we live these out. In the senior years we consider other belief systems and discuss a range of ethical dilemmas.
The ‘Big Ideas’ (Themes)
Six Essential Questions
1. Who are we as God made us?
2. Where are we in place and time, and what is God’s purpose for us?
3. How do we express ourselves to others and God?
4. How does the world work; and what is our response to it?
5. How should we organise ourselves for the purposes of life?
6. How do we share the planet with others and how do we care for it?
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKGL) provides advice for planning, interacting with children, monitoring and assessment and sharing information in kindergarten contexts. The Australian Curriculum and Queensland Curriculum informs our curriculum in Prep- Year 10.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) provides Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment and reporting services for Queensland Schools. Our senior (Year 11 and 12) subjects are developed from QCAA syllabuses.
The Australian Curriculum
At Staines Memorial College we are continuing to work to full implementation of the Australian Curriculum as outlined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
“The Australian Curriculum describes what young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It sets out the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities and provides a national standard for student achievement in core learning areas” (ACARA, 2014)
The Australian Curriculum currently guides the following subjects (Prep- Year 10) at our College:
Humanities (History and Geography)
The Australian Curriculum currently awaiting final endorsement by the council of federal, state and territory education ministers include:
Economics and Business
Civics and Citizenship
Health and Physical Education
Further information on the Australian Curriculum is available at: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
The Queensland Curriculum
We continue to use the Queensland Curriculum to plan, teach, assess and report on the learning areas where the Australian Curriculum is not yet available for implementation. This curriculum is informed by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
The Queensland Curriculum Framework includes the Essential Learnings and Ways of Working, and the Year 10 Guidelines which identify what should be taught and what is important for students to have opportunity to know, understand and be able to do.
The Queensland Curriculum currently informs the following subjects at our College:
Health and Physical Education (Prep- Year 10)
Business Economics (Years 8-10)
Home Economics (Years 7-10)
Design Technology (Years 7-10)
Visual Art , Music and Drama (Prep – Year 10)
Chinese (Prep- Year 6)
Technology (Prep – Year 6)
Further information on the Queensland Curriculum is available at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/20735.html
Prep-Prep/ Kindergarten Curriculum
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKGL) provides advice for planning, interacting with children, monitoring and assessment and sharing information in kindergarten contexts.
The Continua of Learning and Development is a resource that helps teachers assess, reflect and make evidence-based judgements about children’s learning progress. This information is used to plan ways to promote continuity of children’s learning and development.
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline and the Continua of Learning and Development are based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF)
Further information on is available at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/10192.html
A separate Prep Handbook outlining our goals, approach, programs and routines is available on request. Kindergarten (Pre-Prep) and Prep are part of our Early Childhood Program.
Primary Curriculum (Years 1-6)
We provide students with a broad range of learning experiences. Students study the following subjects.
Biblical Living- including lessons from the Bible and relationship skills development
English, including a phonics program and Reading and Writing Workshops
Mathematics- including aspects of financial literacy
Humanities (History, Geography and Civics)
Secondary Curriculum (Years 7-9)
We provide students with a broad range of learning experiences including a range of CORE subjects, with ELECTIVE choices in The Arts and Technologies. Students study the following subjects:
Biblical Living- Including lessons from the Bible and relationship skills development
English (including The Arts: Media)
Humanities (History and Geography)
Health and Physical Education (including The Arts: Dance)
Business and Economics
The Arts (Including Visual Art, Music, Drama and Graphics)
Technologies (Including Home Economics and Design Technology). Home Economics includes cooking and sewing. Design Technology includes working with wood, metal and plastic.
In Year 7, students study Music and Visual Art for 2 lessons each week. They also study Home Economics and Design Technology for one semester each.
By Years 8 and 9, Students have a choice of two out of the three Arts Electives (Music, Drama, Visual Art). Students will study each Arts subject for one semester. Students will also study Home Economics and Design and Technology (including Graphics) for one semester each.
By Year 10, students may choose to specialise in Performing Arts (Music and Drama) or Visual Art, and specialise in Home Economics or Design and Technology (including Graphics). Students will study their chosen subjects for the full year.
Senior Curriculum (Years 10- 12)
A separate Senior Handbook outlining our goals, approach, programs and routines is available on request.
Please see our document ‘Why Study Senior at SMC’.