CURRICULUM & LEARNING
These subjects are the foundation of our students' education, integrated into all year levels of the curriculum starting from our Early Learning Centre into the Junior school and Senior School program.
Our school curriculum offers an integrated approach to learning and wellbeing for students from Early Learning to Year 12.
The Edge is a three-year program designed to extend and challenge able students in years 7-9 to build the skills and knowledge required to become lifelong learners.
The Edge promotes bespoke programs for students that demonstrate high academic achievement and social and emotional intelligence.
Students are encouraged to extend their literacy and numeracy skills alongside the core curriculum, as well as develop the skills of collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving and communication. High challenges and failure will be experienced throughout the program.
It is an expectation that students participating in The Edge are also involved in all aspects of college life. Our Co-Curricular program includes a range of Summer and Winter sports, an Outdoor Education program, an extensive instrumental music/choral program, and a dramatic arts program. Students also have an opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh program. Entry into The Edge is via an application process.
The Excel program is designed to extend high achieving students in years 10-11 and provide them with the support and experiences to obtain academic excellence. Through masterclasses, leadership development and strong connections to College Alumni, students in the Excel program are given the opportunity to maintain their high academic achievements and be challenged to consider a range of future study and work opportunities. Entry into the Excel program is via a written application.
The College curriculum marks a significant change in our approach to teaching and learning. Learning should be transformational; it should be continuous and develop the whole person. Each student’s learning program is unique, and it is designed to give them agency and the opportunity to direct their own learning pathway. As a student moves through the school, the College curriculum is designed to enable each student to engage in foundational literacies, explore a broad range of subject interests and emerge from the VCE with the skills, knowledge and character that will equip them for the future. Learning Ecosystem: Three Entry Points
Our connected community at The Hamilton and Alexandra College ensures students are empowered to achieve their best. Students have three entry points for learning program:
• Engage Program (Transition) Year 7
• Explore Program (Breadth) Year 8-9
•Emerge Program (Depth) Year 10-12
The Middle Years program (7-9) is underpinned by our school commitment to positive education and the importance of character development and wellbeing. Year 7 students are supported as they transition to the college and engage in a program that lays the foundation of lifelong learning. Students are offered guidance as they engage in a curriculum that gives them choice and balance of a range of innovative subjects. In years 8 and 9, students start to explore a breadth of curriculum offerings. The Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning, Head of Middle Years, and the mentor team all work to assist students in selecting a broad course that will enable them to identify their strengths and areas of interest.
The Senior Years (10-12) offers students access to an academic curriculum program that allows depth and rigour in all areas of chosen study. Students emerge with strong foundations and a clear learning pathway. We seek the best for and from every student, and our emerge program celebrates this. From years 10-12, students are on a VCE pathway and create a program that allows them to achieve real depth in their learning. Students begin to specialise at year 10, whilst exploring some options for their final two years of school. Prerequisite subjects prepare students for a diverse future of further study, work, and travel. Our students are guided by mentors, careers counsellors and our curriculum experts to make informed choices about the best learning program at college. An important part of Emerge is the allocation of flexible learning time in a year 10 student’s program to allow them freedom to access learning support, individual study, coaching and Master Classes. Students are also offered individual career counselling; they participate in the Morrisby Testing and a work experience program. Our students emerge as mindful, and creative young men and women who have been enabled to work independently towards a confident future. From year 10, students have options to complement their school based academic program with VETDDS programs in Applied Language, Hospitality, Equine, Health and Agriculture. Furthermore, an extensive co-curricular program allows students to experience the best of our local context, whilst making connections with learning opportunities at a state, national and global level.