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.
Learning By Design
Learning should be transformational; it should be continuous and develop the whole person. Each student’s learning program at College 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.
Students have three entry points for learning programme:
- Engage Program (Transition) Year 7
- Explore Program (Breadth) Year 8-9
- Emerge Program (Depth) Year 10-12
The Middle Years (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 College and engage in a program that lays the foundation of lifelong learning. In Years 8 and 9, students start to explore a breadth of curriculum offerings and are supported to select 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. From Years 10-12, students are on a VCE pathway and create a program that allows them to achieve real depth in their learning.
Our school curriculum offers an integrated approach to learning and wellbeing for students from Early Learning to Year 12.
Studying Commerce at The Hamilton and Alexandra College helps our students prepare for the real world of economics, business, and the law.
This is achieved through the study of various fields of Commerce spread out over each term during the year: Finance, Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship. Through these subjects, students learn about the value of money and how to invest and save to maximise long-term wealth; the principles of economics, and Australia’s economic system; and the foundations of business management, including business structures and ideas in preparation for VCE Business Management.
Commerce enables students to develop knowledge and skills that enhance their confidence and ability to participate effectively as socially responsible and ethical members, managers, and leaders of the business community, and become informed citizens, consumers and investors.
The study of Commerce leads to opportunities across all facets of business and economics and has relevance for our students who aspire to work in business and Agriculture. Students with an interest in studying or working in these areas after they complete school are well-catered for in Commerce.
Our structured programs give each student the support and encouragement they need to
achieve their full potential and learn within the mainstream.
Prep to Year 6
We provide special arrangements that focus on the growth of the individual and promote attitudes of self-worth and achievement.
Our experienced and professional Learning Support team works closely with classroom teachers, teacher aides and parents to support students needing consolidation. Reading Recovery and MultiLit are the cornerstones of our withdrawal programs.
Years 7 to 12
We prioritise individual student support through rostered ‘Extra Studies’ sessions, small group language skills programs, and test/examination support. Our experienced and professional Learning Support team collaborates closely with classroom teachers, teacher aides and parents to support students with additional needs.
Recommendations from specialists are incorporated into a student’s learning support plan and the progress of individual students is monitored closely to ensure their needs are being met.