At Good Shepherd College our aim is to immerse students in a curriculum that is relevant to their world and takes account of the special social, physical and intellectual developmental requirements of young adolescents. At the same time we believe that students should experience a seamless transition from primary schooling to secondary schooling. During the secondary years, students transition from having a small number of core Year 7 teachers to experiencing a full range of subject teachers. Students also have access to specialist learning areas such as science laboratories, computer laboratories, kitchens, music rooms and workshops from Year 7.
Emphasis is placed upon the development of literacy and numeracy in a wide range of contexts. Technology is used across the curriculum to support students’ learning. In addition to a broad range of core and elective subjects, our students have many opportunities to engage in sporting, cultural and special interest co-curricular activities..
We are especially proud of the fact that students can enjoy their learning in a supportive Christian environment where they will also appreciate and participate in the spiritual aspect that is too often lacking from twenty-first century curricula.
Our curriculum is set in the context of real, meaningful, open-ended tasks. We promote a love of learning that will allow students to become lifelong learners, complex and creative thinkers, effective communicators and active investigators.
The need for increasing independence and more sophisticated research skills is recognised in the senior campus curriculum. Senior students are encouraged to adopt an approach to their studies which is self-directed and where each student takes greater responsibility for his or her academic progress. There is a focus on developing an individual learning and vocational plan. Students have the opportunity to prepare for a diverse range of future pathways including tertiary study at university and vocational education, such as hospitality, nursing and industry trades.