The learning programs offered by the College are designed to cater for the diverse needs, abilities and aptitude of our students. At Emmaus College the curriculum framework is the Victorian Curriculum, which has been derived from the Australian Curriculum.
The programs offered at Years 7 – 10 have been designed to prepare students for the diverse senior pathways offered in Victoria: the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) , VET in Schools Program, and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL ).
At every Year level a wide range of subjects is available to students. The range of subjects at each level covers the learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Technology, Languages, Humanities, the Arts and Religious Education. The program provided ensures a sound general education.
Within the Victorian Curriculum there are four Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Interpersonal and Personal and Social. These Capabilities are incorporated into appropriate units in the Learning Areas.
At Years 7 – 8 there is a common core curriculum. This provides for a solid basis on which students can build their personal programs.
At Year 9 there is a special program delivered on the Burwood Campus.
During Years 9 – 10 subjects are divided into core subjects and elective subjects. Core subjects ensure that careful attention is paid to the development of written, oral and mathematical skills. These skills hold a central place in the curriculum.
Elective subjects provide students opportunities to pursue the development of personal interests and skills.
At Years 11 – 12 Religious Education and one of the three English subjects are compulsory in the VCE. All other subjects are chosen by the student. VET subjects, most of which are delivered off-site, are also available. The VCAL program has a common framework, with student choice focused on a VET subject and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL).
With the increasing maturity which accompanies progression of students from Years 7 – 12, a greater choice of subjects is offered. The College believes that the most effective way of catering for individual needs, abilities and aptitudes is through the exercise of informed choice within a wide-ranging curriculum.
Emmaus College Charter for Contemporary Teaching and Learning
Following the last School Improvement Plan the College undertook a project whose goal was the investigation of contemporary teaching & learning practices. The result of this process was the Charter for Contemporary Teaching and Learning.
High performing students are identified before entry to the College. Carefully developed programs are offered in English and Mathematics. These programs are available in Years 7 – 10. Some VCE Units 1 and 2 are available at Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 at Year 11.
Students experiencing difficulties in learning are offered assistance by our Learning Support staff. Integration programs supported by the Government are also offered to those who meet the criteria.
Assessment and Reporting
Reporting at Emmaus College is continuous meaning that marks, grades and comments for Assessment Tasks are published on the College’s Learning Management system (LMS) Emmlink. Rather than waiting until the end of the semester, parents are able to immediately read what advice students have been given in order to improve their work. At the end of the semester there is a summary statement of results which is also available on Emmlink. Because comments about achievement and specific advice about improvement are available throughout the semester, summary reports do not contain comments.
The top 10% of students in each category (Achievement and Endeavour) in Years 7-11 are presented with a Titanium Award at Presentation Night. Because a number of students achieve both Awards, the number presented usually ends up being about 15%.
The next 10% in each category are presented with a Gold Award, while the next 10% after that are presented with a Silver Award.
The Achievement Award is based on Semester 1 results (scores of 80 and better for Year 11 and 85 or better for Years 7-10) and a result of Excellent on the Academic Progress indicator of the Semester 2 Work Habits. The Endeavour Award is based on the two Student Work Habits rubrics (a “score” of 18/ 20 is required for a Commendation.