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 developed from the Australian Curriculum within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).
Implementation of the Victorian Curriculum (i.e. where it is planned, taught, assessed and reported upon) commenced from 2017 and will be fully implemented by the end of 2018.
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 VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). These programs are to maximise future pathways.
At every Year level a wide range of subjects are available to students. The range of subjects 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.
At Years 7 – 8 there is a 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 English and Religious Studies are compulsory. All other subjects are chosen by the student. VCAL and VET are also available.
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 only 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 now continuous meaning that marks, grades and comments for Assessment Tasks are published on the College’s Learning Management system (LMS) Emmlink. Importantly, rather than waiting until the end of the semester, parents will be able to immediately read what advice students have been given in order to improve their work. At the end of the semester there will be a summary statement of results also available on Emmlink. Because specific advice will be available throughout the year in a timely manner, the summary reports will be not contain comments for achievement or improvement as they have in the past.