Study at St Hilda’s

Study at St Hilda’s

Australian Curriculum

The curriculum at St Hilda’s School offers a modern, innovative and lively learning environment to cater for the diverse needs of young women. The curriculum enables St Hilda’s School to develop an atmosphere where excellence is an expectation.

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Tutorial Academy

The St Hilda’s School Tutorial Academy offers paid tutorials for students in Years 7-12. This additional academic service Currently, many faculties provide free teacher-led tutorial sessions after school and the Academy provides additional paid tutorial sessions in a student’s chosen subject area.

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School of Business

In our School of Business, we value the academic study of business. We understand that business activity is dependent on the wider national and global economies. Therefore, the study of economics (one of our senior subjects) has a global context while focussing on the key principles of business.

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Design and Hospitality

Faculty of Design mission: Create the very best learning environment in the technology classrooms that enables its students to ‘work technologically’ and confidently, using their ingenuity and creativity to solve problems and thus contribute to their development as critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

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Drama

Drama provides a learning environment that promotes imagination, critical thinking, cultural engagement, communication, creativity and problem solving. Drama provides a medium for exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment. Drama students participate in aesthetic learning in which the senses and emotions are engaged cognitively and affectively.

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English

The prime aim of any English program is to produce students who can read, write and manipulate those skills to function as effective members of a literate, English-speaking community. The more sophisticated a student's writing skills and the more fluently she can read a wide variety of texts, the more freedom she will have as an adult to move amongst the varying language demands she will encounter.

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ESL - English as a Second Language

Our ESL program is intended to improve the written and spoken abilities of the girls who do not have English as their first language. Small groups study together. The girls are given scheduled time in the ESL classroom. They see this as a valuable addition to the normal school day.

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Humanities

The Humanities faculty provides a range of teaching experiences and new programs to encourage students to be active learners who adopt critical thinking in their studies. The Humanities faculty is committed to developing a growth mindset in all students where they see intelligence as able to be developed, rather than as static. We encourage students to embrace challenges and persist in the face of setbacks to achieve higher levels of achievement.

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Health and Physical Education

In Pre-Prep to Year 10 Health and Physical Education we promote healthy and active lifestyle choices. The theoretical aspect of our subject largely explores factors that affect our health and development, whilst the practical component aims to build confidence across a range of physical activities, thereby increasing the likelihood that our students will keep moving, literally, throughout their lives.

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Languages

Learning additional languages widens horizons, broadens cognitive and cultural experience, develops communicative and intercultural competence and opens up new perspectives for the learners. The students at St Hilda’s School are offered the languages of French and Japanese. Learning any one of these languages extends, diversifies and enriches learner’s cognitive, social and linguistic development.

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Learning Enhancement

The St Hilda’s Learning Enhancement department aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the necessary academic skills needed to ensure a positive school experience. Learning Enhancement staff are responsible for arranging testing of students and the development of appropriate programs for students with learning difficulties, including individual education programs for students eligible for special funding.

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Mathematics

The Mathematics faculty is ambitious for the girls as they study this challenging subject. We set out to develop confident, capable and creative Mathematicians! We want our graduates to be confident that they have the talent and skill to understand courses and access careers of their choice. We want them to be confident and aspirational and to pursue the highest levels of Mathematics. We want the girls to feel this is a realistic and attainable goal. We do not want our girls to take easy options.

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Music

Music promotes thoughtfulness and enjoyment. It has been clear for much of history that music is one of the most complex art forms. It has many connections to the worlds of mathematics and science. Yet music connects naturally to each of us. Through music we connect to the world.

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Religious Education

Within the faculty we set out to create an environment where religion is explored in an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance. We want the girls to be engaged with the insights, philosophies and values that are embedded in our subject matter. Our teachers clearly understand, and are empathetic with, the broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and motivations of our girls.

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Science

Inscribed on a 10th century Islamic dish, now sitting in the Louvre, in Paris, is the thoughtful wisdom, “Science, its taste is bitter at the beginning but, at the end, sweeter than honey”. While we do not set out to create a 'bitter' experience with the study of Science, we want the girls to experience the growth and enlightenment that is implied in this astute, ancient insight.

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Visual Art

Visual Art is studied across the school from Pre-Prep to Year 12 using an Inquiry Learning Model. In Middle and Senior School, the Visual Art faculty encompasses the three subjects; Visual Art, Media Art, and Film TV and New Media. These subjects cover a range of art-making processes including painting, collage, photography, digital image manipulation, drawing, animation, sculpture, web design, sound editing, video production, printmaking, installation and assemblage.

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VET

VET programs provide the opportunity for students to gain a nationally-recognised qualification, along with workplace experience and skills, while at school. Programs are usually offered in Years 11 and 12 and qualifications are available from a range of industries. The VET pathway and the academic OP pathway are distinct but complimentary. The VET sector is driven by industry requirements in developing competencies linked to job/occupation roles.

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