Dear Parents and Girls,
It is in the Middle Years of schooling that students can begin to learn the skills and knowledge required for
them to take their place in the modern world. At St Rita’s, we look for ways of delivering curriculum that are
engaging for students and that respond to their developmental needs. Beyond developmental and academic
needs, the world in which early adolescents live is increasingly characterized by diversity and change. St Rita’s
continues to commit to providing a curriculum that is relevant, engaging and rigorous. Across the College’s
middle years’ curriculum, there is a clear emphasis on developing thinking skills to prepare the girls for the
challenges of the Senior Years.
This booklet provides information on the subjects offered at St Rita’s. It is one part of the process designed
to assist girls with their choices, along with subject talks, Personal Development classes and guidance. The
curriculumof theMiddle School consists of a broad range of subjects with a comprehensive set of compulsory
subjects and a wide choice of electives.
The core curriculum is designed to ensure that all girls cover the necessary content and develop the skills
necessary to succeed in the senior years. It is important to check which subjects in the senior school require
middle school subjects as pre-requisites. It should be understood that the subjects selected are for Years 9
and 10 and changing subjects is not desirable. Elective subject changes are only allowed at the beginning of
Year 10. It is important that students choose carefully, taking their interests into consideration as well as pre-
requisites for senior school.
The College places great importance on providing a supportive and nurturing environment in which each girl
is encouraged to do her best so that she can reach her full potential. At the end of her middle years of
schooling we are confident that the transition to the senior school will be a smooth one.
All subjects are structured to increase in the level of difficulty and to build on developing skills over the two
years. Students are encouraged to select subjects that they like but they are also encouraged to select
subjects that will challenge them.
We hope these middle years will be ones that set the platform for successful senior years and the desire to
be a life-long learner. The Presentation tradition encourages students to develop critical thinking, self-
motivation and a sense of personal responsibility. We look to promote the full potential of each person in
the school community and to provide school structures that promote justice and challenge all of us to live by
the Gospel values.
THE YEAR 8 SUBJECT SELECTION EVENING IS ON
TUESDAY, 1 AUGUST 2017 AT 6.00 PM IN EIRENE