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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.

In 2019 the newQueensland Certificate of Educationwill commence for students in Year 11. As part of this course,

students can achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for tertiary entrance. With the new

curriculum, there are a number of new subjects in Year 11 from2019 and some of these subjects require a student

to have studied a particular subject in Year 9 and 10. It is therefore essential to read this booklet carefully. This

booklet provides information on the subjects offered at St Rita’s. This booklet is one part of the process designed

to assist girls with their choices, along with subject talks and guidance from subject teachers. The curriculum of

the Middle 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 read these pages carefully and to check which subjects in the

senior school requiremiddle 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 if there are places available in a subject.

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.


Dale Morrow