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Secondary School Curriculum

At Trinity College we open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all (Edmund Rice Education Australia Charter, 2011).

Trinity College has a proud history of high academic achievement. We offer a rich, diverse curriculum developed by the staff to enable each student to achieve his academic potential. Trinity students are engaged and challenged in a safe, supportive classroom environment. Please see below for an overview of the curriculum for Years 7-12. For the full curriculum, please click here: Secondary curriculum

Year 7

The College’s aim is to provide a transition structure enabling students to quickly adapt to a secondary school environment.  As well as studying five compulsory subjects students will experience some typical option subjects on a rotational basis.

Years 8 and 9

Year 8 and 9 students study compulsory core subjects and have an excellent range of elective subjects from which to choose.  The combination of core and elective subjects ideally provide for the interests and academic needs of all students.

Becoming Men is a programme undertaken by every Year 9 student and incorporates the Year 9 Health programme. Its broad goal is to prepare our boys to become resourceful adults, to make informed and good choices in their lives and to explore what it means to think and act like a good leader of themselves and others.

group of students sitting at a table smiling
boys with their hands in mud
boys building with wooden sticks and marshmallows

Year 10

Year 10 students study compulsory core subjects and have an excellent range of elective subjects from which to choose.  The combination of core and elective subjects ideally provide for the interests and academic needs of all students.

In addition to the above students will participate in a Personal Development and Wellness programme. This program addresses areas such as: Christian Service; Career Education; Communication & Conflict Resolution; Driver Education; Laptop programme; Mental Health & Resilience and Study Skills and Health Education.

boys dissecting a sheep's brain
students at GRIP conference
boys at desks in a classroom

Years 11 and 12

The College aims at high standards of academic excellence. The curriculum gives attention to Religious Education, English, Languages and Communication, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, The Arts and Physical Education.  Students are challenged to work diligently, achieve to their potential and develop a sense of the intrinsic value of learning.

The current timetable allows for the addition of an optional guided study line as a ‘seventh subject’ for ATAR students. Students who have chosen not to be on an ATAR pathway, will not be able to choose a study line. Students who select five or less ATAR courses, should select at least one Certificate II Course to make up their seven courses. The Certificate courses now play a very important role in fulfilling the WACE requirements as determined by SCSA as WACE requires that students must complete at least four Year 12 ATAR courses OR a Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification. This student’s load of seven courses may consist of a combination of ATAR, General, Certificate and/or Vocational Education and Training courses.

An overview of possible Year 11 Learning Programs for 2017:

  • 7 courses (ATAR)
  • 6 ATAR courses and a study line
  • 5 ATAR courses, one General or Certificate course, and a study line
  • 7 courses (Combination of ATAR and General)
  • 7 courses (Combination of ATAR, General, Certificate and/or Vocational Education and Training)
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