Secondary students at St Dominic's Centre are all enrolled on a Full Life Skills Program of study. Each student undertaking Years 7 to 10 Life Skills will study selected outcomes and content, as identified through the collaborative curriculum planning process, meeting the requirements of NESA. The syllabus outcomes and content form the basis of learning opportunities for students.
We have a Stage 4 cohort (Year 7 and 8) and a Stage 5 cohort (Year 9 and 10). Our subject scope and sequence run on a two-year cycle following term themes. Delivery of the curriculum incorporates an Inquiry Based Learning Framework.
The Life Skills subjects that are available at St Dominic's are;
- English Life Skills
- Math's Life Skills
- Science Life Skills
- HSIE Life Skills
- Religion Life Skills
- Technology and Applied Science Life Skills
- Creative and performing Arts Life Skills
- PDHPE Life Skills
- LOTE Life Skills
Students can demonstrate achievement of Life Skills outcomes in a number of ways and across a range of environments (eg. school, home, community). Evidence of achievement can be based on a range of assessment for learning experiences, such as observation during teaching and learning, work samples or planned assessment events.
Life Skills outcomes may be achieved independently (with appropriate adjustments), or with support. The type of adjustments and support will vary according to the particular needs of the student and the requirements of the activity. The level of prompting to complete a task is slowly reduced as we guide students toward task independence. Staff use agreed practices to support student development, using Learning Intentions; 1st, 2nd, 3rd task; sequencing activities and a range of visuals.
Our case workers and teachers work collaboratively with families, including bi-annual meetings, to develop individual goals for students. These goals will then be the focus for their learning. Progress on these goals is monitored through careful and detailed assessment and is reported twice yearly in school reports. Each students is allocated a Case Manager from the Secondary Teaching team and regular contact and exchange if information is encouraged.
Secondary students follow a fortnightly program (odd and even week). Students develop their skills and independence by following the timetable, moving from different learning environments with the school, having personal responsibility for their diary, penicil case and subject books.