Religious Education is studied by all students throughout K-12. Religious Education at St Maroun’s aims to foster an integration of faith and life. We teach students about the liturgy and develop their understanding of religious teachings. St Maroun’s also encourages the application of these teaching via our social justice initiatives, including Project Compassion drives, retreats, and other voluntary activities. We educate students by increasing their knowledge, fostering personal development and spiritual growth. Furthermore, we express our faith as a community through our College Masses. These events allow us to gather as an entire school and, under the guidance of our College Chaplin, express our faith and reaffirm our beliefs.
As a Maronite Catholic College under the guidance of the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family, Religious Education is the lifeblood of St Maroun’s College. We aim to communicate to students our motto of Friendship, Faith, and Honesty and give them the skills to carry these values throughout their life.
The study of English is built around three core strands encompassing language, literature, and literacy. Across years 7-12, students study a balanced combination of all three in order to understand and apply skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking for the development of knowledge and personal enjoyment.
The study of English at St Maroun’s College develops students’ general and cross-curriculum knowledge in order for students to interact with peers, teachers, individuals, groups and community members in a range of face-to-face and online or virtual environments.
Through a range of modules and thematic studies, students engage with imaginative, informative and analytical texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, discussions, literary analyses of exposure to contemporary methods of communication. Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend Shakespearian performances and school events such as public speaking or debating to apply their knowledge in authentic contexts. In an incredibly supportive environment, students learn with the support and guidance of teachers with experience and expertise. In the senior years, students may select from English Advanced, Standard, Extension I, Extension II or ESL.
The study of Mathematics at St. Maroun’s College provides students with the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts which enables students to gain confidence in investigating, interpreting and solving problems.
As part of the 7-12 study of Mathematics courses, the interactive online learning systems Pearson Mathspace is used by the students both in the classroom and at home. Students also have the opportunity to compete in Maths competitions such as ICAS as well as AMSI school initiatives. Internally, high school students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in a weekly mathematics competition to test their problem-solving abilities.
Skills attained while studying Mathematics include:
- inquiring, exploring and connecting mathematical concepts
- collecting, analyzing and organizing information
- communicating ideas and information
- solving problems & using technology.
Students will undertake a course of study that covers the following strands:
- Working Mathematically
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)
One stage 4 Mathematics course is offered in Years 7 and 8 that complies with the Stage 4 syllabus developed by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.
Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)
The Stage 5 syllabus aims to develop mathematical skills and confidence in the pathway that best suits the students’ level of ability. The 3 pathways offered by the college are:
- Pathway 5.3
- Pathway 5.2
- Pathway 5.1
Each pathway builds on the concepts developed in the preceding pathway, allowing students to have flexibility in developing their skills.
Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)
The study of Mathematics in Stage 6 will allow students to choose from the following courses:
- Mathematics General 1
- Mathematics General 2
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
The fundamental aim of the Science Faculty at St Maroun’s College is not only to teach the mandatory NSW Science Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum but to utilize an inquiry-based approach to assist students throughout Years 7 – 12 to understand key concepts.
This provides all students with a broad education across all Sciences as well as a deep – grounded learning in specific areas of Science, for those students wishing to pursue future studies in Science at University.
Our Science Faculty also provides a variety of activities to reinforce learning outcomes, thus enriching students’ skills. We nurture the practical and theoretical aspects of Science by putting theory into practice. We provide hands-on exploration modules that include excursions to Sydney Taronga Zoo (Year 7 & 8 Classification & Living Systems), Field Studies at Long Reef Rock Platform in Collaroy and at the NSW Botanical Gardens in Sydney (Yr 11 Biology), trips with the Solar Boat on Sydney Harbour (Years 9 & 10), visits to ANSTO at Lucas Heights (Yr 11 Chemistry & Yr 12 Physics), UNSW Pathology Museum (Yr 12 Biology), UNSW and National Maritime Museum (Yr 12 Chemistry) and demonstrating concepts in Physics with a visit to Luna Park in Sydney (Yr 11).
All our courses have e-Book Learning to accommodate the introduction of the BYOD Program at St Maroun’s College. This allows students to link to interactive activities that engage them at school and at home.
Science subjects offered at the Senior level (Years 11 & 12) include:-
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Environmental Studies, Senior Science and Marine Studies.
Enrichment courses are also offered and are available for Gifted & Talented students eg UNSW Science Experience Workshops, ICAS Science Examinations, Chemistry Titration, and Solar Car competitions.
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) is a broad group of subjects that encompass, primarily History and Geography in the Junior years and include a variety of subjects in Senior years.
Students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.
Human society and its environment (HSIE) delivers the mandatory subjects of history and geography in Stages 4 and 5. To satisfy the requirements of a Record of School Achievement (RoSA), students must complete 200 hours of history and 200 hours of geography throughout Years 7–10.
HSIE also offers the elective subjects of Aboriginal studies, commerce, elective history, international studies, and work education.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students.
It involves students learning about and practicing ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status.
It is also concerned with social and scientific understandings about movement, which lead to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives. At St Maroun’s College, the social and emotional wellbeing of students is promoted by providing an environment that enhances the protective factors that help to build resilience and lessen the impact of adverse life events. In stage 6, St Maroun’s offers PDHPE, Community and Family Studies and Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation as elective HSC courses.
Technological and Applied Studies (TAS):
Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) is one of the most innovative subject areas offered at St Maroun’s. It requires students to use problem-solving skills to design solutions to problems using a variety of technologies. Students use a range of tools, materials, and techniques in the design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons.
Creative Arts courses offered at Saint Maroun’s College include Music, Visual Arts, and Photography and Digital Media. These subjects develop students not only with strong discipline-based knowledge but with the fundamental skills, creative expertise and learning mindset. Creative Arts students experience and develop the complex skills required to create and test ideas, generate creative works with confidence, shape inquiry and to critically evaluate and reflect on what they do. Developing an independent, forward thinking, learning mindset is considered critical to the future world of work.
It is a process based activity in which problems are identified, and innovative and creative outcomes are sought. TAS environments at St Maroun’s College can be quite varied, from workshops to kitchen spaces to software-rich, computer labs.
Courses include Food or Textiles Technology, Industrial Technology, Multimedia, Design and Technology, computing and much more.
Creative Arts education develops skills in creative reasoning, independent decision making and reflective judgment – skills that are essential, transferable and applicable to the real world. Arts students know how to move from the abstract to the concrete, from idea to representation, from concept to realization.
Students’ work derives from their experiences, interpretations, and concerns about this world. In response, they can engage with contemporary art practices that are designed to provoke strong reactions, and make audiences feel uncomfortable with innovative works that question assumed values, attitudes, and ideas about big-picture issues. They are able to reinvigorate traditional conventions by suggesting new associations, embracing new work, styles, genres and expanded repertoires.