Santa Maria College is an authorized school in the delivery of International Baccalaureate – Middle Years Program (IB MYP) for all students in Years 7 – 10. The IB MYP encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. This framework allows each child’s unique learning styles to be recognized and catered for. Through the IB MYP framework, Santa Maria College is able to identify, nurture and support those students who demonstrate strengths in particular dimensions of their learning and we acknowledge that strengths can be demonstrated in many varied ways.
Within the classroom context, teachers provide opportunities to extend students through the school curriculum by implementing a range of school wide thinking strategies and higher order thinking processes. Ongoing evaluation and assessment is carried out to ensure that all students perform at their optimal ability.
Both within and beyond the classroom, opportunities for Learning Enrichment at Santa Maria College provides students avenues in which to participate in experiences that promote academic rigor within a supportive and enjoyable learning environment. These provide opportunities for students to develop new skills, expand interests, and develop self-awareness, esteem and confidence.
We offer a wide range of experiences and challenges that enrich our curriculum. Students may have the time and ability to engage in extension through academic competitions and co-curriculum enrichment programs. This is to ensure that our students are inspired to learn outside of the classroom and develop the skills required for becoming capable and responsible members of their community beyond their secondary education.
The College aims to cater for the full complement of differing abilities, personality traits and environmental factors that contribute to the wide range of gifts and talents exhibited by our students. At Santa Maria College, our mantra is to promote inclusiveness because we believe that all students can learn.
Students that are highly able are involved in extension programs and participate in a variety of activities catering for groups and individuals. Such enrichment and extension activities include:
• Extension electives at Year 10 in the Humanities and Science areas
• VCE Religious Education Unit in Year 10
• Debating and Public Speaking Competitions
• State-wide, national and international competitions e.g. ICAS, Australian Mathematics competition, Maths Olympiad
• Duke of Edinburgh Award (International leadership in Action Program)
• Writing Workshops
• Inter school, regional and State Sporting competitions
• College Musicals and College Productions
• Leadership development Program
• Art and Technology Exhibition
• Personal Project Year 10
• Immersions – Philippines and Central Australia
• Overseas Educational Tours – Italy and Japan
• Social Justice activities
Through our Learning Enrichment opportunities, we use the talents and experiences of others from outside the school, in combination with the talents and interests of staff within our school, to enrich our students’ education.