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Curriculum 2021

Introduction


To Students and Parents

The 2021 Year 8 to Year 12 Curriculum Guide is designed to help students choose subjects to support success and achievement in their life after school. Mount Barker High School is committed to providing education that supports and challenges students to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

The curriculum at Mount Barker High School is aligned with both state and national expectations for all schools. In addition, a number of specific programs are offered which meet the particular needs of our school community.  

In keeping with the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008), we aim to promote and lead the world's best practice in curriculum delivery and assessment to improve the educational outcomes for all students.  

Subject selection at the secondary level is very important in shaping future pathways and links between school, further study and the world of work.

When choosing courses students should select subjects that:

  • are challenging; enable students to work to their strengths;
  • provide background knowledge they need for their future;
  • they enjoy studying; and
  • keep options open for the future.  

In addition to traditional subjects, we support students with a 60-minute weekly lesson dedicated to teaching the skills of Positive Education. These skills help students manage and improve their wellbeing whilst highlighting each student's Character Strengths. During our course counselling process, the school uses Character Strengths to assist selection of the most appropriate courses for our students.  

I hope the information contained in this Curriculum Guide is useful and I invite students and parents to utilise the school's subject counselling and other support services to assist our students to make the best decisions regarding their future pathways.  

Warren Symonds
Principal