Curriculum 

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The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) determine mandatory courses that all secondary schools in the state must complete. MacKillop offers students the opportunity to study a range of electives in Years 9 to 10.

YEARS 7 & 8:

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HSIE - Year 7 World History - Year 8 World Geography
  • Personal Development, Health, Physical Education
  • Technology
  • French (Year 7)
  • Music/Visual Arts - 1 year of each in Years 7 and 8
  • Technical Skills, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Drama, French, Enterprise (Year 8 semester electives)

YEARS 9 & 10:

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Civics and Citizenship - Australian History and Australian Geography
  • Personal Development, Health, Physical Education

At the end of Year 8, students are required to choose two elective subjects which they then study for two years.

Currently, the electives are:

  • Commerce
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Graphics Technology
  • Industrial Technology-Timber
  • Industrial Technology-Metal
  • Information and Software Technology
  • iSTEM
  • Marine & Aquaculture Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts

Please note: These elective subjects (except French) are not prerequisites for subjects offered in Year 11.

YEARS 11 & 12:

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • CAFS
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Standard
  • Engineeering Studies
  • French Beginners
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial Technology Timber
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics Standard
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • PDHPE
  • PHYSICS
  • Software Design & Development
  • Studies of Religion I
  • tudies of Religion II
  • Textiles and Design
  • Visual Arts

The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church (Diocese of Lismore) trading as the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese (RTO 7054), is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for the delivery of vocational qualifications that are accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework