Year 7-10

Students at Catholic Regional College Melton have access to a wide range of engaging experiences and pathways throughout their learning journey at the College.

Contemporary learning is at the forefront of the opportunities we provide, including the development of skills in innovation, creativity, critical and ethical thinking and teamwork and collaboration. 

Digital technologies foster connection to the wider community and our global society. Underpinning our work are the core values of instilling a love of life-long learning, creating a sense of hope and nurturing strong aspirations in every student,

With an expectation of excellence, students are challenged and encouraged in their learning opportunities at each year level and pathway. In partnership with families, students develop responsibility for their learning to achieve academic success.

The Victorian Curriculum, introduced across all learning areas in Year 7 to 10, acknowledges that student needs and interest will vary and allows for planning a curriculum that responds to this.

Year 7

Students at Year 7 are offered a diverse learning program that introduces them to subjects across all the Domains. They develop knowledge and skills that broaden their understanding and are supported through the use of digital technologies.

The Reading for Enjoyment, Encouragement and Development program (REED), in conjunction with the Renaissance Program, aims to improve literacy skills for each student. The Mathematics Program provides students with the opportunity to participate at a level based on understanding and abilities.

Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Humanities, Science, Health and Physical Education, Art, Design and Technology Wood, Digital Technologies, Italian, Music

Year 8

Our Year 8 program continues to offer range and scope across all Domains focusing on students further developing their confidence and enthusiasm as learners. The core subjects continue to build student skills and knowledge in an engaging and challenging academic environment.

Learning continues with emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills through targeted teaching approaches. The Mathematics Program provides students with the opportunity to participate at a level based on understanding and abilities.

Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Humanities, Science, Health and Physical Education, Italian, Music, Food studies, Materials Technology Fibre, Visual Communications and Design, Drama

Year 9 - The Gadal Learning Program

Gadal, according to Bible scholars, means to grow up, be magnified and do great things.

Our vision for Year 9 students is that during the year they learn, grow, discover, do great things, create and achieve their dreams. The Gadal Learning Program was introduced as a response to the differing learning and pastoral needs of Year 9 students and is an exciting initiative aiming to help students achieve our vision for them.

While students continue to extend their knowledge in core subjects, they are also encouraged to develop a sense of their place in the world. The Rite Journey is unique to the Gadal Program. The focus is to support the development of self-awareness, vitality, responsibility, respectfulness and resilience. Rite Journey influences young adults to become self-motivated, engaged and interested in their learning.

Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Humanities, Science, Health and Physical Education

Electives: VET Languages (Italian), Food Technology, Materials Technology - Wood, Materials Technology - Fibre, Digital Technology, Art, Media, Visual Communication Design, Dance, Drama, Music, Global Health, Human Development, Outdoor and Environmental Education, Sport and Leadership

Rite of Passage

Each year, the College hosts a Calling and Departure Ceremony for its young men and women in Year 9 as part of the Rite Journey program.

The Rite Journey is designed to support the development of self-aware, responsible, respectful, resilient and resourceful adults. The program recognises the transition from childhood to adulthood, beginning with a contemporary rite of passage ceremony.

Students are joined by parents, guardians or a significant adult in their lives at the ceremony. The adults write a letter to their child about how they value them and the childhood mindsets and behaviours they would like them to let go of as they venture into adulthood.

They also write about the adult mindsets and behaviours they would like to see them grow and develop.

Students respond with a gratitude letter to their significant adult, highlighting the many aspects of their relationship for which they are grateful.

Once the letters are exchanged, the students and adults talk to each other about what was written, which usually prompts lots of tears, laughter, conversation and hugs.

Students then write their childhood mindsets and behaviours on a piece of paper and their adult ones onto a wooden leaf. Their Rite Journey teachers call them by name to commence the ceremony. One by one, they throw their old habits into a fire pit and then pin their leaf to our “adult arch” walking through it into their new journey towards adulthood.

It is a special evening that symbolises the journey our young men and women take in Year 9.

Year 10

In Year 10, the College offers two distinct pathways; Mainstream Studies or our Applied Learning Pathways (Vincit Program or MIPS).

Year 10 Mainstream Studies is the academic pathway that leads to the study of VCE in Year 11 and 12. This program has a firm focus for students considering tertiary education and university courses.

While our core subjects remain, there many options to cater to individual learning needs. This acknowledges the growing desire for students to take control of their education and achieve academic excellence. Year 10 studies are aligned with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Curriculum to prepare students for VCE subjects in the coming year.

In Year 10, students undertake their first VCE subject, Unit 1 Religion and Society. This provides them with an opportunity to experience the expectations of a VCE subject. Students who meet selection criteria may also accelerate in another Unit 1 and 2 study as part of the Year 10 course.

Work experience is an integral part of the Year 10 curriculum. Students are encouraged to find employment in a role they wish to pursue in future years.

The Vincit Program provides a vocational pathway leading to the completion of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in Year 11 and 12.

The program has practical, hands-on approaches to learning and is offered to students wishing to pursue pathways in apprenticeships, traineeships or TAFE studies.

Subjects in Vincit are designed around applied learning and are project-based. The VET Certificate I in Employment Pathways is undertaken with work experience completed in Term 2 to 4. A second VET Certificate of the student’s choice is also available.

Students will be invited to apply for a position in the Vincit program. Those who participate will undertake a structured course that will include Year 10 English and Mathematics with more periods available to each to allow for more support in these subject areas. Vincit students can also choose from a range of Vocation and Educational Training (VET) subjects that will be offered offsite such as Building and Construction, Community Service and Automotive.

For more information, the Year 10 2021 Course Handbook is available below.