HANDS-ON LEARNING: St Mary’s College student Maddy Gardner, in the automotive workshop with teacher, Mr Kirk Trease from Wollongbar TAFE.
HANDS-ON LEARNING: St Mary’s College student Maddy Gardner, in the automotive workshop with teacher, Mr Kirk Trease from Wollongbar TAFE. Benjamin Lynch

St Mary’s splits HSC courses to study over two years

HERE is a different way to approach the Higher School Certificate.

At St Mary’s College in Casino, senior students can study half of their HSC course in one year and the rest the following year.

Principal Aaron Beach said the method was known as the “compressed curriculum.”.

“This allows twice the traditional amount of class time and enables students to better immerse themselves in their coursework by focusing on fewer subjects,” said Mr Beach.

St Mary’s Earth facility provides students with an agricultural farm and automotive workshop for an authentic study and work environment.

“We want to offer as many opportunities for our students as possible including both trade and academic pathways,” Mr Beach said.

St Mary’s offers counselling services; programs for students with additional learning needs, including literacy and numeracy workshops; and programs for gifted and talented students.



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