Curriculum

Our College is a community of collaborative learners, where teachers facilitate opportunities for students to interact with knowledge and skills and where students and teachers work together to deepen their application of new knowledge and understanding.

The College has adopted Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching as our instructional framework and our practices are further influenced by the work of Richard and Rebecca DuFour, John Hattie, and Sir Ken Robinson. This instructional framework promotes positive learning environments, explicit instruction, and effective feedback. Our lessons are designed to assist students interact with knowledge, develop their understanding, test their ideas about what they have learned, and further their thinking skills.

The Adventist educational worldview articulates the unique and immeasurable value of every individual as a child of God. This viewpoint informs every part of College life. It is the lens through which we approach teaching, learning and ongoing school reform. 

Our Professional Learning Community has a common understanding and language about student learning that provides a clear pathway for consistent, quality practices that support each phase of student development. Rigorous teaching and learning practice allows us to remain abreast of curriculum content, resourcing and pedagogy, and be prepared for future rollout phases of the Australian curriculum. Our College continues to develop a range of processes that support planning and delivery, feedback, and analysis of student data to provide quality outcomes for learners in every classroom at Brisbane Adventist College. 

Brisbane Adventist College intentionally provides vigorous, relevant and engaging learning programs that provide scope for a diverse range of students and learning needs. At the same time, we meet the high standards for achievement laid out by the Australian Curriculum, which is specifically designed to prepare Australia’s next generation for the future. The key general capabilities that we give priority to are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding, and
  • Intercultural understanding

Throughout our primary school, these general capabilities are achieved on a learning continua via core learning areas delivered by specialist year level teachers. Co-curricular instruction is also given by teachers who hold expertise in specialty areas. This is designed to enhance learning and meet the specific knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that are expected at particular junctures in their schooling.

Once students reach our secondary campus, they transition to faculty-based subjects where teachers provide more specialised tuition. The first year of secondary school, Year 7 students continue to learn core subjects provided by specialist Year 7 teachers in the Year 7 Block. However, students also venture out of their homeroom to experience a broad range of specialty subjects from Humanities, Business, Technology, and Arts faculties. As capabilities expand and students progress towards their final years of schooling, they are given increasing choices about where to focus their studies. These elective subjects allow them to experiment and pursue passions and emerging interests, whilst also assisting them in including or excluding future career options.

Based on a comprehensive career plan (SET Plan) formulated in Year 10 (in consultation with teachers and parents), students participate in a senior phase of schooling agreement as they make senior subject choices that lead them closer to specific career choices. Over the course of Year 11 and 12, they study up to seven subject areas chosen from a list of 25 options, representing every major faculty and prerequisite for university, trade or vocation. Vocational training options through partner TAFEs and RTOs are also available to supplement or replace some of these. Successful completion of Year 11 and 12 results in the Queensland Certificate of Education (Queensland’s secondary school qualification), as well as a university entrance score (OP) AND/OR qualifications towards a vocational career.

 

Steve Cowley
College Academic Dean

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