Academic Programs

At St Aloysius College, we do not mistake a curriculum for an education. 

Academic programs at St Aloysius aim to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and discovery. We have a curriculum that blends the very best of educational tradition with an innovative, enquiry-based cross-curricular approach that allows students to make connections, synthesise knowledge and develop literacy skills. By the time a student leaves St Aloysius, she will have achieved her very best at VCE or VCAL. She will  also have a love for learning and a set of aptitudes to meet the challenges of both her professional and personal life in the years ahead.

During Years 7 to 9, your daughter will be provided with both the academic rigor of the core subjects and the stimulating interests of a number of elective choices.

These formative years at St Aloysius are characterised by the provision of a unique learning environment where academic, co-curricular and pastoral care programs are interwoven, ensuring that your daughter’s development as a confident and enthusiastic learner is encouraged and nurtured. Classroom activities are designed to inspire your daughter’s learning in this transitional phase of education, where she moves from childhood through to young adulthood.

Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) program is carefully designed to increase awareness and curiosity in these important fields. We develop interdisciplinary awareness and provide our students with  the skills and ability to adapt in a range of fields including the Sciences, Design Technology, Coding and Art.

As educators, we pride ourselves on our commitment to stretching the boundaries of conventional curriculum and placing each girl at the heart of what we do. 

In Year 7, all students are given an orchestral instrument to take home at no extra cost. The Classroom Music Program is supported with specialist teachers so your daughter quickly experiences performing in a Concert Band or Orchestra. Instrumental Music Lessons for a variety of contemporary and orchestral  instruments, are available as an additional program for all students.

St Aloysius College has created an exciting learning experience in Year 8. For students, Academic 8 will develop their recognition of cross-curricular connections, skills and outcomes in the Year 8 curriculum but importantly enhance their learning independence post the transition stage of Year 7.

Teachers of Year 8 students creatively deliver a curriculum that highlights connections in learning to enthuse and excite students. The outcome is students who develop deeper learning skills, improved literacy and increased ability to transfer and connect knowledge.

Through experiencing the positive results of teachers collaborating from all Learning Areas to create thematic approaches to learning, Academic 8 will not only bring the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities and Catholic Education Melbourne’s Education for Sustainability into the vernacular but also into the consciousness of our students.

For more information, please contact Rachel Valentine, Deputy Principal valentiner@aloysius.vic.edu.au

The senior years at St Aloysius are student-centred – where small numbers of students enjoy expert teaching in preparation for entry into a range of tertiary institutions, apprenticeships and the workplace.

During these years, students are encouraged to explore their talents and interests academically, culturally and as part of the local and global community.

Once your daughter completes Year 10, she is able to choose a number of future study pathways dependent upon her interests, skills and talents. The majority of our students pursue the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and receive outstanding results, entering into a variety of University offerings. Other students pursue the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

An extensive, personalised Careers & Pathways program is delivered to all our senior students with much time and attention given to each student. This approach allows us to cater a personalised pathway program. Our VCE class offerings are broad for a school our size meaning many classes are small in number.  

The VCAL Program is suitable for students whose future pathways are not determined by the restrictions of gaining an ATAR. The VCAL program values collaborative projects,  problem-solving, entrepreneurship and independence. Students with an interest in experiencing the workplace, leading to internships or apprenticeships are catered for in this alternate senior certificate. In addition, on the advice of our experienced Careers staff, students can include as part of VCE or VCAL a Vocational Education and Training (VET) component either on-site or taken in partnership with a local VET provider.

All our staff are exceptionally well qualified in their various academic fields and, more importantly, are committed to encouraging your daughter to achieve her personal best. During these senior years your daughter will be assured of a personalised learning experience, where she is known and knows her teacher. She will further develop creative thinking and collaborative skills and make choices in her learning while developing a greater sense of independence. Not only will she achieve her best, but she will be well-prepared for success beyond the school environment.

Girls with specific learning needs are well supported at St Aloysius College and flourish here. Every girl learns in her own way and our Learning Diversity staff  support our girls by giving students the specific support required to assist with the demands of everyday living and learning. Sometimes with specific one-to-one lessons or small group sessions. The Learning Diversity staff work closely with academic and pastoral staff as well as parents to provide assistance and support taking each student’s whole wellbeing into account. 

Our Gifted and Talented program (GATE) aims to help students meet their potential and ultimately encourage their individual interests and passions. In having a specially designed programs for these students they will meet with like-minded people and create an encouraging and supportive community.

Our Gifted and Talented program has three aims:

  1. To help students meet their potential and ultimately engage them and encourage their individual interests and passions
  2. To extend students beyond the classroom and standardised curriculum
  3. To recognise the need for GATE students to be challenged