Nazareth College stands proudly as a Catholic college imbued in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. As a Catholic education community, we aim to develop ‘the whole person in Christ who gives meaning to human life’ (CS 35).
Within this setting, we strive for excellence in educational outcomes through individual pathways and a holistic approach that provides for academic and personal growth and fulfilment.
Personal integrity, the capacity to make informed decisions and to accept responsibility for actions are the qualities which we strive to instil in our students, in partnership with families. As students are nurtured to be a Christian presence in a wider world, our focus on faith, wisdom and knowledge encourages them to enter to learn and leave to serve.
Personalized Learning at Years 7, 8 and 9
Our Middle School encourages independent learning, celebration of achievement and the development of the whole person as a gift of God.
In the Middle School, we believe that every child has the capacity to learn in varying ways. By designing programs that access different learning styles, improve student engagement and foster wellbeing and understanding, student outcomes in spiritual, academic, physical and social dimensions of life are enhanced.
Broad student-centred, contemporary learning is at the heart of all we do in the Middle School. Curriculum is designed to meet developmental needs of the students and to challenge them to reach their full potential. This is achieved by creating and delivering curriculum that is focused on Literacy and Numeracy and includes the general capabilities of critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, intercultural understanding and ethical behaviour.
Recognising that transition is an essential part of the Middle School experience, we have in place programs that ensure the seamless progression from Primary through to Senior School.
Learning Pathways for Years 10, 11 and 12
The Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12) has a focus on the personal pathway of each student. The broad curriculum and pastoral programs cater for a diverse range of needs and interests to ensure access to a world of further study, training and work.
Each student’s academic and personal development is nurtured by the emphasis on learning which promotes employability, key competencies education, and active citizenship. Students in the Senior School develop skills, knowledge and understanding, explore values and are introduced to options for lifestyle and employment.
At Year 10 level, students begin to make choices in preparation for undertaking the VCE or recognised vocational training and for transition to employment, either immediately after schooling or after further education and training. The curriculum and pastoral programs, therefore, provide initial access to a personal pathway.
There is an emphasis on the continued development of literacy and numeracy. There may be increased specialisation either within the learning areas or an increased focus on a particular learning area. There is an emphasis on competencies, specific knowledge, employment, the world of work and personal wellbeing so as to contribute to the wider world.
Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to undertake both academic and vocational education programs. Students achieve a balance between breadth and specialisation. The programs of study that students undertake open up multiple pathways and destinations. The VCE emphasises student learning outcomes and the achievement of generic key competencies.
Senior students on the verge of adulthood are encouraged to develop their own personal qualities within spiritual, academic, physical and social dimensions of their lives.