Middle Years Programme

Years 7–10

At St Mary Star of the Sea College, our curriculum is extensive and aims to create autonomous, life-long learners.

The College is a Candidate International Baccalaureate (IB) school and in 2016 the College introduced the Middle Year Programme (MYP). The MYP is an international educational framework that encourages students to become creative, critical, reflective thinkers who can make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the wider world. All students in Year 7 from 2016 will be part of the MYP throughout their junior school years at the College. By 2019, all junior years (Years 7 – 10) will be part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The College is committed to delivering dynamic teaching and learning experiences which will equip our students for the demands of further education and employment into the future. The MYP aims to develop well-rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and open minds, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, unpredictable situations.

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.

The College fulfils the requirements of both the MYP and the NSW BOSTES Curriculum.

Being an MYP student means to me, that we are receiving an education in an encouraging and unique way. It has taught me as a student to be open minded and to be aware of my options, to view subjects of information from different perspectives and through different activities. I have also had a brief idea of how my learning and education will grow and be demonstrated in my older years, as we will be participating in the MYP program for a few years. The thing that I enjoy most about the MYP, is the variety it serves and the different skills that it teaches us as students. I am currently not confused with any of the work that the MYP serves, because I feel that I understand the whole program fairly well. So overall I enjoy this new approach to learning and found the MYP to teach me a lot of useful future skills and has helped me to view different perspectives when analysing all types of texts.
Year 7 student 2016

The MYP Learner Profile

Year 7

The Learner profile has ten attributes that are fostered in students to promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 7

Religion: Catholic Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment: World History, PDHPE, Language (French, Indonesian or Italian), Music, Design, Visual Arts and Sport

Year 8

Religion: Catholic Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment: Global Geography, PDHPE, Language (French, Indonesian or Italian), Music, Technology, Visual Arts and Sport

Stage 5 Curriculum (Years 9 & 10)

Core Subjects
  • Religion
  • Catholic Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Australian History
  • PDHPE
  • Sport.

General Electives — students will select two subjects which will be studied over the two years

  • Active Global Citizenship
  • Child Studies
  • Commerce
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Elective History
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Italian
  • Music
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts