curriculum

Senior School
prospectus

Year 10, 11 & 12

Senior schooling provides a comprehensive learning program that is multi-faceted. The platform for future learning is in technology-based manufacturing for which our students require a new set of skills.
At Mount Compass Area School we are currently in the developmental phase for the implementation of significant investment in STEM. These technology-based innovations will be initiated over the next two years.

The school maintains its commitment to the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Secondary Schools Alliance with the delivery of Certificate II and III Agriculture at the school and the opportunity for Year 11 students to engage in learning in the trades through the school’s cooperative.
Our school has a history of excellent academic achievement by our senior students. Year 10 students complete their final year of the Australian Curriculum as well as having the opportunity to begin qualifications that can be used as part of a student’s SACE accreditation or an acknowledgement of skills toward an apprenticeship.
Year 10 students start their SACE curriculum with the development of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) which develops a number of integrated learning initiatives including Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Operation Flinders expedition.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to volunteer their service in a Peer Support leadership program.
Years 11 and 12 student learning is guided by the SACE and provides both the traditional courses and/or a flexible curriculum allowing for part-time work and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Students can choose from a range of subjects in the senior years: Agriculture, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Community Studies, Indonesian, Essential and General English, Food and Hospitality, Technology, Mathematics (Essential, General
and Specialist), Physical Education and VET.
The Senior School places high expectations on students as role models within our Reception to Year 12 community to promote excellence at every opportunity.
Relevant programs support students through their senior years of study. These include: time management, study skills and exploring post-secondary options.

Respect, participate, achieve

We aim to develop students to be lifelong learners who are persistent in their learning, confident in their abilities, resilient to the challenges life brings to them and connected to the community and world around them.

AGRICULTURE

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Our school is the Regional Focus School in Agriculture

Senior School

Student Leaders

Nellie, Year 10

NellieWhich teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain?
Mr Hagget, Mrs Davis, Miss B and Mugsy

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain?
This will be my third year in a row in this role and the older I get the more positive influences I can make to the school. To have a number of teachers nominate me reassures me that I am a good person to be a leader and my opinions are valued.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
To have this opportunity once is an accomplishment, knowing that it’s my third year in a row feels great as the teachers have my back. Having the chance to make changes will hopefully mean more opportunities in the schools running club.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
PE is always going to be my favourite; I love to be outdoors or just out of the classroom moving around and pushing myself.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
We are so, so lucky with our teachers at MCAS. I couldn’t choose a favourite they’re all different in the way they teach but all engaging and committed but I have to give a special mention to Mr Sinclair for his consistent support in running club last year.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The small school opportunities and teacher to student relationships are positive, respectful and supporting. Our teachers give up so much time and effort to help us.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
The opportunity is fantastic but not for everyone. If you are interested in growing your leadership skills and making positive changes to the school, it is a really supportive group to be a part of.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I want to see our goal of improving physical and mental health be put in place and more opportunities created.

Amber, Year 11 - School Captain 2021/22

AmberWhy did you choose to apply to become the School Captain?
I believed that this opportunity would improve my leadership skills and will provide me with the chance to make a positive impact on the school and students.

What was the best thing about being chosen as a School Captain?
Being able to share this opportunity with Caleb and Jordan knowing we have differing qualities, yet similar intentions.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
I enjoy Biology as I find learning about how our body functions is interesting and hope to find a career involving Biology in the future.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
I struggle to pick favourites because I have developed such strong connections with all of my teachers. They are all dedicated and willing to help and have all positively impacted me and my learning over the years.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The school is small, meaning smaller classes in senior school. This is what has helped to develop the strong connections between teachers and students and provides a friendly atmosphere. Through this, I enjoy coming to school knowing the teachers are dedicated and care about our learning.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I remember as a young child thinking senior school students were unapproachable and scary. As a school captain, I would like to change this thinking by being a good role model and ensuring I am friendly and welcoming to all the younger students. I believe this will help to unite the varying year levels.

Jordan, Year 11 - School Captain 2021/22

JordanWhy did you choose to apply to become the School Captain?
I chose to apply for school captain because it is a great experience and is great to have on a resume.

What was the best thing about being chosen as a School Captain?
The best thing about being chosen for school captain is we get to experience what being a leader is like and get to be prepared for the future.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subjects are Biology and PE I enjoy these because they are fun hands on subjects for the majority of the time. Both subjects have really helpful teachers
and the work is really interesting to learn about.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
I generally don’t have a favourite teacher although I do really enjoy spending time in Ms. Farqhuar, Ms. McEntee, Mr. Nizzola and of course Mr. Oosterwegel.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
I love how inclusive the school is all of the teachers are very nice and everyone gets along really well.

What would I like to see change in the school?
In the school the things I would like to see change are, I think there is a bridge between the senior and junior school. The junior school feel like we are scary to approach and there is no real relationship between the two different age groups.

Rilee, Year 10

RileeWhich teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain?
Mr O and Ms B

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
The best thing about being chosen as a Year Group Captain was engaging in more events in the school and knowing myself that I could be a leader.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subjects are Ag and PE. I like PE because I like to improve in all my sports and engage in my learning of sport. I like Ag because I like doing farm work and handling the livestock.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
I like most of my teachers as they support me in my learning and I get along with them and have some similarities.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The thing I love most is that we are very respectful of each other and include one another

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
Yes, because it is a good experience to engage in other activities in the school. I want to keep being a leader.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I would like to see more sport for students and I want to run a Interhouse Mat-Ball competition.

Caleb, Year 11 - School Captain 2021/22

CalebWhy did you choose to apply to become a School Captain?
I wanted to be School Captain because it gives me the opportunity to build relationships around the school.

What was the best thing about being chosen as School Captain?
The ability to be heard and make a change within my year group and beyond.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
Math Methods, Spec Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
Mrs Wilkinson and Mr Haggett. They have a real passion for passing on their knowledge and that makes me excited for the learning in their classes.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The relationships that the teachers have with their students and the passion they have for teaching.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I would really like to see the junior and senior school start connecting more and for those students to start building relationships.