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. Specialist Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics at Year 12 are offered through the ‘Science and Mathematics Academy at Flinders University’ (SMAF).
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

Amber, Year 10

AmberFor what year are you the captain? Year 10

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? At first, I didn’t want to become a Year Group Captain because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I then thought maybe I should give it a go and maybe, it might even help my confidence and communication skills.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Knowing that my teachers want me to act as a leader towards students. I also like that they trust me to make good decisions for the school.

What are your favourite subjects and why? I really enjoy Home Economics, Art and P.E.; this is because I understand what is going on.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? It’s hard to choose, but I really like Ms. Wilkinson because she understands how I learn and is great for helping me succeed.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? I love that I am respected by everyone and personally have no issues. It makes me feel safe knowing I can be around everyone and not get bullied or embarrassed.

What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to make the school look more welcoming to new students and family members. It is looking a bit old and there aren’t many colours. Once the new buildings are finished, I believe this will change.

Ella, Year 11

EllaRFor what year are you the captain? Year 11

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination to become a Year Group Captain because of the support I have from my teachers to be a good leader and help my peers enjoy school and make change to the school.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best part about being chosen as a student leader is having new relationships and building my relationships with my teachers and peers.

What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subject is Agriculture because it is the industry I want to go into, and I have a great teacher.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mrs Edwards is my favourite teacher because she inspires me to do my best and learn new things in Agriculture and support me in my work.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  I love the teachers and students that help me to do my best. I like the Ag course that the school runs that will help me with my future.

What would I like to see change in the school? I want to see the school grow and continue to support each other. I would also like to see the new buildings being respected and used well.

Joshua, Year 12

JoshuaFor what year are you the captain? Year 12

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I chose to take on the role as School Captain because it is good to have a say in the school and represent my peers. It is also my last year at school and I wanted to make it fun.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Being given new responsibility and having my name on the badge.

What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subjects would have to be Agriculture or Maths. I’ve always loved doing Maths and Agriculture is fun because in Agriculture you get to work with animals.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mrs Edwards would have to be my favourite teacher because she is always up for a laugh and always makes instructions clear and easy to follow.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
I love having small classes as the teacher gets to know you and your learning style.

What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to see all the new changes in the school and new modern sign out the front. I also really like seeing all the new reception students that will get to experience all the good memories that I have and can look back on.

Caleb, Year 10

CalebFor what year are you the captain? Year 10

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the role because wanted to be a positive role model.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?  Being able to change things around the school.

What are your favourite subjects and why? I like Maths, Science, English, Art and Technology. I really enjoy learning in these subjects.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mrs Wilkinson is my favourite teacher; she challenges me to go further and try harder.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  I like the relationships between the teachers and the students.

What would I like to see change in the school?  I would like to improve the mutual respectful relationships between students and teachers to improve the discipline in the school.

Oscar, Year 11

OscarFor what year are you the captain? Year 11

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the role because I thought that I would be able to make changes around the school. I also saw it as an opportunity to represent my peers with the problems that they face.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing about being chosen as a Student Leaders was the knowledge that the teachers trust me to help represent my class.

What are your favourite subjects and why? I like Maths and Design and Technology. Even though I struggle with Specialised Maths I know I work hard and will get the job I want when I leave school. I like Technology because I get to work and improve the designs I come up with.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teacher is Mrs Wilkinson because she helped a lot to improve my Maths. She is also really good at helping me when I don’t understand something.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  I like the small classes at Mount Compass because it helps the students and teachers have good conversations.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I would like to change the student car parking area. I believe student should have their own parks so they don’t have to park so far away in the mornings.