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

Winter, Year 10

charlotteFor what year are you the captain? Year 10
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I thought it would be a great opportunity to interact with other students, make beneficial changes in our school community and build leadership skills.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Being able to contribute my opinion on matters of the school environment and community is the best thing about being a Student Leader.
What are your favourite subjects and why? The subjects I favour the most are science, history and mathematics as they are interesting, and I always feel encouraged to learn.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teachers are Ms Wilkinson and Mr mount as they’re always helpful and encouraging despite their different teaching methods. Ms Wilkinson is dedicated to her students learning and explains work in a way that everyone can understand, making it easier to absorb information and feel comfortable completing assigned tasks. Mr Mount is extremely encouraging, and his lessons are enjoyable and always leave students in a good mindset.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? The best thing about Mount Compass Area School is the small, supportive, friendly community which gives students security and allows for positive interactions. Everyone communicates with each other in a respectful manner and encourage one another to try their hardest and persist in reaching their learning and personal goals.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain , why? I would definitely recommend being a year group captain to anyone who wants more confidence, more opportunities or just wants change. It is a great way to make a difference.
What would I like to see change in the school? Within our school I would like to see more students interacting with each other across year levels and a wider variety of subject selections to incorporate different individual’s interests.

Charlie, Year 11

charlieFor what year are you the captain? Year 11
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Ms Dunn
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I thought it would be a good opportunity to become a positive role model to my fellow peers and voice opinions from students. I also thought it would be a good experience.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing about being chosen is that now I have the opportunity to be a great leader in the school and bring back student feedback to meetings.
What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subject is Art. I’m fairly good at Art and I like to be creative. PE is also my favourite subject because I like to be active and fit.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teacher is Ms Wilkinson.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  What I like most at Compass is that it’s a small school, it’s easier to get help from teachers and the teachers know you, unlike a lot of schools.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? I would recommend being Year Group Captain because a new opportunity is always an area to learn new skills and become a better person.
What would I like to see change in the school? What I’d like to see change in the school is faster internet, also I’d like to see smaller team games and challenges similar to Sports Day.

Mahalia, Year 12

MahaliaFor what year are you the captain? Year 12
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain?
Ms Dargie and Bu Jemma
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I became a Year Group Captain because I love to help people. I know how hard school can be for some people and I would like to make their time here just a bit better.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing about being chosen is realising that people think I would be a good fit for the job and thinking about how I can help.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I love all of my subjects. I just love learning and I think knowledge will get you far in life.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teachers are Bu Jemma and Mr Nizzola because they are not only great at their jobs teaching but they are amazing to talk to if you need help.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
What I love most about Mount Compass Area School is the teachers. You can tell they love their jobs and it makes it so much easier to learn, truly amazing people.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? I would recommend being Year Group Captain because you can make a difference and it can show you all the positive things you bring to the table.
What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to change how people interact with students and teacher. Students are there to learn and teachers want to help us. We need a more positive outlook.

Taras, Year 10

tarasFor what year are you the captain? Year 10
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because it means I can voice my opinion about the school, get more involved in the community and to help my peers.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? I get to make changes throughout the school and help make the school a better environment.
What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subjects are Maths, Science, Home Ec and PE because I enjoy them the most and get the best learning out of them.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mr Mount and Ms Wilkinson.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? That everyone knows each other and it’s a tight community which is always kind and helpful.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain , why? I definitely would because it’s good experience and you can learn lessons that can help later in life.
What would I like to see change in the school? Faster internet and more skill based lessons.

Nina, Year 11

NinaFor what year are you the captain? Year 11
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Mr Haggett and Ms Dunn
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I wanted to help improve the school and make a difference around and in our environment for everyone. I wanted to help to be a voice.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Being able to know that I would be able to make a difference and use the role of a student leader for the greater good.
What are your favourite subjects and why? Agriculture, mathematics and chemistry are my favourite subjects. I favour these subjects because I enjoy the information and experiences I take away.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mr Haggett, Mrs Edwards and Ms Wilkinson because they all have unique teaching styles, and they all make you feel very confident in what you do.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? What I love the most about Mount Compass Area School is the friendliness and family like environment, and also the change of scenery.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
Yes, I would because you have an amazing experience, you meet loads of great people and you have the power to make a change.
What would I like to see change in the school?
I would like to have lockers and change the way students and teachers interact as well as older students interact with younger students.

Zac, Year 12

ZacFor what year are you the captain? Year 12
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain?
Bu Jemma
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? As I have represented my class several times during my schooling at Mount Compass, I was very interested in taking the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of talented, driven students.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? It was an honour to be recognised as a leader amongst my peers. It’s fantastic to see that I get the opportunity to make serious change throughout the school, I’m excited for what lies ahead.
What are your favourite subjects and why?  Although the year has only barely started, I’m already enjoying physics. I get the opportunity to do it at Flinders with numerous schools, and I’m excited to get an insight into university life.
Who is your favourite teacher and why?  My favourite teacher would have to be Mr Haggett. He teaches some of my favourite subjects (physics and maths).
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  Some may consider it a disadvantage, but Mount Compass Area School being so small allows us to have one of the best students to teacher ratios in the state. This becomes much clearer in Senior School, where teachers will provide you with as much help as you need.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain , why?  Yes, I certainly would recommend it to anyone that is even the tiniest bit interested, even if you are not naturally confident, the role can drastically improve it.
What would I like to see change in the school? I’d like to see a much stronger emphasis on independence throughout the school. A strong support should definitely be there to support the students who need it, but those who don’t need it should be encouraged to solve their own problems.