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 - School Captain

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Why did you apply to be the School Captain?
I applied for the role of school captain because I saw it as a great learning opportunity and enjoyed the role of year 11 captain.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
What I love most about Mount Compass Area School is the strong connections students have with their teachers, along with the passion the teaching staff have to educate. This connection between students and teachers is seen throughout the yard and in lessons, helping to create a safe learn space.

During your time as School Captain, what would hope you and your team of leaders achieve?
While I am school captain alongside Charlotte, we hope to lead our leadership team and the school community towards having a healthy body and healthy mind. We want to achieve this through working with the canteen and organising mental health awareness and support sessions. A school community that is happy and healthy will create a positive learning experience.

Charlotte, Year 11 - School Captain

Charlotte

Why did you apply to be the School Captain?
The reason why I applied to become a year 12 captain was because I wanted to try something new, I knew that it was a huge responsibility but I wanted to show myself that I could go out of my comfort zone and to take the role as a captain. I found that it could be an opportunity to make a few changes around the school as well as developing skills that may help me in the future after finishing year 12.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
What I love most about Mount Compass Area School is how friendly and welcoming the teacher and students are. Mount Compass Area School is an environment that is always positive, and a place where you can feel safe and cared for every day.

During your time as School Captain, what would hope you and your team of leaders achieve?
What I would like to achieve by the end of the year in improving the canteen menu, by having healthier options and focusing on nutrition we will be able to provide food that is appropriate for a school environment. Having a healthy diet within school can have a massive impact on a child’s attitude to learning.
I also would want all year levels to interact with each other, as well as having the students travel out of there comfort zones and meet new people within school premises.

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.