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

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

AmberWhat are your favourite subjects and why?
I enjoy the Sciences – Biology, Physics and Chemistry – as they are interesting to learn about and are relatable to our everyday lives.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
I struggle to pick favourites but the teachers who have impacted me the most are Mr Gramola, Ms Wilkinson and Ms Farquhar. Each have helped me throughout my schooling over the years by encouraging me to work at my full potential and believe in myself to help keep my options open for the future. Mr Haggett has also been great, using his spare time to ensure I am understanding each concept in class.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The relationships between teachers and students are fantastic. The teachers do not give up on those who are eager to learn which includes working during their break times. As you move up into the senior years, the relationships are much more relaxed and easy going which makes schooling that much easier. Their passion for helping students shows how much they really care. The benefit of having a smaller school is the smaller classes – especially in senior school – where teachers have more time to spend with each student individually if they need it.

What would I like to see change in the school?
I wish students would understand just how much the teachers at Mount Compass Area School care about us and our learning. The teachers are very supportive and I would like to see students make the most of all that is offered to us.

Ella, Year 12 - School Captain

EllaWhy did you accept the nomination to become the School Captain?
I decided to apply for school captain because I believe it is a brilliant learning opportunity and will develop my leadership skills for the future.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
The best thing about being chosen is being able to make a difference in the school.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subject is Agriculture, I am very passionate about and wish to find a career in Agriculture in the future.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
I do not have a favourite, they are all amazing and valuable to my learning. The teaching cohort at Mount Compass Area School is very supportive and help to achieve your goals.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
I love the connections students have with their teachers, along with the passion the teaching staff have to educate.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
I would definitely recommend year group captain because you are able to make a difference and be heard.

What would I like to see change in the school?
While I am School Captain alongside Charlotte, we hope to lead our leadership team and school community towards having healthy mental and physical health. To do this we will be supporting foundations related to the topic and run some sessions to teach our school how to have a healthy mind and body.

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

CalebWhy did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain?
I wanted to be year group captain because it gives me the opportunity to build relationships around the school.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
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 Hagget. 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.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
Yes, it is a really good position if you want to as a person. It is a very positive environment to be in and I like being seen as a role model.

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.

Charlotte, Year 12 - School Captain

CharlotteWhy 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.