Learning Areas

Teaching and learning at Catherine McAuley School is structured, systematic, explicit, and frequently modelled to ensure every learner experiences success. Our teaching and learning is inclusive, whereby students engage in meaningful, relevant learning. We aim to empower and nurture our students who are thriving people, capable learners, and leaders for the world God desires.


The Australian Curriculum (ACARA) guides our daily work and is flexibly designed to develop:

  • successful learners
  • confident and creative individuals
  • active and informed young people who contribute to society

Across the course of each year, students access their learning in the areas of:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business)
  • Technologies (Design Technologies and Digital Technologies)
  • The Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Media Arts)
  • Health and PE

In addition, specialist lessons at Catherine McAuley School School include:

  • Expressive Arts: Music, Dance, Drama and Media Arts
  • Italian: Exploring Italian language and culture (changing to AUSLAN in Term 2)
  • Physical Education: Exploring a variety of sports, developing skills and knowledge



Subject Focus Areas

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority, the Australian Curriculum:

…provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the ability to see themselves, their identities and cultures reflected in the curriculum; and allows all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures, (Education Council, 2019).

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority provides opportunities for all students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by learning about the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Through the Australian Curriculum, students learn that contemporary First Nations Australian communities are strong, resilient, rich and diverse. 

Digital Technologies Education

Students should have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies. 

Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. They can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments.  

By applying their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources, students create innovative solutions. In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students consider desirable sustainable patterns of living, and contribute to preferred futures for themselves and others. They work independently and collaboratively to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to respond creatively to current and future needs and opportunities.