Mount St Patrick College MURWILLUMBAH
New South Wales, Australia
About Mount St Patrick College MURWILLUMBAH
Mt St Patrick College is a co-educational independent Roman Catholic school in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales. The secondary school teaches students from Year 7 to 12 and offers vocational education as well as the standard academic curriculum.
Facilities include a library, industrial kitchen, art workshop, photography laboratory, music rooms, science laboratories, language rooms, drama rooms, basketball courts and a textile room as well as classrooms. Students also make use of nearby sporting facilities in the town. Wireless internet access is provided throughout the school and classrooms include data projectors, interactive whiteboards and video conferencing facilities.
Students are offered a flexible curriculum that allows them to finish subjects at their own pace. Life skills courses, vocational education, online classes and accelerated learning options are available. Acceleration programmes in science and mathematics allow advanced students to sit obtain their School Certificate and Higher School Certificate a year early. Core subjects include English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental Science, marine studies, history, geography and commerce. Music, drama and visual arts are offered from Years 7 to 12. Japanese is taught to all Year 8 students with further study optional. Vocational subjects include design and technology, food technology, hospitality and furnishings, computing studies, technics, textiles, industrial technology, technical drawing, information processes and technology and business and office procedures.
Mt St Patrick College describes itself as a “community of opportunity”. It aims to achieve high academic results but also to provide a wide range of cultural, sporting and spiritual experiences to students. The Catholic school offers a pastoral care programme and uses a structure of houses to encourage a positive learning environment. “We strongly believe that students must feel happy, valued and safe in their teaching and learning environment before they can progress academically,” the principal says.