Letter from the Principal

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Dear Students,

This curriculum guide provides you with course information about programs of study for all year levels in 2023. For students currently in Years 7 to 11, you have a chance to make decisions about your subject choices, with the opportunity to find your pathways to success.

Remember that you are the reason that the College offers a wide range of subjects and co-curricular activities to develop your many talents. There are a range of choices open to you as you select the subjects you believe you need to explore on your journey to identifying your own abilities and strengths. Through knowing yourself, you will become a citizen of integrity, able to contribute to your community and beyond.

This Course Guide will assist you in the course selection process and it is important that you take the time to read through it before selecting your course of study. Our Curriculum Leaders, Careers Advisors and School staff will support you as you plan a rewarding program that enables you to achieve your goals. Evaluate the information provided as you work through your selection of subjects. The subjects you decide to study are very important as you transition into Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12. When selecting Year 11 and 12 VCE programs, ensure you have selected the prerequisite courses you require to undertake post-school training. Seek further advice on post schooling options from Mrs Martin, Mr Cunningham or Ms Thomas, the Careers Advisors, if needed.

You may then ask, 'How can I succeed?'

  • Make your subject choices after careful consideration

  • Use your time productively every day of the year

  • Work hard and enjoy your learning

  • Don't give up

To be successful in your studies it requires you to apply effort and to work conscientiously to master concepts that you find difficult. Working on tasks you can already do will not develop your intellect. Working on new and challenging concepts will require you to apply greater effort and to think creatively, in order for you to master the learning. This is referred to as a growth mindset. All students have the potential to succeed if they focus their efforts, work hard and believe that a growth mindset will develop their ability to learn.

Marist-Sion College is proud to promote striving for excellence. We believe that the College Mission to provide an innovative education which integrates faith, learning and life in a welcoming community, creates an aspiration for all members of our school community enabling them to put faith into action, value learning for life and flourish as people. Life offers us wonderful opportunities. It is up to you to decide where you want to go from here.

Best wishes with your choices.

Ms Lisa Harkin