We partner with families to enable students to become engaged learners from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our schools provide pathways for students to become successful, independent people. We offer access to credentials from the NSW Board of Studies including Record of Student Achievement (RoSA) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and ASQA Vocational Education and Training certification.

Religious Education

Mr Damian Roff
Assistant Principal (Mission) 
Damian

In the Diocese of Armidale Religious Education is the heartbeat of who we are as an education system. The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in Religious Education learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.

Religious Education reveals and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and of our Catholic Faith Story and Traditions. The development of comprehensive religious literacy enables students to enter more fully into the life of the Church.

Students are invited to respond in action to their learnings and be conscientious and caring citizens, who make positive contributions to our local and global communities. Celebration is an important aspect of Religious Education and the sacraments, prayer and liturgy are integral to the faith life of our school communities.

English

Mr Michael Wooster
English Coordinator
michael wooster

English is Essential! It is our major communication tool and the only compulsory subject in the Higher School Certificate. It is the study of humanity through literature engaging in Language and Literacy.

At O’Connor Catholic College we have a rich and varied expertise in teaching the six major aspects of English: Reading/Viewing/Speaking and Writing/Representing/Listening. These areas are critically engaged through: Novels, Poetry, Film, Non fiction, Drama, e-texts, Graphic Novels and Picture books, embracing a wide range of Australian, Asian and world literature.

Our Staff are highly accomplished and caring teachers with experience in Higher School Certificate marking. We offer weekly lunchtime tutorials, Debating, Public Speaking and Creative Writing for all levels and ranges of students. There are ongoing workshops in creative writing, poetry and HSC items

Mathematics

Mr Stephen Chapman
Mathematics Coordinator
Chapman Steven

Mathematics in the Diocese of Armidale provides opportunities for students to recognise the power of mathematical modelling and creative reasoning. Through inquiry and connectiveness, our students model their world, selecting and applying mathematical concepts to situations and problems as they arise. They are active learners in the Mathematics classroom, they take risks and learn from their mistakes. Students access appropriate technology to reinforce and enhance their understanding of the subject. They are appropriately challenged through a variety of learning experiences that develop and extend their skills and knowledge to work mathematically. Learning is differentiated to ensure equity to all members of the classroom without losing the integrity of the content. We support our students in making mathematical sense of their experiences within and outside the classroom.
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Mathematics learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.

Science

Mr Daniel Fittler
Science Coordinator
Fittler-Daniel

 Science is integral to our everyday lives. Its importance lies in being able to practically solve the problems of our future. In our ever-changing world students need to be equipped with the skills necessary to make decisions based on valid and reliable resources. Through the NSW Board of Studies Syllabus' 7-10 and stage 6 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Investigating Science and Science Extension students develop the ability to question the world around them and deepen their understanding, interest, and enthusiasm for science.

At O'Connor, students are encouraged to further expand on their scientific knowledge through participation in local, national and international competitions, workshops and holiday programs. We pride ourselves on being able to educate the next generation of problem solvers and critical thinkers as being science literate is no longer just an advantage but an absolute necessity.

HSIE

Mrs Cherie Stoessel
HSIE Coordinator
Cherie Stoessel

Human Society and Its Environment involves the study of people, cultures, societies and environments. Studies in this area encompass people and environments (human and natural) over time. Human Society and its Environment encompasses the Curriculum subjects of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship; and Economics, Legal Studies, Business Studies and Business Services. At O’Connor the HSIE department also includes the study of Indonesian language.
The aim of HSIE is to develop in students the values and attitudes, skills, and knowledge and understanding that,

  • enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity:
  • enable then to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

PD/H/PE

Miss Camilla Clydsdale
PD/H/PE Coordinator
Camilla

Skills learnt in PDHPE are essential skills students take with them for life. Through the study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education courses at O’Connor (which is mandatory in years 7-10), students develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes needed to take action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively.

PDHPE develops students’ capacity to enhance personal health and well-being. It promotes their enjoyment of and commitment to an active lifestyle and to achieve confidence and competence in a wide range of physical activities. Through PDHPE students develop knowledge, understanding, skills values and attitudes that enable them to advocate lifelong health and physical activity

All students in Years 7-10 study the following four strands during PDHPE :

  • Self and Relationships
  • Movement Skill and Performance
  • Individual and Community Health
  • Lifelong Physical Activity

During Years 9 and 10 students may elect to study Physical Activity and Sport Studies (PASS) or Child Studies

During Year 11 and 12 students may study Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE ), Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) and Community and Family Studies (CAFS) for the HSC.

For all courses a range of local facilities such as the Armidale Gymnastics Centre, Armidale Aquatics Centre, Sport UNE Sports Science Laboratory, The Armidale Hospital, Child Care Centres and Fitness Centres are utilised to allow students to participate practically in a range of physical activities and key unit concepts.

Technological & Applied Studies (TAS)

Mr Jon Hawthorne
TAS Coordinator
John

Teachers in the Technological & Applied Studies Key Learning Area at O’Connor Catholic College are committed to fostering students’ sense of personal achievement and abilities to:

  • understand technology through critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation,
  • apply technology responsibly, respecting our need for environmental sustainability, and
  • humanise technology through co-operation, sharing, patience and tolerance.


Stage 4 Technology (Mandatory)

Year 7
Currently the four Technology classes in Year 7 rotate each Term to experience Technology through different contexts.
‘Home Tweet Home’ Wood Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing and evaluating their own birdbox design using timber technologies. They identify the factors that affect the design of birdboxes and investigate the environmental and associated issues. Students use a range of methods to generate and communicate design ideas and further develop communication and presentation techniques.

‘Boxers’ Textiles Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing, marketing and evaluating their own pair of boxer shorts/pajama pants/board shorts using textile technologies.

‘Sheep & Wool’ Agriculture Technologies To introduce students to sheep handling and animal care and to encourage students to interact with one of the major local rural industries.

‘My Restaurant Rules’ Model-Making Technologies. This unit of work requires students to design, plan and construct a model of their ultimate café or restaurant, creating zones for all needs. Students are encouraged to use an era of time or theme as inspiration.

Year 8
Currently there are four Technology classes in Yr 8, which rotate every term to experience Technology through a different context.

‘Toy World’ Mixed Material Technologies Students will develop a toy for a pre-school aged child. This unit aims to develop practical skills, an appreciation of the need for a folio detailing the project, and the opportunity for individual expression by each student.

‘Picture Perfect’ Information Communication Technologies. Students design, produce and evaluate a cushion cover that tells a story ‘about ME’ or someone special in their life using a variety of fabric decoration techniques including photo transfer.

‘Cyberfood’ Media & Food Technologies students undertake a series of food technology tasks to generate images and recipes for their recipe web site. Media technologies are used to capture images of the completed healthy foods and these are downloaded into the designed web page using KEYNOTE.


‘Sustainable Mechanics’ Control Technologies. Using Lego Dacta, students to design and construct a number of different projects including a simple geared machine that can be combined with a sustainable energy

Stage 5
Stage 5 gives students the opportunity to choose TAS subjects that are of interest, at which they excel as well as being of value to later career choices.

Subjects offered in Stage 5 include:

Design & Technology
Throughout Stage 5 students will design manufacture and evaluate products that will meet a specific need. These will involve working in plastics, metals as well as wood to design stools, clocks and mobile phone holders.

Textiles Technology
Projects in Year 9 include non-apparel products such as a backpack, an art quilt and hand dyed hippie pants as well as the study of basic sewing skills, decorative techniques of appliqué, fibre classification, the study of natural, knitted, woven and non woven fabrics

Food Technology
The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.
Students develop practical skills in preparing and presenting food that will enable them to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment.
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Agriculture Technology
Agriculture Technology in Year 9 covers animal anatomy, preparation of cattle and birds for show, cattle leading techniques, knots, public speaking, presentation of self, compete in junior competitions at District Shows.

iSTEM
This School Developed Board Endorsed Course is an attempt to provide an innovative and imaginative curriculum which will inspire students to take up the challenge of a career in Technology or Engineering.
The course covers a number of modules in the fields of technology and engineering, including: Engineering Fundamentals, Aerodynamics, Motion, Mechatronics and the Major Research Project.
Individual modules provide specific content related to CNC, mechatronics, aerodynamics, computer controlled machining, computer integrated manufacture, product modelling and testing which will be developed in the key areas of; Skills, Technologies, Engineering Principles and Processes and Mechanics.


Stage 6
The practical nature of Stage 6 TAS subjects allows students to specialise in subjects for which they have a particular talent as well as often making a significant contribution to post HSC study or a career.

These subjects include:
Design & Technology
Textiles & Design

Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)

Miss Melita Roache
CAPA Coordinator
Melita Roache

O'Connor teachers use contemporary learning approaches to provide vibrant and engaging learning opportunities for all students in the delivery of the NSW BOSTES Creative Arts Syllabuses.

Creative Arts in the Secondary consists of six syllabuses;

Dance
Drama
Music
Photographic and Media
Visual Arts
Visual Design
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Creative Arts learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.

Creative Arts provide students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for a diverse range of artistic expressions in history and culture. Vibrant and motivating learning and teaching activities encourage students to explore their own creative interests and talents. Students enjoy opportunities to experiment with and consolidate understandings and celebrate achievements through engaging with a range of artistic mediums and experiences.

Miss Tonya McQuilty
VET Coordinator
mcQuilty Tonya

A students undertaking a VET course have the opportunity to simultaneously obtain both an HSC and a nationally accredited qualification for which they would normally have to attend a TAFE or Vocational College.

External Vocational Education and Training (eVET) courses are either Board Developed Courses, which may contribute to the calculation of an ATAR, or Board Endorsed Courses. VET courses give students work-related skills in a variety of industry areas. Students can receive a nationally recognised qualification when they complete their course.

O’Connor Catholic College has a Trade Training Center and delivers Certificate II in Construction Pathways, Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations), Primary Industries and Business Services.

For all Students undertaking VET Courses at school, there is a mandatory 70 hours of workplacement over the 2 years. This allows students to gain valuable industry contacts and apply their skills in a real work environment.

eVET
Students attending O’Connor Catholic College have access to TAFE and other privately provided vocational (eVET) courses. TAFE New England (TNE) delivers a diverse range of courses from Armidale and Tamworth Campuses some of which are available on-line whilst others are delivered face-to-face.

To ensure no student is disadvantaged, O’Connor Catholic College subsidises TAFE fees where an eVET course is appropriate for that student’s particular pattern of study, although there is a student contribution fee attached to all eVET courses of $500 per student to help cover the course costs.

For more information about offered VET courses see information below

Intoduction to VET

Business Services

Construction

Hospitality - Kitchen Operations

Primary Industries

Vocational Education and Training - Diocese of Lismore

  

Mr Glenn Watson
TAS Coordinator
Glenn

Teachers in the Technological & Applied Studies Key Learning Area at O’Connor Catholic College are committed to fostering students’ sense of personal achievement and abilities to:

  • understand technology through critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation,
  • apply technology responsibly, respecting our need for environmental sustainability, and
  • humanise technology through co-operation, sharing, patience and tolerance.

Stage 4 

Year 7
Year 7 Technology classes rotate through a range of contexts.

‘Home Tweet Home’ Wood Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing and evaluating their own birdbox design using timber technologies. They identify the factors that affect the design of birdboxes and investigate the environmental and associated issues. Students use a range of materials and methods to communicate design ideas and express their creativity.

‘Boxers’ Textiles Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing, marketing and evaluating their own pair of boxer shorts/pyjama pants/board shorts using textile technologies.

‘Sheep & Wool’ Agriculture Technologies. To introduce students to sheep handling and animal care and to encourage students to interact with one of the major local rural industries.

‘Café Express’ Model-Making Technologies. This unit of work requires students to design, plan and construct a model of their ultimate café or restaurant, creating zones for all needs. Students are encouraged to use an era of time or theme as inspiration.

‘FutureTech’ is a new context that has been added to Year 7 Technology content. ‘FutureTech’ introduces Year 7 students to the world of coding via the use of Sphero App Enabled Robots. Students undertake a number of guided activities such as navigating obstacles, races, Sphero soccer, Sphero golf etc. Students also learn to navigate around the obstacle course and program the Sphero to navigate an obstacle course culminating in ‘Showtime’ a presentation of programmed disco Sphero dance.


Year 8 
Year 8 Technology contexts include:

‘Toy World’ Mixed Material Technologies. Students develop a mechanical toy using wooden cams, levers, push rods etc. This unit aims to develop practical skills, an appreciation of the need for a folio detailing the project, and the opportunity for individual expression by each student.

‘Cyberfood’ Media & Food Technologies students undertake a series of food technology tasks to generate images and recipes for their recipe web site. Media technologies are used to capture images of the completed healthy foods and these are downloaded into the designed web page.

‘Sustainable Mechanics’. Control & Model Making Technologies. Students discover the enormous range of ways sustainable energy can be generated. Using Lego Dacta, students design and construct a number of different projects including a simple geared machine that can be powered by a sustainable energy source.

‘Information Communication’ Electronics Technologies. This unit introduces Year 8 students to a range of apps available on their iPad from search engines to Skitch to Google Classroom, Pages, Google Docs, Numbers, Sheets, Comic Life, from iMovie to Scratch. The Unit culminates in students writing, acting and producing an iMovie.

‘upSTEM’ In addition to the contexts delivered in Technology Mandatory, Year 8 students will undertake 3 periods per fortnight for one semester in a new course aimed at exposing them to future technologies and the relevance of science and maths in technology. Titled ‘upSTEM’ (unlimited potential Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) this is a co-curricular project established through funding from Sydney University STEM Academy and in an effort to improve student engagement in STEM subjects with the aim of improving the number of students undertaking studies in these areas in Years 11 and 12 and beyond.

Stage 5

Stage 5 gives students the opportunity to choose TAS subjects that are of interest, at which they excel as well as being of value to later career choices.
Subjects offered in Stage 5 include:

Design & Technology
Throughout Stage 5 students will design manufacture and evaluate products that will meet a specific need. These will involve working in plastics, metals as well as wood to design stools, clocks and mobile phone holders.

Textiles Technology
Projects in Stage 5 include non-apparel products such as a backpack, an art quilt and hand dyed hippie pants as well as the study of basic sewing skills, decorative techniques of appliqué, fibre classification, the study of natural, knitted, woven and non woven fabrics

Food Technology
The study of Food Technology in Stage 5 provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.
Students develop practical skills in preparing and presenting food that will enable them to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment.

Agriculture Technology
Agriculture Technology in Stage 5 covers animal anatomy, preparation of cattle and birds for show, cattle leading techniques, knots, public speaking, presentation of self, compete in junior competitions at District Shows.

Industrial Technology-Building & Construction
Industrial Technology-Building & Construction is a course offered to students who have an interest in, and may wish at a later stage to pursue a career in the building industry. Using hand and power tools, student will undertake practical projects and acquire knowledge directly related to house construction. All projects involve items used in the building industry.

iSTEM
This School Developed Board Endorsed Course is an attempt to provide an innovative and imaginative curriculum which will inspire students to take up the challenge of a career in Technology or Engineering.
The course covers a number of modules in the fields of technology and engineering, including: Engineering Fundamentals, Aerodynamics, Motion, Mechatronics and the Major Research Project.
Individual modules provide specific content related to CNC, mechatronics, aerodynamics, computer controlled machining, computer integrated manufacture, product modelling and testing which will be developed in the key areas of Skills, Technologies, Engineering Principles and Processes and Mechanics.

Stage 6

The practical nature of Stage 6 TAS subjects allows students to specialise in subjects for which they have a particular talent as well as often making a significant contribution to post HSC study or a career.
These subjects include:
Design & Technology
Textiles & Design

Mrs Jenny Roff
CAPA Coordinator
Jenny

O'Connor teachers use contemporary learning approaches to provide vibrant and engaging learning opportunities for all students in the delivery of the NSW BOSTES Creative Arts Syllabuses.

Creative Arts in the Secondary consists of six syllabuses;

Dance
Drama
Music
Photographic and Media
Visual Arts
Visual Design
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Creative Arts learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.

Creative Arts provide students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for a diverse range of artistic expressions in history and culture. Vibrant and motivating learning and teaching activities encourage students to explore their own creative interests and talents. Students enjoy opportunities to experiment with and consolidate understandings and celebrate achievements through engaging with a range of artistic mediums and experiences.

Mrs Lilly Moar
VET Coordinator
Moar Lilly

A students undertaking a VET course have the opportunity to simultaneously obtain both an HSC and a nationally accredited qualification for which they would normally have to attend a TAFE College.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are either Board Developed Courses, which may contribute to the calculation of an ATAR, or Board Endorsed Courses. VET courses give students work-related skills in a variety of industry areas. Students can receive a nationally recognised qualification when they complete their course.
The recently completed O’Connor Catholic College Trade Training Centre delivers Certificate II in Construction Pathways and Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations).
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Hospitality
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (QUALIFICATION CODE: SIT20312)

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is offered as a stage 6 elective. It is a dual qualification, students completing the 2 year course can receive the nationally recognized qualification in addition to counting 2 units of ATAR points as part of the 10 units required for the Higher School Certificate.

In 2015/2016 the units of competency studied are as follows

SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA201 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXWHS101 Participate in safe work practices
SITHKOP101 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHCCC101 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC102 Prepare simple dishes
SITHFAB204 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHCCC202 Produce appetisers and salads
SITHCCC103 Prepare sandwiches
SITHIND201 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
BSBWOR203B Work effectively with others
SITHCCC201 Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC207 Use cookery skills effectively
SITXINV202

Maintain the quality of perishable items

 

For more information on the qualifications of this subject, see the link here to the Board of Studies web site

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There is a requirement for students to participate in 70 hrs of workplacement over the 2 years. A students current paid work can contribute to these hours.  Students will engage in food preparation sessions each week. A fee is payable to cover the cost of consumables. All equipment is provided by the school although students will need to provide their own uniform.
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There are opportunities for participation in the Seaworld Nara Resort Hotel School, running catering functions and working in the Wholly Bean Café.

Focus Magazine article on the wholly bean.
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O’Connor also offers Certificate II in Business Services. O’Connor’s Business Services students have won the prestigious Australian Vocational Student Prize in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012
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Students of recently added VET subject Primary Industries, are able to take advantage of the already well established O’Connor Agriculture Farm which is being upgraded to meet requirements of this subject.


TVET
Students attending O’Connor Catholic College have access to TAFE VET (TVET) courses. TAFE New England (TNE) delivers a diverse range of courses from Armidale and Tamworth Campuses some of which are available on-line whilst others are delivered face-to-face.
To ensure no student is disadvantaged, O’Connor Catholic College subsidizes TAFE fees where a TVET course is appropriate for that student’s particular pattern of study.

Mr Jon Hawthorne
TAS Coordinator
John

Teachers in the Technological & Applied Studies Key Learning Area at O’Connor Catholic College are committed to fostering students’ sense of personal achievement and abilities to:

  • understand technology through critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation,
  • apply technology responsibly, respecting our need for environmental sustainability, and
  • humanise technology through co-operation, sharing, patience and tolerance.


Stage 4 Technology (Mandatory)

Year 7
Currently the four Technology classes in Year 7 rotate each Term to experience Technology through different contexts.
‘Home Tweet Home’ Wood Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing and evaluating their own birdbox design using timber technologies. They identify the factors that affect the design of birdboxes and investigate the environmental and associated issues. Students use a range of methods to generate and communicate design ideas and further develop communication and presentation techniques.

‘Boxers’ Textiles Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing, marketing and evaluating their own pair of boxer shorts/pajama pants/board shorts using textile technologies.

‘Sheep & Wool’ Agriculture Technologies To introduce students to sheep handling and animal care and to encourage students to interact with one of the major local rural industries.

‘My Restaurant Rules’ Model-Making Technologies. This unit of work requires students to design, plan and construct a model of their ultimate café or restaurant, creating zones for all needs. Students are encouraged to use an era of time or theme as inspiration.

Year 8
Currently there are four Technology classes in Yr 8, which rotate every term to experience Technology through a different context.

‘Toy World’ Mixed Material Technologies Students will develop a toy for a pre-school aged child. This unit aims to develop practical skills, an appreciation of the need for a folio detailing the project, and the opportunity for individual expression by each student.

‘Picture Perfect’ Information Communication Technologies. Students design, produce and evaluate a cushion cover that tells a story ‘about ME’ or someone special in their life using a variety of fabric decoration techniques including photo transfer.

‘Cyberfood’ Media & Food Technologies students undertake a series of food technology tasks to generate images and recipes for their recipe web site. Media technologies are used to capture images of the completed healthy foods and these are downloaded into the designed web page using KEYNOTE.


‘Sustainable Mechanics’ Control Technologies. Using Lego Dacta, students to design and construct a number of different projects including a simple geared machine that can be combined with a sustainable energy

Stage 5
Stage 5 gives students the opportunity to choose TAS subjects that are of interest, at which they excel as well as being of value to later career choices.

Subjects offered in Stage 5 include:

Design & Technology
Throughout Stage 5 students will design manufacture and evaluate products that will meet a specific need. These will involve working in plastics, metals as well as wood to design stools, clocks and mobile phone holders.

Textiles Technology
Projects in Year 9 include non-apparel products such as a backpack, an art quilt and hand dyed hippie pants as well as the study of basic sewing skills, decorative techniques of appliqué, fibre classification, the study of natural, knitted, woven and non woven fabrics

Food Technology
The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.
Students develop practical skills in preparing and presenting food that will enable them to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment.
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Agriculture Technology
Agriculture Technology in Year 9 covers animal anatomy, preparation of cattle and birds for show, cattle leading techniques, knots, public speaking, presentation of self, compete in junior competitions at District Shows.

iSTEM
This School Developed Board Endorsed Course is an attempt to provide an innovative and imaginative curriculum which will inspire students to take up the challenge of a career in Technology or Engineering.
The course covers a number of modules in the fields of technology and engineering, including: Engineering Fundamentals, Aerodynamics, Motion, Mechatronics and the Major Research Project.
Individual modules provide specific content related to CNC, mechatronics, aerodynamics, computer controlled machining, computer integrated manufacture, product modelling and testing which will be developed in the key areas of; Skills, Technologies, Engineering Principles and Processes and Mechanics.


Stage 6
The practical nature of Stage 6 TAS subjects allows students to specialise in subjects for which they have a particular talent as well as often making a significant contribution to post HSC study or a career.

These subjects include:
Design & Technology
Textiles & Design

Mis Ellen Newberry
HSIE Coordinator
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Human Society and Its Environment involves the study of people, cultures, societies and environments. Studies in this area encompass people and environments (human and natural) over time. Human Society and its Environment encompasses the Curriculum subjects of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship; and Economics, Legal Studies, Business Studies and Business Services. At O’Connor the HSIE department also includes the study of Indonesian language.
The aim of HSIE is to develop in students the values and attitudes, skills, and knowledge and understanding that,

  • enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity:
  • enable then to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

Ms Susan McLeod
English Coordinator
McLeod Mrs Susan

English is Essential! It is our major communication tool and the only compulsory subject in the Higher School Certificate. It is the study of humanity through literature engaging in Language and Literacy.

At O’Connor Catholic College we have a rich and varied expertise in teaching the six major aspects of English: Reading/Viewing/Speaking and Writing/Representing/Listening. These areas are critically engaged through: Novels, Poetry, Film, Non fiction, Drama, e-texts, Graphic Novels and Picture books, embracing a wide range of Australian, Asian and world literature.

Our Staff are highly accomplished and caring teachers with experience in Higher School Certificate marking. We offer weekly lunchtime tutorials, Debating, Public Speaking and Creative Writing for all levels and ranges of students. There are ongoing workshops in creative writing, poetry and HSC items.

Mrs Susan McLeod 
English Coordinator.

Mr Damian Roff
Assistant Principal (Mission) 
Damian

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The Religious Education Faculty meets the challenge and the vision of education in a faith perspective.


At O’Connor we teach the Diocesan Religious Education curriculum as mandated by Bishop Michael Kennedy of Armidale. 
Religious Education is a mandatory course of study where the learner is given formal and informal opportunities to grow in wisdom and faith. 
This is achieved through the curriculum, liturgy and the retreat program.

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The goal for which we strive is that students being educated in our parish schools will mature in their understanding and practice of the faith of the Catholic Church in the areas of Knowledge, Worship and Christian Living (To Know, Worship and Love).

Religious Education participates in the Church’s mission of evangelisation, to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ. Religious Education also participates in the Church’s mission of catechesis, to hand on and share faith within the community of believers.

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The Religious Education Department provides collaborative learning experiences that provide students and teachers with the opportunity to explore, experiment and be challenged in their thinking. Students are engaged in problem solving and critical thinking that encourages them to work creatively, developing skills and resilience. This enables them to use knowledge effectively, develop skills and gain deeper understandings of both the Catholic tradition and other religious traditions.

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List of subjects offered in this KLA

  • Year 7 – 10 Catholic Studies
  • Year 11 Studies of Religion 1 unit
  • Studies of Religion 2 unit
  • Studies in Catholic Thought 1 unit
  • Year 12 Studies of Religion 1 unit
  • Studies of Religion 2 unit
  • Catholic Studies 1 unit
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Mrs Ruth Patrick
PDH/PE Coordinator
Ruth

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education program at O’Connor promotes physical, social and emotional development of our students. The program is compulsory for Year 7 -10 and encourages students to develop full participation in physical activity whilst developing self-confidence and an understanding of lifestyle choices.
We begin in Year 7 with fundamental motor skills and progress through to the HSC where the complex issues of community health and improving performance are studied.

Strands studied are,

  • Self and Relationships
  • Movement Skill and Performance
  • Individual and Community Health
  • Lifelong Physical Activity

These are integrated with skills in communicating, decision making, problem solving, moving and planning.

Students at O'Connor in Year 9 and 10 may elect to study Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) the program’s content is organised in modules within the following three Areas of Study,

  • Foundations of Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity and Sport in Society
  • Enhancing Participation and Performance

In the Senior years students may study PDHPE and Community and Family Studies (CAFS) for the HSC. Course modules studied in PDHPE are,

  • Better Health for Individuals
  • The body in Motion
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Improving performance

Modules studied in CAFS during the Preliminary Year are,

  • Resource Management
  • Individuals and Groups
  • Families and Communities

The HSC studies are Research Methodology, Groups in Context, Parenting and Caring and The Individual and Work
Sport Leisure and Recreation (SLR) in Year 11 Areas of study include,

  • Aquatics
  • First Aid and Sports Injuries
  • Games and Sports Application


Excursions are run in conjunction with studies. The City to Surf provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge.
Outdoor camp experiences in senior years to Pindari dam.
Use of the local facilities such as the Armidale Gymnastics Centre, Armidale Aquatics Centre, Sport UNE and Fitness Centre as well as Armidale Indoor Sport and recreation allows students to participate in a range of physical activities.

Mr Stephen Chapman
Mathematics Coordinator
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Most well dressed man Armidale Cup 2017

Mathematics: The only subject that counts

Introduction

The wonderful and useful subject of Mathematics is well covered at O’Connor Catholic College. We have a full curriculum, well-qualified and enthusiastic teachers, excellent resources and an effective learning environment in each classroom.

Stephen Chapman

Mathematics Coordinator

Mr Mitchell Smidt
Science Coordinator
Mitchel

Science is integral to our lives and is an ever increasing field in today’s society. Students develop a sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them through their understanding, interest in and enthusiasm for science. They need to be equipped with the skills necessary to make decisions based on valid and reliable sources. In our ever-changing world the role of Science and Technology, delivered in our school through the NSW Board of Studies Syllabuses Science (7 – 10) and Biology, Chemistry Physics and Senior Science (Year 11 -12), are of utmost importance. The Science curriculum is based on an inquiry model and involves students and teachers planning, performing and evaluating solutions to the big questions that effect our world.

The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Science learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.

Mrs Elizabeth Simpson
Assistant Principal (Learning)
Fleming Simon

O'Connor Catholic College offers a broad curriculum seeking to develop the talents of all students. The curriculum follows the mandated courses determined by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as well as providing flexibility through a range of elective subjects. In keeping with the fundamental existence of the College, Religious Education is compulsory in all Years.

The College is accredited by the NESA to issue the ROSA (Record of School Achievement) and the HSC (Higher School Certificate).

As well as providing a diverse range of subjects for students to study, the College also caters for the needs of individual students through a specialised student support department. This incorporates enrichment and tutoring for students who may need additional support for their learning. 

Years 7 and 8 – Stage 4
Students study the mandatory NESA courses: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Visual Arts, Music and PDHPE. In Year 7 students study French as the mandatory language and Religious Education is studied in each year.


Years 9-10 – Stage 5
In addition to the mandatory courses of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE, students may choose two elective courses to study for the two years. Courses commonly offered are: Commerce, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Agriculture, Textiles and Physical Activity, Sports Studies and STEM (Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


Years 11-12 Stage 6
Students prepare for the Higher School Certificate in these two years. A wide range of courses are offered, including: English to Extension 2, Mathematics to Extension 2, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Senior Science, Modern History, Ancient History, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion, Catholic Studies, PDHPE, Community and Family Studies, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Textiles, and Design and Technology. Exactly which courses run in a given year is dependent on the number of students electing each course. We also run an extensive VET program that includes the opportunity for students to gain a level 2 certificate in Business Services, Hospitality, Construction and Primary Industries.

Other Educational Opportunities
If a student in Stage 5 or 6 has a strong desire to study a course that is not running at O’Connor, the course may be undertaken by Distance Education. Extra costs are involved for this. Many students are also electing to do TAFE courses whilst studying for their HSC.

The Homework centre is also opened Monday through to Wednesday afternoons until 4:30 in the Library. This is supported by support staff and teaching staff. 

Below are links to homework and Assessment Policies for all years, and the elective subjects that the College offers students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

All Homework, Assessment Policies and Booklets

Record of Student Achievement 

Additional information