Subject Domains: 

Learning and Teaching

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The learning and teaching program at Kilbreda College is both dynamic and innovative, catering for the students’ spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical development. Students are challenged to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers and to develop a broad and transferable skill set. Opportunities for both independent and collaborative learning are provided and contemporary technologies are integrated throughout the learning and teaching program.

The learning environment caters for a diverse range of student abilities with specially tailored support programs and enrichment opportunities for highly able students. We recognise the integral role that parents play as co-educators of our students and encourage parents to be active participants in their daughter’s education.

Accelerated Studies Program

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Students who have demonstrated strong academic ability and excellent work habits may apply to study one of a number of VCE subjects offered as part of an accelerated studies program. This allows the student to undertake a VCE Unit 1/2 subject in Year 10 and continue with the subject at a Unit 3/4 level in Year 11.

Learning Diversity

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Kilbreda College has a well-resourced Learning Diversity Department that caters for the specialised requirements of those students who have been assessed or imputed as having specific learning needs.

Learning Diversity staff work collaboratively with teachers and parents to provide an integrated support network for students with special needs.  They recognise that every student learns differently and may require a more flexible approach. The Learning Diversity staff provide academic or program support that considers the student’s individual learning style so as to facilitate their access to and inclusion in the school curriculum through individual, in class or small group sessions. Targeted intervention programs are possible where the learning needs of the student have been identified by the teachers as requiring considerable support.

In addition to academic support, the Learning Diversity Department also supports students requiring further challenge. The focus of the department is on promoting the growth of the individual student’s skills and abilities as they develop confidence in their own ability to achieve success.

Compass Program

In Semester 2, Year 7 and 8 students with significant learning needs may be invited to join a withdrawal program called 'Compass' as an alternative to learning a language.  In Years 9 and 10, students with additional learning needs who are invited to participate in the 'Compass' program are withdrawn from one of their elective subjects.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students take part in a Levelled Literacy Program in 'Compass' which focuses on developing the skills that support reading comprehension. Strategies are taught through Direct Instruction and frequent assessment monitors the students’ skill development. The program aims to teach effective reading skills and strategies to locate information in extended texts to show understanding of material read.

In Year 10, 'Compass' students develop their literacy skills through a program based on VCE Foundation Literacy curriculum. This program is designed to prepare the students for skills required in the workplace and in the Year 11 and 12 VCAL program.

At all year levels 'Compass'  supports students in a number of areas, including organisational and time management, study skills, research skills and exam preparation.


Year Level Course Outlines

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Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, all students undertake a variety of core subjects and are offered a broad range of sequential learning experiences. Year 7 students choose two of the following languages to study - French, Italian and Japanese. In Year 8 students choose one of these languages to continue studying.

Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities Humanities
Health Education Languages (Italian, Japanese or French)
Digital Technologies Health Education
Mathematics Mathematics
Physical Education Physical Education
Science Science
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Semester Based Digital Technologies
Art ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Semester Based
Drama Art
Music Food Technology
Textiles Performing Arts
(Dance, Drama and Music)
NB: Choice of 2 of the 3 Performing Arts subjects.
(Italian, Japanese and French)
NB: Choice of 2 of the 3 Languages.

Years 9 and 10

In Years 9 and 10, all students study a combination of core and elective subjects. A broad range of electives is offered for students to select from. The BRIDGES Program is a unique element of our Year 9 program. Over the year, students undertake four thematic, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based units as follows:

BRIDGES to Change

Students begin their BRIDGES learning journey by focussing on career education. They have many opportunities to explore varied career pathways and develop tools, including writing résumés and applications, to support them in gaining employment. This unit also provides students with an understanding of their rights in the workplace and introduces them to taxation.


This unit allows students to explore the City of Melbourne whilst participating in rich experiential learning opportunities that are linked to many of their core Year 9 subjects. This unit also fosters independence and confidence in our students as they learn to navigate around the CBD in small groups and use the public transport system.

BRIDGES to Community

Students deepen their understanding of the positive impact that they can have on the lives of others. They are given the opportunity to reflect on how they can be active contributors to their local communities throughout their lives. This learning is reinforced through two days of community service undertaken by the students during this unit.

BRIDGES to Country

This unit develops student understanding of where our food comes from, food security in Australia and the many challenges facing our farmers today. Students attend a three-day study tour in Regional Victoria where they visit working farms and have the opportunity to complete fieldwork and data collection tied to other core Year 9 subjects. On returning to school, students experience working in a large team on an applied learning project of their own design.

Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities - Geography (Semester 1) and History (Semester 2) Health and Physical Education
Physical Education Mathematics
(Method Preparation, General Preparation,
Numeracy Skills or Advanced)
Mathematics Science
Health Education Compass Program*
BRIDGES Program Art
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Full Year Food Studies^
Compass Program* Languages - Italian or Japanese
Languages - Italian or Japanese Music Performance^
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Semester Based Textiles^
Art - Paint, Draw, Print ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Semester Based
Art - Ceramics and Sculpture Health Priority #1
Big History History: The Modern World and Australia
Café Culture Human Movement
Creative Textiles Humanities: Introduction to Global Politics
Dance - Principles of Choreography Introduction to English Language
Drama Literature
Emerging Technologies Making and Breaking the Law
Environmental Science and Sustainability Medical Science and Psychology
Forensic Science Media Arts
Passion for Fashion Mind Your Business
Fit for Life Programming, Gaming and Web Design
Food Technology Visual Communication and Design
Music Performance VCE Art Units 1 & 2
Outdoor Education VCE Biology Units 1 & 2
The Shape of Things to Come VCE Applied Computing Units 1 & 2
The Writer's Workshop VCE Dance Units 1 & 2
Visual Communication and Design VCE Drama Units 1 & 2
Young People and the Law VCE Health and Human Development Units 1 & 2
  VCE History Units 1 & 2
Disclaimers VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 2
* By invitation only VCE Media Units 1 & 2
^ It is preferred that the elective be taken over a full year, however a single semester is acceptable VCE Psychology Units 1 & 2
High achieving students may apply to undertake one of the listed VCE / VCE-VET subjects in Year 10 VCE VET Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  VCE VET Certificate II in Business
  VCE VET Certificate II in Hospitality
  VCE VET Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12, students have two pathways to choose from at Kilbreda College; the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This enables our students to choose the pathway best suited to their learning style and future pathway. A broad range of VCE subjects are offered and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects can also be undertaken as part of both the VCE and VCAL. There are four VET subjects offered onsite at the College, however, students can also access an extensive range of VCE VET subjects offisite as part of their academic program.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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This qualification aims to provide the skills and knowledge to enable students to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education. VCAL supports students who wish to work in a more practical program while still achieving a certificate/s at the end of six years of secondary schooling. See below for further information on our VCAL offering.

Religious Education Languages
English and/or Literature and/or English Language Italian (Units 1 to 4)
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - Year Based Japanese (Units 1 to 4)
Creative Arts Mathematics
Art (Units 1 to 4) Foundation Mathematics (Units 1 and 2)
Media (Units 1 to 4) General Mathematics (Units 1 and 2)
Studio Arts (Units 1 to 4) Further Mathematics (Units 3 and 4)
Visual Communication Design (Units 1 to 4) Mathematical Methods (Units 1 to 4)
Design and Technologies Specialist Mathematics (Units 1 to 4)
Food Studies (Units 1 to 4) Performing Arts
Textiles (Units 1 to 4) Dance (Units 1 to 4)
Digital Technologies Drama (Units 1 to 4)
Applied Computing (Units 1 and 2) Music Performance (Units 1 and 2)
Data Analytics (Units 3 and 4) Science
Health and Physical Education Biology (Units 1 to 4)
Health and Human Development (Units 1 to 4) Chemistry (Units 1 to 4)
Physical Education (Units 1 to 4) Physics (Units 1 to 4)
Humanities Psychology (Units 1 to 4)
Accounting (Units 1 to 4) VCE / VET*
Business Management (Units 1 to 4) VCE VET Certificate II in Applied Fashion
Australian Global Politics (Units 1 and 2) VCE VET Certificate II in Business
Global Politics (Units 3 and 4) VCE VET Certificate II in Hospitality
History (Units 1 and 2) VCE VET Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
History - Revolutions (Units 3 and 4) *The VCE VET subjects listed are offered onsite at the College
Legal Studies (Units 1 to 4)  

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands on learning program for year 11 and 12 students at the College. The program focuses on developing skills and knowledge that will be helpful for students in their future employment, study and life. Students undertake study of various topics and themes that align closely with the College values with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related Skills.  
Kilbreda’s VCAL program includes the following subjects:

  1. Literacy skills
  2. Numeracy skills
  3. Integrated Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills
  4. Structured Workplace Learning
  5. VET Certificate II/III of students choice (delivered at TAFE once per week)
  6. VET Certificate II Business (Intermediate students) and VET Certificate II Active Volunteering (Senior students)
  7. Religious Education
  8. Fitness
  9. Enrichment Day

VCAL students have a program designed to support their attendance at TAFE and their Structured Workplace Learning.  Students attend the College on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Wednesday and Friday are spent learning off campus with one day dedicated to their TAFE course and one day to their Work Placement.

Fortnightly on a Monday (Day 6) VCAL students participate in Enrichment Day.  This is a day spent on experiential learning.  Students may attend excursions linked to other areas of their curriculum or have opportunities to participate in short courses some on and some off campus that add to their list of qualifications. 

Students partaking in the VCAL program gain a headstart towards their chosen industry by enrolling into a Certificate II or III course at a local TAFE provider. Students who complete the full two years of the VCAL program can expect to graduate from the College with a nationally recognised Certificate III as well as their applied learning certificate. Students also undertake a range of short courses such as First Aid, Food Handling, Responsible Service of Alcohol and many more to enhance their employment options.

After graduating from the VCAL, students can pursue employment options, further study or other apprenticeships and traineeships whilst utilising the skills and knowledge they have developed and attained in the VCAL program at Kilbreda.

Learning Areas Overview

Religious Education

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Kilbreda College is a Catholic school in the Brigidine Tradition. The spirit of St Brigid and of Bishop Daniel Delany, the founder of the Brigidine Sisters, underpins school life; Religious Education is at the heart of the school curriculum. Students have opportunities to explore the Scriptures, Catholic beliefs and practices, Church history and tradition, Christian values and morality, and inter-faith dialogue.They are encouraged to practise prayer and meditation and to participate in a variety of liturgies and rituals influenced by the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Students are invited to engage in reflection days and retreats, as well as to participate in a broad range of social justice activities and community building events. The Religious Education program aims to help students reflect on their beliefs and values, foster their own spirituality and to reach out to others in our world, in short, to put into practice the Brigidine motto, Strength and Kindliness.

Social Justice

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As a Catholic school in the Brigidine tradition, Kilbreda College has a strong focus on social justice. There are various ways in which students, staff and families can become engaged with social justice issues at Kilbreda and therefore make a difference in our world. Catholic social teaching makes clear that the dignity of each person is of great importance and that we must work to protect the poor and vulnerable in our community.

The ongoing commitment to social justice at Kilbreda includes the Living Justly group, FIRE Carriers, Stand Up Against Poverty, Project Compassion, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project (BASP) and support for initiatives of the Office for Justice and Peace and Kildare Ministries. In our commitment to justice, we must strive to live a life that reflects the teaching and person of Jesus as well as reflecting the charism of our founders, St Brigid and Bishop Daniel Delany.

Creative Arts

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At the College, the Creative Arts are valued as expressive, creative and communicative experiences that engage students in critical and creative thinking. We strive to inspire and nurture a love of learning in our students by providing specialist guidance in drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, photography, visual communication and design and media studies.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts engage students in a variety of forms, technologies and processes. Students’ learning encompasses cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic and kinaesthetic dimensions. The curriculum encourages students to not only improve their skills in this area, but to become risk takers and critical thinkers, striving for excellence.

The Annual Creative Art and Design Exhibition is an organised presentation, which displays students' work from Years 7 to 12 in the areas of Art, Studio Art, Textiles, Media and Visual Communication. We acknowledge the talent of our students by exhibiting their work to families, peers and school community. Kilbreda also encourages students to pursue opportunities provided by the wider community through competitions, exhibitions or projects and community murals. This establishes meaningful links between classroom practice and its application within society.


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The study of English is central to the learning and development of all of us. The traditional elements of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing are just as important as ever when it comes to effective communication. The explosion of technology in recent years calls for increasing interaction with multimodal texts by our students.

At the College we aim to develop confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens who are thoughtful and ethical and who see themselves as active members of society. English teachers work with students to encourage analysis, understanding, communication and the building of relationships with others and with the world around them.

Design and Technologies

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The Design and Technologies learning area forms new connections between the Food Technology and Textiles subjects which share the core understanding and importance of sustainability. Depending on the choice of subjects students have the opportunity to explore issues pertaining to current global concerns such as food miles, wastage, biodiversity, sustainable practices, fair trade, slave labour and sustaianle fashion. In conjunction with the Annual Art and Design Exhibition, the students hold a Fashion Show, which showcases the work across various levels from their Product Design and Technology classes.

Health and Physical Education

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The College offers an extensive and comprehensive Health Education program that is tailored to the needs of students at their various stages of development. The theme of the Year 7 program is Changes, where we explore and discuss ways of dealing with family and friendship issues, body image and the safe use of technology. Consideration of the physical changes that occur with puberty is also included. At Year 8, the theme of Right Relationships gives the students the opportunity to consider the ideas of their increasing independence, the responsibility that comes with this and their values. In Year 9, a range of women’s health issues are explored and in Year 10 the emphasis is on responsible decision making. Students can further pursue Health studies in Years 11 and 12.


Physical Education is offered from Years 7 to 12. Students are involved in a range of physical activities, which include a bicycle education program at Year 7, a lifesaving carnival at Year 8, a cheerleading and self-defence program at Year 9. The Physical Education program involves a range of focus sports which take place over a three-week period and minor sports which take place over the course of a week. Our sport and activities program is designed to ensure that students remain focused and motivated to participate all year round. Sports include Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Basketball, Circuit Room (gym activities), Cricket, Dance, European Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball.


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The Humanities help our students to understand the way in which people and societies have organized their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it.
The Humanities in each year level encourage students to:
• undertake a disciplined process of inquiry and research • learn to question and analyse data through a variety of sources
• promote debate and encourage empathy and thinking about human values
• form conclusions supported by evidence about present and future challenges.

Digital Technologies

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Digital Technologies is taught to all Year 7 and 8 students. Students in later years can choose electives in Year 9 and 10. Our aims in the ICT department include:

Digital Technologies

• building on the ever improving ICT skills that students bring from primary school
• introducing our students to a diverse and challenging range of ICT software (including Web 2.0, Adobe Suite, Microsoft and other packages)
• fostering ICT literacy and confidence in our students, so that they can use these skills in other subjects and other areas of their lives
• encouraging creative, collaborative and critical ways of thinking and working with technology.

We are committed to providing a challenging, enriching and contemporary learning environment for students. Every student has a College issued laptop to enable ready access to digital/online resources and to develop their skills in the effective and responsible use of technology. The College is extremely well resourced in terms of Information and Communication Technology with a wireless network, data projectors/interactive whiteboards or high definition screens installed in every classroom and two computer laboratories.


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Language is the gateway to becoming better global citizens with a broader understanding of the world, its people and cultures. Learning a language enhances learners’ cognitive development using analytical and higher order thinking skills and provides a context for critical thinking, peer-work, problem-solving and decision-making.

Kilbreda offers three languages, Italian, Japanese and French. Students choose from one of the three languages offered in Year 7 and in Year 8, they choose one to continue with. Language students' access web-based programs to underpin and extend their enjoyment of language and can participate in numerous competitions throughout the year.


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Hypatia (AD 350 – 415) is historically noted as the first woman of Mathematics, renowned for her work in mathematical study, logic, astronomy and philosophy. When your daughter starts studying secondary school Mathematics she will encounter a world of learning dating back to Hypatia and beyond.


Mathematics at Kilbreda College is taught as a whole class discipline. Students remain in their homeroom groups and access a broad curriculum that follows the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum. Your daughter will participate in individual, small group and whole class activities. She will play maths games and use interactive technologies that reinforce her learning in class.

Textbooks are supported by digital resources, which means that your daughter can leave her heavy book at school and use a computer or tablet to access the text and other resources at home. Your daughter will be given opportunities to learn in fun and active ways. She will be supported by her teacher and classroom support staff as needed. Our goal is to assist each student achieve to her maximum potential and for all students to become mathematically literate members of society. Who knows, maybe your daughter will be the Hypatia of her generation.

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Kilbreda College has a vibrant Performing Arts program that offers students the opportunity to explore, experience and communicate their creative expression through drama, music and dance. As well as being studied at the junior levels Drama, Music and Dance are subjects currently offered at VCE level where our students consistently excel and feature at Top Acts concerts.

There are also many opportunities for students to be involved in our extensive co-curriculum program. Productions include school musicals and junior productions. There are further opportunities for students to participate in school productions in conjunction with St Bede’s College.

In Music, students participate in bands, string orchestra, small ensembles and choir. Private and small group music tuition is available for many instruments, including piano, voice and guitar. There is an annual music camp and two music soirees throughout the year to showcase our students’ musical skills. Students are also encouraged to perform at school functions, assemblies and Masses.


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“I heard, and I forgot. I saw, and I remembered. I did, and I understood”   Confucius


Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human activity where students explore the unknown and conduct experiments to make sense of what they have heard and seen, be it in the classroom or beyond. By investigating how and why things work as they do, students develop critical and creative thinking skills, which will be vital to their development as high functioning and articulate members of this highly technological society in which we live.

At Kilbreda our students separate complex mixtures into their components, they dissect squid and chicken wings to see what lies within, they investigate how we humans came to look and act as we do and they use a range of technologies to frame and articulate their responses to what they have learnt. We believe that Science is an important discipline, the knowledge of which is an integral part of any well-educated citizen.