The Habits of Mind and 21st century skills do not displace the agreed upon standards of learning developed and adopted by the College but rather complement it. Regardless of the content of a subject, our boys are encouraged, and taught to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, to create and innovate and to be able to communicate and collaborate. These are the skills required of them to succeed in life.

As a BYOD college, we have implemented technology to enhance and improve student learning, while explicitly instructing students on how to be critical consumers and producers of information; to be responsible digital citizens.

Every student at Nudgee College is catered for through the rich and diverse nature of our subject offerings, our state of the art learning facilities, our Learning Support Department, our Enrichment Program and the various awards of recognition of achievement.

As a Years 5 to 12 College, we employ varying pedagogical practices and theories dependent on the age of our boys:

  • Years 5 and  6 boys are educated within our Junior School
  • Years 7 to 9 Middle Schooling principles and strategies are employed through our curriculum design
  • Year 10 is considered a transition year into the senior phase of schooling. At this juncture in their educational journey, boys are encouraged to engage in subjects that they enjoy and are a suitable step towards their senior subjects
  • In Years 11 and 12 students have the choice of embarking on an OP pathway or a vocational education pathway, depending on whether they wish to pursue a tertiary education, an apprenticeship or a seamless and immediate entry into the workforce.

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Subject Offerings

There is a breadth and depth of subject offerings that truly allow every student to find his niche.

Click here [PDF, 239 KB] to view 2017 Subject Pathways for Years 7-12.

Enrichment Program

At Nudgee College we aim to cater for the needs of academically talented boys. Enrichment encompasses school programs, extra-curricular activities and competitions as well as individual support. No one tool is used for the identification of academically talented students. Students whose talents match the programs offered are identified using a combination of data.

In Years 5 to 9 students are supported through extension in the areas of literacy and/or numeracy. Once a student’s area of expertise has been identified, they are invited to participate in extension groups held during class time. These specialist lessons are aligned with class timetables so students can work on related content at an elevated pace and depth. Teachers are also supported in planning to cater for the needs of these students within their classes. Students are able to streamline their learning in the senior years by way of subject selection. This caters for their individual learning interest areas. In addition to various challenging subjects, students in these year levels are offered opportunities to participate in various events and competitions, as well as early entry university programs. A number of  extra curricular activities and competitions are offered to students:

  • Tournament of the Minds
  • Robotics Club
  • ICAS competitions
  • AMC
  • Days of Excellence programs

Learning Support Department

The Advancement Department assists students who require additional educational support. These students are identified through the enrolment process, Years 5 and 7 diagnostic testing and parent/teacher recommendations and referrals. The support provisions include:

  1. In-class teacher aide support
  2. Small size support classes
  3. Modified Mathematics, English and Science classes in Year 9
  4. Modified Modified Mathematics and English in Years 8 and 10
  5. A diverse range of subject offerings at all year levels

Vocational Education and Training

We are very fortunate at St Joseph’s Nudgee College to offer our students various pathways to success. The Nudgee College VET Program not only educates and trains students in the specific skills and knowledge required for employment in various industries, it is also an option for students to enter post tertiary study through a guaranteed selection rank (OP equivalent). Societal perceptions about VET pathways have changed and it is viewed as a very viable and esteemed pathway for students in Senior schooling.

Further information on what the Nudgee College VET program can offer can be gained through an email to:
Lara Morgan
Director of Pathways
RTO code: 30498