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, 2.5 MB] to view 2018 Subject Pathways for Years 7-12.

Enrichment and Extension Program

Enrichment and extension programs at St Joseph’s Nudgee College cater for students who exhibit outstanding aptitude and talent in various learning areas. These programs are an integral part of our whole-school approach to teaching and learning and form part of the College’s commitment to personalised learning.

The purpose of our enrichment and extension programs is to further develop the skills and abilities of our talented students by providing them with learning opportunities that challenge them. Our aim is to broaden the curriculum for such students in order for them to develop knowledge, application, thinking skills and attitudes at a level of complexity appropriate to their developmental stage.

These programs focus on deepening students’ knowledge, enhancing their learning potential whilst maintaining their passion for learning.  

Students who engage in our enrichment and extension programs will also be given the opportunity to work with peers who share similar interests, aspirations and abilities.

Enrichment and extension programs vary across the College but include:

  • Year-long extension programs

  • Semester programs

  • Ability grouping in certain subjects

  • Open ended assessment tasks

  • Individual and team competitions

Students who have been identified as gifted and talented are invited to these programs; however students who are high achieving are also involved. Student selection for these programs is based on academic results, diagnostic testing and teacher feedback.

Current Extension Programs

English Honours:
Currently available in Years 8 and 9, this course is designed for students who have demonstrated an exceptional ability in crafting and analysing literary texts and who are capable of working independently. Enrolment in this course is by invitation.

Delta Mathematics:
The Delta Mathematics Program aims to challenge students by providing them with additional tasks and investigations. Students who select this course still complete the standard coursework. Enrolment in this course is by invitation. This program currently runs in Semester 2 for Year 8 students and the full year for students in Year 9.

Year 8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics):
Year 8 STEAM is an elective subject, allowing students to experience the diversity that comes with integrating the five learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The course covers a range of topics and provides students with the opportunity to use their prior knowledge about real-world problems. Enrolment in this course is based on academic results and teacher feedback.

Year 9 STEAM Enrichment:
Year 9 STEAM Enrichment is a subject aimed at guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking required beyond the traditional areas of learning. Students who study STEAM will be introduced to an array of topics that will encourage them to persist past their limits in terms of creativity and quality of work produced. The Year 9 STEAM Enrichment subject is by invitation and is a separate subject to Year 8 STEAM. Students completing Year 8 STEAM do not automatically gain entry into Year 9 STEAM Enrichment.

Current Extension Days:

  • STEM Horizons
  • QUT STEM workshops
  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Junior GPS Day of Excellence
  • Religious Institute Day of Excellence
  • Write a Book in a Day

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