Academic Life

Learning and Teaching

The academic life of Nudgee College is shaped by enthusiastic and highly-skilled teachers who are committed to bringing out the best in all of their students. This, combined with the rich diversity of subject offerings, innovative use of technology and state of the art facilities creates an exceptional learning environment where all boys are able to grow, be challenged and thrive.

To assist students with the selection of suitable subjects and courses, the Dean of Learning and Teaching and the Director of Pathways are available for consultation. They can help students by assessing their individual needs and matching those needs with the educational outcomes of the available subjects and courses.

Curriculum is delivered through the Habits of Mind framework, along with a focus on 21st century skills. 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 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, 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.


PATHWAYS

The College offers a range of subjects that lead to three senior school pathways, reflecting the comprehensive characteristics of our enrolment. Year Five to 10 boys study Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Physical Education. They also have the opportunity to take subjects in the Arts, Technology, Business and Language learning areas. Courses are designed using Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. 

In Years 11 and 12 boys choose a combination of subjects to suit their post school goals. General and extension subjects can be studied to qualify for an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) which is used for direct entry into university. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses lead to certification, work opportunities and further study in a chosen field. Applied courses provide boys with a balanced education to prepare them for work, further study and adulthood.

Religion, literacy and numeracy are foundations of each senior study pathway, around which boys choose from a variety of courses which appeal at a level of complexity to suit their needs. All senior courses and pathways are administered by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). Graduates of the College receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). 


LEARNING SUPPORT

A dedicated team of educators work closely to improve learning outcomes for boys with additional learning needs. Additional learning needs are identified at enrolment and adjustments or Individual Education Plans (IEP) are discussed and formulated so teachers can support boys in the classroom. Additional specialised support is maintained through a variety of education programs. Parents are encouraged to engage in a conversation with us about learning needs at enrolment and as they progress at the College. 

In Years 5 to 10 academically accomplished boys have the opportunity to enrich their learning in higher level English and Mathematics classes. Further opportunities to enrich learning outside the classroom such as Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) days, the Da Vinci Decathlon and Mathematics and English competitions are also available. These opportunities compliment activities such as debating, chess and music which also enrich learning.