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Providing quality education cannot be over-stated. Education is nation forming and must be responsive to the changing demands of our global and national context and condition.

Young people, more than ever, need to acquire not only knowledge, but skills of creativity and resilience. What our young people learn and how they learn it has direct consequence on each individual’s potential to be engaged, productive and happy in an increasingly globalised world.
The higher the level of education, being the measure of success of students in the “what” and “how” has a direct impact on their potential earning capacity in their post-school lives, and the extent they are able to take part in and contribute to the wealth and wellbeing of a nation. State schools provide education for the majority of Australia’s young people.
Mount Gravatt High strives to provide a curriculum that is relevant to the ideal of “success for every child”. At Mount Gravatt High our curriculum offerings in secondary schooling years 7 to 12 reflects the “Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians” (December, 2008). The two goals are:
 

1. Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence.
 

a.     This goal provides that access to high quality schooling, free from discrimination of any kind, is built upon broader cultural knowledge.

b.     Community partnership and high expectations for learning outcomes, an appreciation of diversity, and providing challenging and stimulating learning opportunities for students to explore and build on their gifts and talents should be evident.

 

2. All young Australians become:
 

a.     Successful learners. Be active learners who are:

 

a.     literate and numerate and productive users of ICTs,

 

b.     able to think logically, creatively and resourcefully to solve problems across a range of disciplines,

 

c.      students are to make sense of their world and their place in it,

 

d.     to discover, create and forge a pathway towards further education, training or employment,

 

e.     make informed decisions and be motivated to reach their potential.

 

b.     Confident and creative individuals.

 

a.     have a sense of self-worth, optimism, enterprise, values, knowledge and skills to establish and maintain healthy and fulfilling lives,

 

b.     be confident to pursue further education and qualifications; prepare themselves for other life roles and accept responsibility for their actions. 

 

c.      Active and informed citizens.

 

a.     act with moral integrity, appreciate cultural diversity and understand and value indigenous cultures,

 

b.     committed to democratic principles, communicate across cultures and work for the common good,

 

c.      sustaining and improving natural and social environments as responsible global and local citizens.

 

Mount Gravatt High faithfully presents both national and State curriculum authority subjects and learning priorities in the Junior and Senior phases of secondary schooling reflecting these goals:
 

       Curriculum connected to co and extra-curricular learning in four foundation pillars; Academic, The Arts, Sport & Community

 

       To better define both relevance and meaning of what our curriculum entails, subjects are gathered into categories of learning to ‘make sense of’ the scope and sequence of learning from Years 7 to 12 Students have ‘core’ (required) and ‘elective’ (options) subjects offered in the following categories:

 

• Language and communications

 

• Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (S.T.E.M)

 

• Creative Arts & Industries

 

• Health Sciences 

 

• Social Science and Enterprise

 

       The range and timing of subject offerings aims to provide essential or core learning, and

 

       Phasing in of electives that allow students to self-select specializations, choose complementary options and personalise and pursue pathways through and beyond schooling

 

       Curriculum content is assured to include authentic learning, higher order thinking, differentiation and creativity

 

Richard Usher
Principal