- HSC SmartTrack: Reimagining Year 11 and 12
For the Whole of Their Life.
HSC SmartTrack: Reimagining Year 11 and 12
At St Philip’s Christian College, we know that every student is unique, with individual gifts, talents and goals. This means the traditional “one size fits all” approach to learning is not always the most effective way to support students as they complete their HSC.
At St Philip’s Christian College, we know that every student is unique, with individual gifts, talents and goals. This means the traditional “one size fits all” approach to learning is not always the most effective way to support students as they complete their HSC. In response to this, St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle developed HSC SmartTrack, a program that provides Year 11 and 12 students with a unique way of achieving the HSC, whilst also effectively preparing them to confidently enter life beyond school. In only its second year, HSC SmartTrack is already gaining the attention and recognition of educators from around nation as one of the most innovative and relevant approaches to senior secondary education in Australia.
HSC SmartTrack is about doing “school differently”. It enables students to undertake their HSC course in a manner best suited to their individual learning style, effectively preparing them for their future. HSC SmartTrack focuses on goal setting, collaboration, project based learning and 21st century employability skills, while introducing students to an adult learning environment. Students enjoy flexible learning times, an alternative school uniform, increased choice and voice in their learning, and time allocated for Vocational qualifications and on the job training, accelerating them towards their goals for the future. During their learning time in the classroom, Students are supported by their HSC SmartTrack Teacher, as well as a team of HSC SmartTrack coaches. This teams works closely alongside students to support them as they work towards their goals and pursue their passions.
In the HSC SmartTrack program, students undertake 3 core HSC Courses, English, Mathematics and Work Studies, delivered as integrated learning through practical real-life projects, and are not required to sit any HSC examinations. The remainder of the pattern of study is made up of Vocational courses that will provide students with nationally recognised qualifications. These qualifications equip students to enter the workforce, and create opportunities to complete further study at University. As part of the final component of their pattern of study, students spend one day per week working in a relevant industry. Students gain invaluable work experience and build a resume of workplace achievements. They apply the employability skills that they learn in HSC SmartTrack in a real workplace, and use the feedback of their employers and coaches to develop skills in collaborating and communicating in an industry setting.
HSC SmartTrack accelerates students towards their goals for the future. Whether they are pursuing further study at University, TAFE, entering the workforce, or commencing a trade, HSC SmartTrack provides students with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to step into their future with confidence, optimism and expertise.
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