Curriculum

A positive educational experience challenging young people to broaden their horizons.
An education model based on the idea that each student has his/her own unique interests, needs and abilities.
Small classes, daily one-on-one support and flexible learning environments.
Horizons College believes that all young people deserve and benefit from a positive educational experience.

Introduction

The educational model adopted by Horizons College of Learning and Enrichment is based upon the premise that each student has his/her own unique interests, needs and abilities. Small classes and flexible learning environments provide educators with the capacity to tailor and pace curriculum according to students’ individual needs. Learning is highly personalised, authentic and meaningful. One-on-one tutoring is provided where additional support is required.

The curriculum offered supports the tenets of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

The curriculum is designed to develop successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. It has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills and will enable students to build social and emotional intelligence, to relate well to others and will foster an understanding of Australian society, citizenship and national values.

The following general capabilities underpin all years of schooling:
Resources available to the College include:
The College has a strong focus on experiential activities aligned to the curriculum. Staff consist of registered teachers, as well as qualified social/youth workers and other staff who work with the students helping them to address any barriers they have previously experienced to education.
Daily structure

All students are expected to arrive to school at 8:45am to allow them adequate time to commence 9:00am sharp. The school day finishes at 2.30pm Monday to Thursday and at 1.00pm on Friday.

Enhancing Our Journey/Assembly

Students begin each day with Enhancing our Journey/Assembly. It is vital that students are present for this short session which focusses on our PRIDE ethos and which includes daily ‘announcements’.

Communication strategies to inform the College community

Letters are posted to parents/caregivers at periodic intervals, informing them of any changes, upcoming events etc. Parents/caregivers are requested to contact the school immediately should any issue arise or they require information.

Middle School (Year 7 - Year 9)

Students in the middle school work progressively on subjects such as Mathematics, English, Science, Studies of Society and Environment and Art. Electives offered include: introduction to hospitality / horticulture / business / construction / car detailing, etc.

Senior School (Year 10 - 12 onwards)

In years 10, 11 and 12, subject choices may vary from year to year; however the aim is for students to qualify for the Queensland Certificate of Education. Subjects/areas of study are likely to include, as a minimum:

  • Vocational Mathematics
  • English Communication
  • Certificate II in Workplace Practices
  • Certificate II in two or three of the following:
  1. Construction
  2. Hospitality
  3. Visual Art
  4. Business
  5. Automotive
  6. Horticulture
  7. Hair Dressing
  8. Information, Digital Media and Technology

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