As a Catholic secondary school for girls in the Brigidine tradition, our curriculum is developed in the spirit of the Gospel call to live life to the full. We believe that within this framework of values and practices, our students, while being challenged to do their best, are also respected for their individual differences.

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Curriculum Overview


At Kilbreda, students experience a teaching and learning program that builds a sense of belonging and positive behaviours through participation. It is designed to provide students with a broad range of knowledge and social, personal and thinking skills that will prepare them for the challenges of life beyond the school gates.

We are committed to promoting students' self-esteem, resilience, physical health and wellbeing. Through an understanding of local, national and international contemporary issues, students are challenged to make meaning of the world in which they live. Classrooms are invigorated through diverse approaches to learning. Through research, problem solving and critical thinking, students are inspired to become independent learners, compassionate and engaged in life.

We provide curriculum that promotes excellence and innovation, allows for difference and responds to the various needs of students, while encouraging creativity and personal expression.

A wide-ranging program of sport, performing arts, instrumental music and activities such as debating and extension activities in the Sciences and Humanities cater for the interests and abilities of all of our students.

Curriculum Support

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Kilbreda College welcomes the most vulnerable and engenders a love of learning by enhancing opportunities for all students. At Kilbreda, we nurture ability and vitality by encouraging all students to find their strengths, expand their interests and develop their passions. Curriculum Support practices at Kilbreda reflect this by responding respectfully and positively to students’ needs.

Kilbreda Teachers

• talk to students
• listen to parents
• collaborate with other teachers
• meet with primary school students
• co-ordinate with other professionals
• continue to learn as professionals
• communicate their opinions clearly and fairly

Kilbreda Courses

• reflect the interests and strengths of students
• respect diversity
• incorporate traditional methodologies with contemporary technologies
• challenge learners
• consider preferences and strengths

Kilbreda Support-Strategies

• assess development at Year 6 level
• focus on transition and orientation into Year 7
• monitor students’ progress
• feature universal, flexible and inclusive teaching practices
• involve respectful reporting, emphasising achievement and progress
• focus on students’ self-esteem and developing self-concepts
• include support for Year 7 and 8 Maths classes
• incorporate homework and Maths-help programs (lunch and after-school)
• provide a learning-support elective subject at Year 9 level
• are reinforced by a broad senior-years curriculum

Kilbreda Supports Students Individually

• constructive and more intensive monitoring of strategies and development
• positive communication between home and school
• adapted and equitable approaches to homework and home-study
• individualised reporting with varied formats
• tutorial support for senior students in their study-blocks
• unobtrusive, individualised support in some classes

Year Level Overview

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Years 7 to 10

Core Curriculum at Years 7 - 10 provides students with a breadth of experience that enables them to achieve competency and confidence in literacy, numeracy and content knowledge in an information technology rich environment. In Year 7, two languages are offered: Italian and Japanese with students continuing with one of these in Year 8 and then as an option from Year 9 to VCE. The extensive elective program at Years 9 and 10 offers students the opportunity to follow their interests and strengths, and the opportunity to engage in the Accelerated Studies program at Year 10 if set academic standards are met. A select range of VCE/VET studies are available to year 10 students as a part of this program.

Year 7 Year 8
Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities Humanities
Languages (one semester each of Italian and Japanese) Languages - Italian and Japanese.
Mathematics Mathematics
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education
Science Science
Digital Technologies Digital Technologies
Art, Drama, Music and Textiles
Each of these subjects is studied for one semester.
Art, Dance, Drama, Food Studies, Music and Textiles
Each of these subjects is studied for one semester.
Year 9 Year 10
Core subjects Core subjects
Religious Education Religious Education
English English
Humanities Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education Mathematics
Mathematics Science
Elective subjects Elective subjects
Animals, Food and the Outdoors
Art - 2 dimensional
Art - 3 dimensional
Big History
Cosmetic Chemisty
Creative Textiles
Dance - Choreography
Digital Technologies
Fashion Design and Production
Fit for Life
Food Studies
Health and Beauty
Health Priority #1
Languages: Italian, Japanese
Managing My Money
Music Performance
Outdoor Education
Page, Stage and Screen
Shape of Things to Come
Visual Communication and Design
Young People and the Law
Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Food Studies
Human Experience
Human Movement
Introduction to English Language
Languages: Italian, Japanese
Medical Science
Inside Sport
Making and Breaking the Law
Mind Your Bussiness
Visual Communication and Design
VCE Biology
VCE Dance
VCE Drama
VCE Global Studies
VCE Health and Human Development
VCE History
VCE Legal Studies
VCE Media
VCE Psychology
VET Business
VET Catering Operations
VET Sport and Recreation

Years 11 and 12

Students may choose one of two pathways to complete their senior years at Kilbreda: the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) which may incorporate a range of VET (Vocational Education and Training) subjects or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Students are supported in their decision-making and in their transition from one year level to another.

There is the possibility of accelerated study, with students studying Unit 1 and 2 VCE subjects in Year 10, and Unit 3 and 4 VCE studies in Year 11 if academic requirements are met. There is also the possibility of including University Enhancement level subjects with their Year 12 studies.

Year 11 Year 12
Core subjects Core subjects
Religious Education Religious Education
English and/or Literature and/or Language English and/or Literature and/or Language
Elective subjects Elective subjects
Accounting 1/2
Art 1/2
Biology 1/2
Business Management 1/2
Chemistry 1/2
Dance 1/2
Design and Technology (Textiles) 1/2
Food Studies 1/2
General Mathematics 1/2
Health and Human Development 1/2
History 1/2
Languages: Italian 1/2, Japanese 1/2, French 1/2
Legal Studies 1/2
Literature 1/2
Mathematical Methods 1/2
Media 1/2
Music Performance 1/2
Physical Education 1/2
Physics 1/2
Psychology 1/2
Specialist Mathematics 1/2
Studio Arts 1/2
Theatre Studies 3/4
Visual Communication 1/2
VET Business 1/2
VET Catering Operations 1/2
VET Community Service 1/2
VET Sport and Recreation 1/2
Accounting 3/4
Art 3/4
Biology 3/4
Business Management 3/4
Chemistry 3/4
Dance 3/4
Design and Technology (Textiles) 3/4
Drama 3/4
Food Studies 3/4
Further Mathematics 3/4
Global Studies 3/4
Health and Human Development 3/4
History (Revolutions) 3/4
Languages: Italian 3/4, Japanese 3/4, French 3/4
Legal Studies 3/4
Literature 3/4
Mathematical Methods 3/4
Media 3/4
Music Performance 3/4
Physical Education 3/4
Physics 3/4
Psychology 3/4
Specialist Mathematics 3/4
Studio Arts 3/4
Visual Communication 3/4
VET Business 3/4
VET Catering Operations 3/4 (External)
VET Community Service 3/4 (Holmesglen)
VET Sport and Recreation 3/4

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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This qualification aims to provide the skills and knowledge to enable students to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education. VCAL supports students who wish to work in a more practical program while still achieving a certificate/s at the end of six years of secondary schooling.

The VCAL has four curriculum areas, called strands. These strands are:

• Literacy and Numeracy Skills
• Industry Specific Skills
• Work Related Skills
• Personal Development Skills

Subject Selection

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The teaching and learning program at Kilbreda is designed to allow students to explore a range of interests as they progress through the years. Various options are available. Starting in Semester 2 of Year 7, students select which of the two languages, Italian or Japanese, they wish to pursue at Year 8. In Year 8 they choose from the various electives being offered at year 9 and 10. Finally, they choose their optimal pathway through the final two years of secondary schooling. How these electives are broadly linked to later pathways can be seen in the Curriculum Pathways flow chart accessible here.

Curriculum Pathways

Religious Education

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Kilbreda College is a Catholic school in the Brigidine tradition. The spirit of St Brigid and of Bishop Daniel Delany, the founder of the Brigidine Sisters, underpins school life; Religious Education is at the heart of the school curriculum.

Students have opportunities to explore the Scriptures, Catholic beliefs and practices, Church history and tradition, Christian values and morality, and inter-faith dialogue.

They are encouraged to practise prayer and meditation and to participate in a variety of liturgies and rituals influenced by the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Students are invited to engage in reflection days and retreats, as well as to participate in a broad range of social justice activities and community building events.

The Religious Education program aims to help students reflect on their beliefs and values, foster their own spirituality and to reach out to others in our world, in short, to put into practice the Brigidine motto, Strength and Kindliness.

Social Justice

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As a Catholic school in the Brigidine tradition, Kilbreda College has a strong focus on social justice. There are various ways in which students, staff and families can become engaged with social justice issues at Kilbreda and therefore make a difference in our world. Catholic social teaching makes clear that the dignity of each person is of great importance and that we must work to protect the poor and vulnerable in our community.

The ongoing commitment to social justice at Kilbreda includes Justice and Democracy Students Forum (JDF), Indigenous Reconciliation, Stand Up Against Poverty, Project Compassion, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and support for initiatives of the Office for Justice and Peace and Kildare Ministries. In our commitment to justice we must strive to live a life that reflects the teaching and person of Jesus as well as reflecting the charism of our founders, St Brigid and Bishop Daniel Delany.

Creative Arts

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At Kilbreda College the Creative Arts are valued as expressive, creative and communicative experiences that engage students in critical and creative thinking. We strive to inspire and nurture a love of learning in our students by providing specialist guidance in the following: drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, textiles, garment construction, photography, visual communication and design and media studies.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts engage students in a variety of forms, technologies and processes. Students’ learning encompasses cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic and kinaesthetic dimensions.

The curriculum encoureges students to not only improve their skills in this area, but to become risk takers and critical thinkers, striving for excelence

The Annual Creative Art exhibition is an organised presentation which displays students' work from Years 7 to 12 in the areas of Art, Studio Art, Textiles, Media and Visual Communication. We acknowledge the talent of our students by exhibiting their work to families, peers and school community.

Kilbreda also encourages students to pursue opportunities provided by the wider community through competitions, exhibitions or projects such as APEX teenage fashion awards and community murals. This establishes meaningful links between classroom practice and its application within society.


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The study of English is central to the learning and development of all of us. The traditional elements of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing are just as important as ever when it comes to effective communication. The explosion of technology in recent years calls for increasing interaction with multimodal texts by our students.

At Kilbreda College we aim to develop confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens who are thoughtful and ethical and who see themselves as active members of society. English teachers work with students to encourage analysis, understanding, communication and the building of relationships with others and with the world around them.

Food Studies

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Food Studies is offered from Years 8 to 12. The subject includes the study of food and nutrition and covers practical skill development, using a diverse range of cuisines and a variety of ingredients. It develops skills in investigation, designing, producing and evaluating through the use of design briefs. There is an emphasis on the relationship between food and health, on safe use of equipment and on factors influencing our food choices.

Health and Physical Education

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The College offers an extensive and comprehensive Health Education program that is tailored to the needs of students at their various stages of development. The theme of the Year 7 program is Changes, where we explore and discuss ways of dealing with family and friendship issues, body image and the safe use of technology. Consideration of the physical changes that occur with puberty is also included. At Year 8, the theme of Right Relationships gives the students the opportunity to consider the ideas of their increasing independence, the responsibility that comes with this and their values. In Year 9, a range of women’s health issues are explored and in Year 10 the emphasis is on responsible decision making. Students can further pursue Health studies in Years 11 and 12.


Physical Education is offered from Years 7 to 12. Students are involved in a range of physical activities which include a bicycle education program at Year 7, a lifesaving carnival at Year 8, a cheerleading and self-defence program at Year 9 and group exercise classes at Fitness First gym in Year 10.

The Physical Education program involves a range of focus sports which take place over a three week period and minor sports which take place over the course of a week. Our sport and activities program is designed to ensure that students remain focused and motivated to participate all year round. Sports include: Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Basketball, Circuit Room (gym activities), Cricket, Dance, European Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball.


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Our Humanities curriculum is compliant with the current requirements of the Victorian curriculum (Years 7 to 10). We offer the disciplines of History and Geography from Years 7 to 10 and at VCE level we currently offer Twentieth Century History ( Units 1 & 2 ), Revolutions History (Units 3 & 4) and Global Politics (Units 3 & 4).

The Humanities help our students to understand the way in which people and societies have organized their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it.

The Humanities in each year level encourage students to:

• undertake a disciplined process of inquiry and research
• learn to question and analyse data through a variety of sources
• promote debate and encourage empathy and thinking about human values
• form conclusions supported by evidence about present and future challenges.

Extra-Curricular History activities

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Year 7 Koorie Heritage

Students explore the historical significance of the Flagstaff Gardens and visit the Koorie Heritage Trust and Melbourne Museum to research Indigenous history.


Year 8 Medieval Day

Medieval Day at Kilbreda allows students to immerse themselves in the everyday life of a community in medieval times. The customs, costumes, food and social standing of people from the lowliest peasant to the lord of a castle are all investigated. Activities incluse the ancient art of brass rubbing, designing a family coat of arms and learning sword skills.

Year 9 Big History Project

The Big History Project was started by Bill Gates and David Christian in an attempt to understand, in a unified way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, life and humanity. It is a course that covers history from the Big Bang through to the present in an interdisciplinary way. This year Kilbreda is one of twenty-six Australian schools undertaking the course.

Digital Technologies

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Digital Technologies is taught to all Year 7 and 8 students. Students in later years can choose electives such as Year 9 ICT and Year 10 Multimedia. Our aims in the ICT department include:

• building on the ever improving ICT skills that students bring from primary school
• introducing our students to a diverse and challenging range of ICT software (including Web 2.0, Adobe Suite, Microsoft and other packages)
• fostering ICT literacy and confidence in our students, so that they can use these skills in other subjects and other areas of their lives
• encouraging creative, collaborative and critical ways of thinking and working with technology.

With our laptop program and innovative ways of using technology, it’s never been a more exciting time to study ICT at Kilbreda!


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Language is the gateway to becoming better global citizens with a broader understanding of the world, its people and cultures. Learning a language enhances learners’ cognitive development through the use of analytical and higher order thinking skills and provides a context for critical thinking, peer-work, problem-solving and decision-making.

Kilbreda offers three languages currently: French, Italian and Japanese, though French is being phased out. Students study Italian and Japanese for a semester each at Year 7, and in Year 8 they choose from either Italian or Japanese for the full year. For students entering Year 10 in 2017, these two languages will be continued as electives through to Year 12. French will still be available to current students in Years 11 and 12 with it being phased out fully by 2019. Language students access web-based programs to underpin and extend their enjoyment of language.


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Hypatia (AD 350 – 415) is historically noted as the first woman of Mathematics, renowned for her work in mathematical study, logic, astronomy and philosophy. When your daughter starts studying secondary school Mathematics she will encounter a world of learning dating back to Hypatia and beyond.

Mathematics at Kilbreda College is taught as a whole class discipline. Students remain in their homeroom groups and access a broad curriculum that follows the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum. Your daughter will participate in individual, small group and whole class activities. She will play maths games and use interactive technologies that reinforce her learning in class. Students are subscribed to websites such as MyMathsOnline and Sumdog for online learning experiences.

Textbooks are supported by digital resources which means that your daughter can leave her heavy book at school and use a computer or tablet to access the text and other resources at home.

Your daughter will be given opportunities to learn in fun and active ways. She will be supported by her teacher and classroom support staff as needed. Our goal is to assist each student achieve to her maximum potential and for all students to become mathematically literate members of society. Who knows- maybe your daughter will be the Hypatia of her generation.

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Kilbreda College has a vibrant Performing Arts program that offers students the opportunity to explore, experience and communicate their creative expression through drama, music and dance. As well as being studied at the junior levels Drama, Music, Dance and Theatre Studies are subjects currently offered at VCE level where our students consistently excel and feature at Top Acts concerts.

There are also many opportunities for students to be involved in our extensive co-curriculum program. Productions include school musicals and junior productions, the annual dance festival and Christmas carol concert. There are further opportunities for students to participate in school productions in conjunction with St Bede’s College and in our opera program with WotOpera.

In Music, students participate in bands, string orchestra, small ensembles and choir. Private and small group music tuition is available for many instruments, including piano, voice and guitar. There is an annual music camp and two music soirees throughout the year to showcase our students’ musical skills. Students are also encouraged to perform at school functions, assemblies and Masses.


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“I heard, and I forgot. I saw, and I remembered. I did, and I understood”  Confucius


Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human activity where students explore the unknown and conduct experiments to make sense of what they have heard and seen, be it in the classroom or beyond. By investigating how and why things work as they do, students develop critical and creative thinking skills which will be vital to their development as high functioning and articulate members of this highly technological society in which we live.

At Kilbreda our students separate complex mixtures into their components, they dissect squid and chicken wings to see what lies within, they investigate how we humans came to look and act as we do and they use a range of technologies to frame and articulate their responses to what they have learnt. We believe that Science is an important discipline, the knowledge of which is an integral part of any well-educated citizen.