The College supports our Year 11 students through their academic, social and spiritual growth. Specific aspects of our activities focus on time management and establishing a balanced approach to senior study as well as building leadership skills and personal resilience.
At Monte, students are encouraged to be active learners and to critically assess the world around them. The dynamic and experienced English teachers at Monte strive to develop a love of literature in their students. They assist students to make links between ideas, knowledge and the world around them and encourage a holistic engagement with the intellectual, spiritual and personal.
The English Department sets high standards for students and our results are consistently excellent on External Examinations. A large percentage of students select the highest levels of English in Years 11 and 12, demonstrating a desire to engage with critical thinking and a real love of literature and ideas.
Our location in North Sydney allows us easy access to both mainstream and alternative theatres, and regular theatre experiences are organised by the College for students at all levels. Senior students are encouraged to attend live performances and events such as the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Senior School: Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Students may choose either the Standard or Advanced English course to complete for their Higher School Certificate studies. In both of these courses, students must experience and respond to a range of texts including poetry, drama, film and prose fiction. Advanced students must also study Shakespearean drama. In Year 11 and 12, Extension 1 English is offered to talented students who are interested in critical readings of texts. This course offers the opportunity to engage in depth with a historical period, genre or concept and to engage with a range of texts within this framework. In Year 12, students may choose the Extension 2 English course, in which they are required to research and compose an original major work under the supervision of a teacher.
Senior School: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
Students may choose to undertake the IB DP in the Senior School. IB DP English is a challenging course of study requiring a rigorous understanding of textual forms and features. The range of works studied includes world literature, canonical novels, poetry, non-fiction works and Shakespearean drama. Students read broadly and are encouraged to critically examine what they read in the light of their Theory of Knowledge studies, making links between subjects. Students complete self-directed projects such as the World Literature Assignments and are required to develop their own topics for presentation tasks and class essays, based on their interest, understanding and research.
Having experienced the many facets of Science from Years 7-10, students now have the option of choosing a Science elective to continue through their senior years. Currently, Monte offers four NESA Science courses and three IB Diploma Group 4 programmes. These include:
- Senior Science (Year 12 only)
IB Diploma Programme
- Biology SL + HL
- Chemistry SL + HL
- Physics SL + HL
- Environmental Systems and Societies
Students in Years 11 and 12 choose to study one of the following courses: General Mathematics which is a financial mathematics and statistics based course; Mathematics which is a Calculus based course; Extension 1 Mathematics, a 1 unit extension course; Extension 2 Mathematics, a 2 unit extension course covering Conics, Integration, Mechanics, Polynomials and Complex Numbers.
The IB Diploma Programme allows students to choose between a further three levels of study. These courses are: Mathematical Studies SL, a course focusing on mathematical modelling, Mathematics SL, a calculus course, including vectors and matrices; and Mathematics HL. All IB DP Mathematics courses integrate the use of the Graphics Calculator, allowing a focus on modelling with the increased access to technology
In Mathematics, technology is providing us with new tools to assist students’ learning. Research in education tells us the value to students of receiving instant feedback. Students’ laptops are installed with textbooks and their interactive learning objects, dynamic geometry software like Geogebra, programs like Excel spreadsheet and websites such as Mathletics and MyMathsOnline. Graphs and diagrams are no longer static and prediction, estimation, modeling and reporting are encouraged. Students are engaged and the understanding of and interest in key concepts are promoted.
The HSIE Department offers a wide range of NESA HSIE courses and IB DP Group 3 Humanities subjects. The teaching and learning of these courses/subjects are delivered in a manner that caters to a variety of students learning styles and needs.
- Ancient History
- Business Studies
- History Extension
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
- Society and Culture
The majority of these subjects have consistently delivered a College average that is ABOVE the State average for that course in the NSW HSC. The faculty consistently has GREATER THAN 70% of students in these courses completing Year 12 with a Band 5 or 6 in the subject/s studied.
IB Diploma Programme Group 3 - Humanities
The aim of all IB Programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help create a better and more peaceful world.
All THREE subjects are offered as BOTH Higher Level and Standard Level courses. The courses have been chosen to suit both the needs of our students and the ideals of the IB program.
French, German, Indonesian and Italian are offered at Continuers' Level for the Preliminary and HSC Courses. Extension courses are available in all these languages in Year 12.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
At IB level, students may study French, German, Italian and Indonesian (composite class), at both standard and higher levels, and Spanish (ab initio).
Year 11 students of German are eligible to apply for the annual scholarship to Germany (awarded already to 19 students). In the Senior Years, students are given intensive speaking skills practice with native speakers.
For Years 11 and 12 we offer 2 unit courses in PDHPE and Community and Family Studies (CFS). The PDHPE course involves students learning about and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status. It is also concerned with social and scientific understanding of movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.
CFS encompasses family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and student life experiences. It provides students with the opportunity to explore and form positive attitudes about themselves and others, to develop an understanding of relationships within the family and other groups, to learn to work co-operatively and to appreciate the importance of effective communication.
Design and Technology is an exciting course that allows students the flexibility to develop projects to suit their interests and skills. The Preliminary Course introduces skills and knowledge that are then synthesised and applied in the Major Design Project in the HSC course.
Students complete practical design projects using a wide range of materials and technologies. The focus of the Major Design Project is unlimited and may include the use of resistant and non-resistant material, computer technology, food technology etc.
Innovations and emerging technologies are investigated together with the impact these technologies have on the environment and populations. The experiences of researching, designing, managing, evaluating and producing expose the students to a process they can apply to their life long learning.
With the provision of a modern well-equipped commercial standard kitchen, Monte offers Hospitality Operations - a TAFE accredited course. Hospitality (Operations) is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Hospitality Industry through both theory and practical work. Students of this course undertake 70 hours work placement over the two years of study.
The Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students are provided with many opportunities to demonstrate their culinary skills. Functions include - the Sports Captains' Lunch, a formal 3 course dinner for Year 12 parents and their Homeroom tutors and High Tea for staff - just to name a few. Students are also given the opportunity to complete their Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Certificate and develop their Barista skills by completing the ‘prepare and serve espresso coffee unit’.
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College is united to being Christ in the world, to the Gospel values, to the Mercy tradition and the Mission of the Church.
As Catherine McAuley said, ‘We should be as the compass that goes round its circle without stirring from its centre – our centre is God...’
God is Mercy. Because of God’s Mercy, the word was spoken and creation began.
In the mystery of faith, we have the Grace of who we are as Monte, why we are Monte, what we stand for as Monte and the living growth of becoming.
The first word written on the Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College motto is ‘Religio’ “re” means “again and again” or “all ways”, ‘ligio’ means “bind to” or “hold together” so in a sense religion is describing our continual closeness to God, our centre.
The Religious Education Curriculum has a twofold focus. primarily, Religion in a Catholic College is a lived experience from the Faith seeking understanding of the classroom to the Liturgy, Prayer, Reflection Days and Retreat.
The Religious Education Curriculum also strives for academic excellence, student learning and the acquisition of knowledge.
In Visual Arts at Monte, we value student-centred learning where individuals are encouraged to develop their ideas, creativity and talents, whilst taking responsible risks, in a well resourced, engaging, supportive and caring environment.
All Visual Arts classes are taught in purpose-built facilities, including a large darkroom and dedicated senior studio, where Years 11 and 12 Visual Arts students are able to work independently on their art making. All Visual Arts classrooms have computers, a scanner and printers to enable all students to use digital media as an integral part of their art-making and art writing. Our excellent resources allow students to have experience in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, animation and digital media.
In contemporary culture, acquiring knowledge through images and communicating visually has become increasingly important. There are many opportunities for students to experience the ways that Visual Arts contribute to our lives. The College Calendar, Student Diaries and Visual Arts Process Diaries feature artworks by Visual Arts students, whilst our exhibition program celebrates the achievements of all Visual Arts students. Students also use their talents in liturgical celebrations, community and College projects and competitions. Visiting artists are also an important means of enriching the students’ experience in Visual Arts.
Our beautiful buildings and grounds, the North Sydney surrounds and harbour foreshores, including Berry Island, as well as our close proximity to the city art galleries, provide a wealth of subject matter and a valuable resource for teaching and learning in Visual Arts.
Students in Years 11 and 12 can elect to study Drama as an HSC course, or Theatre as a Higher or Standard Level subject as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
HSC Drama students develop skills and knowledge across a variety of different dramatic forms. They analyse plays, write critiques on professional performances and develop an awareness of styles in a variety of texts, including those of Australian playwrights. Students develop improvisation and play building skills as they work towards their self-devised Group Project. Each girl chooses an Individual Project in the area of Design (either in Costume, Lighting, Set or Promotion and Program), Critical Analysis, Scriptwriting, Video Drama or Individual Performance where the students perform an original or scripted monologue.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Theatre students study a variety of theatrical traditions, styles and movements from a range of cultures. Possible areas of interest include Indian Kathakali dance drama, Japanese Bunraku puppet theatre, Balinese Mask Theatre or western art forms such as Commedia Dell’Arte, Epic Theatre or Restoration Comedy. Girls who study the Theatre course are involved in a wide range of tasks including acting, directing, performing the role of the dramaturges, devising an original piece of theatre or engaging in aspects of production.
Monte offers five senior Music Courses: HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Music course at Higher or Standard Level.
Music 1 is a two-unit HSC course which allows the students to study mostly Popular Music styles as well as an option to cover more traditional and modern Art Music. Recently elected topics have included Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia as well as Music Theatre, Technology and Its Influence on Music, An Instrument and Its Repertoire, Jazz and Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Music 1 Students compose using Cubase sequencing software and Sibelius. They perform as soloists and as members of small ensembles. Thirty per cent of the HSC is an aural component through which the students learn to discriminate between and describe the musical concepts in detailed extended responses.
Music 2 is also a two-unit HSC course which takes the students through the history of western art music from 1600 to the present day and gives them the opportunity to study chosen topics such as Music of a Culture, Jazz and Theatre Music. Recently elected topics have included a specialisation in Argentinean Tango and Instrumental Music for the Piano Accordion. Music 2 students compose and record an original composition and perform live for a panel of HSC markers. They develop their aural and notation skills and express their musicological knowledge in a ninety minute written and listening examination.
HSC Music Extension, (a third unit), can be studied by Year 12 Music 2 students, allowing individual girls to specialise in the areas of Performance, Composition or musicological research.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme course allows girls in Years 11 and 12 to study Music at Standard Level (150 hours) or Higher Level (240 hours). Students study art music of western tonal tradition, popular music styles and music from many cultures around the world. They choose to perform, either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble and record recitals for examination purposes. Students research two contrasting musical cultures and present their findings in their choice of mass media, including a radio play, television documentary, short film, website or magazine article. Recent students’ Musical Investigations have compared Broadway musical theatre with Japanese Kabuki and improvisation in jazz and traditional Indian music. Students respond to a variety of recorded and notated excerpts and take on an in-depth study of a set work, currently Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas”. Students studying Music at Higher Level also compose three original compositions for their choice of performing media.