We are very proud to be offering a new range of electives for our 2022 Year 9 and 10 classes.

Listening to feedback from students, parents/ caregivers, and staff, we plan to run a large range of highly practical, project-based elective classes for the Year 9/10 cohort. Each of these elective courses will be centered around a project or problem to be solved, requiring direct application of learning to contexts that would be used within everyday life or professions.

Some of the exciting new courses we’ll be offering include the Business of Cake Decorating, Bear Grylls Survival Skills, Photography, and Photo Editing, Philosophy, and Japanese-Inspired Furniture Construction. These are passion projects for our skilled staff who are all impatient to begin teaching them!

Each term, Year 9/10 students will be enrolled in two different elective lines based on their preferences. This means that by the end of the year, they will have developed their skills in eight different elective subjects and created a final product for each.

These products will be put on display for the College community in a variety of ways as a celebration of learning. We love every chance to build and develop our College community here at MNCC, and what better opportunity than celebrating the authentic learning and achievements of our students!

We will be running these elective classes as a composite of the Year 9 and 10 cohorts to allow for a broader range of choices and encourage students to build friendships across year levels. The topics taught will cycle every two years so that students will not participate in the same project two years in a row.

In Term 4, one of these elective lines will be left open for a student-driven project that crosses subjects and disciplines. This will develop soft skills such as communication, collaboration, curiosity, and critical and creative thinking and prepare students for starting the Research Project in Years 11 and 12.

2022 is set to be an exciting year for all at MNCC – we look forward to you and your family being a part of it.

Suzanne Reynolds Curriculum Coordinator & Christian Life Learning Area Leader.