We are dedicated to developing students who are independent, critical and creative thinkers, with a passion for learning and striving for excellence in their chosen pathways.Catherine McAuley College Principal, Mr Brian Turner.
In the senior years at Catherine McAuley College (Years 10-12), students select from a wide range of electives across multiple learning areas to give them the best opportunity to succeed as graduates, with pathways to further study, apprenticeships and employment.
In Years 11 - 12 students work towards obtaining the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Most Year 10 students take advantage of accelerating, with more than fifty Vocational Education and Training (VET) or VCE subjects on offer.
The vocationally focused VET subjects currently include certificates in Agriculture, Allied Health, Animal Studies, Automotive, Building & Construction, Hospitality - Kitchen Operations, Engineering, Sport and Recreation, Community Services, Salon Assistant, Beauty Services and Screen & Media. Innovative programs and building developments at Catherine McAuley College create learning opportunities designed to support the many different educational pathways for students.
Through community partnerships, students experience learning that is authentic and realistic. These real-life experiences are critical, for instance students learn about biology and agriculture in a working agriculture space.
At St Mary's Campus, the modern commercial kitchen provides opportunities for Food Technology and Hospitality careers. A purpose-built Allied Health area includes a simulated hospital ward for practical learning.
Allied Health is a major growth area and the College's iGen (InterGenerational Education Nexus) partnership with Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged and Australian Catholic University (ACU) will provide an entry into the health and business industries.
Through experiential learning, iGEN students will explore many employment and study pathways, while also improving the experience of the Bethlehem residents and staff.