How will students with special needs be catered for?
The College will have a teaching staff member to lead the special needs department. There will be teacher assistants for in-class support and Learning Mastery sessions open to all students during lunch breaks.
What subjects will my Child study?
English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (History, Geography, Civics and Business), Health & Physical Education and Religion will be core subjects for all students in Years 7 – 10. In Year 7 & 8 students will rotate through four electives per year offering the subject experience to enable them to choose elective subjects in Year 9 & 10.
Year 7 electives – Visual Art, Performing Arts, Digital Technologies and Design Technologies.
Year 8 electives – Food Technologies, Robotics, Performing Arts and Languages (Spanish).
Will there be more than one language taught?
Spanish is the language offered at this stage, starting in Year 8 and as an elective in Year 9, 10 and Senior.
Will there be any agricultural subjects offered?
There will be an extensive range of Science related subjects in both the Junior and Senior schools. It is unlikely we will run Agriculture. Students interested in tertiary Agriculture should study Biology and Chemistry or Aquatic Practices.
Will there be a full Arts program?
Both Visual and Performing Arts will feature in the Junior school rotations and a full suite of Art subjects will be offered during Year 9, 10 and Senior. In addition a co-curricular program with specialist instrumental and vocal teachers will be offered to students.
Will there be a school choir?
Yes – a choir is a co-curricular offering of definite priority for both boys and girls.
Is there a cap for the number of students CMC is accepting?
Yes – During the development of new facilities, the number of students in each year level will be limited to a target that will vary each year until facilities are finalised in approximately 2028.
How will students on an IEP be catered for?
Students with Individual Education Plans will be overseen by the Inclusive Curriculum Head of Department with in-class assistance as required by Teacher Assistants.
The school is multi-level – will there be a lift for students with mobility considerations?
Yes – there will be two lifts-one in the main building and one in the triple storey block. As the College grows the school will remain All Access with upper levels of each building connected to the lift facilities.
Please advise what the fees will be for a year.
Approximately $1000 per term. Computer, calculator, ID card fees, levies, students diary and camp are among additional expenses.
Does the school expect to have the buildings ready to teach technology subjects?
Yes – The phases of building construction align with the increased facility demands of the curriculum and specialist facilities will continue to be built in conjunction with the curriculum requirements.
Do boys have to wear the tie as a compulsory part of the uniform?
Yes – formal uniform is to be worn to school Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and on special events. Sport uniform will be worn on Wednesday and Friday.
Is there a bucket hat option or cap for students?
A sports cap which can be worn at lunchtime or active play is part of the uniform.
Why the white sports shirt?
White for coolness. The material is low maintenance. No need for the expense of a separate House shirt.
Will the college have feeder schools?
Yes – logically southside Catholic and State schools including Sarina and the Valley.
What are the computing device requirements for students?
Students will be issued with a new Chromebook computer and a Scientific calculator. The Chromebook will be hired to students with an option to purchase at the completion of Year 9.
What are the House Names?
The House names are Yuwi names for a variety of Australian wildlife: Wura (kangaroo), Buyu (curlew), Imbuna (sandcrab), Bugu Bugu (butterfly), Bauru (turtle) and Berkum (bush turkey).
Will there be bus services to the College?
Mackay Transit Coaches (MTC) is factoring in transport to and from the College. The College bus stop is on Thorning Street.
When does Tuckshop operate? How many days? And are you able to offer decent gluten free options?
Catherine’s Cafe operates Tuesday through Friday open at both breaks. Gluten Free options are available through pre-order.
Can my child wear a 'Smart Watch' to school?
Fitness trackers and smart watches are not to be worn to school. While obviously very appealing, and at times useful, they are usually paired to an internet-enabled device and not subject to school filters. This presents real issues. A smart watch is a minicomputer on your wrist. Such devices cannot be reasonably supervised by College staff during the school day
(Medical exemptions apply)