The curriculum, designed by BOSTES, is implemented by the Key Learning Areas within the College. This includes;

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Creative Arts (CA)
  • Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Technical and Applied Sciences (TAS)
  • Languages Other than English (LOTE) and
  • Learning Technologies.

These Key Learning Areas (KLAs) offer a variety of subjects and levels of learning. The purpose of this site is to provide an overview of the variety of subjects on offer at St Joseph’s Regional College. For a more detailed explanation of subjects offered, please refer to the Years 7-10 Prospectus and the Senior Studies Student Prospectus for Years 11-12.

Stage 4 – YEARS 7 & 8:

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

• Religious Education
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• H.S.I.E. – Year 7 World History: Ancient, Medieval and Modern – Year 8 World Geography
• Personal Development, Health, Physical Education
• Technology
• French (Year. 7)
• Music/Visual Arts
• Year 8 a semester course in 2 of the following electives Technical Skills, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Drama, French, Enterprise (Year 8 Electives)

Stage 5 – YEARS 9 & 10:

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

• Religious Education
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Civics & Citizenship – Global History: the Modern World and Australia
• Personal Development, Health, Physical Education

Students in Years 9 and 10 are able to study 2 of the following elective options which are included on their Record of School Achievement (ROSA)

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • French
  • Visual Arts
  • Commerce
  • Food Technology
  • Istem
  • Textiles Technology
  • Music
  • Marine & Aquaculture Technology
  • Industrial Technology-Timber
  • Industrial Technology-Metal
  • Graphics Technology
  • Information & Software Technology
  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies (this includes a Dance component)
  • Some students elect to commence a Preliminary course of study in Year 10 based on individual circumstances


The following subjects are offered at the College

• Ancient History
• Biology
• Business Studies
• Community & Family Studies
• Chemistry
• Dance
• Design and Technology
• Drama
• Earth and Environmental Science
• Economics
• English Standard
• English Advanced
• English Extension 1
• English Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
• Engineering Studies
• Food Technology
• French Beginners
• French Continuers
• Geography
• History Extension (Year 12 only)
• Hospitality Operations
• Industrial Technology Timber
• Information Processes and Technology
• Legal Studies
• General Mathematics
• Mathematics
• Mathematics Extension 1
• Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
• Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
• Physics
• Senior Science
• Software Design and Development
• Studies of Religion (1 unit)
• Studies of Religion (2 unit)
• Textiles and Design
• Visual Arts

St Joseph’s Regional College offers students the opportunity to enter State, National and International level competitions. Talented students are identified and extended using a combination of on line and problem based learning.

Students can participate in:

            • Debating
            • The Luminosity Youth Summit
            • Maths Engineering Challenge
            • Mathematics Trust of Australia, Maths Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA)
            • Mathematics Association of New South Wales, Mathematical Investigations
            • Writing Competitions
            • Mathematics Enrichment Days
            • National Youth Science Forum
            • Writing Enrichment Days
            • History Club
            • Public Speaking Competitions
            • Lions Youth of the Year Awards

Other areas of interest including holiday workshops and various local and state competitions. Notifications are placed in the St Joseph’s Regional College Newsletter. For further information please contact our Leader of Enrichment Mrs Janine Handley at the College office on 5525 4100.

All Schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE). St Joseph’s Regional College therefore makes reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.

All children, in fact all people, have additional needs at times. Children have additional needs for a variety of reasons, including: having a disability, living in complex or vulnerable circumstances, their cultural, linguistic or family background. Ultimately, including children with any additional need is about equity, respect for diversity and having high expectations.

St Joseph’s Regional College receives additional funding from the State Government and The Catholic Schools Office Lismore to support children with additional needs. The funds are used to support children in the following areas:

            1. Student learning- Support and improve the learning of all students and especially those with a verified disability.
            2. Student engagement and wellbeing- Support the access and participation of students in an inclusive environment.
            3. Student pathways and transitions- Support transitions for students through school and post school.

The College attempts to achieve this through:

            • Committed Principal and Leadership team
            • Additional Needs teachers
            • Dedicated, hardworking classroom teachers
            • Caring support staff
            • Collaborative relationships with parents, guardians and carers