Programs within the academic school endeavor to:
- Improve literacy outcomes
- Improve numeracy outcomes
- Develop strategies to involve families in student education
- Improve retention, attendance and completion
- Incorporate a culturally inclusive curriculum
The College is split into two schools; a middle school and a senior school.
The curriculum at Yirara College is founded on three National and State frameworks. Primarily, planning is based on the Australian Curriculum, however subjects such as Health and Physical Education, Food Technology and Design Technology continue to be based on the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework.
As a Lutheran College our Christian Education program is based on the Lutheran Education Australia Christian Studies Curriculum Framework.
The curriculum is divided into three specific programs, Core curricula, experience and electives.
The core subjects include Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, History, Science and Christian Studies. All students from years 7-9 are required to undertake these subjects.
Our Experience program provides students with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge base through subjects including Design Technology, Food Technology, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education.
The third program offers students an opportunity to select a from a range of project oriented topics. These topics include Yirara Rangers, Sport and Recreation, Broadcasting, Childrens' Books, Music Production and Small Business Operations.
The senior school is vocationally directed and provides students with opportunities to sample a range of careers options. All students work toward completion of their Northern Territory Certificate of Education & Training (NTCET). Yirara College uphold the broad aims of the NTCET, which:
· encourage the successful completion of secondary education
· foster students acquisition of the skills and knowledge necessary for successful participation in contemporary Australian society
· attest to students preparedness to enter post-school studies and employment
· be a certificate that is valued by the community and by those who hold it.
The college currently employs 26 academic staff, this includes teachers, school curriculum officers and tutors. The diagram below demonstrates the model used during the academic day.
All Yirara College staff are responsible for the care, encouragement and love of our students. This extends from the Principal to the maintenance staff. During the academic day, staff work together to identify and nurture the uniqueness and talents of each student by:
- Encouraging development to the highest personal standards
- Understanding the holistic development such the he/she reaches their full potential as a young Christian who is able to take their place in this world
Paradigm of success
Success is not measured in wealth, popularity or ATAR scores, rather it is measured by the love of learning. Yirara College encourages this form of success through:
- Offering a variety of learning opportunities
- Appropriate support
- Creating meaningful connections between skills and ideas, and real life contexts.
- Providing tools for reflection and learning assessment
- Developing safe and respectful relationships
- Consistent but quiet encouragement
“Touch their spirits softly with the feather of encouragement, whispering, ‘You can, you will, you must, your people need you,’ …”
– Wilson in Gilliland 1999, p. 100