Clonard offers a broad, challenging and comprehensive curriculum incorporating:
- A Teaching and Learning program designed to be challenging and responsive to emerging needs in education, that is regularly updated and supports the personalised learning of students by providing successful pathways into VCE and VCAL Programs
- Pastoral Care programs that monitor and support each student
- Additional curriculum programs including reflection days, instrumental music, debating, public speaking, a comprehensive range of sporting programs, special needs and extension programs, community service, and camps
- Alternative programs for Integration and special needs students.
Clonard operates on a ten day cycle of six period days. Each lesson lasts for fifty minutes, with a number of subjects having double classes in order to undertake practical work.
Individual Learning Needs
All students are individuals with their own preferred learning styles and their strengths and weaknesses. Many students are gifted in aspects of their learning and can to be challenged to undertake higher order tasks as well as to engage in extra programs and activities.
For some students there are aspects of learning that they find very challenging. Our Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care) works with classroom teachers and a team
of teacher aides to support students with learning needs.
In some cases support is offered on a one-to-one basis but in many cases staff work with small groups of students in the classroom assisting them with their work. Where necessary application can be made for funding to support students eligible for assistance.
In the senior years individual pathway planning means that some students commence their VCE studies in Year 10. They could also enrol in a vocational course through the Gordon Institute and other providers, or commence study for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) which supports the transition to work or Training and Further Education after secondary schooling.