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Options: Students in 7-10 can participate in a range of STEM subjects including the Board-endorsed course ‘iSTEM’ in Years 9 and 10.Advertising feature
Nanjing Night Net

Change: Strong academic performance has grown due to more student-centred learning including Project and Problem Based Learning and Flipped Classroom.

Despite Parramatta Marist nearing its bicentenary as a Catholic school in 2020, it remains at the forefront of educational change and innovation ensuring each student ‘goes forth with strength’.

The school aims to develop a positive school culture that emphasises respect, trust and responsibility.

Students are expected to have a mindset that they can learn and will learn. In 2008, the school adopted the student centred approach of Project-based Learning (PBL) across all subjects in Years 7 – 10 and is a member of the US-based New Tech PBL School Network.

Subsequently, the school introduced Problem-based Learning into Year 11 using an approach developed at Republic Polytechnic, Singapore.

In 2013a ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach was introduced into Year 12 to meet the demands of the content heavy HSC syllabi and the rigours of the exams.

The growing interest in STEM education as underpinned by PBLis of significance to students now and in the future as these approaches to learning are being used at university and are becoming more widespread particularly in the fields of medicine, allied health and engineering.

A STEM curriculum delivered by PBL encourages enquiry, innovation, and academic rigour within the fields of Mathematics, Science and Technology in order to create a contextual learning environment for students where knowledge is built through the construction of projects and solving of problems.

Students in 7-10 can participate in a range of STEM subjects including the Board-endorsed course ‘iSTEM’ in Years 9 and 10.

Out of the classroom, the school has an intensive sporting, orchestra and band programs to broaden the learning experience. The school can boast vibrant non-ATAR and Vocational Education and Training (VET) schemes to ensure the needs of all students are met in the ever-changing educational landscape.

Parramatta Marist has been positioned in the top 100 schools in the HSC for a decade. In the 2016 HSC rankings, the school was placed 51st overall in NSW.

In Mathematics (Mathematics 2 Unit, Extension 1 and 2) the school was ranked 4th; in Mathematics General 2 ranked 28th; and in English (Advanced, Extension 1 and 2) ranked 61st in the state.

Impressively, 28 per centof Year 12 students in 2016 received an ATAR above 90 and 95 per centof all exam results were either a band 4, 5 or 6 in all courses.

Parramatta Marist High is a Catholic systemic comprehensive all boys schoolwith a history and tradition spanning over 197 years.

Founded in 1820 byconvict George Morley, Parramatta Marist has been under the care of theMarist Brothers since 1875.

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