The purpose of Secondary School is to enable all student to identify their passions, gifts and strengths to pursue the pathway best suited to them, and to develop both a sense of purpose and Christian character. 


Co-Curricular Programs

We also offer Secondary Students a stimulating Co-curricular Program of leadership and development opportunities, camps, excursions and extra-curricular activities that will provide many challenging opportunities for personal development.  Our Secondary School teachers also provide pastoral, academic and careers guidance to help students to fulfill their personal goals.


Years 7 - 9

All children have different learning needs from each other. Grouping by ability or achievement is a form of instructional management that can be used in conjunction with accelerated progression, differentiated curriculum and coaching interventions to improve the learning outcomes for all students.  This is the essence of the Matthew Flinders and Navigators Program in Years 7 and 8. 

The Navigators Program consolidates learning and builds upon fundamentals, to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will maximise their options for Year 9 and beyond. 

The Matthew Flinders Program presents highly academic students with deeper, inquiry-based, age-appropriate challenges.  

Both programs conclude at the end of Year 8 enabling all students to select from the full range of options in Year 9.

Matthew Flinders Program Overview

The Matthew Flinders Program contains accelerated content, thoughtfully planned and relevant enrichment activities, teamwork with peers of similar ability, and access to mentors who have high levels of academic expertise.

Matthew Flinders students are required to maintain a high academic standard across Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities.  The will also participate in National Mathematics, English, Science and History competitions and other events which provide suitable extensions of their skills and interests.

Application to the Matthew Flinders Program starts when prospective students are in Grade 6.  Applicants are invited to undertake tests in Mathematics, Comprehension, Writing and General Ability. These tests, along with feedback obtained from school reports, form the basis for determining which program best suits the applicant.

If your child is currently attending Flinders, please contact the Grade 6 Coordinator for advice. If your child currently goes to a different school, please contact the Enrolments team at the College on 9785 0000 or email enrolments@flinders.vic.edu.au.


Year 9

The Year 9 program is designed to build learning capacity and equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to success in their final years of Secondary School.  

Students will undertake Morrisby testing and interviews with staff to help identify career pathways and assist with elective subject selection.  

Students can select from a wide range of combined Year 9/10 elective subjects to facilitate both personal interest and study pathways, as they progress toward their final years of school. 

Carrum Downs Year 7 - 10 Course Guide 2022

Years 10 - 12

In Year 10, capable students have the opportunity to accelerate into VCE subjects, whilst also having a choice of electives (including VET Taster courses). Year 10 Mathematics and Science classes are also streamed in order to provide contextually relevant learning opportunities for students of different interests and ability levels.

In Years 11 and 12, students are on individual journeys where they will be able to select subjects that satisfy their gifts, interests and personal goals for life after school. We provide access to a growing variety of courses leading to tertiary education or the world of work. 

The College offers both VCE and VCAL pathways. Through partnership with other schools and TAFE institutions, these pathways can be combined with a broad range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. 

Carrum Downs Year 7 - 10 Course Guide 2022
VCE - VCAL Course Guide 2022