Director of Learning and Teaching | Bev Pettit

Subject Selection 2023

Term 3 is Subject Selection Season! Over the next month we will be sending out information about the opportunities for students in 2023. We will be presenting the subject choices for next year to each Year level and there will be a Q and A sessions for parents of Year 9, 10 and 11.

The Handbooks are live websites which are interactive and designed with links for further information. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to have rich discussions about their interests and talents. I love the quote by Confucius 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 

From a student’s perspective, if they choose a subject that they love, it will be a joy for them to put in the required effort.

2023 Year 8 – 10  

Students have choices of subjects that are in line with the Victorian Curriculum. These subjects are mainly within The Arts and Design & Technologies Learning Areas. Keep in mind that there are six other compulsory subjects that need as much focus as these choices. 

Handbooks will become available over the next few weeks. Parents and students will be emailed links to the handbooks.

2023 Year 11 

We provide a lot of support to our students as they embark on exploring the world of VCE. There is a great deal of information provided in the Senior Studies Pathways Handbook, which covers all aspects of VCE. The Vocational Major is a new program which has replace VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). All students in 2024 will receive a Victorian Certificate of Education whether they complete a scored pathway with an ATAR or the Vocational Major pathway. I would encourage you to use the links to the websites and familiarise yourself with the nuances of both pathways.

On the evening of 26 July 2022, we have an information night and Q & A session for parents and students. From 6:30pm there will be subject displays and VCE teachers will be available in the Presentation campus hall. At 7pm the VCE team will be answering your questions. If you have question before the evening, please email them to subjectselections@stmaryscollege.vic.edu.au If your question is pertinent to the wider community we will address it on the evening.

Online Preferences

All students are asked to enter their preferences by August 26, 2022. We use their preferences to build the number of classes and timetable for 2023. Some students may not get their top preferences as there may be clashes with their choices, eg two of their choices may occur at the same time or there may not be enough students choosing a subject to have a class.

It is very important that students enter their preferences in order. Preference 1 must be the subject that they most want to study. Reserve preference should be viewed as part of the preference list and these should be subjects that they would want to study as there is every possibility that at least one of these will be assigned to them.

The process of online selections is outlined in the handbooks.

Subject allocations will be emailed to students in Term 4. Students will be given time to change their allocations and this process will be emailed to them in Term 4.

We have a dedicated team who work on this process and are committed to, as much as possible, designing pathways to suit the academic needs of all our students.


Bev Pettit

Director of Learning and Teaching