We recognise the value in keeping our students engaged with their learning and empowering them to take an active role in the way they learn and the study habits that they develop. This can play a significant role in their learning experience and achievements through their senior years at the College.
We have given our Year 9 program a special name, Issoudun, in recognition of this pivotal year in our students learning journey. Issoudun is the town in France where Father Jules Chevalier founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The decision made by Father Chevalier nearly 150 years ago touches our lives today and provides us with the opportunity to continue to pursue excellence in the education we offer to our students.

The traditional curriculum program is augmented by an interstate residential program and inquiry-based activity program that fosters independence, cooperative learning and positive relationships.

Core and specialist subjects

Our Issoudun students complete six core subjects for the full year:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Health and PE
  • Science

In addition to the core subjects, students select six elective subjects to be studied as semester units – three per semester.

We support subject selection through discussions with relevant teachers and meetings with parents/guardians, to ensure our students are informed about subject content and suitability for future year subject selection. We encourage students to continue studying a language other than English, offering Chinese and Italian through to VCE. Where a language is selected as an elective, it is studied for both semesters.

Elective subjects for Issoudun students are:

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Human Movement
  • Coaching for Sport Success
  • Design and Technology (Textiles)
  • Digital Technologies
  • Food Studies

Laptop and calculator

Our Issoudun students continue to use leased school laptop and their Texas Instruments TI-30XB Scientific Calculator for Year 9.


A range of textbooks support the curriculum for the Issoudun program. Campion Education are the supplier used by the College.

2024 Issoudun booklist

To purchase books via Campion Education, you will need to set up an account. Any concern or queries with ordering should be directed to Campion Books 1300 433 982.

If you wish to buy or sell second-hand books, we recommend the Sustainable School Shop.

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