Learning Studies

The ASMS conducts a Learning Studies program to ensure that students feel a sense of belonging within the school, and to provide a high level of care and guidance. Each Learning Studies group is vertically grouped with up to 18 students from Years 10 to 12 who meet for 40 minutes every day with their Learning Studies teacher and for an additional 100  minute session on Wednesdays. Students work with one Learning Studies teacher for their time at the school. The student/teacher relationship is an essential part of the school’s high quality learning environment. Through their expertise and experience, teachers are expected to support and mentor students to plan and achieve their goals.

The Learning Studies Program is a central part of the learning programs of the ASMS and provides the focus for the following aspects of developing student learning

  • Personal integration into the school life of the ASMS
  • Development of a designated Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
  • Development of a personal profile of achievement in relation to the designated Graduate Capabilities of the ASMS documented in an e-Portfolio
  • Engagement with a program of activities to promote student well-being and learner resilience
  • Support for pathway planning and making transitions beyond schooling
  • The preparation and presentation of Learning Conversation

Learning conversations are an integral part of our learning program. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning journey and share this with their parents and their Learning Studies teacher. These occur twice a year and are a compulsory part of the school reporting process.


The ASMS actively promotes the development of a designated set of capabilities in all of its students.

Capabilities are diverse knowledge, skills and dispositions that students develop for their roles as citizens, workers and members of local and global communities.  A focus on capabilities is a powerful way to develop balance and connectedness across diverse areas of learning and to promote learning that is transferable to many future elements of life.

The ASMS has a focus on six declared capabilities.  These capabilities reflect the unique nature of the school and its broad aspirations for our students.

The ASMS certificate of Graduate Capabilities is a statement of the student’s demonstration of their capacity to:

Effective Communication

Can give and receive ideas and information to a range of audiences in a range of forms for a range of purposes.

Responsible Citizenship

Contribute to the community with integrity and an awareness of how to arrive at ethical solutions to problems by engaging with projects of significance to the future.

Personal Development

Can reflect on and improve their own strengths and weaknesses, to build self-confidence and resilience and to behave in a manner that is a positive influence on others.

Critical and Creative Thinking

Can identify, explore and clarify information and ideas, to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information and ideas and to generate innovative ideas and possibilities.

Self-Directed Learning

Can demonstrate ability to actively connect with local, national and international communities by taking an interest in and engaging with projects of significance to them and their future in an ethical manner.

Think Mathematically

Can apply mathematical structures and thinking to situations and problems, and use mathematical problem solving strategies and techniques in solving complex problems.

Think Scientifically

Draw upon scientific knowledge and scientific methodology for the purpose of questioning, understanding and modifying their view of the world.

Personal Learning Plan

The Personal Learning Plan is a 10 credit subject at Stage 1 of the SACE designed to help students make informed decisions about their personal developments, education and training.  The Personal Learning Plan is a compulsory requirement of SACE.  Students must complete 10 credits of the Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan with a C grade or better to gain their SACE.

At the ASMS much of the development work of the Personal Learning Plan is done through the Tutor Group program across Years 10 and 11.  Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their standard of achievement with aspects of the Personal Learning Plan through the Learning Conversations conducted in Terms 1 and 3 each year.

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