Senior School Curriculum

Years 7-12

Core subjects and elective choices from Year 7 to Year 12

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Years 7 & 8

Core Subjects
Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Geography
History
Languages - French, Italian & Mandarin
Music
Technology & Applied Science
Visual Arts
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

In Year 7 students study all three languages - Italian, French and Mandarin. In Year 8 students select to continue with one of these.

Studying Mandarin "Students in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to study Mandarin. This gives a wonderful insight into culture, customs and way of life, as students address themes such as: meeting people; family life; pets and animals; leisure time and hobbies; friends; eating and drinking; daily routine; health and fitness."

Making Music "Music in Years 7 and 8 is an introduction to the concepts of music, giving students the opportunity to listen to, improvise, create, sing and play contrasting compositions. Performance, composition and music software programs are all part of the course!"

Years 9 & 10

Students study both mandatory and elective subjects.

Elective Subjects

Students are given the choice of four elective subjects:

  • TWO x 200 hour courses studied throughout Years 9 and 10
  • TWO x 100 hour courses studied in Year 9 only

200 hour courses include:

Commerce, Design & Technology, Drama, Food Technology, French, Italian, Mandarin, Music, Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS), Photography & Digital Media, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Visual Arts and Academic Enrichment.

100 hour courses include:

Creative Communication, Design & Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Geography, History, Photography & Digital Media, Thinking & Advocacy, Visual Arts and Academic Enrichment.

Thinking & Advocacy

This course targets highly able and gifted students who have displayed strong academic abilities, and aptitude for thinking deeply and flexibly. Most importantly, it targets students who wish to transfer their learning from the classroom to the real world, as a significant component of the course allows student choice to guide the direction of learning.

Creative Communication

Creative Communication empowers students to be critical consumers and creators of moving image and involves innovative ways of telling stories and creating representations of the world.

STEM

Enter the creative and inspiring world of innovation by exploring ways to apply principles of science, technology and mathematics. Develop skills and knowledge of engineering, seeking ways to solve global problems and build a knowledge of living and working things in our world!

Mandatory Subjects
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History (Year 10 only)
  • Geography (Year 10 only)
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

This is an exciting time for you! You have the opportunity to have some fun in choosing subjects you are passionate about. Years 9 and 10 are a time where you can take some positive risks with your learning, and undertake challenges to further engage you in your education.

Anne Gripton, Director of Teaching and Learning

Year 10 PDHPE was one of my favourite subjects this year... Developing an importance for physical activity in young girls in today’s society, where so much reliance is on ICT and our phones, has been a priority for our Year 10 teachers and cohort... I am really looking forward to PDHPE next year!

Mia, Year 10 PDHPE student

Years 11 & 12

Students in Years 11 and 12 decide from the many options available what to study for the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

All subjects offered in Year 11 continue until the end of Year 12.

HSC extension courses in subjects other than English and Mathematics are offered and examined in Year 12 only.

Studies of Religion, 1 or 2 Unit, is compulsory for all students.

  • English
    English Standard, English Advanced, English Extension 1
    Year 12: English Extension 1, English Extension 2
  • Mathematics
    Mathematics Standard, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1
    Year 12: Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2
  • Science
    Biology, Chemistry, Physics
    Year 12: Science Extension
  • Technical & Applied Studies
    Design & Technology, Food Technology
  • Languages
    French Continuers, Italian Continuers, Mandarin Continuers
    Year 12: French Extension, Italian Extension, Mandarin Extension
    *Other languages may be studied through the NSW School of Languages or Secondary College of Languages.
  • Human Society & Its Environment
    Ancient History, Modern History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education, Studies of Religion (1 Unit), Studies of Religion (2 Unit)
    Year 12: History Extension
  • Creative Arts
    Drama, Visual Arts, Music 1, Music 2
    Year 12: Music Extension
  • Vocational Education Training
    Hospitality (Category B)

Design & Technology Year 12 Major Work

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