Students in Year 7 to 10 complete a core curriculum of 25 periods, with each period 45 minutes long. Students are set across class or year groups for Mathematics and taught at an appropriate rate and depth. Science classes are set from the commencement of Year 10. Students in the higher set will be better prepared to study the Physics and/or Chemistry courses. There is some setting of classes in English and Society & Environment in Year 10. Challenge and Extension, and support for students with Special Educational Needs, is provided within the class, or on occasion in small withdrawal groups.
A language is compulsory for students in Years 7 and 8, apart for those students who undertake Enrichment English. Japanese and French are offered and in Year 7 students do one semester of French and one of Japanese. In Year 8 students select one language they would like to continue, which are studied for three periods per week throughout the year.
Option subjects are designed to develop students’ skills and understanding in particular learning areas. Year 7 students undertake two options, one from the Arts and another from Technology.
In Years 9 and 10, all students study three options subjects, one of which may be a language, each studied for three periods per week. The students must choose one option from the Arts learning area and one from Technology. Their final options choice may be a language, an Arts or Technology course, or a Health and Physical Education option.
In Years 11 and 12, students have access to a range of subjects designed to meet the needs and develop the talents of all students, whether they plan direct entry to the workforce or intend to pursue further studies at university or TAFE at the conclusion of Year 12.
In our upper Secondary programme, six courses of study are selected from various learning areas. In addition, students are required to take two periods per week of Philosophy & Ethics, and Sport. More detail about the teaching and learning within our faculties can be viewed below:
Our Challenge and Extension Programme enables gifted students to develop their talents and abilities to their full potential. Our approach to talent development consists of a set of enrichment and extension opportunities formulated into a comprehensive programme which reflects current best practice in the education of gifted learners.
For more detail on our options and courses in Secondary School, please visit our Course Options webpage.