For Parents - Subject Choices

The College practices a holistic approach to teaching and learning which aims to cultivate creative, empathetic, intellectual and innovative leaders for tomorrow. This approach includes the promotion of Christian values and personal growth alongside a stimulating and challenging curriculum.

Academic Curriculum

The Key Learning Areas are set down by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and form the basis of the curriculum. For the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) sets the Key Learning Areas.

 

SENIOR SCHOOL

Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

All students in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) study English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment (Geography and History), Creative Arts (Music and Visual Arts), Technological and Applied Studies, French and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. 

 

Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) 

All students in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) study English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and its Environment (Geography and History), and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. 

In addition to this they choose three elective subjects. The Subject Selection links below detail the subjects currently on offer to the respective cohorts.

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Year 9 2020 2020-2021 Stage 5 Subject Selection Handbook 

Year 9 2021 2021-2022 Stage 5 Subject Selection Handbook 

Year 10 2020 Course Guide for students in Year 9 2019 and Year 10 2020

 

SENIOR PATHWAYS

The College currently offers two Senior Pathway options for Year 11 and Year 12 students: The Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). 

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HSC PATHWAY (ATAR AND NON-ATAR)

Stage 6 (Year 11)

All students in Stage 6 (Year 11) must study at least 12 units. Both English and Mathematics courses are compulsory in Year 11.

The English courses currently on offer at the College include English Studies (Non-ATAR), English Standard and English Advanced.

The Mathematics courses currently on offer at the College courses include Mathematics Standard 2 and Mathematics Advanced.

In addition to English and Mathematics, students choose subjects to make up the remaining 8 units. The Subject Selection links below detail the subjects currently on offer to the respective cohorts.

Year 11 2020 2020-2021 Senior Pathways HSC and Non-ATAR Handbook 

Year 11 2021 2021-2022 Senior Pathways HSC and Non-ATAR Handbook

 

Stage 6 (Year 12)

All students in Stage 6 (Year 12) must study at least 10 units. English is a compulsory course in Year 12.

The English courses currently on offer at the College include English Studies (Non-ATAR), English Standard and English Advanced.

The Mathematics courses currently on offer at the College courses include Mathematics Standard 1 (Non-ATAR), Mathematics Standard 2 and Mathematics Advanced.

In addition to English, students choose subjects to make up the remaining 8 units. The Subject Selection links below detail the subjects currently on offer to the respective cohorts.

Year 12 2020Course Guide for students in Year 11 2019 and Year 12 2020

Year 12 2021 -  2020-2021 Senior Pathways HSC and Non-ATAR Handbook

 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

The IBDP was introduced to the College in 2020 to promote academic excellence, to further enhance the teaching and learning culture, and to broaden the academic choices available to our Year 11 and Year 12 students.

The IBDP runs across two full years with no division between work undertaken in Years 11 and 12. All content covered in both Years 11 and 12 is examinable.

To be eligible for the award of Diploma, all candidates must complete six subjects, an Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). Students choose one subject from Groups 1-5. The sixth subject comes from either Group 3, 4 or 6. At least three subjects, and not more than four, must be taken at the Higher Level (HL) for students to earn the full diploma.

The Subject Selection links below detail the subjects currently on offer to the respective cohorts.

Year 11 2020 - 2020-2021 Senior Pathways IBDP Handbook

Year 11 2021 - 2021-2022 Senior Pathways IBDP Handbook

 

Christian Studies Curriculum

It is a requirement that all students complement their studies with further engagement in a Christian studies curriculum developed by the College. This will consist of two lessons in a fortnightly cycle.

 

Wellbeing Program

The Wellbeing program plays an integral role in the curriculum at the College, where each aspect of a student’s academic, spiritual, physical, emotional and social development is valued.

All students are allocated two lessons per cycle for the Wellbeing program.  During this time, students participate in such activities as Chapel and Year Meetings and activities with a wellbeing focus. 


In addition to the above activities, there is a structured personal development program delivered by the Leaders of Wellbeing, Homeroom Teachers and guest presenters. 

The program, using materials and approaches appropriate to the age group, covers topics such as: 

  • Careers
  • Decision making (Tomorrow Man/Tomorrow Woman)
  • Goal setting
  • Identity
  • Leadership
  • Positive Choices (Drugs and Alcohol)
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Service
  • Study Skills/Time management

The Wellbeing program is compulsory for all students.

The Wellbeing program and personal counselling are high priorities at the College. Leaders of Wellbeing and Homeroom Teachers manage the day-to-day issues, while matters of more concern are referred to the Head of Secondary School, the Director of College Wellbeing, the Chaplain, the Guidance Counsellor or the College Counsellor.

The College is also supported and advised by a large number of external agencies and organisations in providing the next level of professional help when necessary.