Senior School

The Senior School academic, pastoral care and co-curricular programs are designed to support students through their final years of schooling by encouraging independence and self-confidence in a supportive environment.

Pastroal care is undertaken in the Senior School under a vertical pastoral care structure. This structure allows the grouping of younger and older students to be guided together with a consistent House Tutor for the four years of Senior School. The House Tutors are supported by the relevant Head of House under the guidance of the Head of Senior School Mrs Charlotte Lush.

The subjects available in Senior School are listed below.

Years 9 and 10

The subjects in Years 9 and 10 consist of a core:

  • HSIE Geography
  • HSIE History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • PDHPE
  • Science

In Stage 5, two subjects are studied from the following electives:

  • Accelerated Mathematics (Year 9 only)
  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Accelerated Science (Year 9 only)
  • Photographic Digital Media
  • STEM Project (Year 10 only)

2019 - 2020 Year 9 Curriculum Manual

2019 - 2020 Year 10 Curriculum Manual

 

Years 11 and 12

Year 11 - All students must study English at Advanced or Standard level and in addition ten units from the following list:

  • Ancient History (2 Unit)
  • Biology (2 Unit)
  • Business Studies (2 Unit)
  • Chemistry (2 Unit)
  • Dance (2 Unit)
  • Drama (2 Unit)
  • Economics (2 Unit)
  • Engineering Studies (2 Unit)
  • English Extension 1 (1 Unit)
  • Entertainment Industry (VET) (2 Unit)
  • French Beginners
  • Mathematics Standard (2 Unit) (Year 11 Only)
  • Geography (2 Unit)
  • Hospitality (VET) (2 Unit)
  • Design and Technology (2 Unit)
  • Information and Digital Technology (VET) (2 Unit) 
  • Investigating Science (2 Unit) (Year 11 Only)
  • Japanese Beginners (2 Unit) (Year 11 only)
  • Japanese Continuers (2 Unit)
  • Legal Studies (2 Unit)
  • Mathematics (2 Unit)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 (1 Unit)
  • Modern History (2 Unit)
  • Music Course 1 (2 Unit)
  • PDHPE (2 Unit)
  • Physics (2 Unit)
  • Screen and Media (VET) (2 Unit)
  • Studies of Religion 1 (1 Unit)
  • Software Design & Development (2 Unit)
  • Textiles & Design (2 Unit)
  • Visual Arts (2 Unit)

*Students can also study other subjects via Distance Education such as Italian Beginners.

 2019 - 2020 Years 11 and 12 Curriculum Manual

All Year 12 students must study English at Advanced or Standard level and carry at least another eight units from Year 11 through to Year 12. However, students can include in these eight units some additional courses that are only available to Year 12 students.

  • English Extension 2 (1 Unit)
  • History Extension (1 Unit)
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (2 Unit)
  • Senior Science (2 Unit)

The rules and requirements for eligibility for the Higher School Certificate are set out in the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) publication: Assessment, Certification and Examination (ACE) manual, available on the NESA website: www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au. NESA was previously known as the Board of Studies.

To be eligible for the Higher School Certificate (HSC), a student must satisfactorily complete at least twelve units in the preliminary study pattern (Year 11) and at least ten units in the HSC study pattern (Year 12).

Most students follow a two year program of study in Years 11 - 12 leading to the award of the Higher School Certificate, however other pathways are available.