Courses Offered

Year 7

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 7 students study the following subjects: English/History, Mathematics, Science, Geography/Language, Visual Arts, Technology Mandatory, Music, PD/Health/PE, Guidance and STEM.

Getting Involved:

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs also provide many activities that broaden your child’s experience at school.

National Testing:

All Year 7 students sit the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. There are five tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Year 7 is the first time students use a calculator in one of the numeracy tests.

The results of the NAPLAN test can help teachers and parents meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child’s achievement in the NAPLAN test.

Year 8

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 8 students study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, PD/H/PE, Geography, History, Technology Mandatory and Guidance.

Students also select TWO (2) electives. Elective choices are subject to availability. Electives can include: Industrial Technology – Timber, Industrial Technology – Metal, Photography and Digital Media, Drama, Elective PE, Visual Art, Food Technology, Dance, Commerce.

Getting Involved:

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs also provide many activities that broaden your child’s experience at school.

Essential Secondary Science Assessment:

All Year 8 students in NSW sit for the Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA) in term 4. It is an interactive multimedia assessment called ESSAonline. You will receive a report of your child’s achievement in Term 1 of Year 9.

Year 9

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 9 all students must study courses in English, Mathematics, Science, PD/H/PE, History, Geography and Guidance.

Students also select TWO (2) electives. Elective choices are subject to availability. Electives can include: Physical Activity & Sports Studies, Photography & Digital Media, Drama, Industrial Technology – Metal, Industrial Technology – Timber, Information Software Technology, Agriculture, Food Technology, Dance, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), Visual Art.

Getting Involved:

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs also provide many activities that broaden your child’s experience at school.

National Testing:

All Year 9 students sit the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. There are five tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

The results of the NAPLAN test can help teachers and parents meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child’s achievement in the NAPLAN test.

Careers Advice:

Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training, based on aptitude and aspirations. There are many different study options available so it is important to make an early start and seek advice.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages).

Year 10

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 10 all students must study courses English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PD/H/PE, Guidance and Careers.

Students also select TWO (2) electives. Elective choices are subject to availability. Electives can include: Food Technology, Physical Activity & Sports Studies, Drama, Textiles, Work Education, Photography & Digital Media, Dance, Visual Art, Industrial Technology – Timber, Agriculture, Information Software Technology.

Getting Involved:

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs also provide many activities that broaden your child’s experience at school.

Careers Advice:

Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training, based on aptitude and aspirations. There are many different study options available so it is important to make an early start and seek advice.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages).

Year 11

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 11 all students must study English (Line 1) and Mathematics (Line 2).

Students select there remaining four subjects from set lines determined each year. Some of the subjects offered (subject to availability) are: Biology, Community & Family Studies, Physics, Retail Services (VET), Modern History, Visual Arts, Business Studies, Sports, Lifestyle & Recreation, Chemistry, PD/H/PE, Ancient History, Music, Industrial Technology – Timber, Drama, Hospitality, Legal Studies, Photography & Digital Media.

Several course are run off-line. These include: Dance, Extension English 1, Mathematics Extension 1.

Mentoring & Wellbeing:

All Year 11 students participate in a fortnightly Mentoring & Wellbeing lesson. During this lesson students will complete various components of the Life Ready course, as well as learn valuable study skills and ways to be successful with their senior studies.

Life Ready:

Life Ready is a mandatory 25-hour course designed to prepare and support senior students as they encounter situations related to health and safety as they become more independent and gain more responsibilities. It focuses on offering opportunities for students to build the functional knowledge and skills for life post school.

Careers Advice:

Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training, based on aptitude and aspirations. There are many different study options available so it is important to make an early start and seek advice.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages).

Year 12

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the NESA Website.

In Year 12 all students must study English (Line 1) and are encouraged to study Mathematics (Line 2).

Students select there remaining four subjects from set lines determined each year. Some of the subjects offered (subject to availability) are: Biology, Community & Family Studies, Physics, Retail Services (VET), Modern History, Visual Arts, Business Studies, Sports, Lifestyle & Recreation, Chemistry, PD/H/PE, Ancient History, Music, Industrial Technology – Timber, Drama, Hospitality, Legal Studies, Photography & Digital Media, Automotive.

Several course are run off-line. These include: Dance, Extension English 1, English Extension 2, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, History Extension.

Mentoring & Wellbeing:

All Year 12 students participate in a fortnightly Mentoring & Wellbeing lesson. During this lesson students will complete various components of the Life Ready course, as well as learn valuable study skills and ways to be successful with their senior studies.

HSC Support:

A range of online resources is available to help students and parents understand the HSC and prepare for assessment and examinations.

  • HSC how it works is a useful websites for parents and students.
  • Year 12 students can set up their personal profile on NSW students online and access support materials including the HSC exam timetable and answers to frequently asked questions about the HSC.
  • Students can prepare for the final exams by looking at past HSC exam papers.

Careers Advice:

Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training, based on aptitude and aspirations. There are many different study options available so it is important to make an early start and seek advice.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages).