Courses Offered

Year 7

Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies
One course for all students

Subjects Offered:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography/History
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Language
  • PD/Health/PE
  • Guidance

Starting high school is a time of new experiences as your child adjusts to a new school, makes new friends and gets used to having different teachers and classrooms for each subject.

These resources can help with the transition to high school:

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 Test

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 Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies
  • All students must study courses in English, Mathematics & Science.
  • All do PD/Health/PE and gain assistance during guidance periods.
  • Year 8 students must study History, Geography & Design/Technology.
  • In addition, one subject from each line shown below is studied:

Year 8 Electives (one subject from each line)

Line 5

  • Industrial Tech – Timber
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Drama
  • Elective PE
  • Visual Art
  • Food Technology

Line 6

  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Tech – Timber
  • Industrial Tech – Metal
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Commerce
  • Elective PE

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.

Choosing Electives

At the end of Year 8, students will need to select the elective subjects they will study in Years 9 and 10. When making their decisions, students might consider their interests, what they’re good at, their past performance and future career options.

Year 9

  • Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies
  • All students must study courses in English, Mathematics & Science.
  • All do PD/Health/PE and gain assistance during guidance periods.
  • Year 9 students must study History & Geography
  • In addition, one subject from each line shown below is studied:

Year 9 Electives (one subject from each line)

Line 5

  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies
  • Photography & Digital Media
  • Drama
  • Indutrial Tech – Metal
  • Information Software Technology
  • Agriculture

Line 6

  • Industrial Tech – Timber
  • Food Technology 
  • Dance
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
  • Visual Art
  • PASS (Physical Activity & Sports Studies)

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 Test

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. One of the numeracy tests requires the use of a calculator.

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

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Year 10

  • Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies
  • All students must study courses in English, Mathematics & Science.
  • All do PD/Health/PE and gain assistance during guidance periods.
  • Year 10 students must study History & Geography
  • In addition, one subject from each line shown below is studied:

Year 10 Electives (one subject from each line)

Line 5

  • Food Technology
  • PASS – Physical Activity & Sports Studies
  • Drama
  • Textiles
  • Work Education
  • Photography & Digital Media

Line 6

  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Industrial Tech – Timber
  • Food Technology
  • 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)

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Choosing Subjects

Towards the end of Year 10, students continuing to the HSC must decide which subjects to study. See the Board of Studies Information Booklet for Year 10 Students, Studying for the HSC. When making their decisions, students should consider their abilities, interests and their future career plans and options.

Information for Year 10 students of 2012 about Preliminary and HSC Courses for 2013 & 2014 can be downloaded as a pdf file: Download Preliminary and HSC Information Booklet

Students can also consider vocational education and training in schools, a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, or programs offered by trade schools and trade training centres.

Talk with your child about their options and encourage them to see the careers adviser before making a decision.

School Leaving Age

Students are required to complete Year 10, and then to continue in either education or training, full-time paid employment, or a combination of education/training and employment until at least age 17.

Find out more at school leaving age and school leaving age FAQs, or contact our principal, year adviser or careers adviser. See school leaving age: also in community languages.

Job Searching

These websites list job vacancies and apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities:

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Year 11

  • Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies

Year 10 Electives (one subject from each line)

Line 1

  • English Advanced
  • English Standard

Line 2

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics General

Line 3

  • Biology
  • Community & Family Studies
  • Physics
  • Retail Services* (VET)
  • Modern History

Line 4

  • Visual Arts
  • Business Studies
  • Senior Science Sports, Lifestyle & Recreation
  • Chemistry

Line 5

  • PD/Health/PE
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Music
  • Industrial Tech – Timber

Line 6

  • Drama
  • PD/H/PE
  • Hospitality
  • Legal Studies
  • Photography & Digital Imaging

Offline – Dance (Combined with Year 12)

Year 12 Extension Courses – Extension 1 -English, Extension 1 – Mathematics, Extension 2 – English, Extension 2 – Mathematics.

 

  • All Year 11 students must undertake a personal development course (“Crossroads”). An information sheet with details of the Year 11 Crossroads program can be downloaded:
    Download Crossroads Information
  • Students also complete “All My Own Work” – a Board of Studies Requirement
  • Several subjects may be available through the Open School (correspondence).

A copy of the Preliminary Course Assessment Booklet with rules relating to assessment and assessment schedules for each subject can be downloaded as a pdf file. You can also open a PowerPoint presentation on assessment policies and procedures:

Download Preliminary Course Assessment Booklet
Download Preliminary Course Assessment Schedule
Download PowerPoint presentation


For help with common study problems faced by students, go to the Seniors’ Stuff page.

This year, students start preparing for the Higher School Certificate, so it’s important your child settles into a good routine that balances study commitments and life outside of school.

Time Management Tips

Senior students need to be self-motivated. Here are useful links that will help your child stay focussed on their studies:

See also the Seniors’ Stuff page of our website.

Preparing for the HSC

The subjects studied in Year 11 are preliminary subjects for HSC study and exams in Year 12.

Starting Year 11 offers advice on preparing for Year 11 and choosing subjects for the HSC.

See also the Seniors’ Stuff page of our website.

Well Being

Year 11 can be a challenging time for students. Your child’s year adviser and other staff are available to give support or students can make an appointment to see the school counsellor.

Careers Advice

Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training. 

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)

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Year 12

  • Subject information and syllabus for each of the following subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies Website – click on the following link: Board of Studies

Line 1

  • English Advanced
  • English Standard

Line 2

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics General

Line 3

  • Chemistry
  • Community & Family Studies
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Visual Art

Line 4

  • Chemistry
  • Senior Science
  • PD/H/PE
  • Design & Technology
  • Legal Studies

Line 6

  • Business Studies
  • Visual Art
  • Industrial Technology – Automotive
  • Dance
  • Hospitality
  • Modern History

Line 5

  • Information Processes & Technology
  • Retail Studies
  • PD/H/PE
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Photography, Digital Imaging & Video

OFFLINE: Maths Extension I, English Extension I, English Extension II

Copies of the HSC Course Assessment Booklet and HSC Course Assessment Schedules with rules relating to HSC assessment and assessment schedules for each subject can be downloaded as a pdf file:
Download HSC Assessment Booklet – New in T4 2013
Download HSC Assessment Schedule

For help with common study problems faced by students, go to the Seniors’ Stuff page.

Year 12 is a busy time for students as they study for the Higher School Certificate and make plans for life after school.

HSC Support

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

Balancing Commitments

This year it’s more important than ever for students to balance commitments between their school, social and family life.

See also the Seniors’ Stuff page of our website.

After Year 12

It’s a good idea for your child to start thinking about careers that suit their interests and abilities as early as possible. You may like to talk with the careers adviser and research options together.

Resources, such as the following sites are readily available:

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Future Training and Study Options

For students considering continuing with study, visiting the following links can help them make an informed decision:

Going to careers markets and open days are also good ways to find out what’s on offer.

Refer also to the Careers page of our website

Job Searching

These websites list job vacancies and apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities:

Refer also to the Careers page of our website