Secondary School is about confirming career choices and developing skills in your chosen field. Students will make many personal choices as they commit to graduating strong.
Years 11 and 12 students achieve their academic or vocational goals through the Pathway of Excellence program that is tailored to the individual student with university or apprenticeship opportunities, relevant subjects, co-curricular and outdoor learning opportunities and extension classes.
Secondary School students are able to enhance their computer literacy skills, needed to meet the study requirements of the Academic and Apprenticeships Pathway, with the provision of take-home Netbooks and learning software.
Biology is the study of life in its many manifestations. It encompasses the studies of the origin, development, diversity, functioning and interrelationships of living systems and the consequences of intervention in those systems. Participation in Biology enables students to engage in creative scientific thinking and to apply their knowledge in both theoretical and practical situations.
Business Communication and Technologies (BCT) offers students opportunities to engage in and understand a range of business administrative practices through real-life situations and simulations. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the study of business and to prepare students for further education, training and employment.
Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. Students should come to understand that no real distinction could be made between `chemicals’ and matter.
Students will learn about the applications of chemistry and their industrial and economic importance. They will be exposed to chemical issues relating to society and to recent developments and discoveries in chemistry.
Senior Drama develops many skills introduced in Performance and Visual Design, assisting in the formation of communication, expression and performance skills. It is a subject which values and uses the creative abilities of individual students.
The English Department goals take different focuses. A range of approaches will give students the opportunity to develop a sense of cultural heritage and factors that cause particular texts, genres and authors to be valued, skills that enable them to control and experiment with a range of language systems, genres and technologies and an awareness of how their personal values, attitudes and beliefs relate to those skills operating within their culture.
English Extension moves Years 11 and 12 students into accelerated independence, increased cognitive demands and more complex assessment task requirements that build on literature study in preparation for the rigors of university life. English Extension challenges students to look beyond the text itself to how theoretical approaches are utilised to analyse and evaluate literary texts. By the end of the course, students will engage in critically defensible evaluation of texts as literary documents.
Learning in Geography takes place in a variety of settings, including classroom, library, school grounds, local community, and field study excursions. Students will be involved in a wide range of learning activities, including fieldwork; statistical calculation and analysis; interpretation and transformation of satellite imagery and photographs; creation of maps, diagrams and graphs; and extrapolation of spatial and ecological information.
As a student of Legal Studies, you will examine case studies and legal situations from local, national and global contexts. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of legal concepts and processes to situations in order to identify and examine legal issues and different stakeholders’ perspectives. You will select and organise information from sources to facilitate the analysis of legal issues.
The satisfaction of engaging with the study of Latin will contribute to a student’s intellectual enrichment. Students’ knowledge of the development of language and literature, and their appreciation of ancient and modern cultures and civilisations, are enhanced by the study of classical languages.
The study of Mathematics A will emphasise real life themes and applications and will emphasise the development of positive attitudes towards a student’s involvement in Mathematics. This development is encouraged by an approach involving problem solving and applications, working systematically and logically, and communicating with and about mathematics.
Mathematics B aims to provide the opportunity for students to participate more fully in lifelong learning. This subject provides a foundation for further studies in disciplines within which mathematics and statistics have important roles. It is also advantageous for further studies in the health and social sciences.
Mathematics C has been designed to be taken in conjunction with Mathematics B. The subject contains topics in functions, calculus, probability and statistics that build on and deepen the ideas presented in Mathematics B and demonstrate their application in many areas. Vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced.
The Modern History syllabus offers students an extensive range of themes and inquiry topics. There are 16 themes in all, each offering a wide choice of inquiry topics. Themes develop broad concepts, such as conflict, power, change, cooperation, the environment.
The Ancient History syllabus offers students an extensive range of themes and topics. There are twenty-two themes in all, each offering a wide choice of topics. Some themes deal with specific geographical regions and civilisations, such as society and government in Greece and Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, and ancient China and India. Others allow students to study ancient societies using a central concept, such as power, conflict, religion, the arts, and everyday life.
Computer Science or Computing is one of the fastest developing areas in Australia and the world. The career opportunities in this industry are huge; growing rapidly and currently far outweighing the number of graduates qualified to fill these positions. We aim to inspire our students and provide them with a well-rounded understanding of Computer Science. The topics covered include algorithm design, binary, animation, game design and writing code using Python programming language.
Students will study skill acquisition, sport psychology and various factors that impact how individuals learn skills. They will also learn to evaluate the individual use of biomechanical principles in physical performance.
Students will be involved in a range of learning activities in their course of study. These could include: lecture demonstrations, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. A significant part of the study of physics will be spent solving physics problems using mathematical techniques.
Using the processes of researching, developing and resolving, students explore concepts through a study of a range of media areas. Media areas are overviews of knowledge, skills, techniques and processes, with each area not restricted to preconceived understandings of the visual art discipline. Students are encouraged to work across the media areas.
Students develop ‘audiation’, which is the process by which the brain makes sense of what the ear hears, or the ability to ‘think in sound’. They apply their developing audiation through exploring the musical elements: duration, dynamics, harmony, melody, structure, texture and timbre, within a variety of contexts, genres and styles.