Senior School—Years 7 to 12
The Senior Campus accommodates more than 1300 students across Years 7–12.
All students at the College are expected to meet the requirements of the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) in regard to the curriculum and the Higher School Certificate, as well as to respond to formation flowing from the Jesuit tradition. This tradition expects, for instance, that those young men who demonstrate interest or talent in certain subjects will follow those subjects at an appropriately challenging level.
Students who show talent and aptitude in response to the challenge of particular subjects can expect to continue studying those subjects through their school career. Occasionally, such study may have to be conducted with some flexibility—for example, with classes outside the school timetable. Other students may have the option of taking an advanced course at university level.
In line with flexible progression initiatives, the College provides a Pathways program which offers students the opportunity to complete HSC courses (Year 12 classes) over two years and a number of enrichment and acceleration programs.
Curriculum Structure Years 9 & 10
Core studies are in English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, PDHPE. In Year 9, students supplement their core educational program with a choice of three electives. Year 10 students continue with two electives. Electives are chosen from the following learning areas:
- HSIE: Commerce, Global Studies and Environment
- Languages: Latin, Greek, Chinese, French and Italian
- PDHPE: Physical Activity and Sports Studies
- Technological and Applied Studies: Industrial Technology, Information and Software Technology, Agriculture Technology
- Creative and Performing Arts: Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Photographic and Digital Media Studies
Curriculum Structure Years 11 & 12
Subjects offered in Years 11 and 12 reflect the BOSTES requirements for satisfactory completion of the Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC) courses. At the completion of Year 10, boys are given advice by their class teachers, Heads of House, Heads of Faculties, Dean of Studies, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning and Careers Adviser to assist them in an appropriate choice of subjects for study in Years 11 and 12.
YEAR 11 (PRELIMINARY)
All students in Year 11 must choose at least 13 units of study across at least four separate subjects. At least one of these units must be in Studies of Religion.
BOSTES requires at least two units be in English and at least three courses must be of 2 unit value or greater. The following subjects are offered:
- Religious Education: Studies of Religion 1 Unit, Studies of Religion 2 Unit
- English: English Standard, English Advanced, English Extension 1
- Mathematics: Mathematics General, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Senior Science
- Ancient History, Modern History, Aboriginal Studies
- Geography, Economics, Business Studies
- French, Chinese, Latin, Greek, Italian
- Industrial Technology, Information Processing and Technology, Agriculture, Engineering Studies, Primary Industries
- Music: Music Course 1 and Course 2, Extension Music
- Visual Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies
- Vocational Education Courses studied at local TAFEs
Year 12 / HSC Study
HSC study requires all students to choose at least 11 units of study for Year 12 with at least one unit of study in Religious Education and at least two units in English. At least three courses must be of 2 unit value or greater and students are expected to continue in a broad pattern of study. More extension courses are introduced for study in the HSC year:
- History Extension
- Music Extension
- Mathematics Extension 2
- English Extension 2
- Languages Extension
We send home three academic reports: An interim report is sent at the end of Term 1 and is a brief assessment of a student’s application in four areas: attitude to learning, contribution to learning, completion of tasks and classroom behaviour. The more comprehensive Semester 1 Report (Term 2) and Semester 2 Report (Term 4) include the following:
- Student profile
- Learning outcomes
- Overall achievement
- Assessment schedule
- Course mark
- Course average
- Position in course
- A teacher comment