1. Do we offer the same curriculum as other schools in NSW?
Yes. Our school is a fully registered and accredited non-government school in NSW. We are required to teach our students the same syllabuses as every other registered school in NSW. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), previously BOSTES, is responsible for developing the syllabuses to be taught in NSW from Kindergarten through to Year 12. All our teachers are fully accredited with NESA.
2. Do we offer electives in Stage 5 (Yr 9/10)?
Due to the timing and structure of our day, no electives have been added to our Stage 5 program, however some VET courses are offered to Stage 5 students after discussions with the Stage Co-ordinator. Our Stage 5 students continue to cover the mandatory subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE. Any spare classroom time is re-allocated back into these subjects. The student’s football and tennis training is not impacted and continues to have an allocated time slot of two hours.
3. What does our HSC program look like?
We offer the HSC via the vertical or compressed model of delivery. This model means:
- Students complete 3 full HSC subjects in Year 11 and then 3 full HSC subjects in Year 12.
- Students complete their HSC exams in the 3 subjects at the end of each year.
- Classes will include both Year 11 and Year 12 students.
- Year 11 classes commence prior to the start of the normal school year (Term 4, Week 5) and continue until the end of Term 3 the following year. Students then complete their HSC exams in early Term 4 and are ready to start Year 12 classes by Term 4, Week 5.
4. What subjects do we currently offer in our HSC program?
ATAR subjects – English, Maths, Business Studies, Biology, Earth and the Environment, PDHPE.
Non-ATAR subjects – English Studies, Sport Lifestyle and Recreation Studies, Marine Studies, Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, VET Sport and Recreation, VET Sport Coaching.
The AFC ‘C’ Coaching licence is available to our HSC football students with coaching sessions and evaluations performed on site.
5. What is the current ratio of male to female students?
15% female … and growing!
Please note, numbers differ from one class to another.
6. What do students do during their sport time if they are injured?
For short term injuries, students are instructed to seek professional advice from a doctor or physio and come to training with a specialised program. Our school football, tennis and strength & conditioning coaches will supervise their rehabilitation programs.
For long term injuries, the same as above will take place with the addition of providing a teacher supervised classroom for students to continue their class work.
7. How is strength and conditioning included as part of the school sport program?
For primary and stage 4 (Yr 7/8) students, our strength & conditioning program is based around physical literacy. This involves activities which focus on speed, agility, flexibility and balance and does not involve a weights program.
For senior students that are in stage 5 (Yr 9/10) & stage 6 (Yr 11/12), our strength & conditioning program is based around building a body that is sport specific. Our school gym, aka “The Shed” is the hub for a sport specific gym program and it is supervised by our football, tennis and strength & conditioning coaches.