Stage 6: Years 11 Preliminary and 12 HSC
Year 11 Preliminary
The work ethic and commitment required for the Preliminary year is significant. The Preliminary courses are introductory in nature, allowing our girls to experience content with which they may be unfamiliar. Academic counselling helps the girls make the best decisions they can. The pastoral foundations of the College, including the pervasive sense of community, are instrumental in the support and guidance of our Preliminary girls as they face an increased pace and workload as well as a cultural change in their relationships with their teachers. This is a very exciting and challenging year for all our Year 11 girls and one which is met head on with an attitude of confidence, optimism and perseverance.
Year 12 HSC
Our Year 12 girls experience ever-increasing confidence in their academic ability as they approach their Higher School Certificate exams. There is a heavy emphasis on collaboration, with teachers and with each other, through the sharing of resources and ideas and also moral and emotional support. This community endeavour goes a long way to ensuring that each student achieves her personal best.
While the main academic focus is on addressing the rigorous demands of assessment tasks, juggling the completion of major works and fine-tuning performances, the girls are also challenged daily to engage in more sophisticated ways of thinking about their subject content and to apply all their academic skills at every opportunity. Through the academic rigour and independence expected of our Year 12 girls they emerge ready for wherever their future may take them.
Subjects are offered according to student demand therefore not all subjects run every year.
English – Compulsory
- English Advanced
- English Standard
- English Extension 1
- English Extension 2 (studied in Year 12)
- English as a Second Language
- English Studies
- English Fundamentals
“My Advanced English class is completely interactive. We get really deep into the text because we’re always debating ideas and we know our teacher values our contribution to the discussion.” – Bella, Yr 11.
- General Mathematics 2
- Mathematics 2 Unit
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Extension 2 (studied in Year 12)
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Senior Science
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Community and Family Studies
Technology and Applied Studies
- Textiles and Design
- Food Technology
- Design and Technology
- Information Processes and Technology
“I’ve discovered that my Business Studies and Design and Tech electives both help me to come up with innovative ideas and my analytical skills are growing all the time. It’s all about putting what you learn together, thinking about it and acting on it in a complex way. Isn’t that called higher order thinking? That’s definitely what we do.” – Lillian, Yr 11.
Religion – Compulsory in Year 11 Preliminary
- Studies of Religion 1
- Studies of Religion 2
“We chose Studies of Religion 2 because it is so relevant to the world today. It gives us a very broad perspective on the major world religions and helps us to think in a more informed way about current events.” – Chloe and Christian, Yr 11.
Human Society and its Environment
- Society and Culture
- Business Studies
- Legal Studies
- Ancient History
- Modern History
- History Extension (studied in Year 12)
“In Modern History our teacher connects us to the past and the present in ways that make sense to us. It makes us think about what kind of future we want to build.” – Lucy, Yr 11.
- Tourism and Events
All languages may be offered at either Beginners, Continuers, Background Speakers or Extension levels based on student demand.
Performing and Creative Arts
- Visual Arts
- Visual Arts (Media)
- Music 1 Unit
- Music 2 Unit
- Music Extension
The Open High School or TAFE
Students may also elect to study a subject through the Open High School or to undertake an external TAFE course.