Stage 6: Years 11 Preliminary and 12 HSC
Commitment and Collaboration
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 will help your daughter make the best decisions she 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.
In Year 12 there is a heavy emphasis on collaboration, both with teachers and with each other. This means sharing resources and ideas and also emotional support. This community endeavour goes a long way to ensuring that each student achieves her personal best. The maxim, ‘Together we are greater than the sum of our parts’, is an integral part of academic life at Stella!
Subjects Typically Offered in Stage 6
Subjects are offered according to sufficient 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 an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
- English Studies
“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.
- Mathematics Standard 2
- Mathematics Advanced
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Extension 2 (studied in Year 12)
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Investigating Science
Technology and Applied Studies
- Textiles and Design
- Food Technology
- Design and Technology
- Information Processes and Technology
- Industrial Technology – Multimedia Technologies
“I’ve discovered that my Business Studies and Design 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.” – Lillian, Yr 11.
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Community and Family Studies
Religion – Compulsory in Year 11 Preliminary
- Studies of Religion 1
- Studies of Religion 2
- Studies in Catholic Thought
“I 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, Yr 11.
- Other languages available through the NSW School of Languages
All languages may be offered at a range of levels from Beginners to Extension based on student demand.
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
- Other courses available through TAFE
Performing and Creative Arts
- Visual Arts
- Visual Arts (Media)
- Music 1
- Music 2
- Music Extension
The Open High School
Students may also elect to study a subject through the Open High School.