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Year 9 Curriculum

General Information
All courses of study offered by the College are following syllabuses either produced or approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards in New South Wales. In Years 9 and 10 English and Mathematics classes are graded, and students in Science, Australian History and Australian Geography classes are clustered based on their ability. Students must study one Mathematics course (this is mandatory).

Assessment & Reporting
All subjects completed by the end of Stage 5 contribute to the mandatory hours of study set by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards in New South Wales. Each course sets regular homework for students in Years 9 and 10. An assessment manual is also distributed to students at the beginning of the year indicating the due dates for all assessments. Examinations form part of this assessment. An Effort & Behaviour report is emailed home each school term. Semester reports are produced for each semester and parent-teacher evenings are held twice per year following the reporting periods.

Study Lines - Year 9

Subjects offered in Year 9 are:

Compulsory courses:

  • Religion
  • English
  • Mathematics 5.1 or 5.2 or 5.3
  • Science
  • Geography

Elective Courses (Students select TWO courses from this list and follow them through for both Years 9 & 10 (Stage 5).

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Technology
  • History Elective
  • Industrial Technology – Electronics or Multimedia or Timber
  • Information Software Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Activity and SportsScience
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Design

To find out more about the courses offered at the College please visit the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW