Classes and Subjects
Lessons are generally quite interactive, as you will notice that the Australian education
system promotes a wide range of active learning, whether it’s collaborating with peers
or having class discussions. The education system here generally leans towards an
inquiry based learning approach as well as allowing students to develop strong critical
In Years 8, 9 and 10, students are given the option to select 2 subjects from an assorted
range of subjects including ‘Food Technology’, ‘Commerce’, ‘Drama’, ‘French’,
‘Japanese’, etc. These subjects are taken throughout the year alongside their usual
core subjects- Maths, Science, English etc. The freedom to choose between various
subjects allows for students to take advantage of their interests and strengths.
From Year 11 onwards, students may choose subjects from an even wider selection,
ranging from subjects such as ‘Business Studies’, ‘Legal Studies’, ‘Maths Extension’,
‘English Extension’, ‘Modern History’, ‘Psychology’ and so on. The only mandatory
subject is English. Their decisions are typically based on particular career paths they
wish to pursue or subjects that will enhance their ATAR (Further explained below).
Study of Preliminary and HSC courses
In Years 11 and 12, you will complete your ‘Higher School Certificate’ or ‘HSC’ courses.
This applies to NSW only . The Higher School Certificate is the credential awarded to
secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school level studies
(Years 11 AND 12 or equivalent). Your HSC performance will determine your ATAR.
The ATAR or Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank is the number which determines a
student’s entry into university. Universities that are predominantly of top priorities in
Australia include ‘University of Melbourne’, ‘UNSW’, ‘University of Sydney’, ‘Monash
University’, ‘Australian National University’ etc.
Transition from highschool to university
Your last years in highschool may seem overwhelming, which is why
you will be guided along every aspect of the transfer from highschool to
university by your teachers, as well as your principal. You can trust them
to make your transition easier for you, as you will be provided with
booklets and information sources.
Tel： 02 9264 1911