Students take the exciting step into their High School years in Year 7 where they flourish in the new learning environment which greets them. The balance of intellectual/academic, artistic and practical subjects is maintained, but the orientation is now turned more to the outer world.
Our purpose-built facilities provide every opportunity for students to immerse themselves in their learning, perform practical work, openly participate in discussions, and delve into investigations.
While continuing to introduce the significant new themes of English and mathematics through main lessons, these lessons also focus on developing requisite skills through three practice lessons each per week.
Physics, chemistry and biology all continue through to Year 12.
History recapitulates studies of ancient through to modern cultures, but now from the perspective of understanding the underlying influences that shaped the different cultures and the qualities and ideas the peoples developed and brought into the world, culminating in an overview of the world today in Class 12.
Geography spans the four elements in the lessons from Class 9 to Class 12:
The Arts focus on the aesthetic element through a series of main lessons:
Painting, drawing and music continue as subject lessons to Class 11, becoming electives in Class 12.
Physical education is taught for all High School students, with a focus on fostering a love of exercise and healthy living.
Drama comes more into focus in the High School with the production of a full play in Class 10 and a final play in Class 12 that is rehearsed and performed within the last three weeks of the year. In each case the whole class is involved in the production and performance. The experience of taking on a role and playing someone else’s part in life fulfils an important need in adolescence when young people are searching for their own identity.
Students are given the chance to perform in our bespoke Living Arts Centre.
German and Japanese continues through to Class 12, students choosing one or the other from Class 10 on.
Woodwork is taught in Class 6 and extends into the Design Tech curriculum in High School for all students from Class 7 to the end of Class 10. Metalwork is also included in the Class 10 curriculum.
Class 11 and 12 students can choose to continue developing their skills Design Tech by choosing to focus on this area as part of their Senior studies.
Machine sewing is taught in Years 7 and 8.
The study of Gardening in Classes 5 and 6 expands into the study of Horticulture in High School from Class 7 through to to Class 10.
Various practical subjects form part of the curriculum as lessons for a year or less in high school. These include areas such as design tech and sewing, first aid and from time to time other craft activities such as weaving and basketry.
Camps form an integral part of certain subjects such as geography, surveying and botany and combine with outdoor education activities such as cycling, sailing, canoeing and bushwalking.
Our camps are often a favourite with students. They incorporate a wonderful balance of challenge and wonder. They are carefully planned to nourish connections with student learning, with each other and with nature.
Work experience is included as part of our important 3-year ‘Pathways’ program to allow students to meet the world. It incorporates opportunities to experience the world of work, to develop skills in collaboration and team work and offers them meaningfull opportunities to contribute to our community and the wider community.
Major core units in Year 12 include:
As well as the units:
Throughout High School most Main Lesson subjects have informal tests associated with them. The tests are used primarily to provide feedback to students on their understanding of aspects of the subjects, not particularly for grading purposes. This is in addition to the regular marking of work throughout the Main Lesson which culminates in a marking of the completed Main Lesson book as an expression of some/ all of their learning of the course. From Class 8 on, students are expected to complete the requirements of each subject within a given timeframe, and they are followed up if it is evident they are not accomplishing this.
In Years 11 and 12, both formative and summative assessments are used. A formative assessment is given to students as a matter of course in the reports on their work in all subjects.
A summative assessment for tertiary admission is also recorded and is available to students on request. A summative assessment of all units is made in Year 12. Our Year 12 curriculum offers an alternative to SACE, and students are given a SATAC Selection Score based on their substantial course work throughout the year, which includes an individual Special Project. Graduates of the school have been accepted into all South Australian universities, and have been successful across a broad range of disciplines in their tertiary studies.
We provide an education of the highest quality so that our students become balanced adult individuals, having developed clarity of thinking, sensitivity of feeling and strength of will.