Curriculum & activities

Knowing what your child is learning helps you support them throughout their education.

In this section you can find out how public education works and the range of learning opportunities offered for students to challenge their thinking, and make the most of their unique talents.

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HEATHCOTE HIGH SCHOOL

CURRICULUM 2016

 

YEAR 7 CURRICULUM

KEY LEARNING AREA

SUBJECT(S)

ORGANISATION

English

English

Literacy

5 periods per week

1 Period a week

Mathematics

Mathematics

5 periods per week

Science

Science

5 periods per week

Human Society & Its Environment

History

Geography

Geography is studied for 5 periods per week

Technological and Applied Studies

Technology Mandatory

Design & Technology (including Computer Awareness) are studied for 4 periods per week

Languages Other Than English

French

Indonesian

French or Indonesian are studied for 1 period per week

 

Creative Arts

Music

Visual Arts

Both Music and Visual Arts are each studied for 2 periods per week

 

PDHPE

Personal Development

Health

Physical Education

 

3 periods per week

 

Tutorial   1 period

  

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

KEY LEARNING AREA

SUBJECT(S)

ORGANISATION

English

English

Literacy

4 periods per week

1 period a week

Mathematics

Mathematics

5 periods per week

Science

Science

6 periods per week

Human Society & Its Environment

History

Geography

History and Geography are each studied for 5 periods per week for two terms

Technological and Applied Studies

Technology Mandatory

Design & Technology (including Computer Awareness) are studied for 5 periods per week

Languages Other Than English

French

Indonesian

French or Indonesian are studied for 4 periods per week

 

Creative Arts

Music

Visual Arts

Both Music and Visual Arts are each studied for 2 periods per week

 

PDHPE

Personal Development

Health

Physical Education

 

4 periods per week

 

 

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

KEY LEARNING AREA

SUBJECT(S)

ORGANISATION

English

English

Literacy

5 periods per week

1 period per week

Mathematics

Mathematics

5 periods per week

Science

Science

5 periods per week

Human Society & Its Environment

History

Geography

Geography is studied for 5 periods per week 

 

PDHPE

Personal Development

Health

Physical Education

 

3 periods per week

 

Electives

Large range of courses offered

Three Electives are studied for 4 periods each per week

 

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

KEY LEARNING AREA

SUBJECT(S)

ORGANISATION

English

English

5 periods per week

Mathematics

Mathematics

6 periods per week

Science

Science

5 periods per week

Human Society & Its Environment

History

Geography

History and Geography are each studied for 5 periods per week for two terms

 

PDHPE

Personal Development

Health

Physical Education

 

3 periods per week

 

Electives

Large range of courses offered

Three Electives are studied for 4 periods each per week

 

ELECTIVES

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a standardised, compulsory program of study. During Years 9 and 10 they are able to choose three new subjects from a range of elective courses. Currently the school is running the following courses:

Forensic Archaeology (History Studies), Commerce,  Visual Arts, Photographic & Digital Media, Indonesian,  Music, Drama, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Child Studies, Physical Activities and Sports Studies, Industrial Technology (Timber, Metals, Mechatronics, Electronics, Multimedia, Digital Photography and Art Metal), Graphics Technology, Marine & Aquaculture Technology  and Information & Software Technology. We also offer French and Aboriginal Studies.

 

YEARS 11 AND 12 CURRICULUM

Students have a very wide selection of courses available to them during the senior years. English is the only subject which must be studied for the Higher School Certificate, though the vast majority of students continue in their studies of Mathematics.

Currently the school is running the following courses:

English (all courses), Mathematics (all courses), Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Senior Science, Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation, Business Studies, Geography, Legal Studies, Society & Culture, Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, PDHPE, Community & Family Studies, Food Technology, Textiles & Design,  Hospitality,  Engineering Studies, Software Design & Development, Industrial Technology (Timber and Furniture), Construction, Metals & Engineering, Visual Arts, Music, Drama.

The following subjects are offered to students each year: Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Studies, Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, Economics, Exploring Early Childhood, Design and Technology, Information Processes and Technology, French, Indonesian and Aboriginal Studies.

Three of these subjects – Hospitality, Construction and Metals & Engineering – are VET courses offering the students dual accreditation towards TAFE entry and the HSC. Our students also take up the opportunity to complete TAFE courses while at school, in a range of areas.

 

LEARNING ASSISTANCE

Heathcote High School provides comprehensive assistance to students who struggle with aspects of their learning. Our Student Learning Support Officers are available five days per week to support students via team teaching, individual and small group withdrawal. They are part of an active Learning Support Team, which monitors the progress of targeted students and devises individual support plans that involve parents, class teachers, careers, year advisers, counsellors, and other school staff and community professionals where necessary.

Important learning assistance programs in our school include the Multilit Program, a peer tutor assistance scheme developed by Macquarie University, targeting students in Years 9 and 10 with literacy deficits. Another innovation has been the introduction of a small class strategy in Year 7. When student numbers permit, one of the Year 7 groups is reduced in size to cater for students who would benefit from more individual help and a slower pace of learning.

 

GIFTED AND TALENTED

Heathcote High School emphasises excellence and opportunity. We believe in building a school culture where individual striving and high achievement are recognised and rewarded.

We cater for talented and gifted students in a range of ways. We introduced a Selective Class in 2000, where selected students in each year are placed in a separate class and experience a differentiated curriculum. The strategy has been very successful in meeting the learning needs of this group of children.

Other initiatives include the identification of high-achieving students for inclusion in special activities, including an inquiry-based excursion to Sydney University.Gifted students, in subjects such as Music and Art, also receive extra tuition to nurture their abilities. An instance of this is the annual inclusion of our students in the National Art School's Intensive Studio HSC Extension Practice.

We encourage wide participation in state and national academic competitions in English, Mathematics, Science, Economics, Languages and Geography, and promote the value of community competitions, emphasising public speaking and leadership. We also support our students with talents in sport and performing arts to further develop and hone their abilities, by providing them with opportunities to compete both within and beyond the school. Our students regularly achieve a high degree of excellence in all of these performance avenues.

In 2007 Heathcote High School received the Director-General's School Achievement Award, in recognition of the high quality of our gifted and talented programs. We are one of the few schools in NSW to have achieved such an accolade.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

A wide range of activities is available to the students. These activities are led by enthusiastic staff who give freely of the time and expertise. Activities include Duke of Edinburgh Award, debating, vocal group, public speaking, Wakakirri, training for sporting competitions, drama and musical performances (such as MADD Night). Annually the school runs ski trips, student leadership programs and school camps for Years 7 and 11. Biannually, students participate in a cultural exchange visit to Japan. When travel conditions allow, students are given the opportunity to travel to France.

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND CAREERS PROGRAMS

Students at Heathcote High School have a comprehensive range of vocational education programs available to them. These include:

  • Full-time careers advisor;
  • Dual-accredited courses in Hospitality, Construction and Metals & Engineering in the senior years, including significant periods of work placement;
  • Triple M for boys in Year 9 and Girls program for Year 8 students;
  • Careers education in Years 9 and 10;
  • Targeted work experience for students in Years 9 to 12;
  • School to work preparation programs; and
  • School industry links.

 

SPORT

Heathcote High School is an acknowledged leader in providing opportunities and obtaining excellent outcomes in individual and team sports. Our students participate in a full range of state knockouts and team competitions, including Australian rules, cricket, soccer, tennis, netball, touch, rugby league, water polo and volleyball.

 

The school holds swimming, athletics and cross-country carnivals, and has a reputation for sending strong teams to zone, regional and state competitions. Formal school assemblies recognise sporting effort and achievement.

 

Heathcote HS is the current national champion school in mountain-biking, a title we have won nine years in a row.