Our curriculum is derived from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) (formerly BOSTES) syllabus requirements in conjunction with the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Course Outlines published annually for parents and students describe course and assessment offerings from Kindergarten to Year 12.
A full academic program is offered from Kindergarten to Year 12, with progressive learning and skill development each year leading students to confidently sit examinations for the award of the Year 10 School Certificate and the Year 12 Higher School Certificate. Studies of Religion are regarded as being of special importance in nurturing the Christian growth of Senior Students. All students are required, therefore, to enrol in this subject and to achieve a level of performance equal to the average of their other academic subjects.
The following guidelines are available to families in the Senior School Student Guide and via the Learning Management System, SEQTA Engage:
• Course Outlines
• Course Assessments, Evaluations and Reports
• Incomplete Assignment Policy
• Examination Rules and Appeals processes
• Homework Expectations
• Library, ICT and associated Policies
Extended Academic Opportunities
In partnership with our industry and institutional partners, Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of academic co-curricular opportunities such as external English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, and Computer competitions. Students may also complete courses which enhance their organisational skills, debating, public speaking and, Mock Trials. These courses all provide practical, stimulating and confidence-building opportunities.
Student Support Program
The College is at the forefront of a ‘best practice’ student-support initiative entitled, ‘Optimising the Learning Potential of Students.’ A comprehensive assessment of all students is undertaken at key points in schooling. This provides the school and parents with a comprehensive profile for each student. Moreover, it provides an informed basis upon which teachers, counsellors, chaplains, administrators, and parents can respond to the respective needs of each student in order to optimise learning potential. Parents and teachers can review the academic and pastoral care requirements of students using real-time information via SEQTA Engage, the College’s Learning Management System.
The Career Guidance program of the College places considerable emphasis on preparing and guiding students in their professional and vocational choices. As prospective leaders in the community, students are encouraged to recognise the value and dignity of work, responsibility, reliability, initiative, and enterprise.
Career Guidance begins in Term 1 of Year 10 with all students taking part in Careers Testing. The testing tool we use is online and gives immediate feedback to the students, which they are then able to share with their parents. In Term 2, the College holds a Subject Expo evening for all Year 10 students and their parents. During this evening, the HSC is explained and the subjects offered are discussed. All HSC teachers are present to talk to interested students and parents about their subject following the presentation. Following the Subject Expo evening, all students meet individually with the Careers Adviser, to discuss future plans and their HSC subject choices. Parents are welcome to contact the Careers Adviser at any time during this process, if they have questions about their child’s subject selections.
Towards the end of Year 11, all students meet with the Careers Adviser, following their end of Preliminary Year Exams. At this meeting, their exam results are discussed and a decision is made as to which subject they are going to drop, moving into Year 12.
In Year 12, students meet with the Careers Adviser at least twice. The first time is after their Mid Year Exams, when possible university courses are discussed, along with their exam results. The second time is after their Trial Exams, when students start to make decisions around which university courses to apply for. During this meeting, students are given guidance about the application process.
At all times during Years 10, 11 and 12, students are encouraged to drop in to the Careers Adviser, for help with job applications, resumes, references, and any other assistance required for opportunities they may be exploring following their schooling.