CURRICULUM - ST SCHOLASTICA'S STAGE 5
Stage 5 of the curriculum encompasses Years 9 and 10. At this stage of the curriculum students enter into a larger degree of ownership of their studies with the introduction of electives. Subjects are studied in both Years 9 and 10 and this stage of the curriculum may be looked at as a block. At the end of Year 10 students are typically awarded the NSW School Certificate.
Students in Years 9 and 10 complete both Mandatory and Elective courses of study. Mandatory studies are in the areas of: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship. Elective studies are offered in the areas of: Aboriginal Studies, Commerce, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, French, History, Geography, Information Software and Technology, Italian, Japanese, Music, Talented Students, Textile Technology and Visual Art. Students are also able to access The Open High School and the Saturday School of Community languages to study languages other than English not already offered within the College’s timetable.
Stage 5 elective courses are chosen each year and operate on a semester basis. Each course has semester units of study. Information about Stage 5 electives is available in the Junior Course Book, available from the College in August and updated every year. Students are encouraged to be flexible in their elective choice and as such are able to complete three electives. Typically a St Scholastica’s student will study two electives of 200 hours and one elective for 100 hours. All elective study is credentialed to the School Certificate.