Our School - School Years

The school years section helps you get to know the important highlights of your child's learning activities from year to year.

Click on each year to find out about the focus of your child's learning, any upcoming national or state tests or assessments, and how to help them prepare for transitions as they progress through school.

There are links to great tips on how to help your child learn, and how to understand your child's schoolwork and homework.  Much of the information is also available in multiple community languages.

Year 7

Starting high school is a time of new experiences as your child adjusts to a new school, makes new friends and gets used to having different teachers and classrooms for each subject.

These resources can help with the transition to high school

New experiences
New teachers, new subjects and new friends require a different approach for students.

Getting involved
There are great opportunities for students to participate in 
extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

National test

Year 7 students sit the 
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. There are five tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Year 7 is the first time students use a calculator in one of the numeracy tests. The results of the NAPLAN test can help teachers and parents meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in the NAPLAN test.
 

See also

Understanding your child's schoolwork (also in community languages)From primary to high school - How parents can help (also in community languagesSubjects studied from Years 7 - 10Courses in Years 7-10Curriculum & activitiesWhat is NAPLAN? video (also in community languages)NAPLAN testsHigh school student site - for studentsNAPLAN- literacy and numeracy (also in community languages)


Help Your Child Learn
Study in high school requires a new approach. Your child can become more self-reliant and independent by getting into a routine and planning their weekly workload. They may need your help with getting used to new routines.


New experiences

New teachers, new subjects and new friends require a different approach for students.

Setting Priorities and Time Management
Good 
time management helps students juggle their many commitments and interests and establish good habits for life. Weekly and monthly planners can help your child with time management.

Help with Online Research
Students in the middle years need help with 
online research skills including finding, evaluating, communicating and reflecting on information.
 

See also

Literacy and numeracy tips (also in community languages)Teaching and learning exchangeTransition to high school - understanding your child's schoolwork (also in community languages)Researching onlineAsk now tag cloudPremier's Reading Challenge


Year 8

This year students continue to study courses, and at the end of the year choose the electives they will study in Years 9 and 10.

Getting Involved
There are great opportunities for students to participate in 
extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

Essential Secondary Science Assessment
All Year 8 students in NSW sit for the 
Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA) in Term 4. It is an interactive multimedia assessment called ESSAonline. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in Term 1 of Year 9.

Choosing Electives
At the end of Year 8, students will need to select the elective subjects they will study in Years 9 and 10. When making their decisions, students might consider their interests, what they're good at, their past performance and future career options.

 

See also

Subjects studied from Years 7 - 10Courses in Years 7-10 (PDF 244.KB)ESSA guide (also in community languages)ESSA: Student report information (also in community languages)Curriculum & activitiesUnderstanding your child's schoolwork (also in community languages)High school student site - for students

 
Help Your Child Learn
Students can use these tips as refreshers to maintain good habits and to stay on top of the busy learning and study routine.

Studying Tips
Tips for making study part of your child's everyday routine to avoid cramming for exams and tests.

Exam Tips

Tips and techniques for tests and exams that happen regularly throughout the year.

Setting Priorities and Time Management

Good 
time management helps students juggle their many commitments and interests and establish good habits for life. Weekly and monthly planners can help your child with time management.
 

See also

Literacy and numeracy tips (also in community languages)Teaching and learning exchangeResearching onlineAsk now tag cloudPremier's Reading Challenge


Year 9

Year 9 is the first year that students study elective subjects. Students also have a range of extra-curricular activities that they can choose to be involved in.


Getting Involved

There are great opportunities for students to participate in 
extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

National test
All Year 9 students sit for the 
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. There are five tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. One of the numeracy tests requires the use of a calculator. The results of the NAPLAN test help teachers meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in the NAPLAN test. See NAPLAN- literacy and numeracy(also in community languages).

Careers Advice
Our school Careers Adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training, based on aptitude and aspirations. There are many different study options available so it is important to make an early start and seek advice.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages)

 

See also

Curriculum & activitiesWhat is NAPLAN? video (also in community languages)NAPLAN testsSchool leaving age FAQsHigh school student site - for studentsLeaving school guides


Help Your Child Learn
Study in high school requires students to be self-reliant and independent, and your child will benefit from learning how to plan for and manage their school and personal life.

Studying Tips
Tips for making studying part of your child's everyday routine to avoid cramming for exams and tests.

Exam Tips

Tips and techniques for tests and exams that happen regularly throughout the year.

Setting Priorities and Time Management
Good 
time management helps students juggle their many commitments and interests and establish good habits for life. Weekly and monthly planners can help your child with time management.

 

See also

Teaching and learning exchangeResearching onlineAsk now tag cloud

 

Year 10
Year 10 is an important year of schooling. Students make exciting educational and life choices for the years ahead.

Wellbeing
Our staff members are available if students find Year 10 to be a challenging time. Students can talk to the year adviser, school counsellor or other staff if they feel stressed or need help.

Getting Involved
There are great opportunities for students to participate in 
extra-curricular events. This includes competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs also provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

Careers Advice
Our school careers adviser can help students to make educational choices, define a career direction and to select and prepare for future study and training.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages)

Choosing Subjects
Towards the end of Year 10, students continuing to the HSC must decide which subjects to study. See the Board of Studies Information Booklet for Year 10 Students, 
Studying for the HSC (PDF 347 KB). When making their decisions, students should consider their abilities, interests and their future career plans and options.

Students can also consider vocational education and training in schools,a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, or programs offered bytrade schools and trade training centres.

Talk with your child about their options and encourage them to see the careers adviser before making a decision.

School Leaving Age
Students are required to complete Year 10, and then to continue in either education or training, full-time paid employment, or a combination of education/training and employment until at least age 17.

Find out more at school leaving age and school leaving age FAQs, or contact our principal, year adviser or careers adviser. See school leaving age: also in community languages.

Job searching
These websites list job vacancies and apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities:



Help Your Child Learn
Maintaining good study habits is important this year.

Self-motivation and self-management is vital for senior students preparing for their HSC. It is important for students to settle into a good study routine early in the year, and learn to set priorities and develop strong time management skills. Help your child set priorities and manage their time.

See also
Maths onlineResearching onlineAsk now tag cloud  

Year 11

This year, students start preparing for the Higher School Certificate, so it's important your child settles into a good routine that balances study commitments and life outside of school.

Time Management Tips
Senior students need to be self-motivated. Here are useful links that will help your child stay focussed on their studies:

Preparing for the HSC
The subjects studied in Year 11 are preliminary subjects for HSC study and exams in Year 12.

Wellbeing
Year 11 can be a challenging time for students. Your child's year adviser and other staff are available to give support or students can make an appointment to see the school counsellor.

Careers Advice
Our school careers adviser can help students make educational choices, define a career direction and prepare for future study and training.

The careers advisory services website also offers help in clarifying course choices, employment opportunities, career pathways or training options. See career development for students (also in community languages).

 

See also

Studying for the HSCCurriculum & activitiesHigh school student site - for studentsLeaving school guidesParents guide to workplace learning (in community languages)

Help Your Child Learn
Year 11 is known as the Preliminary year, and it is important that students get into a good study routine from day one.

Study and Exams
Students can learn specific techniques for 
study and exam preparationand sharpen their written and oral skills.

HSC: All My Own Work
Advice on making sure HSC work is original and is properly referenced.

Past HSC Exam Papers
Completing 
past HSC exam papers can help your child prepare for the real exams at the end of the year.

HSC Dates and Events
Find out all of the key 
HSC dates and timetables for this year.

 

See also

HSC for parents (also in community languages)Beyond the HSCHSC onlineHow your HSC worksResearching onlineAsk now tag cloud


Year 12

Year 12 is a busy time for students as they study for the Higher School Certificate and make plans for life after school.

HSC Support
A range of online resources is available to help students and parents understand the HSC and prepare for assessment and examinations.

Balancing Commitments
This year it's more important than ever for students to 
balance commitments between their school, social and family life.

After Year 12
It's a good idea for your child to start thinking about careers that suit their interests and abilities as early as possible. You may like to talk with the careers adviser and research options together.

Resources, such as the following sites are readily available:

Future Study and Training Options
For students considering continuing with study, visiting the following links can help them make an informed decision: