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Teaching and Learning

Our core business is providing students with the pathways and opportunities they need to succeed in their academic studies. As such, our curriculum offerings are broad, relevant and engaging, and our support and extension programs are designed to provide every student with every opportunity to succeed.

Our Teaching and Learning philosophy places significant emphasis on students developing critical skills which will enable them to be successful in the community and the workforce. Supported by the use of technology, our staff assist students to become creative, communicative, collaborative, self-directed, reflective and critical thinkers. Our curriculum offers opportunities for those pursuing academic learning as well as those wishing to enter vocational study, and balances traditional subjects with the development of key employability skills.

The Teaching and Learning Program in Years 7 to 9 allows students to connect with the Australian Curriculum in meaningful and authentic ways, and allows them to explore their own personal strengths and preferences through a range of elective subjects. This combination makes for a learning experience which students can, to a point, tailor to their own strengths and preferences.

The Teaching and Learning Program continues in Years 10 to 12 and allows students to build on the skills they have developed in previous years, applying them at a deeper level and in more complex situations. A large focus is placed on ensuring that students are well-equipped with the skills they will require for the world beyond school, and to foster an appreciation of the importance of lifelong learning. In addition to a relevant curriculum, students are also offered substantial career guidance and investigation where they can explore possible career pathways and make well-informed decisions.

Throughout Years 10 to 12, other activities are provided for students to assist them in preparing thoroughly for the rigours of Senior Schooling.

From 2019, students will engage with the new Senior Curriculum and work towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

A number of vocational offerings are available to Year 10, ranging from Certificate I to Diploma courses. Students also have the option to undertake a university subject whilst in their Senior years.

Before school and weekend tutoring is also offered in some subjects to students to assist them in gaining necessary additional assistance, or to further extend their ability and understanding within the subjects offered.

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Subject Offering

We encourage all students to strive to do their best academically, and have designed a curriculum which allows young people multiple opportunities to succeed and position themselves effectively to develop knowledge and learning habits which will serve them well in university, the workplace and for a lifetime. The core subjects outlined, in line with Australian Curriculum requirements, are established to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to be successful at school and beyond. We also believe that it is important for students to have the opportunity to exercise choice through elective and extension subjects they are interested in, in order to prepare a pathway for their future.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Philosophical InquiryPhilosophical InquiryHealth and Physical Education
Digital SolutionsEnterprisePhilosophical Enquiry
EnterpriseChineseThe Rite Journey
ChineseHealth and Physical EducationWork Studies
Health and Physical EducationMusic
DramaVisual Art
Visual ArtDance
Religious and Values EducationWork studies
DanceReligious and Values Education

Faculty Overviews

Mathematics and Science Faculty

At TSAC we believe that the academic and personal success of students is dependent upon their learning experiences and the development of their core skills which enable them to engage in the curriculum and also have confidence and ability to communicate in problem solving and STEM environments. Real world industries, corporations and technology, and elements such as coding are embedded within the curriculum for all students. Students also connect with local community organisations to collaborate in teams and solve problems beyond the classroom environment. The Thinking Science Program enables students to explore their natural  curiosity about the scientific world that surrounds them. In Mathematics, student groupings are created to provide an environment for teachers to best support students’ mathematical abilities. All students study Mathematics and Science as core subjects. Psychology is also available as an elective in the suite of elective subjects for Years 7 to 9.

English and Languages Faculty

The staff in the English and Languages Faculty support students to become reflective learners, with the ability to work independently, collaborate with others and think critically and creatively. Within English, students are assisted to become confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed, empathetic citizens. Throughout Middle Schooling, our program supports and extends all students, and a balance is sought between foundation literacy skills and embracing technological innovations, enabling students to collaborate and access the curriculum at a level appropriate to their individual needs. A selection of Modern Foreign Languages is available to students, both as a core and elective subjects in the Middle School, including Mandarin Chinese and French. Throughout these subjects, students develop the core skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, aided by the use of technology.

Humanities Faculty

The Humanities Faculty focuses on the core subjects of Geography and History, with students connecting with local, national and global communities to analyse the world in which they live and develop a solid foundation of understanding, skills and values. Students are also encouraged to create new ideas and apply these across subject disciplines in real-world situations. Students also study the core subject of Philosophical Inquiry. During these lessons students are learning how to think, not what to think. They consider big issues which are fundamental to the way we live our lives and learn to be respectful of others’ ideas. Students also learn to listen to one another and demonstrate respect during disagreements. They also develop the skills to explore and consider alternative viewpoints and recognise flawed reasoning. Philosophical Inquiry develops students who are confident, collaborative, critical thinkers with a strong moral and social conscience.

Design, Technology and Business Faculty

Within the Design, Technology and Business Faculty, students learn the skills needed to thrive and lead in an ever-changing landscape where skills in digital literacy and entrepreneurship will be key to their future success. They also have the opportunity to be involved in various collaborative problem solving tasks such as Robotics Challenges. Subjects within the faculty include: Design Technology, Graphics and Interior Design, Digital Design and Coding, and Enterprise. These subjects are offered within the Year 8 elective rotation as well as in the Year 9 elective offerings. The subjects in this faculty are extremely beneficial in developing skills such as critical thinking, entrepreneurship, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving. Students learn about the interrelationship between business, enterprise and technology. Through exposure to real-world problems, students use innovative thinking to analyse impacts from a local, national or global perspective. All of the subjects in this faculty rely on relevant and up to date technology in order for students to expand on the skills necessary in a digital world. All students learn the language of coding and how it can be applied in a range of situations.

Creative Arts Faculty

Subjects within the Creative Arts Faculty provide students with unique and crucial skills essential in today’s workforce. In Years 7 and 8, all students study Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art, where they are encouraged to develop their ability to creatively approach tasks, work with others and solve problems. Students learn to be adaptive, flexible, reflective and expressive, while developing a strong sense of self. These subjects are then offered as elective subjects from Year 9. Within the elective rotation in Year 7 and 8, students are also able to select Media, which brings together the key learnings of Art subjects in an audio visual environment, further encouraging students to critique their work and the work of others. Accelerated Music is also offered in the elective rotation, providing the opportunity for musically-able students to further extend their abilities in Musicology, Performance and Composition. Instrumental Music is also available to all students in Middle School. Students undertake lessons in a group setting, with highly qualified professional musicians who are specialists on their chosen instrument(s). A large number of ensembles are also available to students.

Health and Physical Education Faculty

The Middle School Health and Physical Education Faculty provides a dynamic, engaging and collaborative approach to teaching and learning that is responsive to the full range of needs, interests and achievements of our students. Students investigate and use strategies and practices that enhance their own and others’ health, wellbeing and safety. Students develop movement skills and strategies which enable them to confidently and competently participate in sports such as swimming, athletics, cross country, invasion games and striking games. Health components including active lifestyles, values, drug and alcohol education, food and nutrition, are also covered within HPE as part of the Australian Curriculum requirements. HPE is compulsory for all students, but elective Physical Education is also available in the Year 7 and 8 rotation and also the Year 9 elective offerings. Students in this subject are able to further develop their practical skills and their understanding of theoretical components such as the musculo-skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system and Performance Analysis. Health is also offered as an additional elective subject from Year 9, and is an excellent introduction to topics relevant to students interested in careers in the medical industry. In addition to our vibrant and relevant curriculum, designed for the needs of adolescents, we also have a series of dedicated approaches to ensuring that our students have every opportunity to succeed and flourish.

Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics is the process of using school data, statistical analysis and modelling to gain insights into student performance. It gives school leaders, teachers, parents and students access to rich academic data which informs teaching practice and school management. The Learning Analytics platform provided by the College is a comprehensive educational data analysis solution which aggregates, analyses, and publishes academic data in real-time. Our students have access to results as they are recorded within the platform, which they can use to monitor progress and create targets to aim for to improve their academic success.

Learning Enhancement

We are aware that no two students learn in the same ways or at the same speed. As such, we have a comprehensive Learning Enhancement program which is an extension of the core curriculum across all year levels, offering additional opportunities for students who show interest and potential in a variety of areas. Academic Extension The College wide approach to academic extension is led by the Coordinator of Academic Extension, in close consultation with the Director of Teaching and Learning, and Heads of Department. This ensures that all programs encourage personal academic excellence through the application of inquiry-based learning and higher order thinking skills. The collaborative design of the curriculum allows students opportunities to tackle complex, challenging and open-ended problems that promote higher order thinking skills, and meaningful tasks with practical application and collaborative students led projects. Academic Extension Program has three areas which include:

  • Focused extension programs
  • Flexible groupings
  • Differentiation of student learning

Focused Extension Programs The purpose of extension programs is to provide the appropriate level of academic challenge for the needs of individual students, including their intellectual, social and emotional development. Focused extension programs include:

  • Classroom Extension Elective Programs
  • Extra-curricular programs in STEM, Debating, UNSW competitions, Poetry Feast, The Australian Maths Competition, Kids Lit Quiz, Maths Olympiad, da Vinci Decathlon, and Optiminds
  • Access to external programs such as Days of Excellence

The College philosophy for extension is based on understanding the different needs of individual children. When students are able to demonstrate a working knowledge beyond year level expectations, the Academic Extension Coordinator and teachers collaboratively plan for extension opportunities in one or all focused extension programs. Flexibility in Class Groupings We focus on a student’s ability and interest. As such, it is not always appropriate or in the best interests of a student for them to stay in one class which progresses through the school year by year. Where appropriate, our approach can include movement between classes in order to cater for the individual needs of children, creating a rate, depth and rigour of learning in keeping with their ability. We believe a student’s extension is part of the daily curriculum and it is through flexible grouping that this can be achieved. Implementing a balanced inclusion and withdrawal approach ensures students are extended in their areas of talent through their learning program, not just for one lesson per week. A range of flexible groupings is formulated across all areas of the College based on students’ academic and personal learning needs:

  • Ability groupings within classes
  • Subject specific extension classes for Year 7 and beyond
  • Subject acceleration
  • Year level acceleration
  • Early access to University entry subjects

Differentiation of Student Learning Students in all classes are challenged according to their specific needs with all teachers practicing our commitment to individual excellence through a differentiated approach, which involves responding constructively to what students know and need, providing multiple learning pathways so that students can have access to the most appropriate learning opportunities commensurate with their potential to learn. Through the design of rich and challenging learning experiences, our teachers ensure all students have the opportunity for extension within the classroom environment and enrichment beyond the classroom. Learning Support We provide a caring, nurturing environment in which every student is recognised as an individual with unique strengths. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to access the curriculum at a level of challenge that is appropriate for them. We provide a continuum of support with increasingly focused and personalised teaching and intervention at each successive layer including curriculum differentiation, intensive learning support teaching, and the provision of Support Plans. The College identifies the appropriate layer of support through analysis of student data and ongoing monitoring of student progress.

Secondary Schooling

The Secondary School aims to provide all students with a supportive and encouraging environment, conducive to learning and to personal growth and development. The College offers modern learning technologies and enrichment opportunities to promote a truly holistic approach to student development.

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Student Care

We pride ourselves on having a safe and welcoming community, where all people are valued for the person they are and the contribution they make. With our Anglican ethos underpinning all of our behaviours, we aim to educate our students to be compassionate, caring and positive contributors to our community.

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Student Life

We believe that the important learning experiences that a school provides happen in and outside of the classroom, and our vibrant and varied leadership opportunities, student activities and co-curricular programs are vital in allowing us to achieve our goals of educating the mind, body and spirit of our students.

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