Curriculum

The academic curriculum is organized around the ideals of a liberal education.

The subjects we teach are broadly pre-vocational, and throughout a boy's life at Grammar, we insist that he pursue a range of academic studies. This is most important in the final two years, where we do not allow boys simply to take English, Mathematics and Science for their Higher School Certificate, but insist on a basic breadth requirement which means that at least two humanities subjects must be taken.

The list below provides a general guide to the curriculum, although it should be noted that certain combinations of subjects may not be available every year because of staffing and timetable constraints. The School also reserves the right to withdraw a subject from its programme. General questions about details of subject choices are dealt with by the Director of Studies.

Form I

All boys take English, Mathematics, Science, Latin, French, History, Geography, Art, Applied Arts, Music and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Form II

All boys take English, Mathematics, Science, Mandatory History and Geography, Art, Applied Arts, Music and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, and two electives. One elective is chosen from Latin, German, History or Geography and the other from Classical Greek, French, Italian, Chinese, History or Geography.

Form III

All boys take English, Mathematics, Science, Australian Studies and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Form II electives are normally continued. A third elective is chosen from Accelerated Classical Greek/Italian/German, Sanskrit, History, Geography, Art, Applied Arts or Music.

Form IV

All boys take English, Mathematics, Science, Australian Studies and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, and continue with their three electives from Form III.

Form V and VI

In line with the School's requirements for breadth of study, all boys must study six subjects in Form V. In Form VI boys must study a minimum of four subjects, including at least two humanity subjects. We normally require a boy to study 12 units in Form VI. English is taken by all boys. In addition to English, HSC Courses are offered in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Latin, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Economics, Visual Arts, Design & Technology, Music, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, and Studies of Religion (1 unit course only). 1 unit extension courses are available in English, Mathematics, Latin, Classical Greek, History, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Music. A second extension course is available in English and Mathematics making it possible to study four units of both of these subjects.