Years 9 and 10
Our motto for this stage is “Learn to learn, learn to excel”
In Stage 5, students are trained to think about beginning their senior studies, which provides them with a key platform to further studies, either at TAFE or in senior school at William Carey.
Stage 5 students are required to study several compulsory subjects under BOSTES (Board of Studies NSW). The allocated time for these key learning areas are expressed by the number of periods in a fortnightly timetable cycle.
English (ten); Mathematics Stage 5.3, 5.2 or 5.1 (ten); Science (eight); HSIE – Geography in Year 9 and History in Year 10 (nine); Personal Development and Health (PDH) – which incorporates Physical Education (five); In addition, every student undertakes a Welfare lesson in their Pastoral Care class each fortnight on a Tuesday and also Tuesday Sport (two longer periods per cycle) and Biblical Studies (three).
Stage 5 is exciting for students as, for the first time in their school life, they are able to choose two elective subjects which cover six periods each. They are able to choose from a wide variety at WCCS:
Dance; Drama; Music; Photographic & Digital Media; Visual Arts.
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE):
Commerce; Elective History.
Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS).
Technological & Applied Studies (TAS):
Food Technology; Graphic Technology; Industrial Technology (Engineering); Industrial Technology (Metal); Industrial Technology (Timber); Information & Software Technology (IST); Textiles Technology.
Career guidance starts in Year 9 and we begin to sow the seeds of interest in jobs that may lie ahead. Students begin to think about Work Experience early in Year 10 and our Careers Department seek to guide them through the first steps of independence and working away from the classroom environment midway through Year 10.
Extracurricular activities at this time include sporting gala days, grade sport through MISA (Macarthur Independent Schools Association), lead or support roles in the biennial school musical and playing a part in our World Vision Project in Maphutseng, Lesotho.