Our curriculum and electives

Our curriculum pushes the boundaries of your child’s academic abilities while helping them grow into independent learners capable of creative and critical thinking.

Your child can choose from a wide variety of electives while still completing the NSW Board of Studies’ curriculum.

Our curriculum helps students to find the courage to extend beyond their comfort zone in all aspects of life to achieve their best both academically and personally.

Early Childhood Centre curriculum

All activities and programs implemented at Pittwater House Early Childhood Centre are based on the Early Years Learning Framework, the national curriculum set out by the Australian Council of Governments.

The framework is a holistic approach to early-learning. It acknowledges that play is the best vehicle for early-learning as it provides the most appropriate stimuli for brain development.

We focus on five learning outcomes:

  1. Children have a strong sense of identity

  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  4. Children are confident and involved learners

  5. Children are effective communicators

Junior School, K-6 curriculum

For our junior students, we develop lessons in line with the NSW Education Standards Authority syllabus and their six key learning areas:

  • Mathematics

  • English

  • Human society and its environment (HSIE)

  • Science and technology

  • Creative arts

  • Physical development, health and physical education (PDHPE)

We enhance this standard syllabus with extra subjects related to:

  • Language (such as French and Chinese), taught by our specialised, foreign language teachers
  • Music and choir
  • Visual arts
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Physical education and health

Senior School, 7-12 curriculum

We emphasise traditional subjects while offering an engaging variety of electives.

All students in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) study the compulsory core subjects:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Geography

  • History

  • Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE)

  • Music

  • Visual arts

  • Language

  • Technology

STEM: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics

STEM is extremely popular with our students and is a core part of our curriculum.

Rather than separate subjects, STEM uses an enquiry-based approach to learning. Students work out solutions to problems through teamwork and hands-on trial and error.

Our STEM classes challenge students to question, enquire, imagine and master the latest digital tools. They are encouraged to make decisions, try bold approaches, experience failure and rebound.

Your child discovers the relevancy of their studies to real life.

Stage 4 electives

In Year 7, students can choose one of the following elective subjects:

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Latin

  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) 

  • Crossing Borders—a cross curricular, critical-thinking project

Stage 5 electives

Year 9 students can choose more elective subjects from the following list


Year 10 students can choose from the following subjects:

Stage 6 electives

HSC students take 12 units in Year 11 (excluding extension subjects) and a minimum of 10 units in Year 12. They can choose from a wide variety of subjects.

All senior students have free access to our Mathematics Study Centre where a maths teacher helps students every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon after school.

Languages

We offer both French and Mandarin.

Your child learns French from Kindergarten onwards and both French and Mandarin from Year 3 until Year 8, after which these languages become elective subjects. French is available as an HSC subject.

In Year 9, French students have the opportunity to go on a study tour to New Caledonia to deepen their language abilities.

We run a French Club and a Mandarin Club after school for students to practice and expand their language skills.

If your child is interested in a language other than French or Mandarin, they can study through Open High School.

“We are ever mindful of the need to make our students more curious, more collaborative, more multicultural and more globalised. Our classrooms depict, increasingly, such future orientation. They are places where thinking skills, feedback and styles of learning are incorporated in the daily program.”

Dr Nancy Hillier, Principal