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 Education Standards Authority's (NESA's) 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:
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
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:
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
Science and Technology
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
- Physical Education and Health
Senior School, 7-12 curriculum
We emphasise traditional subjects while offering an engaging variety of electives.
All students in Years 7 study the compulsory core subjects:
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
French and Mandarin (one Term each language)
In addition, our Year 7 students will complete one semester of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Integrated Study and one semester of ‘The Big Ideas’, which is a Humanities Integrated Study.
These two courses are aimed at targeting cross curricular learning and the soft skills that are increasingly becoming a requirement in the rapidly changing workforce that our students will be entering in the next decade, including: adaptability, attitude, communication, creative thinking, work ethic, flexibility, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. They will also complement the core studies in the Stage 4 curriculum, emphasising the NESA General Capabilities of:
• Critical and creative thinking
• Ethical understanding
• Information and communication technology capability
• Intercultural understanding
• Personal and social capability.
Stage 4 electives
In Year 8, students can choose one language elective from:
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.
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 and 10, 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 the distance education platform NSW School of Languages at an additional cost.
“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.”