In the Primary Years (Prep - Year 6): Students follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2023 we will begin implementing Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum. This rollout will start with Mathematics and English. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Primary Years staff are responsible for selecting the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can occur at all times.
In the Secondary Years (Year 7 - Year 12), students study a range of new and exciting areas. In Year 11, students explore the work of director Alfred Hitchcock and discuss ways to create compelling narratives. In Year 12, students study a range of movements and genres that they would not usually come across. Students also attend film workshops.
Students in Year 10 experience the study of film and make influential short films and discuss what they can do to the films to improve them. This includes small workshops in filmmaking using video and DSLR cameras, as well as learning the technique for applying special effects make-up.
Each year we endeavour to have the Year 12 students attend a film workshop in conjunction with other high schools. These are run by local filmmakers who share their valuable skills and knowledge with the students and teachers. This also allows students to ask questions of people currently working in the film industry, so they gain a better understanding of the career 'stepping stones' required.
Media is an important area of study. There is evidence suggesting that employers and hiring managers are looking at 'creativity' as an important 'skill set' that students will need to develop for success in the future.