High School Programs Years 10, 11 and 12
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Educational Philosophy

Every student is valued regardless of ability, and with respect for cultural diversity. Teaching and learning takes place in a supportive, nurturing student-centred environment where every effort is made to cultivate the individual's full potential. By meeting educational needs, individual student’s barriers to learning can be broken down, empowering students to meet and exceed their own personal educational expectations. We believe that by providing a range of learning strategies in response to individual learning styles, learning will be a satisfying, fulfilling experience for all.

Annual Report

Annual Report of Oxford College, Sydney High School is available from the College's Reception or can be posted on request by telephone or e-mail.

Policies & Requirements

Choosing Oxford College, Sydney means:

• Small classes
• Dedicated teachers, skilled in working with international students
• A challenging, rigorous, academic approach where all students are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential
• Private study/resource support area
• Access to computer and web-based learning materials
• Individual academic counselling as required and
• An environment of integrity, diversity and tolerance

Academic Requirements for entry into Oxford College, Sydney

• Students must have completed the equivalent of Year 9;
• Certified copies of last two years school reports together with English translations. These must show subjects studied and marks/grades obtained

Features of Oxford College, Sydney

Location:

Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, Oxford College, Sydney is well served by an excellent transport system including bus, train and light rail. It is surrounded by shopping centres, restaurants, theatre and sporting facilities.

Sydney's famous Bondi beach is just a short bus ride away. Manly beach can be easily reached by crossing the harbour by ferry, which passes the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world famous Sydney Opera House.

Student Services include:

• Ongoing programme of English language assistance
• Career and academic counselling

Pastoral Care:

The students' general wellbeing is nurtured by providing the safe, secure and supportive environment needed to maximise their studies at Oxford College, Sydney including:

• Personal counselling
• Discipline when necessary (in accordance with discipline policy)
• Ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are kept informed on students’ progress and
• Encouraging interaction between family and school

Time is made available for the parents and guardians should they have any concerns for their child.

Accommodation:

Our Homestay Coordinator verifies the suitability of all accommodation.

Guardianship Arrangements:

The provision of a guardian is an Australian Government requirement for all students under the age of 18. Therefore, Oxford College, Sydney ensures that a responsible adult is nominated as guardian.

Pathways to Success with Oxford College, Sydney




Subjects available for Junior High School Program ( Year 10 )

English

The aim of the English course is to enable students to understand and use the English language effectively. This course allows students to appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the use of English in the written and spoken form. This allows students to appreciate all forms of texts including visual texts and the media. Students will learn to use the English language in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and powerful.

The school strives to address the needs of international students. Teachers organise lessons that are supportive and supply learning materials that assist in making the course accessible to students from other cultures.

By the end of the year 10 course, students should be able to communicate in English with confidence. The course allows them to continue their studies with a good understanding of spoken and written English.

Mathematics

Year 10 Mathematics course focuses on three main content strands, which are
• Number and Algebra,
• Measurement and Geometry
• Statistics and Probability

Working Mathematical strand provides the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of Mathematics and has been incorporated into the content descriptions of the three content strands.

Oxford College Mathematics program has been developed to accommodate mixed ability students. Differentiated worksheets are designed to cater for students who need additional work at easier level. Extension activities are intended for students who look for challenging work. Students will have opportunity to learn and use Information and communication Technology in Mathematics. Students are required to complete a range of assessment tasks throughout the course which may include topic tests, assignment, use of ICT and examinations.

Science

Science is a fascinating, informative and enjoyable subject. In year 10 Science course, students will learn about
• Theories and laws to situations involving energy, force and motion
• Elements, compounds and chemical reactions
• Human inheritance, genetics and the model of DNA

Science course encourages students to ask questions and guides them to understand why things happen in our daily lives. Hands on practical activities allow students to develop their understanding of scientific ideas and apply problem-solving techniques. Through their study of science, students develop knowledge and understanding about the living and non-living world.

IST

Information and Software Technology appeals to students through practical activities and their enjoyment of learning about and using computers. As a result of studying this course, students will be equipped to make appropriate use of and informed choices about information and software technology both at a personal level and in the workplace.

This course will prepare students for future developments and directions in the exciting and challenging field of information and software technology. They can develop interest in, enjoyment of and critical reflection about information and software technology as an integral part of modern society.

Geography

Geography is a rich and complex discipline involving two key dimensions:
• the spatial dimension – where things are and why they are there
• the ecological dimension – how humans interact with environments.

This course builds on students’ prior learning and experience to enable them to explain patterns, evaluate consequences and contribute to the management of physical, social, cultural and built environments.

Students in Stage 5 have opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of a sense of place and the processes that form and transform Australian environments. Students will also study the interrelationships between people and Australian environments.

Study of this course will allow students to undertake significant fieldwork activity to enhance their learning through direct observation. This makes the subject more interesting and worthwhile.

History

The study of History enables students to appreciate and enjoy the human endeavours and achievements of the past. This course provides opportunities for students to explore human actions in a range of historical contexts and encourages them to develop understanding of different interpretations of past events.

This course involves a site study which enables students to understand their historical environment and participate actively in historical inquiry. This provides an enjoyable means to understand and actively engage in the past and help fashion a lifelong interest in history.

PDHPE

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contribute significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. This course provides the opportunity for young people to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. This subject complements international students more through providing opportunities to develop personal coping strategies for everyday life. This course will allow students to engage actively in sports and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle which would assist them in their studies.


Subjects available for Senior High School Programs ( Years 11 and 12 )

Business Studies

Business Studies is distinctive in that it encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business and management in contexts which students will encounter in life. Conceptually, it offers focus areas and perspectives ranging from the planning of a small business to the broader roles of management, finance, employment relations, marketing and the impact of the global business environment. Through the incorporation of contemporary business theories and practices the course provides rigour and depth and lays an excellent foundation for students either in further tertiary study or in future employment.

Business Studies makes a significant contribution to the ability to participate effectively in the business environment. Students completing this course will develop general and specific skills including research, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and communication. These skills enhance students' confidence and ability to participate effectively, not only as members of the business world, but as informed citizens dealing with issues emanating from business activity that impacts on their lives.

Business Studies fosters intellectual, social and moral development by assisting students to think critically about the role of business and business institutions and their ethical responsibilities to society. A significant feature of Business Studies is its relevance to the full range of HSC students, as it provides useful knowledge and skills for life.

Information Processes & Technology (IPT)

Information Processes & Technology is the study of computer based information systems. It focuses on information processes performed by these systems and the information technology that allows them to take place.

Social, ethical and non-computer procedures resulting from the processes are considered. Different types of information systems are studied. Through project work, students will create their own information system to meet an identified need. Social and ethical issues arising from the processing of information are specifically addressed in the first Preliminary course topic. Subsequent topics address relevant issues. Students gain knowledge about these issues and are encouraged to adopt social and ethical practices.

A substantial amount of indicative time has been allocated to project work in both the Preliminary and HSC courses. This is in recognition that project work is more than a demonstration of what students have learnt, it allows them to develop their technical, communication and management skills.

A team project is required in the Preliminary course and optional in the HSC course. Team projects allow students to develop interpersonal and communication skills in addition to technical skills. Experience at working in teams will prepare students for similar situations common beyond the HSC in this field.

The syllabus has been presented in a way that clearly explains what is to be taught and the level of detail required.

Mathematics

The course is intended to give students who have demonstrated general competence in the skills of Stage 5 (Year 10) Mathematics, an understanding of and competence in some further aspects of mathematics, which are applicable to the real world. It has general educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies in science and commerce.

The course is a sufficient basis for further studies in mathematics as a minor discipline at tertiary level in support of courses such as the life sciences or commerce.

Students who require substantial mathematics at a tertiary level, supporting the physical sciences, computer science or engineering, should undertake the Mathematics Extension 1 course or Mathematics Extension 2 course.

Mathematics Extension 1

The content of this course, which includes the whole of the Mathematics course, and its depth of treatment, indicate that it is intended for students who have demonstrated a mastery of the skills of Stage 5 (Year 10) Mathematics and who are interested in the study of further skills and ideas in mathematics.

The course is intended to give these students a thorough understanding of and competence in aspects of mathematics, including many which are applicable to the real world. It has general educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies of science, industrial arts and commerce.

The course is a recommended minimum basis for further studies in mathematics as a major discipline at a tertiary level and for the study of mathematics in support of the physical and engineering sciences.

Although the Mathematics Extension 1 course is sufficient for these purposes, students of outstanding mathematical ability should consider undertaking the Mathematics Extension 2 course.

Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

This course explores life issues that are important to all young people and of equal relevance to female and male students. The topics the students study and the emphasis on research when they study, ensures a course that is attractive to many students, with the capacity to challenge and extend all students’ ability levels.

General competencies, essential for the acquisition of skills, are developed in the Community and Family course. Key competencies such as effective communication, collecting, analysing and organising information, working with others and problem solving, are embedded in the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 Syllabus to enhance student learning.

Community and Family Studies Stage 6 aims to develop in each student an ability to manage resources and take action to support the needs of individuals, groups, families and communities in Australian society.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English (ESL) courses address the needs of a specific group of students and share the overall aim and rationale of English. When presented at the HSC, the English (ESL) courses will satisfy Board of Studies requirements for the study of English.

The English (ESL) courses provide students with the opportunity to become effective, creative and confident communicators in English and to assist them in achieving Stage 6 (Year 11 & 12) outcomes. They will be able to respond to and compose texts for a variety of purposes and audiences that are relevant to their personal, educational, social and vocational lives. Students extend their reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing skills through an integrated engagement with texts drawn from literature and other sources.

The English (ESL) courses are designed to allow for the development of flexible programs that address a diversity of needs and backgrounds.

Fundamentals of English (FOE)

The Fundamentals of English course addresses the literacy needs of students undertaking the course and assists students in meeting the outcomes of English in Stage 6 (Year 11 & 12).

The course integrates the modes of language to improve students' understanding of the forms, features, structures and functions of the language. Students will enhance their skills in responding to and composing a range of texts characteristic of those they will encounter in their English and other courses. The course will assist them in the development and understanding of various strategies and styles of learning.

Chinese for Background Speakers

In the Preliminary course, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of Chinese through the study of language texts and contemporary issues.

In the HSC course, students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of Chinese through the study of prescribed texts, prescribed themes, and contemporary issues.

Main Topics Covered:

Students will study language and culture through the following prescribed themes:

- the individual and the community
- global issues
- Chinese communities overseas
- youth culture


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