We provide students with strong literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge of accurate information that will enable them to think critically.

Our Curriculum

The College seeks to provide students with strong literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge of accurate information that will enable them to think critically. This approach gives students the best chance to achieve academically and have a range of options to choose from when they graduate from Rouse Hill Anglican College.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason but no morals... we must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—this is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr, speech at Morehouse College, 1948.

However, graduating from school with strong results is, of itself, insufficient to equip young people to embrace their future careers and the challenges they will face in adult life. The College values of character, care and courage through Christ are central to a Rouse Hill Anglican College education.

Our teachers desire for every student to demonstrate tenacity and resilience in their studies, seeing every academic result as an opportunity to improve. As they learn and embrace the range of opportunities the College provides, our community fosters a culture of service, care and kindness.

All students are encouraged to explore the Christian faith, and Christian Education is a compulsory requirement at Rouse Hill Anglican College. Chapel is part of our Christian Education program and is held once a week in year groups.

Technology is a valuable tool for learning. In the Senior School, students bring their own device. Devices are used in lessons when teachers believe it is the most appropriate way to achieve an education goal. The College is committed to the safe use of devices, including only allowing students to use devices during lessons with teacher supervision.

The College offers a comprehensive range of subjects for students in Years 7 to 12. In Years 7 and 8 (known as Stage 4) students complete all of the mandatory NSW curriculum subjects - English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Visual Arts, PDHPE, a foreign language (Japanese and German), Music and technology (TAS) subjects such as wood work, textiles and food technology.

In Years 9 and 10 (known as Stage 5) students continue their studies in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and PDGPE and have the opportunity to study 2 electives from a wide range of choices. Students commence their Higher School Certificate (HSC) studies at the beginning of Year 11 by studying English and several subjects of their choice. The College offers a wide range of subjects for students in Years 11 and 12. Students who complete Year 12 will receive a Higher School Certificate and most will also receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rang (ATAR) that is used to determine whether a student will be accepted into their preferred university course. Rouse Hill Anglican College is committed to helping students to maximise their ATAR because this will give students more post school options to choose from.

Students may also have the opportunity to complete a subject at a local TAFE College or a distance educational institution to supplement their senior studies.

God has created students uniquely and therefore the College seeks to cater to a range of student abilities by providing challenging learning tasks for high ability students and practical support for students who struggle academically. The College is committed to identifying other specific needs of individual students and taking reasonable steps to meet those needs and to help ensure that all students can access the quality education Rouse Hill Anglican College provides.

Years 7 and 8

These first two years in the Senior School lay the foundation for the rest of the academic years and begin with an orientation program for students entering into Year 7.

Orientation is a significant part of our program and is designed to give Year 6 students a taste of Senior School life, incorporating peer support, team building activities and the opportunity to begin the formation of new friendships which will support them along their journey. Year 7 also participate in a transition program which is designed to teach skills implicit to success in Senior School.

The subjects studied in Years 7 and 8 provide a variety of learning experiences. Good study habits, time management, and effort application to work are reinforced in all academic areas. All programs are NESA approved and the work completed by students assists them in making important choices about career and study paths for the future. Subjects studied are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society and its Environment (History and Geography)
  • Creative Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Languages)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Technology and Applied Studies

Year 8 students study one language after having received instruction in several languages in Year 7.

Years 9 and 10

Years 9 and 10 continue with the foundation work laid in the first two years of Senior School. Core subjects continue to be taught – English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PDHPE and Christian Education.

Students are now able to begin to develop their preferences at the beginning of Year 9 by choosing two elective subjects from a variety of courses offered. These elective courses are studied for two years. Subjects offered may differ from year to year according to the requirements of the student body. These courses may include:

  • Child Studies
  • Crime, Death & Punishment (Elective History)
  • Commerce
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Design Technology
  • Food Technology
  • German
  • Information & Software Technology
  • Industrial Technology (Timber)
  • Japanese
  • Literary Studies
  • Music
  • Photographic & Digital Media
  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design

In addition to regular classes, all students in Year 10 participate in Careers Education giving them the opportunity to research and investigate vocational paths through class activities, career workshops, work placement experiences and one-to-one careers interviews. Year 10 students participate in “Australian Business Week”, a program designed to give students a more practical understanding of life in the business world. The College also runs a service program towards the end of Term 4 where students can assist others in the College and its wider community.

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12 the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) sets requirements for the award of a Higher School Certificate (HSC) that provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue tertiary qualifications, vocational training and/or employment, and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) necessary for entry into university studies following the completion of formal schooling.

A Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is also awarded to students who are eligible. Students are expected to complete minimum of 12 units of study in Year 11 and 10 units of study in Year 12, including English as a mandatory subject. The curriculum offers a wide range of subjects to suit students’ interests, abilities and career paths, and students can choose from a selection of courses, differing from year to year according to the requirements of the student body. These courses include:

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Service Industry (VET)
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Advanced, Standard, Extension 1 and 2
  • Entertainment Industry (VET)
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Hospitality: Food & Beverage (VET)
  • Industrial Technology (Timber)
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Investigating Science
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics Advanced, Standard, Extension 1 and 2
  • Modern History
  • Music 1 and 2, and Extension
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Photography, Video and Digital Imaging
  • Physics
  • Science Extension
  • Society and Culture
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies
  • Studies of Religion I and II
  • Textiles and Design
  • Visual Arts

Students may also study subjects not offered at the College by distance, such as a language through the Open High School or other subject(s) through Distance Education programs and/or TAFE courses. Students are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning as they progress through the Senior School. Study skills camps, study days, time management programs and development of higher order thinking skills are all embedded into every curriculum area to ensure students obtain the best education possible.

Continuous Feedback for Years 7 to 10

The College is seeking to continue to improve communication and feedback to students and parents around achievement in assessment work that students are completing as part of their course requirements. The College has moved to a new reporting model which will provide students and parents with greater feedback on individual tasks, utilising Edumate.

All subjects will now be providing written feedback on individual assessment tasks which can be accessed by students and parents. Students will also have the opportunity to provide a reflection on their performance on each task and the feedback that has been provided. This level of engagement will provide students and parents with regular and more relevant feedback on each task providing greater capacity for success in future tasks.

We encourage parents to engage frequently with student results on Edumate at the bottom of the student profile page.