Figtree High School

Crescere Fidere Statuere

Telephone02 4271 2787

Learning at our school

Find out more about what your child will learn at our school.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for the curriculum, Kindergarten to Year 12, for all NSW schools.

For the high school years, NESA develops syllabuses for all subjects in 8 key learning areas:

  • creative arts
  • English
  • human society and its environment (HSIE)
  • languages
  • mathematics
  • personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE)
  • science
  • technological and applied studies (TAS).

NSW schools also offer special religious education and special education in ethics via approved providers, where available.

Like all NSW schools, we have developed teaching and learning programs to suit our local context and the needs of our students.

To learn more about the curriculum in NSW, visit:

Stages of learning

There are 6 stages of learning from Kindergarten to Year 12. High school covers Stages 4 to 6.

  • Stage 4 includes Years 7 and 8.
  • Stage 5 includes Years 9 and 10.
  • Stage 6 includes Years 11 and 12.

Curriculum and activities

In Years 7 and 8 all students follow a common curriculum in English, maths, science, history and geography, languages (Indonesian Year 7 and French), design and technology, creative arts, (visual arts, music, drama (Year 7 only), personal development, health and physical education.

In Years 9 and 10 students study the mandatory subjects of English, maths, science, Australian history/geography, personal development, health and physical education. They also have the opportunity to select three elective subjects. The range of electives includes: commerce, German, history, computing studies, food technology, textiles and design, technical drawing, drama, music, visual arts, physical activity and sports studies and graphic design. Life skills courses are available for some students.

Years 11 and 12.  A Senior Prospectus is available outlining the courses and subjects that may be offered in these years. The range of possibilities is very broad and includes courses in: vocational education, information technology and computing, creative arts, humanities, physical education, and many others.

* Extension courses in maths, English, modern and ancient history are also available.

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