As a selective-entry high school, we cater for high-achieving, highly able and academically talented students. We provide significant breadth, depth and intellectual stimulation in our learning programs, in the content of subjects offered, and in our approaches to teaching and learning.
As a selective-entry school we focus and target our school resources on supporting the aspirational pathways of our uniquely talented group of students and on providing effective and viable curriculum pathways and transitions into the school, between year levels, and beyond the school into tertiary studies. We also have key educational partnerships with the University of Melbourne and Victoria University.
Our curriculum design is based on differentiating the curriculum to meet the individual needs of students, compacting the curriculum to enable a faster pace of learning, accelerating the entry of students into VCE as appropriate, and enriching and broadening the educational experience of our uniquely talented students.
At Suzanne Cory High School, we implement a school-wide approach to teaching and learning based on the most up-to-date research evidence on how highly-able and talented students learn, on how to identify and address the student’s next stage of learning, and on how to use highly effective teaching strategies. Our approach to teaching and learning involves:
- setting challenging learning tasks for our students
- presenting clear learning intentions each lesson
- explaining and demonstrating new content and skills to students in a clear and comprehensive manner
- clearly specifying the criteria required to achieve the highest levels of success
- holding high expectations of student achievement and performance
- regularly assessing student progress
- providing specific and timely feedback to students on their learning progress.
Health and Wellbeing through the Curriculum
The physical, social and mental health and wellbeing of students is of paramount importance to academic outcomes and life success. In our curriculum this is reflected in our Tutorial program, our wellbeing structures, our adoption of the School-Wide Positive Behaviours (SWPB) Framework, and our regular timetabled Sport program. There are also numerous opportunities for students to develop strong interpersonal skills and to excel in competitive sports through the House Program and the VSSSA competition program.
Our school offers a choice of two LOTE studies and students are required to study that LOTE for at least two years. The LOTE studies offered are Chinese (Mandarin) and French. We recognise that students enter LOTE with different levels of experience and we cater for this through the provision of Beginning and Intermediate classes. We also enable students who wish to maintain a family language or a language learnt at previous schools to continue that language out of school through community schools or distance education. However, while at school, all students study either Chinese or French as their LOTE.
AusVELS and the VCE
Our curriculum is based on the AusVELS standards (the Australian curriculum in Victoria) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) curriculum, which provide a set of prescribed content and common achievement standards as the basis for planning our student learning programs, for assessing student progress, and for reporting that progress to parents.
The subjects we offer
We offer a comprehensive curriculum of subjects which includes core academic studies, elective breadth studies and co-curricular programs.
For the complete list of subjects offered in Years 10, 11 and 12—with detailed information on each subject—please refer to the Subject Handbooks in each section. Our VCE Handbook also details our processes and criteria for early entry into VCE.
2014 Subject Supermarket Slideshow (PDF). This slideshow was presented at our 2014 Subject & Career Expo.