Curriculum

English
The study of English helps students to navigate their way through a text rich world. English at Cedars is underpinned by the belief that highly literate students make informed decisions, are self-reflective, can effectively communicate on a personal and public level and can readily develop an appreciation of aesthetics.

Students are encouraged to write and respond in a variety of critical and creative ways, and to develop an understanding of how different textual forms shape readers and responders. Whether it is engaging with the works of Shakespeare or watching a news bulletin, students are encouraged to question how they are being positioned and to understand how texts are constructed.

The information revolution has also forced twenty-first century tech-savvy students to become more discerning in their viewing, reading and listening. The ability to engage with the world critically and make responsible judgements and choices in the face of the abundance of visual, written and multi-modal is critical to their futures as citizens.

Mathematics
The study of Mathematics encourages students to develop a logical and rational understanding of their world. Students learn to apply mathematical knowledge to a range of real world situations that benefit their personal lives, further study and career aspirations.

Students have an opportunity to participate in a range of mathematical competitions and there are the prospects of extension and acceleration for our talented mathematicians.  In the senior years we offer all levels of Mathematics including Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics.

Successful Mathematics graduates have gone onto courses such as Finance, Engineering and Computer Science.

Science
The study of Science provides students with a unique window into the natural world. It assists students to understand recurring natural phenomena, to ask questions about the physical world and to provide an academic basis from which to help solve a variety of challenges facing the earth.

The College offers the New Australian Science Curriculum from K-10, and the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Senior Science are offered at Higher School Certificate level.

The Science department is underpinned by the values of curiosity, collaboration and academic rigour. It helps students to develop a deep appreciation of the role of Science in society and its role in technology. Whether it is looking through a microscope in a biological inquiry, mixing chemicals, or calculating velocity, the department seeks to instil a love of scientific inquiry in its students.

Students of Science have an opportunity to participate in a variety of excursions to collect data and observe the natural world, and to compete in various Science competitions.

HSIE
The study of the Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) covers a broad range of content and the development of skills to help students understand their rapidly changing world.

The ability to appreciate how the past has shaped the present, and how contemporary events, forces and ideas impact on decisions at a local, national and global level assists students to develop their citizenship skills. Whether it is in the fields of business or law, understanding changes in the physical world, or trying to make sense of the recent past and political developments, it is important that students have a strong academic background in these areas to effectively influence the conversations that impact on their society.

With a focus on deep learning of key concepts that can be applied to case studies and real world problems, Cedars offer a range of HSIE subjects including:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Commerce
PDHPE
The study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is designed to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of the student while encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

The exploration of a range of Australian health issues that impact on young people include making positive choices around sexual health, drug use, physical activity and mental health. PDHPE encourages young people to adopt lifestyle behaviours based on their knowledge and understanding of the importance of nutrition, life long physical activity and building and maintaining supportive relationships.

The subject helps students build confidence in their physical skills so that they can perform a range of exercises and movements of increasing complexity. The PDHPE department encourages teamwork, sportsmanship and champions healthy relationships.

Whether it is researching the media representation of sportswomen in Australia, producing resources to encourage education around positive mental health behaviours, or training for a sporting team, PDHPE is vital in the promotion of positive lifestyles.

CAPA

The study of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) helps students grow in confidence as they explore their social worlds and personal values through music, visual art and drama. The CAPA department is equipped with a dedicated Performance Space.

Music students learn a variety of skills for solo or ensemble work and are provided with many opportunities to perform at school functions and performance evenings. With a focus on musical theory and performance, the program runs from the early years in Junior School right through to Higher School Certificate level. In addition to curriculum based activities, there is a thriving peripatetic program.

The Drama course helps students to develop a range of skills in both performance and production including set design, lighting, sound and stage management, while Visual Arts students work with a variety of materials in a range of genres including drawing, painting and sculpture.

CAPA students develop a range of critical thinking and communication skills, as well as the practical aesthetic skills required to express ideas and emotions through the performing arts medium.

TAS
The study of Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) is underpinned by the values of design, creativity, skill and developing the initiative to respond to needs in the social and commercial world.

With a wide range of subjects including Timber, Textiles, Design and Technology, Media and Food Technology, TAS encourages students to develop the practical skills needed to meet various needs in the private and public spheres. Whether it is learning how to safely use a band saw, developing a recipe, or designing a video game, students are exposed to a variety of real world problems for which they are encouraged to provide a solution.

TAS students learn a variety of flexible, creative and collaborative thinking skills as students work with a range of materials and ingredients to produce goods and services that also make them ready for the workforce. TAS classes provide a great opportunity for students to develop new skills in a safe environment.

LOTE
Languages

The College has a thriving Japanese language unit that provides students with the opportunity to learn about another language and its culture. Students begin their study of Japanese in Middle School and can elect to continue their study of language into their senior years up to Higher School Certificate level.

As one of Australia’s most significant trading partners in the region, it is important that students are given the opportunity to engage with an Asian language and culture. The College runs a bi-annual trip to Japan and and our sister school Yokohama Seifu High School visits the College every other year for English immersion. Cedars’ students and their families are invited to host visiting students and enjoy learning about the culture and language first hand through their daily interactions.