Christians view language and ‘the word’ as a vehicle for expression and creation that carries an enormous and unique potency. The word is fundamental to creation, for example, and embodies God-as-Man in Christ. The English (Advanced) courses extend students’ capacity to use language in creative, functional ways that are essential to their identity and purpose in God’s world.
These courses extend students’ capacity to explore, examine and analyse a range of significant literary texts. These include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, digital and media, as well as Australian texts. Students explore the way events, experiences, ideas, values and processes are represented in and through texts and analyse the ways texts reflect different attitudes and values.
In this course, students develop their higher-order thinking skills to enhance their personal, social, educational, and vocational lives.
The English (Standard) course enables students to continue to develop the skills necessary to be active Christian members of our society. Students are encouraged to critique texts from a Christian worldview, keeping to the forefront of their thinking the concept of the overarching authority of God in our world.
This course is designed to increase students’ expertise in English, to enhance their personal, educational, social and vocational lives. It extends students’ language skills, providing opportunities to analyse, study and enjoy a breadth and variety of English texts to become confident and effective communicators. English Standard offers a rich variety of literature, encouraging students to appreciate the enormous potential in literature and language to explore meaning and express what it means to be human.
Students of Standard English explore language forms, features and structures of texts in a range of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts.
Extension English 1
English Extension 1 students are guided in developing a complex, sophisticated understanding of language’s capacity to shape or deny a Christian worldview.
Students examine the way Christianity has been used, for example, to justify the manipulation, coercion and destruction of other peoples and cultures. They critically explore complex literary representations of the diversity of the human condition, focussing on humanity’s potential for hope, generosity, frailty and greed. Students are encouraged to approach texts in a sensitive, critical manner.
The English Extension 1 course provides students who undertake Advanced English with the opportunity to extend their use of language and self-expression in creative, critical and sophisticated ways. Students engage with increasingly complex concepts through a range of complex literature drawn from the English canon.
Students pursue areas of interest with increased independence and theorise about the processes of responding to and composing texts, exploring and evaluating multiple meanings and relative values of texts.
Mathematics Standard 2
The Mathematics Standard 2 course guides students towards an understanding and attitude that will enable them to view Mathematics as an integral and important part of God’s universe. Students develop skills that enable them to use Mathematics as stewards of God’s creation and as servants of Jesus Christ.
The Mathematics Standard 2 course develops students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in working mathematically and in communicating concisely and precisely in a systematic manner. Students consider various applications of Mathematics in a broad range of contemporary contexts, through the use of mathematical modelling. Students use these models to solve problems related to their present and future needs.
The course is designed to extend the mathematical skills of students who are not seeking a knowledge of higher, more abstract mathematical concepts, such as calculus. It offers students the opportunity to prepare for a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including continuing their studies at a tertiary level.
Mathematics 2 Unit
Mathematics 2 Unit students discover and describe the spatial and numerical patterns and relationships found throughout God’s universe. They learn that there is order in Mathematics, which is consistent with God’s character. As students develop their mathematical skills, they can explore these skills’ application and use for God’s glory.
The course is intended to extend students’ understanding and competence in aspects of Mathematics that are applicable to the real world. It carries general educational merit for concurrent studies in Science, Commerce and Physics. The course is a sound basis for further studies in Mathematics as a minor discipline at tertiary level. Students who require substantial Mathematics at a tertiary level, supporting the physical sciences, Computer Science or Engineering, should undertake the Mathematics Extension 1 course.
This course is recommended for students who understand the topics Real Numbers, Algebraic Techniques and Coordinate Geometry, in addition to Trigonometry and Deductive Geometry from Stage 5.3 of the Mathematics Years 7–10 Syllabus
Mathematics Extension 1
God’s world displays many complexities. The Mathematics Extension 1 course explores these complexities in a manner that is both challenging and rewarding.
This course and its depth of treatment require a mastery of the skills of Stage 5.3 Mathematics. It is for students who are interested in increasingly complex and abstract mathematical ideas, with real-world applications. The course has general educational merit and is useful for concurrent studies in Science, Industrial Arts and Commerce. It is a recommended prerequisite for 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.
Students who intend to do Mathematics Extension 1 should be self-motivated. They need to have mastered Stage 5.3, including the 5.3 optional topics Curve Sketching and Polynomials, Functions and Logarithms, and Circle Geometry of Mathematics in the Years 7–10 Syllabus.
Community And Family Studies (CAFS)
In the midst of rapid social and technological change, cultural diversity and conflicting values, Christians adhere to the unswerving faithfulness and unchanging character of our God. It is from the truth of the Scriptures that we critique and examine many of the ideas that underpin the secular concept of family and community, to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the vital importance of the role of both the individual and the family within the fabric of society.
Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course which draws upon family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ life experience, to develop a detailed study of human behaviour and societal interaction.
The dynamic nature of this course places importance on the skills of inquiry and investigation. Research therefore is an integral component to every unit. Students are required to develop and utilize skills in planning, recording, interpreting, analysing and synthesizing, as they employ various research methodologies and complete an Independent Research Project (IRP).
The study of Modern History has a distinctive role in the school curriculum, as it challenges students to consider the historical background of contemporary issues and explore the significance of individuals, events and ideas from a Christian perspective. It requires students to explore their interest and curiosity about particular events, to consider problems with interpretations of the past and to develop reasoning skills that will be of benefit to them in the future.
Modern History engages students in the motivations and actions of individuals and groups, focussing on how they have shaped the world politically, culturally, economically and socially.
This course provides a firm foundation for further study, the world of work, active and informed citizenship and for lifelong learning. Modern History contributes to the development of skills such as problem solving, research and analytical and critical thinking, which are of great importance in today’s competitive workforce.
This course encourages students to question and evaluate the institutional structures within the domestic and international environment, and to undertake a comparative analysis of other political and institutional structures. Legal Studies fosters a respect for cultural diversity and promotes tolerance. Legal Studies allows us to evaluate the impact of Christianity on the Legal system and to discuss the difference between Justice and Law.
Students review selected legal rules, institutions and processes at domestic and international levels. They analyse terminology and focus on change, effectiveness, dispute resolution and justice.
Legal Studies develops skills in analysis, independent research and the development of coherent arguments, preparing students for further education, training and employment. It allows for full and active participation as citizens by encouraging diverse opinions, open rational debate and respect for persons and equality before the law. Students are encouraged to develop a life-long involved in democratic processes and structures.
The study of Biology reveals that humanity is the steward of God’s creation. Students consider their response to conservation, as they maintain and improve environments for future generations. The course is a platform for considering the incredible intricacy of design, seen and unseen, from the molecular structure and functioning of a cell to the interactions of diverse organisms in an ecosystem.
Biology uses ‘Working Scientifically’ processes to develop scientific investigative skills. It focuses on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills in order to understand and support the natural environment. Students design and conduct biological investigations, both individually and collaboratively.
This course provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills required to study Biology at a tertiary level. It supports participation in a range of careers in Biology and related interdisciplinary industries. It is a fundamental discipline that focuses on personal and public health and sustainability issues, and promotes an appreciation for the diversity of life on Earth.
As Chemistry students study the Earth, resource utilisation and management of by-products, they gain an appreciation of our responsibility to be good stewards in conserving, protecting, maintaining and improving the quality of the environment for future generations.
The discovery and synthesis of new compounds, the monitoring of elements and compounds in the environment, and an understanding of industrial processes and their applications to life processes are central to human progress and our ability to develop future industries and sustainability. The study of Chemistry explores the structure, composition and reactions of and between all elements, compounds and mixtures.
The course further develops an understanding of chemistry through the application of ‘Working Scientifically’ skills. It focuses on the exploration of models, understanding of theories and laws, and examination of the interconnectedness between seemingly dissimilar phenomena.
Chemistry requires students to use their imagination to visualise the dynamic, minuscule world of atoms in order to gain a better understanding of how chemicals interact.
Design and Technology
God has given each of us different gifts, including the capacity for communication, problem solving, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking to effect change in our world.
Design and Technology develop students’ confidence, competence and responsibility in designing, producing and evaluating to meet both needs and opportunities, and to understand the factors that contribute to successful design and production.
Students develop knowledge and understanding about design theory and design processes, in a range of contexts. They learn to appreciate the interrelationship of design, technology, society and the environment, and utilise their creativity to innovate. Students develop skills in research, communication and management in design and production, and study current and emerging technologies in a variety of settings.
People with the enterprising skills of researching, designing, using materials and systems are vital. These important gifts are used throughout life, for the benefit of the student and the body of Christ.
Humanity’s spiritual, mental and physical characteristics are integrated into the whole person. The PDHPE course reflects the multidimensional nature of health and physical activity, in the context of a diverse and changing society. By examining each area of study through a Biblical framework, young people are encouraged to respond to complex community issues in a God honouring way.
This course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. These include attitudes towards health and physical activity, the management of personal health and the basis for how the body moves. Students participate in a range of practical options in the areas of first aid and fitness choices.
PDHPE students focus on major issues related to Australia’s health status. They learn to critically analyse the concept of Health Promotion and how it is used to improve health outcomes. Students undertake optional study in a range of choices, including the investigation of young people’s health and groups experiencing health inequities.
Certificate II Hospitality
Hospitality is fundamental to biblical commands (Rom 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9). Old Testament hospitality was much more than entertaining friends; it meant receiving strangers as honoured guests, providing them with food, shelter and protection. Jesus received hospitality from people he knew well and from those he didn’t, and demonstrated the humility and generosity of nature that is essential to social cohesion.
This course prepares students for one of the largest industries in Australia, one that is predominantly made up of small-to-medium businesses that provide a range of accommodation, food and beverage services. The inter-related nature of the industry means that many businesses operate across sectors, and across complementary industries such as tourism, travel and events. This course leads directly into an area of growth and diversity.
Hospitality is for students who are ready to take on the rigours of the workplace. It presents an opportunity to be equipped and prepared for the industrial food/work environment.
Certificate II Construction
God has given individuals a variety of gifts that are intended to be used in a way that brings glory to Him. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was a carpenter. He passed these skills on to Jesus.
There is always a need for Christian leadership, service and influence within the construction industry. Our Trade Skills Centre develops skills that equip students for a career in the industry, or in future leisure or service activities.
The Construction course is run in a block format, to enable students to learn in a similar manner to TAFE courses.
Students practise their skills in a work environment and in completing projects and assignments, fulfilling Training Package assessment requirements. They prove their competency and complete the HSC examination in Construction, thereby gaining a dual accreditation.
The amount of time required by individual students to achieve competency will vary according to their aptitude and experience.
VET Primary Industries (Certificate II Agriculture)
We have a significant responsibility to be good stewards of the world God has created. There are many examples in the Bible of good and bad stewardship, all demonstrating the impact of varying levels of responsibility for what we have been given. VET Primary Industries students experience and understand best practice in caring for our environment and make important contributions to the local and wider communities.
This course is designed for students who wish to explore the industry areas of Agriculture, Horticulture and/or Primary Production. Students explore the provision of products and services in food and fibre and in recreational and leisure activities. These products and services influence the daily lives of all members of society.
Australia is a significant primary producer in the world market; career options are extensive. VET Primary Industries students experience this industry in an adult learning environment, with real-world scenarios. OCS utilises unique access to resources and organisations that enhance students’ learning experiences.