O’Connor Catholic College offers a broad curriculum seeking to develop the talents of all students. The curriculum follows the mandated courses determined by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as well as providing flexibility through a range of elective subjects. In keeping with the fundamental existence of the College, Religious Education is compulsory in all Years.
The College is accredited by the NESA to issue the ROSA (Record of School Achievement) and the HSC (Higher School Certificate).
As well as providing a diverse range of subjects for students to study, the College also caters for the needs of individual students through a specialised student support department. This incorporates enrichment and tutoring for students who may need additional support for their learning.
Years 7-8 (Stage 4)
Students study the mandatory NESA courses: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Visual Arts, Music and PDHPE. In Year 7 students study French as the mandatory language and Religious Education is studied in each year.
Years 9-10 (Stage 5)
In addition to the mandatory courses of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE, students may choose two elective courses to study for the two years. Courses commonly offered are: Commerce, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Agriculture, Textiles and Physical Activity, Sports Studies and STEM (Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Years 11-12 (Stage 6)
Students prepare for the Higher School Certificate in these two years. A wide range of courses are offered, including: English to Extension 2, Mathematics to Extension 2, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Senior Science, Modern History, Ancient History, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion, Catholic Studies, PDHPE, Community and Family Studies, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Textiles, and Design and Technology. Exactly which courses run in a given year is dependent on the number of students electing each course. We also run an extensive VET program that includes the opportunity for students to gain a level 2 certificate in Business Services, Hospitality, Construction and Primary Industries.
Other Educational Opportunities
If a student in Stage 5 or 6 has a strong desire to study a course that is not running at O’Connor, the course may be undertaken by Distance Education. Extra costs are involved for this. Many students are also electing to do TAFE courses whilst studying for their HSC.
The Homework centre is also open Monday through to Wednesday afternoons until 4:30 in the Library. This is supported by support staff and teaching staff.
Below are links to homework and Assessment Policies for all years, and the elective subjects that the College offers students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
All Homework, Assessment Policies and Booklets
Record of Student Achievement