Curriculum

The curriculum at Meriden is designed to cater for a range of ability levels and interests, and to prepare students for their studies in Years 11 and 12. The curriculum provides a wide range of choice and variety.

Students with high academic ability are supported through a differentiated curriculum and through grouping in classes which cater for advanced learners.

The curriculum provides support for girls for whom English is a second language and for girls with learning difficulties. This support is provided by specialist staff in the form of classroom assistance and through the independent learning skills course and the English Language Skills course which are offered as elective choices for these students.

For girls who are elite sportswomen, assistance is provided through the Olympus program and for our outstanding young musicians, the Amadeus program is designed to assist in maintaining a balance between academic working and the cultivation of their talent. The curriculum at Meriden is set out as shown below:

Year 7

Mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Music, Technology and Applied Studies, Visual Arts, Christian Education, Acquired Learning Practices and French or Chinese.

(Note: Students are able to choose between French or Chinese for their mandatory language in Year 7)

Year 8

Mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Music, Technology and Applied Studies, Visual Arts, Christian Education.

Electives (choose two): Ceramics, Chinese, English Language Skills*, French, Graphic Design, Independent Learning Skills*, Latin, Living in the Digital World, Musical Theatre, News and Contemporary Studies.

* English Language Skills and Independent Learning Skills are by invitation only.

Year 9

Mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Christian Education, Global Studies/Careers.

Electives (choose two): Chinese, Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, English Language Skills*, Food Technology, French, Independent Learning Skills*, iSTEM, Latin, Music, Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Visual Arts.

* Independent Learning Skills and English Language Skills are by invitation only.

Year 10

Mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Christian Education, Global Studies/Careers.

Electives: The two electives are continued from Year 9.

Years 11 and 12

Mandatory Subjects:  English - Advanced, Standard or EAL/D

Electives:

Ancient History Geography
Biology Hospitality
Business Studies Japanese Beginners
Chemistry Latin Continuers
Chinese Continuers Legal Studies
Chinese Language and Literature Mathematics or Mathematics Standard
Community and Family Studies  Mathematics Extension I
Design and Technology Modern History
Drama Music I or Music II
Economics PD/Health/PE
Engineering Studies Physics
English Extension 1 Psychology (1 unit, Year 11 only)
Food Technology Spanish Beginners
French Continuers Studies of Religion (1 unit)
  Visual Arts
   

The following courses are Year 12 only:

English Extension II (1 unit)
History Extension (1 unit)
Language Extensions in French and Latin (1 Unit)                    
Mathematics Extension II (1 unit)
Music Extension (1 unit)
Science Extension (1 unit)
Senior Science (until 2018)
Investigating Science (from 2019)

Note:
Subjects are only available if there is sufficient demand.
Not all subject combinations are possible due to the constraints of the timetable.
Individual advice is available to girls to ensure that their subject selections are best suited for them – to cater for their interests, and to prepare them well for the HSC examinations and post-school options.