Our Learners

Our Approach

For Corpus Christi students to be “future-ready”, they need both broad and specialised knowledge, together with the capacity to think across the boundaries of subjects. That is why we encourage our students to look for integration within subjects right across the curriculum.

At Corpus Christi, learning and teaching is adaptive and dynamic, focusing on developing our students’ capabilities in areas such as team work and collaborative practices. Through co-operation and collaboration with others, our students harness existing knowledge to create new knowledge. We believe that for our students to be ready to participate successfully in life after school – whether than means further education, the workplace or everyday life – they must be problem-solvers, collaborators, self-managers, effective communicators and IT innovators.

We are committed to academic rigour and high expectations and focus on developing our students’ growth mindset, nurturing positive attitudes and giving them the confidence to seek constant improvement for themselves, pushing past their comfort zone. At Corpus Christi, we aim to be a school where everyone sees themselves as a learner and learning partnerships amongst the community are valued and celebrated.

Our Learners

We want to deepen and broaden students’ understanding of themselves and their world. To achieve this, we place a strong emphasis on developing authentic student and Learning Advisor relationships.

In Years Seven and Eight the curriculum focuses on developing Enduring Understandings, formed using an integration of curriculum content and cross-curriculum capabilities.

In Year Nine and Ten the focus shifts to specific key learning areas, including a choice of elective courses, with a continued emphasis on cross-curriculum capabilities.

In the Senior School students engage in a rich and stimulating program of study designed to complement their individual interests and strengths. A wide range of course choices are on offer, including vocational education, to support students developing a rigorous pattern of study. Senior students at Corpus also have access to HSC+ (HSC Plus Qualifications). This program gives Year 11 and 12 students the flexibility of studying up to three VET subjects, alongside Maths, English and Religious Education, tailored to meet the needs of the individual student.

Each of these stages are underpinned by our Learning and Teaching Principles.

Our Curriculum

Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8)

 Corpus Christi Catholic High School offers a broad curriculum that is organised into three stages: Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8), Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12). The School offers the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards mandated curriculum in Year 7 and 8, as well as a language course studying Japanese in Year 8. Cluster classes are offered throughout the stages to offer targeted differentiation for like minded students.

Subjects for Stage 4 include:

Mandatory courses:
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • Languages other than English (LOTE) – Japanese
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10)

Students will commence courses of study in each of the Key Learning Areas in Stage 5. Students not only develop knowledge and understanding in the content of each course undertaken, but also the skills required to measure each student’s achievement based on syllabus outcomes.

Subjects for Stage 5 include:

Mandatory courses:
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics (Levels 3, 2 & 1)
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Elective courses:

We offer (16 Subjects) two electives (200 Hour courses) must be chosen from:

  • Child Studies
  • Commerce
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • History Elective
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Industrial Technology – Multimedia
  • Information Software Technology
  • iSTEM
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts


Stage 6 (Year 11 and HSC)

Corpus Christi offers an extensive learning program for students in Stage 6, in an atmosphere where every student is valued and a wide range of academic and personal development needs are catered for. Each student’s spiritual life is developed through participation in the compulsory Religious Education program that is an integral component of the spiritual dimension of the School.

 Corpus Christi offers a large range of academic courses that provide prerequisites for university courses throughout Australia. The academic program is designed for both students seeking entry into university as well students working towards achieving a well-rounded education in the pursuit of employment or further tertiary study at an institution other than university.

 The School also offers access to VET courses at TAFE. Vocational Education and Training courses offered through TAFE will count towards the HSC and will also lead to qualifications recognised across a range of industries. Students may choose to enrol in both ATAR framework and non-ATAR framework courses.

The school offers 8 Mandatory Subjects of Religious Education and English; 27 Board Developed Courses; 6 Non ATAR developed Courses and 6 Vocational Education Training Courses. In total Students can choose from over 47 Subjects in Stage 6.

Diverse Learning Needs

Corpus Christi supports the diverse learning needs of students in an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Diverse needs include students who require additional support.

Students with a disability or specific learning difficulty are welcomed in an environment with the least restrictive educational setting as determined by their needs, providing the opportunity for the student’s academic, emotional, social and personal development.
Students are provided with additional support within the mainstream classroom. This support includes targeted literacy and numeracy support, adjustments to learning and teaching programs and adjustments to assessment.

Gifted Education

Gifted Education at Corpus Christi focuses on facilitating opportunities for growth and extension. We provide students with challenging academic environments and offer a range of creative and sporting pursuits to meet the needs of gifted students.

We offer cluster classes in each year group from 7-10, comprised of groups of  like-minded students with gifts across a range of disciplines. We also offer mini-clusters within mainstream classes, wherein students are grouped together based on similar curriculum strengths. These groupings are created with a holistic view of the child in mind. Gifted Education at Corpus Christi also caters to a range of extra-curricular interests such as Tournament of Minds, ICAS Competitions, debating and public speaking.

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Dharawal Country

100 Industrial Road
Oak Flats
NSW 2529

Ph: (02) 4230 3300

Email:   info@ccchsdow.catholic.edu.au

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm