Secondary School is a time of great growth and students require understanding, care and support to navigate what can be a time of change and transition in their life. Our staff, in partnership with parents, create a stable and nurturing environment where our students feel free to explore, question and analyse the world in which they live; and where they are encouraged to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills they require to play a full and active role as global citizens.
OUR APPROACH TO SECONDARY EDUCATION
Developing 21st Century Skills
Our central aim is to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century by developing self-discipline and respect for themselves and others.
At AISB, we believe that every child is unique; creative, competent and rich in potential. Our innovative and dynamic learning experiences cater for individual differences and promote a love of learning in every child. We are committed to guiding and supporting students through challenging academic programs that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills they require to play a full and active role as global citizens.
Positive education is an integral component of our daily timetable at AISB and enables age-specific issues to be discussed in depth on a regular basis. Bullying, Resilience, Goal Setting, Cyber Safety and Positive Psychology are examples of concepts covered during positive education sessions. Further, through our scope and sequenced ‘positive education curriculum’, a range of academic skills that support students’ academic success will be implicitly and explicitly fostered. Our well-trained teachers play a significant role in leading our sessions; providing guidance and direction via daily contact with students.
Our Secondary school students strive for academic excellence and follow a carefully prepared academic pathway.
In Years 7 and 8 we use the Australian National Curriculum as a framework for learning. Students explore a variety of core subjects, follow their interests through a number of electives and build on skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving that have been introduced in the Primary School years.
In Year 9, the students embark on the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Cambridge IGCSE is a two year course of study, culminating with external examinations in Year 10.
The IGCSE is an international passport to progression and success. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide as evidence of academic ability. Cambridge IGCSE provides the perfect springboard to senior school studies such as the Cambridge International A levels, the International Baccalaureate diploma and other high school certificates from around the world.
Explore our secondary curriculum and learning outcomes across different year groups below
YEAR 7 & 8
The Australian Curriculum is designed to help all students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed global citizens. In Year 7 and 8, The Australian Curriculum will be taught in subject areas other than English, Mathematics and Science. Subjects include Design Technology, Music, Art, Health and Physical Education.
Cambridge Lower Secondary
Cambridge Lower Secondary develops skills in English, Mathematics and Science. It is designed to help schools deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that suits their context, culture and ethos. Students undergo Checkpoint exams at the end of study.
YEAR 9 & 10
Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
The IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for students aged 14 to 16. IGCSE is an international passport to progression and success. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide as evidence of academic ability. Students study English, Mathematics, Coordinated Science, History, Computer Science, Art and Design, Music, Design Technology, Thai, a Modern Foreign Language (French, Japanese or Mandarin) and Physical Education. Students undergo exams at the end of the second year of study.
YEAR 11 & 12
Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS Levels) and Cambridge International
Advanced Levels (A Levels)
Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels.
The syllabuses are international in outlook but retain local relevance and develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. Students have an opportunity to choose subjects they enjoy and have the opportunity to specialise in more depth than at IGCSE. There are no compulsory subjects and students are free to specialize or study a range of subjects. Many students will also complete an Extended Research Project which allows them to develop research skills and explore a topic of interest in depth. AISB will enrol its first students in this course in August 2020.
UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION COURSE
A Unique Opportunity to Prepare for University
At AISB, we will be offering a Year 13 for those students who need additional time to complete their A Levels. We will also offer University preparation courses. To satisfy the English proficiency requirements of universities in English speaking countries, students also take IELTS and SAT courses. Negotiations are underway with Macquarie University International College to present a standard or intensive foundation course.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND SERVICE LEARNING
Through carefully structured and sequential outdoor education programs, Secondary School students will develop a greater understanding of leadership and fellowship and embrace various challenges in a supportive team setting. They will acquire the key traits of empathy and compassion, and develop a greater appreciation and closer relationship with the outdoor environment, as well as developing an understanding of other cultures and their place within a global community.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
After School activities are an important part of the education here at AISB. Our students are encouraged to participate in a program of sporting, social and cultural activities that stimulate and nurture the intellectual, creative and personal talents of each individual student.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Through a comprehensive Health program, students develop health literacy to ensure they have the knowledge and understanding required to make informed choices about the health and safety of themselves and others. Emotional health and well-being and protective behaviours are developed through the explicit teaching of social skills, resilience and optimism and monthly focused assemblies.