Our college is fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES) adhering to their mandatory curriculum requirements for Kindergarten through to Year 12. Students are grouped into stages of learning, combining classes over a two-year period., i.e; Stage 1 = Year 1/2 combined, Stage 2 = Year 3/4 combined, etc.
Senior College – Year 9 to Year 10 students participate in blended learning, a combination of work on their laptops and in their workbooks. We have combined the philosophies of project-based learning, inquiry-based learning and game-based learning to develop our own learning strategy. Year 11 & 12 complete their HSC via the vertical or compressed model, i.e; 3 subjects in Year 11 & 3 subjects in Year 12.
The Big Picture – Another key academic initiative is the ‘Big Picture’ – a model that personalises learning to prepare students for opportunities beyond school.With an emphasis on relevance and real-world learning, our students combine academic work with internships, enabling them to explore their world and plan their own pathways to future employment, study or enterprise.
Each student in the Big Picture Learning program is part of a small learning community of 18 students called an advisory. Each advisory is supported and led by an advisor, (a teacher that works closely with the group of students) and forms personalised relationships with each advisee. Each student works closely with his or her advisor to identify interests and personalise learning. Parents and families are actively involved in the learning process, helping to shape the student’s learning plan.
The result is a student-centred learning design, where students are actively invested in their learning and are challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members.
You can view our students talking about their Big Picture studies at this link , contact the college for further information or see further details at the following link: https://www.bigpicture.org.au
The vision in creating CCSC was to restore balance to the lives of sporting families. By incorporating top-level coaching into their normal college day, parents are freed of the after-college training run-around, allowing more time for the family.
CCSC maintains a ‘No Homework Policy’. Extensive research suggests there is no correlation between academic performance and assigning homework. Similarly, there is no research that links homework with good study habits or character building. In fact, the negative effects of homework and their impact on families are well known. It is important to note, however, that while our teachers do not formally issue homework, we do not discourage learning at home. Students are encouraged to always do their best work, and in order to do this, extra preparation time and revision outside of class may be required to meet deadlines.