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Oxley High School

Oxley High School

Quality education for all students in a safe and caring environment.

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Learning at our school

Find out more about what your child will learn at our school.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for the curriculum, Kindergarten to Year 12, for all NSW schools.

For the high school years, NESA develops syllabuses for all subjects in 8 key learning areas:

  • creative arts
  • English
  • human society and its environment (HSIE)
  • languages
  • mathematics
  • personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE)
  • science
  • technological and applied studies (TAS).

NSW schools also offer special religious education and special education in ethics via approved providers, where available.

Like all NSW schools, we have developed teaching and learning programs to suit our local context and the needs of our students.

To learn more about the curriculum in NSW, visit:

Stages of learning

There are 6 stages of learning from Kindergarten to Year 12. High school covers Stages 4 to 6.

  • Stage 4 includes Years 7 and 8.
  • Stage 5 includes Years 9 and 10.
  • Stage 6 includes Years 11 and 12.

Below you will find information regarding the curriculum and subjects offered at Oxley High School.

Stage 6 Information;

  • An invitation to attend the Year 10 into 11 information evening,

Stage 6 Evening Invite (pdf 65 KB).

  • Subject information on all the subjects on offer forย Year 11ย at Oxley Sigh School for 2016,

Stage 6 Booklet (pdf 2363 KB).

  • Year 11 2016 subject selection form to be returned completed to Oxley High School.

Yr 11ย 2016 Subject Form (pdf 74 KB)

  • A copy of the Senior Contract Senior Students are required to sign as part of their enrolment at Oxley High School

Senior Contract (pdf 196 KB)

Homework policy

Aim of Policy:

ย To ensure homework is educationally beneficial and meets the realistic expectations of students, teachers, parents and caregivers.

Why is homework so important?

  1. Homework is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class. Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources. Additionally, it establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.
  2. Homework bridges the gap between learning at school and learning at home. It reinforces work done in class.ย ย 
  3. Parents/caregivers have the opportunity to see the progress of their child. Homework provides challenges and stimulus to gifted and talented children.

'Ideal' homework

ย The basic rules of homework are that it:

  • is appropriate for each student's age and ability
  • takes into account students' other commitments, such as sport, part-time employment and home responsibilities
  • takes into account technology such as email and the Internet so that students without access are not disadvantaged

Three types of homework

ย 1. Practice Exercises help students to remember and practise newly acquired skills - such asย memorising mathematical tables, practising spelling words, writing essays and reading for pleasure.

ย 2. Preparatory Homework requires students to source and read background information to prepareย them for future lessons on a specific subject - such as reading an article on the Gold Rush inย preparation for a lesson in Australian history.

3. Extension Assignments encourage students to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively.

Assignments may include writing a book review, researching local news or retrieving items from the internet.

Homework for Years 7-12 at Oxley High School

Responsibility of Teachers:

ย Teachers at Oxley High School will ensure:

  • In Years 7-12 homework may be set on a regular basis in subjects. This will be ย dependent on the class level, topic being taught and the ย practicality of the subject area;
  • It may include practical exercises, preparatory work or extension assignments at the discretion of the teacher consideringย  the class level, ability and the subject;
  • It will be related to the topic being done in class;
  • Sufficient time to complete the task will be given;
  • Students are aware of what is expected of them and when it is due;
  • That communication is provided to parents when areas of concern are identified in relation to homework;
  • Ensure that all set homework is recorded in student diaries at time homework is set.
  • Check homework promptly and maintain student homework records in order to develop study habits and self-discipline.

Responsibility of Students:

When homework is set:

  • Complete homework in the given time;
  • Take responsibility for their homework planning by using a diary.
  • As students move into the senior school the homework and study demands will increase. Students will be expected to spend additional time to homework reviewing their classwork.ย  However, students will be able to, at times, negotiate the amount, type and time frame of their homework through the use of a study timetable.ย 

What can parents/caregivers do to help?

  • Take an active interest in their child's homework.
  • Support their child in setting aside time each day for homework.
  • Provide a dedicated place for homework and study if possible.
  • Assist teachers to monitor homework by signing completed work if requested, and be aware of the amount of homework set.
  • Communicate with teachers any concerns about the nature of homework or your child's approach to homework.
  • Develop a partnership with the teacher by alerting the teacher to any domestic circumstances or extra curricular activities which may have affected homework completion, via letter or phone call.