Educating for the Future

The learning journey at Cerdon honours the developmental stages in a student’s life. Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we prepare students for the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to lead and work both independently and collaboratively.

Educating for the Future

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Religious Education

As a Catholic school we also have a strong religious dimension that runs through all the KLAs and is also formally recognised as the KLA of Religious Education.

Cerdon students take part in formal Religious Education every day, based on the new Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese curriculum that is relevant to our students and to the world they live in.

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Cerdon follows the curriculum approved by the Education Standards Authority (NESA) covering all key learning areas. We also have a range of elective courses to suit students at all ability levels.

Junior Courses (Years 7-8)

We strive for a quality, broad-based education to prepare young women to take their place in a changing world.

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  • Religious Education
  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • English
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Guidance
  • History (Mandatory)
  • Geography (Mandatory)
  • Italian
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Junior Courses (9-10)

    We provide an appropriate, dynamic and diverse curriculum which extends beyond the classroom and challenges our girls to reach their full potential.

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    Mandatory Courses of Study

    • Religious Education
    • Australian Geography, Civics and Citizenship
    • Australian History, Civics and Citizenship
    • English
    • Guidance
    • Mathematics—Levels 3, 2, 1
    • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    • Science

    Elective Courses of Study (200 hours)

    • Commerce
    • Design and Technology
    • Drama
    • Elective History
    • Food Technology
    • Italian
    • French
    • Music
    • Sport and Physical Activity Studies
    • STEM
    • Textiles Technology
    • Visual Arts
    • Visual Design

    Senior Courses (Years 11-12)

    Cerdon College has a proud history of outstanding HSC results that are a testament to the hard work and efforts of its students and teachers. Ours is a school where high academic standards are sought and valued.

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    • Board Developed Courses
    • Additional Courses
    • Studies of Religion (2 Unit)
    • Studies of Religion (1 Unit)
    • Studies in Catholic Thought
    • English (Standard, Advanced, Extension I (1 Unit), Extension II and English Studies
    • Mathematics (Standard, Advanced and Extension I (1 Unit) and Extension II
    • Ancient History
    • Biology
    • Business Studies 
    • Business Studies (VET)
    • Chemistry
    • Community and Family Studies
    • Drama
    • Design and Technology
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Economics
    • Entertainment Industry
    • Exploring Early Childhood
    • Food Technology
    • French - Beginners, Continuers and Extension
    • Geography
    • Hospitality (VET)
    • Industrial Technology - Multimedia
    • Italian Beginners, Continuers and Extension
    • Legal Studies
    • Modern History
    • Music 1
    • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Textiles and Design
    • Visual Arts

    2 Unit Board Developed VET Courses

    • Business Services Administration
    • Entertainment Industry
    • Hospitality

    Content Endorsed Courses

    • Catholic Studies (1 Unit)
    • Exploring Early Childhood (2 Unit)

    EVET (TAFE/School) Courses

    Courses vary each year based on student demand and course availability,
    in recent years students have studied:

    • Human Services (Nursing)
    • Retail

    Year 12 Extension Courses

    • English Extension 2
    • History Extension (1 Unit)
    • Italian Extension (1 Unit)
    • Mathematics Extension 2 (4 Units)
    • History Extension (1 Unit)
    • Science Extension (1 Unit)

    Community Languages

    Studied through the NSW School of Languages or Saturday School of Community Languages

    School of Now

    The innovative Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese School of Now program offers a unique learning experience for Year 11 and 12 students. This contemporary hybrid approach provides senior students with access to a greater range of extension courses and specialised electives that may not be offered at our school. In this way we can help them to achieve their personal career and study goals.

    The blended learning format uses both virtual and face-to-face teaching methods, with support from expert HSC teachers with specialist knowledge.

    Vocational Education (VET)

    Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese is a leading provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities. Our school offers this pathway to students to develop their hands-on skills, industry knowledge and real-world experience by learning from professionals in the field.

    VET allows students to pursue their own interests and passions, providing them with the tools to take charge of their learning and their future. Theoretical knowledge is translated to practical ability in VET, building a sense of identity and purpose through relevant, engaging education.

    Supporting Diverse Learning Needs

    Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese offers a range of support services to all schools, including vocational preparation and work readiness courses. These courses are offered to students with additional needs in Years 9-12 and range from one day to full week courses. We also liaise with relevant government agencies and specialist employment agencies for students with additional needs.

    We offer a varied curriculum that is engaging and relevant

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