Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning at Hennessy

Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8)

In Year 7 and 8 students must study mandatory subjects across all KLA areas. What they study are:

English* Maths
HSIE (Human Society and its Environment)* Science
PDHPE Religion
Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Art
Music Languages
Sport (2 periods per cycle until end of Year 10)

*In Year 7 students study integrated English with History and Geography. This is known as iHi. In these classes they have the same teacher for both subjects and the content in speard across both subjects.

Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10)

Students are able to choose TWO electives in both Year 9 and in Year 10 as they embark on their study to meet the requirements of the Record of Student Achievement (RoSA).

Mandatory Subjects:

English* Mathematics
HSIE  Science
PDHPE Religion

In 2021, the following electives are being offered:

Agriculture Big History 
Commerce Music
Elective History Geography
Food Technology Physical and Sports Studies
Industrial Technology - Metal Industrial Technology - Timber
iStem Hospitality* (Year 10 only)
Visual Art Photography

*Hospitality (VET) is offered to Year 10 students. This is an accelerated class in which student will commence their Higher School Certificate course in Year 10 and complete it in Year 11.

Stage 6 (Year 11 and 12)

Students complete both their Preliminary Certificate (Year 11) and their Higher School Certificate (Year 12). There are a variety of pathways offered which are designed to meet the needs of students. An English and Religious Education course are the only compulsory subjects.

In 2019, the following Subjects are offered:


Students choose from:

English - Standard or Advanced OR English Studies
Religion - Studies of Religion 1 unit or 2 unit OR Catholic Studies.


Students choose 4 or 5 subjects from the following:

Ancient History Biology
Business Studies Chemistry
Community and Family Studies Design and Technology
Drama Visual Art
English Extension 1 English Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
History Extension (Year 12 only) Industrial Technology - Timber or Metal
Legal Studies Mathematics, Advanced or Standard Mathematics, Mathematics Ext 1, Mathematics Ext 2 (Yr 12 Only)
Modern History Music 1
Geography Physics
PDHPE Work Studies
Investigating Science

In addition the following Vocational Courses (VET) are offered at school:

Sports Coaching

Hospitality - Kitchen Operations and Commercial Cookery

Students can also take the opportunity to study a course at TAFE (TVET) or complete a traineeship in a variety of industries as part of their Stage 6 studies.

Representative sporting opportunities are available throughout the year.  The calendar for Canberra Goulburn, MacKillop, CCC, NSW All Schools, NSWPSSA and School Sport Australia trials/championships. It is now available on the Canberra Goulburn Sport Website: