Curriculum (11)


Collie Senior High School has a well-established music program provided by Instrumental Music School Services, commonly known as the School of Instrumental Music,  that provides selected students with tuition in a range of musical instruments. Students can apply to join the program when enrolling at the school.

The instrumental classes that we offer include:

Brass: Baritone, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet

Guitar: Classical & Bass


Woodwind: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

All instrumental students participate in Class Music as part of their timetable because this provides the theoretical background necessary for satisfactory progress through the program. Many instruments are available for hire during the first year of tuition, while others may be available for loan through the school library. Learners are usually expected to buy a suitable instrument after the first year of tuition.

Pupils who started learning brass or woodwind instruments in primary school continue this program and are usually able to play in the Collie Combined Schools' Concert Band after their first year of playing. The band often combines with the Donnybrook Concert Band allowing a valuable partnership to result in higher outcomes for all students. 

Our band members often participate in the WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod and the Queen’s Cup and we offer band camps during some years.  They also perform during assemblies and public events at the school and in the community, including the Christmas Pageant and Carols by Candlelight.

The guitar and bass guitar program commences in Year 7 and offers a great opportunity to learn to read and play music, as well as participation in the Guitar Ensemble that plays for school functions and community groups.

An enthusiastic parent committee helps to support the program and often assists with arrangements for the two Arts Evenings that are held throughout the year, which also showcases the wonderful talent we have within the school.


The Arts

The Arts Learning Area is a progressive but well established organisation within Collie Senior High School.  Experienced staff deliver a range of lower and senior school courses which aim to achieve the best outcomes for students.  We offer a varied range of pathways for senior school students including:

  • ATAR Visual Arts
  • Certificate courses enabling students to aim for Certificate II in Visual Arts and Creative Industries
  • General Courses in Visual Arts, Design Photography and Media
  • P Courses for Students with Educational Needs

Collie Senior High School Arts students perform very well in terms of gaining public notoriety and they are regularly recognised with a range of awards within the Iluka Visions Art Exhibitions held at BRAG. We also hold our own exhibition each year at the Collie Art Galleries, entitled Bright Sparks. Our students also attend exhibitions here, broadening their concepts of the possibilities that the Visual Arts can allow.

All lower school students participate in the Arts, strengthening their problem solving capabilities and allowing them to stretch their imaginations and creative abilities.

Vocational Education and Training

VET – or vocational education and training – engages student in work related learning. VET opportunities are made possible through our partnerships with the community and local industry, and registered training organisations. Students have access to different types of VET including Pre-apprenticeships, School Based Apprenticeships and School based Traineeships.

At Collie SHS VET opportunities are available in the following area:

  • Engineering Trades
  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Business
  • Construction

Click for the South West Institute of Technology 2015 Options booklet

Explore more training options at the South West Institute of Technology site

For more information about the Australian Curriculum visit the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website


Australian Curriculum

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Technology and Enterprise

The Technology & Enterprise Learning Area is made up of several different contexts including Metals, Wood, Food, Child Care, Information Technology & Craft, and is delivered by specialist staff in all these fields. Students have access to the Trade Training Centre in the delivery of Engineering Trades, Electrical, Automotive and Construction. These facilities are supported by the community through the Industry Reference Group. Further facilities see the delivery of Materials, Design & Technology with a Wood focus in the traditional Design & Technology Rooms and the refurbished Home Economics Centre. In Year 7 & 8 students trial all these courses to see what trade area appeals to them for the future with course specialisation commencing in Year 9 & 10. All contexts allow students to develop an array of life skills that they can utilise in a Career or in their personal life and overall health and well-being. In all areas students work through and develop skills in the Technology Process.



A dedicated team of highly experienced teachers, committed to both the school and the Collie community, deliver the Science curriculum at Collie Senior High School. Along with many years of experience delivering Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics to students at the highest secondary level, our team also includes highly experienced teaching staff specialising in delivering Primary to Year 10 Science.

Through establishing high expectations of student behaviour and performance, regular parent contact and along with our supportive and caring approach, our team encourages all students to achieve to their potential and reach their goals. All strands of the Western Australian Curriculum are delivered to all Junior Secondary school students in streamed classes, with extra support provided and adjustments made for students finding it difficult to meet their expected Science Achievement Standard.


The Collie Senior High School Science Department additions and improvements were opened in November 2007. This has seen the rooms substantially upgraded from the 1960's style with fixed rows of benches in classrooms to more flexible learning areas comprising 4 laboratory classrooms and 1 large lecture theatre style classroom with the capacity for demonstrations at the front desk. Each room has a multimedia projector installed, with the lecture style room also having a Smart Board.

Gas, electricity and water are provided at the sides of the laboratories for experiments and investigations, mobile work benches in the centres with stools with back supports for group work, book work or teacher centred learning. At the back of each room is additional works space, power and data networking. The science office is spacious and allows for collaboration between staff as well as conferencing and kitchen facilities. The preparation area has a large storage area for a myriad of equipment and chemicals to provide for a full range of experiments and demonstrations to suit from simple Year 7 experiments, to dissection tools, microscopy, electronics and complex chemical analysis equipment.

Science Staff

2015 staff are:

Mr David Moulden – Head of Science since 2005. Physical Science Specialist. 20+ years experience.

Mr Gregory Varis – Biology and Chemistry Specialist (Agriculture). 20+ years experience.

Mrs Sharron Moulden – Human Biology and Biology Specialist. 20+ years experience.

Mr James Duff – Biology, Human Biology and ICT specialist. 5+ years experience.

Mrs Coralie Cole – Junior Secondary specialist. 5+ years experience.

Mr Peter Fergie – Human Biology, Biology and Chemistry specialist. 30+ years experience.

Frequently Collie Senior High School Science Department accept trainee teachers to complete their teaching practicums. (Coralie Cole completed her final teaching practicums at Collie Senior High School, and it is interesting to note that Greg and Coralie are both ex students of Collie Senior High School, adding to the strong community links this school already has.)


Junior Secondary – Years 7 to 10

Currently, Collie Senior High School is running streamed Years 7 – 10 Science classes for all Junior Secondary students. Collie Senior High School Science Department lead the way in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Since 2013, the Australian Curriculum has been completely implemented for Years 8 – 10 in all Science strands (Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science). This was well before the required implementation schedule. - Link to the Australian Curriculum –


There is a high degree of rigour in these courses, with high expectations for all students to work to the best of their ability. There are a wide variety of tasks covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of Science. These tasks include classwork and homework, experiments and investigations, research and assignment work, mini tests and topic tests (examinations). Students work to earn marks for each assessment task, which go towards a final score for the strand. This is used, in conjunction with the Science Achievement Standards, to allocate a letter grade (A – E) for each strand, and an overall grade for Science. Support mechanisms are in place to assist students with difficulties, and adjustments made to help them achieve to their potential. Our intention is to best prepare all students for their next year of study, and ultimately, their destination beyond their studies in Years 11 and 12.

The courses are designed so that Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour, Literacy and Numeracy development, and the use of ICT is embedded, along with the other general capabilities as required by the Australian Curriculum. In addition to the Year 7 – 10 programs, Collie Senior High School Science Department is also supporting teachers and students from the local primary schools in their Science courses.

Senior Secondary

Collie Senior High School Science Department has the human and physical resources and experience to deliver the following WACE courses to Year 12: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Physical Science, and Integrated Science, although student demand determines which of these can run from year to year. Typically these classes are of 15 students or less due to the small school size.


According to state testing results, students studying Science at Collie Senior High School have consistently achieved better than students in like schools. Recent science competition results indicate that participating Collie Senior High School Junior School students performed as well as or better than other participating students nationally and within W.A. Senior School students from Collie Senior High School typically are accepted into their first or second preference at university. Collie Senior High School Science Department are proud to have educated many students who have gone on to be Doctors, Dentists, Veterinarians, Engineers, Scientists, Teachers and a multitude of other professions.

Mathematics Learning Area

In the Mathematics Learning Area, students learn to use ideas about Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability to describe, interpret and reason about their social and physical world. It is our aim to foster and extend the mathematical interests and talents of all students.

Mathematics plays a key role in the development of students’ numeracy and assists learning across the curriculum.
It is essential that students develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics and it is the aim of the Mathematics Learning area to:

  • encourage students to develop an interest and a liking for Mathematics
  • provide a challenging curriculum that fosters appropriate academic and creative development
  • provide a supportive environment for the pursuit of excellence
  • illustrate to students the applications of mathematics
  • develop student initiative in problem solving
  • encourage students to take personal responsibility for their work


Lower School – Years 8- 1 0

  • Australian Curriculum English
  • Australian Curriculum History
  • Society and Environment
    • Year 8 – Earth and People; Consumer and the Economy
    • Year 9 – Australian Landscapes; Government and Law
    • Year 10 – Economics; World and Environmental Issues

Upper School – Years 11 and 12

  • Stage 1A/B English
  • Stage 1C/D English
  • Stage 2A/B English
  • Stage 2C/D English
  • Stage 3A/B English
  • Stage 2A/B Media Production and Analysis
  • Stage 3A/B Media Production and Analysis

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Australian Curriculum English (Lower School)

Senior School English (Upper School)

Society and Environment (Lower School)

Australian Curriculum History (lower School)

Media Production and Analysis (Upper School ATAR)

Detailed information on each of these courses can be found in the Upper School Handbook on the Australian Curriculum Website and the Schools Standards and Authority Website


Health and Physical education

The Health and Physical Education Learning Area at Collie Senior High School aims to provide students with learning experiences that lead to a lifelong, healthy and productive lifestyle. Students are given opportunities to develop skills and abilities through the many contexts in which our Learning Area offers. Our programs are designed to be engaging with a developmental focus on pastoral care, teamwork, cooperative learning, leadership and building important relationship skills for the future. Our teachers believe in educating the “whole child” and hope to meet the needs of every student in their care.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum has been shaped by five (5) propositions:

  • A focus on educative purposes such as learning in, through and about movement;
  • Taking a strengths-based approach to support students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills students require to make healthy, safe and active choices;
  • Value movement and it forms the basis of daily life. Some of our movement contexts assist with performance in other subjects;
  • Develop a health literacy; and
  • Include a critical inquiry approach.

Through a focus on care and concern, our teachers model the types of behaviour that develop good attitudes and values towards health and physical activity. We do this to help each child reach their potential and develop important social critical skills as part of a holistic program. As we recognise the role the family has to play in also developing healthy attitudes for now and into the future, we encourage parents to keep in contact with us over their child’s journey in our programs.

There are two learning contexts in which students at Collie Senior High School are involved in.

  • Physical Education: this includes experiences in sport and fitness related modules, designed for active participation in physical activity both at school and in the community. The skills and abilities learnt in physical education help students make lifelong healthy lifestyle choices. Physical Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum in Years 7 to 10 and can be studied to a high level in Years 11 and 12.
  • Health Education: in Years 7 to 10, students are engaged in lessons where they will develop important life skills concerning their health which will also prepare them for their later adolescent years. Topics include growth and relationship issues, building resiliency, coping with pressure and influence, drug education, driver education and other community lifestyle issues.

Apart from the formal curriculum, there are also excellent opportunities for students to represent their school in interschool sport. These include:

  • Swimming (Term 1);
  • Track and Field (Term 2);
  • Cross Country Running (Term 2)
  • Winter Carnival where sports such as AFL, netball, soccer, touch rugby, hockey and basketball are offered for Year 9 & 10 (Term 3)
  • Lightning Carnival where sports such as AFL, netball, soccer, touch rugby, hockey and basketball are offered for Year 7 & 8 (Term 3)

All our extracurricular sports opportunities, including the school swimming and athletics carnivals, contribute to our pastoral focus of care and concern as part of a wider school approach to meet the needs of every child. Representing the school in sport is considered a high honour and is looked upon by the school as a high and noteworthy achievement.

Lower School

All students in Years 7 to 10 study the core learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Health Education and Physical Education. Your child will also have the opportunity to sample from a range of elective subjects.

Our aim is to provide learning areas that suit a range of student abilities and interests. Your child may need extra help, or love music, or be academically gifted – no matter where your child sits, we want to help them find their niche.


Students in Year 8 Mathematics essentially all receive a similar program.  The program aims to create an interest in Mathematics while covering the essential numeracy work and trying to foster problem solving and investigative skills.
The more able students will be provided with extension opportunities to further their mathematics knowledge and problem solving skills.

The progress of students in Lower School (Years 7 to 10) is constantly monitored and through this monitoring, regular changes are made to classes with the aim of keeping students of similar ability grouped together.   Teachers create programs of work to suit the ability level of the group so that opportunities in Upper School (Year 11 & 12) are optimised.  During Year 10 the Mathematics teachers will counsel their students regarding the best course of study to choose in Upper School.

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