Educating for the Future

The learning journey at Gilroy 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

Educating for the future Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill

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.

Gilroy 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.

Our senior students also have the option to select the following courses:

  • Studies of Religion I and II (NESA course)
  • Catholic Studies (NESA course)

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Gilroy 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.

Years 7-10

Technology at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
Technology for learning at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
Years 7 and 8 at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill

During the junior years of high school, students will focus on the following Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Technologies
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages (Japanese)

Students in Years 9 & 10 will also choose two elective courses to study. Electives include:

  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Industrial Technology - Timber
  • Information Software Technology
  • iSTEM
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Visual Arts
  • Commerce
  • Elective Geography
  • World History

Years 11-12

Industrial Technology at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
Senior learning years at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
Photography Elective at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill

In Years 11 and 12 students will work towards the attainment of a HSC. The HSC is an internationally recognised credential that provides a foundation for students entering tertiary study, vocational training or employment.

To receive the HSC, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 units of preliminary courses (usually in Year 11) followed by 10 units of HSC courses (usually in Year 12).
  • Meet HSC course requirements including school based assessments and statewide HSC examinations. 

Senior students can choose from a wide range of subjects including those from the Creative and Performing Arts area, Science courses, PDHPE courses, History and advanced English and Maths courses.

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Subject Selections

There are many myths when it comes to subject selections so it is important that students choose subjects in which they have a genuine interest, ones that they feel they are good at, that fit with their learning styles, that prepare them for future study and work, and that align with career interests and keep career options open.

Gilroy has prepared a series of short videos featuring students sharing information about each subject offered in order to help their fellow students make decisions on what they want to study.

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Subject Selections

Choosing electives at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
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 modern-day approach provides senior students with access to a greater range of extension courses and specialised electives that may not be offered at our school, helping them to achieve their personal career and study goals. The blended learning format using both virtual and face-to-face teaching methods optimises the students learning experience with support from expert HSC teachers.

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.

We offer a varied curriculum that is engaging and relevant.

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