Our students are offered interesting, innovative, analytical and creative work in our English courses that reflects the college’s Gifted and Talented Arts programs. In addition, our students participate in a range of competitions and extracurricular programs including debating, writing competitions such as the Tim Winton Short Story Competition, the Young Writers’ Competition and the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition and writer in residence programs.

Each lower school course is designed to reflect the three elements of the national curriculum – literacy, language and literature, and to prepare students for the progressive and challenging texts used in the Year 11 and 12 English and literature courses.  More detail about our English programs can be found in our program handbooks located here.

English is also offered as part of our Academic Excellence Program.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) provides students with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values to understand and participate effectively in the rapidly changing local, national and global community. Years 7 to 10 students follow the WA Curriculum which includes ancient history, economics, geography, modern history, law and politics. In Years 11 and 12 students can study ATAR Geography, Modern History, Politics and Law, and Psychology. More detail about our HASS programs can be found here.

HASS is also offered in our Academic Excellence Program.

Languages – Italian Studies

Learning Italian at John Curtin College of the Arts is compulsory in Years 7 and 8 and optional in Years 9 and 10. Italian studies has a long tradition at John Curtin College of the Arts due to its relevance to the Arts and the Fremantle community. Our courses are infused with music, film, art and drama. We also include features from sport (particularly soccer), food, fashion and history. More detail about our Languages program can be found in our program handbooks located here.



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