Years 11 and 12: Act

In the final years of high school, we encourage students to develop as leaders and prepare for the HSC. We also give them practical advice and assistance that will enable them access higher education, including through scholarship opportunities.

Univeristy of Sydney Open Day

Students can participate in academic workshops that will prepare them for university, or attend a consultation for the Cadigal and Early Offer Year 12 (E12) admission. We also offer support for regional students attending, including potentially the chance to attend a residential program.

Year: 10-12
Delivered: 24 August
Capacity: None

Future Friday: Thinking Ahead/SMASH Essay Writing/Critical Thinking

Thinking Ahead shows students how to develop a sound scholarship applications by writing persuasively about their leadership skills, personal qualities and attributes.

In Smash Essay Writing, students learn effective essay writing by deconstructing essay questions and formulating arguments.

Critical Thinking teaches students how to analyse the texts they’re studying and distinguish the difference between a sound and weak argument. They’re asked to deconstruct arguments drawn from sources, including journalism, advertising, science, economics and politics.

Year: 11
Delivered: In school: Term 1, negotiable
On campus: Term 1, Weeks 2 – 9
Capacity: 100

The LINK“Writerly In-class”

Designed to enhance creative writing skills, students engage with a broad range of contemporary literature. In the process, they learn how to generate writing ideas and to refine existing creative texts.

Year: 11
Delivered: Term 4, Week by negotiation
Capacity: 30

Craft of Writing

We dive into the new section of the senior English curriculum - Craft of Writing - and provide tips for analysing and reflecting on the writing process.

Year: 11
Delivered: Term 2, Week 2
Capacity: 400

Sydney Writers’ Festival Experience

Workshops and panel conversations allow students to experience literature through an author’s lens.

Year: 10/11/12
Delivered: Term 2, Week 1
Capacity: 100

Future Friday: Promote Yourself/HSC Exam Preparation/SMASH Research

HSC Exam Preparation prepares Year 12 students maximise their performance in the HSC through study techniques and exam practice. Delivered by current University of Sydney undergraduate students, students learn to deconstruct HSC exam questions, take effective notes, plan responses, manage time and maximise their marks.

In Promote Yourself, students consider what lies beyond the HSC in an interactive scholarship writing session. They’re taught how to identify scholarship criteria, find areas of strength and weakness in sample answers and draft their own responses to scholarship questions.

SMASH Research then shows students how to improve their online research skills, evaluate online resources and reference correctly.


Year: 12
Delivered: In-school: Term 1, Week negotiable
On campus: Term 3, Weeks 2 – 9
Capacity: 100