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Secondary FAQ's

Where is Calrossy 7-9 located?

Our Secondary Years 7-9 are located on the William Cowper Campus on the outskirts of Tamworth. The address is 242 Moore Creek Road, Tamworth, NSW, 2340. 

This campus is located around one kilometre from the Secondary Boys Boarding Facility (Simpson House) and a few kilometres from our Brisbane Street Campus where the Girls Boarding Houses are located.

Where is Senior Secondary (10-12) located?

Our Senior students in Years 10 to 12 are located on the Brisbane Street Campus in the heart of Tamworth.

Secondary School Hours

The hours of operation on each campus differ slightly for our Secondary students. This is necessary to fit in with the local school bus timetables.

In Secondary there are five period in each day as can be seen below. These periods run between 60 to 65 minutes. Community Time differs on each day between Assembly, Chapel and Mentor Groups.

How does the School communicate with parents?

Calrossy has its own intranet, called The HUB. Students and parents are given logins to this system when their enrolment at the School is finalised.

The HUB is the one stop shop for all information, from newsletters, assessments, daily notices, photo galleries, course ­class pages and extra-curricular activities including sport.

There is also the Calrossy Anglican School App for mobile devices that allows you access to most of the above information.

Why does Calrossy Secondary have the MacBook program?

The School implemented the 1:1 MacBook Program for a number of reasons including the increased workload demands in secondary school which require larger quantities of typing. Having access to their own individual MacBook gives

students opportunities to maximise learning opportunities by having access anytime, anywhere.

An extensive review process was undertaken within the school over a 6-month period and consultation with external experts was sought. As part of this review, surveys were conducting and discussion forums held with key stakeholders including staff, students and parents.

It was determined that moving from iPads to MacBooks in the secondary school would alleviate some issues and provide a more robust device which better supported high-quality teaching and learning.

What Expeditions do Calrossy Secondary students participate in?

Expeditions are considered to be important parts of a student’s education at ۲Ƶ Anglican School and students are expected to attend. Expeditions are important times for students to get to know each other, and staff, in a different context as well as providing opportunities for students to step outside their comfort zone and experience new ideas and challenges.

Expeditions are covered under the co-curricular fee and incur no additional charge.

In 2022 the expeditions are;

Year 7 Boys – Surfing at Scott Head – Trent Munro Surf School
Year 7 Girls – Sailing at Lake Macquarie – CRU Education Camps
Year 8 Boys – Sailing at Lake Macquarie – CRU Education Camps
Year 8 Girls – Surfing at Scotts Head – Trent Munro Surf School
Year 9 – Pindari Life Adventures
Year 10 – Action Learning Initiatives Pty Ltd - Jindabyne
Year 11 – Emu Gully Adventure Education Group

Absences and Attendance 

It is a legal requirement that all absences are explained.

Student absences can be reported to the school via email to attendance@calrossy.nsw.edu.au or alternatively by using the Absence button on the Calrossy App.

Please note: Once rolls are marked in period 1, SMS messages are automatically sent to the mobile phone of parents whose children are marked absent from school.

Health Centre

Students who become ill or who are injured should let their teacher or supervisor know immediately. Both campuses have a nurse on duty, who will assess and treat the student, and call parents and an ambulance if necessary.

Health Centre staff may also organise health checks, co-ordinate any vaccinations which may be made available by State Health and run special health information programmes.

Students (boarders) may request to see other health professionals (eg: doctor, dentist) and arrangements can be made through the Health Centre. Parents are responsible for payment for these appointments.

Each year parents are also asked to complete a Health Update/Excursion Health form. The information provided is used for the purpose of updating the main health form, and for staff to take on excursions. Students may not participate in any excursions until the form is returned.

In the case of boarders all medication, including common analgesics, must be handed to Health Centre staff and will be dispensed by staff. Day students’ parents should inform Health Centre staff when their child needs to take medications as arrangements will be made for this to be dispensed by staff. Some infectious diseases require exclusion from school. Further advice may be sought from Health Centre staff or a medical practitioner.

Transport to and from Calrossy?

Parents must apply through the School Student Transport Scheme for a bus pass for their children to travel to and from school. Further information on this can be found on the parent’s page of The HUB once your child is enrolled at ۲Ƶ.

Boarders are transported to and from their campuses, by the School, every day if required.

What structure does Calrossy have for its sports and cultural house system?

In 2021 Calrossy adopted a new House structure with four houses now representing all students from Prep to Year 12. These houses are named after prominent Australians who excelled in their fields. Your child will be allocated to a house and all family members will belong to the same house.  The houses are as follows

Nicholls - Named after Sir Douglas Nicholls, the first Australian Indigenous Governor, Christian charitable worker and AFL player. The Red and Black colours are taken from the Aboriginal Flag.

Sheean - named after Teddy Sheean, winner of the Victoria Cross for bravery in the Royal Australian Navy, with Sky Blue and White representing the ocean and sky.

Cuthbert - In honour of Betty Cuthbert who was a multiple gold medalist and advocate for disability. Green and Gold will be their House colours.

Hamlin - Named after Dr Catherine Hamlin, with Black and White representing cultural diversity and dignity for all people.

Uniform

Calrossy Anglican School has a rich tradition of distinctive and sophisticated uniforms and students are expected to wear the Calrossy uniform with pride in themselves, their personal appearance and in their membership of our School community. Students wear our Summer uniform in Terms One and Four and Winter uniform in terms two and three. 

Calrossy adheres to a strict uniform policy and students are expected to be neat and well-groomed at all times. Only School approved uniform items are to be worn. Please visit our website for our full school uniform lists including sport and optional items. 

For enquiries or to make an appointment with The Uniform Shop for your child’s personal uniform fitting, phone 02 5776 5194.

The Uniform Shop is open three (3) days per week during the school term.

Monday 8am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 11am - 4.30pm

Friday 8am - 4.30pm 

Online shopping is also available. A list of requirements and prices can be found on the website at https://calrossy.nsw.edu.au/Enrolment/Uniform.

Sports uniform is worn for some PDHPE lessons, organised sport, fitness and activities such as cross country. The sports uniform must only be worn during these periods and not to and from school.

A guide to wearing the uniform can be found on the HUB.

What academic support is available in Secondary?

On our Brisbane Street and William Cowper Campuses, there is an extensive extra academic support program where staff are on duty at set times (lunch or after school) or by appointment in the recourse centres on each campus. A timetable is issued each term (and can be found on the Secondary Daily Notices page on The HUB) so that students are aware which teachers are available on a particular day. 

These sessions are partly aimed at encouraging all students to take greater responsibility for their own learning. They are not lessons or tutorials but rather one-on-one assistance. Students who attend these sessions will need to bring assess­ments or homework for which they need further explanation or come with a particular aspect of a course which they have found difficult and which they wish to understand more deeply. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for students to increase the level of success they experience and to further their joy of learning.

Calrossy 7-9

What happens in the playground for Year 7 – 9 students?

Girls and boys share the playground and recreation areas on the campus during breaks. New facilities provide seating, shade and pleasant spaces, specially designed for students at this age and stage. Zones allow for passive activities and more active play.

How are the needs of boys and girls be catered to?

The continuing needs of young adults at this important stage are important in our planning and program. Our unique model allows us to target the needs of each gender in the classroom and across school activities. Academic staff are able to tailor their teaching to the differing learning strengths of boys and girls, with flexibility to adapt to student needs. Confidence and courage are important to success at this stage. Community group programs support the healthy growth and identity development of boys and girls separately as they move towards independence, maturing as young men and women.

What happens with electives for Year 9/10?

Students in Years 9 and 10 continue to have access to a wide range of electives. Student choice will determine class formation. Classes will be year-based. Arrangements will be flexible to allow the widest possible choice.

How does this model promote leadership for these younger years?

Year 9 is an important period of leadership development for students. Peer support programs, service activities and assemblies see strong involvement and active voice from students. The School’s commitment to the involvement of Senior students, service and leadership development will continue to encompass the breadth of opportunities across a P – 12 school.

How does Calrossy provide for the Wellbeing needs in the early Secondary years?

The Diamond model allows our programs to cater for the specific individual needs of students in Year 7 – 9. Growth mindset, connected relationships, student voice and active involvement in School life support the students through this period. Mentor groups in 7 – 9 are specifically for boys and girls with a strong emphasis on supporting the growth and development of great men and women, supported by older mentors a programme designed to help students to understand themselves and others.

How does ۲Ƶ ensure the younger students have access to senior role models?

Calrossy is known for the wonderful modelling of character and leadership by older students. Our structure and location enable us to have strong links between Year 7 – 9 students and Primary students and with Senior Leaders in their final years. Traditional Calrossy activities such as House Music, War Cry Cup, Billy Cart Derby and house competitions continue to support leadership and promote a strong whole-school culture.

Summary of Year 7 subjects

English
Mathematics
Science
Geography/History (by semester)
PDHPE
Visual Arts
Technology
Music
Christian Studies
Performance

Performance studies – 2 periods per fortnight

Performance Studies aims to introduce Year 7 students to the world of Dance and Drama as performance styles. Students spend two terms on each artform learning key aspects of the subject. Performance Studies is based around movement and has little to no theory work, instead encouraging students to learn through action. Through Dance practical lessons, students will explore the Elements of Dance in conjunction with basic dance technique and styles (such as jazz and hip hop). They also work with others to choreograph their own routines to communicate ideas, gaining insight into the creation of Dance. In Drama, students are introduced to the world of performance through a range of theatrical activities. Drama encourages a cooperative approach to exploring the world through enactment. It is a form of action in which students take on a role as a means of exploring both familiar and unfamiliar aspects of their world. They will portray aspects of human experience while exploring the ways people react and respond to different situations, issues and ideas. The collaborative nature of both strands of Performance Studies engage students in a creative process of sharing, developing and expressing emotions and ideas through movement.

Summary of Year 8 subjects

English
Mathematics
Science
Geography/History (by semester)
PDHPE
Visual Arts
Technology
Music
Language – choice of German or Japanese given in year 7, what runs is dependent on student choice
Christian Studies
Active elective (2 periods per fortnight)

NOTE – we are well above the required hours of English, Maths and Science in Years 7 and 8.

Summary of Year 9 subjects

English
Mathematics
Science
Geography/History (by semester)
PDHPE
Christian Studies
2 x elective
Active elective (2 periods per fortnight)

Calrossy Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)

What is Senior Secondary?

All students in Years 10 -12 learn at the Brisbane Street Campus in coeducational classes. The focus of this campus is to empower these young adults to become accountable, confident and inspired learners and provide pathways for their future.

Our aim at ۲Ƶ Senior Secondary  is to create meaningful pathways and opportunities, alongside relevant real world skills for life beyond school.  

How does this model benefit our Year 10 - 12 students?

A specialised Senior Campus promotes independence and enhanced learning in the final three years of their education journey. Specific resources relevant to these years are provided, such as Careers, Senior science equipment, etc. It supports our teachers to broaden academic and co-curricular pathways for Senior students and minimises travel time, ensuring the best academic and wellbeing outcomes for boys and girls.

What facilities are provided for boys and girls on the Brisbane Street Campus?

The campus is a Senior Study Centre, supporting the development of independent learning. This includes the creation of study areas and appropriate recreational facilities. 

A priority of our Senior Secondary is to provide pathways for these older students whether that is vocational, academic or otherwise. Calrossy has a dynamic Careers Program with strong partnerships with industry and other education providers, ensuring all students are supported in their career interests.

How does this model promote leadership for our senior students?

Leadership is an intentional feature of student life at ۲Ƶ. The Servant Leadership model is integral to our approach, in which a leader supports and serves those that they lead, rather than merely holding a position or wearing a badge. We believe that the input of older students into the life of the younger ones is very important to our ethos. Specific op- portunities and training are embedded into each step of our School journey to support the growth and development of leadership skills and understanding of all students.

How does Calrossy provide for the Wellbeing needs for every child in these Senior Secondary years?

The Calrossy commitment to pastoral care remains a central part of our School. Age appropriate Mentor groups have a key role to play, with small groups led by a member of the academic staff, who takes a close interest in the wellbeing of the individual. Specific activities and support are provided at each stage, utilising the expertise of classroom teachers, Leaders of Wellbeing and the specialist staff who are part of our Wellbeing team.

Our specialised Senior Secondary Campus allows us to target the wellbeing and social needs of these emerging young adults in different ways as they approach the end of the school journey. Support is included in Study, Wellbeing, Career and Tertiary Education planning, Chaplaincy and Health.

Summary of Year 10 subjects

English
Mathematics
Science
Geography/History (by semester)
PDHPE
Christian Studies
2 x elective
Active elective (2 periods per fortnight)

For answers to general questions regarding Calrossy as a whole school please return to the main FAQS page or click here