David Collins - Head of Senior School
Mr David Collins is the Deputy Principal and the Head of Senior School (Years 7-12). Since starting at Inaburra in 2002, David has led both the Computing Studies and Media Departments, as well as teaching Mathematics. He was the Director of Events at the school and oversaw all school productions and special events. David led the implementation of our highly regarded BYOT program and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. More recently he was the school’s Director of Learning Innovation.
Senior School Curriculum
The formal curriculum at Inaburra follows the syllabi of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES), which culminates in the award of the HSC at the end of Year 12. Inaburra has a strong tradition of academic excellence with the vast majority of students completing Year 12 and earning a HSC and an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank.
Students have a varied program of learning in Years 7 and 8, where the following subjects are offered: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Biblical Studies, Mandarin, PDHPE, Information Technology, Technology subjects (covering food, wood, metal, design), Music and Art.
In Years 9 and 10 all students in NSW study the following mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Australian Geography Civics and Citizenship, Australian History Civics and Citizenship, Physical Development, Health and Physical Education, Computer Skills and Biblical Studies. These years provide the opportunity for students to choose from a wide range of elective subjects. For their HSC, students select a minimum of 12 units of study in Year 11, and a minimum of 10 units in Year 12.
The transition from Junior School to Senior School can be very challenging for students and families. Whilst having an integrated campus can assist in this transition, the school offers the following features to assist students to transition and build resilience throughout their Senior School years:
- School counsellors: Inaburra offers students the services of a qualified counsellor.
- Welfare: Our welfare staff are committed to the general well-being of students and supporting families. This includes the Orientation Camp for Year 7 and parent seminars from well-respected speakers.
- Learning Enrichment: Dr Lye Chan Long leads a professional and dedicated team who are committed to supporting, extending and enriching students through their learning.
- Peer-to-peer leadership: Students are encouraged to actively support other students, regardless of whether or not they hold leadership positions. Some of their activities include assisting with Year 7 orientation and peer-to-peer tutoring.
The students can also experience support and care through their Home Group leaders and Year Advisors.
Senior School Leaders
The Year 9 leaders are selected after a poll of their peers and the input of staff. They support the work of the school and one of their most important roles is assisting the new Year 7 students with their transition in to Senior School.
Year 12 leaders are elected by their peers and staff. In addition to the general responsibilities and opportunities that come with this role, leaders are assigned to an area of school activity which allows them to develop and exercise their leadership gifts.
The School Captains for 2017 are Grace Easton and Hamish Wilson. Grace and Hamish are held in the highest regard by students and staff alike, both are very active in the life of the school and both consistently demonstrate the Christian character that is expected of student leaders at Inaburra School.