School Curriculum

Pelican Waters is a beautiful and unique part of their world. This wonderful environment provides many fascinating learning opportunities for our children and uses our natural environment to provide learning stimulus for our children.This might be with Bell’s Creek science research; King’s Beach Surf Lifesaving Beach Awareness; or Senior School Business Case Studies in Caloundra, as examples. At Caloundra City Private School, our developmental approach focuses on ‘thinking about thinking’ and uses Essential Learnings and differentiated integrating themes as curriculum drivers.

Pelican's Nest Early Learning Program

Our Early Learning Centre provides a developmental curriculum where each individual student’s program is based on their individual interest, progress, readiness and learning style. We work closley with families to ensure your child’s growth and development. More specifically our programs are:

  • Pelican's Nest is an accredited Nature Play provider - outdoor play is embeded into our curriculum
  • Library Borrowing Program for Junior and Senior Nest - run at the CCPS library
  • Transition to School Program - to build confidence, wellbeing and school readiness for both Kindy and Prep
  • Individually Responsive Program -  nurtures relationships with each child and our Educators 
  • "Be You", "You Can Do It" and Bush Kindy program to foster social and emotional wellbeing

For more information, please visit the Pelican's Nest Early Learning Centre website.

Junior School Curriculum

Our developmental teaching provides a natural, progressive means of learning, which develops self esteem and confidence. It encourages students to become critically-aware decision makers and generates an atmosphere of success for every student.

Junior School students can expect the following from the curriculum at Caloundra City Private School:

  • A planned, linked, cohesive and integrated curriculum with emphasis on continuity from the City Stars Kindergarten - Year 6
  • Building on what the students know, can do and understand
  • Incorporating opportunities to plan and negotiate learning and assessment tasks which are relevant, challenging and achievable
  • Learning experiences based on and mapped against the QSA framework
  • To be broad and balanced across the Key Learning Areas
  • To promote literacy and numeracy across the curriculum with a strong daily focus on these areas
  • Explicit student learning outcomes and assessment tasks which clearly demonstrate student learning
  • To be inclusive of all students

Across the Junior School years we encourage students to enjoy their learning by providing a variety of learning opportunities. Teachers provide a learning environment that enables all students to achieve their best. The learning program engages students in both group and individual work, in rigorous structured activities as well as open ended investigations. We value all students and work towards accommodating their diversity of learning styles.

Senior School Curriculum

Years 7 – 8 

There is a middle schooling philosophy in the lower secondary school from Years 7 to 8, where teachers are minimized to help each student transition from the Junior School to the Secondary School. A core curriculum of English; Mathematics; Science & Engineering;  Humanities;  Health and Physical Education (HPE);  Philosophical Inquiry, plus electives that rotate each semester.  

Years 9 – 10

Year 9 and 10 is structured so that students continue in foundation core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, and HPE, but students also have the advantage of selecting semester length units to sample different subjects before selecting for Years 11 and 12.

Compulsory Courses:

English; Mathematics;  Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); Humanities; Health and Physical Education; Ethics and Law; Philosophical Inquiry; and Sport

Semester Unit Electives:

  • Photography
  • New Media & Art
  • Enterprise Education
  • Hospitality and Tourism 

Integrated Study Project

Throughout these years, students will also undertake Integrated Projects that draw together many different disciplines of learning and will provide an opportunity to work in groups to make a final presentations. Topics will vary from year to year but will involve current and innovative topics of research and interest. Classes offered for 2020 will be one semester each of the following subjects: 

  • Music
  • Japanese
  • Visual Art & Photography
  • Enterprise Education, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Digital Technologies, and
  • Media Arts

Excellence Projects

Students with particular gifts, may be invited to research or investigate a semester length negotiated topic as a special Excellence Project. These projects give the students more opportunity to extend their intellectual, organizational and research and presentation skills and culminate in a final presentation to an invited audience at the end of the semester.

Years 11 - 12 Studies

The transition from the lower secondary school to the senior phase of learning is critical in allowing students to develop more independence of thinking and learning. Vocational Education units will be available to students on a needs basis and it will be possible for Year 10 students to apply for School based Traineeships.

Students will choose from a range of subjects based on their ability, interests and future career ambitions. English, and at least one Mathematics subject are mandatory for all students.

Students must select five or six of the following elective courses:

  • Mathematics (General, Methods)
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Modern History
  • Business Studies
  • Legal studies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Film Television and New Media
  • Design
  • Japanese 
  • Applied Visual Arts in Practice

University subjects

In addition to these subjects, students with the necessary academic ability, may have the opportunity of completing aa semester length, Headstart Program, first year university subject. The subjects that are available will be based again on student interest.

Vocational Education and School Based Traineeships

Students, on application, will have the ability to undertake additional studies in Vocational Education units on line as well as undertake School Based Traineeships. Students are able to undertake a Diploma of Business on the School campus through a partnering arrangement with a vocational education provider.