School Curriculum

At Caloundra City Private School, our developmental approach focuses on ‘thinking about thinking’ and uses Essential Learnings, and differentiated integrating themes and technology, as curriculum drivers.

Pelican Waters is a beautiful and unique part of their world. It might be true to say that we love it here and are quietly pleased that many people don’t know how wonderful this place is, in case the serenity and beauty are somehow spoiled! However, this wonderful environment provides many fascinating learning opportunities 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. These and many more of our unique learning opportunities have been collated by our Teachers and can be found in a PDF document on the School’s Website. It is a work in progress but I’m sure you’ll agree that this early documentation of our ‘Caloundra Curriculum’ is very appealing and impressive.

Caloundra City Private School's Unique Curriculum

Caloundra City Private School (CCPS) is located with the Pacific Ocean coast’s idyllic beach, sand, wetland and varied native flora and fauna environment. King’s Beach is the first sand deposited site beyond the tip of Bribie Island that serves to protect the coast from wave action and creates a tidal flowing waterway called Pumicestone Passage. This waterway spills out into the ocean in spectacular wave and sandbar formations at the extremes of high and low tides. Running near the boundary of our school is another waterway known as Bell’s Creek which has wetland marshes, lagoons, Paperbark trees, Casuarina stands in sandy soil, and Ironbark low soil fertility woodlands. It is a unique and stunningly varied landscape with rich bird, marsupial, reptile and other native animal life. CCPS uses this beautiful place to provide learning stimulus for our children.

Learning Additional to the Classroom "Learning Additional to the Classroom" describes CCPS’s  implementation of the National Curriculum’s ‘General Capabilities', across the curriculum. It describes how CCPS students learn additionally to the traditional academic subjects which are complemented by this program.

Early Learning Program

For details about our Early Learning Program visit:

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

Senior School reflects a time in the lives of students when they are experiencing rapid intellectual, physical and emotional development that characterizes adolescence. The transition from Junior School to Senior School is an exciting time for students as they commence the next stage in a lifelong educational journey.

Years 7 – 8 

There is a strong middle schooling philosophy in the lower secondary school from Years 7 to 8, where the number of teachers is minimized to help each student transition from the Junior School to the Secondary School. A core curriculum of English; Mathematics; Science & Engineering;  Humanities (History, Geography, Civics);  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 (History, Geography, Civics); 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 three 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 presentation to a parent audience. 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.