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Creative and Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to enjoy the making and studying of art. It builds an understanding of the role of art in all forms of media, both in the contemporary and historical world, and encourages students to develop their ideas and interests in artworks. Visual Arts enables students to become informed about, to understand and to write about their contemporary world. Students learn:

  • about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of artworks in 2D, 3D and 4D forms
  • to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends
  • how artists, including painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers and ceramists make artworks
  • how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings
  • how their own lives and experiences can influence their art making and critical and historical studies.


All students also have the opportunity to develop their musical abilities and potential. Throughout the course students will discover how music as an art form plays important roles in the social, cultural, aesthetic and spiritual lives of people.

At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression. It enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences which students will explore through the learning experiences of performing, composing and listening, within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres. They will also study the concepts of music (duration, pitch, dynamics and expressive techniques, tone colour, texture and structure).

All students complete 100 hours of Music (link on site didn't seem relevant) and 100 hours of Visual Arts. Both are taught as coherent study and occur over the stage 4 (Years 7 & 8).


Ryde Secondary College has computing facilities that include three computer laboratories containing 30 Lenovo desktop computers.

Students are offered the following elective computing subjects for years 9 and 10:

  • Information and Software Technology

The following HSC subjects are offered at Ryde Secondary College:

  • Computing Application
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Software Design and Development
  • Video and Digital Imaging

Technology and Applied Studies

Technology & Applied Studies Faculty (TAS)

At Ryde Secondary College the TAS faculty encompasses a range of subjects which provide students the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences. All the TAS staff is committed to improving the professional knowledge, practice and engagement of all teachers and school leaders, to achieve improvement in student outcomes. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Quality Teaching Framework provide consistent messages about pedagogy and quality teaching. TAS staff regularly review these documents and plan for and implement effective teaching and learning programs to develop student knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking. The TAS faculty is also committed to ensuring our practice is inclusive and challenging for all students through effective differentiation of teaching and learning and use of learning and support staff and strategies to cater for diverse learning needs. All TAS staff support a collaborative teaching environment within and across various KLA's.

The students at Ryde Secondary College learn about technology and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real life problems through innovative project work. Across all TAS subjects, students are required to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified needs and opportunities. All project work addresses explicitly, the general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities in ... (sentance fades)

The faculty also offers VET-Hospitality and Construction in stage 6. All students undertaking a VET subject are required to complete a compulsory work placement in industry the Australian Curriculum:

Stage 4 – Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 all students are required to complete the Technology (Mandatory) course. Students at this level are given a taste of a range of technologies and develop 4 projects over the two years. The duration of each project is six months. At the end of the semester, students will move to another unit of work delivered by a new teacher. In year 7 the overall theme to project work is 'Sustainability' and in year 8, the overall theme to project work is 'Innovation'. Assessments will include a written test (across the year group), a portfolio, a quality solution (item) and student workbook. There are common course outcomes attached to each project as well as focus outcomes in each semester.

At Ryde Secondary College there are 9 TM classes in each year group:

  • 1. TM-1 TM- 2 TM- 3 (Selective stream)
  • 2. TM-4 TM-5 TM-6 (Gifted & Talented stream)
  • 3.TM-7 TM-8 TM-9 (Mainstream)

Stage 5 – Years 9 and 10

In years 9 and 10 students are given the opportunity to specialize in any of the following areas of technology:

  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • Industrial Technology - Electronics
  • Industrial Technology - Timber
  • Industrial Technology - Engineering
  • Information and Software Technology - IST
  • Textiles Technology

We provide a 200 hour course in these subject areas. An assessment manual is available to staff and students outlining the assessment schedule for each course.

Stage 6 – Years 11 and 12

Year 11 & 12 TAS courses are 2 unit category A subjects. All VET courses are category B subjects. Students are given the opportunity to specialize in any of the following areas of technology. Some of the courses include a compulsory major project which is externally assessed. Each course is 240 hours. An assessment manual is available to staff and students outlining the assessment schedule for each course.

Engineering Studies | Industrial Technology - Graphics | Textiles and Design | Design and Technology | VET- Hospitality | VET-Construction

Co-Curricular Programs

Fashion Show – since 2001

The Annual Fashion Show takes place at the end of term 2. During this event, students in Technology (Mandatory), Textiles Technology, Textiles & Design and in some cases various other subjects, showcase their textile items. There are 2 shows; the first is in the afternoon for the entire college and the second is in the evening primarily for the community.

The show develops strong links with local businesses and industry representatives. A panel of judges selects the most outstanding items in each category and these are announced at the conclusion of the evening show.

The Fashion Show also attracts many sponsors who are acknowledged in a highly creative and innovative multi-media presentation. The show includes professional catwalks, lights and a cameraman.

Primary Fashion Workshops – since 2012

RSC fashion workshops are offered to local primary students twice during term two. These are highly successful workshops organised by year 11 Textiles & Design students. Primary students are provided with a basic design brief and at the end of the workshop they produce a simple textile wearable item. The students then showcase their items at the fashion show. Students design and make basic textile items which are embellished using various techniques.

The Budding Chef

This is a new TAS faculty initiative. This program provides an opportunity to local primary students to take part in a cooking workshop. Students observe demonstrations by RSC hospitality students and then prepare basic recipes such as biscuits, muffins, cupcakes which are then packaged in creative ways. Students gain practical skills in basic cookery in a commercial kitchen.

Creative Stiches Club

This program was established primarily for stage 4 students. It runs once a week during lunch time for students who have an interest in interior design. Students will be given the opportunity to design and make soft furnishing items using a range of material. The projects are focused on sustainability and innovation.

Design Development Program (DDP)

This program is still in its developmental phase. The purpose of this program is to engage gifted and talented TAS students in designing a range of products in any Technology; IST, Timber, Engineering, Textiles, Food, Electronics, Design & Technology, Construction and Graphics. The aim is to promote DESIGN at RSC as well as the local community. The focus will be working with tertiary institutions such as Macquarie University, Ryde TAFE and local businesses.


Ryde Secondary College offers three languages. Indonesian and French are offered in the Junior school. Japanese Beginners is offered in the Senior school as well as French and Indonesian Continuers.

Students begin the study of languages in Year 7 at the college with the compulsory, study of Indonesian and French. In Year 8 students choose one of these languages and are then able to choose to continue LOTE courses as electives in Years 9 and 10. Students with a particular interest in languages are able to select more than one language elective should they wish in Years 9 and 10. All three languages are offered as electives in the Senior School.

The focus of our programs is to enable students to communicate in the languages they are studying and to have an understanding and appreciation of the cultures associated with these languages. The courses for each of the languages incorporate the essential communication skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The cultural aspects are integrated throughout each unit of work. Using technology to enhance and enrich the learning experience is an important aspect of our approach. We aim to ensure that learning languages is a successful, rewarding and enjoyable experience for our students.

Discovering and exploring a new culture and communicating with people in another language are always wonderful experiences. At Ryde Secondary College we work towards building these cultural bridges and developing communication skills with a wide range of activities added to the curriculum.

The students’ language learning is enriched by a range of cultural experiences, for example, restaurant excursions, viewing foreign films, cultural incursions and reading magazines and learning songs in the target language.


Drama students learn to collaborate and develop skills in communication. Drama teaches students to use their imagination, think creatively and critically and allows them to develop confidence. Students work on a variety of different approaches to theatre performance. These include: physical theatre, characterisation, commedia dell’arte, absurdism, improvisation, political theatre and Australian theatre.

At Ryde Secondary College, Year 8 students are given the opportunity to experience Drama through collaboration with the English faculty. Students spend one lesson a cycle studying Drama in tandem with their English course.

Ryde Secondary College offers Drama as an elective in year 9-10 and as a HSC subject. Former students have successfully applied to attend tertiary dramatic art and film schools, with one student premiering her own production in 2012 at the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Ryde Secondary College has a drama studio as a teaching space. HSC performances are presented in the studio each year as part of Performance Night. Building and planning is underway to improve the space and to modernise the sound and lighting system in the MPC to allow for large productions.

Further information on Drama Courses offered at Ryde Secondary College.

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