IT’S a big 2014 for the Orange Anglican Grammar School as they take on Higher School Certificate (HSC) students for the first time.
There are only six Grammar school students heading into year 11 next year but the school has managed to provide them with 13 (HSC) subjects.
The list is extensive and covers traditional subjects such as English, maths, chemistry and ancient history but students also have the choice of studying visual arts, music, biology and studies of religion.
Principal Len Elliott (pictured) said while the students might be nervous about entering senior school, the staff were old hands at teaching the HSC curriculum.
“We do have a limited number of students but I think we’ve satisfied everyone’s subject choices,” he said.
The school will run two courses by distance, which is not unusual for high schools in Orange, and some teachers will pick up an extra subject.
The plan is that within two years the school will have about 36 students across years 11 and 12 to keep the HSC courses economically sustainable.
The plan is in place until at least 2018.
“It’s worked out very fortunate,” he said.
“We’ll go through the same process as this year for the next years and ask students to nominate their preferences and we’ll arrange subjects.”
One of next year’s 11 students started at the school when it was in the church hall.