- The College
Galstaun College follows the NSW Board of Studies curriculum leading to the awards of School Certificate in Year 10 and Higher School Certificate in Year 12.
Students commence the Board of Studies Early Stage 1 outcomes at 4 years in the Reception Class and continue through with the mandatory Infants and Primary Curriculum to Year 6 which is the completion of Stage 3.
Students progress to the High School for stages 4, 5 & 6 where they study a full range of mandatory subjects and electives including English Mathematics and Science, Australian History Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Technology and Science, Visual Art, Music, Physical Education, Personal Development and Armenian Language.
Specialist rooms, teaching facilities and laboratories are available for the teaching of Science, Design and Technology, Computing Studies, Art and ceramics. All teachers in Primary, Infants and High School make extensive use of Information Technology, such as the internet and interactive whiteboards. Students also have access to a well-equipped library.
In Stage 6, students select subjects that lead to the Higher School Certificate, including English Standard and Advanced, Mathematics General, 2 unit, Extension 1 and Extension 2, History, Legal Studies, Business Studies, Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Physics, Biology, Information Processes and Technology, together with a range of VET courses and other subjects offered by outside providers. Students have the option to accelerate in the HSC Armenian Language course, which is considered beneficial to their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
In 2015, 100% of the graduating Year 12 chose to take up tertiary education and 83% accepted offers at a range of universities, in courses which included law, commerce, engineering, business, design, nursing, science, arts, communications and media. Several students opted to take double degrees.
Whilst Galstaun College is non-selective, it is a school with high academic standards and the pursuit of academic excellence is taken very seriously. Teachers are highly qualified and experienced and regularly undertake professional development training to ensure students receive the highest standard of teaching.
Students from Reception to Year 10 have a weekly period of Religious Education, overseen by His Eminence Archbishop Baliozian and provided by Fr Avetis and specially trained members of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Chatswood.