The implementation of future focused learning within the curriculum empowers students to become critical thinkers and effective communicators within a global context. Our qualified specialist teaching staff deliver student centred and innovative programs which equip young people with the necessary skills to succeed in our ever changing world.  Collectively and individually our students are empowered to be creative and critical thinkers with the ability to analyse, and evaluate real world situations.

Our highly professional educators design and implement Teaching and Learning Programs which not only enhance students’ knowledge, but extend and enrich their ability to think, question and learn. Our units of work are innovative and their delivery is refined and adjusted in accordance to students’ needs and interests. Embedding the latest web 2 tools within our teaching ensures students are exposed to the latest educational technology which enables them to respond and craft responses in a variety of forms and media. Our units in 7-12 offer a well-balanced selection of texts which range from the classics, including the study of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as myths/legends to contemporary literature such as novels, plays, poetry, film, auteur studies, documentaries and multi-modal texts and media.

Our innovative and flexible 21st century teaching and learning programs are designed and driven by the latest research in education; doing so ensures not only quality teaching and academic enrichment but consolidates student wellbeing and engagement. Students at Ku-ring-gai High School are privileged to be surrounded by beautiful grounds bordering the National Park. Our extensive grounds serve as wonderful teaching environments which are conducive to creativity and learning. Our fully equipped classrooms have the latest technology which facilitates student learning and allows for student compositions, both creative and analytical, to be expressed in a variety of media and forms. Hence, it is our future focused differentiated delivery of student centred, quality teaching and learning programs that extends young people to attain a deep level of understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.

The subjects currently offered by the English/Drama faculty include:


Stage 4 Mandatory


  • Genre Study: Heroes, Myths and Legends
  • Narrative: Film Study
  • Close Study: Prose Fiction
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Language Features
  • Text Types
  • Poetry


Stage 4 Mandatory

  • Genre Study: Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy
  • Australian Poetry
  • Drama: Shakespeare
  • Public Speaking: Speeches and Rhetoric
  • Institutions: The Media
  • Wide Reading


Stage 5 Mandatory

  • Area of Study: Change
  • Writing: Picture Books and Comics
  • Text and Context: Transformations
  • Representation: Advertising and Television
  • Texts and Time: Poetry through the ages
  • Close Study: Shakespeare
  • Study Skills: Preparing for the English Exam



Stage 5 Mandatory

  • Area of Study: Prejudice
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Auteur Study: Film Directors
  • Close Study: Shakespearean Tragedy


Stage 6 Mandatory

English Standard

  • Area of Study: Belonging
  • Module A: Language Study - Impact of Language
  • Module B: Close Study
  • Module C: Texts and Society

English Advanced*

  • Area of Study: Belonging
  • Module A: Comparative Study
  • Module B: Critical Study
  • Module C - Satire


  • Area of Study: Belonging
  • Module A: Cultural and personal experience - Strictly Ballroom
  • Module B: Text Types

Extension 1*

  • Texts and Values

* Advanced and Extension placements are by invitation. Academic performance in Stage 4 and 5 English, involvement in extra-curricular activites (debating, public speaking, writing competitions etc) are all considered during the application process.



Stage 6 Mandatory

English Standard

  • Area of Study: Discovery
  • Module A: Distinctly Visual - The Shoe Horn Sonata
  • Module B: Close Study of Text - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Module C: Texts and Society - Into the World: Billy Elliot

English Advanced

  • Area of Study: Discovery
  • Module A: Texts in Time - Frankenstein and Blade Runner
  • Module B: Critical Study - Hamlet
  • Module C: Representation and Text - The Fiftieth Gate

Extension 1

  • Texts and Ways of Thinking: Romanticism

Extension 2

  • Major Work


  • Area of Study: Discovery
  • Module A: Experience through Language, Elective 2: Australian Visions
  • Module B: Texts and Society, Elective 1: Living and working in the community


As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.



Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.


Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders


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Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331