Curriculum Handbook


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We hope that you find this booklet helpful in planning for next year at Hamilton Girls’ High School.  It is expected that all students will be motivated to set realistic challenges and that they will work to fulfill the goals they set for themselves.  Academic goals are an important part of school life.  We also hope that a significant number of our students will become involved in activities and opportunities offered by the school as leaders or helpers, participants or supporters. This includes behaving in a mature, responsible manner and being caring and considerate towards others.  These attributes, along with the ongoing development of skills such as self-discipline, working towards independence and taking responsibility as a learner, are ones that are increasingly needed as students progress through school. They will also assist students to have a smooth transition in their development into adulthood and will enable them to become lifelong learners.  We expect and encourage students to make the most of the educational opportunities available to them across a broad spectrum of areas beyond the school environment.

How can this booklet help you in your long-term planning?

The aim of this booklet is to help students plan and select their programme of study for the next year and beyond. 

It is an introductory guide only.  Each student needs a programme of study that meets her needs and consultation and advice about the different subjects available should be sought.  Parents and students should discuss subjects and courses with either subject teachers, Heads of Departments, Head of House, Deans, Tutor Group Teachers, the Careers Counsellor and Deputy Principals.

When making choices about subjects and courses, the following points should be kept in mind:

•    Ability and interest in an area of learning;
•    How a subject will help and where it will lead to;
•    The desirability of a balanced education