Senior School 




Tuesday, 10 November 2020.


The Senior School Staff are committed to developing ‘CVASian’ graduates who are happy, optimistic, successful and cooperative young adults. We aim to achieve this by fostering students who are:

Doing; Lifelong learners who possess a positive and productive work ethic and strive for excellence in all that they do;

Being; Emotionally intelligent community members who are respectful, supportive and accepting of difference and diversity; and 

Living; Confident individuals who exhibit personal integrity through self-discipline, honesty, resilience and independence.



Clarence Valley Anglican School Curriculum is divided into three stages:

Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8), Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12).

The CVAS curriculum continues to expand and is designed for a diversity of students and their needs.


STAGE 4 | Subjects Offered at CVAS

English, Mathematics, Science, Christian Studies, History, Geography, Aboriginal Culture and Languages, Music, PDHPE, Technology, Visual Arts, SACS (Sport, Activities & Community Service)


STAGE 5 | Subjects Offered at CVAS

English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, PDHPE, Christian Studies, SACS (Sport, Activities & Community Service).

2 Electives: Agricultural Technology, Commerce, Drama, Elective History, Food Technology, Industrial Technology (Timber), iSTEM (Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Music, PASS (Physical Activity Sports Studies), Visual Arts.

N.B. Courses and lines are dependent on sufficient numbers each year

 Stage 5 Course Outline 

STAGE 6 | Subjects Offered at CVAS

English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 & 2)

Mathematics (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 & 2)

Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Investigating Science, Science Extension)

Creative Arts (Visual Arts, Music), Technology (Agriculture, Engineering Studies, Food Technology, Hospitality (VET), Industrial Technology –Timber)

HSIE (Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Business Studies, Geography,

History Extension, Modern History, Society and Culture)


N.B. Courses and lines are dependent on sufficient numbers each year.

Students are able to undertake alternative courses in Stage 5 and 6 through Distance Education, TAFE (TVET) and mutual agreements with local schools.

 Stage 6 Course Outline 


More details on these courses are available online at Southern Cross High School home and North Coast TAFE


Students will liaise with the Principal and Head of the Clarenza Campus to ensure that all Board of Studies requirements are met.


The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) mandates a minimum of two units of English as the only compulsory subject in Year 11 and 12. However, at CVAS, Mathematics is also made compulsory in Year 11 as we believe that students will need the skills gained by doing this subject in their future. Additional subjects are chosen from the remaining list offered by this school.


The teachers of each stage are available for advice on academic issues and can provide appropriate information to assist students in making elective decisions and monitoring their progress. Both the Stage 6 Coordinator and Head of Clarenza Campus are available for consultation regarding elective decisions, tertiary entrance and career related queries. The links below provide assessment, homework and general curriculum information for each of the three secondary stages.




The Sports, Activities & Community Service (SACS) programme encompass the physical, cultural, spiritual and mental development of a young adult.  CVAS is committed to providing all students the opportunity to participate in a range of co-curricular activities throughout their Senior School years; it is therefore a compulsory part of the stage 4 and 5 CVAS experience. SACS takes place on Friday afternoon from 1.25 – 3.00pm. Students are given a wide variety of choices that are dependent on the time of year and facilities available. The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for students to participate in and enjoy a range of activities that allows all students to have the opportunity to shine. 


  • Athletics

  • Soccer

  • Rugby

  • Gym

  • Basketball

  • Hockey

  • Surfing

  • Cricket

  • Swimming

  • Equestrian

  • Netball

  • Tennis

  • Rowing

  • Touch Football


  • Debating

  • Chess

  • Philosothon

  • Drama

  • Yearbook

  • Musical

  • Brain Bee

  • Drumming

  • Health

  • Duke of Edinburgh

Community Service

  • Aged Care visit

  • Op Shop

  • Farmer Drought Fund-raising

  • Agricultural Fencing

  • Bush Regeneration

  • Rural Fire Service (RFS)​

Competition Sport 


CVAS is a member of the North Coast Independent Schools Sports Association (NCIS) which organises sporting carnivals in AFL, Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Netball, Swimming, Tennis and Touch Football. This allows students to represent their School and also provides an opportunity for further selection in representative teams in the Combined Independent Schools Association at State level.


The School participates in a number of local competitions. Many sports are supported by the local newspaper – The Daily Examiner - which sponsors these competitions and provides publicity for the local Schools and participants.


Our success at State and National level is indicated by the number of CVAS students who have achieved at the highest level of their chosen sport. 






To ensure that students have the best opportunities to develop and utilise their musical talents in this highly specialized area, CVAS Music Department runs several programs in addition to the academic Music program within the regular curriculum.


  • Instrumental Lesson Program

  • Individual instrumental lessons are available on campus during the school day.

  • Performance Practice Program


Music Concerts are presented at Clarenza Campus regularly. At these Concerts, the School Ensembles perform, and opportunities are given to soloists and small groups to present suitably prepared items in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Other performance opportunities also arise at school functions, Chapel Services, assemblies, awards ceremonies, eisteddfods and theatrical events.




The Performing Arts not only enrich personal and spiritual growth, but they have been shown to link with intellectual development and physical co-ordination as well.

Drama is recognised as a means of allowing each student to explore, understand and effectively communicate ideas, feelings and values. Drama assists young people to become more confident presenters and public speakers.


Excursions are run to view live productions in both Brisbane and Sydney. There is an annual theatre production which is either a play or musical depending on the decision made in that respective year.


Rural Fire Service


As a member of the Clarence Valley community, CVAS encourages students to take part in activities that are of benefit to the area. Students in Years 9 and 10 are able to take part in Rural Fire Service training. For more details about the RFS visit


Kokoda Walk


CVAS students had the distinction of being involved in completing the arduous Kokoda Trail during the July Holidays. This sort of experience is one that we are keen to continue and will look at making the walk an ongoing co-curricular opportunity for our students.


Duke of Edinburgh


CVAS is a strong supporter of this prestigious worldwide program for young people. This is very popular in the School and runs on Friday afternoons for students in Years 9-12. Students develop their camping craft and navigation skills essential for the expedition section of the Award, during sport time and then put these skills to the test in two bushwalks organised by the school. Students have to pursue three sections of The Award in their own time, Physical Recreation, Skill and Volunteering and they are responsible for logging their own hours online.


For more details about the Award visit




CVAS recognises the importance of experiential education as a key component of an all- round education for a student. With this is mind students in the Senior School from Years 7-11 participate in a range of Outdoor Education programmes on an annual basis.


The aim is to facilitate growth in individuals and groups by building healthy and dynamic human relationships using a combination of challenge, adventure, culture, fun and reflection. Students participate in outdoor pursuits, learn about the natural environment in which these pursuits take place and develop their intra and inter personal skills so that they can grow as individuals.


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