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The Arts at Norwood Morialta High School develops each student’s capacity to view our ever-changing world from a variety of perspectives – exploring, expressing, and presenting these developing views through a variety of artistic disciplines.

At Norwood Morialta High School, the Arts encompasses both the Visual and Performing Arts through five unique disciplines: Art, Design, Drama, Film, and Music. A student’s time in the Arts has been crafted around authentic learning experiences, with the outcomes of their artistic journeys presented to the wider school community through public performances and our annual Visual Arts show held in Term 4 every year.

In Years 7 & 8, our courses develop foundational knowledge and skills across both the Visual and Performing Arts using experience-based learning. These short-term projects allow students to gain an understanding and appreciation for the Visual & Performing Arts – igniting a lifelong passion.

In Years 9 & 10, students begin to choose their pathways within the Arts, allowing for deeper exploration of their developing passions. In the Performing Arts, students publicly present their work through performance evenings while Visual Arts students develop temporary galleries/installations of their work.

In Years 11 & 12, students fully personalise their learning and explore their interest and passions through their SACE Studies. Students immerse themselves in their learning, working with practitioners from across the disciplines though our Artist in Residence program to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of future pathways within their artistic field.

The Arts at Norwood Morialta High School takes students on a journey of discovery from their first day in Year 7 to their final day in Year 12. Throughout this journey, students develop life-long, transferable skills and knowledge that are applicable to whatever pathway their future holds.

English and English as an Additional Language

We live storied lives. Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating. There is power in stories. Literature is both intensely personal as well as a communal experience.

English (known as Language & Literature in the International Baccalaureate) at Norwood Morialta High School is about how words, sentences, characters, plot-lines and tropes reveal who we are as humans. Humanity is a complicated thing, and requires an infinite amount of words to describe and analyze. That’s the joy of studying language and literature, there is always a new reality to discover. Students at NMHS will develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature and learn to recognise that words are a powerful tool for communicating, creating and critical thinking. They will have opportunities to engage with texts from many cultural, historical and social perspectives. Students will be encouraged to create texts, showing the connection between creator and audience and how language impacts context and intention.

English as an Additional Language, whether in mainstream or in the Intensive English course (ISEC), provides opportunities and time to achieve fluency in the English language. Thriving in a new environment, country, homestay and learning a supplementary language, requires persistence and encouragement. Classes focus on social as well as academic aspects and context of language.

Health and Physical Education

Undertaking Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education (known as Physical & Health Education in the International Baccalaureate) at Norwood Morialta High School aims to support each student to create meaningful wellbeing through a balance of physical and health related experiences.

At Norwood Morialta High School, the HPE faculty endeavours to offer opportunities for collaboration, teamwork, goal setting, creativity, and critical thinking across several unique disciplines that are embedded in our learning area – Health, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Integrated Learning – Sports Studies, Child Studies and Food and Hospitality.

Student learning in the HPE faculty has been developed around authentic and meaningful learning experiences, with the outcomes of their learning presented in a variety of formats, including self and peer reflections, group, and individual performances.

Our vision is for all students to leave our learning area as confident, organised, open-minded, caring individuals who are inspired to lead healthy lifestyles. The learning aims to promote immediate and long-term health benefits to the participant through their participation and future involvement in physical activity.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, our courses develop the fundamental motor skills with a focus on skill development in a wide variety of team, individual and adventurous activities, in addition to developing a deep knowledge of health-related issues to support well informed and appropriate choices about their health and wellbeing.

In Years 10, 11 and 12, students begin to consider pathways that allow for deeper exploration of their developing passions. Students are encouraged to explore a more personalised learning experience that links to prospective pathways and passions post school life. Our HPE learning area staff are experienced specialist teachers that provide quality learning experiences in the disciplines of Health, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Sports Studies, Child Studies and Food & Hospitality.

Students can expect the learning to be challenging, interesting and relevant to the 21 Century.


Humanities (known as Individuals & Societies in the International Baccalaureate) at Norwood Morialta High School provides students with the opportunity to study human interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts with local and global examples, through a range of disciplines.

At Norwood Morialta High School, Humanities is offered through 4 distinct disciplines: History, Geography, Business & Economics, and Civics & Citizenship. Students’ learning is developed through a range of engaging learning experiences, centred around real-world applications.

In years 7, 8 & 9, the study of Humanities is based on building foundational knowledge about all 4 disciplines. Students will learn how to access and interpret complex information, including original source material, in each of the disciplines, as well as be challenged into understanding how each discipline interrelates with society. They will build the knowledge and skills needed to study each discipline at years 10-12.

In year 10, students have 2 disciplines to choose from, Business, Economics & Law, and Geography-Tourism and will study a compulsory semester of History. These areas of study will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue these subjects in the senior years.

In years 11&12, students are able to personalise their learning, to explore their interests. Students are offered a wide variety of subjects to study in the senior years. These subjects include: Modern History, Geography, Tourism, Legal Studies, Business Innovation, Economics, Accounting, Philosophy, Media Studies (Journalism), Workplace Practices, and Information Processing & Publishing.

Humanities at Norwood Morialta High School will provide an opportunity for students to question everything and to draw their own conclusions – it gives them the opportunity to explore the world around them in their own way.


Learning an additional language at NMHS is central for students to develop as engaged global citizens.

Learning through Languages (known as Language Acquisition in the International Baccalaureate) equips students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and intercultural competence to communicate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world. Therefore on the Middle Campus students study one of five languages as part of their IB:MYP and SACE journey.


At Norwood Morialta High School, we study mathematics to better understand the world. To be better at solving problems that are modelled from the systems and structures of the world and beyond. Study of mathematics encourages us to be logical, analytical, and creative, to make predictions, find solutions, and ultimately, to understand our place in the universe.

Students are encouraged through their study of mathematics to engage with key ideas that underpin their capacity as inquirers. They will study algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability, across their time at the school. Students will, as they become more aware of their skills, dispositions, interests and goals, select pathways in mathematics that lead to four subject offerings in year 12.

In Years 7 & 8, our students arrive and will thrive. They will be supported to share the strengths they have developed in earlier years, and apply them in context. Areas of growth will be identified, and students will be supported thrive with access to support and extension programs, as well as specialist teachers.

In Years 9 & 10, students seek to develop their sense of identity as a mathematics learner and impact their community with their inquiries. They will engage with interdisciplinary projects and challenges that develop their dispositions and connections with those around them. Further, the begin to understand their future pathway, and prepare for later studies in mathematics by developing their fluency, problem solving, and reasoning.

In Years 11 & 12, students seek to graduate as accomplished, global citizens who use mathematics to influence their understanding of the world. Students can elect to study Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics, with each course offering unique challenges to students.

When students study mathematics at Norwood Morialta High, they endeavour to approach mathematics from multiple perspectives, but they are connected by the same mathematical body of knowledge, ways of thinking and approaches to problems from when they are welcomed to the school, to when they graduate.


Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, chemical, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and a creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.

Norwood Morialta High School science subjects provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

Students can experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. The wider benefits of this ‘scientific literacy’ are well established, including giving students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.

Students in years 7 – 9 study science in an integrated form. They will have the opportunity to develop inquiry skills by formulating and testing their own hypothesis, designing and carrying out practical investigations and developing STEM dispositions through challenge based learning. All students will study from the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences.

Students in year 10 allows students to begin to personalise their science learning by studying from selected pathways in Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology (Biology and Nutrition), Materials and Mechanics (Chemistry and Physics), Science of the Mind (Psychology). Each science subjects integrates the essential knowledge with skills and application development in preparation for the senior years.

Students in Year 11 and 12 have many opportunities to personalise their science learning. Students are able to study from the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Nutrition, Physics and Psychology. Each of these subjects incorporate practical work and assessment with theoretical knowledge. Skills developed in these subjects allow students to pursue further studies in science and STEM related fields.


Technologies (known as Design in the International Baccalaureate) is divided into two distinct subject groupings: Digital Technologies (computer science subjects, such as programming) and Design Technologies (materials-based subjects, such as woodwork, electronics and food). Digital Technologies is about developing industry-standard skills and knowledge in the increasingly important fields of programming and data analytics. Design Technologies are aimed at developing industry-standard skills and knowledge in design and construction technologies. Both embrace entrepreneurship.

The school offers an enviable range of Technologies subjects from Year 7 through to Year 12, delivered in world-class facilities. The many subjects on offer come from a diverse range of fields, including Food Technologies, Woodwork, Creative Technologies, Jewellery Design, CAD, Digital Imaging, Electronics and Programming subjects.