In Years 9 and 10 all students at TAS are required to study English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE and PDHPE, with Christian Development and Careers included in Year 10. The core subjects are graded in that they all have an extension class for more able students, chosen on merit, with the remaining two classes mixed. Year 9 and 10 students also study three electives over the two years, which have generally been selected in Year 8 (for boys and girls already at TAS) and in consultation with the Director of Studies based on subjects previously studied (for those commencing TAS in Year 10). During second semester, students will, along with the Director of Studies, the Careers Advisor and in Advisor groups, make selections for the 40-odd subjects on offer for the HSC.
Year 10 is generally the preferred year for students to explore the culture of another country through a term exchange at one of our many fellow Round Square schools, around the world. It is also prime time for participating in inter-house debating and public speaking, and performing in the school musical. Service remains an intrinsic part of school life.
As boys and girls mature, so too does their relationship with adults. In Year 10 students can choose which member of staff they would like to be their Advisor for the rest of their time at TAS; this rapport is often a deep and personal one that develops into enduring friendship. At the end of the year, the Steps program for Year 10 boys and girls imbues them with training in various life skills, including ironing, cooking, manners and etiquette, budgeting and personal relationships.
The purpose of the week is to bring the Round Square IDEALS to life through a range of real and genuine experiences that are not encountered through the regular curricular and co-curricular programs.