Academic programs

At Firbank, we are committed to offering our students an educational program which allows each student to achieve personal success. Firbank values its tradition of high academic standards and every student is expected and encouraged to work consistently to the best of her ability.

Our overriding aim is to foster a love of learning and to stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity and independent thought. Emphasis is placed on taking individual thinking and learning styles into consideration when planning, teaching and assessing. In the delivery of the curriculum, there is an emphasis on the development and use of critical thinking skills. Risk taking is valued.

In the Senior School, students, have opportunities to explore their potential and interests by selecting from a wide range of subjects. 35 VCE and VET subjects are offered. Firbank also offers university enhancement subjects.


2017 Curriculum booklets

Click here for VCE 2017 Curriculum booklet

Click here for Year 10 2017 Curriculum booklet

Click here for Year 9 2017 Curriculum Booklet

Click here for Year 8 2017 Curriculum booklet

Click here for Year 7 2017 Curriculum Booklet


CLICK HERE for student device requirements 2017.

A list of recommended iPad apps to download for school use is available at


Extension and support

The school has a commitment to encouraging and supporting each student in striving to achieve personal success. Our teachers, at all levels, accept the responsibility of meeting the individual learning needs of their students.

Student progress is monitored carefully. Cognitive and educational testing is used to ascertain those who have specific learning difficulties and those who need academic extension. The data received from various external tests complements data collected at school and contributes to our ability to tailor our teaching and learning programs to meet the needs of our students. Members of the Department of Differentiated Education design, and support the delivery of, individual programs to cater for differing abilities, levels of readiness and learning needs.

English Language Studies classes are offered to students in Years 7-10 with specific learning difficulties. These are conducted by the Special Education teacher who continues to support these girls in small group and individual tutorials in Years 11 and 12.
Homework Club is offered Monday – Thursday after school for one hour for students in Years 7 and 8.

Teacher Teams (English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities teachers) at Years 7 & 8 work with the Head of Year to share information about the students in their care and develop approaches to delivering curriculum that are appropriate to the class and meet the needs of the individual students. The team meetings facilitate the monitoring of student academic and personal programs, the co-ordination of homework tasks and the development of cross-curricular projects.

At Years 7 & 8 extension is offered through Debating, Book Cub and Philosophy Colloquiums to students who like to be challenged in their thinking. Chess Club is offered to all students.

Writers Club

Regular meetings and an online 'meeting place' allow students who have a particular interest or aptitude in this area to share their writing and be inspired, encouraged and guided.

Assessment and reporting

A variety of assessment techniques is used to cater for different learning styles. Assessment may take the form of examinations (introduced at Year 9), topic tests, individual or group oral presentations, extended research projects and essay. Effective communication with parents through regular reporting and opportunities to discuss their daughter’s progress with teachers is an important part of the Firbank experience. Detailed reports with grades and descriptive comments are issued at the end of each semester. Progress reports are available at regular intervals through the Community Portal. Parent-Teacher interviews are held in Terms 2 & 3.


Creativity and skill development are encouraged through a rich and diverse Art Curriculum. The breadth of their experiences prepares students for a range of career pathways and opportunities in the Visual Arts.

An integrated curriculum of 2D and 3D art programs developing skills in areas such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, visual design and multimedia ensures students attain a balanced experience in this field.

Industry standard software programs are available to students and specialised studio spaces and film editing suites provide them with a stimulating environment for self-expression. Our Artist-in-Residence Program provides students with valuable opportunities to observe and work with artists.

An exhibition, held in November each year, displays the work of students from Year 7-12 in all the art disciplines.

To view a sample of our students' work, please enter our gallery »



Senior girls in chemistry lab, paint brushes
Sneior School Curriculum