Academics at The Friends' School, Australia

The Friends’ School has a strong history of delivering leading academic results. Of the 160 Year 12 students who studied for the Tasmanian Certificate of Education and International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2014:

  • 9 students (5.6%) achieved scores that convert to the perfect Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95
  • 29 students (18%) achieved scores placing them in the Top 1% throughout Australia
  • 88 students (55%) achieved an ATAR of 90 and above

High School (Years 7-10)

At The Friends’ School, High School covers Years 7 to 10 and is based on the Commercial Road campus. Home to more than 550 students, our High School environment maintains a culture in which older students support the younger through a vertical pastoral care model.

Diverse subject options

Each student participates in a range of subjects across our eight faculty areas, with all students in Year 7 experiencing a taste of each subject to assess their strengths. Between Years 8 and 10, students gradually refine their focus to a smaller number of subjects that will suit their future educational needs.

High School co-curricular activities

Further to their academic commitments, students are also encouraged to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Sports offered are Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross-Country, Equestrian, Hockey, Netball, Orienteering, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Underwater Hockey and Water polo.

Music opportunities are Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, High School Stage Band, Clemes Combo Group, Choir, Brass, Marimba, Chinese Music Ensemble, String Quartets, Amnesty Battle of the Bands and Music Stage Crew.

Service is strongly encouraged at Friends’, where students can participate in activities supporting Amnesty International, Landcare, One World Group, High School and Clemes Service Committees, Button Selling and Doorknocking, and Relay for Life.

Enrichment and Extension co-curricular options include House Drama, Shakespearean Troupes, Debating, Mathematics Challenge, Ceramics, Chess, International Club, Aviation Club, Art Club, Woodwork Club, Writing Competitions, Readers’ Cup, Film Club and Community Yoga.

Those who achieve highly in areas such as Music, Service and Sport are eligible to qualify for awards to complement their annual academic qualifications.

Clemes (Years 11 and 12)

Our senior secondary campus, which caters for Year 11 and 12 students and hosts around 330 students, is known as Clemes (pronounced ‘Cleems’), named after the School’s founding Headmaster, Samuel Clemes.

A highly qualified, skilled team of teaching and support staff is responsible for delivering the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), and the Vocational Education and Training programs available at Clemes.

Pastoral care at Clemes centres on 19 small tutor groups of mixed Year 11 and 12 students. The tutor supports students throughout their time at Friends’, maintaining an overview of their educational progress, and any issues affecting their school life and academic development.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

This two-year course is both rigorous and intellectually stimulating, encouraging critical thinking. An inclusive focus on global knowledge and understanding, combined with an emphasis on the education of the whole person is also fundamental to the International Baccalaureate Diploma, ensuring that students leave Friends’ equipped with the skills they need to excel in their personal life and their academic and professional careers.

The IB Diploma curriculum comprises six academic areas from which students may choose specific subject options, and a further three Core areas (Theory of Knowledge, Creativity Action and Service, and an Extended Essay).

Students choose six subjects from the following six groups, with at least one from each of Groups 1 to 5:

  1. Literature or Language and Literature course in English, Chinese, Japanese, German (and Korean by negotiation)
  2. Second Language: Intermediary English, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese, or Beginner’s French
  3. Philosophy, History, Psychology, Economics, Environmental Systems* & Societies
  4. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems* and Computer Science
  5. Mathematics, Mathematical Studies
  6. Visual Arts, Music, Theatre
* Environmental Systems can count as both a Group 3 and/or Group 4 subject

Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)

This provides a program taken over two years to qualify students for university entrance either in Australia or world wide. An extensive range of pre-tertiary subjects – those counted for university entrance - is offered for the TCE within the eight learning areas of Arts, English, Health, Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Students select subjects across six lines. Courses are all taken over one year, with exams or some other form of external assessment at the end of each year for all pre-tertiary subjects.

A wide range of TCE subjects is offered and it is possible to specialise in fields of particular interest, with more advanced subjects usually taken in Year 12, whilst maintaining a breadth of program across learning areas. Typically four or five subjects are taken in each of Years 11 and 12.

Each course is chosen to meet the needs of individual students and there are no compulsory subjects. Students are encouraged though to develop a program that includes subjects across the learning areas, taking into account the need to prepare for university study and any pre-requisites for courses there.

Clemes Co-curriculum

All Clemes students are strongly encouraged to take part in activities outside the academic curriculum, focussing on the three areas of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). These are part of the requirements for the IB Diploma, and can also lead to completion of the Clemes Certificate recognising a student’s commitment to life outside the classroom.