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Excellence in academic results has long been established as a CBHS hallmark.  From its establishment to the present day, the school has always produced high academic achievers.


A comprehensive school, CBHS nonetheless strives for academic excellence.  As on the sporting field, students are called to give their personal best.  Regular homework is set and an organised home study program is expected of every Lewisham student.


While a broad curriculum is offered, students’ selection of subjects is dependent upon demonstrated academic achievement. This provides personal academic goal setting for each student. The school aims to design a curriculum structure that encourages each student to meet his personal best.  CBHS offers a wide range of courses in both the junior and senior school.




All students in Years 5-11 receive Interim Reports at the end of Term 1 which communicates to parents the progress in their son/s learning and overall behaviour and respectfulness at Christian Brothers' High School Lewisham.  The Year 11 students receive the Interim Report after having completed Suitability Tests of course selections mid Term 1 and other formative assessment tasks.  


All students in Years 5-11 also receive comprehensive outcome based reports for all courses studied at the end of each semester (half-year) – that is July and December of each calendar year.  Year 12 students receive a Half Yearly Report and then a final report after the Trial HSC examinations in Term 3. 


Parents and students are required to attend Parent/Teacher Meetings with subject teachers to discuss reports twice each year.


Parents are always encouraged to contact the school if they wish to discuss any aspect of these reports or their son’s progress in general, with the relevant Key Learning Area Coordinator and/or Pastoral Coordinator. 


Years 7 and 8 RISE


RISE stands for Relational, Integrated, Student-centred Education and is CBHS Lewisham’s Years 7 and 8 Transition programme. This programme is designed to help students make the change from primary school to secondary school. RISE uses a cross-curricular, inquiry-based learning approach across the English, Religious Education and HSIE (History and Geography) Key Learning Areas to help students in Years 7 and 8 to further their ability as independent learners with a love of learning. The RISE environment fosters critical and collaborative thinking for the Stage 4 learner, and includes both cross-curricular teaching and assessment tasks. 


Years 7 and 8 Additional Curriculum.


In addition to their RISE classes, boys in Years 7 and 8 will also study;

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Languages other than English (Italian and French)

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Visual Arts



Learning at CBHS Lewisham


Years 9 and 10


The courses studied in Years 9 and 10 build upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8. All students study a broad range as approved by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All members of the community are encouraged to work to the best of their abilities, to realise their potential and to strive for excellence in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.


The mandatory courses studied in Years 9 and 10  include:


  • Religious Education

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science


  • Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship


Students are also required to choose two electives of which they study for two years. The current electives offered are:


  • History

  • Geography

  • Commerce

  • Information and Software Technology

  • Design & Technology

  • Industrial Technology – Wood

  • Food Technology

  • Marine and Aquaculture Technology

  • Music

  • Drama

  • Visual Arts

  • Photographic and Digital Media

  • Italian

  • French

  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies


Years 11 and 12


The school offers an extensive learning program for students in Years 11 and 12, in an atmosphere where every boy is valued and a wide range of academic and personal development needs are catered for. The School Motto, ‘Conanti Corona’ (A Crown to the One who Strives) embodies the expectations of students and provides the key to their success in the senior years.


CBHS Lewisham offers a large range of academic courses that provide prerequisites for university courses throughout Australia. The academic program is designed for both students seeking entry into university as well students working towards achieving a well-rounded education in the pursuit of employment or further tertiary study at an institution other than university.


Each student’s spiritual life is developed through participation in the compulsory Religious Education program that is an integral component of the spiritual dimension of the school.


Years 11 and 12 at CBHS Lewisham are characterised by opportunities for growth towards maturity in many facets of both academic and personal development.



  • Ancient History

  • Aboriginal Studies

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Economics

  • Engineering Studies

  • English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1+ 2 and English Studies)

  • French Continuers

  • Geography

  • History Extension

  • Industrial Technology (Timber)

  • Information, Processes and Technology

  • Italian (Continuers and Extension)

  • Legal Studies

  • Marine Studies

  • Mathematics (Standard 2, Advanced, Extension 1 + 2) 

  • Modern History

  • Music 1

  • Music 2


  • Physics

  • Religion: Catholic Studies

  • Sports, Lifestyle and Recreation

  • Software, Design and Development

  • Studies of Religion 1

  • Studies of Religion 11

  • Visual Arts

  • Visual Design


Vocational Education and Training


Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses offer Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to study for TAFE NSW qualifications as part of their regular Higher School Certificate study program.


The school currently offeres three VET courses:


  • Certificate III - Fitness

  • Certificate II in Hospitality

  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology 


The school also offers students the opportunity to study a variety of specialist courses at TAFE and through our partnership with Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College. These courses provide students with skills, training and qualifications that will equip them with a head start in their chosen career or further training.


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Phone: 8585 1744  |  Fax:  8585 1787

68-84 The Boulevarde, Lewisham NSW 2049

Private Mail Bag No 2, Petersham NSW 2049


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