Our school is fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES) adhering to their mandatory curriculum requirements for Kindergarten through to Year 12. Students are grouped into stages of learning, combining classes over a two-year period., i.e; Stage 1 = Year 1/2 combined, Stage 2 = Year 3/4 combined, etc.
Primary school – All students are placed in needs based academic groups for numeracy and literacy where both explicit and investigation based learning strategies are undertaken. Students also complete individual and group project work in the other key learning areas.
Secondary school – Year 7 to Year 10 students participate in blended learning, a combination of work on their laptops and in their work books. We have combined the philosophies of project based learning, enquiry based learning and game based learning to develop our own learning strategy. Year 11 & 12 complete their HSC via the vertical or compressed model, i.e; 3 subjects in Year 11 & 3 subjects in Year 12. Please contact the school for further information.
The vision in creating IFTS was to restore balance to the lives of sporting families. By incorporating top level coaching into their normal school day, parents are freed of the after-school training run-around, allowing more time for the family.
IFTS maintains a ‘No Homework Policy’. Extensive research suggests there is no correlation between academic performance and assigning homework. Similarly, there is no research that links homework with good study habits or character building. In fact, the negative effects of homework and their impact on families are well known.
It is important to note, however, that while our teachers do not formally issue homework, we do not discourage learning at home. Students are encouraged to always do their best work, and in order to do this, extra preparation time and revision outside of class may be required to meet deadlines.
This balanced approach carries through into everything we do. It’s not just about academics and it’s not just about sport. At IFTS we feel strongly about the development of the whole person – from the healthy food in our café, to the healthy rhythm of the school day, the school term and the school year – we’re all about your child’s total health and wellbeing.
At IFTS we believe outdoor education is a vital avenue through which to teach self reliance, team building and leadership skills while enhancing and developing health and wellbeing, a spirit for adventure, respect for nature and safe risk taking. As such, all our students participate in at least one overnight outdoor excursion per year. The nature and duration of these trips will vary depending on the year group and their specific needs. The cost of these excursions is built into our fee structure at no additional cost to parents.