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Welcome to Canning College

International education … for locals, too

Prepare your child for tertiary studies by enrolling them into senior secondary programs in our university environment. 

Parents of academically aspirational local students are invited to register their child’s interest in enrolling at Canning College in 2024 on their pathway to a leading university. 

With a reputation for success built over more than 40 years, Canning College offers students studying toward the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) a unique opportunity to advance their education in an international environment. 

After focusing exclusively on international education since 2019, Canning College’s reintroduction of local enrolments will benefit even more students, at the same time as delivering a unique intercultural experience for all. 

Canning College prepares independent, capable learners, who are equipped to thrive at university.

*Canning College is an Independent Public School. Local students pay fees and charges that are similar to other WA State Government schools.

Who is considered a local student?

Local/domestic students are those who are entitled to enrol in Australian Government schools. This includes Australian citizens, permanent residents and some temporary residents. Eligible students attend the College on a local/domestic student fee structure, at the same time as enjoying the benefits of being engaged in an international education environment. Students who have previously attended an Australian Government school, or fit the criteria described above, may be eligible to to apply to enrol as mature age students in Year 11 or Year 12 studies. As we do not have a specific student boundary or local catchment area, we may accept students from any area. Contact us to find out if you are eligible to join Canning College.

What can Canning College offer my child?

Our international setting has helped thousands of students achieve their goal of entry into Australia’s best universities.

Our expert teachers, high levels of care and support, and academically challenging programs prepare students for the high demands of studies at tertiary level. 

On campus, your child will engage with international students from many parts of the world, who, like them, are focused on achieving their academic goals. 

Your child will be guided by subject experts and supported by our staff to develop the study skills and self-management habits that will make them a better learner. 

Our students are offered a flexible timetable that allows for longer personal study sessions in the Learning Centre, Library or Student Lounge. Or they might use some of that time to unwind in the Recreation Centre where students engage in casual games of basketball, soccer, badminton and table tennis. 

And while students aren’t required to wear a school uniform, they are expected to contribute positively to our international education community, which is accepting, tolerant and understanding of others. 

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What can my child study?

Our goal is to provide a teaching and learning environment that allows students to focus on achieving their academic potential. Local/domestic students work towards the completion of the WA Certificate of Education with emphasis on achieving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). 

Year 10

Canning College’s unique Year 10 program provides a platform that puts students on track for Year 11 and Year 12 studies, and the completion of the WA Certificate of Education (WACE). 

Canning College students come from more than 20 different countries and a strong culture of internationalisation is built into campus life. A multicultural campus provides an environment for young adults to interact and make friends with peers from around the world, to develop cross-cultural understandings and a deeper appreciation of global society.

The Year 10 program comprises the mandated learning areas of Western Australian Curriculum for Year 10: Mathematics, English, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences (“MESH” subjects) and Health and Physical Education. Students will study two hours of Physical Education, one hour of Health Education and the equivalent of five hours of each of the MESH subjects each week. 

The extra hour equivalent for MESH (compared to other schools) enables enrichment and extension programs in these subjects; for example, introduction to economics, financial literacy, ethics, mathematics extension and enrichment, participation in academic competitions, STEM problem solving, intercultural studies and community service. 

The balance of the Year 10 program will focus on careers and pathway planning, experiential learning, and completion of Endorsed Programs. Place-based learning experiences such as excursions to the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum and our partner universities, are also a feature of the Canning College Year 10 program.

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature, and literacy. Teaching and learning programs should balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed.
In Year 10, students interact with peers, teachers, individuals, groups, and community members in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments. They experience learning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, including local community, vocational and global contexts.
Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts, including newspapers, film and digital texts, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic performances and multimodal texts, with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references. Students develop critical understanding of the contemporary media and the differences between media texts.
The range of literary texts comprises Australian literature, including the oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups, and classic and contemporary world literature.
Literary texts that support and extend students as independent readers are drawn from a range of genres and involve complex, challenging, and unpredictable plot sequences and hybrid structures that may serve multiple purposes. These texts explore themes of human experience and cultural significance, interpersonal relationships, and ethical and global dilemmas within real-world and fictional settings and represent a variety of perspectives. Informative texts represent a synthesis of technical and abstract information (from credible/verifiable sources) about a wide range of specialised topics. Text structures are more complex and include chapters, headings and subheadings, tables of contents, indexes, and glossaries. Language features include successive complex sentences with embedded clauses, a high proportion of unfamiliar and technical vocabulary, figurative and rhetorical language, and dense information supported by various types of graphics and images.
Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, discussions, literary analyses, transformations of texts and reviews.

The content provides students with the opportunity to begin to focus on issues that affect the wider community. They study external influences on health decisions and evaluate their impact on personal identity and the health of the broader community. Students continue to develop and refine communication techniques to enhance interactions with others, and apply analytical skills to scrutinise health messages in a range of contexts.
In continuing to improve performance, students transfer learned specialised movement skills with increasing proficiency and success across a variety of contexts. They use feedback to improve their own and others’ performance with greater consistency, and critically evaluate movement responses based on the outcome of previous performances. Through the application of biomechanical principles to analyse movement, students broaden their understanding of optimal techniques necessary for enhanced athletic performance.
Students self-assess their own and others’ leadership styles and apply problem-solving approaches to motivate participation and contribute to effective team relationships. They are also provided with opportunities to assume direct control of physical activities in coaching, coordinating or officiating roles.
The Health and Physical Education curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and exhibit attitudes and values that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Humanities and Social Sciences consists of Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History. Students develop increasing independence in critical thinking and skill application, which includes questioning, researching, analysing, evaluating, communicating, and reflecting. They apply these skills to investigate events, developments, issues, and phenomena, both historical and contemporary.
Students continue to build on their understanding of the concepts of democracy, democratic values, justice, and rights and responsibilities by exploring Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level and its international legal obligations. They inquire in to the values and practices that enable a resilient democracy to be sustained.
Students are introduced to the concept of economic performance and living standards while continuing to further their understanding of the concepts of making choices, interdependence, specialisation, and allocation and markets through examining contemporary issues, events and/or case studies delving into the reasons for variations in the performance of economies. They explore the nature of externalities and investigate the role of governments in managing economic performance to improve living standards. They inquire into the ways businesses can manage their workforces to improve productivity.
The concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability and change continue to be developed as a way of thinking, through an applied focus on the management of environmental resources and the geography of human wellbeing at the full range of scales, from local to global and in a range of locations.
Students develop their historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. These concepts are investigated within the historical context of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context.

The proficiency strands understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning are an integral part of mathematics content across the three content strands: number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. The proficiencies reinforce the significance of working mathematically within the content and describe how the content is explored or developed. They provide the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of mathematics. The achievement standards reflect the content and encompass the proficiencies.
At Year 10 level:
understanding includes applying the four operations to algebraic fractions, finding unknowns in formulas after substitution, making the connection between equations of relations and their graphs, comparing simple and compound interest in financial contexts, and determining probabilities of two- and three-step experiments
fluency includes factorising and expanding algebraic expressions, using a range of strategies to solve equations, and using calculations to investigate the shape of data sets
problem-solving includes calculating the surface area and volume of a diverse range of prisms to solve practical problems, finding unknown lengths and angles using applications of trigonometry, using algebraic and graphical techniques to find solutions to simultaneous equations and inequalities and investigating independence of events
reasoning includes formulating geometric proofs involving congruence and similarity, interpreting, and evaluating media statements and interpreting and comparing data sets.

In the Year 10 curriculum students explore systems at different scales and connect microscopic and macroscopic properties to explain phenomena. Students explore the biological, chemical, geological and physical evidence for different theories, such as the theories of natural selection and the Big Bang.
Students develop their understanding of atomic theory to understand relationships within the periodic table. They understand that motion and forces are related by applying physical laws. They learn about the relationships between aspects of the living, physical and chemical world that are applied to systems on a local and global scale and this enables them to predict how changes will affect equilibrium within these systems.

Will Canning College continue to enrol international students? 

Yes. Canning College remains dedicated to delivering high-quality teaching to both local/domestic and international students with high quality teaching that leads into Australia’s best universities. 

What is the next step?

You can register your interest in attending Canning College by calling us on 08 9278 3500 (8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday), emailing or by submitting your details via the online form on this page.

*Classes require sufficient enrolments. Confirmation of classes and subjects will be provided in November 2023. Registration of interest is not considered confirmation of enrolment.