Learning in Senior School

Preparing our graduates for success

Our Senior School curriculum at AISM is geared to build the skills your child needs to succeed in their tertiary education pursuit and work in the 21st century.

In Years 9 and 10, our students begin to specialise more and begin to understand the areas they enjoy and excel in. We support them in this process with personalised career guidance and planning from Year 9 onwards. We also provide our students with information and talks from Universities around the world, university fairs and discovering profiles that help them decide on their career paths.

Similar to the final years of both international schools and government schools in Malaysia, our students will receive a certificate to acknowledge their completion in secondary school education. In Years 11 and 12 our students study and graduate with the Higher School Certificate, an internationally recognised qualification. With clear goals in mind, our Senior School students achieve excellent results, and have been accepted into the world's top Universities in the United Kingdom, USA, Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia and many other countries.

Years 9 and 10 core subjects (Stage 5)
Laying the foundations for success, we continue our commitment to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Our students also have increased opportunities to explore their own interests with a wide choice of electives.

At the end of Stage 5 (Year 10) of their studies, AISM students will receive a Record of School Achievement (RoSA) from the NSW Board of Studies. The RoSA is a cumulative credential in that it allows students to accumulate their academic results until they leave school.

English and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
As the level of learning grows higher, the development of critical and imaginative faculties continues on, along with the increase in their capacity of cultural understanding. During their studies in English, they explore various contexts of language usage to understand how social factors play a part in shaping its meaning. Based on their current capability, our students are able to enquire and assess information while using the language creatively to identify issues and problem-solve. Through the skills and understandings they have acquired throughout the years, they will progressively learn throughout their lives, assisting them in their careers and in life.

Through the study of Mathematics we aim for our students to be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens. We also foster the development of an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with mathematical processes, so that students are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students also recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible, enjoyable discipline to study, and an important aspect of lifelong learning.


AISM encourages our students to develop their curiosity and sense of wonder revolving their surroundings, while cultivating their enthusiasm for science and technology.

They become capable of creatively applying the processes of working scientifically and working technologically to appreciate and understand natural and made environments.

We intend to cultivate their interest in History and encourage our students to develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact in our world today. It is our goal to enable our students to participate as active, responsible well-informed citizens by developing their evaluative skills in historical inquiry.

Our goal in teaching Geography is to develop our students’ deep interest in the world and be engaged with it. As future informed active citizens, our students are encouraged to have an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environment through geographical inquiry.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The aim of teaching Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is to aid our students in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual development.

Through many opportunities, our students will explore ways of practising a healthy active lifestyle, build skills and confidence through fun and challenging movement experiences, while discovering the value of physical activities in their lives.

Elective subjects for Years 9 and 10
Our students can choose 3 subjects from Malaysian Studies, Commerce, Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Information and software technology, Photographic and digital media, Physical activity and sports studies, Design and technology, Bahasa Melayu, French, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Our students may choose a language to study throughout Year 9/10 from the following:

Bahasa Melayu
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Malay & History (for Malaysian students only)
The Ministry of Education of Malaysia has allowed Malaysian students enrolled at AISM to sit the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations for Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) and Sejarah (History), starting in 2020. This will provide our Malaysian students with an opportunity to pursue a career in the Malaysian civil service, should they wish to do so. In order to prepare Malaysian students for the Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah SPM examinations, a combined Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah elective course will be available, for Year 9 and 10 Malaysian students. Students will have the option of selecting Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah as one of their three electives. This elective course will also cover Malaysian Studies requirements.

Design and Technology
Through various projects, we encourage our students to identify problems, research solutions, investigate information, analyse data, generate ideas, evaluate designs, and experiment with technology.

Our aim is for our students to develop advanced thinking approaches and understanding of conceptual principles, while encouraging them to take intellectual risks and experiment with resources.

Visual Arts
Our Visual Arts course provides many opportunities for our students to understand and appreciate visual works, while developing interest and joy in creating and studying art. Through the understanding of the importance of art in various forms of media, we wish to empower them to communicating their voices and thoughts through visual forms.

Through the development of the affective, cognitive and psychomotor domains, our students are able to express emotions and imagination while making music. We encourage our students to develop their capacity through managing their own learning, work collaboratively and engage in activities to develop their own musical knowledge and skills. These experiences will enrich their understanding and usage of musical concepts in different contexts. Our elective course will prove essential for those who wish to pursue further formal study in Music in the HSC.

Our study of drama are experiential, critical, active and reflective practices, as we explore contemporary drama and theatre practices through the creation, performance and appreciation of drama. We encourage our students to integrate experiences through their development on knowledge, understanding and skills needed for drama and theatre, while appreciating the collaborative contributions of the people involved in productions. We provide wide ranges of technology, from traditional to digital to assist our students in achieving particular dramatic intentions.

Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. It develops in students an understanding of commercial and legal processes and competencies for personal financial management.

Through the study of Commerce students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way.

Central to the course is the development of an understanding of the relationships between consumers, businesses and governments in the overall economy. Through their investigation of these relationships, students develop the capacity to apply problem-solving strategies which incorporate the skills of analysis and evaluation. Students engage in the learning process which promotes critical thinking, reflective learning and the opportunity to participate in the community.

Information and Software Technology
The study of Information and Software Technology assists students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts. Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of analysing, designing, producing, testing, documenting, implementing and evaluating information and software technology based solutions. Creative, critical and metacognitive thinking skills are developed through students’ practical involvement in projects.

Core content provides students with specialised knowledge of past, current and emerging technologies, data, hardware, software and people involved in the field of information and software technology. The core also includes legal, ethical, social and industrial issues.

Students develop information and software technology solutions through project work, individually and collaboratively.

Options provide opportunities for the contextualisation of the core and allow choices of areas of interest to be made. Options include artificial intelligence, simulation and modelling, authoring and multimedia, database design, digital media, the Internet and website development, networking systems, robotics and automated systems, and software development and programming.

Photographic and Digital Media
Photographic and Digital Media plays a significant role in the curriculum by providing specialised learning opportunities to enable students to understand and explore the nature of photographic and digital media as an important field of artistic practice, conceptual knowledge and technological procedures.

New technologies have changed the possibilities of production of artworks and the role of the artist. In Photographic and Digital Media, students use digital technologies as tools for the creation of artworks.

It provides opportunities to investigate practice that uses photographic and digital technologies as their own medium – that is, being produced, stored and presented in digital form, making use of interactive and participatory features.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
PASS promotes the concept of learning through movement. Many aspects of the course can be explored through participation in selected movement applications in which students experience, examine, analyse and apply new understanding. Students are encouraged to specialise and study areas in depth, to work towards a particular performance goal, pursue a formal qualification or examine an issue of interest related to the physical, emotional, social, cultural or scientific dimensions of physical activity and sport.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies also promotes learning about movement and provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills, analyse movement performance and assist the performance of others. The acquisition and successful application of movement skills are closely related to enjoyment of physical activity and the likelihood of sustaining an active lifestyle. Students will appreciate the traditions and special characteristics associated with various physical activities and also the artistic and aesthetic qualities of skilled performance and determined effort. 

Malaysian Studies
This course is compulsory for Malaysian students. It is the study of Malaysian History and Culture and in some aspects of Bahasa Language.

In the Camp Programme, Year 9 and Year 10 students attend international camps which focus on peer group bonding, while building the excitement of being introduced to dynamic learning in a natural environment.

Students learn new skills, engage in challenging activities and develop teamwork competency and a level of independence, all in a safe and nurturing environment.

A large component of the camp is related to not only the curriculum but also to Service Learning. Year 11 students participate in an outback/Coastal experience in Perth, Western Australia to further develop their leadership capability. Year 12 students undertake a residential, personal leadership programme at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne.