The study of English enhances the way students observe, interact with and appreciate their world. It contributes to their ability to communicate effectively, both socially and intellectually. English encourages the development of articulate, empathetic individuals capable of critical thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity.

The English staff assist students to develop an appreciation of literature and through dialogue  a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. This subject area develops students’ knowledge and skills in the use of the English language to facilitate lively engagement in society.

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and desire to lead a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle.

The Physical Education curriculum is both relevant and challenging whilst providing students with an opportunity to participate in numerous competitive and non-competitive sport, movement activities such as dance and athletics, fitness and recreational activities. 

Physical Education is taught in a supportive environment that provides a range of opportunities for participation, cooperation and leadership.

In Food Studies, the students learn about food and nutrition, drawing upon both theoretical and practical experiences. We provide opportunities for students to associate the benefits of food preparation with nutrition and good health.

Students learn to appreciate food by way of sensory and nutritional analysis and they develop an understanding of its significance in a global context. Students explore the kitchen environment including food safety and handling, kitchen equipment, measurements, hygiene and cooking terminology.




The goal of the Humanities Department is to inspire creative, engaged and critical thinkers. Students are equipped with a host of strategies to understand their world, develop social competencies, environmental consciousness and the confidence to meaningfully engage in the civic process.

Shelford  offers an opportunity for students to experience a wide range of Humanities disciplines which take the student from a local, to a national and an international perspective. The Humanities subjects are part of the core curriculum for students in Years 7 – 10, comprising History, Geography, Economics, Civics & Citizenship.

Students have the opportunity to continue their Humanities studies in VCE History, Legal Studies, Business Management, Accounting, Australian & Global Politics and Global Politics.


Languages are an integral part of the curriculum at Shelford. The staff are passionate about the importance of learning another language and developing an understanding of a different culture.

Students are offered Japanese, French and Chinese. Japanese is a core subject throughout the Junior School, from Foundation to Year 6. In Year 7 all students undertake both Japanese and French. In Years 8 and 9, students study either French or Japanese.

Language study becomes an elective from Year 10 and students are able to continue with French or Japanese through to the end of their VCE.

Students may undertake VCE Units 1 to 4 of Chinese First Language.


The Shelford Mathematics Department has a team of passionate staff who understand the importance of Mathematical literacy for all students. Within a supportive, academic environment students are encouraged to achieve at a high level. Technology is an integral part of the Mathematics classroom, and students are supported in their learning by a variety of reinforcement activities or enrichment tasks, according to their needs. Mathematics is a core subject from Year 7 to Year 10, and students have a range of choices for VCE Mathematics subjects.

Performing Arts

Shelford has an outstanding reputation in the Performing Arts. The extensive program offers many opportunities for students with a range of award winning orchestras and ensembles, the annual House Performing Arts Festival, musicals and a variety of performance opportunities. The talented staff are passionate about their discipline. They encourage a love of Music and Drama and develop the ability of students to perform as part of a group.


Shelford science is more than a theory- it is an exploration of life. Taught by expert specialist teachers, students experience Science in a practical way.


The Science program has been developed to encourage student thinking beyond information presented in textbooks. Enthused to learn more about fast-paced developments in technology, students engage through designed based investigations, to explore issues associated with modern day science. STEAM, the engineering design process and data analysis are key elements to ensure a rich curriculum for the Secondary School. Science is a core study through to Year 10, incorporating Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students also have the opportunity to explore their curiosity with electives in Psychology, Engineering, Robotics and Forensics. Their development as scientists is also supported by a range of VCE Science options, including Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and Physics.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department at Shelford provides a creative and exciting hub where students delve into their practice with great enthusiasm. All students are supported by specialist, dynamic staff who assist with their learning and development. Art, Design, Media and Technology are incorporated into the curriculum. Visual Arts students are encouraged to experiment with the creative process to enhance their learning, and increase their confidence and analytical thinking. The Arts program at Shelford acknowledges the value of creativity and investigative thinking, preparing students for our evolving world.