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Year 9 at JMHS

Year 9 Maths


Information for new students

Here's a quick summary of most of the things you will need to know to get started as a new Year 9 student at James Meehan High School:

Info for new students (pdf 1572 KB)


Student Handbook

This is a more detailed version of policies, procedures and rules at James Meehan High School. It's how we look after your wellbeing, and keep the school running smoothly.

Student Handbook (pdf 685 KB)



Wellbeing for schools is a strengths-based approach across all NSW public schools, so that every student can connect, succeed and thrive at school and beyond.

Student wellbeing has always been a top priority at James Meehan High School.

Wellbeing focus areas

Find more about the Department of Education Wellbeing initiatives here: Wellbeing for Schools DoE


NAPLAN in Year 9

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains') of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.



Lawfirms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS)

Our school's ongoing partnership with Minter Ellison Lawyers began in 2004 and continues with the LEAPS program, in which promising Year 9 students are mentored by members of the law firm.

A selected group of students is partnered with mentors from Minter Ellison. Throughout Terms 2 and 3, students experience a variety of cultural excursions into Sydney and meet with their mentors each fortnight for lunch and workshops in the Minter Ellison offices in Sydney.

In the structured workshop program, lessons cover topics such as career planning, learning styles, study skills, goal setting and life skills. Guest speakers bring a variety of perspectives to the discussions.

Students will have the opportunity to shadow their mentor and see how mentors apply their work ethic in  real-life situations.

Read more about Minter Ellison on Our Supporters page.

In 2014 the school celebrated 10 years of LEAPS with Minter Ellison. Check out our 10th Anniversary video.



Students in Year 9 must study mandatory courses in a number of Key Learning Areas. They also have the opportunity to choose elective courses based on their interests and plans for careers and further study. The school offers a range of electives based on student interests and staff availability.

Students should ensure they are prepared to pay any fees for materials and equipment in their elective courses. The school office can provide a list of subject contributions for different courses.


Assessing student achievement

Teachers use a variety of ways to assess the knowledge, skills and understanding of their students. They may look at work in class, tests and assignments.

Assessment tasks are compulsory tasks that teachers use to judge achievement in a course. All students in a course will be required to do equivalent assessment tasks. As such, it is important that students complete tasks on or before the due date, and to the best of their ability.