Tallygarunga Academy of Magic is the only public wizarding school in Australia. It is managed by the Victorian Ministry of Magic's Wizarding Education department. Students who are not homeschooled or cannot afford the tuition fees of the more prestigious private establishments are sent to Tallygarunga at age 11.School terms & holidays
Tallygarunga also offers a junior school program in the Whitlam Bilby wing. This caters for children aged 5 to 10. Children in the Bilby program are taught a general understanding of basic magic and life skills in one classroom, under the one classroom teacher.
Tallygarunga follows the Australian muggle school calendar. School begins in late January and winds up in mid-December for the summer holidays. Dates for the 2018 school year are:Starting at Tallygarunga
- Term One: January 30 - March 29 (followed by Easter holidays)
- Term Two: April 16 - June 29
- Term Three: July 16 - September 21
- Term Four*: October 8 - December 21
* Sixth and seventh years finish earlier in the year. This is to allow students ample time to study for their end-of-year exams.
Unlike Hogwarts, students at Tallygarunga may be accepted before their eleventh birthday. However, the school will not take a child less than ten years of age into First Year.Senior years
To be enrolled into First Year, the child must already be eleven or older, or be turning eleven before June 30th of that school year. For example:
- A child that turned eleven in August of 2017 would start First Year in January 2018.
- A child that is ten at the start of the school year, but turns eleven in March would be eligible to commence first year.
- A student that is ten at the start of the school year, but does not turn eleven until August would not be eligible to commence First Year until the next school year.
Students in sixth and seventh years sit exams in the middle and end of the year. Mid-year exams are usually lighter, while end of year exams help to determine what opportunities the student will have for further study.Class loads
Sixth years will sit their Standardised Procedure In Determining Education Retention (SPIDER); seventh years will sit their Systematic Tertiary Investigation Numerically Gauging Retentiveness Across Year (STINGRAY).
After seventh years graduate in October and enter their study period, teachers will begin to prepare sixth years for their seventh year content. Key dates for sixth and seventh years:
- Mid-year exams: June 10-29
- Seventh year classes finish: October 24
- Seventh year graduation: October 26
- End of year exams: November 11-23
- Seventh year preparation: November 25 - December 7
Students at Tallygarunga are encouraged to involve themselves in all areas of study. All students, including first years, have the option of selecting electives to complement their core classes. Most students will take on a study load of nine total classes, however those who are more enthusiastic may apply for flexible timetabling allowing them to enroll in up to twelve.
Core/Elective structure by year:
- First Year: Minimum 7 core classes, 2 electives
- Second Year: Minimum 5 core classes, 4 electives
- Third Year: Minimum 5 core classes, 4 electives
- Fourth Year: Minimum 3 core classes, 6 electives
- Fifth Year: Minimum 3 core classes, 6 electives
- Sixth Year: Up to 12 classes of student's choice
- Seventh Year: Up to 12 classes of student's choice
All core subjects are only compulsory for First Year. Beyond that, the student may choose which subjects suit them best, so long as the minimum requirement of classes from the core listing is met. A core class may be taken in an elective slot if the student wishes to study more than the minimum number of core classes.
Tallygarunga offers a wide range of classes in the form of both core and electives. Currently, the following classes are available for study:Leadership & clubs
Class name Type Available from Astronomy Core First Year Charms Core First Year Defence Against the Dark Arts Core First Year Herbology Core First Year History of Magic Core First Year Potions Core First Year Transfiguration Core First Year Flying Elective First Year Muggle Studies Elective First Year Ancient Runes Elective First Year Divination Elective First Year Cruel & Unusual Geography Elective Second Year Elemental Magic Elective Second Year Musiciary Elective Second Year Care of Magical Creatures Elective Second Year Arithmancy Elective Third Year Dead & Magical Languages Elective Third Year Health & Healing Elective Third Year Magical Law & Government Elective Third Year Magical Theory Elective Third Year Wandless Magic Elective Fifth Year Apparition Elective Sixth Year Alchemy Elective Sixth Year
In addition to regular classes, Tallygarunga offers students the chance to develop their interests and skills via clubs and leadership opportunities. All clubs will have a teacher assigned to supervise, and student leaders will have additional responsibilities in the school.
Program Description Open to School Captains Also known as Head Boy/Head Girl, these students are ambassadors in and out of the school. They are highly responsible and trusted by the staff. Seventh Years House Captains Two leading students from each house are appointed to look after, encourage, and support their fellow students within the house system. Sixth Year + Quidditch Team Students interested in playing Quidditch can sign up to their house team. Top players from all teams will form the school team at inter-school competitions. Second Year + The Wobbly Biro Tallygarunga's student-run publication, distributed at the Tuckshop. First Year + Duelling Club A highly-supervised club teaching defensive magic in a practical environment. Fifth Year +