Senior School

Senior Secondary (Year 11 – 12) (CRICOS: 004885C)

Our Senior School provides students with a multitude of engaging learning programmes and environments that encourage them to reach their individual potential and prepare them for life beyond school.

Students in the Senior School choose different pathways as they prepare for life and academic challenges. Our holistic approach to education balances academics and personal wellbeing with an extensive range of co-curricular activities.

Academic courses encourage increasing personal responsibility for learning with teaching methods complementing and enhancing each student’s unique abilities and interests.

Students, guided by staff in our Careers Centre, choose a variety of pathways to help them achieve and prepare for life after school.

Pathways include the Overall Position (OP) to achieve entrance to university courses, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Selection Rank for tertiary entrance equivalence, Vocational Education and Training Certificates (VET), the Horizons Programme for exceptionally talented athletes and performers and advanced placement in university courses.

This flexibility and a variety of academic and vocational course options opens up exciting career prospects for each student

 

Enrolments

Our Senior Parent Handbook outlines all our Senior School teaching, learning and operational procedures.

Parents/guardians interested in enrolling a child in Senior School, should complete our Application for Enrolment form at your earliest possible convenience.

 

Personalised Learning

In Years 10-12, the students focus on career pathways and adult choices.

We give them exceptional support to apply their knowledge to make wise decisions reflecting their abilities and aspirations.

It’s a time of growth and anticipation for not only the students and the families, but also for our Senior staff.

The needs and aspirations of our students are the focus of all learning. Highly relevant programs and the integration of our exceptional technological facilities give students access to learning anywhere, anytime.

Academic audits, regular online reporting and communication with parents enables teachers to work in partnership with the home. In this way, we can keep parents informed of their child’s academic progress.

A full network of support staff, including Heads of Years, Chaplain, Counsellors, English as an Additional Language (EALD) and Learning Enhancement teachers is available to support each student.

Our staff help identify opportunities so all students can succeed in their personal pathways to the future. Students experience a wide range of subjects in Year 10, giving them the insight to make relevant choices reflecting their goals and interests.

With an holistic approach to education, students are offered a comprehensive academic curriculum and co-curricular program which is personalised to foster individual development.

A combination of academic studies, balanced with co-curricular activities in sport, performing arts or community involvement encourages the development of our Senior School students into confident young adults.

 

The Programmes

Year 10

The Year 10 programme is designed to prepare students for the pathway options through Years 11 – 12 and to provide the opportunity for students to:

  • learn through a wide variety of subject choices
  • investigate course options for Years 11 & 12
  • excel in areas of strength and consolidate learning in areas of weakness.

Years 11-12

Students choose from a range of Year 11 and 12 pathways in order to achieve a Queensland Certificate of Education.

These pathways include:

  • OP for Tertiary Study
  • Traineeship and Apprenticeship
  • Vocational Education
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Horizons Program for exceptionally talented athletes and musicians.

 

Academic Structures

Academics are organised into Curriculum Areas and each is under the control of a Head of Learning who is responsible for the administration and supervision of various subjects.  Heads of Learning contribute significantly to the overall administration and organisation of the school, as well as organising personnel, programs of work and assessment within their own faculties. They are responsible to the Director of Curriculum.

The Director of Curriculum and Heads of Learning hold regular meetings with teachers to ensure that the work programs and academic expectations of the College are understood and professionally implemented. The Senior School Head closely monitors student development, and is in regular contact with Heads of Learning and teachers to ensure that academic standards within the Senior School are in line with College expectations.

The Senior School Head is responsible to the Headmaster for the academic monitoring program. Organisation of the senior curriculum is based on the following eight curriculum areas.

 

Curriculum Areas

1. Design Technologies (Hospitality, Home Economics, Visual Arts, Applied Design, Industrial Technology)

2. English

3. Health and Physical Education

4. Modern Languages

5. Mathematics and Information Communication Technology

6. Performing Arts

7. Science

8. Human Society (Study of Society and the Environment, History, Geography and Commerce)

The Dean of Studies is responsible for all matters associated with the Queensland Studies Authority and tertiary entrance, and liaises with appropriate personnel on matters affecting students in the Senior School.

The Dean of Studies reports to the Headmaster on all matters relating to the academic program at Senior School level.

 

Classroom Teaching

We are dedicated to a policy of developmental teaching practice, which means that all teaching at the College must be aimed at meeting the unique abilities and interests of each student. Senior School classrooms are characterised by student initiative and participation, warmth and success. Teachers structure the learning environment so that students are able to take increasing responsibility for their own learning while developing into socially competent and globally-aware citizens.