Senior Years

The Years 9 and 10 Program is a time of consolidation and growth - building on the groundwork from previous years, with some choice of elective subjects, and preparation for greater independence and decision-making ahead. Students continue to develop their core learning in Religious Education, Fit for Life, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. They study two additional elective subjects, for the two-year program, selecting from a broad range of options that draw on The Arts, Languages, Physical Education, Business and Technology areas.

During this learning stage, students are engaging with a higher level of academic rigour, in a responsive and challenging curriculum. They learn more about themselves and their peers, through guided investigations and activities that direct their thinking towards future pathways and senior subject choices. They engage in specific futures planning, investigating their strengths, attributes and aspirations, in conjunction with the strategies needed to achieve specific goals. There are a number of school-based activities designed to enhance healthy peer relationships, leadership and team building.

The Years 11 and 12 Program provides students with opportunities for greater independence and responsibility, as they commit themselves to an appropriate studies program that is consistent with their skills, interests and aspirations. Senior students undertake a studies program consisting of 5, 6 or 7 subjects, or an equivalent program for those who include Vocational Education and Training studies. Students may also elect to include a tutorial class to access additional self-directed learning time in support of their overall studies program. Our dedicated Head of Careers and Vocational Education assists students and parents with career planning and preparation for their post-school transition. Work experience, industry placements, traineeships and other vocational opportunities are also available to enhance our students’ learning programs.

Our senior students take increasing responsibility in their role as leaders of their own learning journey, enhancing their strengths and resilience as learners to meet unknown and challenging situations. They are assisted by ongoing monitoring and mentoring of their academic and pastoral needs. Our students are mentored to develop skills in goal setting and the use of targeted strategies to achieve their goals and to prepare for the transition to life after school.Specific study skills, time management and meta-cognitive process skills and planning for careers and tertiary studies pathways continue to be strong features aligning with the students’ growing maturity in this phase. A structured Leadership program prepares and supports students in the development and practice of leadership and communication skills, both formally and informally as they continue to grow and to serve the School and wider community.