Learning in the Senior School

One of the major goals for students in Years 7-9 is to continue to develop a positive work ethic both in the classroom and in home study.  This is essential in maintaining continuing enrolment.

Subjects Years 7- 9

Students in Years 7 to 9 study all of the subjects, as designated by the new Australian curriculum. Students are immersed in the 21st Century learning skills that have been universally recognised as being a vital component for success. These have been incorporated into the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and include literacy, numeracy, critical and creative thinking, and personal and social capability.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences (History, Geography, Economics & Civics)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Arts (Drama, Dance, Visual Art, Music)
  • Technologies (Food Specialisations, Engineering Technologies, Materials Specialisations, Digital Technologies, Food and Fibre Production, Engineering Principles, Media Arts)
  • Science
  • Language (Japanese, Spanish)

At the end of Year 9, students choose six subjects they would like to study more deeply in Years 11 and 12.  Year 10 then becomes a time to decide whether such choices are appropriate, so that students are more confident of their choices for their Senior studies. 

Subjects Years 10-12

It is expected that, by the end of Year 9, students will have developed the required work ethic and skills to make best use of the opportunities in Senior years. Continuing enrolment relies on a demonstrated positive approach to study, whether the student is intending tertiary entry or a vocational pathway.

Students in Years 10-12 are required to study 6 subjects, including English and Mathematics.

Electives offered:

  • General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Essential Mathematics*
  • English, Essential English*, Literature
  • Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Physics
  • Accounting, Business, Economics, History, Legal Studies
  • Japanese, Spanish
  • Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art
  • Health, Physical Education
  • Design, Digital Solutions, Engineering, Film, Television and New Media, Hospitality Practices*
  • Hospitality**
  • Business Studies**
  • Recreation**
  • Science in Practice**
  • Dance**

In Year 12 only, English Extension and Music Extension are offered.

*Essential Mathematics, Essential English and Hospitality Practices are Applied Subjects. Students may have study more than one of these, but only one will count towards an ATAR calculation for students completing Year 12 in 2020 and beyond.

**For students completing Year 12 in 2018 and 2019, Hospitality, Business Studies, Recreation, Science in Practice and Dance do not count towards the OP Score, but may contribute to tertiary entry through the Tertiary Rank system.

Senior Years' Pathways

As part of the College’s focus on the needs of individual students, a number of pathways open up in the Senior Years, 10-12.

  • A straight academic programme
  • A combination of academic subjects with one vocational subject
  • An accelerated programme in one or more subjects, where students can complete Year 12 earlier (this usually follows from an accelerated programme in earlier years)
  • The Honours programme for students interested in more challenging academic learning – this includes additional topics, mentoring and personal projects
  • University subjects after early completion of Year 12, and some in conjunction with Senior subjects that offer University credit
  • Full vocational focus with Work experience, Student Traineeships and Apprenticeships
  • Modified Senior Years' programmes for highly performing students in sport or cultural activities

Enrichment Activities

Academic subjects can be enriched at various year levels through additional activities such as Writers' Workshops, ‘Days of Excellence’, Visual Art exhibitions, field activities, excursions, Australian Business Week simulation experiences, debating, public speaking, musical and dramatic performance, and others.

Reporting to Parents

Towards the end of Term 1 Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled
End of Term 2 A full written report on Semester One
During Term 3 Parent teacher interviews are again scheduled
End of Term 4 A full written report on Semester Two is sent home

Parents are always welcome to make an appointment with a teacher to discuss their child’s progress at other times. The Student Diary is an important means of communication between the College and home. Parents are asked to check their child's diary each evening.

Senior School Subject Selection Handbook 2019