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PARENT  INFORMATION

Senior School

The senior learning years are both challenging and exciting. During this time, students extend and refine their learning, develop habits of mind and study practices that will serve them well in the future, and establish mature, healthy relationships with one another and their community.

What makes senior schooling so distinctive is that students gradually take the lead role in their own educational development. In Years 9 and 10, they experiment with a broad range of subjects in a variety of faculty areas. This leads them towards choices for Years 11 and 12 as they set their sights on academic and career pathways. A combination of subject-specific study side by side a broad range of co-curricular activities helps them develop their individual identity and pursue their interests and talents.

The mentoring relationships between students and teachers at this time is very important. Our teachers are experienced at working alongside senior students, guiding them to think critically and creatively about their subjects, showing them how to be responsible and interact maturely, and helping them to reach their full potential.

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We help your young person develop values based on the qualities displayed by Jesus. These values will contribute to shaping their characters as mature adults. Love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope and appreciation are taught explicitly during morning devotional time and our weekly chapel service. They are also inherent in the way we instruct, guide and support students in their daily learning activities and social interactions.

Senior school focuses on service to others and leadership. Under the mentorship of caring teachers and chaplains, all senior students are given opportunities to lead out in music, sports and service activities. In Year 12, it is their turn to mentor the younger students and lead the school. This not only contributes to students' emotional wellbeing and community connectedness, but also allows them to grow in maturity and gain an understanding of what is required for good leadership and strong community.

Years 9 & 10

A. Mandatory subjects for all students:

  • Biblical Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
  • Science

B. Electives (one from each line):

  • Line 1: Food Technology | Information Software and Technology | Industrial Technology
  • Line 2: Commerce | Music | Visual Art

Year 11 (2016)

A. Mandatory subjects for all students:

  • English Standard or English Advanced
  • Studies of Religion II

B. Electives (one from each line):

  • Line 1: Mathematics (General) | CAFS | Mathematics | Mathematics Extension
  • Line 2: Personal Development, Health & Physical Education | Legal Studies | Design & Technology | Chemistry
  • Line 3: Ancient History | Food Technology | Information Processes & Technology
  • Line 4" Business Studies | Biology | Visual Arts

Year 12 (2016)

A. Mandatory subjects for all students:

  • English — (Standard)
  • Studies of Religion II

B. Electives (one from each line):

  • Line 1: Mathematics (General) | CAFS
  • Line 2: Personal Development Health & Physical Education | Legal Studies | Design & Technology | business Studies | Chemistry | Modern History
  • Line 3: Visual Art| Legal Studies | Music | Information Processes & Technology
  • Line 4: Ancient History | Business Studies | Biology

PLEASE NOTE: Career advice and detailed careers testing is available to students in Years 10-12.

Additional support is provided for students assessed with significant remedial needs in literacy and numeracy. For students assessed with a disability, special needs teachers will work with them, their parents, classroom teachers and experts to devise teaching and learning strategies that assist them in their education. This is designed to give all students equal access to learning and success.

Personal excellence is a focus in every classroom, with assessments and activities used as a basis for extending those who show greater levels of interest and ability. Further extension opportunities are available through international competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) and co-curricular activities distinctive to senior school. In Years 11 and 12, extension is offered in elite levels of English, mathematics and the sciences. University and distance education courses may also be available to those students who wish to pursue subject areas not offered by the school.

  • Year 11 international service trip
  • Organising and leading out in school chapels
  • Captaincy and leadership opportunities
  • Music leadership
  • Chess club
  • Study group
  • CSSA inter-school sports competitions

Our classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology. This enhances the delivery of the curriculum, caters to a broad range of learning styles, and allows students to solve problems, work, and connect with each other and the world in 21st century ways. Senior School students also have access to internet-based research and appropriate software and learning technology in the numerous computer labs around the school.

Our classroom teachers and year level coordinators are on the front line of pastoral care as they interact with students on a day to day basis. We have anti-bullying and discipline practices that are designed to build harmonious relationships and resolve issues of concern or conflict openly and respectfully.

Chaplains provide support to students, staff and school families regardless of their faith. They are active in coordinating programs for social wellbeing and emotional development, interacting with students in the playground and offering a friendly listening ear, mentoring students with behavioural or emotional needs, enhancing engagement with the broader community, and providing a range of opportunities for spiritual reflection. In times of loss and trauma, they provide additional support to individuals, families and the school community. (Click here to view the chaplaincy policy.)

PLEASE NOTE: For students from Year 10-12, the school counsellor is available for career advice. If you are concerned about your son or daughter, we would encourage you to contact the school counsellor, teacher, school chaplain or administration.