The Senior School environment encourages students to become independent learners within a challenging and supportive environment. The curriculum builds upon the extensive foundations established in the Junior and Middle Schools and allows students to pursue their own pathway in a rigorous and stimulating academic setting.
The College’s pastoral system ensures that each student is personally known to every teacher in the school as they work collaboratively to reaching the personal, educational and cultural goals of the student. Each year level has a Year Level Coordinator that follows them through their six-year journey at the College, forging strong bonds of trust, support and belief.
In Year 10 the students embark on work experience as they endeavour to determine a potential career path beyond school. In years 11 and 12 students have the option of studying six Authority subjects to achieve an Overall Position (OP) score issued by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) which will enable them to peruse a tertiary course. Students may also choose to study Authority subjects in conjunction with vocational education courses and receive a Tertiary Rank Score which will also allow them to pursue either a tertiary or TAFE course. The College also offers School Based Traineeships in the Senior School allowing them to undertake training and work in a field of interest, while still completing their studies at school. At the conclusion of school, students may take on full time apprenticeships or enter the workforce.
Throughout their journey, Senior School students are encouraged to think flexibly and show strength of character to navigate future challenges and opportunities that lie beyond their formal schooling in a 21st Century framework. Programs such as Leadership and Positive Psychology develop emotional intelligence, resilience, problem solving and working collaboratively provides students with the ability to understand themselves before they can in turn lead others.
Senior School Curriculum
Our teachers are equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide innovative and effective pedagogy in alignment with the Australian Curriculum and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) syllabuses. Students are provided with their own College laptop and teaching programs are designed to integrate technology into the learning process. Teachers encourage students to set themselves goals in all areas of their learning.
Our senior academic program is developed to engage students in their own learning through real-world applications wherever possible. Lessons are based around a learning framework that supports differentiation for students of varying ability levels and individual interests.
Authority subjects such as Music Extension and English Extension are offered to Year 12 students giving them the best opportunity to achieve the highest OP possible.
Parent and Student Information – Curriculum Changes from 2019
Further information can be found via the following links from the QCAA:
Information about the new Senior Syllabus for students completing Year 12 (current Year 10’s) in 2020 and beyond: Click Here
Information about the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) for students completing Year 12 in 2020 and beyond: Click Here
A comparison of the current and new system (OP v ATAR) can be found here: Click Here