A time for discovering individual aspirations and pursuing personal excellence.
The Senior School offers a young adult environment for students in 10, 11 and 12. They are offered a range of programs to encourage students’ individual aspirations including a strong work ethic, integrity and honesty.
Conscientiousness and self-discipline are integral to a team culture that supports each student’s path to success in VCE, VCAL or VET.
Key Learning Areas
At the senior level, students build on their existing knowledge of English to engage more deeply with a variety texts, exercise independence in responding to these texts and develop their own written work. We explore how meaning and argument is created in a text, analyse topical media articles and use discussion to develop article ideas. In Year 10, students can choose between English and Advanced English. At the VCE level, English Literature is also an option.
Senior School Mathematics allows students to choose from general or more advanced levels of mathematics. At all levels of senior mathematics, students delve more deeply into areas such as algebra, arithmetic and number (including computation), geometry, measurement and trigonometry. All mathematics subjects explore both the theory of maths and its practical applications in the world.
In the senior years, students can further pursue scientific subjects that enhance their understanding of the world and expand on their areas of interest. Year 10 students can deepen their scientific knowledge through various semester-based specialised fields, including Forensic Science and Marine Science. VCE Science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics and Environmental Science.
Technology encourages students to engage with the world we’re living in through innovation. This subject encompasses the study of Textiles, Wood, Innovation Design and Systems Engineering. At the VCE level, Technology involves exciting projects such as sustainable product redevelopment, collaborative design and product development, while Systems Engineering explores areas like mechanics and electrotechnology.
In Year 10, students can elect to study Performing Arts, which involves each student working with a script or text to create a performance. This may lead to VCE Drama, where students study three or more performance styles from a range of social, historical and cultural contexts and are exposed to the work of various drama practitioners. Music Performance is also available as a VCE subject, and sees students perform in group or solo contexts with one or two instruments.
Through the Arts, students can express themselves and their talents in a multitude of subjects. Art and Studio Art is a journey through a wide variety of 2D and 3D art forms alongside their historical and social contexts. Year 10 Media invites students to make their own short film, while VCE Media involves interrogating and analysing media structures in Australia and beyond. Visual Communication and Design cultivates design principles and practices in hand-drawn and computer-generated contexts.
Health and Physical Education
At the senior level, Health and Physical Education subjects present opportunities to become more technical in areas such as body systems, biomechanics and exercise physiology, or broaden students’ understanding to explore what health means in various global and social contexts. Outdoor & Environmental Studies teaches skills such as low-impact travel, water awareness, orienteering and camping, and explores humanity’s connection with nature.
Students who choose to pursue Japanese or Indonesian in their Senior School years will build on their knowledge of grammar, everyday communication skills and cultural practices. In VCE, they will extend their vocabulary in visual, spoken and written contexts, choose their own topics to explore and investigate the way in which native speakers interpret and express ideas. Year 10 language students have the option of travelling to Japan or Indonesia to further their understanding.
For more information, read our curriculum booklet
Year 12 Student Centre
Our Year 12 Student Centre is a state-of-the-art young adult learning environment. It provides a dedicated learning space for our Senior School students and includes the Year 12 common room, as well as direct access to the learning pathways office and IT support. All exams, assessment blocks and supported tutorials are held within the space, to ensure consistency, familiarity and a comfortable learning environment.
DreamCatchers (Year 12)
The DreamCatcher program provides a select group of high-achieving Year 12 students with a focused approach to personal development and study management. The program is conducted over a series of lunchtime meetings (meals provided) during the year, with teacher-mentors providing individual support to each student.
Year 11 – University Experience Programs
In Year 11, a selected group of high achieving students participate in the Monash University (Peninsula) High Achievers’ Program. Selection is based on academic results. A number of students will also have the opportunity to join the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program at the University of Melbourne.
Study tutorials are held in the Year 12 Learning Centre and assist students to become independent and motivated learners. During tutorials, students are required to complete set pre-learning tasks allocated by their classroom teachers. Sessions are supported and supervised, with tutors providing mentoring and helping to set and monitor individual student goals.
College and Year-Level Captains
Student Leadership provides students with a greater connection to the College while developing skills in public speaking, chairing meetings, taking minutes, organising events and fundraising programs. College Captains and Year-Level Captains assist with special year level programs and events within the wider community. Our leaders are encouraged to connect, explore and share ideas with teachers and students to enhance all aspects of student education and student life.
HEADSTART School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships
The HEADSTART program is an opportunity for students to stay at school while undertaking Certificate III courses in their chosen industry alongside paid employment as an apprentice or trainee. HEADSTART helps students get the best start in their career with a focus not only on skill development, but also on ensuring the trainees and apprentices spend significant time in the workplace.