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OUR SENIOR SCHOOL

We have a success-oriented culture offering diverse learning programs and pathways catering for individual interests that develop expert learners as engaged global citizens. 

The Senior School builds on the independent learning skills and learning experiences of the Middle School and effectively prepares students for further education, training and/or employment. We are passionate about providing a personalized, engaging, futures-focused curriculum that develops our students academically, socially and emotionally to become active, life-long learners and engaged global citizens. As such, our senior students have access to relevant, contemporary and high-quality senior secondary education. As a pathway to school completion, senior students have the choice to undertake the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). Students may also choose to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies alongside the school-developed curriculum. 

Our senior schooling philosophy and structures are student-centred and cater for the differences in adolescent interest and development. We effectively empower, challenge and support our students to develop their unique qualities and talents. 

The Senior School affords several specialist programs with purpose-built facilities and teaching expertise. Staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and understand the challenges and complexities of senior schooling. They work collaboratively with parents, students and providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students. 

There exists a proud and long-standing tradition of academic and industry excellence with graduates achieving outstanding subject and VET results. 

 

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) 

The SACE framework and its capabilities contextualise skills, knowledge and attributes that students need to be informed, engaged and enterprising global citizens. 

SACE students undertake Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), choosing from an extensive range of subjects and VET courses that cater for individual interests, specialised learning and future-focussed careers. 

Participation in VET programs can open up a range of flexible future pathways for students and enable students to get a head start in their chosen career. Students gain a detailed understanding of a specific industry, develop a range of competencies and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. 

The Curriculum Guide is available on the school website for parent and student reference.

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year pre-university course taken in Years 11 and 12. The programme offers students: 

  1. A balanced and challenging academic experience, which emphasises the education of “the whole person”, thus developing socially responsible citizens of the world. 

  2. An internationally accepted university entrance qualification into universities in Australia and in over 74 countries. 

  3. International understanding through shared academic experience and development of global awareness. 

  4. A sense of identity and cultural awareness. 

  5. Development as critical and compassionate thinkers and informed participants in local and world affairs. 

The Diploma Programme is a balance between the desirability of a broad education and the need to allow some specialisation, enabling aspirational and high-achieving students to be academically extended and to develop their unique interests and talents within a relevant, contemporary and world- class academic programme. In all subjects the emphasis is on the mastery of subject content along with the development of critical thinking and an appreciation of the value and art of learning. 

There are 6 subject groups on offer for IBDP, and students choose one course from each of the subject groups. There is also the option to study an additional Sciences, Individuals and Societies, or Languages course instead of a course in The Arts. The IBDP is divided into levels, with each student required to take at least 3 (but not more than 4) subjects at Higher Level (HL), and the remaining at Standard Level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding, and skills at a higher level in the HL courses.

Aside from the subject groups, the IBDP has 3 compulsory core elements: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). Theory of Knowledge asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. It is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay. The Extended Essay is an independent piece of study that culminates with a 4,000-word essay. Finally, CAS requires students to get involved with creative, physical and charitable/voluntary activities to balance them as holistically. 

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our middle school is a vibrant, supportive learning community, where our students begin their high school journey.  

Taking place in our purpose-built middle school, students begin their journey through the care and support of their specialist middle school teachers. Our teachers design learning programs to support the needs of early adolescence, which is underpinned by positive relationships and knowing the unique and individual needs of our learners. They create and foster a safe and nurturing environment for students, allowing them to overcome challenges, develop and grow as learners.  

Through hands-on, collaborative activities, students become active participants in their learning, fostering curiosity and critical thinking. They undertake authentic tasks, providing a real-world context for their new learning, linked to global issues and concepts. This learning is guided by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), an international curriculum framework which our students undertake from years 7 to 9. The middle years programme is framework for learning that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Undertaking the IBMYP supports students to develop as engage global citizens, with the confidence and ability to experience success within the senior years and beyond. 

Middle school students undertake a broad program of study and experience a variety of subjects within the eight learning areas of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). 

  • Arts 

  • English 

  • Health and Physical Education 

  • Humanities 

  • Languages: Chinese/German/Italian/Japanese/Modern Greek 

  • Mathematics 

  • Science 

  • Technology 

 

Middle school students undertake a broad program of study and experience a variety of subjects within the eight learning areas of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). 

  • Arts 

  • English 

  • Health and Physical Education 

  • Humanities 

  • Languages: Chinese/German/Italian/Japanese/Modern Greek 

  • Mathematics 

  • Science 

  • Technology 

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program 

The Middle Years Program prepares students to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners. 

The IBMYP is a curriculum framework designed to meet the specific learning needs of students in the middle years of their schooling (Years 7 to 10). It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. 

The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the Primary Years and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the SACE or the IB Diploma Program. 

 

The IBMYP Fundamental Concepts 

  • Approaches to learning (ATL) — emphasising MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through inquiry 

  • Concepts — highlighting a concept-driven curriculum. 

  • Global contexts — showing how learning best takes place in context. 

  • Inquiry-based learning resulting in student- initiated action, which may involve service within the community. 

  • The MYP organises teaching and learning through eight subject groups: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. 

  • In many cases, discrete or integrated disciplines may be taught and assessed within a subject group: for example, history or geography within the individuals and societies subject group; biology, chemistry or physics within the sciences subject group. 

  • The distinction between subject groups blurs to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP. The subject groups are connected through global contexts and key concepts.