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Curriculum

Gordonvale State High School curriculum in all core areas (English, Mathematics, History, Science and Geography) is aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum for all other areas of study including The Arts, Health and Physical Education, The Technologies and Japanese will be implemented progressively over the next few years.

Junior Secondary (Years 7-9)
Our Junior Secondary Program offers our students exciting learning experiences that bring school activities alive. We inspire our students to become enthusiastic learners using extensive technology resources available to them at our school. Our Junior Secondary Program includes:

  • A broad range of subjects aligned to the expectations of the Australian Curriculum (ACARA)
  • Rigorous educational programs
  • Peer mediation
  • Integrated real world curriculum
  • Literacy and Numeracy programs embedded across all curriculum areas
  • Practical and skill-based initiatives
  • Close working relationships with primary schools
  • Elective subjects for years 8 and 9
  • Intellectual growth of each student
  • Consistency with a central adult in each student's life who knows "the whole child"
  • Japanese in years 7-8
  • Engaging teacher practice to deliver fun, exciting learning
  • A smaller number of teachers to build better student-teacher relationships
  • Cross curricular programs to highlight the link between school and real life situations
  • School wide behaviour strategies - regular rewards to motivate students to achieve their potential
  • Full access to a range of specialist areas to assist in making future choices about education
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities

Eight Key Learning Areas
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages other than English (Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities - History, Geography
  • Technology
  • The Arts


Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Year 10 students are able to select two electives to study for the whole year. These electives should be selected with a senior schooling course in mind:
The Arts: Art, Drama, Media, Music
Technology: Business, Industrial Technology and Design, Graphics and Design, Agriculture
Languages: Japanese

Year 11 and 12 students study a Maths and an English subject. Students must study six subjects or the equivalent. Opportunities may be available for students to participate in eLearning subjects in years 10, 11 and 12.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Students in the senior phase of learning will work towards a senior school qualification known as the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). More information about QCEs can be found on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website.

Senior Subjects
The following senior subjects will be offered at this school each year, providing there are sufficient numbers of students to form classes.

Authority Subjects
Authority Registered Subjects
·      Ancient History
·      Biology
·      Business Communication Technologies
·      Chemistry
·      Drama
·      English
·      English for ESL Learners
·      Film, Television and New Media
·      Graphics
·      Health Education
·      Information Processing and Technology (eLearning)
·      Japanese (eLearning)
·      Legal Studies
·      Mathematics A
·      Mathematics B
·      Mathematics C (eLearning)
·      Modern History
·      Music
·      Physical Education
·      Physics
·      Visual Art
·      Agricultural Practices
·      Aquatic Practices
·      English Communication
·      Hospitality Practices
·      Industrial Graphics Skills
·      Industrial Technology Skills
·      Pre-Vocational Mathematics
·      Music Studies
·      Recreation
·      Social and Community Studies
·      Visual Arts in Practice
·      Short Courses in:
- Literacy
- Numeracy
·      Short Courses in:
- Literacy
- Numeracy
 
·      Certificate II Creative Industries
 
·      Certificate III Children’s Services (eLearning)


 
Note: Students wishing to be considered for an Overall Position (OP) must elect to study 20 semester units of Authority subjects, i.e., they must include five Authority subjects in their course. Three of these must be taken for the whole two-year course.