THE SENIOR SCHOOL (Year 10 to Year 12)

"I know the things I'm good at and I need to develop these for whatever career I choose. My teacher says not to limit myself - once I graduate I'll be applying for jobs that haven't even been invented yet. I get so much practical support and that makes a huge difference."

In Year 10, students continue to study the same subjects commenced in Year 9, however, these subjects are moulded to reflect disciplines of the Senior Phase of Learning. There is a significant focus throughout the year on guiding students to make appropriate senior subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

In Years 11 and 12 of Senior School all students study Authority, or Authority Registered subjects. English and Mathematics as well as the school subject Christian Perspectives are compulsory.  Senior students also complete a comprehensive Queensland Core Skills Test preparation programme. Students then choose four additional elective subjects.

There are a variety of pathways that students can follow through Years 10, 11 and 12. Most students choose the traditional academic program however in recent years Rivermount College students have also successfully undertaken an academic program complemented by a school based traineeship or apprenticeship. These alternative pathways offer the combination of a school-based program with work and/or TAFE studies. Accordingly, the College offers a comprehensive program for students in Senior School across academic, work based programs and/or TAFE experiences. Year 12 students also have the opportunity to undertake University subjects through the Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and The University of Queensland.

Career Guidance is provided for all Secondary students at Rivermount College. This occurs initially through a structured Pastoral Care program and then in a Year 10 subject, ‘Careers’. It is here that many aspects of future subject selections and further study options, as well as possible career pathways are explained in detail and where active research is conducted by students. Information Nights are held to explain to parents and students the Queensland Education system, subject information regarding future subject selections and further education requirements. General career choice information is also provided on these nights for parents and students.

Parents receive a full written report covering all aspects of their child’s progress at the end of each semester. In the Secondary School an interim report is provided at the end of Term One. Reporting is based on continuous assessment including regular testing and examinations. Parent-Teacher interviews are then held to discuss student progress at the College. Parents are welcome to discuss their child’s progress with the teaching staff, Senior Management or the Principal at any time.

YEAR 10 SUBJECTS

To ensure that all students will not disadvantage themselves in later years the following subjects are compulsory for Year 9 and Year 10 students.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics A or Mathematics B
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Humanities
  • Christian Perspectives
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Careers

In addition to these subjects, students are asked to choose three (3) elective subjects.

Elective Subjects

  • Home Economics
  • Computer Studies
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Graphics
  • Design and Technology

YEAR 11 & 12 SUBJECTS

To affect the delivery of a balanced and responsible curriculum, the following subjects are compulsory for Year 11 and Year 12 students:

Core Subjects:

  • English, English Communication
  • Mathematics B, Mathematics A or Prevocational Mathematics
  • Study Skills
  • Christian Perspectives

In addition to these subjects, students are asked to choose four (4) additional subjects.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics C
  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Home Economics
  • Hospitality
  • Graphics
  • Technology Studies
  • Industrial Technology Studies
  • Film, T.V. and New Media
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Japanese

The following Subject Area Specification subjects do not contribute to an OP:

  • Prevocational Mathematics
  • English Communication
  • Hospitality
  • Information and Communications Technology

Realising the Potential Within.

Applications for current and future years welcome.