Senior School

In the Senior School, teaching and learning occurs in an environment of enjoyment and mutual respect between teachers and students. Our purpose is to challenge and stimulate all students to reach their full potential in a safe and supportive learning environment.
 
In Reading, students practise, consolidate and extend their comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts. Reading is developed in numerous ways, including the use of literacy groups, serial stories, independent reading and an extensive variety of language activities. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their reading and their choices of meaningful literature. In Writing, students are provided with opportunities to extend their writing skills in a variety of genres including persuasive, scripts, narratives and information reports. They develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of grammar and language, and are increasingly able to articulate this knowledge. This deeper understanding includes more explicit metalanguage, as students learn to classify words, sentence structures and texts. Speaking and listening skills are extended through both formal and informal situations. Students work towards conducting engaging presentations to capture their audience’s attention and utilise appropriate digital technologies.
 
In Maths, students work to consolidate and extend their understanding of number. They solve problems that involve all four operations with whole numbers and describe the use of integers in everyday contexts. Within Measurement, students relate decimals to the metric system and choose appropriate units of measurement to perform a calculation. They solve problems involving length and area, and make connections between capacity and volume. Students interpret a variety of everyday timetables and solve problems using the properties of angles. Within Statistics and Probability, students interpret and compare a variety of data displays and analyse and evaluate data. They compare observed and expected frequencies of events, including those where outcomes of trials are generated with the use of digital technology. They specify, list and communicate probabilities of events using simple ratios, fractions, decimals and percentages
 
Integrated Studies units are based on the AusVELS curriculum and cover a selection of topics, rotating over a two year cycle.
These include:
Australian Government
Natural Disasters
Asian Studies
Earn and Lear
Australian History
National Parks
 
Homework is an important part of the Senior School program. The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts taught in class and to prepare students for secondary school. Homework encourages development of appropriate research skills and recording techniques and develops a commitment to further study out of school hours.
 
ICT skills are developed through a range of activities and programs including Mathletics, Wiki Spaces, Reading Eggs, Study ladder and Blogs. All these programs are integrated into the Literacy and Numeracy curriculum in Senior School.
 
There are a number of enrichment activities for students in the Senior School including:
Animation
Interschool Sport
Maths Olympiad – extension program
Camping/outdoor education
Robotics
Reach Rookies
Choir and Instrumental Groups
Leaders of Tomorrow (Leadership Development Program)
Buddies Program