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Senior School (Years 10 to 12)

Senior School at St John’s while challenging offers a supportive environment, resulting in graduates who are courageous, respectful and driven to succeed. Reflecting our global focus, our senior curriculum draws from global best practice and prepares students for their vocational pathway of choice. As a result, our students develop the skills, wisdom and understanding needed to remain relevant and competitive in a changing world.

Senior School is for Years 10 to 12 and has a curriculum structured to prepare students for a range of post-school opportunities including tertiary education (university or TAFE) or a vocation of their choice. Your child is encouraged and assisted to choose a pathway through the Senior School that best suits their post-school aspirations and may lead to the award of a Queensland Certificate of Education plus an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Our primary focus at St John’s is to assist our students to become lifelong learners and develop life skills that enable them to be capable and confident global citizens who are equipped for the challenge of any future.

Year 10

This foundation year is a time for students to make subject choices that will guide their future pathway options. The emphasis is on the transition from the middle years into preparation for the rigorous requirements of the final two years of schooling. The ‘move up’ to Senior School recognises the developing maturity of your child and with this comes more opportunities and responsibilities – and some important decisions about the future. A focus of the Year 10 program is the introduction of your child to the increased expectations of assessment in the Senior School.

Year 10 is the time for students to look ahead seriously, and choose their pathway through Senior School with future study, career and vocation in mind. The kind of planning needed to make successful pathway choices and career decisions takes time, thought and research into the wide range of options available. Subject choice is a personal decision that requires a student to think carefully about what they are good at and what genuinely interests them. In choosing a pathway, students need to take time to think about possible careers and use the people around them, including parents, teachers and other advisers to discuss their interests, concerns and future plans.

Your child will have the opportunity to explore the various subject offerings available in the Senior Years and will determine their subjects for Years 11 and 12 during Term Three of Year 10 and commence their Year 11 studies (Unit One) in Term Four of Year 10.


Core subjects in Year 10 include:

  • English
  • Mathematics – General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences – History, Geography
  • Study Skills
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Religious and Values Education

In addition, your child will also select three elective subjects from:

  • Enterprise
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • EALD Support
  • Physical Education
  • iTech (new 2022)
  • Digital Technology
  • Design and Engineering Technology

All electives are subject to sufficient timetabling and demand to meet viable class numbers.

Years 11 and 12

During Term Three of Year 10, your child will select the six academic subjects that they will study in Years 11 and 12. In reaching this important decision, they can draw on the experiences that they have had trialling subjects in Years 9 and 10. Subjects offered include a wide range of general and applied subjects for students wishing to be awarded an ATAR as well as a number of VET Certificate III and IV courses. Listed below are the Year 11 and 12 subjects on offer at St John’s. For more information on all of our subjects and completion requirements, please see our current Year 11 / 12 Subject Handbook.


  • English – English, English as an Additional Language, Essential English, English and Literature Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Mathematics – General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Essential Mathematics
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences – Accounting, Business, Geography, Modern History
  • Technology – Digital Technology, Design and Engineering Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • The Arts – Visual Art, Drama, Music, Music Extension (Year 12 only)

All electives are subject to sufficient timetabling and demand to meet viable class numbers.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

St John’s offers students in their senior phase of learning access to VET courses through our partnerships with private Registered Training Organisations. St John’s VET program prepares students in their transition from school to work.

Students also have the option of completing a TAFE Queensland qualification through a TAFE at School course while continuing to study at school. Successful completion of a TAFE at School course gives the student a nationally-recognised qualification, QCE credit points and direct entry into any TAFE Queensland diploma course.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) are also supported at St John’s.

VET courses attract additional costs unless VETiS funded.

Registered Training Organisations and Qualifications

Binnacle Training

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness + SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation (Dual Qualification)

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Axiom College

Certificate IV in Business – BSB40215

Certificate III in Business – BSB30120

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology – ICT20115

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Contact St John’s Staff

Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Innovation | Andrew Landroth
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