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Senior secondary

​Maroochydore State High School provides high quality schooling and every student with the opportunity to be well prepared for life success through learning and education.  We aim to lay the foundations that engage young people in life-long education and training and to enrich their lives.  While we respect and build on the past, our outlook is future oriented as we endeavour to address the intellectual, personal, social and economic development of our young adults so that each one has every opportunity to build the foundations to a bright and prosperous future.

Education plays a critical role in developing the young people who will take responsibility for Australia in the future.  It is with a great sense of responsibility that we enthusiastically and whole heartedly embrace the challenge of addressing the intellectual, personal, social and economic development of our young adults at a time of great change in the world and at a time when ideas about the goals of education are undergoing considerable change.

The Australian Curriculum shapes senior schooling in Australia and its development and implementation is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, adopted by the council of state and territory education ministers in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, understanding, skills and values and a range of cross-disciplinary skills that will support all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.

The future for young people now is significantly different from that of previous generations and this future will be shaped by the changes outlined below:-.

  1. Global integration and international mobility have increased rapidly in the past decade. This heightens the need to nurture an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity, and a sense of global citizenship.

  2. India, China and other Asian nations are growing and their influence on the world is increasing. Australians need to become ‘Asia literate’ by building strong relationships with Asia.

  3. Globalisation and technological change are changing the nature of jobs available to young Australians. Skilled jobs now dominate jobs growth and people with university or vocational education and training qualifications fare much better in the employment market than early school-leavers. To maximise their opportunities for healthy, productive and rewarding futures, Australia’s young people must be encouraged not only to complete secondary education, but also to proceed into further training or education.

  4. Complex environmental, social and economic pressures such as climate change that extend beyond national borders pose unprecedented challenges, requiring countries to work together in new ways. To meet these challenges, Australians must be able to comprehend and use scientific concepts and principles, and approach problem-solving in new and creative ways.

  5. Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the ways people share, use, develop and process information and technology, and young people need to be highly skilled in ICT. From: Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, December 2008, p.4.

At Maroochydore State High School, our curriculum reflects an understanding and acknowledgement of the changing nature of young people as learners.  We endeavour to respond to the challenges and demands that will continue to shape their learning in the future  and to help them develop a wide and adaptive set of knowledge, skills and understandings to meet the changing expectations of society and which provide them with every opportunity to develop as independent and productive citizens of the future.

Our main emphasis in working with our senior secondary students is to facilitate learning so that it becomes second nature to them for the rest of their lives, that is, they will develop the skills to be lifelong, independent and adaptive learners.  Social skills and skills like emotional resilience necessary for coping with continuous (or discontinuous) change and time management are also valued and developed.

For Year 10 students, the curriculum is a “bridge” between the junior secondary curriculum of Years 7, 8 and 9 and Years 11 and 12; it is the transition or first year of the senior curriculum. The Year 10 curriculum builds on the foundations of junior secondary with the provision of a sound general education but there is also a focus on developing the skills needed for success in Year 11 and 12 and in developing the academic rigour needed for successful entry to some Year 11 and 12 subjects.  Students in Year 10 study English, Maths, Science, History and Geography and select two optional subjects from a broad menu.

Competence in literacy and numeracy remain central to Year 10, while there is also a significant component of career and vocational education for all students.  Semester 2 Year 10 has a very clear focus on the selection of pathways for Year 11 and 12 through the development of individual Senior Education and Training Plans.  Student learning opportunities benefit because our approach looks to the future while at the same time attending to the current needs of each student. 

Students in Year 11 select six subjects that they will generally study for two years; every student must study English and Mathematics and select four other subjects from an extensive range of options. The subjects are organized into distinct groupings that facilitate a tertiary pathway, a vocational pathway or a personalized pathway.  For a number of tertiary oriented subjects, students must meet strict prerequisites in their Year 10 results; these are outlined in the Senior Secondary Curriculum Handbook.