Senior School Subjects


Accounting is designed for students who have an interest in business studies and management of financial resources. The study of Accounting enables students to understand the processes involved in recording and reporting accounting information. 

In Year 10, students are provided with opportunities to develop skills in managing financial resources which can be applied at a personal level and in the business environment. Students will be introduced to the accounting process from source documents, journals, ledger and financial reports. 

In Year 11 and 12, the study of accounting involves the conveyance of relevant business information to interested users to evaluate performance; facilitate decision making and control; and to report on the operation of an organisation from internal and external perspectives.


The Senior Visual Art Program provides each student with the artistic means and confidence to make art which possesses a personal expression and has both visual and human integrity. There are two central components to the course: making and appraising. Making is the production of artworks that communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences and observations through sensory modes; and appraising is the appreciation of artworks from past and present social and cultural contexts.

Progressing from Middle Years into Senior School, students’ conceptual exploration will shift from their physical environment to a more expressive level, exploring their individual interpretations of the world. This progression begins the expressive and conceptual shift to Senior Visual Art.

The Appraising (the appreciation of art) aspect of the course, sees students complete the ‘Core Appraising Program’. This program aims to develop visual literacy and provide an understanding and knowledge of art. The program provides essential knowledge of important artists and concepts as preparation for Senior Visual Art aims to complement the work that they do in Art Making.


Year 10 Biology equips students with knowledge, techniques and skills to prepare them for biology studies in Years 11 and 12. The course places an emphasis on investigations using scientific method, abilities and processes. Students will develop skills in the critical analysis of topics from an objective position rather than an emotive one. 

Students are encouraged to inquire about and question their living surroundings, and the structure and function of living things. They will investigate topics which inspire a genuine interest in science, and encourage their lifelong learning.

Biology is an area of study where understandings are developed in terms of concepts rather than lists of content. The following principles are covered in the study of biology:

  • Survival of species is dependent on individuals staying alive long enough to reproduce.
  • At every level of organisation in the living world structure and function are interrelated. Each level of organisation in the living world has its own unique aspects and there is continual interaction of structure and function between these levels.
  • Continuity and change occurs at all organisational levels in the living world. Changes may be cyclical or directional. The continuity of life is a balance between all the change processes.

Business Education

Business Education aims to equip students for their role in society, and as participants in the world of business. Business presents a range of challenges and impacts to individuals, groups and organisations in their roles as citizens, consumers, workers or entrepreneurs.

The Accounting unit covered in this course, will introduce students to the accounting process from source documents, journals, ledger and financial reports. Development of spreadsheets is also incorporated into this unit. 

The Business Communication and Technologies unit engages a range of business administrative practices through real-life situations and simulations.

Consumer and Financial Literacy education is also incorporated throughout the Business Education course. Financial literacy provides students with an understanding of money and finance, and the ability to confidently apply that knowledge to make effective decisions.

Business Communication and Technologies

Business Communication and Technologies offers students opportunities to engage with and understand a range of business administrative practices through real-life situations and simulations. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the study of business and prepare students for further education, training and employment. Business Communication and Technologies encompasses theoretical and practical aspects of business issues in contexts that students will encounter throughout their lives. 

This course fosters intellectual, social and moral development by encouraging students to think critically about the role and ethical responsibilities of business to society. The underpinning practices of Business Communication and Business Technologies are integral to all business relationships and dealings, and shape the development of students’ knowledge and skills. Through the analysis of business issues, the course of study provides rigour and depth and lays an excellent foundation for students in tertiary study and future employment. This subject may lead to employment in such areas as business administration, events administration, workplace health and safety or tertiary studies in the fields of business, business management, accounting, events management and human resources.


Chemistry involves a dynamic study of the matter around us, its structure and reactions and the important role it plays in environmental understanding, social and economic practices and the quality of human life.

This subject introduces Year 10 students to the structure of the knowledge, techniques and skills that should allow them to progress to the study of Chemistry in Years 11 and 12. Students will gain an understanding of ‘the basics’ and develop skills required to design experiments, work effectively in the laboratory, collect and analyse data, draw conclusions and evaluate findings.

Chemistry is a “central” science with applications in many scientific and associated fields. The study of chemistry engages students in investigation of the material universe. Matter and its interactions, from supernovae to chromosomes, space age alloys to fashion fabrics, lifesaving medicines to cosmetics, are the essence of chemistry. The investigative process is the major focus for this subject. All teaching and learning will occur within the framework of a real–life context.

Students study chemistry for a variety of reasons, as a means of enhancing their understanding of the world around them, to achieve knowledge and useful skills, and as a stepping-stone to further study. Studying Chemistry embraces the intrinsic ‘hands-on’ nature of the subject and provides opportunities for the development of knowledge and techniques using realistic applications.


Chinese studies for Year 10 – 12 students enhances their capacity to communicate effectively with others, increasing their fluency and accuracy. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the linguistic features of Chinese, become familiar with grammatical structures, and gain social-cultural awareness. Class activities are based on realistic situations and explore a wide range of topics, from everyday encounters to social issues with the four macro skills implemented. 

For Year 10 students, the China tour is a primary focus of the course, with many tour-related topics covered. Themes and topics studied in Year 10 Chinese include my world, my community, travel in China, and shopping. 

Themes and topics studied in Year 11 Chinese include personal description, holiday planning, and adolescence.

Themes and topics studied in Year 12 Chinese include Chinese geography, future plans, the environment, celebrations and special occasions.

All students are encouraged to recognise and reproduce Chinese characters, and homework will be set to monitor progress. Students are also encouraged to participate in activities such as the China tour, Immersion Day or hosting exchange students

Christian Education

The Christian Education curriculum is based on the teachings of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, recognising the importance of a reasoned approach to the Christian faith and the development of a Christian worldview.  

Assessment is in the form of short exams, research assignments, group work, oral presentations and participation in class activities and discussions. 

Students in Year 10 will cover topics including: Jesus' Parables, Jesus' Resurrection, Forgiveness and Justice, Is the Bible Reliable, Personal Identity, Identity of Christ, Buddhism, Character and Decision-making.

Students in Year 11 will cover topics including: Book of James, Suffering and the Hiding Place, Hinduism, Managing Stress, History of Christianity, Cults, Dealing with Death and Grief, and Does God Exist?

Students in Year 12 will cover topics including: Extraordinary People, Technology and Ethics, Love Marriage and Relationships, the Search for Meaning, and the Matrix


Drama is a unique art form that re-presents and re-enacts experiences, ideas, stories and emotions. Drama is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and continues to be a significant part of all cultures and societies. 

Created and performed in diverse spaces to achieve a wide range of purposes, Drama is usually shared live, but can also be created and shared through digital media and other platforms. Engaging with drama in all its manifestations provides opportunities to experience, understand and communicate different perspectives on the world.

Drama students are provided with the opportunity to learn about different forms and styles of drama and gain an understanding of human experience in other cultures, times and places. Drama connects students to creative, technical and other cognitive processes and provides a way for them to imagine and explore beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across many situations and contexts.

Economics and Law

Economics and Law is designed to bring together knowledge and skill-building activities from the areas of Economics and Legal Studies. 

The Economics component of the course introduces the general nature of the subject and examines issues such as the economic problem, the price mechanism and how the Australian economy works, as well as contemporary economic issues such as globalisation. Students are also provided with the opportunity to study the stock-market.

The Legal Studies component of the course introduces students to the broad principles of the Australian legal system, including a study of the operation of our government; different categories of laws such as the role of the police, types of criminal offences and sentencing options for convicted criminals. Students are also asked to consider their rights and responsibilities as citizens through an investigation of the court system and current legal issues facing society.


This course introduces students to the general nature of economics and examines issues such as the price mechanism and how the Australian economy works, and contemporary economic issues such as globalisation and sustainable development. Students will also complete a unit on managing personal finances, which includes a study of the share market. 

This course stresses the desirability of understanding; the significance of economic events; and the implications of individual, business and government in economic decision-making. The course emphasises the application of economic skills and concepts to the problems and issues facing Australian society. 


English is based on the study of language and texts, both literary and non-literary. Students learn to interpret, evaluate, create, discuss and perform texts through writing, reading, viewing, speaking and listening; and engage with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references.

Year 10 English students will encounter a wide range of text types, including informative, persuasive and imaginative texts. The course incorporates four categories, including: literary texts, both classic and contemporary; non-Literary texts; visual and media texts; and multimodal and digital texts.

For Year 11 and 12 students, English remains a key discipline. A commitment to academic rigour underpins the Senior Work Program for English, the School’s interpretation of the Senior English Syllabus published by the Queensland Studies Authority. Furthermore, a sound achievement in English is a prerequisite for entry to most university courses.

Senior English students will learn to develop an enthusiasm for language and literature, and communicate effectively in Standard Australian English for a range of social and cultural purposes and audiences. Covering a range of literary and non-literary media, Senior students will learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate, respond to and construct a variety of texts, through reading, listening, viewing, speaking, writing and shaping. 


The Year 10 French course broadens students’ knowledge of the French language in the four macro skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Students will have the opportunity to move from the five lessons a cycle in Year 9 to the eight sessions per cycle in Year 10. Covering topics in depth, students will learn more about the cultural richness and diversity of France and French-speaking countries, and enjoy the satisfaction of making greater progress in the language. Themes and topics studied in Year 10 French include exchanges to French-speaking countries, and issues faced by young adults in today’s society.

The Year 10 French course focuses on encouraging fluent oral communication, and establishing a solid grammatical base, providing a firm foundation for Years 11 and 12. 

The Senior French course enables students to gain a practical knowledge of French; and an appreciation of French thought and culture, encouraged through language material, including novels, poetry and film. Useful travel material is also included in the units.

Themes and topics studied in Year 11 French include health and future plans, including study. Year 12 French will cover topics including the environment, and France in the context of WWII.

Studying a Language Other than English, such as French, until the end of Year 12 may improve students’ chances of being accepted into the university faculty of their choice.


Geography is the study of the interaction between people and environments. This subject develops knowledge and understanding of the distribution of natural and human phenomena; including inequalities in wealth, land formations and climate. 

Students will study a number of topics including: the phenomenon of terrorism and how people perceive and respond to the challenge it represents; sustainability, focusing on the school and its immediate environs; and ‘Geographies of Wellbeing’, investigating differences in human wellbeing between places. 

Geography provides a basis for students to engage in questioning, inquiring, creating solutions and decision-making. Students will learn to use and interpret maps, photographs and other representations of geographical data. The content, cognitive processes, skills and values covered in the Geography course provide an important medium to help students better explore, understand and evaluate the world's social and environmental dimensions.

Geographical skills or knowledge are applicable to further studies in architecture, town planning, environmental law, environmental science, tourism and recreation, teaching, real estate, cartography, geographic information systems, heritage/national park planning and management, resource/land management, environmental consulting and spatial science careers such as imagery, engineering and surveying.


Language learning is a cumulative process and as such, is not complete at the end of Year 9 or Year 10. Year 10 students will have had the opportunity to gain sufficient working knowledge of German to converse in everyday topics, and developed the confidence to use what they have learned in German-speaking areas of the world. Themes and topics studied in Year 10 German include literature, and environmental issues.

Progressing from Year 10 into Year 11, students should have mastered enough of the basics to be able to cope, in a simple fashion, with a visit to Germany, living with a German family, talking with friends, asking directions, eating out and going shopping. 

The two year Senior German course is aimed at the young adult and is intended to develop this basic knowledge and increase competence in communicating as a visitor in German-speaking countries and corresponding with German-speaking students overseas. Students should also be able to read with comprehension and enjoy German magazines and simple literary works.

Themes and topics studied in Year 11 German include schooling in Germany and Australia and student exchanges.

Themes and topics studied in Year 12 German include the environment, and East Germany and the former DDR.


Year 10 ‘History 1’ provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. 

The history content for Year 10 students incorporates two strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills. The key inquiry questions at this year level are:

  • How did the nature of global conflict change during the twentieth century?
  • What were the consequences of World War II? How did these consequences shape the modern world?
  • How was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?

Students who undertake this course of additional Historical Studies will complete the Australian Curriculum component in semester 1 and continue with additional historical studies in Semester 2 to prepare for Senior History (Ancient and Modern).

The Australian Curriculum component of this course investigates wartime experiences through a study of World War II and investigates struggles for human rights in depth. 

Year 10 ‘History 2’ re-introduces Ancient History topics covered in Year 7 under the Australian Curriculum. Students will also cover a unit in Ancient Egyptian History, and have an opportunity to research an aspect of ancient, medieval or modern history and society.  The emphasis in this unit will be on the research process and preparing a research folio

Ancient History (Years 11 & 12)

Ancient History studies the essence of what it means to be human in time periods very distant from the present, to help us to better understand who we are today. This subject analyses the political and cultural achievements of people and uses evidence to reveal aspects of their daily lives.

Ancient History students will gain skills and knowledge valuable in a range of academic and other life situations, and relevant to many tertiary subjects including History, Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Politics and Journalism.  

Students will learn that Ancient History is an interpretative discipline; develops understandings about the forces and influences that have shaped societies over time; involves critically evaluating attitudes, ideas and concepts; and results in understandings and skills that assist them to participate more effectively as global citizens.

Modern History (Year 11 & 12)

Modern History develops understandings about people and how they are influenced by past events. Through explorations of various historical documents and images Modern History helps students to understand current events and to think critically and creatively about people and what motivates them. 

This course is designed to be both enjoyable and rigorous, gradually developing some sophisticated understandings and skills that will benefit students academically and encourage their life-long learning. It explores events from the 1930s to the present and ranges from political to social history. European, Middle Eastern, American, Japanese, Chinese and Australian histories are involved, as well as major global events. 

Studying Modern History can help students to live more effectively and ethically as global citizens. This course will not only teach students about a range of topics and facts, but will assist with the development of their skills and understanding in writing and systematic approaches to research.

Information Communication and Technology (Year 10)

ICT is a subject designed to take the skills and experiences from the Middle School Information Technology course and apply them to gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of how technology works, how it impacts upon our daily lives and what options we have when faced with problems that require a technological solution.

This subject promotes the place of every individual as a valued member of the global community, investigates the social and political impact of access or denial of access to technology. Information Technology has an impact on people’s education, attitudes, behaviour and relationships, along with their rights, both legal and moral. These form the core of the investigation as to where technology will take us in the future.

ICT will also look at the skills required to take control of computers, to develop software and information systems that meet specific needs, and the use of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to create unique solutions to interesting problems.

Information Processing and Technology (Year 11 & 12)

Throughout Years 7 to 9, students have studied Information Technology and have been introduced to a number of computing disciplines.

Information Processing and Technology (IPT) is a good service subject to other disciplines where students can learn further techniques to help with tasks in other subjects. It also is good preparation for students to enter IT and Engineering courses at University or TAFE.

IPT takes knowledge from several of these disciplines and extends it using a common approach. The topics of Programming (Lego Robots), Artificial Intelligence (data logging), Computer Systems (managing computers) and Information Systems (Microsoft Excel/Microsoft Access) are all extended using a design framework.

Students approach each topic as a design project which follows the software development cycle. A project is designed within a set of guidelines, developed using a particular product and then evaluated using an established standard.  

The topic of Social and Ethical Issues is also integrated within the other four topics and looks at how particular technological changes have impacted upon the way people live. It is assessed through oral presentations, written essays and reports.

Law (Year 10)

Study of Law in Year 10 focuses on enhancing students’ ability to recognise the diverse legal situations and issues that arise in their everyday lives. 

This subject introduces students to the broad principles and processes of the Australian legal system and provides students with an introduction to the different categories of laws which are of direct relevance to young people such as the role of the police, types of criminal offences and sentencing options for convicted criminals. 

Students are also asked to consider their rights and responsibilities as citizens through an investigation of the court system and the process of law reform.

Legal Studies (Year 11 & 12)

The Legal Studies course in Years 11 and 12 is designed to give a broad a coverage of the Australian Legal system. 

Students will examine the nature and function of our legal system and study specific areas of law that are most likely to affect their daily lives. This will help to promote an awareness of the numerous legal situations and issues that arise in their everyday life. These situations and issues often have legal implications that affect the rights and obligations of themselves and other community members. Students will gain knowledge to understand legal frameworks that regulate and shape society


Year 10 students will have had the opportunity to gain sufficient working knowledge of Japanese to converse in everyday topics, and developed the confidence to use what they have learned in Japanese-speaking areas of the world. 

Progressing from Year 10, Senior Japanese is an extension of the students’ receptive skills and further development of fluency and correctness in both oral and written expression. To achieve competence in the areas of reading and writing, students are exposed to a greater number of Chinese characters (kanji) to be learned for reproduction and recognition. 

Themes and topics studied in Year 11 Japanese include going on exchange, celebrations, health and fitness and the environment.   Themes and topics studied in Year 12 Japanese include the travel, tourism, obtaining a driver’s licence, the formal, future plans and working and living in Japan.

Concluding their Year 12 studies, students will have acquired knowledge of over 200 kanji. These kanji will give students a good working knowledge of kanji that appear in everyday life situations (eg. road signs, houses, maps, shops). 

Culture is not taught formally. However, students will gain a greater understanding of Japanese thought, customs and way of life through materials of cultural significance and by learning the language in `realistic’ settings and situations.

Mathematics (Year 10)

Year 10 Mathematics 1 aims to provide students with a strong background in basic computational skills, develop problem solving skills, encourage the use of technology and application of mathematics to life related events.

This course is based on Year 10 Mathematics of the Australian Curriculum and has been designed for those students who experience difficulty with the harder or more abstract concepts (for example, algebra) in Year 9, and for those who wish to pursue Senior Mathematics A in Years 11 and 12. Students who study Mathematics 1 in Year 10 may proceed to Senior Mathematics A in Years 11 and 12. Students who select this option will not be able to study Senior Mathematics B or C.

This course covers the same core content as Year 10 Mathematics 2 until the middle of Term 2, after which time the content is specifically targeted at the pre-requisite knowledge for Year 11 and Year 12 Mathematics A. 

Mathematics 2 (Year 10 Only)

Year 10 Mathematics 2 is an advanced mathematics course that aims to provide a preparatory year for students who intend to study Mathematics B, or Mathematics B and C in Year 11 and Year 12. 

The content of the course is based on the Advanced Year 10 Mathematics of the Australian Curriculum and includes the study of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, chance and data, measurement and number. This seeks to develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills developed further in Senior Mathematics B and C. Students will be encouraged to plan, investigate, conjecture, prove, justify, think, generalise, communicate and reflect on mathematical understanding and procedures.

This course is recommended for students who enjoy a challenge and aim use their understanding of mathematics to develop mathematical models and evaluate the accuracy of their conclusions. Students are encouraged to have a good understanding of algebraic concepts can use them fluently and who wish to pursue Mathematics B or C in Years 11 and 12. 

Students who are uncertain about their choice of Mathematics subject should seek advice from their class teacher or Mr Redmond, Head of Mathematics

Mathematics A (Year 11 & 12)

Mathematics A aims to provide the opportunity for students to participate more fully in life-long learning. It involves the study of Financial Mathematics, Applied Geometry, Statistics and Probability, Maps and compasses and Introduction to Models for Data. 

These are used to develop:

  • Knowledge and skills of computation, estimation and measurement
  • Capacity to interpret and analyse information presented in a variety of forms
  • Ability to make judgments based on evidence and reasoning
  • Capacity to justify and communicate results in a variety of forms.

Core topics include:

  • Financial mathematics 
  • Applied geometry 
  • Statistics and probability

Option topics are:

  • Maps and compasses
  • Introduction to models for data

Study in elective topics is a requirement for the award of the exit levels of achievement of High Achievement and Very High Achievement.

This subject emphasises the development of positive attitudes towards the student’s involvement in Mathematics. This development is encouraged through the use of relevant and life-related learning experiences. There is also a focus on the development of mathematical knowledge and understanding via investigative and explorative approaches to learning. These approaches also provide opportunities to work collaboratively and cooperatively in teams as well as individually.

Mathematics B (Year 11 & 12)

Mathematics B involves the study of Trigonometry and Applied Geometry, Statistics, Advanced Algebra and Introductory Calculus. 

These study areas are used to:

  • Broaden mathematical knowledge and skills.
  • Develop the ability to recognize when problems are suitable for mathematical analysis and solution.
  • Apply mathematics to assist in making informed decisions in life-related situations
  • Comprehend Mathematical information in a variety of forms.
  • Benefit from the availability of a wide range of technologies.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to functions
  • Rates of change
  • Periodic functions and applications
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Introduction to integration
  • Applied statistical analysis
  • Optimization

Mathematics B assists students to develop advanced mathematical skills which form the basis for further study in mathematics. These skills are needed not only in the traditional careers of engineering or the physical sciences, but also as tools in fields as diverse as agriculture, food technology, geography, biology, economics and management. The modes of thinking developed in Mathematics B provide ways of modelling situations in order to explore, describe and understand the world’s social, biological and physical environments.

Mathematics B is designed to provide students with the mathematical abilities needed to make informed decisions about society, to ensure scientific literacy and to function effectively in a technologically skilled work force.

Students are given the opportunity to appreciate and experience the dynamic nature of mathematics and are encouraged to study the power of mathematics through problem solving and applications in life-related contexts.

Mathematics C (Year 11 & 12)

Mathematics C will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their mathematical potential, and extend the knowledge acquired in Mathematics B. They will be encouraged to recognise the dynamic nature of Mathematics through problem solving and applications in life-related situations. Opportunities are provided for students to appreciate and experience the power of mathematics, and to see the role it plays as a tool in modelling and understanding many aspects of the world’s environments.

The syllabus contains both Core and Option topics. A course of study in Mathematics C contains six Core topics and a minimum of two complete Option topics.

Core topics include:

  • Introduction to Groups
  • Real and Complex Number Systems
  • Matrices and Applications
  • Vectors and Applications
  • Calculus
  • Structures and Patterns

Option topics include (the school will select two of the following): 

  • Conics
  • Dynamics
  • Advanced periodic and exponential functions
  • Introduction to number theory
  • Introductory modelling with probability
  • Linear programming
  • QCAA approved school options of its own design.

The additional rigour and structure of the mathematics required in Mathematics C will equip students with valuable skills which will serve them in more general contexts and provide an excellent preparation for further study of Mathematics. Mathematics C is a highly desirable preparatory course for students who intend pursuing a career involving the study of Mathematics at a tertiary level. Mathematics in a variety of forms is encountered in many tertiary courses in both the Physical and Social Sciences.


Year 10 Music studies covers a spectrum of musical experiences including musicology, composition and performance. Students study two units based on vocal and instrumental music; and analyse, compose and perform in the genres associated with these units. 

Practical skills are developed through activities such as ensemble playing and singing, conducting, and improvisation. The course emphasises training in musicianship, develops a comprehensive theoretical understanding of music, nurtures performance confidence and encourages creative composition. 

Individual musical tuition such as A.M.E.B. can be helpful to the performance aspect of the course, but is not a prerequisite. The study of classroom Music nurtures creative composition skills that are not usually covered in individual musical tuition.

Progressing into Year 11 and 12, students build on the foundation established by applying their developing musicianship through an exploration of the musical elements. Students explore a variety of contexts, genres and styles to achieve the interrelated dimensions of composition, musicology and performance. 

Through this course of study, students are provided with opportunities to interpret the ‘experience of music’ framework in a structured learning sequence, designed to provide a variety of learning experiences. These learning experiences are selected to:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of music (duration; expressive devices; pitch; melody, harmony, tonality, structure; texture and timbre)
  • Develop a deep understanding of the significant historical contributions to the body of music
  • Explore a range of genres, styles, cultural and historical contexts including Australian music
  • Include both vocal and instrumental experiences

Music Extension (Year 12)

Music Extension is designed to offer a greater challenge than Senior Music for students who are passionate about this creative field. The challenge of this subject includes expectations of accelerated independence, increased cognitive, expressive and musical demands and assessment task requirements. 

The course is studied for the two semesters of Year 12, concurrently with the parent syllabus. Music Extension is designed for students interested in exploring in greater depth one of the three areas of study that lie behind the general objectives of the Senior Music (2013) syllabus. The senior Music objectives have been developed in the Music Extension syllabus into the three specialisations of composition, musicology and performance.

Through a focused study of one specialisation, students develop their audiation and strive for a heightened level of musical success. The discipline and commitment of music-making builds students’ self-esteem, personal motivation and independence. Opportunities may also exist for the refinement of collaborative teamwork skills. Whether for career, commercial or leisure needs, students will have the opportunity to gain the basis for a life-long engagement with music.

When students conduct an Investigation of Music Sources in Music Extension, they research within their specialisation by exploring, analysing and synthesising evidence from a range of music sources such as scores, audio and visual recordings, live performances, case studies, essays, lectures, journals or musicology surveys, and present their findings. This process of investigation informs their development as a musician and guides the direction of their emerging work.

Physical Education

Physical Education integrates health and physical education. It is a course of study designed to encourage students to:

  • Analyse how personal, social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental factors shape understanding of and opportunities for health and physical activity locally, regionally and globally.
  • Understand how movement and physical activity concepts are informed by several sciences: the biophysical, the sociocultural, and the behavioural. These are presented in both practical and classroom settings.
  • Acquire the skills, concepts and strategic awareness required for participation and enhanced performance in physical activities performed both individually and in groups.
  • Develop personal and social skills and strategies to promote a sense of identity, wellbeing, and positive relationships.

Progressing into Year 11 and 12, Physical Education focuses on the complexities and inter-relationships of sports performance by investigating the psychological, biomechanical, physiological and sociological factors that influence individual and team physical performance, and wider social attitudes to physical activity.

Subject matter and principles are integrated with, and applied to physical performance to develop students’ learning in, about and through physical activity. Physically educated performances are those that demonstrate this application


Year 10 Physics will study the different aspects of the subject area related to everyday experiences and events. This approach links analysis to the context of modern society, including the nuclear energy debate and the physics of safety devices in cars. Experimentation will model real life situations. Engagement with techniques, skills and conceptual understanding in this subject should prepare students for Year 11 and 12 Physics.

For Year 11 and 12 students, Physics will explore the energy and forces that shape the physical world, from the interior of the atom to galaxies of stars. In a broad sense, physics is the study of matter and energy and the relationships that exist between these quantities; more specifically, it is the study of the behaviour and structure of matter on a macroscopic, microscopic and subatomic level. Physics is the basis of technological development. 

At Somerville House, students of Physics are provided with an educational environment which allows them to study the subject in a historical and modern context, through instruction, enquiry, observation and experiment. The Physics course helps students to develop skills in logical thinking, problem solving and analysis as well as practical techniques. Where possible the concepts are placed in context to enrich the learning experience.


What is Senior Pathways?

Students in Years 11 and 12 at Somerville House are required to maintain a full academic program equivalent to six subjects. Students may choose to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) recognised course as the equivalent of one or two out of these six subjects. This is called a Senior Pathway course.

Structure of VET learning

Students undertake VET learning at a Certificate III or Diploma level, in one of the following ways: 

  • Attending classes one day per week maximum at a TAFE Queensland or private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) (Off-campus Vocational Education)
  • Studying the qualification online through TAFE Queensland or a private RTO
  • Completing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) (towards a Certificate III)

Objectives of the VET-eligible Senior Pathway are to provide:

  • Additional ranges of subjects of interest and benefit to students, via access to external institutes 
  • An alternative pathway and possible entry into tertiary study
  • A career head start

Benefits of choosing a Senior Pathway

  • Upon successful completion, VET qualifications give a student between 4 and 8 credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Enhancement of an application to university with a pre-existing qualification*
  • Possibility of increasing the Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER), and therefore possibly opening up further options for entry into university in Queensland
  • Possibility of reducing the future time spent at a university in Queensland by approximately one year after completing a Diploma level qualification*
  • Increased communication, vocational and other employability skills
  • Gaining practical skills and knowledge at an adult learning level