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Senior secondary

Secondary school curriculum

Our secondary students complete a comprehensive and relevant curriculum. The academic component of our program are very highly prioritised and composed of both compulsory subjects and electives. The compulsory subjects comply with the Queensland Studies Authority guidelines and include English and mathematics.

These two subjects in particular are allocated additional time compared to the other study areas within the curriculum due to their importance as a foundation for further learning.

For secondary enrolments you will find as part of the enrolment package our Pathways for success (PDF, 108 KB) document. This document outlines the wide array of electives and core subjects available for students to study. Broadly, our students in year 8 trial electives in their first semester and then they select electives to study for the next two years.

Year 10 students in their final semester then select pre-senior subjects to ensure they are given the best head start into senior available.

Through years 11 and 12 students can select from a wide selection of face to face subjects or a vast array of on-line subjects offered through our Electronic learning centre (ELC).

Our online subject choices supplement the 20 face to face senior subjects offered by Babinda P-12 State School including ten face to face 'OP/ranking' subject choices. Vocational Education, School Based Apprenticeships and Early Entry to University are also further options available.

Digital learning – pathways to post-schooling success

As mentioned above, in addition to the quality, on campus load of subjects that are available in senior for both OP and non-OP pathway students, the school provides as a supplement in our ELC:

  • Virtual subjects through the schools of distance education.
  • Early entry university subjects through universities across the state for eligible students.

Digital learning opportunities throughout our school provide both a vast array of pathways for students but more importantly the study and organisational skills necessary for university and post schooling study success, study which is heavily internet based and autonomous.

Skills to learn research

Research which supports the value of on-line learning skills is a study by the Australian Council of Educational Researchers which found that around one in seven students never finished their degrees mostly due to an inability to cope with the required work load and study habits of university life. Habits like on-line learning, time management and goal setting, habits which are well and truly entrenched in our ELC. 

Students undertaking senior at Babinda P-12 State School and who are on a university pathway on average choose to complete at least one on-line subject even though there are enough choices on campus to not have to, demonstrating that students understand that they will require these skills and study habits in later life.

Strong support investment to ensure success

In addition to the study habits learnt through this approach, our school invests heavily in support for students undertaking this mode by providing goal setting, organisational and technical support as well as face to face tutorial assistance. 

A comparison of learning support for the average student would look like this:

  • The standard teacher contact share for a normal face to face class in any school in Queensland is approximately nine minutes per student per week.
  • In the ELC students in addition to their online/video conferenced lessons receive a teacher contact share of 20 minutes per week of face to face goal setting, time management and organisational support, as well as 20 minutes per week of face to face tutorial assistance. In this way we can ensure that students receive personalised attention to support their academic success.