Our Secondary School comprises of both a Middle School (Years 7 to 9) and Senior School (Years 10 to 12). This is to provide students with an environment and approach to learning that is well suited to the different stages of secondary education
In Middle School (Years 7 -9), students
- engage with a curriculum which is challenging, negotiated and exploratory
- develop strengths as a learner who is confident and willing to test the boundaries of knowledge
- connect to and with community
- grow a sense of belonging and inclusiveness
- learn about time management, organisation, delegation and achieving within a collaborative or independent environment
- experience learning in diverse settings including outdoor education settings
In Year 7, the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Physical Education, Christian Studies and Japanese is continued and expanded from the primary years. Further, in order to enable students to make informed subject choices in future years, we offer ‘experience’ subjects through ICT, Civics and Citizenship, Business and Enterprise, Home Economics, Design Technology, Drama, Music and Visual Art. This gives students a ‘taste’ of our elective program in the form of two electives studied each term.
In Year 8, students continue with the core subjects from Year 7. In addition, they can now make their own selection of electives with again, two subjects studied each term.
Years 9 & 10
In Year 9 and 10, the number of core subjects is reduced, with Japanese no longer a compulsory subject. Given some students in this phase of their learning are now thinking about their futures and possible career paths, it is important they are able to explore more diverse subject offerings in greater depth to discover and develop their strengths and passions. Therefore, in Years 9 and 10, students are able to select from the following electives: Music, Drama, Visual Art, Design Technology, Economics and Business, Japanese, Hospitality, Textiles, Graphics, Legal Studies, Psychology and Physical Education. Some students try out subjects for a semester to see if they will want to continue those subjects in their senior school studies. Others already know they want to pursue certain subjects into their senior years, so they are able to specialise at this stage, and in some instances, continue studying particular subjects throughout Year 9 and 10.
Importantly, during these Years, the conversation is started with regards to future learning paths and options such as academic pathways, vocational education, school based traineeships and more are discussed both with students and their families
Senior School (Years 10-12)
Our goals for Senior School include:
- The development of a variety of academic subjects which prepare students for life beyond the school gate in the 21st century
- Partnerships and pathways with tertiary learning institutions including universities and TAFEs
- Partnerships with training groups and employers to provide access to vocational pathways through traineeships and apprenticeships
- Opportunities for leadership and advocacy which grow from a cohesive world view
- The development of positive attitudes and values
- Recognition of talent, attitudes and values that can shape and enrich the community (local, national and international)
YEARS 11 & 12
In Years 11 and 12, we offer both university and vocational pathways with a selection of subjects based on our students’ needs.
Currently we offer English, English Communication, Mathematics A, B and C, Pre-vocational Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern History, Geography, Japanese, Physical Education, Hospitality Studies, Music, Arts in Practice, Visual Art, Drama, Graphics, Technology Studies, Design Technology Skills, Business Communication & Technologies and Christian Studies. With the move to ATAR next year, some subjects, such as Mathematics A,B and C have been reconfigured and are now known as General or Specialised Mathematics. All subjects at LORDS are ready and changes implemented in preparation for the transition to ATAR.
Should a student require a subject that is currently not on offer, we are happy to facilitate options such as distance education. This option is used by many schools to broaden the opportunities for senior students.
Further we have established a number of partnerships with local tertiary learning institutions including Griffith University, Southern Cross University, TAFE and various vocational colleges to provide our students with the best learning outcomes.
Some of our senior students are on pathways which will lead them into university studies such as the Griffith Guest program, which allows them to study a university subject a day a week for one semester. Successful completion gives them guaranteed entry to that course, on completion of their Year 12 studies.
Alternatively, a number of senior students are pursuing ‘blended’ educational pathways which combine a vocational traineeship or qualification with their senior secondary studies which will see them graduate with both a Queensland Certificate of Education as well as a VET qualification or traineeship. Those choosing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship may earn as they learn with a reduced study load to facilitate such a program still while engaged within a strong and supportive LORDS school environment.
Essentially, it is our goal to provide every student with an individual pathway, tailored to meet their God-given passions, abilities, gifts and talents.