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Senior School

Whatever your daughter’s future goals and dreams may be, we are here to support her along the way.

In the Senior years, we aim to inspire, challenge and instill the confidence necessary to ensure your daughter is well equipped to thrive in her adult life.

Our Years 10, 11 and 12 girls are getting ready for the world outside secondary schooling. They move from Middle School to our Peter Phillips Senior School complex equipped with our state-of-the-art, university-style KCC Lecture Theatre. This is just one of the facilities that prepares our girls for tertiary learning experiences.

Guidance for career paths is offered through our comprehensive Careers Education program. Through the program our girls develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions in their senior phase of learning and life beyond the School.

Recent changes to the senior assessment and tertiary entrance system are being addressed in our academic curriculum as we, and all Queensland secondary schools, transition to the new QCE and Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance system. In the new system most students will work towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) to access Universities across Australia and overseas.

Our dedicated House Group teachers, specialist teachers, enrichment and learning support team and career and pastoral counsellors provide academic and emotional guidance and support.

Year 10

The first year of Senior School marks significant change as the girls access a rich array of electives that continue to develop their academic ability and allow them to experience platform learning aligned to many of the new senior subjects.

Alongside English, Mathematics, Science, History and Health and Physical Education subjects, we offer our girls a broad, balanced liberal education through electives including Big Ideas, Design: Food and Nutrition, Health, Music: The Digital Age, Accounting & Economics and Design: Industrial (Materials).

Through lesson experiences, home study, research, reflection and collaborative work, your daughter develops powerful ways of working and ways of thinking, emphasised by each discipline. Often, it is within this extended learning landscape that an IGGS girls’ university, career and future aspirations start to take shape.

To nurture our girls as global citizens, we have school tours overseas to countries such as Japan, China, South-east Asia and New York and, closer to home in the far north of Queensland. The girls also learn from visiting study tours from China, Japan and Germany where our guest students share classes, conversations and culture for a week, month or term.

During this year our girls also have the opportunity to start vocation education and training coursework. Our VET Coordinator is a qualified trainer able to facilitate learning in a Certificate II in Hospitality (RTO 30310) within the daily timetable. IGGS’s on-site Phoenix Function Room provides our VET girls with multiple, relevant opportunities for real-world experience to meet the practical demands of the certificate coursework.

Years 11 and 12

Whether our girls want to go onto further study at university, complete a VET program or pursue a career in sport or the Arts, we are here to support, nurture and inspire them to realise their dreams.

In the Senior years we provide an extensive academic curriculum, broad range of activities and an array of leadership opportunities all designed to develop your daughter’s talents, skills and confidence.

We provide personalised one-to-one interviews twice per year for each and every student with a Head of House, Dean of Students or Careers Counsellor. These consultations are incorporated as part of our commitment to holistic education and also serve to review your daughter’s academic progress towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance standards to ensure she is well equipped to achieve her goals and can step confidently beyond the school gate.

English for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, an Authority subject, is available alongside specific support from an ESL teacher specialist.

During these years we continue to nurture our girls as global citizens with international and national study tour opportunities.