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Senior School

Welcome to St Luke's Senior School for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Here, we recognise that students are entering into their pre-adult years and begin to demonstrate bursts in intellectual growth, personal choice, independence and freedoms, self-determination and leadership. So, it's in Senior School that we approach education with subject offerings, engaging content, extra-curricular activities and tailored support, with a clear view to nurturing and encouraging the development of these traits in our students. At the end of their education, a St Luke's graduate will be prepared academically, emotionally and personally for the demands of the 21st Century.

Meet Robyn Deer, Head of Senior School


A proud mother of two grown children who both attended St Luke's from Kindy to Year 12, Robyn has been a resident of Bundaberg and Bargara since childhood, and has been a part of teaching and education at St Luke's Anglican School since 1998. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Education, and began her career as a Science Teacher with a complimentary House Coordinator role. In later years, Robyn achieved the position of Head of Science, followed by Director of Teaching and Learning, and eventually her current position as Head of Senior School. 

Robyn's passions as an educator are many, but it is the development of character in her students, coupled with the importance of relationships between teachers and students which truly stand out for her as important, and which she believes is one of the most significant differences between St Luke's and other schools.  

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Welcome to St Luke's Senior School

 

St Luke's Senior School is the final stage in our students' formal schooling before they move onto tertiary education or into the wider world. It is important then that the curriculum and structures of our Senior School are particularly appropriate for our young, emerging men and women so they can achieve success and embrace their future. 
 
St Luke’s Anglican School prides itself on the care and concern it shows for individual students and their families. Because the Senior School is a relatively small cohort, and the class sizes kept small, teachers have the opportunity to tailor their time and expertise to each student through individual attention.
 
All students in the Senior School will undertake a course of literacy and numeracy at a level which they can master. These courses are developed in conjunction with the Queensland Curriculum Authority (QCAA), and utilise the Australian Curriculum, as overseen by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). St Luke’s also prides itself on providing a broad range of diverse Senior elective subjects, aimed at catering for all students' interests and abilities, and enabling them to pursue their passions and plot their course for the future.

Students of St Luke's Senior School enjoy:

  • A highly qualified and experienced teaching staff
  • Small learning communities which provide students with sustained, individual attention
  • More diversity in relevant and challenging subjects engaging higher order thinking strategies
  • Rich media and technology
  • Opportunities to participate across a wide variety of sports, art and performing arts, social causes and volunteer roles, leadership and mentoring roles, public speaking, intellectual challenges and competitions
  • Heterogeneous and flexible student groupings, incorporating pastoral care classes, house groupings, single gender and co-educational settings
  • Emphasis on strong teacher-student relationships
  • Authentic and reflective assessment with high expectations
  • Parental and community involvement in student learning

Senior School  - Year 10 Curriculum 

Year 10 Core Studies

Throughout Year 10, students will study the following subjects:

English presents students with learning topics about narratives, documentaries, novel studies and film analysis. 

History and Geography highlights subject matter of historical and geographical focus and will include studies on World War 2, human rights and freedoms in Australia, migration experiences, coastal landscapes, geographies of wellbeing and careers.

Mathematics includes learning proficiencies across a range of mathematical terms and expressions, ensuring understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills. Students at this year level will learn numbers and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability. 

Science introduces biological, chemical, earth and space, and physical sciences to students, along with studies in nature and development, and the use and influence of science. These topics provide students with skills in inquiry, scientific planning and analysis, evaluation and communication of findings.

Ethics and Faith explores the Biblical concept of Creation in greater depth. Students also learn about world religions, including the Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as exploring subject matter on social justice, ethics and values. In the final term, students will also learn about prayer, meditation, mindfulness and the value of silence.   

Year 10 Elective Studies

Throughout Year 10, students may choose to study the following subjects:

Art commences with a critical analysis of the documentary, Smoke That Travels, and the TEDTalk, Why Do I Make Art, before moving into personal, contemporary, formal and cultural reflection, which leads into a Folio of Practical Work with a written component. 

Business Enterprise provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of businesses and the role of business in society. The course aims to give students a taste of Senior subjects, such as Accounting, Economics, Design and Legal Studies. 

Design Technology at this year level teaches students to sketch, design, draft with computer-aided technology, and 3D prototype for design, fashion, architecture, products and graphic media. 

Digital Technology engages students to control and manage networked digital systems and the security implications of the interaction between hardware, software and users. Students use this knowledge of data and digital systems to apply processes and production skills as they create digital solutions.

Drama teaches students the topics of Greek and Physical Theatre and Revelations - Verbatim Theatre. Students will learn about a range of forms and styles, promoting imagination, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, cultural engagement and communication.

Engineering Technology covers four main areas of content, including engineering mechanics, electronics, furnishings and metal fabrication. The year ends with assessment on project prototypes, design folios and an examination.

Health and Physical Education focuses on the theory and practical sports of functional anatomy (Aquatics and Touch Football), exercise physiology (Fitness and Athletics), movement and biomechanics (Tennis) and performance capture and analysis (Surf Lifesaving). 

Hospitality is the learning of introductory food preparation and skills, including the Hospitality Industry and Catering, menu planning, food and beverage service, food preparations and coffee shop work.

Japanese teaches students about areas of Japanese culture, including Japanese music and the Ninja, Japanese health, directions, colours and clothing, animals and the zoo, traditional Japan, travel and holidays in Japan.

Multi-Media Arts teaches and assesses students on four units, including a school production suite of moving images, media coders, camera and editing basics, and sound and light. This is followed by the deconstruction of a music video, analysis of a teen film and a short film production. 

Music at this year level develops elements through singing and composing, with analysis of vocal works from various periods of music. Emphasis in learning will also be on written melody and the creation of harmony, and how they can be transformed into a variety of styles. Students will be assessed on performance, composition, musicology and analysing repertoire. 

Senior School  - Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

Year 11 and 12 Core Subjects

In Years 11 and 12 at St Luke's, students will learn the following core subjects, and may choose between two English subjects and three mathematics subjects:

English, Literature or Essential English are all aimed at developing students' abilities to compose and comprehend spoken and written English fluently, appropriately, effectively and critically for a wide range of personal and social purposes. 

General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Essential Mathematics develops students' understanding and mathematical skills, applying their knowledge to real-world problems, and becoming critical thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers.

Ethics and Faith provides students with the opportunity to learn more about God in their lives. 

Year 11 and 12 Elective Subjects

In Years 11 and 12, St Luke's senior students may choose from the following elective subjects:

Accounting provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the essential role of organising, analysing and communicating financial data and information in the successful performance of any organisation.

Ancient History provides opportunities for students to study people, societies and civilisations of the past, from the development of the earliest human communities to the end of the Middle Ages.

Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. Students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms, studying biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. This knowledge is linked with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life.

Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties and structure. Students explore topics including atomic theory, chemical bonding, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, intermolecular forces, gases, aqueous solutions, organic chemistry, acidity and rates of reaction.

Design focuses on the application of design thinking to envisage creative products, services and environments in response to human needs, wants and opportunities. Designing is a complex and sophisticated form of problem-solving that uses divergent and convergent thinking strategies that can be practised and improved.

Digital Solutions enables students to learn about algorithms, computer languages and user interfaces through generating digital solutions to problems. Students engage with data, information and applications to create digital solutions. They understand computing’s personal, local and global impact, and the issues associated with the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives.

Drama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works.

Economics encourages students to think deeply about the global challenges facing individuals, business and government, including how to allocate and distribute scarce resources to maximise well-being. They dissect and interpret the complex nature of international economic relationships and the dynamics of Australia’s place in the global economy.

English and Literature Extension (Year 12 only) is an extension of the English General senior syllabus. The subject is designed to offer a greater challenge than Senior English, and builds on the literature study students have already undertaken. Study in this subject uses a variety of theoretical approaches to analysing and evaluating literary texts, and helps students to explore ways of valuing literature.

Geography focuses on the significance of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in understanding our world. Students engage in a range of learning experiences that develop their geographical skills and thinking through the exploration of geographical challenges and their effects on people, places and the environment.

Hospitality Practices emphasises the food and beverage sector, which includes food and beverage production and service. Through this focus, students develop an understanding of hospitality and the structure, scope and operation of related activities in the food and beverage sector.

Industrial Technology focuses on the underpinning industry practices and production processes required to manufacture products in a variety of industries, including aero-skills, automotive, building and construction, engineering, furnishing and plastics.

Japanese provides students with the opportunity, through written, spoken and visual texts, to reflect on their understanding of the Japanese language and the communities that use it, while also developing an understanding of experiences and meaning across cultures and languages.

Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law, and explores the role and development of law in response to current issues. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals, while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities.

Media Arts in Practice focuses on the role media arts plays in the community in reflecting and shaping society’s values, attitudes and beliefs. It provides opportunities for students to create and share media artworks that convey meaning and express insight.

Modern History provides opportunities for students to gain historical knowledge and understanding about some of the main forces that have contributed to the development of the Modern World and to think historically and form an historical consciousness in relation to these same forces.

Music fosters creative and expressive communication. It allows students to develop musicianship through making (composition and performance) and responding (musicology). Students demonstrate practical music skills, and analyse and evaluate music in a variety of contexts, styles and genres.

Music Extension (Year 12 only) is an extension of the Music General senior syllabus. It provides an opportunity for students with specific abilities in music to extend their expertise. Students select one specialisation only, and follow an individual program of study designed to continue the development of refined musicianship skills.

Physical Education provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills to explore and enhance their own and others’ health and physical activity in diverse and changing contexts.

Physics provides opportunities for students to engage with classical and modern understandings of the universe. Students develop appreciation of the contribution physics makes to society: understanding that diverse natural phenomena may be explained, analysed and predicted using concepts, models and theories that provide a reliable basis for action.

Psychology provides opportunities for students to engage with concepts that explain behaviours and underlying cognitions. They explore diverse topics, including cognitive development, human consciousness and sleep, the concept of intelligence, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorder, and the contribution of emotion and motivation to individual behaviour.

Specialist Mathematics is designed for students who develop confidence in their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners. They will gain an appreciation of the true nature of mathematics, its beauty and its power.

Visual Art provides students with opportunities to understand and appreciate the role of visual art in past and present traditions and cultures, as well as the contributions of contemporary visual artists and their aesthetic, historical and cultural influences.

Senior Leadership


Student leadership in Senior School provides opportunities, considered vital in the development of self-esteem, emotional growth and confidence, considered essential for students at St Luke’s Anglican School. St Luke's students have many opportunities to develop responsible behaviour during their time at the School by undertaking any of the following formal leadership positions:

School Captains (one male and one female)
House Captains (four houses)
Co-curricular Captains (Sport and Cultural)
Service Captain
Academic Captain
Chapel Captain

Senior School Handbook

St Luke's Anglican School Senior School Handbook is a comprehensive booklet of everything you need to know about the Senior School. To view or download your free copy, please click the download button.

Watch an interview with Head of Senior School, Robyn Deer, and hear her discuss why St Luke's Senior School is so special to her.

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