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Senior School

Welcome to the Senior School

College Welcomes New Head of Senior School

Welcome to Mr Gary Bruce, who joins the College's senior leadership team this year following his appointment as Head of Senior School, Years 7-12.

In the Senior School, we provide a caring environment for our students to develop academically, socially and emotionally.  Every student is challenged and supported in their development as young men and women of character, and of leaders now and in the future. 

Students start each school day in their Tutor Group, which is organised on a vertical age level, encouraging students to interact with a range of age groups from Year 7 to 12.   We find that this provides a highly positive way to start the school day and it creates a supportive learning environment.   Students then attend their classes within their year level, with extension or support work provided as necessary.  We offer an exciting and extensive range of meaningful educational experiences to students and actively encourage them to get involved in the many facets of the co–curricular programme of the College.

Our students continue to distinguish themselves with their high standards of work ethic, behaviour and manners across the spectrum.  In a relatively short space of time, the Senior School has developed a strong reputation for providing a caring, respectful and supportive learning culture.  It is recognised on a state, national and international scale, as a leading educational institution that consistently achieves exemplary academic and co-curricular results.  The College motto of ‘Excellence, Care and Commitment’ is clearly evident in all aspects of College and is entrenched in its culture.

As young people develop into adolescence, their need for care and support from teachers does not diminish.  Teachers endeavour to work closely with students and families to monitor students’ personal and academic growth. 

I would like to offer you an open invitation to come and see our College for yourself - it really is the only way to truly understand the educational environment that we offer and the amazing opportunities open for your children to take part in.

To arrange a tour of the College campus, please telephone Mrs Karen Milburn on (07) 5594 7947 or email her at kmn@abpat.qld.edu.au

We hope to welcome you soon.




Senior Biology

One of the major goals for students in Years 7-9 is to continue to develop a positive work ethic both in the classroom and in home study.  This is essential in maintaining continuing enrolment.

Subjects Years 7- 9

Students in Years 7 to 9 study all eight Key Learning Areas identified in the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century (1989):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences (History, Geography & Civics)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Arts (Drama, Visual Art, Music)
  • Technology (Robotics, IT, Multimedia, Food Technology and Graphics)
  • Science
  • Language (Japanese, Spanish)

Senior Maths Classroom

Information Technology and Enterprise Education run across the curriculum.

At the end of Year 9, students choose six subjects they would like to study more deeply in Years 11 and 12.  Year 10 then becomes a time to decide whether such choices are appropriate, so that students are more confident of their choices for their Senior studies. 

They are able to change subjects at the end of Year 10, if necessary.  Where students continue the same subjects into Senior years, they are able to build a stronger base.

Subjects Years 10-12


It is expected that, by the end of Year 9, students will have developed the required work ethic and skills to make best use of the opportunities in Senior years. Continuing enrolment relies on a demonstrated positive approach to study, whether the student is intending tertiary entry or a vocational pathway.

Students in Years 10-12 are required to study 6 subjects, including English, plus at least one subject in each of the following areas:

Mathematics: Mathematics A, B or C
Science: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Science 21 or a Science special area study.
Humanities: Modern History, Ancient History, Geography, Economics, Japanese, Spanish, Music, Visual Art or Drama

Other electives include:

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Control Systems
  • Multimedia
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Graphics
  • Accounting
  • Hospitality *
  • Business Studies *
  • Recreation *

* Hospitality, Business Studies, Recreation  and Science SAS do not count towards the OP Score, but may contribute to tertiary entry through the Tertiary Rank system.

For more information about the College's subject provision in Years 10-12, please click on the link below.

Senior School Subject Selection Handbook 2015


Senior Years' Pathways


As part of the College’s focus on the needs of individual students, a number of pathways open up in the Senior Years, 10-12.

  • A straight academic programme
  • A combination of academic subjects with one vocational subject
  • An accelerated programme in one or more subjects, where students can complete Year 12 earlier (this usually follows from an accelerated programme in earlier years)
  • The Honours programme for students interested in more challenging academic learning – this includes additional topics, mentoring and personal projects
  • University subjects after early completion of Year 12, and some in conjunction with Senior subjects that offer University credit
  • Full vocational focus with Work experience, Student Traineeships and Apprenticeships
  • Modified Senior Years' programmes for highly performing students in sport or cultural activities

Enrichment Activities

Academic subjects can be enriched at various year levels through additional activities such as Creative Writers' Workshops, Biology camp, ‘Days of Excellence’, Visual Art exhibitions, field activities, excursions, Australian Business Week simulation experiences, debating, public speaking, musical and dramatic performances, drama club, and others.


Reporting to Parents

Towards the end of Term 1 Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled
End of Term 2 A full written report on Semester One
During Term 3 Parent teacher interviews are again scheduled
End of Term 4 A full written report on Semester Two is sent home


Parents are always welcome to make an appointment with a teacher to discuss their child’s progress at other times. The Student Diary is an important means of communication between the College and home. Parents are asked to check their child's diary each evening.