Welcome to Senior School
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Gilroy Santa Maria College offers its students a wide range of subjects to cover a diverse range of student abilities, skills and interests. This high degree of flexibility and choice, combined with excellent facilities and resources, provides ample opportunity for every student to experience success and to pursue multiple career pathways to the future.
The study options available in Senior Secondary include:
- General subjects (preparation for tertiary entrance)
- Applied subjects (practical/skill based subjects)
- Vocational Education & Training (VET) certificate courses (direct entry into the workforce or for further education and training)
- Support with school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
- Recognised subjects/courses from other universities and training organisations
- A combination of both
This Senior Schooling Handbook (Years 11 & 12) is designed to guide students and their families in the academic decisions required to be made before and leading into the senior phase of their schooling.
All students will work towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), earning points for the completion of all subjects and courses. Students are able to select 2 pathways - Vocational or ATAR. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. It is the standard measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to other students.Tertiary bound students will need to study a minimum of five general subjects or four general subjects plus a combination of Applied and Certificate III courses to be eligible to receive an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). Students are also encouraged to view university entrance requirements. Students not looking for university entry are encouraged to choose subjects they enjoy and will be successful in, that will provide them with a post-school pathway. Students may combine their studies with work experience and/or placement, school based apprenticeships or traineeships. Vocational students will participate in a work placement program every Friday that will provide them with authentic work experience in the industry/s of their interest.
Parents/Carers and students are advised to use these questions as the foundation for discerning and making decisions about subject/course selections. Attempting to predict the so-called ATAR value of certain subjects is not a strength-based approach to subject selection, which can lead to significant challenges in the future.
Success in Years 11 and 12 is more likely if students elect subjects/courses of study in which they have an interest and aptitude for.➚
I trust this handbook will provide the information needed to make your academic decisions, whilst remembering we have key staff available to discuss your queries at any time.
I wish you all the best during this time of decision-making as your child embarks on their final years of school at Gilroy Santa Maria College.