SENIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The academic curriculum in our Senior School is broad and challenging. Students are able to complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways. The academic curriculum comprises a comprehensive selection of electives in Year 10, and over twenty subjects for SACE Stage 2 (Year 12).
While the majority of our students will progress to university, or some other form of tertiary education, some will pursue other pathways. At St John’s Grammar opportunities exist for combining study at school with a work placement, or TAFE enrolment. Some flexible hours and teaching approaches allow students to successfully manage their demanding schedules. All students are guided and supported in selecting pathways to further study or work.
Our senior students are actively encouraged to continue their involvement in sport, and other co-curricular activities. We believe that by providing these opportunities our young adults grow in school spirit, teamwork, maturity, independent thinking and in social responsibility. At the same time, they develop loyalty to their School, and to their peers.
In Year 10, students begin to investigate citizenship and service, as part of which they undertake Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (PLP). This year long course focuses on contribution to the community and volunteering, as well as career and work education and identifying strengths, interests and personal development.
It is in this year that students will narrow their elective choices to pursue subjects of strength and interest with many being trials for further SACE studies. Many students will tackle Stage 1 subjects in Year 10 (for example: Maths Studies, Japanese, Indonesian, Music, Media Studies and Design Technology).
The Year 10 program also opens up opportunities to extend their thinking about self and others with numerous travel options and the Citizenship project. This project demands that students commit to raising awareness, support and funds for a service organisation of their choice.
Many foreign languages can be studied from Year 10. We have a relationship with the South Australian Secondary School of Languages (SASSL) where students can choose a language and be taught in a three hour lesson once per week from 4.30pm, at an offsite location. Students who choose to do this may study one less subject from our curriculum, or treat it as an extra subject. If this is of interest, an appointment can be made with the Director of Learning to discover all of the details.
At St John’s Grammar, opportunities exist for combining study at school with a work placement, or TAFE enrolment. A number of students take up this option from Year 10, while playing a full role in the life of the school, and in House activities. All Year 10 students take part in both a three-day Work Experience placement and a three-day Citizenship and Service Program.
Year 11 is the year of leadership.
In this year our School Leaders are elected (School Captains, House Captains, Co-Curricular captains and AWARE leaders).
School trips to local, national and international destinations provide wonderful opportunities for growth.
In Year 11 students launch into their SACE studies and get the opportunity to tackle the Stage 2 Research Project.
Many students will study a Stage 2 subject in this year, giving them vital insights into what is involved in their final year of study.
Our Year 12 students are treated differently from all other students. They are allocated a Study Day once a fortnight, a number of study lessons during the week, and, within policy guidelines, are entitled to attend school only for their lessons, some of which commence at 8am.
Year 12 is a special year for our students. Highlights include the Retreat, Formal and Graduation celebrations. Regular workshops and meetings help steer the group towards excellent results.
While their focus is on achieving their best, our Year 12 students remain heavily involved in School life. They play leadership and mentoring roles in our bands, ensembles, choirs and drama productions. They are pivotal is helping our sports teams thrive.