As the young men embark on the two-year coursework of Years 11 and 12, the subject offerings derive from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s General subjects. While the majority of students access tertiary courses via the ATAR score, others are supported through vocational pathways. Further enrichment options include the Aquila Gifted and Talented programme, work experience, and traineeships and apprenticeships where appropriate.
The Senior School experience also includes formal and informal activities that focus on leadership development. These programmes offer students the opportunity of gaining and enhancing their leadership qualities while learning and understanding the role of emotional, personal and team development. Leadership skills can be ascertained through a range of outdoor education camps, the Tri-Service Cadets training, and a vast array of extra and co-curricular activities.
In Years 11 and 12, students select six subjects to study from the 30 on offer. At Churchie, English or Literature is compulsory as is either General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods. Students then select four additional subjects from the following:
- Agricultural Science
- Ancient History
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Digital Solutions
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Film, Television and New Media
- Modern History
- Music Extension
- Philosophy and Reason
- Physical Education
- Specialist Mathematics
- Visual Art.
Students also study a school-based religion subject.
Vocational Education Programme
Churchie has negotiated a small number of partnerships with Vocational Education and Training providers which provide competitive minimum scores for university entry.
School policy provides for only a small number of students, who meet specific criteria, in each cohort to access a vocational pathway. The criteria for a vocational pathway are based upon a personalised evaluation of every student in the cohort, whereby those small number of students with the highest academic needs are selected for a vocational pathway.
The Vocational Education and Training courses available include:
- Certificate IV in Fitness
- Diploma of Business
- Industrial Technology Skills
- Science in Practice
- Sport and Recreation.
Students may only undertake vocational qualifications and pathways that are approved by the School. The School will not support students on pathways that have not been approved.
Students receive Leadership Development Training as part of the Pastoral Learning curriculum and through outdoor education opportunities. Senior students are able to apply their leadership skills during house and co-curricular activities, by mentoring younger students and undertaking duties for the house or School.