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Years 11 and 12 curriculum

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 Subjects and Authority-Registered subjects. Whilst the majority of students access tertiary courses via the Overall Position (OP) 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 whilst 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 29 on offer. Students may undertake a course of study which consists of authority subjects, authority-registered subjects or subjects with vocational education elements. A student must complete 20 semester units of credit in authority subjects to be eligible for an Overall Position (OP). A unit of credit is awarded for each completed semester of a subject.
At Churchie, English is compulsory as is either Mathematics A or Mathematics B. Students then select four additional subjects from the following:
  • Accounting 
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ancient History  
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Drama 
  • Earth Science 
  • Economics 
  • Engineering Technology 
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Geography 
  • Information Processing and Technology 
  • Mathematics C 
  • Modern History 
  • Modern Languages (Chinese Mandarin, French, Japanese and Spanish)
  • Music 
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only) 
  • Physical Education
  • Physics 
  • Technology Studies
  • Visual Art.

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 non-OP pathway or Vocational Pathway.  The criteria for a non-OP 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 non-OP pathway.

There are also a range of authority-registered subjects which Churchie students can study in conjunction with the Authority (OP) subjects listed above. These are:
  • Applied Science
  • Business Studies
  • Recreation
  • Manufacturing
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
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.

Leadership development

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.