Secondary College

WELCOME TO THE SECONDARY COLLEGE
 
The Secondary College is a dynamic, fulfilling and supportive environment that assists your child with their journey to adulthood. This is an exciting yet challenging time, where structure and boundaries infiltrated with sound moral and spiritual guidance are of the utmost importance to allow your child to develop a strong value system and foundation for their future.     

The transition to the Secondary College can be daunting for some students.  We aim to make this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible by providing a nurturing environment in which they can develop their interests and passions.  We offer a varied curriculum in accordance with Australian and Queensland requirements and standards which supports students as they embark on individual pathways towards successful graduation.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of subjects in addition to a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.  

During Year 7 and 8, students will participate in a range of both core and exploratory subjects.  This provides students with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of learning areas and develop their future interests.  

In Year 9 and 10, students are looking ahead to their futures and preparing themselves to make some very important choices.  Students in these year levels will study a range of core, elective and school-based subjects with the opportunity to personally choose two of those subjects.  Students are excited to trial different subjects throughout this phase which eventually leads to their subject decisions in their senior years.  Teachers provide guidance with subject selection and work with students to identify their strengths and interests as well as preparation through prerequisite subjects.
 
Students in Year 11 and 12 are considering their prospects with regard to further education or transition into the workforce.  Senior students have the opportunity to choose a specialised pathway which will direct them towards their goal beyond graduation.  

 
CORE SUBJECTS
 
CORE SUBJECTS
Our students participate in a range of core subjects that must be completed by every student.  These subjects include English and Mathematics for all year levels, History, HPE and Science for students in Year 7-10 and SOSE for students in Year 7-8.  All of these subjects are developed and delivered in line with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

EXPLORATORY SUBJECTS
Students in Year 7-8 have the opportunity to trial a range of subjects that are offered as electives later on in their educational journey.  Students rotate through these subjects each term so that by the end of Year 8 they have experienced eight or nine different options to assist them in making informed decisions as they enter Year 9.  Exploratory subjects include (but not limited to) Agricultural Studies, Design Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Music and Visual Art.

ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
Once students enter Year 9 they can begin to specialise by choosing two elective subjects.  Examples of elective subjects on offer in Year 9-10 include (but not limited to) Agricultural Studies, Business and Economics, Design Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Netball Excellence and Visual Art.

Students in Year 11-12 are able then to specialise in more subjects by choosing four elective subjects.  Examples of elective subjects on offer in Year 11-12 include (but not limited to) Ancient History, Aquatic Practices, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Drama, Furnishing Skills, Music, Physical Education and Physics.
SCHOOL-BASED SUBJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
All students in the Secondary College have opportunity to participate in a range of school-based subjects and activities.  These include Christian Living and Pastoral Care lessons, weekly Sport/Co-Curricular, and fortnightly Assembly and Chapel.

Students in Year 11-12 also participate in a Skills lesson each week which focuses on developing capabilities necessary for ongoing study and for life beyond the College.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR SUBJECTS
 
CREATIVE ART TUTORING PROGRAM
In addition to classroom experiences in Drama, Music and Visual Art, the College facilitates an extensive extra-curricular Creative Arts Tutoring Program.  The program provides students with the opportunity to further explore and develop their creative interests and talents.

A range of group and individual lessons are available from Year 7 to 12 for dance, instrumental (piano, guitar, strings, wind, brass, percussion), voice and speech.  These lessons are offered before, during and after school pending the availability of tutors.

MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS AND CALVARY SHOWCASE
Secondary students are given the opportunity to develop their creative flair through involvement in the delivery of a major stage production.  The College alternates annually between a Musical or Showcase performance providing students with a range of outlets to further develop their skills in acting, singing, set and prop design, make-up, sound and lighting production, stage crew, and digital media.     

CHAPEL BAND
The Chapel Band in the Secondary College offers another creative arts outlet for our students – combined with ministry.  Students are invited to join our Chapel Band as part of the worship team or production.  The Chapel Band rehearses after school one day each week and are integral in assisting our Chaplains with our fortnightly Chapel services.  The Chapel Band may also have opportunity to perform throughout the year at some of the College’s big events such as ANZAC Day Assembly, Spring Fair and Awards Celebration.


BLOCK SPORT
Secondary College students have the opportunity to participate in Block Sport – inter-school sport as organised across Townsville.  Students choosing to be involved will have a chance for practices during normal Sport/Co-Curricular lessons throughout the week, with all games taking place outside of school hours.  Some of the sports that Calvary has been involved in include AFL, Basketball, Football, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Touch and Volleyball.

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Mountain Biking is offered as an elective in the Secondary Sport/Co-Curricular Program.  We have our own fleet of Merida Big 9 mountain bikes which cater to a wide range of interest and ability levels.  Students are excited to be part of this program which connects them to the positive culture of Townsville mountain biking and its great natural resources.  We create opportunities for our students to participate in interschool competitions for both adventure and mountain bike racing.

SCUBA
Scuba is another exciting extra-curricular opportunity on offer at Calvary for an additional cost.  Scuba lessons are undertaken during the normal timetabled Sport/Co-Curricular lesson each week.  The course involves three components – theory, pool and open water dives.  Open water dives are usually completed at Magnetic Island on weekends throughout the year.  Students will need to attend two of these open water dives in order to complete the course.  The course offered is PADI accredited - meaning students will attain a qualification upon completion.

VOICES
Voices is a wonderful creative arts extra-curricular opportunity available to all students in the Secondary College.  It combines the very best of singing and dancing giving students the experience of being a part of a modern day choir.  The group rehearses during lunch times and has the opportunity to perform at some of the College’s big events such as Showcase, Spring Fair and Awards Celebration.  



 
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