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Senior secondary

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are considered Senior School students at Cleveland District State High.  This important phase of learning prepares students for their futures beyond school.
Senior students have a distinct identity which is supported by:
A Senior School uniform.
  • Senior School parades.
  • Senior Student Council.
  • Senior Leadership Training (all Year 11 students and selected Year 10 students).
  • Senior leadership positions:  Year 7 Representatives (Year 11 students – 26+), Senior Student Council Representatives, Senior House Captains, Student Harassment Referral Officers (varies from year to year – students trained in Years 10 and 11), Music Leaders, Chaplaincy Leaders, Senior Student Leadership Team (School Captains – 4 students; Student Council Executive – 4 students), Senior Leaders (all Year 12 students are eligible for this position as long as they have undertaken training and maintain their Badge Contract).
  • Designated Senior School spaces – Senior Area in the front of the school, Senior Hub in the school library and Senior School toilets and change rooms.
  • Senior Sport competition – interschool and recreational.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) set the Authority and Authority Registered subject curriculum for Year 11 and 12.  The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation set the subject and core curriculum for the IB Diploma Programme.
Authority Subjects 
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Digital Solutions
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English (General)
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health Education
  • Information Processing and Technology
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics General
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Mathematics Specialist
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Visual Art
Students also have the opportunity to study General subjects offered by the School of Distance Education (SDE).  Students regularly study languages such as Italian, Spanish and German through the SDE.  A dedicated room with telephone access has been established for students who study through SDE.
Authority Registered (SAS) Subjects 
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Building and Construction Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Engineering Skills
  • English (Essential)
  • Furnishing Skills
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Industrial Graphics Skills
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Media Arts in Practice
  • Music in Practice
  • Mathematics (Essential)
  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts in Practice

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Subjects

  • English Language and Literature HL
  • English Language and Literature SL 
  • Chinese Ab Initio 
  • French Ab Initio 
  • Mandarin Ab Initio 
  • Business and Management HL 
  • Business and Management SL 
  • History HL
  • History SL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL
  • Biology HL
  • Biology SL
  • Chemistry HL
  • Chemistry SL
  • Physics HL
  • Physics SL
  • Mathematics HL
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL
  • Music HL
  • Music SL
  • Visual Art HL
  • Visual Art SL
  • Extended Essay (Core)
  • Theory of Knowledge (Core)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (Core)

The Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of six subject groups and three core areas. Through the core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake projects that often involve community service.

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding. In addition students must also choose either an arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from groups 1 to 5 offered by the school.

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2 – Language Acquisition
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
Group 4 – Sciences
Group 5 – Mathematics
Group 6 – The Arts
Diploma Programme subjects can be taken at higher level or standard level. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours).
Year 10 at Cleveland District State High School is organised as a transition year where students have the opportunity to trial the subject content, processes and assessment methods before committing to the subject for Year 11 and 12.  By the time they are in Year 10, students are at different stages of their learning journeys and need different programs to build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses as they prepare to enter Year 11 and 12.  
three year senior gives students the opportunity to begin to specialise in certain areas of the curriculum.  This choice leads to increased interest and enthusiasm.  The more academic students feel challenged by the range of academic subjects offered (Authority subjects and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) while students who decide to follow a vocational pathway feel a renewed sense of success.  This approach has proven to be very successful with each Year 10 subject structured as a prerequisite to support and prepare students for the rigours of Years 11 and 12.
All students complete a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan during Year 9 in preparation for subject selection into Year 10.  The SET Planning process encourages students to reflect on what their journey will be through their senior phase of learning, think about their future and investigate their options for careers and further education.  This process leads students to a pathway through the Senior School which suits their abilities, aspirations and goals and directly links them to sustainable and rewarding pathways beyond school. 
The school runs a Career Expo annually with over 30 exhibitors including all major universities and TAFE colleges in the area as well as the ADF, Queensland Police Service etc.  The Careers Expo is an important component of the SET Planning process.
The Senior Access Program is used to prepare students for their chosen pathways.  The Senior Guidance Officer provides group information sessions on a range of post-school options and the tertiary application process.  Students then meet with the Guidance Officer individually or in small groups to ensure that they secure a suitable post-school pathway.
Year 10 Structure 
Students attend school from Monday to Friday and participate in eight lessons per day (40 lessons per week) with an additional lesson for Access each Friday.
  • General English or Essential English – six lessons per week.
  • Mathematics Methods, General Mathematics or Essential Mathematics – six lessons per week.
  • Elective subjects – four subjects for six lessons per week.
  • Senior Sport – two lessons per week.
  • Senior Studies Skills – two lessons per week.
Year 11 and 12 Structure
Students attend school from Tuesday to Friday (38 lessons per week) with an additional lesson for Access each Friday.  NOTE:  IB students work Monday to Friday to accommodate their program requirements.
  • General English or Essential English – six lessons per week.
  • Mathematics Methods, General Mathematics or Essential Mathematics – six lessons per week.
  • Elective subjects – six lessons per week.
  • Senior Sport – two lessons per week.
  • TAFE subjects – as required.
  • Workplace Traineeships and Apprenticeships – as required.
  • VET training with external RTOs – as required.
The Learning Outcome for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 is a QCE (or a QCIA for a small number of students in our Special Education Program).  All students in Years 11 and 12 undertake a program which maintains their QCE eligibility and this is monitored very carefully throughout the Senior Phase of learning.
The program undertaken depends on the pathway selected by the student:
  • International Baccalaureate – six subjects in the stipulated pattern plus three core areas.
  • ATAR/Overall Position (OP) – at least five General/Authority subjects (20 semesters) with at least three subjects as core (studied for four semesters).
  • Vocational Pathway – a combination of Authority subjects, Authority Registered (SAS) subjects and Vocational Qualifications (Certificates I, II, III, IV or Diploma) completed at TAFE, with an outside RTO or through a Workplace Traineeship or Apprenticeship.  All students choosing this pathway are strongly encourages to complete a Vocational Qualification.
Monday Options Day
  • Year 11 and 12 students have an Options Day on Monday to facilitate their chosen pathway.  
  • The Options Day can be used to attend TAFE, Workplace Traineeship or Apprenticeship work placements, work experience, University Early Start Programs or private study.
  • Year 11 and 12 students have additional lessons each morning (Tuesday to Friday starting at 8.05am) and afternoon lessons (finishing at 3.15pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Although there are no scheduled classes for most Year 11 and 12 students on a Monday (IB Diploma Programme classes are scheduled on a Monday), students are welcome to come to school to access resources and teachers, with prior arrangement.
  • Year 11 and 12 students have access to the Senior Hub in the library on their Options Day as well as during spares and breaks throughout the week.