The Senior Years at St Joseph’s School provide a broad range of curriculum opportunities. Our guiding principle is to ensure that every student reaches their potential by recognising and utilising their individual gifts and talents. We strongly encourage and support students to make appropriate subject choices for which they have demonstrated a propensity and capability.
Students have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects, which allow for future pathways to be explored into tertiary education; including university, TAFE, trade or employment. They complete the PLP (Personal Learning Plan) in Year 10, giving students their first opportunity to gain SACE points and begin planning their future careers. Students complete their Stage 2 Research Project in Year 11, developing research skills, independent learning and time management that will set them up for success in their final year of school.
At St Joseph’s School, students have opportunities to incorporate Vocational Education and Training courses into their SACE. Many students have gained apprenticeships and employment having completed Certificate II and partial Certificate III in Doorways to Construction in our St Joseph the Worker Trades Skills Centre. We are constantly looking for new and exciting opportunities in VET and continue to grow our range of courses available with local schools, TAFE and service providers, including Aquaculture, Fitness, Hospitality, Aviation, Business and Tourism to name a few.
Subject counselling is offered to help outline the future pathways available to our students and we have an extremely high success rate in regard to students achieving their goals. We pride ourselves on having a high SACE completion rate, first round university placements and full-time employment offers. These have become hallmarks of our senior school for many years.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities in the Senior Years to complement their formal studies. Activities include: religious retreats, being leaders of a Camp for Children with a Disability, work experience, football and netball carnival, knockout sports, Sports Day, Spencer Gulf Athletics Carnival, School Musical and the very popular annual Ski Trip.
For more information on individual subjects, subject selection, the SACE, pathways and VET please see the handbook via the link above.