The Senior School years at TKIS are Grades 10, 11 and 12.

The Senior School is split into Grade 10 (the Transition year) and Grades 11 and 12 (the QSA Senior Studies years)

Grade 10 follows on basically from Grade 9 with the inclusion of the option to pre-emptively study units of QSA Senior Subjects. There are a minimum of eight core subject areas studied, covering the eight Core Learning Areas of the QSA (Qld Studies Authority) namely...

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Technology
  • The Arts [Art, Drama, Music, Graphics]
  • HPE
  • SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment)
  • LOTE (Languages Other Than English) [Japanese, German, Chinese, Latin]

To these we add a range of what we believe are valuable 'life education' subjects...

  • Senior Mentoring and Career Studies
  • Choir
  • Management Studies (a 'senior' Business program for those students who have chosen not to study a LOTE (foreign language) in Year 10
  • Hospitality Studies (a 'senior' Business program for those students who wish to explore their non-Maths/Science options in Grades 11 and 12) 
  • Sport
  • House (essentially 'community service' organisations in areas like Cadets, Agricultural-Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Arts-Crafts-Trades, etc)

...or students can also opt to focus on one of our excellent 'Mastery' programs, developing specific expertise in areas like...

  • Golf
  • Archery
  • Aviation
  • Track and Field
  • Equestrian
  • Drama
  • Technology and Media

Grades 11 and 12 are only required to study five (5) Core Subjects. Though most schools in Queensland recommend the completion of six (6) Core Subjects, we do not.

The reasons that we recommend that Grade 11 and 12 students only enrol in five (5) Core Subjects are...

  • By enrolling in only five Core Subjects, we call allocate 66 hours per semester of classroom-contact time per subject compared to the normal 55 hours of classroom-contact per semester
  • Only five subjects are required to obtain an OP (tertiary entrance) score in Queensland
  • Given the highly competitive nature of Senior Studies, we believe that students should focus on their five strengths and achieve the 'best' result they can in those five subjects rather than spreading themselves across six subjects (one of which they will never use in their application for post-secondary school studies anyway).
  • If a student really believes that they would like to increase their future options by studying a sixth subject during the Senior Study years, we would recommend taking on a 'University Foundation Study Unit' (the advantage of this option is that it is only committing for ONE SEMESTER plus it demonstrates to the 'Admissions Departments' of Universities around the world, that the student is capable of achieving success at a Tertiary Study Level. [NOTE :: Foundation Study Units incur additional costs which are paid to the Institution of Higher Education with whom the program is offered]) OR the enrolment in a Mastery Program (Golf, Aviation, Archery, Equestrian, Track & Field, Drama, Technology & Media).

Of course, the 'downside' with only selecting five Core Subjects instead of six, is that it COULD reduce a student's options for post-secondary school study. For this reason, we DO allow students to enrol in six Core Subjects, but only after consultation to ensure that the student and their family are fully aware of the options and benefits of only enrolling in five subjects.

Students often suggest that 'by completing six subjects they can just drop their worst subject later'. We would argue that we should be able to be much more efficient than that...and allow students to confidently do their best and concentrate on just those subjects for which they have both aptitude and motivation.

SENIOR SCHOOL Individual Study Program (ISP) ::

Every student at TKIS in Grades 11 and 12, creates their own Individual Study Program. Typically this program will consist of...

  • their FIVE (or six) Core Subjects
  • PLUS optionally ONE additional 'Foundation Program Unit' that they may choose to undertake OR PLUS optionally ONE Mastery program they may wish to enrol in.

Core Subject options change slightly from year to year (student preferences, etc), but the current range of subject options for Years 11 and 12 are as follows..

Strand 1 Strand 2 Strand 3 Strand 4 Strand 5 Strand 6
English Maths A Physics Chemistry IPT (Information Processing & Technology) Maths C
*English Communication Maths B Accounting Japanese Biology Physical Education
*ESL (English Second Language) *Trade & Business Maths Drama German Visual Art Film, TV and New Media
  Graphics Multi-Strand Science Korean BOM (Business Organisation & Management) *School Based Apprenticeship
    *Office Administration Ancient History *Business Procedures  
      *Hospitality Studies    

Students in Grades 11 and 12 must choose ONE subject from at least FIVE of the six Strands.
(NOTE ::  * indicates that this subject is NOT an OP eligible subject. If a student wants to obtain an OP (university entrance) Score from the QSA at the end of Grade 12, they must complete a minimum of five OP eligible subjects throughout the four semesters of Grades 11 and 12 (three of those subjects must be maintained over all four semesters) and they must sit for the CST (Core Skills Test) in September.)

NOTE :: An OP Score is not required to enrol in courses within the school's own Graduate College programs after Grade 12. An OP Score would be required for normal entry into most other University programs in the State of Queensland however.

Graduate College Foundation Program Units also change from year to year, but those that are confirmed to be available in 2008 are...

Introduction to Computing Fundamentals of Marketing
Business Communications and Research Skills Introduction to Internet Technology

NOTE :: The school is also hoping to have additional Foundation Units available in the Health-Sciences, Education and Arts areas by 2009.

To review our current (or latest) Timetable, you can click here or follow the other links on this website.

FOCUS for the Senior School ::

The focuses for our Senior School years are...

  • to consolidate the core knowledge areas achieved in Middle School
  • to ensure that the transition from Middle School to Senior School is achieved with minimal stress
  • to build a platform for success in Senior School and beyond
  • to consolidate the 'career pathway' decision process
  • to help motivate students to build their desire to achieve success on the pathways they have chosen

Senior School Class Sizes and Orientation ::

No class at TKIS Senior School should exceed 24 students and any class that exceeds 16 students will have TWO teaching staff assigned to every core subject area...ensuring that TKIS maintains a maximum student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 in any core subject area classroom. (In practice we usually manage to achieve considerably better than this.)

To minimise the impact of the transition from one Grade to the next, the structure of Grade 10 classes is usually based on the previous year's Grade 9 classes (assuming that new enrolments for Grade 10 can be accommodated within such a class structure.)

By Grades 11 and 12 students classes are structured around each student's Individual Study Program.