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
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...
- The Arts [Art, Drama, Music,
- SOSE (Studies of Society and
- 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
- 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)
- 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...
- Track and Field
- 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.
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
- PLUS optionally ONE
additional 'Foundation Program Unit' that they may choose to
undertake OR PLUS optionally ONE Mastery program they may wish to
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..
(Information Processing & Technology)
||Film, TV and
Organisation & Management)
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...
Communications and Research Skills
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
- 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
Senior School Class Sizes and
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
By Grades 11 and 12 students
classes are structured around each student's Individual