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Senior Schooling at Lowood State High School

Year 10, 11 and 12 make up the senior phase of learning at Lowood State High School.  The senior years represent a stage of learning where students have greater choice in the courses they choose to study on the pathway that is right for them.  More choice encourages students engage with their education and achieve success which will provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

All students completing their senior years at Lowood are given the opportunity, and expected to attain:

·       A Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) QCE Guides and resources

·       A nationally recognised Vocational qualification (VET)

Gaining these certificates will ensure that students have developed the skills and practices to transition to further study and/or the workplace after school.

All information regarding Senior Schooling at Lowood State High School is available in the Lowood State High School Senior Pathway Guide.

 Every child matters everyday

All students can be high achievers

Year 10

Year 10 is creates solid foundations and prepares students for the transition to Year 11 and 12. This is the time that provides the evidence on which to base future aspirations for the senior pathway. During Year 10, students are expected to take more responsibility for their learning and choices. Students are supported to develop and practice skills which are crucial to success including time management and study sills.

Some important events in Year 10 include:

·       Futures program focussed on career development options

·       Pathways to Your Future – subject and post-schooling information evening

·       SET Plans including subject selections for Year 11 and 12

·       Learning account established (Student Connect)

·       Some students may begin a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Year 11 & 12

With students on the pathway that is right for them they are able to experience success and enjoyment at school. The two pathways offered are:

OP Pathway

o   more academically rigorous and requires a high level of commitment to classwork and additional time out of school to study.

o   Includes sitting the QCS test and preparatory program

VET Pathway

o   incorporates Nationally Recognised qualifications and Subject Area Syllabus (SAS) subjects which are generally more practically oriented and have strong workforce links.

In addition to the two main pathways, there may be a small number of students who are not eligible for an OP but would like to gain tertiary entry. These students may be eligible for a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER). It is important they seek advice from staff to ensure any prerequisites are covered and their course choices are appropriate.

Academic Coaching

Lowood State High School values EVERY student. Each Year 11 and 12 is assigned an Academic Coach who they meet with over the course of the two years to discuss progress, strategies for improvement and any other aspect of their schooling they feel important. During coaching sessions, students are able to gain a clear insight into their levels of achievement and match these with their goals and current progress. They can work with their coach to plan how to improve and target areas for the greatest outcome.

If you would like any further information regarding Senior Schooling please contact Head of Department – Ms Stacey Mallett.