Senior Years

The Senior Years (10 -12) at Aquinas is where students look to the future. Students think about life after school. Aquinas provides personal skills to deal with a world of work, of change and a world where students can be happy. This is achieved through our three year mentoring program and our careful attention to curriculum. The focus of the Senior Years is to build upon the philosophy of the Middle Years and to continue to create independent, creative and deep learners.

Aquinas provides Senior Years students with a broad range of subject choices, with curriculum that is informed by current educational philosophies, grounded in experience and success, and that encourages critical and independent thinking. Students can select courses by interest and ability from Year 10, can choose VCE or VCAL at Year 11, can accelerate in VCE subjects and can supplement their skills with VET subjects.

Teaching and Learning

Teachers in the Senior Years demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for their subject area. Each teacher endeavors to ensure that every student experiences success.

While the emphasis is on active involvement and engagement in the classroom, students are supported in their organisation of their learning outside the classroom by the fortnightly distribution of all required work, in class and at home, a discrete study space and a range of subject specific tutorials and study groups. Students experiencing difficulties with meeting deadlines or achieving satisfactory grades are identified early through ongoing portal access and semester reports, and a range of intervention strategies are in place to assist these people.

Community Life in the Senior Years

All teachers working with Senior Years students are deemed to be teachers of pastoral care. Each student is allocated a mentor teacher who is responsible for monitoring the student’s learning progress.

Students in the Senior Years are actively involved in the EISM competition, other sporting competitions, the Senior Musical, A Capella Singing, Opening School Mass, Aquinas Open Day, Cross Age Tutoring, Retreats, the College Band and the Festival of Performing Arts. A diversity of interests is often a good predictor of student success.