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Senior school

Senior Schooling refers to the education of students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Here at PBC we strive for the best for our students in all areas. ​

Statement of Intent

Palm Beach Currumbin State High to be a world-class school which nurtures the talents of every student, positions them to succeed in their preferred careers and thrive in all dimensions of a balanced adult life including relationships, health, creativity, citizenship and recreation.  

Our Philosophy : Nil Sed Optima - Nothing but the best

In the senior phase we aim provide an environment, curriculum and teaching expertise to enable students to reach their potential. We believe that students will rise and exceed the high standards and expectations we set. PBC believes that students need to have access to many opportunities and programs to cater to their diverse needs. We believe that we must treat each other with respect and integrity at all times and together we can achieve our dreams.​

 
The senior school has a culture of shared responsibility and personal accountability for the management of all senior school students and their pathways.

Preparation for the senior school begins in Year 10. Students are encouraged to explore the options available and to consider what subject areas they want to experience in readiness for future study in Year 11 and 12.
 
Students in Year 10 receive detailed information about senior subjects. Information nights about course availability and choices are held frequently at PBC.

Curriculum

In Senior School, students must study a minimum of six subjects. This must include a Maths and an English subject. Students have three pathways to choose from in their senior years of schooling:
 
  • An OP pathway- students must study a minimum of five authority subjects. Three of these must remain the same for the whole two years. Primarily, these students are aiming to study at a University level after completion of their Senior Schooling.
  • A RANK pathway - students must choose a minimum of one vocational education and training (VET) certificate and can only choose one authority registered subject and up to four authority subjects.​​​​​​​ Students selecting this pathway are personalising their pathway to further learning, apprenticeships or traineeships, the workforce or University.
  • A VET pathway- students must choose a minimum of two certificate-two qualifications, or be undertaking a school based apprenticeship or traineeship. Four other subjects must be studied which can be a combination of authority or authority registered subjects. Primarily, these students are aiming to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to join the workforce upon completiion of their Senior Schooling.

Further information about the subjects and pathways available in the senior school can be found in the Senior School Handbook Guide.
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