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Welcome to Junior Secondary

Our Junior School Philosophy

Junior Secondary at Pacific Pines State High School focuses on the learner as the whole student.

Every lesson, every day, teachers and staff ensure that students are nurtured and provided with the tools to become lifelong learners through quality teaching. Teachers actively engage Junior Secondary students in learning that is relevant, authentic and challenging. Students develop a sense of belonging and connectedness to their school, peers and teachers.

Students, parents and the school are partners in preparing students for tomorrow’s challenges.

Transitioning to Year 7

Prepare for your child's transition from Primary to High School with the help of these helpful links and downloads:

Preparing your student for High School (PDF, 841KB)


Year 7 Subjects

In year 7, all students will be studying Mathematics, English, Science, Study of Society and Environment (SOSE), Health and Physical Education and Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
 
Students will study two technology elective subjects for a term each. An acceptance into an excellence program may replace some of the elective subjects.
 

Year 7 Core Subjects

Mathematics, English, Science, SOSE, Health and Physical Education, LOTE – Japanese.
 

Year 7 Electives

Creative Arts and Technology electives.
 

Year 8 Subjects

In year 8, all students will be studying Mathematics, English, Science, Study of Society and Environment (SOSE), Health and Physical Education and Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
 
Students will study three elective subjects for a semester each, at least one from the Arts and one from Technology. An acceptance into an excellence program may replace some of the elective subjects. 
 

Year 8 Core Subjects

Mathematics, English, Science, SOSE, Health and Physical Education, LOTE – Japanese.
 

Year 8 Electives

Business Studies, Home Economics, Industrial Design and Technology and Creative Arts.
 

Year 9 Subjects

In year 9, all students will be studying Mathematics, English, Science, Study of Society and Environment (SOSE) and Health and Physical Education.
 
Students will select elective subjects. These should suit particular career aspirations and that will match abilities and interest and should use the advice received from class talks, information evenings and discussions with Teachers, Heads of Departments and the School Guidance Officer.
 
As students move through years 10 to 12, they will be offered a greater freedom of choice in the subjects that they choose to study.
 
Year 9 - all students will study 5 core subjects and choose 4 elective subjects.
 
For more information for 2016, please see the Year 9 Subject Selection Book 2017 (PDF, 1,204 KB)
 

Year 9 Core subjects

English, Maths, Science, SOSE and Health and Physical Education
 

Year 9 Electives

Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Japanese, Business Law and Enterprise Studies, Digital Technology, Food Studies, Industrial Technology and Design.
 

NAPLAN

National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests identify whether all students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for their learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. Students are assessed using common national teste in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The results will provide teachers, students and parents or carers with information to inform discussions about student learning. These assessments will give students an opportunity to show what they have learned in class and will provide the school with valuable data that will  inform future teaching.

The NAPLAN tests are held in May each year and are conducted nationally. We provide our students with free breakfast each morning in order to support them to be the best they can be.

All eligible Year 7 and 9 students must sit for the tests. However, parents/carers wishing to apply for an exemption due to religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing must complete the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority) approved Notice of Parent Withdrawal. This form can be obtained by contacting the school via phone or email.

Encouraging your student to simply engage in the joy of reading in their own time is shown to significantly improve literacy and numeracy skills across all areas.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require assistance, you can call the Administration Office to make an appointment on 55025111.
 
Kylie Bell - Deputy Principal, Junior Secondary School
Levienne Warnar - Head of Department, Junior Secondary School