Senior Secondary School 9-12
Timetable & Home Group
The school day is structured into 6 x 45-minute blocks per day. Students commence the day at 8:50am with a 20-minute Home Group session. Home Groups are vertically arranged, comprising Grade 9 and Grade 10 students. These groups meet daily and then again during the week to undertake MyEducation learning sessions. The vertical structure of our Senior School Home Groups will be extended to include Grade 11 and 12 students over the next few years.
Student leadership opportunities
From 2018 Sorell Senior School will include a Student Representative Council (SRC), with student leaders elected from Grades 9 to 12. Grade 10 student leaders will have the opportunity to undertake the Learn2Lead program offered through the University of Tasmania. In 2018, the SRC’s major project will be the review and design of a new Sorell School uniform, as part of the whole-school redevelopment plan for the coming years. Students with an interest in representing and serving their school are encouraged to apply for SRC and other leadership roles.
GRADES 9 - 10
In Grades 9 & 10, students undertake a balanced learning program comprising core and elective subjects.
Core subjects include:
- Health and Physical Education
Elective subjects (in 2018) include:
- Eating with Friends
- Mechanical and Digital Technologies
- Jiu Jitsu
- STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics extension)
- Outdoor Education
- Child Studies
- Mind Your Own Business
Students are allocated personal lockers and are able to securely store their belongings within the Senior School buildings.
We offer one-to-one devices to enable students to work with the latest technology in class. These devices are supported by on-site IT staff and are stored securely at school. Students are welcome to bring their own device to school, providing it meets the requirements for classwork. To support a positive and productive learning environment, Sorell Senior School enforces a strict ‘No Phones in Class’ policy.
Big Picture Education
A new design in learning the Big Picture Academy at Sorell School offers students (in grade nine and ten), the opportunity to create an individualised program based on their interests and passions. At Big Picture, our motto is "One Student at a Time." An Individual Learning plan that addresses how the student will achieve his or her learning goals is negotiated with student, parent, advisor, and, eventually, mentor input.
We utilise project-based learning. This way the learning first comes from interests or passions that the student has, and then creates a mechanism that ensures that the student will address and master all that is required. This method avoids having the student in the same class with the same text, on the same page and all moving at the same rate.
We believe that true learning takes place when each student is an active participant in his or her education, when his or her course of study is personalised by teachers, parents and mentors who know him or her well, and when school-based learning is blended with outside experiences that heighten the student's interest. Big Picture's rigorous and highly personalised approach to education combines academic work with real world learning. It focuses on educating ‘one student at a time' and inverts the traditional education model by placing the student, their passions and their interests, at the centre of the learning process.
Applications for Big Picture will become available in term three, there will be a letter sent to parents/guardians/carers of year eight students in the first week of term three. The written applications are then due by the end of term three. Applicants must be available for interview with parents/guardians/carers in the first three weeks of term four. Acceptance letters will be sent in week four of term four.
Grade 11 - 12
Grades 11 and 12 are the last steps in your schooling life, but the first steps into your future. The vast majority of today's jobs require a Year 12 or higher qualification, and employers are looking for people who are flexible, adaptable and willing to learn new things. Sorell School is a Tasmanian Extension School, extending to Grades 11 and 12 from 2017. We are a member of the teggana collective, which also includes Bayview Secondary College, Clarence High School, Campania District High School, Rose Bay High School, Triabunna District High School and Rosny College. Together we provide Grade 11 and 12 classes on site, and access to shared resources to meet the individual and diverse needs of every student.
Most of our Grade 11 and 12 classes are conducted at the South-East Trade Training Centre (SETTC) campus, which also caters for adult community learners. The SETTC has a full commercial kitchen, construction workshop, horticulture area including propagation shed, tool storage, hot house and shade house, six classrooms and access to the School Farm.
Timetabled classes for students in Grades 11 and 12 are tailored to meet the individual’s study plan. Teachers from the Senior School will take some core subject classes, while specialist teachers will attend Sorell School to take V.E.T. and some other subjects.
Students in Grades 11 and 12 have the opportunity to engage with the Senior School (Grades 9 and 10) on a regular basis, through joint assemblies, shared sporting activities and in some cases shared classes.
TASC subjects and Vocational Education and Training (V.E.T.)
TASC subjects provide a broad range of learning opportunities which can help lead to employment and
further education. TASC subjects are organised into four levels of difficulty – Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 (with 4 being the most difficult).
- Level 3 and 4 subjects, also known as pre-tertiary subjects, can contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR).
- Level 1 and 2 subjects are non-pre-tertiary and do not count towards an ATAR but do count towards the TCE. They can be preliminary or foundation study for a pre-tertiary program.
In addition to TASC-accredited courses such as the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), students in Grades 11 and 12 can undertake
V.E.T. courses at Sorell School in the following areas:
- Certificate II Agriculture
- Certificate II Construction
- Certificate II Electrotechnology
- Certificate II and III Animal Studies