St John’s Junior Secondary program for Year 7 and 8 students commenced in 2014, with Year 9 added in 2015. Year 10 was added this year, and by 2024, the Secondary Department will comprise Years 7 – 12. Students in these year levels enjoy a dedicated Senior area of the school.
Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students follow a secondary timetable. In addition to core curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science and HASS, students in Years 8,9 and 10 are able to choose from a broad range of elective subjects. These vary from semester to semester, depending on student interests but can include Agriculture, Japanese, Home Economics, Textiles and Design, Manual Arts, Media Arts, Extension PE, Engineering, ICT, Dance, Visual Arts, Agriculture and Music. Our modern facilities are spacious and airconditioned and include specialist classrooms for relevant subjects. Individual Study Times is offered twice a week for students to work on assignments or homework under the supervision of secondary staff.
Technology is an integral part of the junior secondary learning process. In Year 7, students are loaned a Chromebook, and those in Years 8-10 participate in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. Apple iMacs are available for students to experiment with photo and movie editing and our 3D printers provide endless opportunities for creativity.
Our Junior Secondary students have the opportunity to take part in activities including virtual debating competitions, the Duke of Edinburgh program (Bridge Award), the Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge and the Kokoda Challenge in Brisbane.