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Smiling ACC Southlands high school students

Secondary School

High school sports class in circle around teacher holding soccer ball
Year 7 boy and girl reading book together
ACC Southlands students in sports uniform on beach playing games

Junior Secondary

The Junior Secondary programme aims to provide a space where students can feel well known, safe and valued. Each student takes part in a comprehensive Pastoral Care programme which teaches students the personal skills necessary for success in secondary school, such as effective study techniques, personal organisation and the maintenance of positive relationships. The Pastoral Care time is also an opportunity for teachers and students to pray together and share how God is working in their lives.

All of our Junior Secondary students complete Wisdom, Faith and Life lessons. These lessons provide an opportunity to engage with the Christian faith and to learn what it means to live a life that is connected to Christ.

Year 7

The start of high school can be an exciting, yet daunting time for young people. They’re learning the routines of secondary education while connecting with new students and teachers. Our Year 7s are a team; whether they are working hard in Maths, or playing hard in Physical Education, they are in it together.

To support the adjustment of our newest secondary students, we have designed a caring, supportive learning environment. Year 7 students take part in an orientation week, a comprehensive Pastoral Care programme and additional activities such as excursions and a Year 7 Camp.

Year 7 subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages Other than English: Mandarin
  • Emergency Services Cadets
  • Digital Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Wisdom Faith and Life

Year 8 and 9

Year 8 and 9 students are provided with additional opportunities. They choose from optional subjects that cater to a wide variety of interests. Year 8 also students take part in an Adventure Camp that aims to stretch students’ self-belief and further develop the Year 8 community. In Year 9, students take part in a Discovery Camp, where they discover more about themselves, their friends and the South West region.

Subject choices take advantage of our spectacular location in the Great Southern. Outdoor Education classes take students hiking Albany’s granite outcrops, snorkelling in the bays or even canoeing in the King River. Permaculture lessons utilise the local Community Gardens where students sustainably grow and harvest fresh produce. Service to our amazing Albany community is fostered through our Emergency Services Cadets lessons, where students learn surf lifesaving skills at Middleton Beach, fire and rescue procedures and even emergency communications.

We help our students develop respectful relationships and foster a culture where each child feels valued. Our research-backed wellbeing programs teach and model highly practical strategies that help students navigate and thrive during their teenage years.

Year 10

Year 10 is a preparatory year for senior secondary study and life beyond school. Our Year 10 students work to refine their study skills, find their passions and determine the best pathway for further study. Not only are Year 10s prepared for their academic future, but they are also prepared for greater independence through the Essentials for Life course, which covers topics such as budgeting, cooking, household care and car maintenance.

Year 10 students are further prepared for the senior years by working toward earning WACE credits. All Year 10 students complete the Core Project, an initiative of local Albany churches. This SCSA accredited course builds on their prior learning in Wisdom Faith and Life, providing students with a sound understanding of Christianity. In addition, students are given the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. This award culminates in the Adventurous Journey, a three day hike that takes advantage of the pristine environment of the Great Southern.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students are offered the following subjects:

Years 8, 9, & 10

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Emergency Services Cadets
  • Visual Art
  • Photography

Year 8

  • Music
  • Design and Technology: Woodwork
  • Digital Technology: Robotics
  • Languages Other than English: Mandarin
  • Media
  • Drama
  • Wisdom Faith and Life

Year 9

  • Year 9 Principal’s Exhibition Project
  • Outdoor Education
  • Digital Technology: Website Design
  • Design and Technology: Metalwork / Lutherie
  • Choir
  • Rock Band
  • Best Books
  • Wisdom Faith and Life

Year 10

  • Outdoor Education
  • Design and Technology: Metalwork
  • Permaculture
  • Choir
  • Best Books
  • The Core Project
  • Cadets: Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Essentials for Life

Senior Secondary Study - Years 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12 students are years of purpose, passion and perseverance. We invest in developing students who graduate from secondary school with the mindset and skills to succeed in twenty-first century workplaces. All senior students are encouraged to think of themselves as leaders, and to develop the skills of servant leadership through their participation in Leadership Portfolios, Leadership camps, school based and extracurricular activities.

We love that our Secondary School is smaller than most. It allows us to know each child well and make sure that they are learning. Having said that, our subject offering is surprisingly broad. Each year, our subject offering is developed with consideration for student needs, therefore, there may be adjustments to better suit cohorts from year to year.

Students can choose between three pathways for their senior secondary study: ATAR, General or General plus Vocational Education and Training. Please see our Student Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.

Year 11 and 12 subjects

List A

  • English Atar
  • Geography Atar
  • Modern History Atar
  • Economics Atar
  • English General
  • Modern History General
  • Religion And Life General
  • Career And Enterprise General
  • Children, Family & The Community General
  • Health Studies General
  • Visual Arts General

List B

  • Mathematics Applications Atar
  • Mathematics Methods Atar
  • Human Biology Atar
  • Psychology Atar
  • Chemistry Atar
  • Mathematics Essential General
  • Human Biology General
  • Design (Graphics) General
  • Applied Information Technology General
  • Physical Education Studies General
  • Outdoor Education General (On Campus Only)