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Head of Department's Introduction

Mr Matt Petersen HOD Junior Secondary

​“Learning is active, engaging and connected to real life experiences”

 Matt Petersen, Head of Junior Secondary Department


Life at Yeronga is busy and very rewarding. Students get involved in a wide range of activities…..

From performing The Ancient Mariner in the Auditorium and creating  ceramic works of art, to presenting a proposal at the Students' Representative Council and crossing the finish line at House Sports; at Yeronga we offer a vast array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities.  

The Junior Secondary curriculum is designed to be challenging, exciting and enriching. Independent and collaborative learning is fostered. Each student has their own laptop computer with access to software, multimedia, email and the internet.

Academic Life

Year 7 and 8 students sample a range of subjects throughout the year. In Junior Secondary the curriculum is organised around the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) learning areas - English, Mathematics, Science,     Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technology. These provide students the best opportunity to acquire the     essential knowledge, skills and understanding for future success in senior school. 

As students move into Year 9 they have the opportunity to select elective         subjects for study. Although there is increased choice in Year 9, all students retain the CORE subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, Health and Physical Education and Humanities and Social Sciences. As students enter the senior phase of learning we begin to offer greater flexibility in learning pathways to allow students to achieve a range of career and life goals. 

In Year 10, accelerated learning pathways are undertaken by identified students.  They begin their Senior Phase of Learning Program early by participating in Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) subjects which allows students to earn QCE  credits and engage in early entry courses at QUT, UQ, USQ and Griffith University.  To allow for the diversity of students, we encourage students to select the pathway most suitable for their language learning and development. For some, this involves completing Certificate III courses leading to alternate entry pathways to universities using selection ranks or TAFE enrolment. Our Senior Education and Training Planning (SET-P) process is rigorous and is designed to ensure all students work to attain an individualised Quality Pathway to Success.

​In Years 11 and 12, students continue their journey towards attaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The qualification is internationally acknowledged and recognises the broad range of learning, including senior school subjects, vocational education and training (VET), workplace and community learning, and university subjects undertaken while at school. ​