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Program

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International Student program

At Yeronga we focus on a holistic education that emphasizes the development of the well-balanced young person, who is empowered and wants to go out into the world and make a positive difference. We see it as our responsibility to provide numerous opportunities and programs for all students to find meaning, enjoyment, and a sense of belonging and connection.


Our Philosophy

One of the most important decisions is deciding what high school to attend. Great schools and learning communities are formed on the basis of positive relationships, where student and teacher expectations are high and where learning is taken seriously. At Yeronga SHS, our school vision "Quality Pathways to Success" is the DNA that drives us forward. Yeronga is an exciting and vibrant school community who embrace a forward thinking global perspective. All students and staff work together to uphold our values of Quality, Harmony and Sustainability.

Facilities

Located in the inner city suburb of Yeronga, our school has a large campus with many green spaces. We have three large ovals in which students can spend their lunchtimes. Other facilities:

  • Assembly hall
  • Auditorium
  • Sound proof music and recording rooms
  • Languages building with language labs
  • Hospitality kitchens
  • Science laboratories
  • Green room for filming and photography
  • Computer labs with specialist equipment e.g. 3D printers
  • Extensive gardens
  • Community fruit and vegetable garden
  • Manual arts facilities - metal work, wood work, mechanics
  • Resources centre – Library, Business and Information Technology
  • Sports hall with professional grade basketball court and climbing/abseiling walls

Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 students sample a range of subjects throughout the year. In Junior Secondary the Curriculum is organised around the Australian National Curriculum. Elective subjects include Design Technology, Information Digital Technology, CEO—Building a Business, Digi Minds, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Food Studies, Manual Arts, Music Performance. Students also study Chinese.

As students move into Year 9 they have an increased opportunity to select elective subjects for study. Although there is greater choice in Year 9, all students retain the CORE subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, HPE 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.

The senior subjects offered at Yeronga State High School are either QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) developed or VET (Vocational Education and Training). The QCAA develops four types of senior subject syllabuses — General, Applied, Senior External Examinations and Short Courses. Extension subjects are extensions of the related General subjects and are studied concurrently with Units 3 and 4 of the General course. Typically, it is expected that most students will complete these courses across Years 11 and 12. All subjects build on the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

Some of the subjects we offer are:

  • English
  • English as an additional language
  • Physical Education
  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Chinese
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Fashion
  • Film and Media
  • Information Communication Technology

Excellence Programs

Languages

In years 7, 8, 9 students explore Chinese language and culture. We also have a Spanish Conversation club accessible to all students. In senior, there are a variety of languages which lead to university pathways as well as vocational pathways:

  • Chinese general subject
  • Certificate II Applied Languages (Chinese)
  • Certificate III Applied Languages (Chinese)
  • Studying first languages through Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE). For example, Japanese and German.

Philosophical Inquiry

A discrete discipline taught across in Junior Secondary. Why teach Philosophy? Philosophy provides students with an opportunity to explore the 'BIG questions' in life as we teach the critical, creative and caring thinking skills they need to understand, deconstruct and synthesise the concepts and issues involved. Students study Philosophy & Reasoning for 60 minutes each week, and over the course of a term, will have unpacked and responded to challenges or issues relevant to their world.

The Arts

Whether students have the opportunity to perform in theatre productions or help out behind the scenes, studying Drama and Performing Arts not only engages with the creative side of the brain, it also provides an ideal balance in students' patterns of study. Budding actors, dancers, stagehands and makeup artists from all year levels meet after school each week in the auditorium preparing for one of the true highlights of the Yeronga school year... Our annual Musical performance! This year students created and performed to a packed audience the complex, yet moving story Star Cross'd Smash based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

Laptop Program

At Yeronga SHS every student receives a laptop as part of their enrolment at our school. We have prioritised this as we believe students must have the right tools in order to succeed.

Leadership Opportunities

Student leadership is taken seriously at Yeronga with many roles being available across year levels for student voices to be heard. These include:

  • School captains
  • Sport captains
  • Student representative council members
  • Social network leaders
  • The Green team

Contacts

Humanities, Languages and International

Home Stay Co-ordinator



Holly Haswell-Smith
Ph: (07) 3249 1400
159 Villa Street
Yeronga 4104
Maria Pudlyk
Ph: (07) 3249 1400
159 Villa Street
Yeronga 4104
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Last reviewed 13 December 2019
Last updated 13 December 2019