Senior School (Year 10 – Year 12)
Welcome to Senior School
The Senior School at Ursula Frayne Catholic College caters for students in Years 10, 11, and 12. Preparation for life beyond secondary school is a key focus in the Senior College. This preparation incorporates two aspects: the pastoral pathway encouraging resilience, independence and social awareness, and the individual academic pathway promoting excellence in scholarship. Our aim is for our students to exit the College feeling positive, self-assured, with the confidence to face the future with hope and optimism. To this end, we challenge and support every individual student and develop their skills and abilities, helping them to achieve their maximum potential.
We expect and maintain high academic standards and the pursuit of excellence in all respects. It follows that we only accept the highest standards of behaviour and seek the support of parents in helping us to achieve our goals. We believe relationships are at the heart of learning and we want our students to feel connected to each other, our community and the College.
About Senior Schooling
Ursula Frayne Catholic College has established the Senior School as a separate sub-school entity – “a school within a school”. The Senior School model acknowledges that the emotional and psychological needs of adolescents aged between 14 and 17 are significantly different to younger children. As a result, educational methodology in and out of the classroom needs to reflect this difference. Older adolescents need to be exposed to greater freedom and independence in order to promote their personal development and growth. The structure and functioning of senior school addresses these different needs.
Senior school students are given more rights, privileges and responsibilities. In a sense, the aim of senior school is to accelerate the process of personal and academic development by exposing students to a wider variety of opportunities and experiences.
To this end, the Senior School curriculum at Ursula Frayne Catholic College has the goal of providing students with the opportunity to select courses according to their specific needs, interests, and career path. A number of checks and balances have been established to ensure that the College maintains high standards of academic rigor and that all students strive for academic excellence. The College places great importance on the extension of students.
In Senior School, we recognise that students are at different starting points, they learn at different rates and they bring a wide range of previous experiences to their learning. For these reasons, students are involved in intensive career coaching where the students are assisted in goal setting and personal course design. Students are encouraged to set academic goals and their progress is closely monitored to assist them to meet these goals.
The selection of appropriate subjects that suit individual student’s needs is crucial. Ursula Frayne Catholic College provides individual counselling for each Senior School student to assist them in the subject selection process. The parents of each student in Years 10 and 11 attend an interview with the Head of Senior School or the Careers Coordinator for the purpose of selecting subjects. The College boasts an experienced, energetic and talented teaching staff committed to the pursuit of academic excellence. The one-on-one counselling, coupled with the meticulous review of students’ performance and ongoing counselling throughout years 10 to 12, is the key to the outstanding results achieved by our students.
Senior School Objectives
The Senior School philosophy is to provide a learning environment where the learner is motivated actively engaged in the learning process. We provide our students with a mature learning environment where a solid work ethic, self-discipline and learning skills are fostered. This philosophy consolidates the student centred learning pedagogy used in the Middle School. Students are encouraged to accept greater responsibility for not only what they learn, but also how they learn.
Preparation for life after Ursula Frayne Catholic College is an essential element of the Senior School. The core belief is that students achieve their best in an adult learning environment, based on individual choice and the pursuit of excellence. In addition to the five core values of the College the Senior School aims to ensure that students reach their full potential and to this end we will work with them to develop their:
- Personal integrity, self confidence and self esteem
- Capacity to make informed decisions and to accept responsibility for their actions
- Ability to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle
- Ability to plan for the future and to work independently
- Desire for lifelong learning
- Belief and desire to make a positive difference in the world
The main objectives of the Senior School curriculum are:
- Establishing high standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum.
- Providing students with a number of suitable curriculum pathways.
- Providing students with the ability to plan for life after school.
- Present opportunities for students to develop problem solving skills.
- To create a school culture of achievement and excellence.
- Providing students with opportunities to be self disciplined and self motivated.
- Incorporating technology into the curriculum as an important learning tool.
- Meeting the special needs of individual students by offering relevant subjects.
- Incorporating a degree of choice for the student in regard to what is studied.
The Structure of the Senior School
The teaming of students and teachers into small groups is a key feature of the Senior School. The Senior School at Ursula Frayne Catholic College is divided into three sub-groups or Clusters. Each Cluster is comprised of a Cluster Leader and five Form Teachers.
Clusters and Pastoral Care
Ursula Frayne Catholic College promotes the balanced development of our students within a community atmosphere.
Young people need support and encouragement during the Senior School. This is put into practice through a caring but disciplined environment designed to make students feel safe and confident to develop their potential.
To improve the care for each child, the Senior School is divided into three separate Clusters; Xavier, Siena and McAuley
Each Cluster has a Cluster Leader and five Form Teachers. The Cluster Leader is responsible for the overall co-ordination and organisation of their Cluster. The Form Teacher is the link between school and home for general information concerning a student’s academic progress, study, attitude, attendance and general happiness at school.
Parent-Staff communications are an integral component of the Pastoral Care Programme for students at Ursula Frayne Catholic College and the Form Teacher or the parent/guardian is encouraged to initiate communication by use of notes in the student diary, telephone, letter or interview.
To guide students, clear expectations of their rights and responsibilities are set down.
|Siena Cluster||McAuley Cluster||Xavier Cluster|
Senior School students (Years 10 to 12) are exposed to greater control over their learning. This philosophy consolidates the student centred learning pedagogy used in Middle School. Students are encouraged to accept greater responsibility for not only what they learn, but also how they learn. A collaborative approach to the teaching-learning process is adopted where the teacher is a facilitator of learning.
The emphasis is on developing life skills such as problem solving, analytical thinking, time management, teamwork, and process skills. As students acquire these skills, they become more efficient and effective learners. Students are encouraged to become independent, self-motivated learners with well-developed research skills.
Transition from the Middle School to the Senior School
Year 10 is seen as a transition year from Middle Schooling to Senior Schooling. This transition process is supported by subject selection predicated on prerequisites. The prerequisites provide a foundation for success with further study. We also encourage students to make a realistic judgement about their progress towards these career goals. The introduction of prerequisites also supports the concept of ‘making high school count’. Success at prerequisite study is a very good indicator of future success in a particular field of study.
Our aim is to ensure that students have the best possible chance of achieving success in the subjects they choose for study in Years 11 & 12. To this end prerequisites have been included for all year 11 & 12 subjects
The Senior School model has allowed Ursula Frayne Catholic College to place greater responsibility in the hands of the student body. Any student who wishes to be part of the student leadership body of Ursula Frayne Catholic College are required to write a letter of application to the College Principal and complete an application form. Students are normally interviewed prior to appointment.
The Head Boy, Head Girl, Student Council, Prefects and Cluster Captains all play a crucial leadership role within the college. These leaders are given extensive opportunities to exercise leadership. Student Leaders organise and run Leadership Seminars and speak directly to the student body at College assemblies. Students take an active role in the organisation of free dress days, socials, camps, retreats, and the College Ball.
Ursula Frayne Catholic College has established an excellent reputation for the selection of its student leadership body. Invariably, the students in leadership positions have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and a level of maturity beyond their years. They set a wonderful example to the student body and have set high standards regarding their contribution to Christian Service Learning and their overall contribution to the College.
Students in the leadership body and Student Council work closely with a designated teacher and the Head of Senior School to ensure that the rights and responsibilities of students are maintained.