The process for selecting courses for Year 11 and 12 students marks an important time in a student’s education. Whereas the curriculum up until Year 10 has consisted largely of compulsory courses, Year 11 opens up an exciting opportunity to choose courses based on interest and ability, with an eye to future directions for study and careers.
Kununurra District High School is a bi-modal school. This means that we can offer an extensive range of courses for Year 11 and 12 students either face-to-face or via the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE). We offer a variety of opportunities for young adults preparing for a variety of post school pathways. As a school striving for academic excellence, Kununurra District High School has a strong commitment to ensuring the highest educational outcomes for our students.
Studying at the senior level means that students are expected to take greater responsibility for their decisions. Additionally, students are expected to develop independence in their study habits and skills.
SUBJECT SELECTION PROCESS
The school offers its students a wide range of subjects and courses from which to choose. In that way it makes sure no group of students with a special interest is overlooked by a list of prescribed subjects and courses. When students make their selections classes are established and a timetable constructed. From time to time, when insufficient students choose a particular subject or course, or if there is a timetable clash, then students will be assisted to make another selection.
Year 11 students
Students entering Year 11 have a wide choice of Courses (CoS) from which to choose in preparation for TAFE and/or University entrance, and to meet their particular needs and interests. In 2012 Kununurra District High School, in collaboration with the School of Isolated and Distance Education and the Kimberley College of TAFE, will be able to offer an extensive range of subjects for Senior School students.
Students entering Year 11 will select five courses (i.e. five pairs of units) which normally will be studied in both Years 11 and 12. Students need to ensure that the courses chosen are from both List A (arts, languages and social sciences) and List B (science, mathematics and technology) to satisfy Graduation requirements (WACE). Year 12, students who wish to apply for University Entrance must select at least four courses (i.e. pairs of units) at stage 3 level (e.g. 3A and 3B), or have very high results in stage 2 courses. It is highly recommended that students select a minimum of 5 university pathway courses in Year 11.
Year 12 students
It is expected that students in Year 12 will follow the same program commenced in Year 11 so the subject choices for Year 12 have been structured in this way.
Variations to this should only be made after careful consideration, appropriate recommendations from teaching staff, and discussion with the Senior School Coordinator or Assistant Principal (Senior School). Some non-TEE subjects and stage 2 courses may not run if insufficient students choose them. Once students have commenced their program of study, subject changes are discouraged and usually only considered when a student is in a program of study that proves too difficult. Students who are attending TAFE or have Traineeships, may have their school subject load reduced as TAFE or the Traineeship replaces a subject. Year 12 students studying four or more subjects which contribute to the TER and have satisfactorily completed Year 11 may be able to reduce their subject load. Requests should be made to the Senior School Coordinator or Assistant Principal (Senior School
It is important that students research widely to find out as much as possible about their areas of interest. This knowledge will help when making decisions about which courses to study in Years 11 and 12. Someone who is currently doing the job which is of interest to a student may be in the best position to give a real insight into what the job is really like and the skills and knowledge required. However, requirements for entry into courses do change regularly, so students should confirm information with an appropriate source.
A lot of information is available to students at school. The Library and the Senior School building have information about TAFE and the universities as well as Job Guides, career files, pamphlets, computer packages and CDs which students are able to borrow.
Teachers and members of the Student Services team are an additional source of career information.
EXPECTATIONS OF SENIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS AT KUNUNURRA DHS
Senior School students at Kununurra DHS are expected to:
Sign the Personal Agreement form
Sign the ‘Permission to Leave School Grounds’ form
Complete the Vehicle permission form before bringing a vehicle to school
Maintain Good Standing
Adhere to the school’s Assessment policy
Students who receive three (3) breaches of contract could have their enrolment terminated as provided in the Education Act (Section 95): “The Principal of a government school may exclude from attendance at the school…..a Senior School student….if:
(1) the student’s attendance at the school is not satisfactory
(2) the student is not participating in the educational program of the school in a way that is of benefit to his or her educational progress
(3) the student has failed to comply with a requirement of any applicable code for students at the school”