The Senior Phase Program at MIC
In our Senior Phase (Year 10 -12) we prepare students to lead happy and purposeful lives. This is achieved by meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of the adolescent through an environment which encourages purposeful work, life experience and a love of learning.
When you walk into the Senior Phase environment the first thing you notice is it looks and feels more like a creative workspace or university than a school.
One student adds images and words to a timeline of human conflict over the past century that stretches across the whole room. Another student is editing a Science film – an animation showing where the atomic elements used in mobile phones are sourced. Nearby a maths teacher and students investigate how to apply their knowledge of trigonometry to the designs of their scale models of buildings. In the room next door a teacher and students plan an upcoming community event, and on the verandah overlooking the bush land, a student works independently, adding the finishing touches to a painting.
These are self-motivated students with a love of learning.
This is a normal day in the MIC Senior Phase program.
A typical morning begins with a community meeting to plan the day, teachers check how students are going and everyone discusses current events in the news. Some students then break off into groups for specific academic classes such as English or Mathematics. Other students work independently – completing assessments tasks for university or TAFE courses.
Students use the kitchen to make lunch for themselves or they work together to create a communal meal. A question about platypuses becomes a study of the monotreme’s natural environment and before long this leads to an investigation of the creek that runs through our rainforest, involving students testing the water and looking for evidence of burrows.
The last part of the day is spent looking after their environment; washing dishes, sweeping floors, watering plants and tidying in preparation for tomorrow’s classes. At MIC students are not only given clear pathways to university and future employment, they are given the practical skills they will need for their future independence.
Year 10 follows the ACARA and QCAA guidelines and is the first year of the three-year Senior Phase program for Years 10, 11 and 12.
The first year of Senior Phase is important because it gives students the opportunity to prepare for what is to come. Students are aware of the program format and requirements to allow a smooth transition from Year 10 into the final years of school in Year 11 and Year 12.
- Year 10 students spend a morning a week in a diverse range of community service activities where they gain the benefit of helping the community.
- The Year 10 community service program is arranged by the school, however students are encouraged to develop their own ideas.
- This is a valuable time where the Senior Phase community comes together on a weekly basis.
- Seminar is a useful platform for allowing students to explore concepts such as ethical dilemmas and case studies and community issues (school, local, national, global).
- Students identify a career interest and spend time in that industry.
Each student belongs to a mixed age mentor group in the Senior Phase. The group is managed by a Senior Phase teacher who meets with the group every morning to mark attendance and plan the day. Mentor time is also spent socialising with the students, student support, discussing any issues and participating in fun activities.
In Years 11 and 12 students study toward a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) as administered by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).