Senior School (Years 9-10)
Senior School Structure
At Kingston High School the Senior School is comprised of Grade 9 and 10 students who are based in three Pods, C, B and A Pods. There is a Senior School Assistant Principal, three Pod Coordinators – one in each pod, and a team of core teachers based in each Pod with whom students spend the majority of their time. The core teachers have a strong pastoral care role and develop close connections with students across a range of learning areas.
The Pod environment develops a community of learners or a small school within a school. Each pod has between 100-125 students and four or five teachers who spend the majority of their time in one pod. The Senior School provides a nurturing and safe learning environment for all students. This enables students to feel secure and enjoy a sense of belonging; as well as providing for a consistent approach to their learning and welfare.
How the Grade 9/10 Learning Program is organised
Kingston High timetable has twenty, seventy five minute lessons per week; four per day.
Students in Grade 9 study five compulsory core Australian Curriculum subjects:
- English - three lessons per week
- Maths – three lessons per week
- Science – three lessons per week
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) - three lessons per week
- Work Studies
Health and Physical Education is also compulsory and is studied for 2 lessons per week.
In addition to the core program students can select three optional subjects. There are six lessons per week for these subjects and students can choose one full year subject and two half year semester subjects. Subjects offered are drawn from the three curriculum areas:
- The Arts – Music, Drama, Dance, Art, Media, Creative Writing
- Technologies –Design Technologies and Digital Technologies
- Languages – Japanese
- Additional HPE options – Athlete Development, Outdoor Education and Sports Psychology and Anatomy
Subject Levies and Costs
A composite school levy is charged at the beginning of the year to cover the costs of materials and equipment used by students for most option subjects. Students who are eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme are exempt from levy payments relating to this core educational provision.
In some subjects from the Technologies learning area, there may also be additional costs during the year if students choose to undertake projects that require more expensive materials than those planned for as part of the normal teaching and learning program.
A small number of option subjects, which have a significant materials or resource cost to run, attract a surcharge that is outlined and costed with the levies. In 2019 these subjects include Catering, Food Studies, and Design in Wood, Applied Technology and Outdoor Education. In these subjects there are either experiences or resources that students experience take home or consume.