Senior School

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Senior School

Head of Senior School, Mr Damian Hill

The Senior School at Cardijn College is unique in its learning philosophy and curriculum offerings.

The Senior School has a focus on independent learning and creating a learning climate where no dream is too big or too hard to reach and where every student can strive for their personal best in whichever pathway they choose. The structure and organisation in the Senior School allows for greater flexibility and choice.

This is a very important development stage for our students, as they make life choices about career and future study options.

However, while the focus is on striving for academic success, students are involved in a range of co-curricular activities which include:

  • Camps and Retreats
  • Work Experience
  • Australian Business Week
  • Specialist subject activities such as Performing Arts productions. 

In addition, the Senior School is also the focus for student leadership development through the peer support program and senior leadership forum.

For further information on the Senior School, contact the Head of Senior School, Mr Damian Hill on 08 8392 9500 or email 


Curriculum & Learning

Cardijn College offers a broad variety of subjects in the Senior School giving all students the opportunity to choose a course of study that caters for their individual interests and talents.
We are proud to be a College delivering theSouth Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) an internationally recognized qualification, which acts as a passport to employment or tertiary study.

Our aim in the Senior school is to provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for employment or tertiary study. We are also proud to provide multiple pathways to students while still at school, making available Vocational and Educational Training opportunities.

We recognise that the future of our students is not found in our past. The world our students will live in is characterised by rapid change. As a community we are committed to learning, understanding and applying, as distinct from simply knowing and reproducing. We strive be to a vibrant community of learners with a comprehensive Senior School curriculum that encourages both collaborative and individual learning. Our students are taught to develop negotiation, problem solving, communication, presentation, planning and researching skills, and they are encouraged to participate actively and to stretch themselves.

Our students have so many opportunities available to them; all of which play a part in their personal development. Cardijn College has enjoyed a long tradition of academic excellence and broad subject choices in Years 10 to 12.

Our focus is the preparation of young people to be active citizens in a global world. Whether a student chooses further study at a tertiary institution, an apprenticeship, a traineeship or entry into the workforce, Cardijn College prepares its students well.

Curriculum for Year 10
In the Senior School at Year 10, students complete a compulsory curriculum in core subject areas including:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography

Students may also choose a number of subjects from other areas of interest to compliment their studies from a wide variety of choices.

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
Students are also enrolled in the Personal Learning Plan (PLP).

The PLP is a compulsory component of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and provides Year 10 students with an opportunity to plan their pathway through the senior school. It is an essential component of their study.

Curriculum for Years 11 and 12
At Years 11 and 12 students continue their studies in the SACE in a broad range of subject areas:

  • Religious Education
  • Humanities
  • Social and Cultural Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Health and Personal Development
  • The Arts

The College offers many subjects including those which are acceptable for university and TAFE entry. The SACE provides pathways to the three South Australian universities and the institutes of TAFE, as well as interstate and overseas universities.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Cardijn College supports numerous Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and students are able to access these as part of their program of study at the College.

For more detailed information about our curriculum, please download the 2017 Senior School Curriculum Handbook or contact Ms Natalie Paelchen, Director of Teaching and Learning.