Senior Years 9-12
“Is this going to be on the test?”
The real test of education in the senior years is the ability for students to make smart, well-informed choices that expand their opportunities well beyond school. Such discernment is nurtured at Santa Sabina College through deliberate and explicit strategies that help our students to grow into adulthood. We challenge our students to critically evaluate and appreciate themselves, others, and the world around them. We do this in a spirit of dialogue with their peers, mentors, teachers, parents and professional partners.
We understand that student academic needs are diverse, and therefore profiling is critical to them in making astute choices of subjects, courses and pathways. We assist our students through offering flexible progression, the options of HSC or IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme), accelerated courses, online study options and tailored mentoring. We have high expectations of our senior students with approximately 40% of Years 11 and 12 students studying at Extension level and 98% of the HSC candidature accepting tertiary education places. We commenced the IBDP at the start of 2018 and are looking forward to outstanding results from them, our trailblazers, at the end of 2019.
Our students learn beyond the classroom by immersing themselves in the world of others. The Dominican spirit of dialogue is evident as Year 9 and 10 students travel to the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) lands of Central Australia, and Year 11 students partner with communities in the Solomon Islands and South Africa each year. The commitment to education for justice is demonstrated daily through our students’ involvement in outreach and service.
At Santa Sabina College we are proud of the opportunities we present our students by opening our doors to the wider educational and professional communities. Such partnerships add life and breadth to scholarship, and amount to education at the highest level.