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Senior School students learn best when subject offerings are engaging, match their skills and interests and are delivered in a way that encourages autonomy. Seymour’s ground-breaking Senior School program – Independence, recognises that every student will want to choose their own path through their final years at school and with a broad array of subject choices on offer, we are able to personalise this pathway. Much time is spent with each student and their family to develop a program which works to maximise opportunities for the student as they head towards tertiary study. We are also very aware that student priorities and interests change over their time, so a good working relationship with a Learning Mentor will help guide a student through her senior years and beyond.
Senior Foundation (Year 10)
Year 10 students study Mathematics, English, Science and History. They then map out a personalised program of electives, to match their capabilities and future aspirations. These include:
- Business, Economics and the Law
- Film and Media
- Food and Hospitality
- Marketing and Design
- Mathematics 10A
They can also commence up to two of their Stage 1 subjects in Year 10, including a range of new subjects as detailed below.
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
It is important that students have a choice of stimulating subjects that are relevant to global trends in industry as well as providing insight into potential careers.
With this in mind, Seymour made a well-considered decision to focus on providing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) for our senior secondary students.
SACE is a modern, internationally-recognised secondary school qualification designed to equip girls with the skills, knowledge, and personal capabilities to successfully participate in our fast-paced global society.
Through SACE, students are offered flexibility and choice in experiencing a range of subjects to help discover what they are truly passionate about. In addition, where girls have a particular interest, they can specialise.
A flexible curriculum that is matched to each student
Unlike traditional schooling structures, our Independence model has been designed to allow students to learn across year levels and subjects at their own pace and in their own way. They can negotiate with their Learning Mentor the best combination of subjects and the timetable that supports their co-curricular commitments, helping to find a balance in achieving the best learning outcomes.
We know that some students will be ready to accelerate through their three-year journey and our Independence model facilitates this by allowing students to access a flexible pathway. Year 10s can commence studying Stage 1 SACE subjects, and Year 11s can complete Stage 2 SACE subjects. More than half of our current Year 11 cohort are studying at least one Stage 2 subject.
In addition, our students have the opportunity to get ahead in their tertiary studies by enrolling in the University of Adelaide Headstart program, UniSA Accelerate program or the Flinders University Extension Studies program.
We cater to all interests
The range of SACE subjects offered at Seymour enables our students to discover what they are truly passionate about and to discover potential career choices. Our SACE subject offering will be expanded even further in 2022, to ensure that students remain in touch with global trends. Cyber Studies; Agribusiness, Sustainability and Ethical Practices; Forensic Psychology; Design, Technology and Engineering; and Social and Neuropsychology are just a few of the new specialist subjects on offer.
In addition, every Year 10 student at Seymour contributes further to her SACE by gaining a VET Certificate III qualification in Community Service.
Gaining crucial life skills
Our Senior School also supports students’ wellbeing and through mentorship we can develop a student’s skills to navigate a path from school to life beyond our gates.
Opening a world of opportunity
Seymour has a proven track record of high academic success. The majority of our students attend University, with the most popular study area for our students being in Health Sciences.
For students interested in studying internationally, SACE studies are recognised, and we work with students keen to seek opportunities globally through scholarship programs to the USA or through entrances to Ivy league universities in the UK or the USA.
Quality teaching staff
In the final years of school, it will be the teaching staff who make the greatest difference in the education of students. Well qualified, inspiring staff who will make every effort to assist students achieve, is a reality at Seymour.
You can witness the dedication and professionalism of Seymour’s teaching staff in the series of videos we have produced here.