Junior secondary


What is junior secondary?

At Chinchilla State High School, junior secondary encompasses students in Year 7, 8 and 9. The formal introduction of junior secondary responds to the specific developmental needs of young adolescents, focusing on age-appropriate education as well as support for students’ wellbeing and the transition from primary to secondary.

The introduction of junior secondary is based upon six guiding principles:

1. Distinct identity

Junior secondary students will be encouraged and supported to develop their own group identity within the wider high school.

2. Quality teaching

Teachers who work with students in the junior secondary years have the required skills to support young teens through these crucial early high school years, ensuring that their learning and wellbeing needs are met. Junior secondary students will experience an array of high-quality educational experiences within a dedicated learning space providing students with the skill set required for future success. Each year level has a Year Level Coordinator who are supported by Head of Year and the Deputy Principal – Junior School.

3. Student wellbeing

Our school meets the social and emotional needs of junior secondary students with a strong focus on pastoral care. Students check in with their form teacher each morning and engage in 1 x 70min pastoral care lesson each week. Year 7 students also have an opportunity to participate in a camp during Term 1 to assist with their transition to high school. There is a wide range of support available to students including the School Chaplains, Guidance Officer, School-Based Youth Health Nurse and Youth Support Coordinator.

4. Parent and community involvement

We want parents to stay connected with their students' learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in assemblies, special events, award ceremonies and leadership presentations is always welcomed. We use a range of communication tools, including: face-to-face meetings, such as the ‘Meet our Staff’ night and parent/teacher interviews; emails; school newsletter; website; and the QSchools and QParents apps to keep in touch.

5. Leadership

Students in Junior Secondary have opportunities to demonstrate leadership. They can take part in school sporting teams, a variety of clubs, or represent their year level at Student Council. There are also formal leadership opportunities for Year 9 students who can nominate to be a Sports Captain for their house, or the Community Captain.

6. Local decision-making

At Chinchilla State High School, our curriculum and pedagogical practices are responsive to the unique needs of our young adolescents. We are proud of the strong engagement between our school and the wider community, and have built positive working relationships with our feeder primary schools to ensure that students’ transition to high school is as seamless as possible.

These principles provide a strong foundation to help school communities develop appropriate strategies, practices and processes to engage students in junior secondary and improve outcomes for your students.


Our junior secondary curriculum provides meaningful learning experiences based upon the eight key learning areas identified in the Australian Curriculum. During these years, students establish the foundational knowledge and skills they will build upon in Year 10-12, and beyond.

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 complete core subjects. In addition, students in Year 7 and 8 participate in a wide range of subjects drawn from the arts and technology learning areas. In Year 9, students are able to elect their arts and technology subjects each semester, with increasing opportunities for specialisation in Year 10 and beyond.

Our curriculum is supported by pastoral care, sporting opportunities and extra-curricular activities, which enhance students’ social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Transition from primary to secondary

A smooth transition from primary school that promotes student wellbeing will:

  • improve academic performance; 
  • increase student participation in school activities; 
  • enable students to experience success; and 
  • foster enjoyment of the high school experience.

This will be achieved by: 

  • parent and community information events; 
  • teacher visits to partner school Year 6 classrooms; 
  • orientation days before entering high school;
  • orientation activities at the beginning of the year;
  • camp for Year 7 students early in the school year.
Last reviewed 08 March 2021
Last updated 08 March 2021