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.
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.