Senior School is the place in which students take their first steps into adulthood. St Mark’s allows students to develop a pace and direction of their own. The aim is for students to leave the School as independent and proactive learners.
Challenge and Enrich
Years 9 and 10 are the foundation years of Senior School, and are aimed at preparing students for the demands of Year 11 and 12. A wide and varied curriculum ensures students are ready to tackle the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and assists in preparing them for whatever their future may hold, whether they are headed to university, TAFE or employment.
Years 9 and 10 are comprised of four core subject areas (Maths, English, Science and Humanities) and a variety of electives. All subjects are developed to be consistent with the relevant Australian and Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outlines. The core subjects allow students to follow a wide range of more specialised courses in Years 11 and 12.
The majority of the elective subjects in Years 9 and 10 lead to courses that are available in Years 11 and 12. The choices provide a great deal of value in areas such as life skills, intellectual development, practical skills development, creativity, innovation and leisure-related activities.
Students achieve better results when pursuing areas that make the most of their strengths, interests and abilities.
Fulfill and Succeed
All Year 11 and 12 courses offered at St Mark’s are accredited by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and satisfactory completion of them will gain credit for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). St Mark’s endeavours to provide a broad range of ATAR and General courses, giving students a variety of ways to reach their full potential.
The ATAR pathway is designed for students who typically want to get an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and go straight to university from school. These courses will all have a final exam in Year 12. These courses are referred to as ATAR courses.
The General Course pathway is designed for students who typically want to go into training or employment. For these students, it will be a requirement that they complete a minimum of one VET Certificate II as part of their Senior School study.
Careers and Transitions
At St Mark’s, career development is not about expecting students to make lifelong career decisions at a young age. It is about providing them with a context for their school learning and to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to make decisions in the future.
Students are supported in a variety of ways. The career development program provides vocational and educational guidance through individual counselling, career education programs and through support of a cross curricular approach to developing career competencies. THrough the career development program, students are able to access to up-to-date and accurate information about:
- Post-school education and training options
- University, TAFE and Private Training Provider courses
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships
- Part-time school education options such as school based traineeships and apprenticeships and other vocational education opportunities
- Workplace Learning
- Career pathways
- Occupations, job prospects and earning capacity
- Employment opportunities
- Course selection
- Resume and job application letter/support
Alan Cadby Senior Academic Centre
The new purpose-built facility is the focus of Senior School life. The new Senior Academic Centre, which opened in 2018, is the most significant capital project in St Mark’s 30 year history. It has quickly become a hub for creativity and academic development for Senior School students.
The Senior Academic Centre is a three storey structure which replaced some of St Mark’s oldest facilities. The modern, spacious design allows for flexible, glass enclosed learning areas, which gives teaching staff the ability to easily adapt the space to suit a variety of learning styles.
In addition to the 22 learning spaces, the building features two new Home Economics facilities, a staff room, a new Cafeteria, a presentation space with flexible seating for up to 200, prep rooms and offices.
A bridge connects the Senior Academic Centre with the upper floor of the Library, providing a direct link to the Secondary School Library resources.