Senior School

Senior School @ Pacific Hills

Senior School is a sub-school within Pacific Hills which encompasses Years 9 to 12. We teach all subjects from a Christian perspective because we believe that education is about helping people to grow in wisdom and knowledge and to be critical thinkers who will help and serve others.

In Senior School we aim to equip and prepare students for life after school. This is achieved through an emphasis on developing critical thinking. Therefore we do far more than simply impart knowledge. Our educational emphasis in Senior School is expressed through our college style culture, which combines "learning in community" with the development of personal responsibility for learning. That is, we move away from the model of the teacher being the primary source of knowledge. Instead our students are supported in taking responsibility for their learning through being actively involved in the education process. The success of the collegiate culture has contributed to the strong academic performance of students as they assume greater responsibility for their learning, while cultivating a character and heart that delights in serving others.

We believe that students at Pacific Hills receive a comprehensive education through a wide variety of classroom experiences and collaborative learning opportunities. Outside class opportunities are also integrated within the curriculum. These include Service opportunities both locally and overseas, Student Leadership programs, Year based Camp programs, Sports, Musicals and Academic Competitions. Many of our students are gifted in extraordinary ways - intellectually, physically and creatively. Our culture is one in which students are able to develop their gifts, achieve excellence and serve the community with the gifts God has given them.

In Senior School the relationship between the parent, child and teacher is central to the educational process. Emphasis is placed on the development of relationship through the context of community. We believe this best prepares our students to make positive contributions to society.

Years 9 and 10 Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

  • History
  • Geography
  • Biblical Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education
  • Science

Subjects Offered as Electives (Students are required to choose two electives to study over Years 9 and 10).

  • Chinese
  • Commerce
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology – Engineering
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Visual Arts

Years 11 and 12 Subjects

  • Ancient History
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Beginners
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • Engineering Studies
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Extension
  • HSC English Extension 2
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • HSC History Extension
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics
  • Preliminary Mathematics Extension 1
  • HSC Mathematics Extension 2
  • Modern History
  • Music I
  • Music II
  • Music Extension
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Preliminary Theological Certificate
  • Senior Science
  • Software Design and Development
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
  • Studies of Religion I
  • Studies of Religion II
  • Visual Arts

Please note:
Not all subjects listed will run each year. The subjects that run are determined by student numbers.


Senior School Events

There are many activities that occur each year in Senior School. These are some of the more significant events.


School Camps for all Senior School take place in Term 1, Week 1

Swimming Carnival

March Year 9 Parent Dinner
- This is an opportunity for Parents and Staff to meet and share a meal together, whilst hearing presentations on important issues for Year 9 students.

Community Service Day
- All Senior School spend the day serving other sectors of the community

Cross Country Carnival


9/10 Parent Teacher Night
- An opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and discuss the progress of their child

11/12 Parent Teacher Night
- An opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and discuss the progress of their child

Year 10 Parent Dinner
- This is an opportunity for Parents and Staff to meet and share a meal together, whilst hearing presentations on important issues for Year 10 students.

June Subject Selection Night
- This is an important night for Parents of Years 8 and 10 students. Information about subjects for the coming year are presented. There is also opportunity to discuss subject information with Faculty Heads.
Athletics Carnival
August Fusion
- A night that showcases the major works of our HSC students who study Music, Visual Arts, Photography, Drama, Design and Technology and Extension 2 English

Year 11 Parent and Student Night
- This night is a study skills seminar for Parents and students in Year 11 in preparation for Year 12.

Year 12 Graduation Assembly and Dinner

October MAD Night
- Music, Art and Drama night showcasing Year 10 work.

Year 10 Business Week
- Year 10 spend a week planning, designing, marketing and promoting a business.

Senior School Parent Information Night
- An opportunity for new and current parents to learn about Senior School.

December Year 11 Harbour Cruise
- A celebration for completing the Preliminary Higher School Certificate Course.


Expert advice and guidance from our fully qualified Careers Advisor, collating resources, notifying of opportunities and available for consultation with students and families.

As a school we are committed to preparing all students for the life they will live beyond their time with us as students. For many this will be further study, for others this will be taking up places in the workforce.

As part of our commitment to every student the School provides a comprehensive program of Careers Advice. Coordinated by a qualified Careers Consultant this program includes specific curriculum designed to introduce students to options for employment through a Work Experience Program in Year 10; a formal Careers Aptitude Assessment for interested student; support for students in their HSC Subject Selection in line with anticipated careers; active participation in Careers Expos and Markets; and notification of other relevant opportunities.

Access all these resources via the elearn portal.