The move to Secondary School is an exciting time where students look forward to new friendships, new adventures, and greater independence. We respect the maturity levels of our students as they continue on their journey from being boys to becoming young men. The academic program is intellectually challenging and empowers young men to learn and grow. A supportive environment with a broad offering of subjects, structured literacy programs and enrichment activities assists students in productive learning. The curriculum is learner centred, collaboratively organised, flexibly structured, and well resourced. Through cross-curricular initiatives, structured reading strategies, writers' camps, literacy competitions, and workshops, boys become interested readers and confident and skilled communicators.
The curriculum builds on approaches to learning developed in Junior School. Using these solid foundations, students are guided towards independent and self-directed learning in readiness to map their own career paths through a supportive, collaborative process. Students benefit from a strong emphasis on scholarship, learning, achievement, leadership, character building, and values education.
With structured career education programs, work experience, links and partnerships with universities, business, industry, and government, students can participate in a wide range of learning activities, tailored to suit their needs.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Through the middles years of Secondary School, the Explicit Teaching instruction underpins the core subjects of English, Literacy Conventions and Mathematics. At Ipswich Grammar School we place these foundational subjects at the very core of our Academic program and a significant amount of the weekly lessons are allocated to these subjects along with Science.
Students will also enrol in Humanities, Physical Education, a modern language (German, Japanese or Chinese) in Years 7 and 8, the Arts, and Technologies.
Years 10, 11 and 12
Students begin their Senior years with introductory units across all chosen subject areas. These foundation units are designed to gain fundamental concepts that underpin the Senior syllabi but also allows students to taste the senior subject before embarking on their Queensland Certificate of Education journey.
Students select their six subjects from the following:
Engineering, Visual Art, Visual Art in Practice, Design, Drama, Economics, Accounting, Legal Studies, Essential English, English and Literature, Literature, Modern History, Chinese, German, Japanese, Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Health, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology.
Non-ATAR Pathway subjects:
Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing, Sport and Recreation, Fitness