Discover senior schooling

Discover senior schooling

September 12, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Years 11 and 12 are significant years in secondary
school. They’re often referred to as the business end of school – a time when you
continue working towards achieving your future goals. Whatever direction you choose, we want you to achieve your very best. We want you to
become a confident and active citizen who makes a positive contribution to your community. Our schools are committed to ensuring you get a high quality education whatever your aspirations are when you leave school – be that tertiary study, further training or employment. To pursue your goals and achieve your best, our schools offer a range of subjects and
options to help you get there. You have a range of study options to choose
from when you turn 16. You can continue with full-time schooling; enrol full-time with
a registered training organisation; complete an apprenticeship or traineeship; or combine
part-time school or training, with part-time employment. Choose the option that best suits
your needs. Whatever direction you choose, we want you
to graduate with the skills and qualifications that provide a stepping stone to your career
of choice. This means graduating with a Western Australian
Certificate of Education – or WACE. To do this you need to choose subjects that best suit your aspirations. These can be academic or vocational focused, or both. If you wish to attend university, choose academic subjects that count towards the Australian
Tertiary Admission Rank – or ATAR. If you want to do a trade, apprenticeship
or traineeship, if you want to study at a registered training organisation, or if you
want to obtain employment after school, you can choose vocational subjects. If you are studying for an ATAR you may also find these subjects useful and fulfilling. Vocational education and training – or VET – subjects give you hands-on learning that
leads to nationally recognised qualifications. There are a variety of specialisations and
directions to choose from. There’s no doubt that to achieve your best, you need to work hard and be proactive with your study. Be as productive as you can during your study time. Find a quiet place to work. Set aside
a couple of hours at the same time each day. Work on one subject at a time. And avoid distractions
by turning off the TV, closing your social media sites and switching off your phone. It is also vitally important that you maintain a healthy balance between study and recreation.
To succeed at school you don’t need to spend every waking moment focusing on your study.
The time you spend away from study is just as important. Make sure you schedule regular
breaks, eat healthy meals and get regular physical activity. Most importantly, get enough
sleep – all night study sessions are not effective! If you have any problems with your subject load, study schedule or if you have other
concerns, talk with your school counsellor, teacher or the year coordinator. Visit eduation.wa.edu.au for more information.