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Upper School (10-12)
At Helena, our young adults in Years 10, 11 and 12 participate in an inclusive culture that values care, respect, compassion, integrity and responsibility. They are supported by highly skilled and professional staff in class and through extra-curricular programs. As Upper School students transition through adolescence, our focus moves toward their life beyond secondary school as self-directed, lifelong learners. The teaching and learning programme for all students involves gradually increasing academic challenges and a wider range of course choices. Various leadership opportunities are offered to students via community service projects and for those wanting to avail themselves of significant leadership positions in Year 12.
One of the major objectives of Upper School is to give all students the opportunity to attain the requirements for their future studies (tertiary and vocational). Students are encouraged to strive to achieve their personal best both within and outside the classroom.
We also understand that life is about more than academic success. The wellbeing of each of our students is of paramount importance at Helena. Upper School students come under the pastoral care, direction and leadership of the Director of Upper School who, with the support of Homeroom teachers, also offers support and subject guidance. Students build upon the relationships established in Homerooms and on Year level camps to form a close relationship with their peers and teaching staff.
At Helena we have a comprehensive careers programme, providing students with exposure to varying industries and tertiary institutions, interview experience and resume writing.
By the time they are ready to leave Helena, these young adults will be ready to meet the future, whatever it may hold.
Craig Hillman, Director of Upper School