Year 10

As the first year of Upper School, Year 10 represents an important transition for our students.

Having completed their IB Middle Years Programme (Years 6-9), their focus turns to the final stages of the school journey. In Year 10, they consolidate knowledge and skills developed so far and lay the foundations for success in Year 11 and Year 12.

During Year 10 students investigate their best options for Years 11-12 when they will undertake the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) which for many will include gaining their university entrance score (ATAR).  Our teaching and executive staff support them to make course selections based on their individual strengths, interests and aspirations.

Year 10 programme

Core Subjects – all students

  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Physical Education and Health

Electives – all students choose four subjects (two per semester) which may include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drama
  • Illustration
  • Music
  • Media
  • Dimensional Design
  • Engineering
  • Food
  • Abseiling
  • Kayaking

Vocational Education – the programme helps students identify their personal strengths and passions and explore suitable career paths. They arrange their own week-long work experience placement and leave the programme with a suite of transferable skills and an up-to-date job file including their Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Community Service – all students complete 15 hours of service over two terms, which fulfills the number of hours required for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze level).

Camps – students undertake a week-long expedition, either hiking through the Kalbarri Gorges or walking a section of the Cape to Cape track. As well, students may elect to take one of the College’s extra-curricular camps, at an additional cost, which might be language study trips, special interest trips and the World Challenge expedition.

Year 10 concludes in week two Term Four (November) and students begin their Year 11 courses in week three Term Four. This means that Helena students have four full terms for their Year 11-12 courses. There are no Year 10 students for the remainder of Term Four.

For more information about Year 10 and Upper School, please email registrar@helena.wa.edu.au or contact our Director of Upper School (Acting), Tim Hayward. 

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