Senior School

Working Together

The Senior School’s structure consists of Tutor Teachers who provide day to day Pastoral Care and assist students with all aspects of their school life.  Year Coordinators provide leadership in pastoral matters and support the Tutor Teachers.  Learning Area Coordinators are responsible for Learning Areas, the development of teaching and learning programmes, as well as rich and diverse differentiated assessment tools.  Middle Management work cooperatively to provide support and assistance to all students throughout their school life.

Communication throughout Senior School years is a high priority as it allows Senior School to operate effectively as a community and supports the partnership between Parents, Students and the School to achieve the best outcomes for all students.  All students are encouraged to take ownership of all aspects of their schooling and to be able to track their own progress.  Honest and responsible discussions are always encouraged between all stakeholders.

Holistic Approach

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School offers a holistic education for all students.  We provide a caring and nurturing environment focusing on the academic, psychological, physical, social and spiritual development of every child. Members of our community are encouraged to regularly view Newsletters, SEQTA (Engage) and Parent News items on the School Website.

School Connectedness

At PCACS, our pastoral care strategy focuses on building a strong sense of school connectedness, togetherness and pride. PCACS has a proactive approach to pastoral care and systems to both prevent and intervene with youth issues.  Every student is given the opportunity to maximise their full potential and to reach a range of personal, social, academic and spiritual growth goals.  At the heart of everything we do at PCACS is the welfare of our community. 

Celebrating Student Success

At a whole school level, we recognise the importance of acknowledging and celebrating success.  Staff and students have worked together to contribute towards the creation of a ‘Positive Behaviour Expectations’ document which outlines the type of behaviours that we expect to be displayed by our students on a regular basis.  These behaviours will help students achieve at their best whilst at school and will give them the skills to become well rounded young adults when it comes time to enter the ‘real world’ after school.  We have a system in place to acknowledge and celebrate students' success in displaying these behaviours in a consistent manner.

Student Wellbeing

Our whole Senior School wellbeing events form an integral part of strengthening our positive school climate.  Our wellbeing events in the school calendar include the ‘National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence’ and ‘R U OK? Day’. The events are dedicated to inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them by asking the simple question “Are you OK?” or to “Stand Together”.  The PCACS community come together and embrace the messages on these days and more importantly live them on a daily basis.

Educational Support

PCACS has a targeted approach to educating and engaging our young people and all Senior School students engage in a wide range of evidence-based pastoral programmes offered at PCACS. These programmes are designed to enhance existing strengths, as well as teach strategies to improve their personal and social wellbeing.   On an individual level, we have intensive support available through our pastoral care team of Year Coordinators, Counsellor, Director of Pastoral Care, and our Chaplain. Our team takes a holistic approach to student support and uses evidenced based strategies to deliver the best outcomes for our students. 

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Students commence their Senior School years in Year 7. A focus for this introductory year is to develop organisation skills, continue to foster a love of learning and to teach all students the skills and knowledge to achieve their personal best in all endeavours. In the main, classes will be of mixed ability; however, students who require additional literacy support will be offered assistance.

A key focus will be to assist all students to establish a consistent and effective home study routine. This practice will promote opportunities to achieve pleasing results which will affect their future course choices as outlined by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) guidelines.

Students in Year 7 are also offered a range of learning experiences in addition to English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences. Additional learning experiences which include Drama, Music, Food, Textiles, Digital Technologies, Metal and Wood, Arts, Health and Physical Education will be offered on a rotational basis and will give all students a broad range of educational opportunities.

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School (PCACS) is committed to improving student achievement by using data across a range of assessment tools. Teaching and learning programmes are developed to address the Western Australian Curriculum mandated by SCSA.

All students in Years 7 – 10 will be engaged in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which is for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. The ‘Outline’ sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement.

Religious and Values Education is a compulsory course that will follow the Christian Religious Studies as outlined by the Anglican Schools Commission guidelines for all students in Senior School.

Years 8 and 9 classes will be a combination of streamed and mixed ability classes in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences. The Western Australian Certificate of Education requires PCACS to focus on improving individual student results as these will have a significant impact on course selections in the final school years. Semester 1 and 2 results, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), Progressive Assessment Testing (PAT) and Online Literacy and Numeracy (OLNA) will assist all students with their choices in Senior School. The aim is to ensure all students be responsible and accountable for their learning journey.

The focus in these school years will be on fine tuning the skills to improve performance and recognise that academic studies must be a priority. Students should be independent learners who are responsible and accountable for their own learning journey.

Students in Years 8 and 9 will engage in a range of Non-Core Learning Area course experiences and begin a process to select some courses in Year 10. Choosing ‘electives’ from a range of learning areas will allow students to sample additional learning experiences that will build skill sets and will direct students to think about career pathways.

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School (PCACS) is committed to improving student achievement by using data across a range of assessment tools. Teaching and learning programmes are developed to address the Western Australian Curriculum mandated by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

All students in Years 7 – 10 will be engaged in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which is for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. The ‘Outline’ sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement.

Religious and Values Education is a compulsory course that will follow the Christian Religious Studies as outlined by the Anglican Schools Commission guidelines for all students in Senior School.

Students in Year 10 will be engaged in a diverse curriculum that will prepare them to make informed course choices for their final two years of schooling. In Years 11 and 12 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) courses will be available for direct entry to university as well as courses in General and Vocational Education and Training Certificates (VET). General and VET Certificates will prepare students for entry to a State Training Provider (TAFE) and employment. A focus for students who enrol in General and VET courses will be the development of employability skills to prepare students for the competitive labour market. Students in Year 10 are required to have achieved NAPLAN Band 8 in Reading, Writing and Numeracy, or OLNA in Year 10.

Year 10 students will continue to be counselled to select their Year 11 courses from a range of General, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and Vocational Education and Training courses (VET). Counselling students to ensure they are on track to gain their Western Australian Certificate of Education at the end of their Year 12 studies, is the first consideration followed by realistic choices to succeed in gaining a direct or alternative university entry. VET, or a mix of courses, is also an alternative pathway for some students that will give them further study opportunities to secure future career directions. PCACS takes pride in offering a breadth and depth of courses to enable all students post school Options.

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School (PCACS) is committed to improving student achievement by using data across a range of assessment tools. Teaching and learning programmes are developed to address the Western Australian Curriculum mandated by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

All students in Years 7 – 10 will be engaged in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which is for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. The ‘Outline’ sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement.

Religious and Values Education is a compulsory course that will follow the Christian Religious Studies as outlined by the Anglican Schools Commission guidelines for all students in Senior School.

The final two years of schooling focus on working towards gaining the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). PCACS offers a diverse and rigorous suite of courses to meet the demands of scores required to gain entry into all university courses. Regular meetings will be scheduled to review individual progress and to disseminate important information. All students will be given assistance with applications to enrol into University courses, State Training Provider (TAFE) courses, employment, traineeships or apprenticeships. The emphasis will be on supporting all students to achieve their personal best in all courses that will lead to post school choices.

Year 11 student results will be reviewed continually throughout this year of study. Priority is given to achieving the WACE and some students may require course changes to meet this minimum requirement at the end of Year 11.

Year 12 students will finish their final school year in mid October. Guided Study Programmes will be offered by all course teachers to prepare students to achieve their personal best results. These supervised Guided Study Programmes will maximise the students’ preparation for these examinations and enable them to potentially achieve a higher Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The Year 12 Trial Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) examinations will be held at the School commencing October, inclusive. These examinations are compulsory for students who are enrolled in Year 12 ATAR Unit 3 and 4 courses.

A copy of the 2018 PCACS WACE Handbook is available for download below. Please note that subject choices are likely to vary in future years, as more opportunities are made available, and the School grows.

Students in Years 11 and 12 will enrol in a range of courses to maximise post-school options with pathways that will lead to university studies, Vocational Education and Training and employment as outlined by SCSA.

Religious and Values Education is a compulsory course that will follow the Christian Religious Studies as outlined by the Anglican Schools Commission guidelines for all students in Senior School.

Senior Courses 2018

Year 11 Handbook 2018
Year 11 Handbook 2019
Year 11 Course selection Form 2019
2018 SCSA WACE Handbook