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Senior School


Renee Rackley Stacey Daveson Patty Riley

Year 10

Deputy Principal 

Year 11/12

Deputy Principal

Senior Schooling​

Head of Department

Senior Schooling​

​  ​​ Head of Year
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​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Year Level Co-ordinators ​ ​
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Fiona Young 

Bernard Weekes    Sarah Thornley

  Year 10 ​

​ ​Year 11 ​​Year 12 ​
Senior Learning Enhancement Leader ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
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Murray Gordon​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Literacy Coach Numeracy Coach Success Coach​​
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Alarna Priestley Andrew Doyle Karyn Bartholomai
Senior Schooling Curriculum

In the senior school, students select six subjects from the following group of

Authority, SAS or Certificate subjects. All students must select an English subject.    

Authority subjects


Accounting, Aerospace Studies, Agricultural Science, Ancient History, Biological Science, Business Communication and Technologies, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English, Extension English (Year 12 only), Film and TV, French, Geography, Graphics, Health Education, Home Economics, Information Processing & Technology, Japanese, Marine Studies, Maths A, Maths B, Maths C, Modern History, Science in Practice, Music, Extension Music (Year 12 only), Physics, Physical Education, Visual Art.

Authority Registered Subject Area Specification Subjects


Visual Design, Dance Studies, English Communication, Community Recreation, Marine and Aquatic Practices, Pre-vocational Mathematics.

Vocational Education Certificates


Certificate I and II in Business, Certificate I and II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate I in Animal Studies, Certificate I in Agriculture, Certificate I in Food Operations, Certificate I and II in Rural Operations, Certificate I and II in Hospitality, Certificate I, II  and III in Live Production, Theatre and Events, Certificate II in Manufacturing, Certificate I and II in Creative Industries(Media), Cert II in Workplace Practices, Certificate I in Furnishing and Certificate 1 in Engineering, Certificate III in Children's Services, Certificate III in Active Volunteering, Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) with other Registered Training Organisations.


The opportunity also exists for students to complete a part time traineeship during their senior school years.


The timetable is based on a five-day cycle with a four period day. Students in the senior school have Off Campus afternoons on Thursday afternoon. During this time, students may study independently at home or school, complete work placements or traineeships, participate in part-time work or attend appointments that would normally have interrupted their learning time.


The school also operates a well-developed Student Leadership program, which includes Australian Business Week in Year 11 and a Senior Convention in Year 12.

Last updated 08 March 2019
Last reviewed 08 March 2019
  • Aerospace


    Aerospace studies is an OP eligible subject which is offered at Years 11 and 12. An introductory program is offered as an elective to students in Years 9 and 10.

  • Agricultural Science

    Agricultural Science

    Agricultural Science explores the ways people manage natural resources such as plants, animals, climate, soil and water to meet their basic needs.

  • Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Students of Ancient History will explore the causes and effects of significant past events, the impact of the life and work of major personalities on history, and the historical origins of political, social and economic institutions.

  • Business and Information Technology

    Business and Information Technology

    Business education helps young Australians to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform and encourage them to participate in, and contribute to the economy.

  • Dance


    The study of Dance is enriched by experiences in Performance, Choreography and Appreciation.

  • Design & Industrial Technology

    Industrial technology is a dynamic and diverse course of study aimed at a wide range of students who want to learn about materials, tools and processes used in manufacturing, engineering, woodworking and design.

  • Drama


    Drama is an art form that is highly accessible and relevant to young people. In education, it is a mode of learning that challenges students to make meaning of their world.

  • Economics

    Economics is one of the widest ranging of Social Sciences critically studying how economics around the world and within Australia operate.

  • English


    Today’s students are likely to change careers often and enter occupations that haven’t yet been conceived. They need versatile, sophisticated communication skills to make the most of this ‘brave new world’.

  • Film, Television & New Media

    Film, Television & New Media

    New technologies and changing social and leisure patterns have caused a cultural revolution that requires students to have greater critical awareness of popular culture and visual communication.

  • Geography


    Senior Geography attempts to show how understanding the natural systems of the planet are essential if human activity is to be sustainable.

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Health and Wellbeing

    HPE is compulsory for students in year 8 to 10. This becomes an elective in Year 11 and 12. Sport Academy levels are also available in Basketball and Touch Football

  • Home Economics

    Home Economics

    Home Economics is a course of study designed to develop knowledge and understanding, and practical skills related to nutrition, food preparation; textiles, craft and fashion.

  • Hospitality


    The Certificate II in Hospitality is focused on learning the basics of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, and specifically about the skills required for working in Front of House Hospitality jobs.

  • Languages


    Learning a second language widens horizons and ultimately leads to the capacity to look out from the new language and culture to develop a broader world view.

  • Live production and services

    Live production and services

    Live Production, Theatre and Events at NDSHS are structured in such a way that students will be offered opportunities to complete Certificate II competencies and then progress to complete the competency requirements for Certificate III.

  • Marine Studies

    Marine Studies

    Marine Studies is a University entrance subject and has more academic rigour and a stronger theoretical emphasis. Marine and Aquatic Practices does not count towards a University entrance score and is more vocationally orientated.

  • Mathematics


    Mathematics is a unique and powerful way of viewing the world to investigate patterns, order, generality and uncertainty.

  • Modern History

    Modern History

    Modern History is a branch of history that focuses on the study of people from a range of societies over the past 200 years.

  • Music


    Virtually every person every day experiences music. Every person has the capacity to enjoy and make music. Every culture in the world includes music in some form: for ceremony, relaxation, communication, celebration and enjoyment.

  • Science


    The Science Faculty at Noosa District State High School incorporates Science, Marine Science and Agricultural Science Strands.

  • Support services

    Support Services assists the students that require educational adjustments to access school curriculum.

  • Visual Art

    Visual Art

    Visual Arts at NDSHS includes Art in Year 9 &10. Visual Art, Visual Art Studies and Fashion in Year 11 &12. Visual Arts Subjects provide an introduction to Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, New Media, Mixed Media and Textiles.