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Year 10 curriculum

The year 10 curriculum at Sunnybank State High School consists of four core subjects. English, Mathematics, Science and HASS, two elective subjects and the studies programme.

Year 11 and 12 curriculum

The Year 11 and 12 curriculum at Sunnybank State High School provides a number of different pathways for students to pursue their goals.

Students must select an English and at least one Mathematics subject and may then choose four elective subjects. Students may study General Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) subjects or select from a range of Applied subjects. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) has replaced the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. ATARs will be calculated using a student's best score from five general subjects, or four general subjects plus one applied subject or VET course.
More detailed information can be found the Support and resources page in the documents area.


English as a second language/dialect (EAL/D) program

EAL/D students in the senior school are placed in mainstream classes. They receive English language instruction and support in a number of ways.

Year 11 and 12 English Communication classes for EAL/D students are taught by EAL/D teachers. An EAL/D teacher teaches the mainstream work program to a class of EAL/D students, while building in additional EAL/D instruction and utilising EAL/D teaching methods.

English for EAL/D learners is an academic mainstream English subject that satisfies the English language requirements university. This subject is delivered in collaboration with the English department

In addition support is provided for EAL/D students in some mainstream classes by EAL/D teachers and teacher aides.

More detailed information can be found on the Support and resources page. 

Other programs for EAL/D students

Intensive mathematics program

This program helps students with interruptions to schooling to catch up on the Mathematics knowledge and understanding they have missed.

Small group reading program

EAL/D teachers and teacher aides work with small groups of students to improve reading.

Year 11 preparation program

Older new arrival students can receive additional time to develop the English language skills needed for Years 11 and 12.

EAL/D staff

The Head of Special Education Services (EAL/D Program), Mrs Ulrike Jurgensen, is supported by a dedicated team of specialist EAL/D teachers and teacher aides. Chinese speaking staff are available. A community liaison officer supports African families. For more information and enrolment enquiries, please contact Mrs Ulrike Jurgensen. Phone (07) 3323 8185 or email .