“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” (Aristotle)
As the first year in the three-year Senior Schooling journey, the focus of Year 10 is each girl exploring who she is as an individual, so that over the next two years she can lead others; in Year 11 by leading the cohort and in Year 12 being the leaders of the school. As young women, we want each girl to develop her confidence, find her voice, discover what it is that she is passionate about and begin to explore the world around her.
Students are required to study a core curriculum – English, Mathematics, Science, History, Health and Physical Education, Religious Education - as well as three elective subjects. The elective subjects provide students with opportunities to explore their interests and abilities and may indeed help determine future learning pathways. LEAP English, LEAP Science and Advanced Mathematics and alternatives are offered to students who have proven academic achievement in these areas and are keen to meet the challenge of an accelerated course. The Year 10 curriculum also includes Careers Education, which develops students’ awareness of how to achieve their goals.
You can see the full listing of subjects on the Year 9 page here: http://sthildas/index.php?r=site/index&page=100
Year 10 Retreat
The Year 10 Retreat is held in the final week of Term 1 at Apex Camp Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast. This five day program is designed specifically to meet the needs of our Year 10 girls, and is organised and staffed by Camp Mudjimba and St Hilda’s staff. The Retreat is a core component of the Year 10 curriculum; it is the final phase in the School’s outdoor education program and the foundation of the Senior School journey.
The purpose of the Retreat is to provide an opportunity for the girls to build skills, away from the classroom environment, which will set them in good stead for their Senior Schooling. These skills include confidence, unity, communication, trust, problem-solving, accepting challenge and teamwork. The program includes a mixture of indoor session with yLead, Enlighten Education, Rhythm Culture and St Hilda’s staff, and outdoor activities including abseiling, rock-climbing, high ropes, rafting and archery.
Follow-up sessions are held in the Special Program days at the end of the year with both yLead and Enlighten Education. These days are a chance to consolidate the themes and ideas explored at Retreat and to build on this in a manner which will assist the girls as they move forward into Year 11.
Character and Leadership Development
The Year 10 CLD program is centered in philosophical and critical thinking. This was introduced in Semester 2, 2010 and was a product of the Modern Woman Committee. The program is taught by the Year 10 CLD teachers (who are generally Humanities teachers) and is timetabled for one period per cycle.
The program aims to equip the girls with philosophical thinking skills and the ability to participate in respectful and intellectual discussion by developing listening skills and the ability to voice and justify their personal perspective. They use print and media-based texts as beginning points which cover a range of ethical questions and topics. The content is selected to be relevant, engaging and provocative, and is used not as the teaching point on content but as the vessel through which the girls are taught how to form and voice their own opinion.
Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to apply for the Exchange Program, an opportunity to immerse themselves in the school, family and community life at school overseas. You can find out more about the exchange program here.
Senior School students are invited each year to participate in yLead’s Tanzanian Immersion. They will join students from across Australia to Travel to Tanzania for 3 weeks over in January where they will participate in community service, cultural immersion and also the physical feat of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain. You can learn more about yLead’s Tanzanian Immersion here.
World Challenge runs bi-annually and invites Year 10 and 11 students to join a St Hilda’s team who will travel to an overseas destination on a trip comprising of physical challenge, community service and cultural experiences. You can find out more about World Challenge here.