Senior School Program

Years 10 to 12
Giving students every advantage

Haileybury Rendall School Program provides an exciting and enriching curriculum for all students. It builds resilient and independent learners with skills in creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Our teaching approach is tailored to suit year levels. We develop core literacy and numeracy skills through explicit instruction in the junior years, while in the middle years we move to a combination of explicit instruction and student-centred learning. As students enter their senior years, they begin a three-year VCE program coupled with a range of subjects to suit all interests and abilities.

Ultimately, students leave Haileybury Rendall School prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, with a love for learning and with the life skills essential for success.


Our Senior School program

Senior School provides the ideal backdrop for students as they complete their learning and development at high school. Driven by the VCE Program, students undertake more rigorous academic study, spending more time on topics that align with their particular needs and passions.

Teaching and learning styles in the Senior Program are structured to promote self-management and self-discipline, improve individual learning styles and encourage students to become resilient independent learners.

But it’s not all study as students balance academic classes with sporting and co-curricular activities and take opportunities to be part of clubs, performances, competitions and community initiatives.

An immersive experience

The Senior School curriculum is rich and diverse and offers a breadth of VCE studies and a range of vocational education (VCAL) subjects. We maintain a strong industry focus and offer interesting studies in Hospitality, Media and Music Digital Production. All vocational subjects count towards an ATAR.

Senior students combine their studies with co-curricular activities such as sports, the arts and community and cultural activities that enable them to explore and extend their interests. Students also have the opportunity to develop talents that complement their studies.


Undertaking the VCE Program

Students can begin their VCE studies in Year 10 and select a program according to their individual needs, talents and interests. Teachers and staff provide guidance and support to ensure the program matches their academic readiness.

There are two levels for each subject:

  • Units 1 and 2 are at Year 11 level with Unit 1 in the first semester and Unit 2 studied in the second semester.
  • Units 3 and 4 are at Year 12 level with Unit 3 in the first semester and Unit 4 in the second semester.

Year 10 students studying Units 1 and 2 of a subject and Year 11 students studying Units 3 and 4 are effectively studying that subject in advance.

To complete the VCE, students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units (at least eight subjects), comprised of:

  • at least three English Units, with two of these being Units 3 and 4
  • at least three Units 3 and 4 subjects (in addition to English)

All Units 1 and 2 and Units 3 and 4 subjects must be satisfactorily (S) completed.

Students at Haileybury Rendall School will typically complete:

  • at least two Units 1 and 2 subjects in Year 10
  • none, one or two Units 3 and 4 subjects in Year 11, with the remainder being Units 1 and 2 subjects
  • five Units 3 and 4 subjects in Year 12.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

VCAL is an alternative program to the VCE. This has a hands-on vocational focus and can be completed in one or three years with students completing this at Foundation or Intermediate Level.

Selected students will participate in this program as determined by their interests and academic performance prior to Senior School.


Maintaining personal wellbeing

Put simply, ‘every student matters every day’ at Haileybury.

Senior School is a challenge and students must apply themselves in many areas to deepen learning and critical thinking skills to prepare for their VCE and beyond. We want every student to challenge themselves and achieve their potential but retain a sense of balance.

Our approach is based around a personal development curriculum and pastoral care delivered by staff and focusing on topics such as confidence, resilience, social skills, respectful relationships and consent.

We can also provide counselling services to students who self-refer or who are referred by staff, parents or caregivers.

Outside the classroom

Senior School brings challenges and periods of hard work, so it is important that students balance this with sporting and creative pursuits, STEM and LEAP extension activities, competitions, clubs and community-based initiatives.

We offer clubs, organised fairs and competitions for Mathematics, Science, Writing and Spelling. All students participate in intra-school House sport and receive training and coaching.

From swimming, cricket, tennis and soccer to volleyball, martial arts, climbing and rowing, students can explore interests and develop skills in a variety of team and individual activities.

Further information

For greater insight into our approach to teaching in the Senior School, please download the 2021 Senior School Information Booklet. This informative document also includes extensive details on the full Senior School curriculum and the list of subjects taught.