Senior School

Where learning is the heartbeat of our culture

Senior School is a time of preparing for the future and Strathcona gives your daughter all the support she needs to face the world with courage and optimism.

The VCE results at Strathcona are consistently outstanding. Each year the top achievers obtain ATARs over 99 and over 40% of students achieve ATARs in the top 10% of the State. Students undertake a wide range of tertiary courses, the majority gaining entry to Melbourne, Monash and Deakin Universities.

In our Senior School, we provide an extensive academic program and a broad range of activities and leadership opportunities so that every student has the opportunity to develop her talents, skills and confidence. Through guided research, individual consultation with staff and study skills advice, the girls gain independence in their learning, preparing them for tertiary study and the challenges of a future career.

Our range of co-curricular activities adds richness to the senior experience and encourages the social development of the students. Outstanding facilities support the diverse academic program and global awareness is encouraged through the International Exchanges and Tours.

The Senior School offers a diverse range of subjects and pathways to meet the needs of each student.

Many Year 11 students include a VCE Units 3 and 4 sequence in their program and an acceleration pathway in Mathematics begins in Year 9. At Years 11 and 12, there are also opportunities to take VET modules and first year university enhancement subjects.

Strathcona takes great pride in the personal care of students and its encouragement of well-balanced personal relationships.

Students at the senior level receive a range of support including our Year Coordinators, Form Tutors and the School Chaplain. Our School Counsellor, a trained psychologist, provides counselling for students and parents when needed.

Leadership opportunities are a vital part of preparation for the future and are provided through the various cross-age programs.

Opportunities for Year 10 students include:

  • Form and Year Level activity responsibilities
  • Management responsibilities for the Years 7 and 8 drama production.

Opportunities for Year 11 students include:

  • Year 11 Leadership
  • Year 11 Social Service leadership positions
  • Debating and Public Speaking leadership positions
  • Peer Support to Year 7 students
  • Big Sister/Little Sister programs with  Prep to Year 2 students
  • House leadership position for the Performing Arts Festival

Year 12 students are considered leaders of the School. Many take on particular leadership responsibilities in areas such as:

  • School Captaincy
  • House activities
  • Creative Arts – Art, Drama and Music
  • STEM
  • Sport
  • Information, Literature and Media
  • International Student Leader
  • Issues and Actions

We encourage students to plan a VCE course around their career interest areas and personal strengths. They are also made aware of the requirements for entry into tertiary institutions when making subject choices for VCE.

There are a number of resources available at Strathcona to support these decisions, including the Career section on  myStrathcona, Aptitude Testing, a well-resourced Careers Room and individual advice from the Head of Careers and partnership.

These resources have been designed to ensure that our girls are made fully aware of the options they need to consider when planning their future study or career directions.

Year 11 VCE Curriculum Handbook 2020 Handbook or click here to download the Year 12 Course Selection 2020 Handbook.

Click here to download the Year 10 Curriculum Handbook.

Each student has a personalised program from the following, including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and four electives. All students do Health and Physical Education.

  • English
    • #sayhername
    • That’s a classic!
    • The Power of Love
    • Law and Order
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2 (Accceleration)
    • Further Mathematics Preparation
  • Science
    • Science of Life, Energy and Matter
    • Science of Body and Mind
  • Physical Education
  • Geography
    • The Geography of Tourism
    • The Geography of Hazards and Disasters
  • History
    • The Making of the Modern World


  • Art
    • Photography, Paint and Illustrate
    • Sculpture and Installation
    • Design and Innovate
  • Economics and Entrepreneurs
  • Play Production
  • Information Technology
    • Creating New Worlds in Virtual Reality
    • VCE VET Creative Digital Media
  • Languages
    • French
    • Italian
    • Mandarin Chinese
  • Music
  • Exercise Science
  • Food Studies: Cook, Create and Innovate

VCE Studies

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama (alternate years)
  • Economics
  • English
    • English
    • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
    • Literature
  • Food Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Politics
  • Health and Human Development
  • History
    • Ancient History
    • Revolutions
  • Legal Studies
  • Languages
    • French
    • Italian
    • Chinese
  • Mathematics
    • Further Units 3 & 4
    • General Mathematics Units 1 & 2
    • Methods Units 1 to 4
    • Specialist Units 1 to 4
  • Music Performance
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Studies (alternate years)
  • Visual Communication and Design
  • VCE VET Creative Digital Media