The Senior School at Balwyn High School consists of Years 10, 11 and 12. Students are supported by their classroom teachers along with two Student Learning and Wellbeing Managers at each year level, a Director of Senior School, and a Senior School Administrative Assistant. Regular level assemblies for Year 10, 11 and 12 students allow the opportunity for presentations and guest speakers on a range of issues. The focus at Senior School is on ensuring all of our students are well prepared for their chosen post-secondary pathway. Students participate in a number of wellbeing days and activities throughout their time in Senior School which are centred around pathways, careers, study skills and resilience.
Year 10 students will study five core subjects, four semester length elective subjects, and in tutorial classes. In the VCE Years, the normal Year 11 course consists of six subjects (i.e. 12 units) and the normal Year 12 course consists of five subjects (i.e. 10 units). In both Year 11 and Year 12 at least one of the subjects undertaken must be an English Study. The opportunity exists for Year 10 and 11 students to extend their studies by undertaking a VCE subject a year ahead, providing selection criteria are met.
Examinations form part of the assessment for all year levels. Year 10 and 11 examinations are held at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Year 12 students complete end of year examinations as determined by the VCAA guidelines. We prepare our students for examinations by providing authentic assessment experiences modelled on VCAA exam conditions. Year 12 students have their own study centre and revision lectures are conducted prior to the end of year examinations. Our aim is to prepare students for VCE and to support them throughout VCE, culminating in a successful Year 12.