At Cavendish Road State High School, learning is central to everything we do, with high expectations and a commitment to academic excellence. 

Our Learning@Cav teaching and learning framework draws upon contemporary research, contextualised and applied within and across classrooms. Research by Michael Fullan and John Hattie and others indicate that there is greater variance within a school in teaching and learning than there is across schools. To this end, our approach is to reduce the variance of teaching across classrooms ensuring highly impactful teaching in every classroom, every day. Our greatest strength is the expertise within, a professional learning community of dedicated teachers working to this end, is key. 

How we use technology in the classroom is evolving.  21st century learning requires using technologies to support not only good teaching, but good learning and where students use technology to demonstrate their learning. 21st century learning is also about skills acquisition and transference. Students are engaged in learning that develops their literacy and numeracy skills, digital technologies, critical and creative thinking, personal and social skills, ethical behaviours and inter-cultural understanding. 

Throughout the compulsory schooling (Junior) and compulsory participation (Senior) phases of schooling our school ensures that the curriculum being offered and taught is relevant and rigorous in intellectual quality and fit for purpose. Key Learning Areas of the junior curriculum have pathways to and through the senior curriculum, and in some Key Learning Areas, accelerated, support and individual plans are available to students. Our purpose is to ensure student learning is optimised, achievement meets or exceeds aspiration and students progress to quality outcomes and credentials.

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is implemented in all Key Learning Areas from Years 7 to 10 and with rigour and fidelity. This means our allocations of time to all key learning areas is in line with system expectations, and standards of assessment meet the rigour required. Whole school moderation is undertaken regularly to ensure consistency and comparability of standards. 

Years 7 and 8 students study a set curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health & Physical Education, a Language (Japanese or German), and studies from The Arts and Technology.

Year 9 students have a mandated study of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Health & Physical Education. Languages is a non-compulsory subject but students electing to study a language must study it for the full year. A number of elective studies are also available.

Year 10 students have a mandated study of English, Mathematics, Science and History. Students select from a range of electives following a parent evening in August for Year 9. Students in Year 10 also complete a mandatory Student Education & Training Plan that informs their future pathways into senior school

All students in the senior phase of learning will work towards achieving a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).  Our school ensures a 100% attainment.  

Year 11 and Year 12 students will study an English and a Mathematics subject. Students must study six subjects or the equivalent. Opportunities may be available for students to be involved in University subjects, TAFE studies, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Next Steps  to post school are amongst the best in the State with the vast majority of tertiary entry students being offered their first preference, vocational students entering apprenticeships or employment or consolidating on their vocational TAFE certificates to enter TAFE and further training. Cavendish Road State High School students necessarily are more likely to be at University, TAFE, Training or employment greater than national or State averages.​

Subject Selection Guides

Subject Selection Guide 2022 - Year 9 (PDF, 1,732KB)

Subject Selection Guide 2022 ​- Ye​ar 10 (PDF, 1,064KB)

Subject Selection Guide 2022 - Year 11 & 12 (PDF, 3,297KB)​​

Last reviewed 07 June 2022
Last updated 07 June 2022