Welcome to Senior School

Year 10 – 12
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The Senior School experience represents the final and very important phase of a student’s education. Students of The Cathedral School are prepared for life-long learning through engaging classroom and broader community experiences and they are inspired by talented and professional teaching staff.

Teachers at The Cathedral School are dedicated to the pastoral care and educational well-being of every individual student. Professional growth is actively encouraged and facilitated through Tutor Groups that provide professional reflection, goal setting and support. Senior School students belong to a vertical House system where students meet daily with their Tutor for pastoral care support and interactions with students from Years 10, 11 and 12.

The Cathedral School students are remarkable young men and women. On a daily basis, they are genuinely friendly, polite, respectful and helpful. Year 10, 11 and 12 students flourish in a supportive and caring environment where they develop great relationships and provide outstanding role modelling to the whole school community.

It is a privilege to be part of The Cathedral School community and students, staff and parents work harmoniously to ensure we maintain our proud traditions and future opportunities in a supportive environment focused on continuous improvement in all that we do.

Mr. Simon Midson
Head of Senior School


The senior phase of learning incorporates Years 10, 11 and 12.

At Cathedral, Year 10 is seen as a foundation year that prepares students for Years 11 and 12. It is a year in which students can ‘sample’ senior subjects to assist them in choosing which pathway they would like to travel down in the final two years of school. In Years 11 and 12, Cathedral offers students many options in their academic choices, as well as the support that matches students to the pathway that best suits their interests, tertiary prerequisites, career aspirations and personal strengths.

Students are prepared for employment, traineeships, apprenticeships, TAFE, the Defence Forces and university. The Cathedral School senior curriculum is a challenging and inspiring mix of traditional study and modern skills that equips students to take their place in the changing environment that is the workforce in the 21st century.

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

In society, there is an increasing need for highly skilled workers. Today’s school leavers entering the workforce need skills that meet the expectations of the 21st Century, and Vocational Education & Training (VET) programs have been developed and supported by the QLD Education System to assist students to meet these challenges.


Life contains much more than just work and study, so it is important that every student’s school years provide the foundations for a rich and diverse life experience.

Within the Senior School, the extracurricular program gives students countless opportunities to explore and broaden their experiences, while developing skills and attitudes that will lead to life-long participation in healthy and fulfilling recreational and cultural activities.

Pastoral Care

Care of students in the Senior School is based on a House system. The House Tutor plays a significant role in the social and academic development of the students. The House Deans are responsible for the overall pastoral care of all students in their Houses and assist the Tutors when required. The House system also forms the basis for many of the social and sporting activities and students identify strongly with their House.

Year 10 Open Day

Students entering Year 10 are invited to experience a Cathedral School education firsthand at our Year 10 Open Day.

This is your chance to learn firsthand what a Cathedral education offers and make an informed decision about your Senior School years.

Bookings are essential. Reserve your place today!

Ayr Bus & Weekly Boarding

Get more out of your school week and be home every weekend with our Weekly Boarding and Bus Service.

Weekly boarding is not only for students living out of Townsville. Quite often parents are challenged with working in remote areas or are required to travel on a regular basis. With such irregularity and uncertainty, providing a stable routine can become a burden on families and disrupt their child’s education.
Being a weekly boarder allows both parents and students to maintain some form of certainty and stability – especially knowing that the child has a safe, supported, and nurtured environment to live and study during the week.