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Junior secondary

Junior Secondary is a phase of education in state secondary schools for Years 7, 8 and 9, which helps to ensure the bridge between primary and secondary school is safe, strong and consistent for all students.

Junior Secondary will focus on age-appropriate education, and support for students’ wellbeing and transitions.

Six principles have been developed to underpin Junior Secondary. Under six guiding principles, Junior Secondary will provide challenging educational offerings that engage young adolescents, while giving them a sense of belonging and support through the changes they face.

Distinct Identity

Junior Secondary students will be encouraged and supported to develop their own group identity within the wider high school. This can involve dedicated school areas and events.

What is Junior Secondary?
Junior Secondary is Years 7 to 9; Years 10 to 12 are part of the Senior Secondary Phase
How will Junior Secondary be different to Senior Secondary?
  • Year 7 & 8 POD Teachers confirmed to transfer into DBSHS from local feeder Primary  Schools
  • Year Level Coordinators and Deputy Principal
  • Physical Space: Designated teaching block and play area
  • Year level parades
  • Peer Support Program 2015 and Transition Program 2014

Student Wellbeing

We will meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary students with a strong focus on pastoral care. For example, schools could provide a home room to support students as they adjust to new routines and greater academic demands.

How will DBSHS meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary students?

  • Establishment of POD teaching
  • Physical teaching space
  • LEAP/LFL as home groups
  • Peer Support Mentoring Leadership
  • Enrichment Program
  • JS room available for students during lunch breaks
  • Support Services: Chaplain, Indigenous liaison, Guidance Officer



Schools will be encouraged to create leadership roles for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Dedicated teachers experienced with teaching young adolescents will lead Junior Secondary supported by the principal and administration team.

How will DBSHS create leadership roles for students in Years 7, 8 and 9?
  • Junior Secondary Captains, Peer Support Program, Student Representative Council, Duke of Edinburgh, Military Cadets, Coaching Young People for Success program

Local decision making

The needs of each school community will influence how Junior Secondary is implemented in each school.

How is DBSHS meeting the needs of our local community?
  • Accepting students in both Year 7 and Year 8ccepting students in both Year 7 and Year 8
  • Parent Community involvement feedback required
  • Dedicated enquiries email
  • Join our database
  • Download our free Skoolbag App (Apple itunes store.  Search “Deception Bay State High School”)
  • Newsletters
  • Respond to our surveys
  • Continued involvement in transition days
  • Coaching Young People for Success

Parent and community involvement

We want parents to stay connected with their students' learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in assemblies, special events, award ceremonies and leadership presentations will be welcomed.

How can parents and the community remain involved in students’ learning?
  • PCYC involvement in Before and After School Care; Attend Performing Arts and Hospitality evenings; Attend weekly whole school parades (starting now); Keep informed by downloading the Skoolbag app; Visit our website; Join our Junior Secondary database.

Quality teaching

Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years will be given the skills they need through additional professional development, so they can support young teens through these crucial early high school years.

How is DBSHS developing staff to specialise in Junior Secondary?
  • Specialised JS Staff (Year 7 staff)
  • Specialist teachers
  • Qualifications: Doctorate, Masters, wealth of experience to support VET subjects
  • PODs: Behaviour plans, seating arrangements, targets and goals set by PODs, establish classroom  resources
  • School Technology: iPads and apps, Macbooks, Wi-Fi
  • Pedagogy: Dimensions of Learning; Excellence in Teaching; Differentiated Learning
  • Immersion Program
  • Learning for Life program: focus on Literacy and Numeracy


Junior Secondary V1 2017.pdf

Where to from here? 

  • Phone 3897 2250 to book an enrolment.