There are eighty-three dual sector (P-9, P-10 and P-12) schools scattered throughout our vast state from Tagai State College in the north to Texas on the Queensland - New South Wales border in the south, from Cloncurry in the north west to Upper Coomera in the south east. P-10 and P-12 schools are complex but exciting places. We have the unique opportunity of having a seamless curriculum and taking our students from crayons to careers. Where else can you work with prep students as they develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills while discussing dinosaurs, changing the world with the upper primaries with their social justice clubs, facing challenges and choices with the junior secondaries and planning future careers and pathways with the seniors.
P-9, 10 and 12 schools have unique challenges and our association advocates on your behalf to overcome and inequities or issues pertinent to our contexts. Have a look at the “Promotional Positions Classification Review” submission which has been uploaded onto this website, as has our submission to the “Australian Independent Review of Regional, Rural and Remote Education”.
If you are new to the P-10/P-12 context, you are not alone. Our association is like a big family and we like to help each. Please look at the document “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters or Mentors?” for a list of people who have volunteered to assist you. In addition to contact details the document also records the mentors’ experiences and areas of expertise.
If you are a band 5 or 6 primary principal or a primary or secondary deputy principal who aspires to be a dual sector principal, our association can help prepare you for this challenging but immensely rewarding leadership role. Robin Rayner, the principal of Urangan State High School holds the role as Vice-President – Mentoring and co-ordinates the association’s formal mentoring program. Robin is an experienced principal of P-10 and P-12 schools, most of which were in rural or remote communities. You will be paired with a mentor and together you will work on a project or a number of projects which will provide you with experience with a dual sector school. You will be able to use these projects in your applications to demonstrate your familiarity with dual sector schools.
History of P-10 and P-12 Schools
There is also diversity in the origin and purpose of providing a dual or multi-sector school in the community. Some of the schools represented in this Association are the result of the decision fifty-three years ago to provide universal, free, secular secondary education with the Education Act of 1964. To accommodate the provisions of this act which included increasing the compulsory leaving age to fifteen years, secondary departments (years 8, 9 and 10) were added to existing primary schools. In some cases due to requests from the community and the need to provide accessible senior secondary education, the P-10 schools have been expanded to become P-12 schools.
The number of P-10 and P-12 schools has grown due to the amalgamation of existing primary and secondary schools, either due to declining enrolments or due to the recognition of the value of the seamless curriculum, and the multi-sector nature of P-12 schools; and the large purpose built colleges. The amalgamation of former single sector primary and single sector secondary schools often create P-12 schools and colleges with split campuses, which are either be at opposite ends of the town or not within easy walking distance of each other. One of our P-12 colleges (Tagai) has seventeen campuses.
Split campuses have also been created in the traditional P–10 and P-12 schools, either through the construction of new buildings on a new property or location; or the purchase of facilities (eg a dairy facility).
The third type of dual sector school which exists in Queensland is the purpose-built urban colleges. These tend to range in enrolment size from 1,000 to over 3,000 students and even though there are benefits in terms of economies of scale, having a seamless curriculum and having all sectors in the one school with mentoring opportunities, there are also challenges which this association can bring to the attention of the department.
The promotion of the Junior Secondary model and the subsequent transfer of year 7 into the secondary sector provided the rationale for some P-10 schools to transition to become P-9 schools. This enabled them to specialise in Junior Secondary. We are diverse but we are united in our love of the P-9/10/12 ethos. We regard our association as a family – you are part of it. Remember you are not alone as you navigate your school’s way – we are here to offer support and to advocate on your behalf, so use us.
Our mantra is –
"Quality Education in P-9/10/12 Schools through Excellence in Leadership."