In the secondary school, girls in Years 7 and 8 study a wide range of subjects, allowing them a broad experience across the disciplines. Students in Years 9 and 10 retain elements of this core curriculum, but make some choices regarding the electives they wish to pursue. The Year 11s and 12s all undertake an English subject and choose five others which are reflective of their interests, abilities and aspirations. In 2019, Year 12s will be the last to obtain an OP score, while the Year 11s will be the first to commence the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system and will be the first to graduate with an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) instead of an OP score. Read more in this extract from our 2019 Autumn/Winter issue of the Flyer. (PDF 557.5KB)


As St Margaret’s is a multi-pathway school which personalises learning for each individual the suite of subject offerings is diverse. It includes academically rigorous authority subjects as well as vocational options.

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum
Health & Physical Education
Religious & Values Education
Visual Art
French or Mandarin
Science of Learning


Year 9 and 10 Curriculum
Health & Physical Education
Religious & Values Education (RVE)

Digital Technologies
English as an Additional Language
Economics and Entrepreneurial Studies
Food and Design
Languages – French
Languages – Chinese (Mandarin)
Legal Studies
Physical Education
STEM Extension
Visual Art

Year 11 (2019) and Year 12 (2020) Curriculum

Students will choose one of the following QCE pathways:

1. Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway - students selecting this pathway must select six General subjects. Six General subjects must be selected from the following groups:

Group A - Choose at least one subject:

English, Literature, English as an Additional Language

Group B - Choose a minimum of three and a maximum of five subjects:

Chemistry, Economics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physics, Digital Solutions, French, Music, Chinese, Modern History, Ancient History, Biology

Group C - Choose a minimum of 0 and a maximum of two subjects:

Accounting, Drama, Geography, General Mathematics, Visual Art, Physical Education, Legal Studies, Design

2. Portfolio Pathway - students selecting this pathway are not eligible for an ATAR. All students must select three General subjects from the following groups:

Group A - Choose one subject:


Group B - Choose a minimum of one or a maximum of two Diplomas:

Diploma of Business, Diploma of Project Management

Group C - Choose two ATAR subjects from groups B & C (see above)

Group D - Special Project - a school-based program will be offered to provide additional access to work, apprenticeship and study options.

Year 12 Curriculum (2019 students only)

Students are required to study an English (English or English as an Additional Language) subject and a Mathematics (Mathematics A or B) subject. They select four other subjects from:

Ancient History
Home Economics
Information Processing & Technology (IPT)
Languages - French, Mandarin
Legal Studies
Mathematics C
Modern History
Visual Art

Vocational Education Offerings

Diploma of Business
Diploma of Project Management

Other study options include Certificates I, II, III and IV in wide-ranging subject areas from fashion to aged care.

2020 Curriculum Handbooks   

Year 7 2020 Curriculum Handbook (PDF 1.2MB)

Year 8 2020 Curriculum Handbook (PDF 1.2MB)

Year 9 2020 and Year 10 2021 Curriculum Handbook (PDF 1.3MB)

Year 11 and Year 12 Curriculum Handbook 2020/21 (PDF 1.6MB)

Subject Preference Forms - 2020

Year 7 Language Choices 2019 (PDF 371.3KB)

Year 8 Language Choices 2019 (PDF 209.9KB)

Year 9 2019 and 10 2020 Subject Preference Form (PDF 107.8KB)

Year 10 2019 Subject Preference Form (PDF 106.4KB)

Year 11 and 12 2019 Subject Preference Form (PDF 118KB)

Previous curriculum handbooks:  

Curriculum Handbooks - Secondary School, Years 7 to 12, 2019

Curriculum Handbook Year 7 2019 (PDF 1.2MB)

Curriculum Handbook Year 8 2019 (PDF 1.3MB)

Curriculum Handbook Year 9 2019 and Year 10 2020 (PDF 1.4MB)

Curriculum Handbook Years 11 and 12 2019/20 (PDF 1.6MB)

Curriculum Handbooks - Secondary School, Years 7 to 12, 2018
Curriculum Handbook Year 7 2018 (PDF 1.7MB) 
Curriculum Handbook Year 8 2018 (PDF 1.7MB)
Curriculum Handbook Year 9 and 10 2018 2019 (PDF 1.7MB) 
Curriculum Handbook Year 10 2018 (PDF 1.8MB)
Curriculum Handbook Years 11 and 12 2018/19 (PDF 7.2MB) 

Curriculum Handbooks - Secondary School, Years 7 to 12, 2017

Curriculum Handbooks - Secondary School, Years 7 to 12, 2016
Curriculum Handbook Year 7 2016 (PDF 837.6KB)

Curriculum Handbook Year 8 2016 (PDF 827.7KB)
Curriculum Handbook Year 9 2016 (PDF 855.9KB)
Curriculum Handbook Year 10 2016 (PDF 1.1MB)
Curriculum Handbook Year 11 and 12 2015/2016 (PDF 4.1MB)
Curriculum Handbook Year 11 and 12 2014/2015 (PDF 718.1KB)