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Each of our subject areas are highlighted below, for full information regarding each program view the overview documents linked on right.


Mathematics is an essential skill that people use every day. Often people see Mathematics as a subject that they were required to study at school and often it is viewed poorly. We have a belief that all students can be good at Mathematics and we strive to ensure that with excellent teachers and a very down to earth program that uses direct examples of mathematics in the real world. We are delighted with how the students value the subject and have shown excellence in not only results of their subjects but also the awards won in Mathematics competitions including the Australian Maths Competition, Murrumba Downs Maths Competition, QAMT competition, etc.
Like most schools Bracken Ridge State High School is continuing to follow the National Curriculum in years 7 to 10 and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Subjects in years 11 and 12. Our senior results are ranked very highly and we are very proud of our students with a number of them being awarded a VHA 10 (the very best result you can achieve in Queensland).
At Bracken Ridge we have an ownership of our students and work intently to have them not only achieve as well as they can but also develop a love of the Mathematics that we are doing. We use many different formats to develop this including online tutorials, the homework club, Edstudios and eLearn programs.
Our Overview and Semester outline documents are linked to the right. Also make sure to have a look at our Maths Study program information.

Information Processing and Technology

Technology nowadays is everywhere, touching almost every part of our lives on a daily basis. At Bracken Ridge SHS students in Years 11 and 12 can choose either Information Processing and Technology (IPT) or Certificate 2 in Information, Digital Media and Technology (IDMT).
In 2015 approximately 95% of students undertaking the course completed the full certificate. In addition, Year 10 students can choose to undertake the Certificate 1 in IDMT. In 2015 the Certificate 1 was attained by over 95% of all students enrolled in the course.
Please read our attached documents for further information on the main areas of the course.

Digital Technology

The school offers a number of subjects that focus on the teaching of Digital Technology. Most subjects taught do involve Digital Technology as a teaching tool that students use in learning, but the Digital Technology subjects focus on the teaching about the use of this technology. Digital Technology subjects cover many concepts in this evolving area and includes Programming, Modelling, Digital Media, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Social and Ethical implications, developing Databases, Microsoft programs, etc.
Some subjects include the Microsoft academy and students can achieve certification that is recognised worldwide. We also have had a substantial number of students complete traineeships in the IT area with considerable success, and the skills covered are becoming more essential as technology continues to influence the world in which we live.

Health and Physical Education - HPE

At Bracken Ridge State High School, we teach physical education as a distinct area of study in its own right. The program focuses on the importance of physical activity in the Australian lifestyle and within the local Bracken Ridge community. The careful selection of activities and learning experiences caters for a student population with a diverse range of interests and abilities while encouraging them to achieve academic success. The junior and senior programs have been designed to develop student skills in both practical and theoretical areas of health and physical education. Learning in, through and about physical activity is a major goal. Health and Physical Education plays an important role encouraging engagement in lifelong health practices and getting people involved in sport and physical education from an early age.
Also make sure to have a look at our Football Development program and our Cert 2 in Sports Coaching.


Business activity affects the daily lives of all Australians as they work, spend, save, invest, travel and play. It influences jobs, incomes and opportunities for personal enterprise. Business studies provide young people with business/industry knowledge, strategies and skills to make informed and reasoned decisions about their role in and contribution to the global community. The subject, Business Studies, undertaken in Years 9 – 10, prepare students for the senior subjects of Accounting, Business Communication and Technologies and BSB20115 Certificate II in Business.

Design and Technology

Material in manufacture; Production Systems and Engineered Controls  

This program offers students the opportunity to engage in a range of tasks in the manufacture of products. Students’ use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
Students progressively develop knowledge and understanding of how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour and performance of designed engineering solutions, for example, spinning tops, mechanical and electrical devices, self-propelled vehicles and catapults.
Students will progressively develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and properties of a range of materials used in the development of finished products.


CERTIFICATE III CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
This course is being offered through a partnership that Bracken Ridge State High School has with Deception Bay State High School. Deception Bay State High is the Registered Training Organisation, RTO Code 30380, and will supply training materials and assessment and will issue the final qualification or statement of attainment to your student.
The course has 18 units of competency delivered in 7 clusters. Delivery of the course will be over a period of two years. The course comprises three assessment focuses: theory, vocational work placement and simulated training. The content of the course will be delivered in the classroom face to face, supported by vocational work placement.
Participation in a compulsory Vocational Placement for a minimum of 120 hours in a registered childcare facility is necessary for successful completion of the Certificate. Students will have a Student Training Book that will need to be signed each time they attend Vocational Placement.


Tourism is a stand-alone VET Certificate II course offered by the school as RTO (NTIS # 30416)  which aims to provide students with a general awareness of the everyday operations and trends in the tourism industry.  The subject enables students to gain an overview of what it is like to work in the tourism industry, growth areas within the industry and jobs and careers in tourism.  It is intended that, upon leaving school, students will be equipped to seek further training in some of the many facets of the industry that may be of interest to them.  During the course of study, students learn about current practices and emerging trends in the tourism industry.  The wide range of skills that are developed throughout the course are transferable to the workplace. Students who enrol in Tourism, and complete all competencies, will receive a Certificate II in Tourism qualification by completing a practical course over two years, during which a variety of National Training Units of Competency are covered in Years 11 and 12. The units investigate a range of tourism industry options with an emphasis on tourism as a business or tour guide.

Textiles and Food Studies

The central focus of Design Technology:  Food and Fibre is the wellbeing of people within their personal, family, community and work roles.   The course of study encourages personal independence and effective living within wider society, and promotes preferred futures for self and others,  Design Technology is an interdisciplinary study drawing on the fields of nutrition, textiles, fashion, the built environment, human development, relationships and behaviour.The curriculum focuses on the students developing the technologies, knowledge, understanding and skills to engage purposefully in helping to create preferred futures for their family and the wide community. Students will focus on using a design process to generate, develop and make products (food or fibre); and also to evaluate and refine products.  Topics covered include nutrition, health-promotion, eating trends, materials (food and fibre) and their characteristics, cultural and indigenous influences, food preparation techniques, and safe and hygienic work practices.

Hospitality Practices

Hospitality Practices focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills relating to food and/or beverage production and service. You will learn about the structure, scope and operation of the food and beverage sector and develop appreciation of industry workplace culture and practices. You will be encouraged to develop skills, processes and attitudes desirable for future employment in the sector.
The hospitality industry has become increasingly important economically in Australian society and is one of the largest employers in the country. The industry is dynamic and uses skills that are transferrable across sectors and geographic borders and offers a range of exciting and challenging long-term career opportunities across a range of businesses.A course of study in Hospitality Practices can establish a basis for further education and employment in hospitality sectors of food and beverage, catering, accommodation and entertainment. Students could pursue further studies in hospitality, hotel, event and tourism or business management, which allows for specialisation.


Humans are innately curious about their world. When attempting to explore and explain their experiences of phenomena of the universe people use science as a "way of knowing". It is a process for constructing new knowledge. Science is part of the human quest for understanding and wisdom and reflects human wonder about the world. The study of science as a "way of knowing" and a "way of doing" can help students reach a deeper understanding of the world.
Science at Bracken Ridge State High comprises Junior Science in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and in the senior years Biology, Chemistry and Physic (authority subjects) and Marine and Aquatic Practices (non-authority subject).


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Bracken Ridge State High School implements the ACARA Curriculum across years 7-10. Our senior program provides two pathways in the study English: Authority English or English Communication. The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Teaching and learning programs balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Social Science - SoSE

The social sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Social Science at Bracken Ridge State High School have both a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considering challenges for the future. It includes the study of history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics.
Through studying Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. Thinking about and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.
In the Senior School, our students have the opportunity to specialise in Ancient History, Modern History and Geography.  These programs of study provide students with skills and abilities in writing, researching, evaluating and critically thinking which are effectively transferrable and relevant to other subjects and disciplines.


Japanese is the language used by the Japanese for education, business and media communications.  In our global community there are many benefits to learning a second language.  At Bracken Ridge State High School we have a dynamic and engaging Japanese program.  Students use three scripts for writing: hiragana, the basic phonetic script representing the sounds of Japanese; katakana, the companion phonetic script that is largely used for loan words; and kanji, Chinese characters that represent meaning rather than sound (ideographs). Classes are run from Year 7 through to Year 12 where students are exposed to four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
The school has a dedicated language laboratory and from the moment you enter the room you are immersed in the culture and language of Japan. In addition, yearly visits from our sister-school Ohtori High School, provide students with further opportunities to develop their language skills. Bi-yearly international tours of Japan also enrich the program of study for those interested students.

Visual Art

In Visual Art students engage with two-dimensional and three – dimensional art and design practices and concepts, theories, histories and critiques. In a program of sequentially developed units, students develop skills, knowledge, understandings and techniques as artists, designers, critics and audiences. Students are taught to explore ideas imaginatively and creatively in practical and theory based tasks, formalising their investigations into a range of different media and techniques. Studies undertaken in Years 7 – 10, prepare students for the selection of either Visual Art or Visual Art Studies in Years 11 and 12.


Drama is a unique art form that re-presents and re-enacts experiences, ideas, stories and emotions. It is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and continues to be significant in all cultures and societies. Drama is created and performed in diverse spaces, including theatres, to achieve a wide range of purposes. It is usually shared live, but can also be created, mediated and shared through digital media and platforms. Engaging with drama in all its manifestations provides opportunities to experience, understand and communicate different perspectives on the world and to learn relevant life skills.


Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.  Throughout Music, students encounter music in a variety of ways, gradually developing skills and techniques that allow them to become musicians who manipulate, express and share sound.  Students have the opportunity to play, sing and listen to music of all types, developing performance and technical skills within authentic environments, and an understanding of a variety of musical styles.  They also create their own compositions using technology, improvisation and notation, with a focus in senior on recording.

Instrumental Music

Bracken Ridge State High School’s Instrumental Music Program is open to participation by students of all year levels, running alongside timetabled curriculum subjects. Students have the opportunity to develop their musical skills through group instruction on a weekly basis, on a Brass, Woodwind or Percussion instrument. The Bracken Ridge State High School Concert Band provides students with ensemble experience and performance skills at a variety of school and extra-curricular events including a biennial Band Tour.

Foundation Essentials - FES

Foundation Essentials is a program dedicated to improving student literacy and numeracy skills.  Over the course of study, students will engage in purposeful lessons in the following skills: Paragraph Writing (TEEEL paragraphs), Reading and Comprehension, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy.  Students work with specialist teachers in these fields once a week.

Senior Learning Program - SLP

The senior learning program is for students in years 10-12 and is held after assembly on Mondays. SLP covers a range of year level specific information – for year 10’s the focus is on their senior phase of study comprising of goal setting, resilience, bullying, subject information, study skills, the job market, interviews, resume writing and applications culminating in attending the Career Expo and Structured work placement and their Education and Training Plan. Year 11 students focus on their current course of study and how to be successful in senior. Emphasis is on attendance, bullying, job applications and writing to selection criteria and QCE attainment with work from the student planner creating a foundation for the course. We also have guest speakers from a variety of organisations such as Qld Health, RACQ and Electoral Commission. In year 12 the emphasis is on a variety of areas preparing students for life outside of high school. They cover HLTAID003 Apply First Aid, CPR, job applications, QTAC and applying for university/TAFE. This is a critical time for yr 12 students and they are asked to consider their course of study and points towards their QCE. Again, we have guest speakers from Qld Health, DARE Formal domestic violence, Red Frogs, One punch can kill and registered training organisations.