Programs and Curriculum

Congratulations to our Year 12 students

We are thrilled to share final results from Year 12 class of 2016.

• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally


Scholarship applications for 2018 entry are now open.

School Tours

Is your daughter starting Reception in 2018?

Junior School Twilight Tour:
Monday 4 September at 5pm

Our next whole School Tour is:
Thursday 14 September at 9am

Enrolment Enquiry

To learn more about St Peter's Girls' School, request a prospectus today.

Year 10 Curriculum

In Year 10, students study several core subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science, History and Physical Education and Health. Students can also choose to study a range of elective subjects from the Languages, Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology faculties.

The SACE Stage 1 subject, the PLP (Personal Learning Plan), is also studied at Year 10. In this subject, students consider their aspirations and research career, training and further study choices to help them map out their future.

Curriculum choices for Years 11-12

St Peter’s Girls’ School offers two pathways in Years 11 and 12 to prepare students for tertiary education and life beyond school. Students can nominate to undertake the the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

The SACE pathway

In Year 11, students complete the requirements of SACE Stage 1. These include a full year of English, and a semester of Mathematics. Students must achieve a C grade or better in the compulsory subjects.

Within a framework of 28 subjects, students are supported in making appropriate choices that will enable them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to successfully engage in their future careers and life choices.

A feature of the Year 11 program is the Stage 2 Research Project. In undertaking this subject, students gain valuable research, referencing and analytical skills that support their Year 12 subjects and university pathways.

At St Peter’s Girls’ School we offer 25 subjects at the Year 12 level. The SACE Board provides the curriculum framework and subject outlines at both Stage 1 and 2. Each subject has varied approaches to internal and external assessment.

When our Year 12 students start their final year, they’re ready to hit the ground running because they have undertaken a two-week ‘bridging course’ at the end of Year 11. This course gives students a head-start for Year 12 and prepares them for the choices, challenges and rigours of their most demanding year at school.

IB Diploma

The IB Diploma offers an alternative option for Years 11-12.

The IB Diploma is an academically challenging, pre-university matriculation course which provides “in-depth academic rigour with breadth, ensuring each student finishes school competent in their own language, numeracy and a foreign language, and knowledgeable in Science, Humanities and the Arts. In addition, students will have followed a course in critical thinking (Theory of Knowledge), completed a research essay and developed their own CAS program of creativity, action and service.” (IBO, 2011)

Students who receive a Diploma are eligible to apply to universities in Australia and overseas, as the Diploma is internationally recognised and highly regarded.

> Read more about the IB Diploma at St Peter’s Girls

Choosing between SACE and IB and selecting subjects

The Senior School Curriculum Book is intended as a guide for parents and students undertaking Years 10, 11 and 12 at St Peter’s Girls. It provides an explanation of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), the International Baccalaureate (IB) and curriculum outlines for Year 10, SACE Stage 1 and 2, and IB subjects. This information is valuable preparation for the subject selection process held in Term 3.

> Download the Senior School Curriculum Handbook 2017

Students and parents are encouraged to review the SACE and IB Diploma Comparative Chart, which outlines the points of similarity and difference between the courses.

> Download the SACE and IB Diploma Comparative Chart

Additional questions can be directed to:

Advantages at Saints Girls

Senior School students at St Peter’s Girls have access to two programs designed to help them achieve their best.

St Peter’s Girls’ School’s Headstart Program supports students as they embark on their final years of schooling. The Headstart program is a structured introduction to Years 11 and 12 subjects, which our students undertake at the end of the subsequent year.

Headstart gives students a smooth transition into the following year’s studies by providing a clear introduction of what is expected in each subject. It ensures students are ready to confidently engage with each subject on the first day of the new school year.

The Tutor Program is a free service provided to Years 7 – 12 students. The purpose of the program is to nurture positive study habits, while supporting students to understand their classroom learning and consolidate their knowledge. The aim is for students to become successful and independent learners, who approach their studies with confidence.

This is a highly flexible program that students can use at any time. Whether your daughter needs some extra assistance in a specific subject area, or with a current project or assignment, our team of tutors can help.

Our tutors are all recent Old Scholars, who know the demands of being a student. These Old Scholars are some of our best and brightest graduates, who have excelled in their studies and are currently either pursuing rigorous tertiary studies or exciting career paths.

This program supports our students as they navigate the complexities of their  studies.


> Academic Honesty Policy (Years 10 -12)
> Senior School Assessment Policy
> Senior School Curriculum Handbook 2015
> Download the Senior School Curriculum Handbook 2016

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is implemented in a variety of ways across St Peter’s Girls and provides guidance to ensure that students are individually valued and supported. Formal and informal activities develop their social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual wellbeing. An understanding of the importance of developing compassion for others underpins all aspects of the girls’ learning.

Our regular Chapel Services help to foster strong sense of community while providing essential space for spiritual reflection. We are privileged to have a Chapel that seats the whole school and where, every week the community is brought together to share, celebrate, reflect and pray.

The Senior School program centres on developing skills for life beyond school. As the Senior students evolve into independent learners, students are instructed in effective study skills aimed to improve motivation and examination preparations. All girls are encouraged to learn to be effective problem solvers. Student retreats are an important part of the Year 11 and 12 pastoral care programs. The Year 11 Retreat provides an opportunity for girls to take risks, develop team building and work through leadership challenges. The Year 12 Retreat allows girls to plan year level activities and action a plan for managing their own individual study routine. Pastoral care is addressed in Year 10 through the Personal Learning Plan which allows students to consider their future education pathways, explore career options and engage in activities that promote personal development. The Formal and other social activities ensure there is a good balance between work, leisure and social interaction.


We recognise that the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is ever increasing. The wide use of ICT is integrated into student learning and inquiry. Your daughter will have access to computers, laptops and iPads.

Each Senior School student also has their own laptop, as part of the 1to1 Technology Program. Students can engage with information and communicate ideas at their own pace, using a variety of media beyond the traditional print and spoken domains.


St Peter’s Girls’ School features an inspiring and entertaining Arts community. From curriculum based learning in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts, to a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, girls are encouraged to create, engage and imagine through the Arts.

When young people engage in an Arts education they become imaginative and flexible thinkers, developing lateral problem solving processes and learning to see things from a range of different perspectives. The Arts is critical to the development of confidence and students’ sense of identity and self-worth.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in a structured, systematic program which includes creating, making and presenting a variety of artworks. Through participation in ensembles, choirs, productions, exhibitions, performance, workshops, theatre attendance, critical analysis and discussion, visiting artists, choral celebrations, individual and group tuition, practice, competition and showcase, the Arts builds and shapes our students, and impacts the wider Saints community.

Students can also access the Saints Performing Arts Academy, which regularly hosts workshops for budding artists. SPAA, as it is affectionately known, is an academy of excellence in the Arts. It is open to all young Adelaide performers from Years 6 – 11, and offers expert tuition in Dance, Drama and Music by some of the city’s best professionals.

Other Co-Curricular Programs

St Peter’s Girls’ School has an extensive, balanced and comprehensive co-curricular and extra-curricular program that builds the community life of the School and enriches and extends our curriculum and classroom offerings.

These programs include a range of sporting, musical, cultural, team, performance, physical and creative opportunities beyond the classroom. These programs allow for the development of a broad range of skills, including team work, leadership, organisation, persistence, time management, social skills, self-esteem and a broadening of confidence and skills beyond the classroom.

Co-curricular opportunities include year level camps, inter-school sport, performance and choral opportunities, off campus land-care and tree-planting projects, debating, public speaking, poetry recital competitions and swimming.

Extra-curricular opportunities include those activities that incur a fee each term. These include Junior School dance, drama, gymnastics, individual music, instrumental and voice lessons.

Many opportunities exist for our students to socialise, learn and compete with boys and students from other schools. These include debating, chess, public speaking, dance, music festival, student leadership days and social events.

Our Voice

  • I love the small community and great teachers who care not only about their students’ grades, but also well-being and inclusivity for all.

    Eloise, Year 11

  • As a learner, I want to know more

    Gabriella, Year 12

  • Even though we have to get up early, I love rowing. Competing at the Head of the River made all the hard work worthwhile.

    Sophia, Year 10

  • I really like how when you walk down the main corridor, everyone says hi, including the teachers.

    Tegan, Year 6

  • Things I love about Saints? Non-judgemental, strives for excellence, wonderful opportunities, great teachers, international and multicultural.

    Klea, Year 11

  • The girls and the teachers are so friendly to be around and you can always get help from anyone in the class.

    Dimity, Year 8

  • The St Peter’s Girls’ ELC gives my daughter a place to be herself and explore her world in an environment she feels safe in and is immensely proud of.

    Current Parent

  • Everyone is supportive and it is a great School. I have been here all my life.

    Ebony, Year 8

  • I have always admired the passion the School has for developing girls who are well-rounded in all aspects of their academic, sporting and personal life.

    Current Parent

  • I love the girls and the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is really nice and caring. I love being able to come to School and talk to girls from all year levels.

    Emma, Year 8

  • Good results come from hard work, commitment (on both the teacher’s and students’ behalf) and the establishment of positive relationships between the teacher and the students. Mutual understanding and respect are key.

    Anne, Teacher