Cocos Island District High Sch, Cocos Island

Name: Cocos Island District High Sch
Type: Primary and Secondary School
Address: Cocos Island
Town: Cocos Island
Postcode: 6799
State: Western Australia
Region West Coast
Phone: 08 9162 6650
Fax: 08 9162 6658
Pupils: 135

Cocos Islands District High School is without doubt one of the most unique and challenging educational environments in Australia. Situated on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands it is the most westerly of Australia's territories, lying in the Indian Ocean approximately 2900 kilometres northwest of Perth and 2600 kilometres west of Darwin. Its nearest neighbour is Christmas Island situated 900 kilometres to the northeast. Cocos Islands District High School comprises two campuses. 

The Home Island Campus caters for approximately 70 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. 

The West Island Campus, operates classes from Kindergarten to Year 10 and caters for approximately 80 students. 

The majority of secondary students travel the 8 kilometres across the lagoon by ferry to and from school each day. At present, students continue their post-compulsory education at mainland schools or study via the School of Isolated and Distance Education. Comprehensive careers advice is provided to all students, and is complemented by work experience programmes both on and off-island.


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