Girrawheen Senior High School, Girrawheen
Name: Girrawheen Senior High School
Type: Secondary School
Address: 39 Calvert Way
State: Western Australia
Phone: 08 9247 0555
Fax: 08 9342 9253
SCHOOL PURPOSE STATEMENT
At Girrawheen Senior High School our purpose is to enable students to develop the understandings, skills and attitudes relevant to their individual needs, in a caring and supportive learning environment, thereby allowing them to fulfil their potential and contribute to the development of our society.
Our purpose is translated into strategic initiatives in four key areas of school operations, within which both the school priority areas of Curriculum Improvement, Student Services, Learning Technologies and Community Engagement, plus the Department of Education and Training?s key objectives of Motivated and Engaged Students; Motivated and Engaged Workforce; Inclusive, Safe and Stimulating Learning Environments; and Strong Organisational Support for Schools are all embedded.
The school catchment area includes the suburbs of Girrawheen, Koondoola, Marangaroo and Alexander Heights. The community has a strong multicultural mix that brings both enrichment and challenge. The school is a focal point for developing programs that address these challenges and builds resiliency amongst the community's young people. Over 50 different cultures are represented; the largest groups other than mainstream Australian being Vietnamese (1120and Aboriginal (9 Since many students at the school come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (27 different languages are spoken in homes of Girrawheen students) programs with a special literacy focus are provided so that students can successfully navigate their way through formal education and become contributing citizens of society.
FEATURES OF THE LEARNING PROGRAM
Girrawheen Senior High School has established an organisational structure that is seen to be the most appropriate model to facilitate the effective delivery of the curriculum. Years 8 and 9 enjoy a Middle School ethos that is consolidating the educational gains experienced by students in these cohorts over recent years. The Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12) embraces a curriculum that effectively combines an academic and a vocational focus, predicated on equipping young people for their future educational and employment needs. The school boasts an excellent record of student achievement in all aspects of its curriculum, including tertiary entrance results, tracking graduates into training or employment, improving key literacy and numeracy outcomes and linking learning to future aspirations.
The model for a Full- Service school, where, for each student, the school provides a curriculum that matches their interests, abilities and aspirations, is something the school staff consider to be a major focus for their work. The school offers an Education Support Unit and an On-Campus program for students at educational risk. Initiatives for Talented and Gifted students include the Special Dance initiative as well as mainstream interventions and participation in enrichment endeavours.