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~~Willunga High School Context Statement 2016
SCHOOL CONTEXT STATEMENT                  Updated:  02/16
School Name:      Willunga High School
School Number:  0909
1.    General Information
Part A
School Name               :   WILLUNGA HIGH SCHOOL
School No.                  :    0909                                                    Courier:  Southern Adelaide
Principal                      :   Mr Anthony van Ruiten
Postal Address            :  239 Main Road, Willunga 5172
Location Address        :  239 Main Road, Willunga 5172
District                        :  Fleurieu
Distance from GPO     :  47 kms                         Phone No.  : 08 8557 0100
CPC attached              :  NO                             Fax No.      : 08 8556 2243
 Enrolments.
Year Term 1 Enrolment
2010 808.2
2011 876.4
2012 956
2013 1006
2014  1080
2015 1040
Enrolments over the next few years will significantly rise due to the housing developments in the Southern seaside areas of Aldinga, Aldinga Beach, Sellicks Beach, and Silver Sands. Over the next 3 – 5 years there will be a significant growth in the school population as more and more people move into the southern sea areas of Sellicks, Aldinga and Silver Sands. 


 Part B
• The school staff consists of:
• Deputy Principal: PC05,
Senior Leaders B3: Middle School, Senior School/Curriculum
Senior Leaders B2: 10
Coordinators B1: 6
• Staffing numbers: 70.0 FTE.
    School Support Officers: 20
    GSE 38 hours
• Year of opening
The school opened on its present site in 1960. The school has undergone significant growth and a total upgrade of facilities totalling $11.5m. As a result of the growth buildings continue to be built to house the number of students.


• Public transport access
There is limited access to public transport.  The SouthLink bus service operates linking Willunga, Aldinga, McLaren Vale and Noarlunga Centre. 90% of all students are bussed into the school through DECS buses.


2.    Students (and their welfare)
Willunga High school is a comprehensive metropolitan secondary school (47Km from the GPO) in a semi rural environment with an enrolment of 1000+ students and was opened on its present site in 1960.  The school has strong community support, which is evidenced by an active governing council and industry recognition and support, particularly from the wine, grape-growing, hospitality and business sectors. A large fleet of buses transports approximately 90% of students from the surrounding towns and rural properties to the school. There are 16 buses which is the largest number in SA.


 Willunga High School is the first public secondary school on mainland Australia connected to the National Broadband Network.. The school is a recognised leader in the field of enabling NBN learning opportunities for our students and for the wider district through the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Trade School (SAFTS).


 Vocational courses provide career and educational students from the area as part of the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Trade School partnerships as well as providing increased options for senior students. The school is situated on 17 hectares which comprises 2 ovals, tennis courts, agricultural land (put to vineyards, olive groves, grazing and horticultural use) and a range of state of the art learning areas.


 Willunga High School’s core business is teaching and learning in a collaborative learning environment. The Middle School Curriculum is framed by Australian Curriculum and SACE as well as competency based learning through our strong VET programs. There is a commitment to Middle Schooling methodologies in Years 8 & 9, with the focus on developing curriculum ownership and a constructivist approach to teaching, learning communities are created to foster relationships and hands on learning.


The emphasis of pastoral care in the Middle School is based on establishing and developing relationships.  Leadership is provided by the Year Level Coordinators.  The structure of the sub-school allows teachers the time required to encourage inter-personal relationship development and the development of social skills.


Learning Pathways in the Senior School offer a broad range of options which aim to provide flexibility and cater to the special interests and needs of students utilising the SACE agenda. Flexibility is provided through recognised prior learning and the opportunity for students to access VET courses on site and across the region. The school offers Agriculture, Cultural Studies and Japanese and a range of Arts – including Dance, Drama, Music, Multi Media, Design and Visual Art.  Vocational courses in Viticulture, Tourism, Horticulture, Hospitality, Child Studies and Furnishing are offered.


 The school provides additional support to students with Learning Difficulties – over 110 identified NEP students are supported at compulsory and post compulsory levels. Personal counselling is provided by two counsellors.
 School Population:
•           School Card: 30% of population
•           ATSI students 41,
•           100+ students with disabilities  including District Special Class
•           FLO: 150
Willunga High School is a place where:
• The core business is teaching and learning
• Students are engaged in their learning in a safe, orderly and supportive manner
• Our core values inform our processes and practices.
• Relationships are fostered and enhanced through a caring teaching and learning environment.
• Students and staff are given every opportunity to realize their potential and to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise.
• Links are established with our local community and enterprising behaviour is common
• Pride in self, school and achievements is fostered
There is a well defined and supported behaviour management policy based upon students accepting responsibility for their behaviour.  The Middle School focus is on the development of explicit values, where classrooms function on an agreed set of rules; which focus on the principles of courtesy and respect.
SRC is represented on school decision-making committees and manages a range of fundraising and social events.


A very focussed and strong Flexible Learning Program operates within the school (with some students being case managed in house and others by outside providers). This program is available to support students at risk and those who have become disengaged with education to provide them with appropriate vocational, social and life skills to move towards further learning or earning. 


Key School Policies
Contextual Influences
• Willunga High school is located 47kms from Adelaide GPO and is of metropolitan character in a semi-rural environment. The school experiences strong community support, which is evidenced by an active governing council and industry recognition and support, particularly from the wine, grape-growing, hospitality and business sectors.
• Students have widely varying socio-economic backgrounds and educational and career aspirations.
• A large fleet of buses transports approximately 90% of students from the surrounding towns and rural properties to the school.
• Vocational courses are attracting students from the area as part of the Southern Area Trade School of the Future partnerships as well as providing increased options for senior students.
• The school has strong community and industry recognition and support, particularly from the wine, grape-growing and hospitality sectors.
 Core Business
Teaching and learning in a collaborative learning environment where:
• Students have access to the 8 curriculum areas of required study.
• Students have access to academic, general and vocational courses within SACE.
• A high priority is providing a huge range of courses and programs to meet student need and to inspire them to participate in their learning programs.
 
Current Educational Priorities
 Key Strategic Direction 1: LEARNING FOR ALL.
Our aim is to have: Everyone being Successful Learners who are independent and creative, play an active role in their own learning, make sense of their world and understand where they are going, strive to be the best they can be, value lifelong learning, have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy, are active and responsible users of technology, think deeply and logically and motivate themselves to reach their potential.

This is achieved by:
• Learning to be being connected.
• IT - used to establish strong learning partnerships.
• Collaboration in all activities
• Flexible learning opportunities
• Implementation of rigorous and differentiated curriculum
• Successful transitions
• Focus on ‘Everyone is a Learner’.


Key Strategic Direction 2: Pride through Identity.
Our aims are to have: students develop a sense of self-worth, identity and awareness, learning is connected to individual’s lives, interests and aspirations, the learning environment promotes positive outcomes for staff and student wellbeing, students collaborate with community members in a range of partnerships, students successfully transition through/from school into appropriate pathways (with an e-portfolio) and everyone is well prepared for their potential life roles.

This is achieved by:
• Career planning
• Personal support and optimism
• Implementation of e-portfolios
• Borderless opportunities
• Celebration of success
• Sense of community.


Key Strategic Direction 3: Nurture and Foster Responsible Citizens
Our aims are to have: Everyone feeling supported in their learning and personal growth. The learning environment is one that supports everyone in their professional and personal lives. Students provided with flexible learning opportunities. Supported through personalized and differentiated learning programs, development of personal attributes and values such as respect for others, fairness and celebration of success. Student’s individual learning styles are reflected through an inclusive teaching program with the focus on explicit teaching and application of literacy and numeracy skills. The 4 walls of the classroom to virtually disappear and student learning is enabled 24 x 7.

This is achieved through:
• sense of belonging
• diverse programs
• valuing everyone
• learning beyond the classroom
• pride in achievement of self and others


Achieved by:
• Further Implementation of a Learner Management System to record student achievement, Parent Portal activated and used for counselling and reporting, attendance and allow access to learning 24x7 through the Virtual Classroom. 
• Further expansion of our NBN journey, documentation of this journey, sharing of learning with others and break down the walls of our learning 
• Each area of learning has responsibility for the implementation and delivery of a scope and sequence of explicit teaching of ICT skills to students and inclusion of these in the AOL teaching program, in particular Cybersafety and being e-smart. 
• All staff using the LMS (SEQTA) for attendance rolls, reporting of student achievement and delivery of content.
 
To develop a learning environment and methodology which will enhance learning for all through:

1. Avenues developed to link with community bodies through the alliance with the Southern Adelaide Trade School of the Future, TAFE and utilising the strengths of the NBN
 
2. Extensive T&D for staff to ensure that learning programs and processes embrace technology and its use for learning.

Achieved by:
• Avenues developed to link with community bodies through the alliance with the Southern Adelaide Trade School of the Future, TAFE and utilising the strengths of the NBN 
• Parents, staff and students involved in community events based on school premises or student involvement outside. 
• Expansion of community learning programs and involvement of peak bodies in community. The current programs offered are extensive and comprehensive, catering for a wide range of student need and interest. Programs are delivered within classrooms, workshops, on the Agriculture block, ovals, dance studio, performing arts classrooms, Recreation Centre and in workshops. 

4. Sporting Activities
The school participates in Lightning Carnivals in the Cluster, inter-school athletics and a wide range of knockout competitions. We were the state champions in netball Year 8 & 9 and Senior Girls in 2012.
Volleyball is a focus for both state and national competition.  The school provides for students to work as coaches with neighbouring primary schools and to enrol in accredited sports coaching curriculum.
Willunga High School has a focus on specialist teaching of Volleyball across all year levels and is ranked 12th in Australia.
Outdoor Education is a focus for Year 9 -12 and incorporates aquatics, bushwalking and a variety of camping activities.
Students are able to gain VET qualifications in Sports Coaching and Sport and Recreation.

The school has a beach volleyball court of a high calibre, built by students and allows them to participate in indoor and outdoor competitions.


5.    Other Co-Curricular Activities
• General
Students have opportunities to become involved in such activities as the school band, English, Science, Maths and Computing competitions, drama productions, public speaking and the year book production.
• Special
:Instrumental Music Program           :Japanese Sister School Cultural Exchange
:Duke of Edinburgh Award               : International Exchange program
:Readers’ Cup                                     :Student Health & Wellbeing programs
:Ski Trip

6.    Staff & Welfare
• Staff profile
The staff is continuing to grow, with most living within a reasonable distance of the school and with the huge growth in population and the increased confidence of the community staff numbers will grow with the increased enrolments.
• Leadership structure
Management of the two sub-schools, is though collaborative leadership of Principal, Deputy Principal, Senior Leaders and Coordinators.
The 8 Area of Leaning Coordinators provides curriculum support and daily management of students across the school. All Year levels have Coordinators/managers who are given time to provide support to specific year levels. The Careers/Enterprise Coordinator, VET Coordinator and Counsellor Coordinator provides specialist support for student well being.


• Staff support systems
The focus in school personnel management is on teams.  Hence the Middle School Team (comprising those teachers whose main commitment is in that area) will meet to plan, discuss issues etc relating to Years 8, 9 and 10.  The Senior School Team operates in a similar fashion.  Other teams operate in the school, with the team approach being the basis of the school’s quality improvement policy.

• Access to special staff
:Usual access to Guidance, other support agencies, Instrumental teachers.
:Strong links with community based Health & Wellbeing agencies to support an extensive range of Health & Well Being programs within the school.

7.     Incentives, support and award conditions for Staff
• Usual conditions apply as per metropolitan schools.

8.    School Facilities
• Buildings and grounds
The school is situated on 17 hectares which accommodates two ovals, tennis courts, agricultural land (put to vineyards, an orchard, grazing and horticultural use), and a range of hard standing and pre-fabricated buildings.  A significant upgrading of buildings has been undertaken. A two storey Science and Art complex was opened in 1996.  A Trade Training Centre was completed to deliver Certificate II and III programs.
• Specialist facilities
:Performing Arts facilities                   : Trade Training Centre with industrial (Dance, Drama)                                    kitchen function room
 :Gymnasium                                        :Specialist Art facilities

:Pods of computers are distributed throughout the school in specialists areas and a BYOD initiative has been successful. All Year 8 & 9 textbooks are delivered electronically. Our Learner Management System provides parents with immediate information and feedback as to student attendance and achievement. The school is working towards 1-1 computer access through the use of Mac Laptops, wireless is provided across the school to facilitate this.      
 
• Student facilities
:There is an excellent school canteen, a Senior School Study Area, covered areas and attractive lawn areas are available for students. A focus has been on the provision of areas for students to use, paving of areas and garden seating as well as shade areas has been a priority. Students have been encouraged to participate in programs such as Home and Property Maintenance and Doorways to Construction to facilitate the construction of areas and have “pride” in their environment.

• Staff facilities
:Staff facilities are excellent.  All teachers have work areas and there is a large attractive staff room with access to computing facilities, including EDSAS and the Internet. Staff have been supported in the provision of training and development in the use of MacBooks so that the 1-1 Digital Revolution initiative can be implemented.

• Access for students and staff with disabilities
:There is a ramp access to buildings and an elevator provides access to the second storey levels in the school.

• Access to bus transport
:There are buses which are used as an excursion transport option through Willunga Charter.  There is a public bus service linking Aldinga, Willunga, McLaren Vale and the Noarlunga Centre.
:Willunga Charter Service provide an extensive service to the school.

9.    School Operations
• Decision making structures
School Policy is determined by the SRC, Staff and the Governing Council.  The major decision-making group within the school is the Staff Council which meets fortnightly and comprises the Administrative Team, Coordinators, the Administrative Officer, staff representatives and SRC representatives.  The School Council is elected at the AGM in February/March.  Sub-committees of the Council aim for participation in a wide range of issues and currently include, Finance, Grounds and Canteen.
• Regular publications
:Communication channels include a daily bulletin, a newsletter (3 times per term – on website), prospectus, weekly staff meetings, parent evenings and mail-outs.

10.  Local Community
• General characteristics
Willunga High School is a community school. The community use our facilities to promote community spirit (karate classes, Tag Rugby Competition, Soccer and Cricket).
• Parent and community involvement
The school has made a focus of establishing and developing community involvement in the school through its involvement in vocational courses.
• Feeder schools
The majority of students come from, Myponga, Aldinga, McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat and Willunga Primary Schools.
 
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