Senior School

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Willunga High has clearly differentiated between its Middle School (Years 8 and 9) and Senior School (Year 10, Stage 1 and 2) with complementary philosophies operating within a cohesive framework, which aims to:

  • Ensure the vision and practices of the school reflect the needs of students in a changing world
  • Provide an education which is relevant and effective for students in years 10-13
  • Improve the quality of learning and enhance the opportunities for senior students to obtain entry into post-secondary employment, training and education.

Senior School provides learning pathways for students in Years 10 to 13 that meet their unique needs.  It is a time when students are moving towards independent adult lives and assume greater responsibility for themselves and their actions. It is a time when students become more aware of their strengths and interests as they begin to make decisions about their post school future.  Individual needs are catered for through the variety of pathways offered, broad subject choices and relevant personal development programmes.

Learning Pathways

Students in Senior School select pathways and subjects which have relevance to their post school future. These include certificate level vocational courses leading to further study, apprenticeships and employment as well as courses designed for a broad range of university options.

The Tertiary Pathway:  (University and TAFE). This pathway is determined by:

  • SACE Board Curriculum Frameworks and SACE Completion requirements
  • Specific requirements of the Tertiary Training Organisations

The Vocational Pathway:  Courses studied through the Vocational Pathway link directly with tertiary training courses and provide accreditation within Industry.  This pathway is determined by:

  • National Curriculum Frameworks
  • Specific Industry Training Materials which may require structured Work Placement in Industry.
  • Competency Based Assessment that determines the achievement level.
  • Training courses accessed through the Regional Trade School.

Vocational programmes, some of which are full certificate courses to Level 2, complement the school’s general and academic curriculum to ensure a broad range of career options for all students. Successful completion of a certificate level course or part thereof, provides SACE accreditation.

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is:

  • The formal recognition of completion of Senior Secondary Education.
  • Required as entry to University courses, including Interstate Universities, as well as TAFE SA and other Tertiary Training Institutes.
  • Undertaken by all students enrolling in a Year 11 and Year 12 courses
  • Undertaken at two levels, Stage 1 and Stage 2, and may be studied over 3 years

Senior School Daily Management

The Senior School team consists of Assistant Principal, School Counsellor, VET & SACE Coordinator, Middle School Leaders and Home Group Teachers who work together to support student achievement. This team are the contacts for parents/caregivers.

Main Road, Willunga SA 5172 p:(08) 8557 0100 e:info@whs.sa.edu.au