Narrogin
Senior High School

Cnr Homer St & Gray Street Narrogin WA 6312 | (08)9881 9300

Year 7 Intake

This transition document will provide information for parents of Year 7 students attending Narrogin Senior High School in 2016 and beyond.

Year 7 in secondary

In 2015, Year 7 public school students were moved to secondary school.

The move provides your child with the same opportunities as children across Western Australia, giving them access to specialist subject teaching and facilities needed for the Australian Curriculum.

As a Year 7 student in a secondary school your child will be introduced to new and more demanding mathematical concepts including formal algebra and geometry, and will study biological and physical sciences including mixing chemicals using specialised equipment. They will also have access to a diverse range of learning experiences such as computer science, robotics, food science, woodwork and metalwork.

The move will provide exciting new opportunities for your child. Our school and staff are working hard to prepare them for the transition.

If you have any questions I encourage you to visit the Department’s parent website. Information about Year 7 entering high school can be found on the Department of Education website (www.det.wa.edu.au) or make a time to meet with me or one of my leadership team.

School Priorities:

The 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan for Narrogin Senior High School sets the direction, framework and broad strategies for it to be a school committed to the achievement of personal excellence in a positive learning environment.

To support the achievement of this goal over the period of the plan, the school and curriculum emphasise the following priorities:

  • Academic Excellence;
  • Health & Well being – Personal Development; and
  • Community Engagement & Confidence

These priorities are seen to provide the drivers for change required to ensure that the school’s vision is achieved. This plan is at the heart of creating a positive future supported together, by students, staff and the school community.

School Structure

Middle School – Year 7, 8 & 9

Senior School – Year 10, 11 & 12

We expect that we will have six or seven Year 7 Form classes in 2015 and that we will endeavour to minimise the number of teachers experienced by each class. For instance a teacher may teach Mathematics and Science to a class and another teacher will teach English and Society & Environment to that same class. Year 7 class teachers will also be Year 7 form teachers.

Pastoral Care

We understand the important link between student wellbeing and their ability to engage in the learning process. To support students achieve their potential we have a strong and dedicated Student Services team lead by our Student Services Manager. The team supports students through the provision of counselling services and extra-curricular programs, and has developed programs to enhance students’ levels of emotional competence. We are proud of the high level of pastoral care available to students through the Student Service team.

Pastoral care is an ongoing feature of our school priority Health & Well Being – Personal Development and a strong student services team exists to promote and monitor student welfare. This team consists of the Student Services Manager, Year Leaders, Nurse, School Psychologist, Aboriginal Islander Education Officers and the School Chaplain(s).

Year 7 students will have a designated safe area during recess and lunch.

Education Support

Narrogin Senior High School employs a teacher with specific responsibility for our Education Support Unit who has specialised knowledge in the area of Education Support. The teacher of the Education Support Unit works together with a group of highly experienced and very hardworking Educational Assistants.

Being situated in a mainstream high school, ESU students are able to take part in all school events offered to students. ESU students spend a significant amount of their class time integrated in mainstream classes working with their mainstream peers, as they are able to pick classes from the mainstream elective list. The amount of mainstream inclusion time is tailored to the individual student and their learning needs. Dependent upon the support needs of each individual student an ESU Educational Assistant accompanies a student when they attend a mainstream class.

Our Learning Support Coordinator works with parents and Education Department Officers to ensure that we provide an educational program that meets the students.

Music

Applications will take place during Year 6 for non-instrumental students in the incoming Year 7 students.

Instrumental students will have completed a musical aptitude test in Year 5 and those successful will automatically be included in the Music program.

Selection will continue to be managed carefully due to the limited places available.

Aboriginal Follow the Dream Program

Selection will continue to be managed carefully due to the limited places available.

Building

The building of our new administration centre and specialised Performing Arts and Music complex is progressing. The building is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2014.

Boarding at Narrogin Residential College – Questions and Answers

  • When are year 7’s being incorporated into Secondary Schools, in WA ? In 2015, all year 7’s across WA will be integrated into the secondary school system, to bring us into line with other state’s and the National Curriculum. Many rural and remote students will have the option to do this attend year 7 at their local remote country school up to 2017. Contact your local school principal to discuss this matter.
  • Will this mean we will have to board our son or daughter? This will depend on your personal circumstances and where you live and what access you have to a district or senior high school and / or access to a rural school bus service. If neither of these options work, then boarding away from home maybe your best or only option, other than moving from where you live to be closer to a school. If your local rural primary school is offering year 7, then you can take up this option for now. Talk to your local school principal.
  • If I choose to board, what does Narrogin SHS and College offer? Boarding in Narrogin will make sense for many families who have to make this decision. One main reason is our location and for most, an opportunity to board closer to home by attending an excellent “boarding school”. The college offers excellent care and supervision and a range of activities and sports to all its boarders. The school provides for all students who wish to go to university, gain strong inroads to the trades and to graduate to join the workforce.
  • What will it be like to have younger children boarding away from home? This would be our most asked question. In general, it will be not to much different from our current year 8’s moving away from home. We will make every effort to ensure our Year 7’s are well supported and that they will have their own area within the college to socialise and live with the care and supervision of our full-time Boarding staff. Additional age and developmental aspects relating to specifically managing their personal, emotional and academic needs will be a priority focus with staff training and skills development.
  • Why should I send my year 7 to Narrogin, as opposed to the city or another boarding establishment? We may be closer to where you live – this assists with more contact than what you maybe able to give, if they were living further away. This assists with those boarders that get homesick knowing that parents are not too far away. Our Staff are full-time trained Boarding Supervisors who love their work and care passionately about the responsibility they have in caring for other parents children. Narrogin Senior High School offers everything needed for a full year 7 to 12 education and an excellent graduation outcome. We are affordable without offering anything less than an excellent boarding environment. Having to add an additional year of boarding fees to the budget will make this a sound investment. Brothers and sisters can attend the same school making boarding arrangements more functional and easier. The rural location, country traditions and big town services with access to City offerings has us situated in an ideal lifestyle position.
  • Can I come and have a look around the college and talk to staff? Yes. You are more than welcome to visit us and to see what we have to offer. We will also be more than happy to visit you, if this is more convenient. Contact the Manager on 98811066.

For more information about boarding at the Narrogin Residential College go to the website at

www.narroginresidentialcollege.net.au

 

Narrogin Academic Extension Program (NAEP)

For the first and subsequent Year 7 intakes, applications will need to be lodged in Year 6, and the testing will take place during early Term 4, Year 6.

Academic Enrichment and Extension

Students at Narrogin SHS are provided with a wide range of academic, cultural and sporting opportunities across all learning areas.

English

  • Year 9 Enrichment English class based on student results and teacher recommendations; and
  • Year 10 Enrichment English class based on student results, NAPLAN and teacher recommendations.

Students are also encouraged to participate in:

  • Tim Winton Young Writers Award;
  • Somerset National Novella Writing Competition; and
  • ABC Heywire (students 16years and older).

Other activities undertaken, depending on student interest are:

  • Dorothea MacKellar Poetry Competition; and
  • Kojonup Speech and Drama Awards.

Students are also provided with opportunities to attend theatre excursions to the Heath Ledger Theatre and Subiaco Theatre as well participate in drama performances.

Mathematics

  • Year 8 Enrichment Mathematics class based on NAPLAN results and primary teacher recommendations;
  • Year 9 Enrichment Mathematics class based on student results and teacher recommendations;
  • Year 9 Mathematics Option – Pure and Applied Mathematics;
  • Year 10 Pre Engineering Class for students who have aspirations to study Stage 3 Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics in Upper School; and
  • Year 10 Mathematics Option – Enrichment Mathematics where the mathematics is introduced for Stage 3 Sciences such as Physics and Chemistry.

Students are encouraged to participate in:

  • Mathematics Olympiad Challenge;
  • Westpac Mathematics competition; and
  • the Australian Mathematical Trust’s Infomatics competition.

Science

Students are encouraged to participate in the following:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Tour 2014;
  • Science Club – Building rockets; and
  • Year 9 & Year 10 Discovery Science option.

Society and Environment

Students are encouraged to participate in the following:

  • Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour competition;
  • The Simpson Prize which encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day;
  • National History Challenge;
  • Year 9 Indonesian Excursion to Perth;
  • Year 9 Civics Excursion to Perth;
  • Indonesian Incursions with the local Primary Schools

We also work with other Learning Areas to participate in the West Australian’s Design an Ad Competition.

The Arts

Our School Junior and Senior Band students have the opportunity to perform at the:

  • Wagin Woolarama;
  • WA Schools’ Band Festival;
  • Narrogin SHS School Open Day;
  • Narrogin Spring Festival;
  • Narrogin and Belmont Carols by Candlelight; and
  • other performances such as Assembly items, ANZAC Services and Year 12 Graduation throughout the year.

In Visual Arts and Media students are encouraged to participate in the following:

  • Saint George’s Art Prize;
  • Artists-in-residence programs;
  • Robin Anderson Film Awards; and
  • other activities including banner designs, country shows and exhibitions.

Technology and Enterprise

  • Students from Narrogin Senior High School are given the opportunity to nominate in WorldSkills Australia (WSA) which aims to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians.
  • The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards (AATFA) has been an annual event for Apex Australia. In conjunction with secondary schools throughout Australia, Apex provides students with the opportunity to design manufacture and model their own fashion garments.
  • YAG is a group of young Australians aged from 8 to 17 years old who provide advice to government on Cybersaftety issues. These issues affecting children and teenagers have been incorporated into our Certificate II of Information, Digital Media and Technology. Students maybe chosen to attend the YAG summit in Melbourne each year.

Physical and Health Education

Students are encouraged to participate in events such as the:

  • First 11 Cricket in the Kim Hughes Shield
  • Bendigo Bank Netball Tournament
  • David Bell Cup for boys hockey
  • Buchanan Cup for girls hockey
  • AFL Belt Up Cup
  • carnivals and sporting competitions such as Country Week and Sports Academy events throughout the year.