Learning and Policies

CURRICULUM
The curriculum at Gingin District High School is based on the Western Australian Curriculum, which is established by the Western Australian Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).  Literacy and numeracy are the major aspects of the curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary classrooms, and secondary programs focus largely on broadening the development of skills across the curriculum including specialised learning areas.

Kindergarten / Pre-primary curriculum
The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary programs assist students to develop in all of the foundational domains of social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.  Learning through structured play, social skills and language development form the basis for our early childhood program.  The development of literacy and numeracy skills is a fundamental aspect of the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary programs.  Introduction to literacy blocks (blocks of time devoted to literacy) and numeracy blocks is a key aspect of the program.

 Primary curriculum (Years 1 – 6)
The primary curriculum covers all eight learning areas, but particularly concentrates on literacy and numeracy development.  The school incorporates Literacy Blocks (blocks of time during the day devoted just to literacy learning) and Numeracy Blocks as an important aspect of the curriculum in all Primary classes.  Specialist programs are offered in Science, Art and Physical Education for Years 1 – 6.

Lower secondary curriculum (Years 7 – 10)
Students study across all key subject areas, as well as life skill courses, thus ensuring a balanced education.  A common course is provided for all Year 7 and 8 students.  Choice is available in some learning areas as students progress into Years 9 and 10.  The focus in Lower Secondary is to develop transferable skills, as well as increasingly specialised knowledge and skills as students develop.

High school students will study the following program:

Upper Secondary Curriculum Access
Students are required to remain in education or training until they reach 17 years of age.  Gingin District High School students may attend either Yanchep Secondary College or Bullsbrook College for Year 11 and 12, depending on where the family resides.  Further information can be obtained from the school.  Gingin District High School works closely with both Yanchep Secondary College and Bullsbrook College to ensure that the transition for students is as smooth as possible.

SCHOOL POLICIES AND SCHOOL COMPLANTS
Most of the time, you will feel comfortable sending your child to school each day, and any issues will be resolved with a quick phone call to your child’s teacher or an administration member.  However, if you do have a concern, the school would like to hear from you directly, and try to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Your child’s teacher should be your first point of contact.  If you have concerns about their class program, discipline strategies or other classroom issues, they may be able to provide a clear explanation that will resolve any concerns that you may have.

Alternatively, contact a member of the school administration team: the Principal or a Deputy Principal who may be able to resolve any further issues, or mediate in the event of a conflict.  Similarly, for any questions regarding school policies, please contact an administration team member.

Formal complaints should be made to the Principal, either verbally or in writing.  The school conducts an investigation into all complaints; all complaints are acted on, and you will receive notification of the outcome.

Parents may make a complaint through the Department of Education to the North Metropolitan Regional Office by phoning 9285 3600.

 

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