Kalamunda Senior High School (4027)

School Overview

Kalamunda Senior High School is a long established school with proud traditions. We have a strong sense of community stretching across three generations. Kalamunda's values are 'Community' which, along with our other values of 'Respect, Resilience, Love of Learning and Pride', is encompassed in our efforts to achieve our vision of Sharing our Forest of Possibilities. Numerous graduates have excelled in and taken on leadership roles in their chosen fields - notably the arts, education, medicine, engineering, Olympic representation, journalism, entertainment and the public service.

All students are welcome at Kalamunda Senior High School. We offer a high quality education in a positive, nurturing environment.

Kalamunda Senior High School has a particular focus on the arts and is a selective entry Gifted and Talented Visual Arts School. These students receive tuition on Saturday mornings to enhance their artistic skills and abilities. Each year the excellence of their work is recognised through winning and gaining places in local, regional and state awards and exhibitions. In addition, students have won the ATAR Art Exhibition, the school consistently obtains top 10 school rankings and annual inclusion in Perspectives, Metamorphosis and Young Originals exhibitions.

To complement the art focus Kalamunda Senior High School has a vibrant music program including an orchestra, numerous ensembles and a choir. Overseas tours have provided students with an opportunity to perform internationally as well as in many local and regional venues and events. Art and music are also complemented by strong dance and drama programs which make use of the excellent 250 seat Performing Arts Centre located next to the school. We have a selective Performing Arts Program in dance, drama and music and places in this exciting program are in high demand. In 2017, a specialist music stream was added to the program.

Places at Kalamunda Senior High School are in high demand and this demand reflects the excellent reputation of the school in the arts and academic studies. The school offers an extensive range of courses leading to studies at university and TAFE colleges. Students have achieved outstanding results over many years in university entrance exams, top subjects and student awards and levels of secondary graduation.

Outstanding students are nurtured and extended in the school's Academic Excellence program and excellence in primary schools is acknowledged by the annual presentation of Year 7 Academic Scholarships. An Academic Excellence Scholarship Program is also run for talented Year 5 and 6 students from local primary schools. Attending weekly, the students receive lessons from senior specialist staff in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. These students gain direct entry into the Year 7 Academic Excellence class.

On the sporting field, school teams enter interschool competitions in volleyball, netball, basketball, cricket, football, soccer, swimming and athletics. Recent successes include champion school status in volleyball, the Blackwood Marathon and Avon Descent and as the champion school in Year 8 and Year 12 debating.

For our approved specialist program in Outdoor Education, students are selected into the program in Year 7 and undertake specialist classes throughout Years 7 to 10. Students can continue their Outdoor Education studies in Years 11 and 12, both as a tertiary entrance and as a vocational education course. Students regularly achieve outstanding results in Outdoor Education and in 2018 was awarded the top student in the state.

Kalamunda Senior High School offers a welcoming and supportive environment for all students. A strong and committed student services team, including a manager, chaplain, nurse, school psychologist and year coordinators, work together to help each child and their families with learning and other issues which affect teenagers. Our Learning Support Centre, is fully staffed to provide assistance to individual and small groups of students, in class assistance for teachers and professional learning for the whole staff in literacy and numeracy and in enhancing teacher pedagogy.

Year 7 students are part of Learning Teams. In each of the teams the teachers work together on curriculum and student welfare matters to assist students with their transition to high school.

Kalamunda Senior High School also welcomes all students who bring a wonderful multi-cultural dimension to our very Australian school. We also have strong links with our sister schools in Japan and trips and exchanges to Indonesia, Italy and Japan reflect the strong ties to the countries of the three languages taught at Kalamunda. In 2018 our school was recognized as a Lead Language School.

Kalamunda Senior High School is a school that lives its vision of Sharing our Forest of Possibilities and reflects our values of Respect, Resilience, Pride, Community and a Love of learning in all we do.

T: 9293 6400
E: Kalamunda.SHS@education.wa.edu.au