Dalwallinu District High School (4070)

School Overview

Dalwallinu District High School provides a quality learning environment which challenges all students to achieve their personal best. Dalwallinu District High School has a commitment to excellence and aims to be an excellent school that will provide quality educational opportunities for all of our students.

Dalwallinu is situated 250 kilometres north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway and is part of the Wheatbelt Education Region. The population of the Shire is almost 2000 and is the first shire along the Wildflower Way, a route that stretches north to Geraldton and showcases beautiful wildflowers carpeting the countryside. The town is the centre of a predominantly wheat farming region and has a variety of services including hospital, doctors surgery, supermarket, cafe, agricultural machinery dealers, tyre services, steel fabricators, hairdresser, pharmacy, a variety of trades and so much more.

Dalwallinu District High School caters for students from Kindergarten through to Year 10, with students in Years 11 and 12 able to enrol through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. The school is serviced by six buses which transport students from the nearby towns of Latham, Buntine, Wubin, Pithara and Kalannie as well as adjacent farming areas.

We provide the opportunity for students to participate in School Based Traineeships which greatly increases the flexibility of the Secondary curriculum. We have specialist Design and Technology classrooms for Manual Arts and Home Economics and a Science Laboratory which have all recently been upgraded. In addition, the kindergarten and pre-primary students are housed in purpose built ECE classrooms which are recent additions to our school. The primary and secondary students enjoy the comfort of recently refurbished classrooms, each of which contain a variety of technologies, eg interactive white boards, laptops, iPads etc, to assist with the delivery of educational programs.

The recently upgraded Library provides valuable resource facilities and students and staff have access to a full time Canteen. Students wear a uniform which has been endorsed by the School Council and this is available for purchase through the school canteen. A large undercover area, which can be completely enclosed, is used for a variety of activities including assemblies, Physical Education and visiting performers.

The school campus is attractive and inviting with landscaped gardens, established trees, a variety of playgrounds to cater for varying levels of development and newly refurbished netball and basketball courts. The P&C are currently undertaking the development of a nature play space to encourage unstructured play, develop imagination and have a positive impact on health.

The staff consists of a Principal, Primary & Secondary Deputies and a mix of teaching and non-teaching staff, with a blend of experience and youth. Education Assistants and an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer support both teachers and students in the classroom. Teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic and are committed to providing a wide range of programmes to cater for students' academic success.

The School Decision Making Group is the School Council which consists of a number of elected parents, community and staff representatives. This group ratifies the School Plan and Budget which is prepared by the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee consists of the Principal, Deputy Principals, Registrar and teaching staff. The Parents & Citizens committee is extremely proactive and is deeply committed to raising funds to better assist the school in providing for the needs of our students.

Dalwallinu District High School has experienced growth in student population over recent years and has a rich and diverse cultural makeup with students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds attending the school. The Student Council has elected representatives from Year 5 to 10 and organises student social events and has input into the School Council. Students are offered a variety of extra curricula activities including camps, swimming/athletics carnivals and student leadership days and are also encouraged to participate in local community events. As a school that is part of the Inland Lighthouse Network, our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to be included in events such as the Wheatbelt Science forum which is gaining international acclaim for its innovative practise.