Denmark Senior High School (4072)

School Overview

Located in one of the most scenic towns in Western Australia, Denmark Senior High School was built on its present location in 2000. The school is positioned on 19 hectares of land bordering the Denmark River. Denmark Senior High School has modern, aesthetically designed facilities that cater for students from Years 7 to 12.

There are approximately 400 students in our school. This makes for a highly inclusive and welcoming environment. Emphasis is placed on maximising student potential and striving for high academic standards while encouraging students to develop a sense of self-worth. Student, teacher and parent surveys indicate these goals have not only been reached but exceeded. We have a safe environment, and caring staff who give children opportunities to achieve in all areas. Students from Denmark Senior High School are both academically and socially well prepared to pursue further studies at University, TAFE and the Western Australian College of Agriculture, obtain apprenticeships or begin work. Denmark Senior High School has been in the Top 50 Schools in the State based on the percentage of students achieving 75+ in the Year 12 WACE results four times in the last six years.

The school has a number of specialist programs which are aimed at meeting the specific needs of students in the Denmark area. There is a specialist basketball program catering for students from Years 8 to 10. The program aims to develop students to perform at a top-level in playing, refereeing, coaching and administration. The program is effective also in the way that it assists students' personal development. This is also true of the Arts where outstanding programs are offered in Drama, Visual Arts and Music. Programs in Music are designed to engage students in learning to play, compose, and sing, and this culminates in successful performances of our brass, and rock bands. In the Visual Arts, the philosophy is that Art is for everyone. Students have the opportunity to work in specialist areas such as, silk painting and ceramics.

Drama is an ever expanding and exciting program in our school. Over the last six years we have successfully mounted large scale musical theatre productions involving one third of students in the school. Students can be involved in acting, singing, dance, backstage and costume design and creation. Students are also given specialist vocal training and there is choral group active in the school. Senior school Drama students have also staged Shakespeare and Australian classics. Our students are active in the community and participate in community arts events.

In keeping with the ethos of the school there are also programs that aim to support students who may be experiencing difficulties, such as Language Acceleration and Students at Educational Risk.

Our school is committed to Environmental Education and has been a State Land Care Education winner and finalist. Our environment makes our school unique and we participate in community services programs to enhance the area, as well as taking advantage of the environment through subjects such as Physical Recreation where students can snorkel, surf, canoe and bike ride in superb natural locations.
The school has its own FESA cadets unit which is run as an extra curricular activity by school staff in conjunction with the Shire of Denmark and community volunteers.

Denmark Senior High School offers WACE, Vocational and Endorsed courses. These include studies in most stages: English, Mathematics, Human Biology, Biology, Applied Information Technology, History, Physical Education Studies, Outdoor Education, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Drama, Materials Design and Technology(Metals)(Wood) (Textiles), Building and Construction, Food Science, Art, and Ensemble Music. These may be supported by additional subjects through the School of Isolated and Distance Education.

Denmark students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of Workplace Learning experiences. They can also undertake some TAFE courses or study nationally recognised units of competence.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student leadership and personal development programs including Prefect Leaders, Student Council, School Council, and Challenge Camps. There is also the opportunity to represent the school in sporting events such as Country Week, Interstate and State Basketball competitions, and interschool sport in the areas of football, athletics, and soccer.

Denmark Senior High School has a wide offering of subjects delivered in a caring and supportive environment by exceptional teachers who are experienced and dedicated.