Gnowangerup District High School (4078)

School Overview

At Gnowangerup District High School, the purpose of our school community is to provide a stimulating and caring environment which creates the opportunity for each child to develop to their full potential.

Our School Motto is: We believe in the unconditional positive regard for all and Dedicated to learning, equity, excellence and care.

Located in the town of Gnowangerup, 350 kms south east of Perth, near the Stirling Ranges. Gnowangerup is in Noongar country, and we enjoy warm and collaborative relationships with our Noongar community. Established in 1908, the school opened its doors at its current location, and now has a diverse student population of students from Kindergarten - Year 10. Gnowangerup is the centre for the farms in the district and more recently, the site of a number of industries.

Gnowangerup District High School caters for students from Kindergarten through to Year 10. Our Early Childhood Centre for Kindergarten and Pre-primary children is on site. Other facilities at our school include; a library resource centre, computor laboratory, purpose built art and music rooms, oval, basketball courts and an undercover area. All secondary learning areas are fully catered for in the high school wing.

Our staff provide a comprehensive curriculum for our 150 students. The Aboriginal and Islander Education Workers, Education Support teacher and teacher assistants all provide valuable assistance and community links.

We currently have specialist teachers in Music, Science, Health and Physical Education, Drama and Art.

Our school activities include: Comprehensive Literacy Program incorporating Reading Eggs, KOLP, Soundwaves, Home Reading, Speech and Drama Program and an embedded K-6 Literacy Block; PM Benchmarks used for Literacy development; PAT Assessments Literacy and Numeracy; Whole school Maths program incorporating Origo, YuMi Maths and Think Mental; On-entry assessments for all Year P-2 students; Specialised Art, Music, Drama and Sport; Indonesian Language Courses offered to students in Years 3, 4 and 5; Comprehensive HASS, Digital Technologies, Science and STEM programs; NAIDOC Week Celebrations; Annual work experience program and weekly Structured workplace learning program for year 10 students; Faction, Inter-school swimming and athletics carnivals; Winter Sports Carnivals for primary and secondary students; Country Week in Perth for secondary students; School Camps; Award Night at the end of the year; Whole School Positive Interaction Project; Managing Student Behaviour Program; Career education and mentoring; Career pathway planning

We have a strong emphasis on creating a positive culture, providing quality teaching and learning programs, the appointment of committed and professional staff and fostering an engaging, supportive learning environment where students can achieve their full potential.

We have an active Parents and Citizens Association, and in 2017 we commenced our journey as an Independent Public School with the School Boards role in the management of the school. These groups will actively engage in supporting the resourcing and planning that ensures student success.