Growth through Learning is our vision at Kojonup District High School and it is embedded in everything that we do. At our school, we ensure that every student's academic, social and emotional growth is our priority. Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 work in an environment that nurtures them to achieve their personal best.
We have a proud history and have served our community since 1863. Located on the Albany Highway between Perth and Albany, our 230 students have the added bonus of a 480 acre school farm close by. All year levels love to visit the farm and it forms an integral part of our students' learning journey whilst at the school. Sustainability and pathway planning programs are influenced by our farm environment, as are waste-wise practices, animal husbandry and paddock to plate understandings.
A collaboratively developed pedagogical framework, based on current research of best practice is embedded into every classroom to provide low variance for our students. Based on our priority of Culture and Care, students are taught the value of a growth mindset in building our learning culture and exposed to explicit teaching of positive behaviours through the PBS program and their participation in the Smiling Minds program.
We have recently made a significant investment in the school's technology infrastructure to ensure our students recognise that the world around us is changing and we are changing with it, supporting our priority of student growth. Our teachers are engaged educators whose programs include Sounds Write, Heggerty Phonics, KOLP, iMaths and specialist Art, Health & Physical Education, ICT, Digital Technologies and STEM programs. The formative and summative assessment processes, from which our Primary and Secondary teaching staff make regular and consistent judgements, are based on a range of data sources. We run a community-based Year 9 Work Experience program that prepares our students for post school options and host an interschool cross country each year at our purpose made course at the school farm.
Our school is supported by a dedicated School Council and an active P&C Association. Passionate staff with close ties to our local community, ensure we provide pathway and personal programs that play to student strengths and give them the support they need to develop their talents and abilities. For some students, it's about helping to create ambitions and goals. For others, it's about realising them.
A positive sense of self is so important, which is why students' wellbeing always comes first. If students are happy, feel safe and know they are valued members of their school, they enjoy coming to school - leading to positive results in the classroom.
Everyone at our school, from the principal to the gardener takes on this responsibility by building relationships with both children and parents from their very first visit to the school.