Dongara District High School (4131)

School Overview

We are a proud Independent Public School in the Mid-West Education Region. Our school is a level 5 district high school with 432 students as of February 2018.

We are proud of our academic programs and to supplement the very high standard of delivery of these programs we offer our students the opportunity to participate in extension programs using on line learning through SIDE for years 7-12 and on site delivery of PEAC in Geraldton for years 4-6. All of these programs are on invitation and based on testing outcomes. Year 7 students are provided with a comprehensive transition program in readiness for entering secondary school. We have a partnership with tertiary institutions through the ASPIRE program which supports our academic year 9 and 11 students to identify university pathways.

Programs with a marine and environmental focus are features of our curriculum initiatives. We have partnerships with local industry, petroleum industry and the CSIRO. The school was successful in gaining a State and Federal Government grant for solar energy and installed solar panels in 2012.

The school operates a comprehensive on site Vocational Education Program for years 9-12. All non ATAR year 11 and 12 students are enrolled in Certificate II either onsite through a Hospitality Cert II or at Central Regional TAFE. A school horticulture centre has been established for year K-12 and we are a Stephanie Alexander School Garden School. A small number of year 11 and 12 students are enrolled in a mixed mode delivery including studying through SIDE enabling them to follow an ATAR pathway, with additional support provide by our qualified secondary teachers.

We have 35 teaching staff and 31 support staff. Our administrative team is composed of a Level 5 Principal, two Level 3 Primary Deputy Principals, a Level 3 Program Coordinator-Curriculum Development, Level 4 Manager Corporate Services, three Level 3 Classroom Teachers and 20 Senior Teachers. Teacher team leaders of the K-2, 4-6, and 7-12 groups have additional curriculum leadership responsibilities.

The school has state of the art facilities including interactive whiteboards in every primary classroom and specialist facilities in the secondary school and at the end of 2012 saw the completion of a $30 million facilities upgrade.

The school has a vibrant cultural program and have participated successfully in The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, Waikikiri Dance Competition, YOH Fest, Croc Festival.

There is a good level of parent involvement in the school. Regular P & C meetings are made up of a core of enthusiastic and committed parents. A pro-active un-incorporated School Board plays a vital role in the formulation of the school vision, goals, policies and monitors the operation and outcomes of the School Business Plan.

We use a range of tools to communicate with our school community. We have built a bank of student and staff iPads and are working towards becoming a BYOD optional school. We have over 250 computers/iPads for student use and have a focus on STEM K-12.

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