The staff at Kalamunda Senior High School is committed to providing a quality education for students. They are passionate about their Learning Area and their teaching practice.
Together they have worked to articulate what they share in common about teaching. This is known as the School Wide Pedagogy (SWP) and has the elements of:
The curriculum comprises of 8 Learning Areas. English, Health and Physical Education, Languages other than English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Technology and Enterprise and The Arts.
Most Learning Areas have a Head of Learning Area and Languages has a Teacher in Charge. If parents have any questions about the learning program, their first port of call is the classroom teacher. If further assistance is required, parents should make contact with the relevant Head of Learning Area.
Year 8 Team
The Year 8 Learning Teams at Kalamunda consist of a team of 4 specialist learning area teachers (English, Mathematics, Science and Society and Environment) who teach the same 3 classes of Year 8 students. They meet regularly to discuss and plan to address individual, small group and whole year educational needs. The curriculum they deliver is aligned to enable students to understand links between individual subjects and to recognise the importance of each specialist curriculum area.
The school provides support to students in literacy and numeracy through the Learning Centre. Staff provide one on one, small group and support to class groups in effective strategies aimed at improving student academic achievement. They also provide advice and support in developing differentiated plans for students with learning difficulties or specific diagnosed educational needs.
Click here to view the Supporting Your Child’s Literacy and Numeracy at Home Information Booklet
The school employs a number of experienced education assistants to work with students who have Schools Plus funding. They support the teacher in a variety of ways to ensure the teacher is able to accommodate the learning needs of students.
Years 7 to 10 Curriculum
The school is following the guidelines for implementation of the Western Australian and Australian Curriculum. It is well placed to meet deadlines for implementation and reporting over the next few years. Further information can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) website.
This program is offered to Year 10 students. It is an engagement program designed to meet the needs of students who have found it difficult to adjust to high school. It offers a more tailored education program that will ensure students have the opportunity to experience success and prepares them to re-engage with their studies in the Senior School.
Years 11 and 12
In Senior School students follow one of two pathways (either Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or Vocational).
An ATAR pathway is typically for those students intending on furthering their education at university.
A Vocational pathway is for students who intend on either entering the workforce or furthering their education in a Polytechnic or TAFE organisation.
At Kalamunda we aim for all students to complete their schooling with a sense of achievement and a meaningful pathway in their chosen field. Nearly all of our students graduate each year with a WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) and we maintain high standards of attainment, with 90% of students achieving either an ATAR >=55 or a Certificate II qualification.
Further information on the new WACE requirements can be found on the SCSA website.