Secondary Overview

The secondary section of Onslow School is designed to meet the educational needs of students from Year 7 to Year 12. Our commitment is to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment where every child’s effort and initiative are acknowledged and valued. Embodying the principles of ‘Be Safe, Be Caring, Be Respectful, and Be Your Best,’ our clear behaviour expectations seamlessly extend into the high school setting, fostering a positive learning atmosphere that enhances student engagement and improves academic outcomes.

In our multi-age group classes, comprising Years 7/8 and Years 9-12, students benefit from a holistic approach to education. For Years 7-10, the secondary curriculum in Mathematics, English, HaSS, and Science is delivered through online learning via the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE), supplemented by additional support from Onslow School’s dedicated teachers. Years 7/8 students also delve into Indonesian studies through SIDE. Face-to-face instruction is provided for Design & Technology (Years 7/8), The Arts (Years 7-9), Health (Years 7-10), and Physical Education (Years 7-10).

For Years 11 and 12, the curriculum is exclusively administered through SIDE and SIDE RTO, offering diverse pathways for students to attain the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Our comprehensive Careers and Pathways program, tailored for Years 9 and above, includes a Career Taster Program, Certificate 1 in Workplace Skills, guest speakers from local industries, and career-focused incursions and excursions. Collaborating with external organizations, we provide opportunities for students to undertake courses like barista training and construction white card courses during school hours, supported by our dedicated teachers.

As of 2023, Onslow Secondary School has introduced the Future Pathways Program (FPP). This personalised initiative offers support to students in Years 6-12 facing challenges such as low attendance or requiring additional literacy and numeracy assistance, preparing them for post-secondary pathways. The FPP runs concurrently with our existing curriculum programs, allowing students to focus on foundational skills while actively engaging with their peer group. We take pride in our intimate secondary setting, fostering a sense of community and building relationships across year groups. The school’s strong partnerships with local industries and community organisations further enhance opportunities for workplace learning, school-based traineeships, and holistic student development.

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