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Principal’s Message

Welcome to Waroona District High School.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome as you browse our school website. I trust that you find it informative and helpful. I also hope that it captures the character and uniqueness of Waroona District High School, a small yet distinctive school environment that places the needs of our students at the centre of all that we do.

At Waroona District High School, we pride ourselves on our unique and supportive learning environment. Being a District High School we are in the unique position of being able to offer students an educational journey that commences in Kindergarten and continues in the same school until the end of Year 10. Consequently, our school is highly supportive and safe for students who are able to form quality relationships with staff and their peers over their K-10 educational journey.

The size and nature of Waroona District High School provides the ideal environment for students to learn in a caring environment. We are fortunate to be able to offer small class sizes, experienced and dedicated teachers, Education Assistants and support staff that cater to individual academic and pastoral care needs. As students reach secondary school, our curriculum is designed to prepare students for upper secondary schooling pathways. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for all students at Waroona District High School and beyond.

We strive to not only achieve optimum academic results for every student, but also instil in them the necessary values, beliefs and skills to contribute effectively to the community. Our comprehensive educational program is supported by our College values that encourage students to be Considerate, Aspiring, Responsible, Engaged and Safe. These values set the expectations for our Behaviour System from K-10. Our fortnightly focus on one aspect of these values aims to encourage our students to incorporate these into the context of their daily practise. Our expected behaviour matrix is based directly on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) principles.

Our school is situated in a beautiful garden setting close to the town centre and adjacent to a modern recreation and aquatic centre. Although classified as a South Metropolitan School; Waroona District High School still has a wonderful country feel. Our wider community shares the school’s high expectations for our students’ education and for our school as a whole. We are supported by an active P & C, an elected School Council and value our long standing relationships with local business and industry.

Waroona District High School is proud to have run the Bush Ranger Cadets program since 2005. Bush Rangers is a nature conservation program for young Western Australians where students have the opportunity to take part in personal development training and actively participate in nature conservation projects specific to our local area. We are actively expanding our programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Specialist Sports and the Arts. We offer an academic focus for those students that wish to pursue an ATAR and Tertiary pathway post Year 10 via a partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA) ASPIRE Program.

It is my absolute pleasure to be Principal of Waroona District High School. I have lived in this region most of my life and was educated in the Murray region myself, along with my three siblings. We have all chosen to continue to reside in the Murray and wider Peel region. Consequently, I feel very connected and committed to this community and the provision of a high quality education for our students.

Jacquie Abbiss