Donnybrook is the ‘capital’ of the beautiful ‘Preston Valley’, and is located 215km South of Perth. The school servicing the Shire of Donnybrook/Balingup is a District High School, catering for students in K to 10. The primary population is drawn from the town of Donnybrook and the 7 to 10 students come from Donnybrook and the satellite communities of Kirup and Balingup. The destination of most of our students beyond Year 10 is to Bunbury some 35km away and easily accessible by bus.
Our community in demographic terms is a mixture of those traditionally connected to the farming industries and the more recent trend has been to welcome new ‘life-stylers’ who choose to live in the ‘rural village’ or semi rural environment and actually work elsewhere. These recent arrivals include ‘fly-in, fly-out’ workers from the North West, and others connected to Bunbury, Collie, Worsley, Greenbushes and Capel. This mixture has created a real community vigour, which has rejuvenated the region.
The District High School serves this changing and growing community well. There is a strong focus in the school on learning, on achievement and the creation of real opportunities for all our students to have success across our broad curriculum. Some significant measures of our success are seen in the success of our students in academic performance in schools in Bunbury. Our ex-students are more than proportionally represented in awards and prizes in both government and private schools on an annual basis.
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