As an Independent Public School adapting to its uniqueness as a split-site school to create engaging and challenging learning experiences, contextual to the Junior Campus K – Y6 setting and the Senior Campus Y7 – Y10 setting, we are concerned to strongly support our staff in their learning currently focussed on aligning with the new content requirements of the Australian Curriculum.
In addition, the school has invested to create ‘digitally rich’ learning environments in every teaching space. This move has required a continuing focus on training for teachers to use these tools to advantage our students in their learning. We also support additional specialized professional learning for all staff.
Our learning programs have been enhanced over recent years by significant investment by both Commonwealth and State governments to create 21st Century facilities. These works have occurred on both campuses and constitute a generational makeover that is already making a difference to student learning.
We are proud to have been awarded the “Numeracy School of he Year Award” in 2009 and having become a “Teacher Development School” for 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Mathematics Teaching and Learning.
The curriculum at Donnybrook District High School follows the curriculum framework developed by the Curriculum Council Western Australia and the National, Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History.
The emphasis in the early childhood years (K-3) is on the development of literacy; numeracy; social, emotional and physical well-being; and developing and nurturing positive attitudes to learning. In the middle childhood years (4-7) there is an emphasis on English and Mathematics with increasing engagement in the other learning areas, having a particular focus on science, social sciences, health and values. The secondary focus caters for academic and vocational training needs with recent upgrades in Science, Design and Technology, Art and Home Economics facilities. Values education remains a strong focus across the school, following the “Choose Respect” model and includes explicit teaching of strategies for building resilience and relationships.