I welcome you to the Blackwood High School website which provides information about our school. Blackwood High School has a strong tradition of academic and co-curricula achievement and success.
The school’s motto “Inspiring Achievement and Respect” is underpinned by the three agreed core values of respect, achievement and care. These values drive the way we work with our students and their families.
Our students grow up in a school with a strong tradition of academic, sporting and artistic excellence. We are proud of the young men and women who leave our school. They have learnt the intellectual and personal skills needed to be creative, well adjusted, open minded and caring young people who are able to make their way in the world, confident in their ability to build rewarding lives and careers.
Our vision for Blackwood High School is to provide our families with high quality public education that is responsive to the needs of individual students. This is supported by our three strategic directions:
- Learning through Engagement
- Achievement in Learning
- Learning through Community
Our professional teaching and support staff are noted for their skill and knowledge, their commitment to providing a positive and challenging learning culture, and their ability to support each student to achieve their academic, social and emotional best. Many Blackwood High School teachers have been assessed as Advanced Skills Teachers (AST). As a result, we have an enviable reputation for high achievement in scholarship, sport, and cultural activities.
Our facilities include the Performing Arts Centre, Visual Arts Studios and the co-located Blackwood Recreation Centre support our focus in sport and the arts. Our Advanced Technology Centre provides state of the art equipment to support students engage in contemporary technologies as well as the Electrotechnology program.
Students in Years 8 to 10 study programs that have been accredited within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). The IBMYP is the internationally accredited framework that has been adopted by schools in the Mitcham Hills College, of which Blackwood High School is a significant partner together with Belair, Blackwood, Coromandel Valley and Eden Hills Primary Schools. Our joint work is to ensure continuity in curriculum and co-curricular opportunities so that students can enjoy a successful transition to high school. This means that all programs from Years 6 to 10 enable all students study the full range of subjects, including a choice of German or Japanese, in learning programs that are tailored to cater for the diversity of student abilities and interests.
Senior Years, students study the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). This provides students with access to a broad range of subjects that lead to both professional and vocational pathways.
Blackwood High School also has a number of partnerships that provide opportunities for students to explore their potential futures. These include being the lead school of the Inner South Trade Training Centre, membership of the Adelaide South Trade Schools for the Future, partnerships with other schools to provide Vocational Education and Training (VET) as well as strong links with the local community, business and industry.
I believe students learn best when they feel valued and are listened to and challenged, most importantly when they feel cared for and safe. As Principal, it is my commitment to you that we will always work with you to achieve this important goal. It is our purpose to work in partnership with you as parent or caregiver, to ensure your daughter or son is well prepared to meet the challenges of an emerging, globalised world.
We are proud of our school and strive to support each and every student. Please feel free to make contact with the school to discuss how our school can meet your child’s needs.