I welcome you to the Blackwood High School website which provides information about our school. The school has a long and proud tradition of providing high quality public education to students in Years 8 to 12 from the local community and beyond. Our focus is on excellence – excellence in learning, excellence in achievement and excellence in all that we do. The school’s motto “Inspiring Achievement and Respect” is underpinned by the school’s core values of Respect, Achievement and Care which guide the behaviours of our school community.
Our students, across their secondary years, 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 professional teaching and support staff have high expectations of all students and set aspirational standards for teaching, learning and achievement. We are committed to providing a positive and challenging learning culture to support each student to achieve excellence, that is their academic, social and emotional best.
We provide our families with high quality public education that is responsive to the needs of individual students. This is supported by our 2019 – 2021 School Improvement Plan which identifies three key goals:
- Increase student achievement across all learning areas (IBMYP & SACE).
- Increase the number of students achieving Band 7 and above for Writing and increase the number of students in the High Bands.
- Increase the number of students achieving the SEA for Numeracy and increase the number of students in the High Bands.
Across 2019 – 2021 staff will collaboratively implement key actions and monitor impact on teaching and student learning to achieve these goals.
Our facilities include specialist areas to support “excellence in learning”’. This includes the Performing Arts Centre, Visual Arts studios, the co-located Blackwood Recreation Centre and our Imagination Centre which supports innovative teaching and learning experiences in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Students in Years 8 to 10 study programs that have been accredited within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). The IBMYP is an internationally recognised and accredited curriculum that puts a focus on concept-based learning and student inquiry. Through this model students study each of the eight areas of the Australian Curriculum.
In the 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.
As Principal, I am immensely proud of our school and the educational programs and opportunities available to students. It is my commitment that we will work in partnership with parents/caregivers so that our students, your children, are well prepared for their future in an emerging, globalised world.
Sharon Goldman, Principal