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.
At Blackwood High School we provide our families with high quality public education that is responsive to the needs of individual students. Our focus is on excellence – excellence in learning, excellence in achievement and excellence in all that we do. 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 the Standard of Educational Achievement (SEA) for writing and increase the number of students in the Higher Bands.
- Increase the number of students achieving the SEA for numeracy and increase the number of students in the Higher Bands.
Across 2019 – 2021 staff will collaboratively implement key actions and monitor impact on teaching and student learning to achieve these goals.
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 specialist areas to support ’excellence in learning’. This includes the Performing Arts Centre, Visual Arts studios, and the co-located Blackwood Recreation Centre. Also, our new Imagination Centre 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 student 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.
Blackwood High School has a number of partnerships that provide opportunities for students to explore their potential futures. This includes membership of the Inner South Curriculum Alliance which coordinates an extensive number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in a wide range of industries on behalf of the member schools.
I believe students learn best when they feel valued, are listened to, challenged and most importantly when they feel cared for and safe. As Principal, it is my commitment that we will work in partnership with students and parents/caregivers to achieve this important goal so that students are 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.