Teaching and Learning
Warriappendi offers a range of junior secondary Australian Curriculum options including Science, Maths, English, Geography, History, Technology (Woodwork and Digital technologies), Art, History, Geography, Media, and Health and Physical Education. We also offer Aboriginal Studies and Horticulture.
Students can also participate in engaging and fun outdoor education activities including surfing, bushwalking and aquatics.
All subjects are tailored to individual needs, and we offer comprehensive testing and data analysis that ensures all students are not only challenged, but also receive individual 1 on 1 support for Literacy and Numeracy if required.
The senior curriculum is SACE and VET focused. We offer the SACE compulsory subjects- SACE Maths, English, Personal Learning Plan (PLP), and Research Project. We also run a variety of non-compulsory SACE subjects including Aboriginal Studies, Modern History, Community Studies (stage 1 and 2), Art, Research Practices, and more.
In VET we offer Certificates in Hospitality in our industry standard Trade Skills Centre and Business Certificates in conjunction with our purpose built food van.
We aim to support every student to have a post school pathway. Accordingly, we offer work ready curriculum across all year levels, and encourage students in taking opportunities to engage in work experience. The school works consistently to link outgoing students to constructive post school options, and offers ongoing support through our Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer for up to 12 months post school completion.
English lessons are part of the curriculum across all year levels, the National Curriculum in years eight and nine, and SACE English in years 10-12. We have intensive reading blocks each day as well as an intensive intervention program for students requiring additional support.
Maths lessons are part of the curriculum across all year levels, National Curriculum in years eight and nine, and SACE Maths in years 10-12. Maths is integrated into all subject areas and students requiring additional support are involved in an intervention program.
STEM is an important focus at Warriappendi. It allows students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in STEM subjects and to apply that learning to shape their world. Students experience these subjects and apply their skills in new ways using collaboration, problem solving and interdisciplinary thinking. The STEM approach to teaching and learning gives students the opportunity to work on challenging problems and projects.
Hands-on practical activities help learners experiment, use new technologies, test ideas, and make and create innovative solutions to real, complex problems through the Engineering Design Process. As well as dedicated STEM lessons we offer coding and robotics to the junior students.
At Warriappendi we are committed to teaching the Child Protection Curriculum, and a Health curriculum that is specific to the needs of our student cohort.
We are also a member of the Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative and are committed to creating a learning environment inclusive of LGBTIQ+ diversity that values positive wellbeing. All students are offered annual health checks and those with complex health needs are managed under a case management model where a nurse practitioner oversees their health. Students are supported by Aboriginal health workers with referrals and transport to access doctors and specialists. Additionally, a youth worker offers counselling weekly, or on a needs basis.
Students are also provided with breakfast, recess and lunch each day.
Warriappendi has an active Student Action Team (SAT). The SAT offers students a legitimate voice in how the school works for them. Students have unique expertise and perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and through SAT they have the opportunity to actively shape their own education.
SAT involves students actively participating in their school by contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas. SAT not only allows students to engage and participate meaningfully in their own learning, it also contributes to developing 21st century learners by encouraging critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and developing a sense of character and citizenship. Students have applied their learning to fundraising, facility development and event management.