Gordon Street, PO Box 19, Kulin WA 6365 08 9880 1264 kulin.dhs@education.wa.edu.au

Curriculum

Our Beliefs

  • Best practice for classrooms should focus on challenge, engagement and achievement.
  • Success should be measured based on social and emotional wellbeing, physical performance and academic achievements.
  • Quality educational programs are only achieved through collaborative partnerships with students, teachers, parents and the wider community.
  • Students need to be recognised as individuals who respond through varying learning styles.
  • Pastoral care programs support a curriculum that seeks to develop the potential of every student.

Primary School

Students are divided into phases of development according to age. Early Childhood includes students from K-2, whereas Middle Childhood includes students from Years 3-6. Staff who teach children in the same phase of development often plan together or attend common professional development opportunities. Younger children are given more concrete, hands-on learning experiences than students in later phases of development.

Daily Activities

Students take part in morning fitness at the start of each day. Literacy and numeracy activities generally occur up until lunchtime, except where a specialist teacher may be timetabled to conduct lessons at this time.

Reporting to Parents

Student progress is reported using a range of strategies throughout the year. These include: parent/teacher interviews, communication books and diaries, learning journeys, 'happy grams', letters of appreciation, phone calls home, parent open nights and two formal reports at the end of Terms 2 and 4.

Students at Educational Risk

Primary Students at Educational Risk (SAER) are identified through teacher or parent observation, analysis of standardised tests such as NAPLAN and MSE or behaviour management records. Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or Individual Behaviour Programs (IBPs) are implemented as appropriate. This may or may not involve a referral to the School Psychologist.

Secondary - Early Adolescence (Years 7-10)

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education run for 160 minutes per week (2 double periods). During Terms 1 and 3 both double periods are devoted to Physical Education (swimming and athletics training), whereas in Terms 2 and 4 one double period becomes Health and the other Physical Education.

Options

All students in the secondary school are offered an array of options including but not limited to:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Information Technology
  • Furniture Design
  • Metal Technology
  • Mechanical Workshop
  • Trades
  • Special Physical Education

Work Experience Program

During Term 2, Year 10 students are encouraged to spend a week in Perth undertaking work experience that they organise themselves. The work experience week takes the form of a camp and students are encouraged to use public transport to and from their work place in order to make the experience authentic. At the completion of the week, employers are requested to submit a report regarding each student's performance.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Students at Kulin District High School are involved in learning Japanese.

Special Talents

Developing and Measuring Special Talents

Students with special talents are given every encouragement to excel.

Art

Kulin DHS is fortunate to have a specialised Art teacher.  Students are exposed to a variety of art mediums and often have their art work displayed in the school office. Secondary students may select Art as an optional subject. Many students from Kulin DHS enter and are successful at local/regional Art competitions. Each year an Art Acquisition Award is also made to a talented student at the end of the year. Their art work is purchased by the school and displayed in the school office for others to appreciate.

PEAC

The Primary Extension and Academic Challenge (PEAC) program offers an opportunity for students in Years 5-7 to be extended academically.  Year 4 students take part in a specialised PEAC test and if successful are invited to participate in the program the following year.

Vi Barham Award for Year 7 Students

Our school has the opportunity of nominating two Year 7 students for the annual Vi Barham Award which is where excellence in the district is recognised. Many of our students have been been among the final ten students nominated around the district.

Leadership

Leadership opportunities are provided to elected students through the Student Council.

Secondary students are also able to apply for "Advanced Good Standing". The purpose of this programme is to:

  • Reward those students who have demonstrated valued behaviour in the community.
  • Increase student attendance at school
  • Increase student drive for excellence.
  • For students to experience the interview process.
  • For students to complete a resume and portfolio.
  • For students to understand that they are in control of their future career paths. That they need to have self motivation to accomplish success.
  • To increase student leadership skills.

Sport

Students at Kulin DHS have many opportunities to develop their sporting expertise. We hold Faction Swimming and Athletics Carnivals as well as a Faction Cross Country event.  We also join with neighbouring schools to hold Interschool Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.  Throughout the year there are also opportunities to participate in football and netball carnivals as well as the District High Schools Country Week in Perth.  We are also fortunate to have various sport clinics run at school during the year.  

Drama

Students at Kulin DHS have the opportunity to involved in small dramatic productions when each class runs the school assembly. Secondary students are given the option of studying drama and perform before an audience as part of their studies.