Kununurra District High School delivers a comprehensive curriculum across the learning areas. KDHS offers students opportunities comparable with those available in other schools across the State. Teachers aim to ensure all students have the knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to participate in and prosper from a changing world. We also aim to ensure that students achieve their personal best and develop a sense of pride in themselves, their school, their environment and society. Like all secondary schools, our coursework is moderated by the Curriculum Council of WA to ensure consistent standards across the state.
EIGHT LEARNING AREAS
Kununurra offers a comprehensive curriculum covering seven of the eight learning areas: – English, Mathematics, Society and Environment, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Technology & Enterprise and Science.
LOTE is only offered via Schools of Isolated & Distance Education to Senior School students. Students participate in sporting, cultural and educational excursions outside the school and various performing groups visit the school periodically to enrich the learning program.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT
Every child in the primary section of the school participates in a program which involves:
• A fitness session (several occasions each week)
• A weekly physical education session – taken by a specialist teacher,
• Faction / tabloid Athletics carnival (usually around week 4 of term 3)
• Year 6 and 7 students participate in a basketball carnival (Term 1), an inter-school football & netball carnival and WACA cricket carnival (Term 2) as a culmination to the winter sports program.
Secondary students participate in Health & Physical Education lessons, at least 3 – 4 times a week.
The provision of lessons for primary students is dependant on the availability of qualified swimming instructors. It has not been possible to provide in-term swimming lessons for some years on account of the lack of qualified instructors. Swimming lessons for our students would be conducted at the Kununurra Leisure Centre pool during Term 1 or 4. Secondary students have the opportunity to develop their aquatic skills during Term 1 and 4 Physical Education lessons. The focus can include life saving and rescue skills, aqua ball sports and preparation for the ‘participation’ based swimming carnival held in Term 1.
Our school has a music teacher who provides all primary classes with specialist tuition. The primary school has a choir which students in Years 4 to 6 are eligible to be part of. The school choir performs at various functions throughout the year, both within the school and in the wider community. ‘Studies of Music’ units are available for students in Years 9 and 10. Music is also offered to students in Years 11 and 12.
The school runs a very active instrumental program which aims to give all students from Year 4 onwards the chance to learn to play a musical instrument. In Year 4 students begin the recorder and once they have achieved a certain level they are able to progress on to an instrument of their choice. Instruments available include keyboard, guitar, drums or the brass/woodwind program. The brass/woodwind program is an extension of the classroom music program and provides students the opportunity to experience the expressive qualities of music through learning to play a band/orchestral instrument.
There are a limited number of school instruments available to students. Students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument at the end of their second year of tuition, once they’ve had time to establish whether they’re committed to playing that instrument. This program continues into the secondary school. Instrumental music lessons are held before school at no extra cost. These lessons are compulsory for all students who participate in this program. Once they have attained a certain level there is an expectation that students will become a member of the school band which performs at various events throughout the year.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
The staff at Kununurra DHS recognise the highly technological nature of modern society and the impact technology has on all aspects of learning. We believe that to be a respected and contributing member of our society students should understand, control and harness information and communication technologies. Teachers and students view computers, scanners, digital cameras, e-mail inter/intranet technologies as an important teaching and learning tool. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 have access to a range of high quality information and communication technologies and programs.
Class teachers provide as much special help and assistance to individual students as possible. Support teachers and Education Assistants help classroom teachers in planning and teaching in nominated subject areas.
Kununurra DHS caters for students with special needs who are enrolled to attend our school. Most special needs students have an allocated assistant who works with teachers to support the student’s integration into the mainstream classroom. KDHS strives to provide facilities to accommodate all education support students. The school’s Learning Support Coordinator assists in the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs); provides support for programming, classroom management and suggests teaching strategies; as well as providing and organising professional development for teachers and assistants to cater for individual students needs.
Excursions / incursions add a special dimension to the learning program. All trips and visits are educationally based and, as such, children are encouraged to participate. Parents will be given ample notice of coming events and are asked to return a signed consent form by the due date. All students participating in excursions must be in full school uniform (unless otherwise approved by the Principal), have paid any charges and have returned a fully completed Student Information and Consent form within the timeframe set by the teacher. Refunds for the cost of transport are not possible in the event that a child does not attend an excursion. Usually we can refund entry costs. Most, if not all, excursions are ‘by invitation’ and require that students have ‘Good Standing’.