Kununurra District High School has an enrolment of approximately 230 students within the Years 4, 5 and 6 Sub-school. Students in Years 4 and 5 have new classrooms opened at the start of 2013. The Years 6s are housed in what is known as the Argyle Block. The teachers that make up this Sub-school are: Jeanette Ishiguchi (Year 4), Tim Johnstone (Year 4), Nicki Atkinson (Year 4/5), Sam Jolly and Tanya Mesken (Year 5), Emma Tait (Year 5), Sonia Hammond (Year 6), Richard Dowling (Year 6) and Emma Anderson (Year 6). The Deputy Principal linked to this Sub-school is Darren Simpson. There is a vast range of experiences and a great deal of dedication within the teachers in this Sub-school and all work together in a collaborative style to ensure that their students obtain the same learning opportunities as other students in their year group.
The focus within this Sub-school is to provide an engaging and motivated curriculum that enhances literacy and numeracy skills (which are also the school priority areas) and aims to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a smooth transition into High School. Year 6 students spend parts of term 4 in high school classes, getting to know high school teachers and their methods ready for Year 7 in High School.
During 2013 KDHS implemented the John Fleming Framework of effective teaching, by using the explicit teaching model. The aim of this program is to consolidate basic skills and knowledge to a level of automaticity (where the skill/knowledge is repeated or retrieved immediately). Teachers deliver new concepts by using the I Do, We Do, You Do approach. This approach ensures that students have many supported opportunities to learn a concept before moving onto the next step and completing tasks independently.
In 2012 we moved across to using the Australian Curriculum in English, but continue to follow the Department of Education WA K-10 Syllabus for all other Learning Areas. The Australian Curriculum in Mathematics has now been implemented. The move into utilising the Australian Curriculum ensures that what is delivered at KDHS is equivalent to the curriculum being taught at any school throughout Australia.
Teachers also ensure that time is dedicated to the development of social skills, personal development and awareness of the world around them. This is done in the areas of Science, Society and Environment, Technology and Enterprise and Health. Some programs delivered specifically are drug education and sexual education to the Year 6 students in second semester.
Our classrooms within this Sub-school aim to promote a high standard of bookwork and behaviour. Student’s books are sent to the Deputy Principal’s office and feedback given on the neatness, tidiness and general presentation of their work.
There are specialist teachers for Music, Physical Education, Art and LOTE (Language Other Than English – Mandarin).
Behaviour is closely monitored by the classroom teacher and rules are based around the School Behaviour Expectations: Respectful, Responsible, Prepared and Safe.
Most teachers use a reward system called ClassDojo, where students gain and lose points based on their behavioural choices. A score of 100 points is needed to attend the Rewards Day at the end of term. The great news about this system is that when set up, parents or carers can be emailed a weekly progress report about their child’s behaviour.
Students in Years 5 complete the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) in Term Two. During Term One, students spend time preparing specifically for the unique test style and format, to ensure they can approach the test with confidence.
The aim of PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge Program) is provide identified students with an opportunity to learn strategies and skills to help them access critical and creative thinking skills. Students are identified by sitting two tests in Year 4 and at the end of the year KDHS gets the results. Each term the students will participate in a 9 week course covering a range of topics. In first term the course will focus on introducing them to some problem solving strategies and thinking skills and providing opportunity to apply them in creative and imaginative ways. Courses beyond this term will be topic focused with some high interest possibilities being considered.
VALUE ADDING ACTIVITIES
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in many activities to enhance their learning. These activities include:
Clontarf Academy events, such as football games, training and camps
Various excursions – such as to Rio Tinto Argyle Diamond Mine, Research Centre, etc.
Artist in Residence program
Musica Viva concerts and workshops
Battle of the Bands
Fortnightly Sub-school assemblies
There are a number of people employed to support classrooms across this and other Sub-schools. We have two education assistants that are dedicated to identified students with special needs. We have two other education assistants that assist teachers in the class room running programs that require more one-on-one and group assistance.
We have two designated AIEO (Aboriginal Islander Education Officer) who shares their time between all of the Years 4, 5 and 6 classes. One of her main roles is to assist in the recognition and planning for cultural differences within the classroom. There are also two Clontarf Academy staff available for assistance to any Aboriginal male student from Year 4 to Year 6 who is a member of the Clontarf Academy. Their main role is to support these students and teachers to build positive working relationships and become engaged in learning.
CARES, CONCERNS OR QUERIES
We are a very kind and caring Sub-school and realise that for many students puberty kicks in around this time and this brings with it many confusing and challenging times. If you have a student within this sub-school and have some cares or concerns about your child’s progress or emotional wellbeing, please do not hesitate to see your child’s friendly and helpful classroom teacher.