Findon High School Strategic Plan
Findon High School is a learning community committed to providing an inclusive, caring and supportive environment where excellence in academic achievement is highly valued. Students are challenged to achieve their potential through a student-centred teaching and learning model, where students choose their individual pathway based on personal skills, interests and capabilities. It is through a student-centred approach that student voice enables students to become empowered to build knowledge, skills and values for a productive life as respected citizens in our future society.
Student centred learning at Findon High School empowers students to individually develop and lead their own learning.
The school offers a variety of quality pathways that meet the needs of all students. It is a school with a long-standing reputation for delivering effective teaching and learning dating back to 1955. Findon High School is a good school that strives to be a great school. With an increased focus on student leadership, school pride, investment in upgrading facilities, and the school’s traditions, the school is moving forward.
In recent years, the school has become a thriving example of multi-culturalism at its best. There are over 63 cultures represented in the student and staff cohort. Findon High School offers a full range of subject choices for the needs of all students, whether their goals are academic or vocational, and all students have the opportunity to engage in projects to support the wider community. The school boasts former students who have contributed significantly to our community in the areas of the arts, media, sport, academia and law just to name a few.
Findon High School has no main street frontage, which as a result, has impacted on community knowledge of the school and the benefits it offers for students. Enrolments over all mainstream classes has stagnated over the last four to five years with no real significant increase. While the public perception of Findon High School has remained strong, limited upgrade to facilities combined with a tired street appeal, has negatively impacted the school’s ability to attract student enrolments.
The school has a disability unit on site, which delivers Conductive Education and is the only secondary site in South Australia delivering such a program. SACE completion has steadily increased over the last five years with completion rates being consistently around the 97% to 98% which matches the state completion rate. 2020 was the first time that Findon High School had a 100% completion rate for SACE completion.
While Findon High School is achieving some great outcomes there is a need for a clear and well-articulated vision to be developed so that experiences, culture and program offerings support students to thrive and prepare them for the ever changing society in our world.
In early 2016, the Findon High School Council agreed to commission the development of a school Master Plan given the reducing enrolment numbers and the impact of significant capital investment in neighboring high schools. The inadequate education facilities, subject choices and rumors of the closure of the school were also contributing factors to the steady enrolment decline although the reputation of inclusivity and related programs are viewed as a positive by enrolling parents.
In 2017, Findon High School was listed in the Better Building Funds by the Department of Education to receive $10 million as part of a program to deliver upgrades to schools across the state. The key focus of the program is to provide learning areas more suited to the delivery of contemporary pedagogy in order to improve learning outcomes for our students. This will be done through:
- Demolition of aged relocatable accommodation where appropriate
- New buildings to provide additional accommodation in identified growth areas
- Refurbishment of existing infrastructure to provide flexible, contemporary learning spaces
- Improved street presence and connectivity to the community to make a positive statement about public education.
July 2020, Findon High School finally gained approval of the $10 million funding as part of the Department for Education’s ‘Capital Works Program’ (note the name change in the program) which will deliver the upgrades. It is expected that the building upgrades will commence mid-2021 and be completed early 2022 and take into account the enrolments of Year 7’s into secondary schools.
The school is a Sexual Health Information Networking and Education (SHINE) focus school. The majority of staff are trained to deliver the SHINE curriculum and the Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum through the Personal and Social Learning program. The Personal and Social Learning (PSL) Program enables teachers to explicitly teach skills that underpin lifelong learning. It is delivered weekly to build positive relationships, develop a sense of community within and beyond the school, and foster a higher sense of self, and motivation to achieve.
Student leadership was reinvigorated in 2018 with the re-introduction of Prefects, a concept not seen at the school since the late 1970s. The school now has Prefects and House Captains that meet weekly with the Principal and staff coordinating student-led activities and co- leading whole school change.
The school also offers:
- Comprehensive pastoral care program focusing on lifelong
- Ice Factor program – for re-engagement and retention enabling students to develop leadership and life skills in a team environment.
- STEM Ambassadors program engaging students in rigorous learning, exploring, co-designing, and problem solving in
- Partnership with Beacon – a personal development and leadership program
- Mock Trial Hearings via the Findon Law Court – a purpose built facility connecting students with trial hearings around the world
- Cutting Edge Program which engages a small group of students around their strengths and interests