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School Context Statement 2009

  1. 1. SCHOOL CONTEXT STATEMENT Updated: 09/09 School number: 0803 School name: Brighton Secondary School 1. General information Part A School name : BRIGHTON SECONDARY SCHOOL School No. : 0803 Courier : South West Principal : Ms Olivia O’Neill Postal Address : 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton 5048 Location Address : 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton 5048 District : Central South-West Distance from GPO : 13 kms Phone No. : 08 83758200 CPC attached : NO Fax No. : 08 82960949 2009 February FTE Enrolment Secondary Special, N.A.P. Ungraded etc. Year 8 267.0 Year 9 266.0 Year 10 283.0 Year 11 302.0 Year 12 239.0 Year 12 plus 2.0 TOTAL 1,359.0 Male FTE 659 Female FTE 700 School Card Approvals (Persons) 154 NESB Total (Persons) 68 Aboriginal FTE Enrolment 6.0 Note: Placement points for Complexity and (Base plus Isolation) can be obtained from the document 'Placement Points History' in the 'schools/placement' section of the 'Legal and Policy Framework Library' available on the departmental CD-ROM or web-site. Part B • Deputy/Assistant Principals: Brighton Secondary School in 2009 has two Deputy Principals, Barbara Richards (Director of Studies) and Jeffrey Kong (Head of the Special Interest Music Program). The Principal and Deputies together with three Assistant Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 1
  2. 2. Principals, Jill Brindley, Jenny Hilterbrand and Jason Williams, form the School Principal Team. • School e-mail address: • Staffing numbers: 85.9 FTE teacher staffing, 577 hours ancillary staffing. This includes FIR and Tier 2 staffing. • Enrolment trends: The current February enrolment is near 1250 students. Apart from the Special Interest programs in Music and Volleyball, the school zone restricts enrolments although there are always requests for out of zone entry to the school. All year levels are filled to ‘ceiling’ capacity and the retention rate remains as high as 90 - 100% into Year 12. The growth in other year levels to 248-250, suggests that February enrolments should remain about 1250 for years to come. • Year of opening: 1952 Brighton Secondary School is an amalgamation of two schools: Brighton High School and Mawson High School. The now Brighton Secondary School community works to maintain the strengths of both previous schools as well as charting directions to provide excellent educational foundations and opportunities for students. Brighton High School was established in 1952 and was the fifth high school in metropolitan Adelaide. Brighton Boys Technical High School was established in 1967. With the introduction of comprehensive coeducation the school became known as Mawson High School in 1975. Mawson High School was formally closed in December 1993 and the school was consolidated on the Brighton Campus with the completion of new facilities from the beginning of 1997. The school motto of “Do All Things well” underpins a philosophy of striving for excellence and doing your best. Staff and students are expected to work collaboratively in a safe, caring, respectful and engaging learning environment. • Public transport access: The following bus services are available: Route 263 via Anzac Highway and Brighton Road. Route 266 via Anzac Highway, Glenelg and King George Avenue. Bus C and B - Brighton Secondary School to Marion Shopping Centre, stop 38 King George Avenue Bus Z - from stop 5 Anzac Highway to Marymount College (am only, to King George Avenue) N from/to Noarlunga interchange, along King George Avenue Bus 680B from Sheidow Park via Brighton Station and then change to bus X. Routes 680/681 provide services from Sheidow Park/Hallett Cove, to Flinders Medical Centre and Marion Shopping Centre via Brighton Station. Need to link up with X bus at the Brighton Station. Train services provide access via the Hove and Brighton stations. Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 2
  3. 3. 2. Students (and their welfare) Student Wellbeing General Characteristics: Students at Brighton Secondary School are generally continuing students and international students Student Services Team The Student Services Team includes the Principal Team, School Team Leaders and assistants, School Counsellors, Pathways Transition Coordinator, Middle Years Coordinator, SACE and Senior School Coordinator and 2 Christian Pastoral Support Workers. The team has oversight for student care and wellbeing across the school and works closely with home group teachers to: • encourage a sense of responsibility and belonging • monitor and support attendance and behaviour • plan and deliver a responsive pastoral care program • celebrate success and community contribution The Student Review Team The Student Review Team acts on student referrals from school team leaders. Case management support is provided to identified students who are at risk of disengaging from schooling. The Student Review Team may also refer students to District Services depending on need and circumstance. School Counsellors Two school counsellors are available to assist students with personal concerns and guidance in study and career pathways planning. Student Counsellors are also responsible for student enrolments and have oversight for student support programs such as Peer Support. School counsellors also provide support for staff wellbeing. Special Needs A Special Needs Teacher and Support staff provide learning support to students with Negotiated Education Plans and learning difficulties. Support is provided in the classroom and for small groups and individuals. Christian Pastoral Support Workers Chelsea Lake and Craig Schultz are appointed through the local Christian churches to provide spiritual support and guidance for students and staff. They also arrange Year level and whole school student information sessions relating to health and wellbeing, positive social behaviour including local and global community involvement. Student Reception The student reception area provides a range of student services including first aid and health care, stationary sales, uniform sales and a point of first contact for student needs and messages for students Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 3
  4. 4. Student Management The School Discipline Policy has been developed in consultation with parents and students and is supportive of DECS guidelines and the principles of restorative justice. School Leadership Teams have overall responsibility for managing student behaviour and follow procedures that include consultation and communication with relevant staff, students and parents, reporting of incidents and appropriate follow-up where necessary. A range of responses to inappropriate behaviour may be used and include- behaviour change plans, notices of concern, withdrawal and detention. Student Voice Student participation and the development of student leadership skills are encouraged through home group, student forum and SRC. The Student Representative Council, including prefects is elected each year to support formal student leadership and involvement in decision making. The SRC works with all students through Year Level Student Forum groups and subcommittees including Charities, Brighton Up and Environment. House Captains are elected to provide leadership for organization of whole school sporting committees. Peer Support The Peer Support program aims to support student transition between primary and high school. Year 11 students run a variety of activities during the first semester of each year to support Year 8 students settle into high school life. 3. Key School Policies • Site Learning Plan: The school’s 2009 priorities are: 1. Implementation of the New SACE. 2. Implementation of One to One Learning with laptops. 3. Develop a student management model that incorporates healthy lifestyle and dedicated service to students. 4. Increase sustainability profile across the school These priorities are derived from the DECS Improvement and accountability framework as required by DECS. The school has many other priorities derived from the school’s Strategic Plan 2005 to 2009 and draft 2009 - 2012. 4. Curriculum • Subject offerings In Year 8 all students study the eight areas of English; Health and Physical Education and Home Economics; LOTE choice of Japanese, French and German; Mathematics; Science; Society and Environment; Technology Studies; the Arts including Music and Visual Arts. Special Music students study from a more restricted range of subjects. Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 4
  5. 5. Year 9 and 10 students undertake seven areas of study and are provided with access to LOTE. Year 11, 12/13 students study a wide range of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) subjects, including an increasing number of VET courses. The school is a member of the Manufacturing Learning Centres/ (DECS) Joint Venture Project and also participates in various VET programmes offered by Quality LinCs. • Open Access: Small numbers of students study Open Access. This includes some students with a medical exemption from school attendance. • Special needs: The school currently has 1.1 Special Education (Tier 2) staff and students are assisted both in separate lessons and as part of mainstream classes. • Special curriculum features: The school has a Special Interest Music program and a Special Interest Volleyball program. Students who live outside of the designated school zone can audition for entry into these programs. • The New SACE: Brighton successfully applied for a grant to trial the Personal Learning Plan at Year 10 for the New SACE. • An ISEC (Intensive Secondary English Course) provides intensive English language studies to the fee paying international students. • Special Interest Music Program The Special Interest Music Program offers numerous opportunities for students to be involved in music education, musical performances and instrumental music programs. All Year 8 Students study music either at special, elective or general levels. There are many very fine ensembles in our music program. At the 2009 Adelaide Eisteddfod, our Treble Choir won the Middle Year Choral Championships and third prize in Open Choral Eisteddfod. Each year the Brighton Secondary School Big Band 1 and Big Band 2 tour Mount Gambier to showcase our jazz music program and also to participate in workshops with Australian International musician James Morrison. The award winning Brighton Secondary School’s Orchestra and Concert Band perform regularly at community concerts. The BSS Symphony Orchestra performed in Sydney Opera House at the 2009 International Orchestra Festival. Brighton Secondary School Orchestra and Brighton Secondary School Concert Band gave a sensational concert in Adelaide International Hilton Hotel to raise funds for the forthcoming arrival of the pandas from the Peoples Republic of China. The Special Interest Music program adds excellence to the whole school and is highly regarded at national and international levels. • Special Interest Volleyball Program Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 5
  6. 6. The aim of the Special Interest Volleyball course is to maximise the holistic athletic development of talented students who have been identified from schools throughout the state. Our goal is to promote skills, behaviours, attitudes and knowledge that will benefit students in their performance of volleyball and other sports, academic and vocational pursuits, and personal development There are three main areas of the program. Undoubtedly the main component of the program is the lessons that form part of the students total curriculum package offered by the school. There are 5 lessons per week in years 8 - 12. The other two areas of the program are the training and competition opportunities. Due to the large number of students in the program and the desire to offer competition and training opportunities to all of them, many staff contribute their expertise to the program. This involves out of school hours training and participation in a variety of competition opportunities. In recent years the SIV program has been the number one Volleyball school in Australia having won the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne each year. In addition we have won a majority of the State Knockout competitions and had by far the largest representation in South Australian State Teams of any other school. Since 2007 we have had the opportunity to use the State Volleyball Centre for lessons and trainings. This is a world class facility that has been constructed on site with 4 floodlit beach volleyball courts and 3 international taraflex indoor courts, similar to those used in the Olympics and World Championships. There is great demand from all over Australia for positions in the Volleyball Program, with many of our past scholars playing professionally overseas and representing Australia in the Olympics and World Championships. The Brighton Secondary School Special Interest Volleyball Program is recognised both nationally and internationally for its curriculum and competition performances. • Teaching methodology: The school has a focus on academic success, within a school environment which values creativity and the development of teamwork. • A ‘One to One’ learning program with Mac Books will commence in 2010 with Year 9 and 10. • Assessment procedures and reporting: Students’ work is regularly assessed using a wide variety of assessment methods according to the topic of work being studied and the requirements of courses. Reports are sent home at the end of each term. Communication is encouraged at any Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 6
  7. 7. time and a minimum of two formal parent/teacher/student conference evenings are held during the year. • Community Partnerships Quality LinCs, Manufacturing Learning Centres, Volleyball SA. Rotary, Lions Scholarships for son or daughter of an old scholar, Lions tour to Gallipoli, Holdfast Bay Chamber Commerce, Soundhouse Corporation and Brighton RSL. 5. Sporting Activities: A wide range of interschool summer and winter sports are offered on a weekly basis and in Knock-Out competitions. Swimming and athletics carnivals are conducted, as well as participation in all SSSSA (Secondary School Sport South Australia) championships. 6. Other Co-Curricular Activities • General: The school has debating teams and students regularly enter public speaking competitions and competitions in English, Science, Maths, LOTE, Geography, and ICT. Large numbers of students participate in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Brighton Secondary School was state champion in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. • The Pedal Prix has grown to be a highly successful annual event with three vehicles. • The F1 in Schools program is a worldwide initiative to encourage students to engage in Engineering. At Brighton we have an established structure which presents our students with opportunities into the world of design, engineering, manufacture, business and enterprise. Each year we have teams of students who compete at the national industry level and who establish collaborative links with relevant University and TAFE Engineering department. • The Debating teams regularly succeed through to the finals as do the entrants in the Plain English Speaking Awards. 7. Staff (and their welfare) • Staff profile: The teaching staff is approximately 55% men, 45% women. Most are very experienced and have in the last few years come to Brighton SS largely via the School Choice Placement system and Local selection. • Leadership structure: There are 15 Coordinators in the Areas of Learning and School Development, SACE/Senior Schooling, Transition and Pathways, Internationalism and Information Technology. The Coordinators include seven women and eight men. • Staff support systems: Staff work in faculty groups, project groups, and in year level teams. Many staff are actively involved in subject associations, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) committees, and other curriculum and professional connections and networks. The training and development program endeavours to meet the needs of both teaching and non teaching staff, and for the past few years has embraced an inquiry Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 7
  8. 8. based approach to a number of selected area of interest. In 2006 staff were committed to undertake, as a member of a team, a two-year inquiry project. All staff are encouraged to become involved in school activities by joining at least one School Committee. From 2006 to July 2008 all staff researched an area of interest with colleagues in teams using an inquiry process. Since July 2008, staff will remain in Faculty teams for professional development to focus on an agreed inquiry of pedagogy for engagement. Staff new to the school are expected to participate in a structured induction program. • Performance Management: See above: areas of study, year level teams and professional development. The school has spent time developing a more comprehensive set of procedures for Performance Management, focussed on an adult learning model, in personal professional development. This is being implemented through professional conversations with line managers twice a year as designated on the school calendar. • Staff utilisation policies: The Personnel Advisory Committee assists the Principal in deployment of staff, and leadership positions. • Access to special staff: Staff are able to access advice from the Behaviour Support Unit. • The school is within close proximity to both Minda and Townsend House. 8. Incentives, support and award conditions for Staff • Complexity placement points: 1.5 • Isolation placement points: 1.0 • Cooling for school buildings: All buildings are air-conditioned. 9. School Facilities • Cooling: All areas are air-conditioned. • Buildings and grounds Apart from the Resource Centre (single storey solid), the buildings are of two storey solid construction. Most of the buildings have recently been built or renovated. The grounds are well established and maintained with extensive lawn and paved areas. The school has fully networked computer facilities with fibre optic cabling and connections for all classrooms and staff offices. There are several dedicated computing rooms for general use, and several other areas have computer facilities for subjects such as Technology Studies, the Brighton SoundHouse and Science research. In addition, computers are located in the Resource Centre to facilitate student use and access to information. • Specialist facilities The school has a well equipped Gymnasium, a Music Suite with practice rooms, Orchestra room and a SoundHouse room, well equipped Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 8
  9. 9. Technology Studies areas including design, electronics, robotics and photography areas, Art rooms, Media Studies studio, Science laboratories, Computer rooms, Home Economics rooms and a school hall. Other subjects are grouped into faculty areas with staff offices near their classrooms. The State Volleyball Centre stadium was opened in 2007 to support and develop the Special Interest Volleyball program at Brighton Secondary School. The Stadium has a 3 court indoor facility as well as 4 floodlit beach volleyball courts outdoors. • Student facilities: There is a separate student services area. There is also a Senior Learning Centre for Year 12 students. The canteen is a traditional service canteen. • Staff facilities: Staff room (air-conditioned) with staff amenities. Most staff have shared preparation rooms. • Access for students and staff with disabilities: The school has a lift which provides access for people with disabilities to the first floor of the building although access for wheelchairs is difficult in the downstairs part of the older Spence building. All areas of the first floor are interconnected, with ramped walkways, and ramps have been installed in other areas on the ground floor. • Access to bus transport: See above, public transport access. 10. School Operations • Decision making structures Staff committees contribute to the development and review of school policies and programs, and include the Personnel Advisory Committee, Curriculum Review Working Party, Information Communication Technology Committee, Faculty and Learning Area groups, and project teams, Year Level Teams and an Occupational Health and Safety Committee. The Student Representative Council is led by the Head and Deputy Head Prefects, and includes a number of sub committees: Environment, ‘Bright’n Up’, and Charities Committee. The Brighton Secondary School Governing Council with parent, staff and student representatives is a strong and active influence in the school community. Several sub committees including School Resources (finance and facilities), School Uniform, Volleyball Parent Support Committee and the Music Parent Support Committee assist and support the work of the Governing Council. In 1997 the School Council launched the ‘Friends of Brighton Secondary School’ to provide links between the students of today and past students and staff. • Regular publications Student and Staff Bulletins are published each day. A comprehensive electronic school Newsletter is emailed home the first Monday of every month. A comprehensive Curriculum Handbook and the School Yearbook are produced annually. Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 9
  10. 10. • Other communication: Whole school, and Year Level assemblies, and parent information evenings assist and support the promotion of school programs and broad involvement in school activities. • School financial position: The school is in a sound financial state, with financial reserves. Its major commitments are the repayment of loans for the Volleyball Stadium and lease payments for computers. School fees can be paid in instalments. There is a very small percentage of outstanding fees. • Special funding: The Special Interest Music Program funding is written into the school’s partnerships agreement as a specific amendment. Students in the Special Interest Volleyball program pay an annual fee. • Plans for refurbishment of the school hall into a modern performing arts centre are under way. 11. Local Community • General characteristics The school is within the Brighton community, which has an older demographic, with middle income levels, including significant numbers of professionals. Newer housing around the seafront and Glenelg is in the higher-price bracket for this state, and tends to be medium-density. Students in the special interest programs often travel large distances to school from other parts of Adelaide and even near-country areas, but the majority of the students live in-zone, and Brighton is their neighbourhood school. • Parent and community involvement Parent participation is welcomed in all school activities and parents are particularly encouraged to become involved in the Governing Council and its various sub committees. Parent volunteers work in the school canteen and in the Resource Centre. The school facilities, especially the gymnasium and school hall, are widely used by the local community. The Music Parent support Committee organise a fortnightly Car Boot sale on the front oval. It is well publicised and supported by the community. The Volleyball Support parent committee run a successful annual Quiz Night. • Feeder schools The main feeder schools for Brighton Secondary School are Glenelg, Brighton and Paringa Park, along with Warradale, St Leonards, Seacliff, Seaview Downs, and Dover Gardens Primary Schools. A number of students also come to Brighton from independent/Catholic primary schools. Approximately, 39% of students live within the school zone and 61% are enrolled from usually just outside the zone or through the special interest programs. Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 10
  11. 11. • Other local care and educational facilities: A number of child-care facilities operate near the school. Flinders University (approximately 4 kms) is the nearest tertiary campus. Sacred Heart College and Marymount College are within 1-2 kms. • Commercial/industrial and shopping facilities: The Marion Shopping centre (approximately 2-3 kms) is nearby. There are major shopping strips on Brighton Road and Jetty Roads in Glenelg and Brighton. • Other local facilities: Minda, Townsend House. • Availability of staff housing: N/A • Accessibility: The school is reached from Brighton Road into Ilfracombe Ave. The rear staff car park is accessed from King George Avenue. • Local Government body: The school is in the City of Holdfast Bay. 12. Further Comments • International Connections Brighton Secondary School is developing international connections through the Special Interest Music program and is working to establish links with Asian countries with a view to mutual exchanges and involvement of international students and teachers. The school’s web site is frequently visited by many overseas students and teachers, and several exchanges and community visits have been negotiated. The numbers of international students has grown to reach capacity at 73 from a base of 25 in 2004 (fee paying and exchange. The Music department has toured China 3 times. The local City of Holdfast Bay Sister City exchanges with Hayama are supported by the school. Sister School Relationship - a sister-school arrangement with Toyodai Himeji High School in Japan enriches the Japanese teaching program. The International student cohort originates mostly from China, Japan, Germany and Brazil. The ISEC (Intensive Secondary English Course) supports newly arrived students from overseas who continue into mainstream courses, mostly year 11. A team of teachers and a Bilingual Support Staff Officer (BSSO) support the international students. The school offers at least one study tour opportunity to a school from overseas every year. Macintosh HD:Users:katefranz:Library:Mail Downloads:School Context Statement 2009.doc Page 11