Wider Curriculum Opportunties
Warrandyte High School has a long history of sporting excellence, achieving impressive results in District, Zone and State level sporting competitions. Warrandyte High School is a member of the VSSSA (Victorian Secondary School Sports Association). Interschool round competitions are held once a term for juniors, intermediates and seniors. This competition provides students with the opportunity to achieve sporting success and also learn the importance of good sporting conduct, leadership and skill development. Students in Years 7 and 8 have timetabled sport education classes each week, where students train and compete against each other.
Sports available include:
There are additional competitions in basketball and rugby.
Year 7 Camp
The Year 7 Camp is an important way that students establish a sense of belonging at Warrandyte High School. It is always held in Term 1 in order for students, who come from many different primary schools, to establish and extend friendships. In 2011, students attended the ADNAC Adventure Camp, in Yarra Junction. They were accompanied by the Year 11 VET Sport and Recreation students, who acted as leaders.
Year 8 Camp
The purpose of the Year 8 camp is to encourage co-operative behaviour and gives students the opportunity to develop new friendships in a positive environment.
All Year levels have targetted Student Wellbeing programs as part of our Whole School Plan to teach our valves of excellence, integrity and respect.
Year 9 Urban Adventure
Each year, Year 9 students spend five days researching an aspect of the city whilst discovering the many aspects of the city in which they live as part of the Taking the Challenge program. The opportunity to work in teams means that students have a chance to take more responsibility for their own learning. A variety of city-based activities include : a self guided tour of Federation Square, seminars on homelessness in Melbourne and tours of the MCG, Shrine of Remembrance and Magistrate’s Court. For more information about the program, please contact Dave Kahukiwa, Year 9 Level Leader.
Years 10 & 11 Driver Education
A very important part of the Humanities course at Year 10 is Driver Education. Students have the chance to participate in a day’s driving course and actually get behind the wheel with qualified instructors in a controlled environment. Parents and students are then invited to attend Keys Please, which is an information session run by VicRoads aimed at raising awareness of driver safety and strategies for learner drivers.
Driver Education is then extended in Year 11 through the Fit to Drive program. The Fit to Drive workshops are designed for students, who are learning, or about to start learning, to drive. The program aims to help students understand the responsibilities associated with driving a car and to assist them in making better informed decisions.
In Year 12 students participate in the Looking After Your Mates program, an education session, delivered by trained presenters, about responsible consumption of alcohol and strategies to avoid drink driving.
A professional careers advisor undertakes a variety of activities with students to ensure they are well equipped for their future beyond secondary school. All students over the age of 15 are provided with a personalised pathway plan and associated support as a means to gaining further education, training or full-time employment. Regular lunchtime seminars and guest speakers assist students in this area. Course counselling and up-to-date information is provided to students and parents on a regular basis.
Year 10 Work Experience
Work Experience is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the world of work, trial different pathways and gain experience, as well as secure part time employment. Work experience is also a vital component of Careers Education at Warrandyte High. All students in Year 10 organise their own Work Experience placement.
In 2012, Work Experience will take place from Monday 25 - Friday 29 June. In 2013, Work Experience will be held from Monday 24 - Friday 28 June so current Year 9 students should start making enquiries to the work environments in which they would like to work.