Salisbury High School has developed and sustained an innovative Care system which makes a positive difference to student motivation, learning and wellbeing. Our Care system underpins and supports our school aim, our school values, fundamental processes and structures designed to help students maximise their personal, social, academic and vocational development. We attribute our significantly high staff/student retention, student achievements and resilience to the ongoing positive, purposeful relationships that our care system (regarded as best practice both locally and nationally) promotes and delivers.
Care Groups are composed of approximately fifteen to twenty four students who remain with the same Care teacher for their three years of middle schooling. The Care teacher becomes the first port of call for families and the advocate for individual students to ensure that they are provided with a successful pathway. In Years 11 and 12, students will be allocated to Care groups according to their selected pathway.
In addition to daily care sessions each morning, there are two Personal Development lessons each week. During this time, students participate in activities which raise their awareness of career options, develop skills in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with others, develop organisational and learning strategies, and discuss a wide range of contemporary issues such as racism, harassment and bullying, drug and alcohol awareness. The Care system is positively received by families, students and teachers. It provides a framework through which positive relationships are developed between parents, students and staff that support student wellbeing, monitor student achievement, develop pathway plans, encourage service for all, and develop responsible citizenship.
Parents are invited by Care Teachers to collect their child’s report at the end of terms 1, 2 and 3 for a student led discussion of learning goals and issues for the future. Term 4 reports are distributed to students at the end of term.
Parent Teacher communication is vital for the success of students. Parents/Caregivers are kept regularly informed of school events and the progress of their children through -
- Care teachers - phone calls, home visits or parents visiting the school.
- Newsletters- via email
- Mid Term Snapshots
- Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences which are advertised in the newsletter and on the school calendar.
- School Diary
- Parent Portal/Daymap
Parents and care teachers are encouraged to keep in regular contact with each other regarding student progress.
Diaries and Homework
All students have and use a school diary and parents are asked to sign it weekly. We know that successful students complete their homework and use their diaries to help them be better organised. All students are expected to complete homework with the schedule available in diaries and use the following times as a guide -
- Year 8 - 1 hour per weeknight
- Year 9 - 1 to 2 hours per weeknight
- Year 10 - 1 to 2 hours per weeknight
- Year 11 - 2 hours plus per weeknight
- Year 12 - 3 hours plus per day
Located in the main building in Room 1, Student Services provides a range of support for students. Parents can contact Student Services regarding attendance and if early dismissal is required by the student. The student services team may contact families if they have concerns regarding student notes or signing in or out.
In this room students can -
- Sign in and out of school electronically for a variety of accepted reasons. This allows the school to accurately monitor school attendance.
- Book appointments times for a counsellor
- Print misplaced timetables
- Access for phoning parents if required
- Queries for locating of teachers or classes
The number for Student Services is 81820200 option 1.
Salisbury High School presents a musical each year. Preparation involves students, staff, and parent volunteers in many hours of planning, workshopping, rehearsals, set and prop designing and manufacturing, marketing and performing. The musical is integrated into the following subjects -
- (Year 11) Stage 1 Music
- (Year 11 and 12) Stage 1 and 2 Integrated Learning Stage Production
Students participate in either a performing or behind the scenes role as part of subject requirements. Senior school students who wish to be involved may select one of the above subjects or can opt to participate in the musical as an extracurricular activity as middle school students do.
The musical involves between 60 and 100 students in a variety of ways: Actors, Dancers, Singers, Musicians, Sound Technicians, Lighting Technicians, Backstage Crew, Designers, Artists, Production Assistants, Make-up Artists, Hair Stylists, Film Crew, and Photographers. Auditions are held for all students in term 1 and roles are assigned to students based on their audition result. All students who are interested in the Performing Arts are strongly encouraged to be involved in the Musical.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Salisbury High School offers extended learning opportunities including -
- Subject differentiation (extended learning classes in Maths, Science, Humanities and English).
- Participation in a variety of extra-curricular activities: e.g. Mathematics Challenge; STEM programs, debating and Sport opportunities at both local and state level.
- Language opportunities such as exchanges and involvement in the Confucius centre.