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					SCHOOL CONTEXT STATEMENT                                                             Updated: May 11 2004



School Name:            BLACKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

School Number:                   0905

1.     General Information

Part A
  Schoolname              :   BLACKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
  School No.              :   0905                                  Courier   :
  Principal               :   Mr Tony Green
  Postal Address          :   4 Seymour Street, Eden Hills 5050
  Location Address        :   4 Seymour Street, Eden Hills 5050
  District                :   Inner South
  Distance from GPO       :   9    kms                              Phone No. : 08 82786777
  CPC attached            :   NO                                    Fax No. : 08 83702058

                                                         2001        2002          2003        2004
  February FTE Enrolment

      Primary        Special, N.A.P. Ungraded etc.
                     Reception
                     Year 1
                     Year 2
                     Year 3
                     Year 4
                     Year 5
                     Year 6
                     Year 7

      Secondary      Special, N.A.P. Ungraded etc.
                     Year 8                            195.0       200.0          209.0      221.0
                     Year 9                            220.0       195.0          203.0      220.0
                     Year 10                           234.0       212.0          192.0      216.0
                     Year 11                           240.4       219.9          205.9      198.9
                     Year 12                           188.9       206.5          185.0      187.4
                     Year 12 plus                        8.4        11.2            4.0       13.4

      TOTAL                                          1,086.7      1,044.6         998.9    1,056.7

  July total FTE Enrolment                                        1,037.7     1,002.4     970.7
      Male FTE                                         546.5        518.6       511.1
      Female FTE                                       491.2        483.8       459.6
  School Card Approvals (Persons)                                                185
  NESB Total (Persons)                                    32          41          64
  Aboriginal FTE Enrolment                                2.8         2.0         2.0


   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.


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Part B
        Deputy Principal’s name, if applicable
           :Christopher Daw (Acting)
        School e-mail address
           :blackwood@bhs.sa.edu.au
        Staffing numbers
           :70.2
        Partnerships 21 status
           :nil
        OSHC
           :N/A
        Enrolment trends
           :stable – and increasing 1059
        Year of opening
           :1961
        Public transport access
           :A wide network of Serco buses service the school - Route 738 from Marion
           via Flinders Medical Centre and Shepherds Hill Road and school buses
           from Belair (both Main Road and Kalyra Avenue), Hawthorndene, Flagstaff
           Hill, Reynella and Aberfoyle Park (via Black Road and then Murrays Hill
           Road or Main Road), and Coromandel Valley (routes 197 and 198). There
           is a train service to Coromandel and Eden Hills.

    2.      Students (and their welfare)
Blackwood High School provides a diverse and inclusive curriculum reflecting the
needs of the local and wider communities and encouraging all students to achieve
their personal best in a safe, caring environment.

        General characteristics
           :The school has a strong academic, performing arts and sporting focus.
           This is generated by the high expectations of students, parents and staff
           and by the many opportunities for students to be involved in a wide range of
           co-curriculum activities. Many students take a leadership role in the co-
           curriculum activities.
        (Pastoral) care programs
            :As well as morning care group, a pastoral care program is delivered once
            a week to all year levels. The program for year 8, 9 and 10 students
            covers topics such as harassment, friendship, study skills, learning how to
            learn, assertiveness, peer mediation, etc. At year 11 and 12, study skills,

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            time management, course counselling, career education and job pathways
            are some of the topics covered.
            The school has a chaplain who also helps with the social and pastoral
            care activities.
      Support offered
         :Students are supported by care group teachers, student counsellors, year
         level managers and members of the administration. The Student Services
         Centre supports students with routine matters. Case Management and
         Special Needs programs monitor students’ progress and provide support for
         students’ welfare.
      Student management
         :There is an expectation that all students have the right to learn and all
         teachers have the right to teach. A withdrawal facility and a detention
         scheme support teachers in the management of student behaviour.
      Student government
          :The SRC is very active in the school, with representatives on most school
          committees. It is instrumental in raising money for selected charities and
          community projects.     The SRC has the important role of running
          assemblies and organising the end of year ‘Formal’ and ‘Presentation’
          events.

      Special programs
         :Peer Support is a very successful program undertaken as a SACE Stage 1
         subject, designed to support year 8 students and other newly enrolled
         students.


      Community and Service
         :The school recognises and fosters students’ broader community roles and
         activities in such things as work, sport, service clubs, church and family
         activities.


      School Uniform
         :The wearing of school uniform is strongly supported by our school
         community. The uniform was designed by students and parents and
         includes a wide range of purpose-designed garments. School Council
         actively supports the school in working with families to ensure that students
         wear full correct uniform.




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3.     Key School Policies
       In 2002 the whole school community collaborated to develop a
       comprehensive, widely understood and agreed upon statement of purpose,
       values, beliefs and priorities. These form the framework for our school’s
       policies and directions.




BHS provides a diverse and
inclusive curriculum, which
reflects the needs of the
local and wider communities
and encourages all students
to achieve their personal
best in a safe, caring
environment.


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Versatility                    in approaches to learning



Achievement                           through sustained effort and
pursuit of excellence


Learning                  that is relevant, engaging and futures oriented




Understanding                               self and others through effective
communication



Enterprise                      in connecting teaching and learning with the
broader community


Safety             in physical, social and intellectual pursuits




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At Blackwood High School we believe:


  Our relationships with the community will be characterised
  by:



          A Culture of Optimism               that promotes our young
                                              people as positive,
                                              resourceful, creative and
                                              valuable persons capable of
                                              working towards common
                                              goals of good citizenship,
                                              friendship and partnerships
                                              within the school and the
                                              wider community.
          A Culture of Mutual                 that acknowledges the
          Respect                             valuable contributions of all
                                              groups valuing the
                                              professionalism of teachers,
                                              the individualism of students
                                              and the passion parents hold
                                              for the education of their
                                              children.


          A Culture of Open                   that ensures inclusive
          Communication                       practices based on honesty,
                                              trust sincerity, tolerance and
                                              consideration lead to
                                              effective working
                                              relationships focussed on
                                              improving the learning
                                              outcomes for our students.




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At Blackwood High School we believe:


 Our classrooms and learning programs will be characterised
 by:




• a respect for the different learning styles and needs of
  individual students especially those with special needs.



• intellectually and emotionally safe learning areas
  promoting risk taking, excellence, productivity and
  access to ICT; they are places where students own
  learning and the responsibility for teaching is owned by
  well-prepared and caring teachers.




• clean well presented classrooms proudly displaying
  student achievement, promoting a learning culture of
  mutual respect, positive and engaging activities in safe
  caring environments and a warm homely atmosphere


• respect for property




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IT IS OUR AIM TO DEVELOP AND
ENSURE


    OUR   SENIOR   SCHOOL   WILL   PROVIDE   A
     CURRICULUM AND BE DELIVERED IN A WAY THAT
     REFLECTS THE DIVERSE, COMPLEX AND CRITICAL
     EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL NEEDS
     OF YOUNG ADULTS COMPLETING THEIR FORMAL
     SCHOOLING



    OUR INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED MIDDLE
     SCHOOL     INTERNATIONAL   BACCULAUREATE
     PROGRAM HAS A KEY FOCUS ON DEVELOPING THE
     EMOTIONAL,     SOCIAL,   PHYSICAL     AND
     INTELLECTUAL NEEDS OF YOUNG ADOLESCENTS.
     OUR PROGRAM ACKNOWLEDGES THE IMPORTANCE
     OF DEVELOPING SELF-AWARENESS, SELF ESTEEM
     AND THE VALUE OF LIVING AND WORKING FOR
     THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL MEMBERS IN OUR
     COMMUNITY.




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   OUR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM, PROGRAMS
    AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS FURTHER DEVELOPED TO
    MEET   THE   IT  EXPECTATIONS    AND   CAPACITY
    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. IT IS OUR
    INTENTION TO PLACE BHS AT THE LEADING EDGE OF IT
    LEARNING FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.



   OUR LINKS WITH THE BHS COMMUNITY ARE TWO-WAY,
    OPEN, PRODUCTIVE AND MUTUALLY REWARDING FOR
    OUR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, OUR
    SERVICE CLUBS AND OTHER COMMUNITY BASED
    CLUBS.



   THE WELL BEING OF OUR STAFF REMAINS A HIGH
    PRIORITY. WE BELIEVE THE BEST LEARNING OUTCOMES
    FOR STUDENTS OCCUR WHEN STAFF FEEL VALUED,
    RESPECTED, TRUSTED AND SUPPORTED IN THEIR
    WORK. THEIR HEALTH AND WELL BEING IS CRITICAL TO
    THE SUCCESS OF THE LEARNING PROGRAM OF THIS
    SCHOOL.



   STUDENTS IDENTIFIED WITH SPECIAL LEARNING
    NEEDS   (BE   THEY   STUDENTS    WITH LEARNING
    DIFFICULTIES OR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL ‘GIFTS’)
    HAVE EXTRA SUPPORT AND INDIVIDUAL CURRICULUM
    PLANS DEVELOPED AND NEGOTIATED THAT CATER FOR
    THEIR SPECIAL TALENTS AND NEEDS.




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4.     Curriculum
        Introduction
           :The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)
           undertaken by all students in Year 8-10. The Mitcham Hills Education
           Cluster (MHEC) comprises of Blackwood High School and Belair, Bellevue
           Heights, Blackwood, Coromandel Valley, Eden Hills and Hawthorndene
           Primary Schools.
           The IBMYP continues to be a structural and pedagogical focus within the
           school. It enables students to participate in a curriculum that supports
           cultural and intercultural awareness, communication skills and
           understanding. It has facilitated and focussed curriculum development that
           has provided opportunities for best practice in Middle Schooling and
           International Education.
           There is an active program for short and long-term stays and exchanges
           through DECS International Education Services, particularly with Asian
           countries. The IBMYP supports the development of holistic thematic
           education that is exemplified in links with other sites such as the Australian
           Science and Mathematics School and programs to further develop Boys
           Education. The school is the only school in the Southern Area to offer the
           Special Interest Netball program in partnership with the South Australian
           Netball Association (SANA).
        Subject offerings
          Year 8 Core - for all students
          Art, Drama, English, Health, Home Economics & Physical Education,
          Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Technology Studies,
          LOTE (full year units of French, German, Japanese), Music,
          Choices - two subjects chosen from - OR half year units of Art, Drama,
          Physical Education, Performance Project. Netball
          Year 9 Core - for all students
          Art, Drama, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Society
          and Environment & Technology.
          Choices - Art, Drama, French, German, Home Economics, Japanese,
          Music, Netball (all for full year), Physical Education, Society and
          Environment, Technology Studies & Performance Project (all for half a
          year).
          Year 10 Core - for all students
          Work Education (SACE 1 Unit), English, Health, Mathematics, Science,
          Society and Environment.
          Choices - Art, Computing, Design, Drama, Extension Mathematics, French,
          German, Japanese, Home Economics, Music, Netball, Physical Education,
          Society and Environment (History/Geography), Technical Drawing,
          Technology Studies, Performance Project. In 2005 Health will also be
          offered.
          All Year 10 students undertake a week of supervised Work Experience.

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          SACE Stage 1 Core - for all students
          Australian Studies, English, and Mathematics (Pure, General or Practical).
          Choices - Accounting, Ancient Studies, Art, Biology, Business Information,
          Chemistry, Design, Desktop Publishing, Drama, Economics, French,
          Geology, Geography, German, Health, Home Economics, Information
          Technology, Science, Japanese, Legal Studies, Modern History, Music,
          Netball, Physical Education, Physics, Practical Information Processing,
          Publication Studies, Technical Drawing, Technology Studies (Furniture
          Construction, Creative Woodwork, Electronics, Photography), Tourism,
          Work Education, Performance Project, Women’s Studies
          SACE Stage 2
          PES - Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Drama Studies,
          Economics, English Studies, French, Geography Studies, German,
          Information Technology, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics I & II,
          Music Studies, Nutrition Studies, Physics, Visual Arts Studies (Art & Design)
          PAS - English, Home Economics (Child Studies, Food & Hospitality),
          Physical Education, Social Studies.
          SAS - Art, Business Documents, Business Mathematics, Craft, Design,
          Desktop Publishing, Drama, Health, Information Processing, Legal Studies,
          Music, Small Business Enterprise, Technology Studies (Furniture
          Construction, Metalwork & Photography), Tourism. In 2005 Philosophy,
          Psychology and Business Education will be introduced at Stages 1 & 2.
        Open Access
          :Whenever there is a need students access curriculum at nearby schools.
          Open Access is also used.
        Differentiated curriculum
          :One of the school’s leadership positions is devoted to this area. Students
          with identified learning problems and specific learning difficulties are offered
          extra class support. Acceleration, enrichment and extension are offered to
          those students who are identified, by teachers, parents and/or peers, as
          being gifted and talented.
        Special curriculum features
          :Blackwood High School has a Special Interest Netball Program. Up to
          twenty students are accepted each year for the Year 8 part of the program.
          The SA Netball Association (SANA) conducts the selection trials. The
          program provides an elite development in the sport as part of the school
          curriculum in years 8-11.
        Futures Connect – (formerly Vocational Education) (VET)
          :Students in Stage 1 & 2 can be involved in a broad range of programs that
          support the transition from school to the workplace through TAFE and
          associated courses. SACE courses in Food Preparation, Hospitality,
          Tourism and Woodwork, currently include elements of TAFE entry level
          study. These pathways are continually being developed.
          Structured Workplace Learning opportunities are provided through regional
          organisations, Quality LinCs (Urrbrae Skills Centre) and Manufacturing

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          Learning Centres (Mitsubishi Joint Venture Project). A broad range of
          courses are offered to students to allow the SACE to be completed, while
          employer based training is begun in partnership with TAFE and other
          private providers. Students can enhance the school-based programs or
          develop skills and knowledge in areas including Engineering, Office
          Administration, Marketing, Fashion and Visual Arts. These courses are
          usually offered on a semester basis. We are also supported in Career
          Education by the Blackwood Rotary Club which annually provides
          personnel to assist in training Year 10 students in job interview techniques.
          School Based Traineeships currently offered in Retail Operations for BP
          and apprenticeships can also be arranged and supported by the school
          depending availability and the needs of the community.
        Music
          :The school is also noted for the breadth and strength of its Music program,
          both within the curriculum and in co-curricular activities.
        Teaching methodology
          :Teachers are encouraged to use a wide range of teaching methods to suit
          all students. In the Middle School, care group teachers teach their class for
          two subjects at year 8 and one at year 9. Integration of topics at year 8 is
          encouraged.
          All students have access to the Internet and the school Intranet. Many
          teachers communicate with their students via the Intranet.
      A CISCO network manager course is taught offline and has 1 unit SACE
         accreditation at Stage 1. It is offered as a 2 unit SACE course at Stage 2.
         Places are limited.
      Assessment procedures and reporting
         :Every subject in all years has an assessment plan which is issued to
         parents within the first four weeks of each new semester. A progress (short
         report progress grade only) and end of semester report is issued for each
         subject - making 4 reports for Years 8 - 11 and 3 for Year 12. Parent
         interview nights are held one to two weeks after the shorter progress
         reports (end of Terms 1 & 3). Computer generated reports, using
         MarkBook, are used.
      Joint programmes
         :Blackwood High School is part of the Mitcham Hills Cluster and will
         cooperate with the primary schools to introduce the International
         Baccalaureate: Middle Years Program. SHIP programs are also shared
         with Blackwood and Eden Hills Primary Schools. As explained above, the
         school, along with seven other schools, supports the Manufacturing
         Learning Centres, a Mitsubishi Project which implements VET initiatives
         and is a member of the Quality LinCS program.

5.     Sporting activities
          :The school has a very strong sporting focus, having won the Howard
          Mutton Trophy for 15 consecutive years. It fields teams in a large variety of

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          sports in a diverse number of competitions, including state-wide (athletics,
          swimming, distance running, triathlon, surfing…), zone, knock-out and
          Saturday morning sport as well as many special events. A high proportion
          of students in this school make state teams. Teachers are encouraged to
          help coach and supervise sports teams alongside an active parent body.

6.     Other Co-Curricular Activities
          :Each year the Performing Arts Faculty involves a large number of music,
          drama and dance students in a Major School Production, reaching an adult
          audience of 2000. The Music Department has 15 ensembles including an
          orchestra, and an ambitious and successful program of public performances
          involving 200 students, Year 8 to Year 12, in over 40 public performances
          each year.
          Debating, mock trials, literacy competitions, Science and Maths
          competitions, Christian Group, Interact and an Ecological group are other
          examples of the many activities in which students participate.
          Students have extensive involvement in student exchange program both
          into and out of the school. Special programs exist in the Japanese, French
          and German Faculties.

7.     Staff (and their welfare)
      Staff profile
         :Most staff choose to remain at the school for as long as possible.
         However, given the size of the school and the profile of the staff, there is an
         ongoing comprehensive Induction program. Blackwood High School has a
         staff that is highly experienced in both curriculum and leadership.
      Leadership structure
         :A Deputy Principal, three Assistant Principals, a Business Manager, two
         Student Counsellors, eight Curriculum Coordinators, an IBMYP
         Coordinator, an Enterprise/VET Coordinator, a Special Needs Coordinator,
         and five Year Level managers lead the various functions of the school.
      Staff support systems
         :All staff are encouraged to participate in professional development
         activities during school and after school hours. A program of professional
         development has been planned by a small group of staff to deliver at staff
         meetings two or three times each term. Developing cutting edge pedagogy
         exploring SACSA and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years
         Program are some of the topics for discussion.
         Inservicing on the use of MarkBook is ongoing for staff new to the school.
         Training and development is offered to those who want to further their
         knowledge in ICT.
         As indicated in our key priorities staff well-being is a key focus for our
         school.


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      Performance Management
         :“Performance Enhancement” is the policy developed by the school to
         encourage staff to nominate a mentor of their choice to monitor their
         performance and to assist them in the achievement of their goals.
         Curriculum coordinators are expected to act as line managers for staff in
         their faculty.
      Staff utilisation policies
         :The school aims to deploy teachers in their field of expertise. 50% of the
         FIR is usually converted to SSO hours. The time usually goes towards the
         employment of a network manager and student support. The tier 2 staffing
         (0.5) is used to support students who have a negotiated curriculum plan.
      Access to special staff
         :The school has an entitlement of 43 DETE instrumental lessons. These are
         supplemented by private instrumental lessons.

8.      Incentives, support and award conditions for
        Staff
          The school does not attract any additional support or award conditions for
          staff.

9.     School Facilities
      Buildings and grounds
         :The majority of teaching areas are of ‘solid’ construction, organised in a
         fairly compact arrangement on the school site. Accessibility for students
         with a disability is very limited at present. The school has a lift for students
         with disabilities.
         In the year 2001 the Blackwood Community Performance Arts Centre was
         completed, as was a busway that runs on the western boundary of the
         school. The community support in these two major projects has been
         outstanding.
         All areas except woodwork/metalwork are air-conditioned. The staffroom is
         reserved for social activities - staff have office/work space in other locations
         in the school. Staff have either stand alone or networked IT access in most
         staff work areas.
         Buses for excursions can be booked from a local contractor if Transport SA
         and rail services are not convenient.
         Specialist facilities include 8 science laboratories, gymnasium, weight
         training area, state of the art Performing Arts Centre, new Visual Arts
         Centre, a comprehensive computing facility (linking by fibre optic cable most
         buildings in the school), and resource centre. The surrounding sports fields
         are set against an attractive backdrop of the Adelaide Hills.
         The 3 million dollar, 4 room, Visual Arts Centre was opened in April 2004.



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          The co-located Blackwood Community Recreation Centre is on the school
          site and was opened in February 2004. There are two indoor courts, one
          specifically for school use with school male and female change rooms and a
          separate office connected to the school network, to accommodate all P.E.
          Staff.
          An upgrade of our tennis and netball facilities is also planned for 2004.
          Technology – The school has been ‘cutting edge’ in providing technological
          support for teaching and learning programs. There is a ratio of 1:5
          computers, with all students and staff having access to a well-maintained
          intranet and internet service. Blackwood High School has proposed
          becoming a trial school for broadband services.

10. School Operations
      Decision making structures
         :Decision-making is based on consultation, negotiation and participation
         with those affected by the decision. The decision making process, therefore,
         does not rest in the hands of a few, but is participatory and strives for
         consensus. It rests on the premise that effective communication is required
         for effective participation. Individuals can influence decision making through
         committees and working parties, faculties, year level teams, Management
         Committee, staff meetings, School Council and SRC.
         Generally the Management Committee, which is made up of the
         Administration Team, the Business Manager and Coordinators determines
         or approves decision-making processes for broad policy decisions. Once
         the consultation process has been exhausted and the views of all parties
         have been taken into account, in most cases, the Management Committee
         currently makes final decisions. The Principal is involved in all key school
         decision making and accepts responsibility for making decisions on behalf
         of DECS.
         An extensive review of decision-making principles, processes and practices
         is underway throughout 2004. In preparation for Local Self Management
         and mindful of the need to support and involve all stakeholders, the review
         is extensive and inclusive of families, students and staff.
      Regular publications
         :The school newsletter is currently published every fortnight, promoting
         achievements and school/community activities and events. It is also posted
         on the website. Curriculum handbooks, staff handbooks and the Student
         Information Brochures are published annually. Copies of the Student
         Information Brochure are sent to feeder primary schools for distribution.
         They are also available from the school.           The school’s web site
         www.bhs.sa.edu.au is another source of information about the school.
         The Voice (school journal) is compiled by Publication Studies staff and
         students and published once per term. The Cambium (school magazine) is
         published each year with contributions by students and staff.



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11. Local Community
      General characteristics
         :The local community is both supportive and impactive in all aspects of
         running and promoting the school. The Hills community has a mixture of
         country and city influences. Preservation of and planning for environmental
         awareness and responsibility is a focus. There is strong support for the
         school in the local community - Rotary have a high profile in providing
         support for a number of programs, including career education, support for
         Youth projects (Interact & Vocational mentoring) and an annual Art
         Exhibition. The Rotary Club and other Service clubs have contributed
         enormously towards the furbishing of the Performing Arts Centre.
         The school facilities are regularly hired to local sport, Christian and cultural
         groups.
      Parent and community involvement
         :Blackwood High School has benefited from strong, active support from the
         parent body. There is high, well informed participation from the High School
         Council, Parent & Friends Association, various committees and working
         parties. Parents and caregivers voices is seen as critical in determining
         curriculum, facilities and leadership in the school.
      Co-located Facilities
         :The Performing Arts Centre, Recreation Centre and school canteen that
         also supports Blackwood Primary School, all provide links and the need for
         tolerance, understanding and strong partnerships as the school and
         community continue to develop programs and use facilities together.
      Feeder schools
         :Most of the students who enrol at Blackwood come from the local feeder
         primary schools: Blackwood, Belair, Bellevue Heights, Coromandel Valley,
         Eden Hills and Hawthorndene. These schools are also partner schools in
         the IBMYP. Recent trends show a large number of students from outlying
         areas applying for Blackwood High School. Due to the shared boundaries
         between Blackwood High School and Blackwood Primary School there is a
         significant relationship between the two sites.
      Other local facilities
         :A dental clinic is shared on site between Blackwood High School and
         adjacent Blackwood Primary School.
      Local Government body
         :Blackwood High School is in the Mitcham local government area and
         enjoys significant, ongoing support from the Mitcham Council and the local
         Member of Parliament.

12. Further Comments
          :Blackwood High School has strong traditions of excellence in academic,
          sport and performing arts. There are high expectations that teachers will

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          provide students with the best opportunities to do well with a low tolerance
          of mediocre effort. Students and parents are generally quite articulate and
          make their educational needs known. There is strong parent support for
          any activity involving their children.
          Some changes in the profile of students has meant an increasing need for
          staff to be flexible in their teaching approaches and for courses to reflect the
          need for vocational options, in addition to the traditional academic
          programs.
          A current priority for the School Council, Principalship and Administrative
          teams is supporting and preparing the school in making the transition in
          2005 to Local Management.




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