College Overview

Halls Head College is uniquely situated on the ‘island’ of Halls Head just south of Mandurah. Our College offers all students from Years 7 – 12 diverse choices, authentic opportunities to develop essential life skills and a rigorous, caring and safe environment to learn and grow in. Our staff has a wealth of expertise, experience and a genuine desire to constantly improve their practice to benefit all students.

Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively, develop problem solving skills and work effectively both individually and in groups to achieve their goals. Our impressive record of achievement in vocational education and training is supported by outstanding facilities and industry trained staff. In addition, students bound for university are supported by rigorous delivery and expertise in a broad array of areas to ensure they are competitive in their chosen pathway. The varied curriculum and pathway opportunities allow each student to develop their individual passions and talents. A technology rich teaching and learning environment and an ongoing drive to ensure Halls Head staff are up to date with cutting edge developments, ensures our students leave school well equipped for a fast changing future.

Our college provides a comprehensive learning program for all students. We pride ourselves on our strong pastoral care program that ensures our students are safe, supported and transition smoothly from the primary arena into their lower secondary years, then on to senior school and then the broader community. Strong mentoring and advocacy programs between students and staff are being developed and all staff play a role in providing positive guidance for our students. Central to improvement is putting students first and, as we move into a new era, we need to ensure that changes result in improved classroom instruction and the quality of student learning.

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Through our Motto of Learning for Life we aim to provide an environment that values cultural differences, promotes a love of learning and empowers students to make a positive contribution to our world. All members of our college community are asked to share, model and promote our values of Care, Courtesy, Cooperation, Courage and Commitment.

Our strategic priorities for 2015-2017 provide a focus for our efforts to improve outcomes for students. Our focus areas are:

  • Enabling Students for Life
  • Inspiring Innovative Learning
  • Living Our Values
  • Creating Community Connections

The school is currently undergoing significant facility changes with a $40 million building and refit program that has seen the college transformed into a state of the art facility across all Learning areas. This increases our capacity to provide the best possible opportunities for both our students and staff, giving them the leading edge in developing their skills.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE SCHOOL

Specialist facilities include:

  • performing arts centre with sprung wooden floor, lighting and sound grids
  • specialist music teaching and practice rooms
  • dance studio
  • extensive visual arts and media facility
  • cutting edge technology with integrated computer access in all student work spaces as well as specialised computing rooms / mechatronics and engineering rooms
  • food technology and fabrics technology rooms
  • extensive science labs that reflect the latest facilities in this area
  • design and technology facility that is one of the best in the state
  • tiered 125 seat lecture theatre
  • library resource centre
  • community use gymnasium
  • access to Hockey Stadium with astro turf, basketball courts, tennis courts, netball courts, oval, gymnasium and specialist gym for sports and phys ed students
  • Big Picture Academy
  • targeted learning academy
  • café with self service and café eating area
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS

Our college takes great pride in offering our students a variety of choice and expertise across the Curriculum from Years 7 to 12.

All students in years 7 and 8 have a fixed course that covers all eight learning areas. They rotate through the various contexts on offer in the areas of Arts, T&E, HPE and LOTE. Year 9 and 10 students have a choice of contexts in The Arts, T&E, HPE and LOTE.

From Years 10 – 12, the students’ focus narrows as they start to select more strategically for their chosen pathways. Our college offers expertise, guidance and ongoing counselling and case conferencing to ensure pathways are tailored to meet each student’s needs. Both ATAR (Direct Entrance University), Non ATAR (Alternative Entry University and TAFE) or other pathways involving apprenticeships or via other agencies are encouraged and our students are afforded both breadth and depth in their choices at this level.

LOCAL INTAKE AREA

The local intake area of Halls Head College is the ‘island’ of Halls Head and all points south close to the Waroona Shire boundary. The contributory primary schools are Glencoe, Halls Head, Falcon, South Halls Head and Ocean Road. The school provides a secondary education for students in years 8 to 12 who live in the rapidly growing coastal strip, south of Mandurah.

STAFFING PROFILE

The teaching staff at Halls Head College are dedicated and take pride in offering students a rigorous and engaging curriculum. As an IPS school we have the capacity to merit select our staff . There are approximately 140 teaching and non-teaching staff. Our teaching staff spread across 8 Learning Areas and have expertise and experience from Year 7 to Year 12 enabling students to achieve success in University, VET and alternative pathways.

The school administration consists of Principal, Deputy Principal (x3), Year Coordinators (x3), Heads of Learning Area (x5).

Non-teaching positions include: Business Manager, School Officers (x9.7), Library Assistants (1.6), Laboratory Assistants (1.6), Home Economics Assistants (1.5), Gardener and Education Assistants (x9)

The Student Services team consists of Deputy Principal, Year Coordinators, Learning Pathways Coordinator, House Coordinator, Nurse, School Psychologist, Youth Worker and Learning Support Officer.

We also have a Big Picture Academy on site which offers an alternative pathway to University or other options from Year 10 – 12, plus a Targeted Learning Academy that offers more support and opportunities for students who require additional assistance with their Literacy and Numeracy skills in Years 7-9. Each of these Academies has three advisory teachers that spend more of the week with these students in order to develop more tailored opportunities and experiences.

COLLEGE DECISION-MAKING AND CONSULTATION PROCESSES

The School Board and Management Committee directs the college’s operations. The Management Committee consists of school administrators and representatives from all eight learning areas and Student Services. The Principal of the co-located Education Support Centre is also a member of Management. The Management Committee meets weekly.

The School Board consists of the Principal, five parent/community representatives and 2 staff representatives. The council plays a vital role in endorsing school priorities and monitoring the Business Plan, ratifying the budget, setting school fees and endorsing the school dress code. The Board meets once a term.

The Student Leadership group is elected by the student body. The leaders are the voice for the student body in the decision-making process and they are responsible for developing their portfolio areas within the school. They work closely with the Year Coordinator to coordinate their activities within the college.

SCHOOL HISTORY

Halls Head College is a 7 to 12 college that opened for students on 5 February 2001. The school began as an 8-10 middle school. In 2010 the school commenced a transition into a Senior High School. In 2015 Year 7 students joined the college community.

The college has grown with the area and, with the completion of the building program and refurbishment, it now accommodates and enrolment of approximately 1300 students on site.