Teaching & Learning
In the 2017 Independent Public School findings, there were a number of commendations highlighted in the area of quality of teaching and improved and sustained student learning.
- The Year 9 performance in NAPLAN is outstanding. Students have consistently performed above like-schools and all schools averages in most domains over the past three years. Staff in the secondary school closely monitor student progress and use a range of data sources to determine areas of weakness to continuously improve student results.
- The school is committed to ensuring the literacy and numeracy are maintained as priorities for the foreseeable future. A range of strategies have been implemented including continuing with the current approach to support teachers with data analysis and target setting within their classroom, maintaining the use of an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning and creating awareness among teachers of whole-school patterns and trends. This will also include the exploration of an explicit direct instructional model, as a best fit for a whole-school pedagogical approach.
- The use of evidence-based pedagogical practice and instructional methodologies were visible especially in the secondary area of the school. Teachers collaborate daily and regular meeting times are established for more formalised planning. The practice of collaboration was more evident within the secondary school as teachers are multi-skilled and support one another in a range of subject areas.
- The school has a high expectation for students in both academic and non-academic domains. This is fully embedded within the culture and is acknowledged by staff, students and parents. Of particular note was the engagement of the students within the classroom in all aspects of learning. Teachers have developed a common understanding of an engaged student, and there is a shared agreement that it is a teacher’s responsibility to re-engage students using a suite of strategies. The target of a 90% of student engagement rate was nearly achieved and student reports to parents reflect student engagement.
- The school has developed a robust transition program from the completion of Years 10-11 at a range of schools. This is particularly evident in the programs implemented for students transitioning to Manjimup Senior High School and several agricultural colleges. Interviews with students indicated that they were confident, independent and felt well prepared for the transition to senior secondary school.
The School has a number of special programs for students to participate in.
Music is a valued part of the school Curriculum at Boyup Brook District High School. Music is taught to all students from Pre-Primary to Year Six one day per week with Mrs Renee Knapp. Students are introduced to the elements of music and, at an early age, are taught to read and write music and identify pitch and rhythm through listening. They are given many opportunities to perform on the stage and engage with a variety of musical instruments.
Each year students from Year 3-6 are given the opportunity to join the School Choir. This group meets once a week during school time and is open to anyone with a love of singing. With guidance from Mrs Knapp, students develop a varied repertoire including a mix of popular, rock, traditional and late music. Performances throughout the year include ANZAC and Sandakan services, Musical Evenings, Home For the Aged and many Christmas events. They have attended the Bunbury Eisteddfod and hope to continue attending in future years.
An elite School Vocal Ensemble is also established each year with a selection of auditioned students from Years 5-10. The award winning group performs at many venues throughout the year and in 2012 earned a first place at the Bunbury Eisteddfod. They have an extensive repertoire and perform most songs in two-part harmony.
The Middle School provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in guitar, drums keyboard, vocals and bass guitar. In Year 7 and 8 it is compulsory for students to study music and in Year 9 and 10 it is an elective for those students wishing to develop their musical skills further including using recording technology. Students are encouraged to form bands and groups and perform at school functions and in the public arena. The school music program is highly acclaimed with student bands and groups having success beyond the school. The program gives students the opportunity to explore their musical talent and to grow and develop their skills.
The Visual Art program at Boyup Brook District High School aims through teacher guidance and motivation to instil in all children a love of art, an appreciation for art and the confidence and skills necessary to express themselves effectively through their art. Students are encouraged to explore, discover and invent as they open their eyes to the design, colour, form, rhythm, texture and pattern in the world around them. Art programs aim to keep students engaged in worthwhile experiences so they have something meaningful to express, draw, paint, print, model, or construct.
The art program at Boyup Brook is well resourced, well supported by teachers and the administrative staff and highly valued by the students. The student’s participate in School projects designed to enhance their surroundings and their art work features in a number of community events including the Upper Blackwood Show, the Boyup Brook Country Music Art Exhibition, the Rylington Park Womans Feild Day and the Shire of Boyup Brook Local Government Week Banners in the Terrace. Annually Middle School students exhibit their work in the prestigious Iluka Visions Student Art Exhibition in Bunbury.
Art is taught to all students purposefully and qualitatively so that every lesson augments and enhances their skills in all learning.
All students at Boyup Brook DHS from Years 2 to 8 participate in the Languages Program – Language Other Than English (LOTE). Currently, the School offers Italian at the Primary School, and a choice of Italian or French at the Middle School.
Boyup Brook District High School firmly believes that studying other languages fosters an appreciation of the diverse multicultural society we live in. Students learn about the culture of the chosen language, and how it differs from their own. They study basic vocabulary and grammatical features of the language, and are provided with the tools to explore and extend their language knowledge.
Some of the benefits of learning another language include:
- Better understanding and knowledge of the nature of language and culture;
- Stronger general learning capabilities such as creative and critical thinking: brain research shows that language learning uses and develops particular and unique cognitive skills;
- Increased understanding of themselves, their own heritage and identities, and their sense of connectedness to others through reflection on their experiences and those of others;
- Improved ability to communicate: proficiency in more than one language expands the students’ range of communication skills, develops literacy, and increases their engagement as citizens and participants within and across local, regional and global contexts;
- Understanding of, and respect for, diversity and difference, and an openness to different perspectives and experiences that, in turn, develop world-mindedness and a sense of global citizenship;
- Enhanced employment and career prospects.