School Profile

Dongara District High School is a Level 5 K-12 school in the Mid West Region. The school operates on a single campus, 65 kilometres south of Geraldton and services the twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison as well as students bussed in on two services from the surrounding Irwin Shire.

The total population of the school is 500 (as at December 2012) which comprises of 390 primary children and 110 Secondary.

There are 40 teaching staff and 32 non-teaching staff. The Administrative Team is composed of a Level 5 Principal, Level 4 Deputy Principal, Level 3 Deputy Principal and Program Coordinator-Curriculum Development. The School also has 17 Senior Teachers. Teacher team leaders of the K-3, 4-7, and 8-12 groups have additional curriculum leadership responsibilities.

The school has access to a school psychologist and other support staff through service contract arrangements with the Mid West Regional Office. A school health nurse, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist make up the Health Services team regularly servicing the school and local community. The school also has a Chaplain who works 3 days per week on site.

Marine and nautical studies programs make that part of the curriculum. Programs include Marine & Nautical Studies (power-boating and snorkelling). There is willingness for the school to participate in local management initiatives and to extend the Environment Focus through links to local business and industry. In 2009 the school introduced a Permaculture program which is accessed by both primary and secondary students.

All Year 10, 11 and 12 students are enrolled in Certificate 1 Information Technology through TAFE. A group of year 10 and 11 students participate in a TAFE Link program and travel to Geraldton and attend Central Durack Institute of Technology one day per week. The school operates a comprehensive on site Vocational Education Program for years 10-12. A number of year 11 and 12 students are undertaking School Based Traineeships and School Based Apprenticeships. A small number of year 11 and 12 students are enrolled in a mixed mode delivery including studying through SIDE with additional support provide by our qualified secondary teachers. In 2013 year 10-12 students will be able to access the Geraldton Trade Training Centre.

We are very proud of our academic programs and to supplement the very high standard of delivery of our onsite academic programs, we offer our students the opportunity to participate in extension programs using online learning through GATE and SIDE for years 8-12 and on site delivery of PEAC in Geraldton for years 4-7. All of these programs are on invitation based on testing outcomes. Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in Year 8 Mathematics classes.

The school has participated successfully in The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, Waikikiri Dance Competition, YOH Fest and Croc Festival and a Circus Skills program has proved to be popular, particularly amongst middle school students. In 2006 the Dance Team was the state winner of the YOH Festival. In 2008 students from years 7-12 participated in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge in the RAW category and received numerous awards including:

There is a good level of parent involvement in the school. The regular P & C meetings are made up of a core of parents who are involved in sub-committee functions including fundraising, grounds, sport, Roadwise, Safety House and Canteen. The P&C has successfully fundraised for a multipurpose room for the performing arts and the room was completed in 2008.

A pro-active Incorporated School Council consisting of a P&C representative, PSPI representative, community members, parent members, staff members and the Principal plays a vital role in the formulation of the school vision, goals, policies and monitors the operation and outcomes of the School Plan. The School Council was successful in sourcing sponsorship to lease 22 laptop computers which will shortly be upgraded when we purchase replacement machines with funding received from the Federal Government Digital Education Revolution. Our secondary students now have a 1-1 ratio.

At the start of 2011 our Kindergarten, PP and year 1 classes moved into the BER 5 classroom junior primary block. A $30 million State Government funded building program is nearing completion and the school community is excitedly looking forward to the completion of this state of the art facility.