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BLAKEHURST HIGH SCHOOL (BHS)


Blakehurst High School, established in 1960, was award the title
Specialist Languages High School as part of the Outstanding Schools Program
2000. Within a comprehensive and supportive learning environment, the school
offers a broad curriculum that includes the choice of seven languages for
study. The school’s value statement, collaboratively developed by the whole
school community, emphasises a commitment to high‑quality student learning,
student responsibility, a professional, committed staff, and involved, active
community support.

Facilities: Modern library with multimedia centre, specialist
industry‑standard computer rooms, auditorium, sporting courts,
language-learning lab, computer‑aided drafting laboratory, extensive computer
network throughout the school, modern science laboratories, open learning
centre where students achieve learning outcomes independently, making use of
technology such as the extensive use of the internet and multimedia facilities,
new gymnasium, and a free homework tutorial centre two afternoons per week.

Electives Years 7 to 10: Archaeology, Careers, Commerce, Design and
Technology, Drama, Electronics, Food Technology, French, Geography, German,
Health Studies, History, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Living Skills, Modern Greek,
Photographic and Digital Media Studies, Music, Technical Drawing, Technics,
Textiles and Design, Visual Arts, Work Studies.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business
Studies, Chemistry, Chinese (Background Speakers), Community and Family
Studies, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science,
Economics, Engineering Science, Food Technology, French, Senior Science,
Geography, German, Industrial Technology, Wood, Graphics, Information
Processing and Technology, Italian, 1‑Unit courses (Interpreting and
Translating, Japanese for Tourism), Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics (all
levels), Modern History, Music, Physics, Society and Culture, Visual Arts.
Vocational courses include Building and Construction, Business Services,
Hospitality, Information Technology, and Work Studies. TAFE courses are also
provided.

Sport: Sport is an integral and important part of the curriculum and
students participate in grade sport competitions within the St. George Zone in
a variety of team sports, including table tennis, cricket, rugby, soccer,
basketball, netball and water polo. In addition, the school enters teams in all
state knock‑out competitions. A variety of leisure activities, such as dance
groups, bowling and surfing, is also offered.

Extracurricular activities: Debating, Mock Trial, public speaking,
chess, photography, media group, Interact, concert band, rock groups, string
groups, Streamwatch.

Welfare and personal development: All BHS students wear a modern,
smart uniform as the outward representation of a strong disciplinary code of
personal responsibility, respect and tolerance. The largest staff team in the
school is the welfare team of teachers who work together to support all
students to learn effectively. Peer support, peer mediation, SRC, prefects,
DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) groups, peer tutoring in literacy and numeracy,
a camping program, a festival, and other special programs all contribute to a
harmonious, secure and academically challenging learning environment.

Special features: An international student exchange is given
considerable emphasis and the school seeks to give education a multi-cultural
perspective. Receiving languages high school status has made BHS far more
popular, creating intense competition for limited out‑of‑area vacancies and
attracting many international students who study at BHS.

Religion None
Type Government
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Year 7 - Year 12
Enrolment 1130 students
Fees: Free (Government School)
Phone
02 9546******* 02 9546 3281
Fax
02 9547******* 02 9547 1024
Address 270A Woniora Road, Blakehurst 2221
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