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Established in 1958, Picton High School enjoys a semi-rural setting
on the edge of the historic and picturesque township of Picton (population
3000). It is within half-an-hour’s travel from the larger centres of Camden,
Campbelltown and the Southern Highlands. The school’s Junior and Senior
curricular are acknowledged for breadth of choice and depth of study. An
extensive process of community, parent, university, and TAFE interaction has
resulted in a unique program with academic, vocational and interest strands to
meet the needs of all students.

Facilities: Modern library, full-sized hall/gym, upgraded science
block, music and art rooms, new two-storey classroom block, including computer
room, darkroom and tiered learning space, large agricultural plot, sporting
fields, volleyball and basketball courts.

Electives Years 7 and 8: Students study all of the following —
English, Mathematics, Science, History/Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Design
and Technology, PD/Health/PE, Languages (Year 7), Agriculture (Year 8).

Electives Years 9 and 10: The following electives are offered —
Agriculture, Information Software & Technology, Drama, Agriculture
Technology, Work Education, Information Software& Technology, Drama (Year
10), Japanese (Year 10), Music, Visual Arts, Industrial Technology Graphics,
Physical Activity & Sport Studies, Photographic & Digital Media, Food
Technology, Industrial Technology Wood, Dance (Year 9), Industrial Technology
Metal, Construction, and Marine & Aquaculture Technology, exploring

Electives Years 11 and 12: NSW Board-developed courses offered
include English (Standard, Advanced, Extension and studies of English),
Mathematics (General, Extension), Applied Mathematics (Year 12), Agriculture,
Ancient History, Metals & Engineering (Year 12), Engineering Studies,
Japanese (Beginners, Continuers), Business Studies, Industrial Technology
Automotive, Visual Arts, Community and Family Studies, Information Processing
and Technology, Textiles and Design, Legal Studies, Drama, Music,
Entertainment, Modern History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Senior Science, and
PD/Health/PE. Picton High School has now established a Trade School in Metals
and Engineering. It offers first-class industry-standard facilities and caters
for students studying Industry technology metals and metals and engineering.

NSW Board-endorsed courses include Exploring Childhood, Sport and
Recreation, Photography and Digital Imaging, Drama, First Aid/Life saving.

Vocational education courses include Construction, Hospitality,
Furnishings (Wood or Textiles), Primary Industries, Business Services,
Information Technology Support, Retailing, Rural Studies, and Metal and
Engineering. TAFE-delivered courses may include Automotive Studies, Child
Studies, Information Technology Support, and Design.

Sport: A range of sport activities are offered at grade or
recreational levels.

Co-curricular activities: SRC, inter-school Christian fellowship,
award-winning school band, cadets, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, lunchtime
computer club, chess club, musical productions, debating, public speaking, Mock
Trial, lunchtime soccer and touch football competitions, National English Week,
Environmental Day, gold-pass system, Year 7 camp, co-ordinated camping and
excursion program, student exchange, links with Picton Theatre Group. The
school promotes safe, respectful, learning and is a PBL focus school.

Welfare and personal development: To assist students, various
support systems exist including parent/teacher nights, parent information
nights, a gold-pass scheme, a peer support scheme, Even-Start tutoring, a
school counsellor, and a committed welfare team of Year advisers and head

The special individual needs of students are recognised and catered
for. Special education includes IM and IO classes with their own staff and
support teacher (learning difficulties) to work with students having
difficulties in mainstream classes. A work experience alternative program has
been devised for students in Years 9 and 10. A talented child program operates
to extend students with special gifts through core academic classes.

Special features: Community involvement is fostered and the school
reaches into the local community, particularly through the Business Links
Program, mock interviews and feeder primary school links. Parents can be
actively involved in the school as parent tutors, as helpers in special
education rooms, through the P&C, by helping in the canteen, and through
representation on committees and at school development days. Parental opinion
is actively sought in the development of curriculum and school policies through
surveys and school evalutation days. Parents are kept informed of school
activities via newsletters, news bulletins and monthly meetings. The school
academic year begins in February, ensuring best use of the available time for

Parents of Aboriginal students are encouraged to become part of the
PHASSPA committee which meets twice per term.

Religion None
Type Government
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Fees Free (Government School)
02 4677******* 02 4677 1242
02 4677******* 02 4677 1559
Address PO Box 120, Picton 2571.
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