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PRAIRIEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL


Prairiewood is an academically partially selective high school with
a multicultural student enrolment in the Fairfield local government area and
was established in 1984, enrolling its first selective students from 2010.

Facilties: The school boasts a safe and secure environment for all
students, with covered outdoor shade areas and seating, as well as a treed and
leafy outdoor environment with well kept gardens. Students have access to a
school library with an extensive range of resource materials, a large assembly
hall and gymnasium, five fully dedicated computer rooms, a school farm, outdoor
multi-purpose courts and playing fields, new science laboratories and
facilities, a dance studio, a dedicated outdoor classroom, a commercial kitchen
facility, two connected classrooms and an observatory.

Electives Years 9 and 10: Agriculture, Commerce, Dance, Drama, Food
Technology, Geography, Graphics Multimedia, History, Languages, Music, Sport
Science, Textiles, Visual Arts, as well as Techniques courses in Electronics,
Metal and Wood.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business
Studies, Ceramics, Chemistry, Community and Family studies, Computer
Applications, Drama, Engineering Studies, Exploring Early Childhood, Industrial
Technology (Wood and Metal), Geography, Information Processes and Technology, Italian,
Legal Studies, Modern History, Mathematics (General and 2-Unit Courses), Music,
Photography, PD/Health/PE, Senior Science, Society and Culture, Sport Lifestyle
and Recreational Studies, Textiles, Travel and Tourism, Video Production and
Visual Arts, as well as Extension courses in History and Languages and
Extension 1 and Extension 2 courses in English and Mathematics. Students are
also offered enrolment in school-managed VET courses in hospitality Operations,
retail studies, information technology, entertainment and primary industries,
complemented by a range of TVET courses delivered at the local TAFE colleges.

Extracurricular activities: Students are actively encouraged to
participate in the national competitions in English, mathematics, science,
chemistry, geography, business studies, economics and languages. Beyond the
classroom, a range of whole school and faculty-based gifted and talented
programs, as well as special interest programs in debating and public speaking,
ag. club, chess, music and dance and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is
also offered to students. A fitness development program and sporting programs
in areas such as rugby, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer, tennis, cricket,
water polo, netball, basketball and hockey are very popular, with many students
achieving success in the zone, regional, state and national competitions.

Welfare and personal development: The school has a very active
student welfare and support team with a head teacher welfare leading a wide
range of staff including two year advisers for each year group, school
counsellors, ESL and learning assistance teachers, a literacy team, numeracy
team and primary links and transition team. A team of teachers also provides
additional individual and small-group support to students who participate in
the after-school learning and homework centre which operates on two afternoons
each week. A strong student leadership development program unites prefects,
sporting house leaders and student council representatives and students who
volunteer as peer reading tutors, peer mediators and student mentors. An outstanding
and highly acclaimed teaching and learning program in the area of hospitality
operations operates for students in the school’s special education classes.
Part-time apprenticeships, work experience and other specialised training
programs organised by the careers adviser are also available for students to
support them in their transition from school to work.

Religion None
Type Government Partial Selective
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Enrolment 980 students
Fees: Free (Government School)
Phone
02 9725******* 02 9725 5444
Fax
02 9604******* 02 9604 6127
Address Prairievale Road, Wetherill Park 2164
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