Sylvania High School is a wonderful school with a publicly
recognised reputation for excellence in academic achievement and in the
Performing Arts. HSC results in recent years have been outstanding. Its
reputation is the result of high achievement and outstanding success in State
and National programs. Parent surveys indicate the main reasons for choosing
SHS are academic results, performing arts programs and the fact that it are small
enough to really know the students. In 2011, the school was successful in
competing for in excess of $50,000 of grant money, which is being used to fund
a variety of key educational initiatives within the school.
The students are caring and co-operative, and work together to
promote the values of rights, respect and responsibility. They are acknowledged
for their outstanding leadership and their ability to work with students in
other schools, especially primary schools, to promote the values of public education.
They have strong beliefs about the way they can contribute to the community and
they uphold the school’s traditions of scholarship, honour and service.
Facilities: Technology is integrated into learning in many ways. The
school has three networked computer rooms, computer bays in the library and
careers rooms and wireless network coverage. Interactive whiteboards and
ceiling mounted digital projectors complement the use of laptop technology.
Music and Visual Arts have their own dedicated technology to enhance student
studies in composition and graphic design. The brand new performance studios
including a new $4 million multipurpose auditorium offer cutting edge resources
for Dance, Music, Drama and PD/H/PE. In addition, the school will boast a Trade
Training Centre facility from 2011 in Construction and Hospitality.
The Student Welfare Program focuses on the individual needs of each
child in a nurturing and supportive smaller school context. A democratically
elected Student Representative Council provides a forum for student concerns
and ideas to be integrated into whole school planning. The P & C and School
Council strongly support the school and work in partnership with teachers to
collaboratively influence the future directions of Sylvania High School.
Visitors to the school often remark on the ambience and welcoming tone.
Curriculum: Years 7-10: All subjects as mandated by the Board of
Years 9-10: Students have a choice of three electives from:
Commerce, Information and Software Technology, Physical Activity and Sports
Science, Eco Rangers (a service learning course), History Mystery and
Forensics, Japanese, French, Greek, Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Fashion
Design, Childcare, Graphics, Multimedia Studies, Metalwork, Woodwork, Construction,
and Work Education.
Years 11-12: English (Extensions, Advanced, Standard, English as a
Second Language); Mathematics (all levels including Extension 1 and 2);
Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Information Processes and Technology; Software
Design & Development; Ancient and Modern History; Economics; Business
Studies; Legal Studies; Society and Culture; French and Extension course;
Japanese and Extension course; Design & Technology (Wood); Industrial
Technology (Metal); Engineering Science; Food Technology; Textiles and Design;
Community and Family Studies; Dance; Drama; Music 1 and 2 and Music Extension;
Visual Arts; PD/H/PE.
Vocational Courses (VET): Construction, Hospitality Operations,
Retail Operations and Business Services.
Sport: Sylvania High School is situated in spacious, park like
grounds with excellent sporting facilities. All traditional team and individual
sports are offered as well as a diverse range of leisure activities including
bowling, surf lifesaving, fishing, weight training, walking, golf and roller
blading. The school enjoys consistent success at Zone, Region and State levels
especially in soccer, swimming and athletics.
Gifted & Talented Program: The staff are trained to
differentiate the curriculum and working with our academic partner, provide a
dedicated program for high achieving students specifically in Years 7 and 8.
Students have the opportunity to compete in National and State-wide academic
competitions and all staff challenge thinking through high order questioning
skills and advanced work options.
Extracurricular activities: A vital performing arts program, centred
on the school concert and stage bands, drama, dance and musical production,
encourages and supports the imagination and creativity of our students. There
are many opportunities for tuition and for public performance through state
festivals, performance camps and workshops, Schools Spectacular and ensemble
work. Other strengths include participation in debating, public speaking,
student exchange programs, work experience and industry links. Our Performing
Arts program produces students who are acknowledged as being highly successful
at a competitive State level and the Performing Arts make regular tours to
schools both intra-state and inter- state to showcase their talents and support
younger students in rural communities