Healesville High School is a small secondary school uniquely positioned in the YarraValley, approximately 20km northeast of Lilydale and 70km from the Melbourne CBD. The school opened in 1962 and has a current enrolment of 415 students. The majority of students are from Healesville and the surrounding rural communities. Approximately 50% of students use bus transport to and from school. The bus network extends throughout the YarraValley and services Yarra Glen, Christmas Hills, Toolangi and Coldstream. The school services the educational needs of students from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds, including a small number of Koori students. The school has a strong community focus and is proud of its history in working with the local community. Healesville prides itself as a very caring and safe school where its students can grow and mature to be confident, articulate and focused young men and women. The school has just completed a $15M rebuild which equips the school with the most modern, state-of-the-art facilities in the eastern region. The school has been structured around learning centres for specific year levels (Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10 and VCE) as well as a new administrative building, library and specialist facilities that include home economics, art and ceramics rooms, a media centre, IT lab, science rooms and a performing arts centre. In addition the school now has a purpose built Trade Training Centre (Building & Construction, Automotive Mechanical, Panel Beating and Spray Painting). These new and modern facilities add to the already excellent sporting and other school facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, two stadia, gymnasium and music centre. Our jointly operated sporting and recreation facilities provide access for students both within and outside school hours. The school has close links with the community and supports programs that enhance opportunities for students.
Healesville High has an extensive computer network including computer labs and notebook computers. Every student in Years 7 to 10 has a notebook computer for their own individual use every day. Senior students have ready access to computers in the VCE centre for all of their classes. All HealesvilleHigh School students have access to innovative and global learning experiences through the provision of excellent ICT resources.
Our school has an excellent VCE pass rate and an outstanding record of placing students in tertiary courses. We also offer a VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program for Year 11 & 12 students which works closely with the local community. Healesville is a member of the Yarra Valley VET Cluster which works cooperatively to offer a broad range of VET programs. All later years students have managed individual pathways which ensure they have access to a full range of educational and vocational options. The Yarra Valley Polytechnic (the new Trade Training Centre in conjunction with Upper Yarra SC and WorawaAboriginalCollege) offers senior students the opportunity of completing Certificate II & III in Building and Construction, Automotive Mechanical and Vehicle Body Repair at Healesville, Hospitality and Furniture and Cabinet Making at Upper Yarra SC and Rural Operations at Worawa. The successful completion of these courses will enable students to enter their post-secondary pathways. Our school has just completed a new Strategic Plan which will guide the school into the next four years. The school’s professional development program ensures that all staff are at the forefront of educational thinking and reforms and there is a genuine commitment to continually improve the standard of teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum.
School purpose: To provide engaging and dynamic learning experiences for all students within a caring school community that nurtures individuals and motivates them to reach their full academic and personal potential.
School values: Respect; care for self, others and the environment, accept and embrace diversity, tolerate different opinions. Responsibility; be accountable for your actions; make a commitment to all that you do, act in a fair and reasonable manner. Relationships; Be trustworthy and honest, get along with others, be sensitive to the feelings of others. Teamwork; Cooperate and share, learn together in a supportive way, persist and make a genuine effort