Learning at school and at home
Our school is an innovative learning community committed to excellence. We equip students for the future by focusing on learning in all areas: academic, creative, social, emotional, physical and technological. We foster a love of learning and a culture of challenge to achieve personal excellence. We ensure all students are progressing well and provide support where it is needed.
Returning to School during the COVID period
From 18 May 2020, all of our students are required to return to school for face to face learning, unless a medical exemption applies. To ensure that the environment is safe for students and staff, there will be additional cleaning in place, and social distancing requirements for students and for staff will be applied as per the Department of Education's policies. Parents and visitors will be advised when we are once again able to invite them onto school grounds to assist in classrooms or attend assemblies, incursions or carnivals. In the meantime, we will continue with communications through the website, dojo classes and regular newsletters.
Our school community uses the Positive Behaviour Support model to teach and practise skills and attitudes that encourage co-operation, friendship and a ‘try hard’ approach to learning. We aim for everyone in our school - students and staff members alike - to be Respectful, Resilient, and to be active Learners. Our RRL matrix helps us to focus on the things we can practise to support this successful approach. All students in our school learn these skills in their classes, and are acknowledged for doing the right thing through awards, points and praise.
Learning in the early years
Students in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 and 2 are part of the ‘early years’ phase of learning. In these first years, small classes and close relationships between home and school create a supportive and nurturing environment. The early years approach incorporates both intentional (planned) learning through play, and explicit, carefully structured programs in literacy and numeracy. The focus on both play-based and teacher-directed learning ensures that all students acquire critical foundation skills for academic learning and personal wellbeing.
Students spend blocks of time each day playing with their peers both within and outside the classroom, allowing them to develop friendships, take risks, co-operate and negotiate. Learning in areas including Science, Technologies, Humanities and the Arts is supported by activity centres that allow students to be creative and apply their learning and curiosity to individual and group projects. Teachers plan and communicate clear learning intentions that provide a focus for all this activity. The Health and Physical Education Curriculum provides for fitness, motor skill development, game skills and the knowledge needed for ongoing wellness and wellbeing.
The early years literacy program at Nannup DHS focuses on the development of both phonics skills and broader oral language skills. Once students have mastered the ability to hear sounds in words, and once they know which letters represent those sounds, they can begin to read and write with increasing independence. Young students also need a good vocabulary that includes both everyday and technical words, and they need to be able to sequence and understand ideas during discussions and in stories or reports. Teachers model this vocabulary and give their students the opportunity to use it in meaningful ways as they learn and communicate about their experiences and the world.
The numeracy program ensures that students develop skills in counting, using and understanding numbers, calculating, measuring, exploring shapes and position, and collecting and using data. Students learn through lessons that include explicit teaching and problem-solving, using a range of hands-on materials and digital resources.
The Early Years teacher team at Nannup DHS is led by Mrs Kathleen Dean. Early Years teachers include Mrs Jack Buntain, Ms Valerie Buttel, Mrs Christine Harper and Ms Lorelle Sinclair. Our Early Years education assistants are Mrs Renee Dickson, Ms Tracey Carter and Mrs Nicole Rodda.
Learning in the Middle and Upper Primary Years
Our students in Years 3 to 6 build on their early learning to develop subject-specific knowledge across all eight areas of the WA Curriculum. Students work in flexible learning spaces in mixed year group classes and have opportunities for collaborative and independent work led by classroom teachers and subject specialists. Students who excel in particular areas are given opportunities to participate in challenging learning programs and competitions including Spellademic and Mathademic. Students who require additional support participate in individual and small group tutoring to ensure they do not fall behind. All subject areas incorporate the use of traditional paper-based tasks and digital technologies for research, skill development, problem-solving and presenting work.
Literacy skills in the primary years are developed as part of the English curriculum, as well as across other learning areas. The Talk For Writing approach assists students to become familiar and confident with the language structures they will need to master for academic writing, as well as for creating literature. The iMaths program is used to ensure comprehensive coverage of numeracy concepts, and students are assessed regularly to check that their basic facts knowledge and mathematical understandings are developing appropriately, so additional supports can be put in place where necessary.
The Primary team at Nannup is led by Mrs Lia Szalma. Primary classroom teachers include Mrs Elaine Wagner and Mrs Jaimee Winfield. Education assistants working in primary classrooms include Mrs Liz Rae and Mrs Jasmine Christie.
The secondary program at Nannup DHS
At Nannup DHS, students are taught according to the same syllabus as students in larger public across the state. They therefore experience the benefits of a rigorous education while also enjoying a supportive social environment and nurturing pastoral care. We have a Year 7/8 class and a Year 9/10 class. Students have access to a state of the art Manual Arts workshop led by Mr Robin Mellema and produce outstanding pieces of woodwork using local timber, while also exploring metal fabrication technologies. Food and textile technologies are taught by Mrs Jane Harris-Brown, and the students enjoy creating delicious dishes and learning the fundamentals of catering. Mathematics and Science are taught by Mr Chris Buckland, while English and Humanities subjects are taught by Mrs Harris-Brown and Mr Mellema. Mrs Liz Moore, Ms Taryn Walton and Mrs Isabel Green support these learning programs.
Secondary students are enabled to become life-long learners, ready for the world of work and further study. They focus on career education throughout high school, and have opportunities to undertake work experience in local businesses and organisations. Regular excursions and camps provide the chance to explore opportunities beyond Nannup in terms of career and life choices. An up-to date and innovative curriculum which includes extensive application of digital technologies and coding allows for students to solve authentic design problems, working both independently and collaboratively.
A focus on the arts
We love the Arts at Nannup District High School, and inspire our students to experience, explore, perform and exhibit to the school community and beyond. We have a band, a guitar ensemble and a choir, and students from Year 2 and up can participate in these elective programs. We work with the School of Instrumental music to provide lessons to students from Year 5 with interest and aptitude to study music by ensuring that they can have access to instruments and lessons. Our Specialist teachers (Mr David Parkinson, Mrs Patricia Wintergreene and Mrs Johanna Nordstrom) provide a comprehensive music curriculum and instil a love of playing and performing.
Our primary and secondary students all have regular lessons in the visual arts. Our Art teacher, Ms Leanne Wagner, works with students in both the primary and secondary school, and students also undertake art projects with their class teachers. Students have opportunities to display their work, including at the Flower and Garden Festival. The recreation hall lobby is home to an exhibition of the students work that is displayed for presentation night in December every year.
Our arts program is closely linked to innovative programs in science and technology. Digital Technologies are led by Ms Leanne Wagner and Mr Robin Mellema.
Relationships, Puberty and Sex Education and Protective Behaviours Education
It is important that children are given correct health information and skills in a supportive environment and the home is one of the best places for this education to occur. We acknowledge that relationships and health education should primarily remain the responsibility of the parents or carers. However, support from the school environment is also very beneficial. There is growing evidence supporting the importance and effectiveness of health education in schools that complement the work of parents/caregivers.
To assist parents to understand what is being presented at school, the following resources might be of interest to parents.