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  • West Wallsend High School

    Year 7 Handbook - 2018

    Always Striving

  • Table of Contents Year 7 Camp 2

    Bell Times 3

    Welcome to West Wallsend High School 4

    School Organisation 5

    Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) 6

    Specific Information for Parents: 7

    Skoolbag App 8

    Parent Portal 9

    facebook 9

    School Procedures: 9

    Absence from school 10

    Arrival at school 10

    Roll call 10

    Leaving school during the day 10

    Movement between lessons 10

    Attendance FAQs 11

    Equipment 12

    Personal property 12

    Lost property 12

    Playground expectations 12

    Sickness or injury at school 12

    Access to the School Counscellor 13

    School uniform 14-15

    Health and safety 16

    Clinics 16

    Prescribed medication 16

    Some special points to remember 17

    Curriculum structure 17

    Monitoring academic performance 17

    Subject requirements 18

    Homework and study: 19

    Study methods 19

    Homework policy 19

    Year 7 Sport 20

    The Library Resource Centre 20

    P & C Meetings 21

    GATS – Enrichment program 21

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 21

    Sun protection/UV Policy 22

    School Canteen 22

  • Year 7 Camp 2018

    ‘Outdoor Education Experience’ Forster Centre

    The Year 7 Camp for 2018 has been booked for Term 1, Week 7 from Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th March

    Three days of fun, including; Water Park

    Go Carts and Quad Bikes Challenge Ropes, Giant Swing and Flying Fox

    Mud World And so much more

    The cost will be approximately $264.00 (all inclusive)

  • West Wallsend High School Bell Times 2018

    MONDAY WARNING BELL 8.55 PBL ASSEMBLY 9.00 – 9.20 PERIOD 1 9.20 – 10.20 PERIOD 2 10.20 – 11.20 RECESS 11.20 – 11.50 PERIOD 3 11.50 – 12.50 PERIOD 4 12.50 – 1.50 EARLY FINISH 1.50 – 3.20

    TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY WARNING BELL 8.55 Targeted literacy program, social lessons for PBL and mentoring sessions for strive interviews

    9.00 – 9.20

    PERIOD 1 9.20 – 10.20 PERIOD 2 10.20 – 11.20 RECESS 11.20 – 11.50 PERIOD 3 11.50 – 12.50 PERIOD 4 12.50 – 1.50 LUNCH 1.50 – 2.20 PERIOD 5 2.20 – 3.20

    THURSDAY WARNING BELL 8.55 SPORT ASSEMBLY 9.00 – 9.15 PERIOD 1 9.15 – 10.10 PERIOD 2 10.10 – 11.05 RECESS 11.05 – 11.35 PERIOD 3 11.35 – 12.30 LUNCH 12.30 – 1.00 SPORT 1.00 – 3.20


  • Welcome to West Wallsend High School On behalf of the teaching staff at West Wallsend High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to our school.

    West Wallsend High School is a 7 to 12 comprehensive, coeducational school of 630 students, including 56 Aboriginal students. The school has embraced an ethos of continuous improvement, with staff taking on numerous initiatives to support student learning and achievement of excellence. West Wallsend High School is held in high regard by its community and has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, student engagement, high expectations and professional learning.

    Our strategic directions for 2018-2019 include:

    • Innovative Teaching and Dynamic Leadership • Effective Whole School Systems and Infrastructure • Collaborative Relationships and Communication Structures with the School Learning Community.

    At West Wallsend High School, we believe in working collaboratively, within and beyond the school, in a strategic, enthusiastic and purposeful way. This will inspire the provision of a high quality education, to foster creative and innovative individuals with an innate love of learning. Our commitment to the development of the whole child will leave a legacy of capacity building for our community as our students grow into adults contributing positively to society and a better place for all.

    West Wallsend provides many opportunities for students. In this rapidly changing world, students are confronted by many problems and experiences that challenge their perception of their community and the world at large. It is exciting that, as staff, we can provide them with skills and confidence that will enable them to lead successful lives.

    One of the great strengths of West Wallsend is the professional and committed staff. I am confident that you have already found my staff friendly and helpful and that they have already assisted you and your child to settle into the new school environment. We are fortunate to have many experienced and quality teachers who are eager to assist in your child’s orientation to West Wallsend.

    I look forward to working with you over the next six years to provide your child with the best educational experiences and opportunities our school can offer.

    Yours in education

    Dr Fiona Walsh

  • School Organisation Principal Dr Fiona Walsh PhD

    Deputy Principals Krystal Bevin -Years 8, 10, 12 Michael Chandler -Years 7, 9, 11

    Head Teachers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Lana Mansfield (Relieving) English and Drama Melanie Clarke Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Daniel Dawkins HSIE Jo-Anne Bailey (Relieving) Mathematics/Languages Allan Burns Science Mark Milat PE Shayne Mason Special Education Andrew Katoa (Relieving)

    Head Teachers accept responsibility for their respective subject departments, planning of courses and teaching of the subject.

    Year Advisers 2018 Year 7 Lee Schubert Year 8 Dale Cowling Year 9 Mitchell Jones Year 10 Amy Blakemore Year 11 Stacey Cross Year 12 Marcus Riley

    Student Welfare Support Teacher (LAST) Roy Turner & Karen Parker School Counsellor Connie Spinks Head Teacher Welfare Vicki Hutchinson

    Student Assistance Sports Coordinator Dave Munro Careers Adviser Paul Blakemore

    The Office The Office is open for student business at the following times:

    • Before school 8.30 am - 8.55 am • Recess • Lunch


  • West Wallsend High School is a PBL School

    What is PBL?

    PBL stands for Positive Behaviour for Learning, it is a consistent, school-wide system of support that helps define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours, creating a positive school environment.

     PBL is designed to be responsive to individual school’s current social and educational challenges and encourages schools to reflect on their systems and practices to determine if they are having a positive impact on student learning

     PBL creates effective teaching/learning environments where students make the positive behaviour choices that support academic success

     PBL focuses on prevention of problem behaviours and instruction in appropriate behaviours

    West Wallsend High is committed to the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Excellence. The values are embedded in our universal behaviour expectations. As a student of West Wallsend High, you are committing to the following:


    RESPECT Good Manners , Follow Instruction, Accept Everyone

    RESPONSIBILITY Right Place, Right Time, Own Your Choices, Ready to Learn

    EXCELLENCE Pride, Quality, Teamwork

    The Logo above was designed in consultation with the entire learning community, students, staff and parents. Mount Sugarloaf represents the community, the wedge-tailed eagle is the totem of the Awabakal people, and the road represents the journey we are on together.

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    Specific Information for Parents If you need to contact the school:

    Mailing address: 2 Appletree Road, West Wallsend, NSW 2286 Phone: 02 4953 2111 Website: www.westwalls-h.schools.nsw.edu.au School email: [email protected] Year 7 Adviser email: [email protected]

    You may on occasion need to discuss some aspect of your child's education or matters affecting it with the school. You can email your Year Adviser or the school at the address above at any time OR telephone the school during school hours. If you telephone and are in doubt as to whom to consult, please state the general nature of your problem to the School's receptionist. Staff members that perform this function in the school are experienced, discrete and sympathetic, and will be happy to advise you as to the appropriate procedure. Preferred practice is to schedule a meeting with the relevant teacher to ensure the matter is handled professionally.

    In addition, appointments can be made for a mutually convenient time with the Head Teacher Welfare. The following guide may be helpful to you in your inquiries:

    Matters relating to: Please refer to:

    All matters of confidentiality and concern Principal

    Enrolment or Leaving Principal / Deputy Principal

    Theft, Injury, Bullying, Reports of observed misconduct, Truancy Deputy Principal

    Any matter regarding student welfare Deputy Principal / Head Teacher Welfare / Year Adviser

    School Uniform Deputy Principal

    Overall progress or conduct Year Adviser

    Progress in a particular subject Head Teacher in Subject Area

    Variation to courses of study Deputy Principal

    Matters of adjustment, contentment in school. School Counsellor / Year Adviser

    Special illness Year Adviser / Deputy Principal/Head Teacher Welfare

    Reading problems Learning and Support Teacher

    Job opportunities, work experience Caree