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Contents
School Ethos Statements .................................................................................................................................. 4
School Contact Information ............................................................................................................................... 5
2014 Term Dates .............................................................................................................................................. 5
Siren Times....................................................................................................................................................... 5
Attendance Procedures..................................................................................................................................... 6
School Absence ............................................................................................................................................ 6
Authorised Leave Pass ................................................................................................................................. 6
Late Arrival to School .................................................................................................................................... 6
Canteen ............................................................................................................................................................ 6
Opening Times .............................................................................................................................................. 6
Volunteers ..................................................................................................................................................... 6
Contributions and Charges ............................................................................................................................... 6
Learning Technologies ...................................................................................................................................... 7
Library ............................................................................................................................................................... 7
Lockers ............................................................................................................................................................. 7
Newsletters ....................................................................................................................................................... 7
Parent Interviews .............................................................................................................................................. 7
Reporting .......................................................................................................................................................... 7
School Bus Services ......................................................................................................................................... 7
Student Services ............................................................................................................................................... 8
Student Services Manager ............................................................................................................................ 8
Curriculum Program coordinator ……………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Student Services Support Workers …………………………………………………………………………………..2
School Psychologist ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Student Services Clerical Officer ……………………………………………………………………………………..2
School Nurse ................................................................................................................................................ 8
School Chaplain ............................................................................................................................................ 8
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer...................................................................................................... 8
Education Assistants ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Uniform ............................................................................................................................................................. 9
Uniform Shop ................................................................................................................................................ 9
Opening Times for New Enrolments .............................................................................................................. 9
Opening Times for 2015 ................................................................................................................................ 9
Leavers Jumpers 2015 .................................................................................................................................. 9
Uniform Policy ............................................................................................................................................... 9
Approved Garments ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Uniform Catalogue ...................................................................................................................................... 10
Gifted and Talented Progam ........................................................................................................................... 11
Specialist Programs - BEST and VASP………………………………………………………………………………..11
Curriculum Information .................................................................................................................................... 12
Year 7 and 8 Course ....................................................................................................................................... 13
Year 9 and 10 Course ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Senior School Course ..................................................................................................................................... 14
Map of Bunbury Senior High School ............................................................................................................... 15
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Pursuit of Excellence
The Bunbury Senior High school 2014 Business plan has been named the Pursuit of Excellence to reflect the
importance of this concept to the school community.
The pursuit of excellence for all students at all levels is paramount in the things we do. This includes programs
that pursue excellence and the strategies we implement to ensure all students achieve at the highest level
which they are capable.
The Bunbury Senior High School Business plan also identifies three main priorities:
 Achieving Success
 Teaching and Learning, and
 Engagement
BUNBURY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Vision Statement
Going forward together to broad horizons
We “Go Forward Together” when
 We RESPECT our traditions, our environment ourselves and one another
 We take RESPONSIBILITY for our own actions
 We develop strong RELATIONSHIPS in the School community
“Broad Horizons” emerge when
 We learn from RELEVANT and real experiences
 We RECOGNISE and reflect on our achievements and successes
 We encourage RISK TAKING to achieve our potential
The Principals of Teaching and Learning
The following school based principles of teaching and learning reflect the intent of the Pursuit of Excellence
Business Plan and define what happens in every classroom at Bunbury Senior High school.
High Expectations
High quality teaching should be focused on every student achieving to their fullest potential.
Student Centred Planning and Evidence-based Decision Making
Planning should be based upon the needs of the individual students.
Targeted and Scaffolded Instruction
Teachers will plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.
Safe, supportive, connected and inclusive learning environments
Teachers will manage activities to promote the development of the whole child.
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School Contact Information
Principal
Craige Pettit
Vice Principal
Susanne Vaughan
Address
Haig Crescent Bunbury WA 6230
Postal Address
PO Box 2039 Bunbury WA 6231
Telephone
9781 2500
Facsimile
9791 2372
Email
bunbury.shs@education.wa.edu.au
SMS
0419 924 237
Website
www.bunburyshs.wa.edu.au
Canteen
9721 7910
2015 Term Dates
Term/Semester
Student Start Date
Student End Date
Semester 1 Term 1
Monday 2 February
Thursday 2 April
Semester 1 Term 2
Monday 20 April
Friday 3 July
Semester 2 Term 3
Monday 20 July
Friday 25 September
Semester 2 Term 4
Monday 12 October
Thursday 17 December
Start
End
Siren Times
Warning Bell
8.35am
Homeroom
8.40am
8.50am
Period 1
8.50am
9.52am
Period 2
9.52am
10.54am
Lunch 1
10.54am
11.20am
Period 3
11.24am
12.26pm
Period 4
12.26pm
1.28pm
Lunch 2
1.28pm
1.55pm
Period 5
1.58pm
3.00pm
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Attendance Procedures
School Absence
All student absentees are required to be explained with a parent letter, SMS or telephone contact. Valid
reasons for non-attendance include illness, family bereavement and cultural responsibilities. Please note that
family holidays are not considered authorised absences. It is requested that explanation of absences are
received by the school immediately after the absence. Students are expected to have full attendance. Parents
are notified by SMS when their child is absent. Parents can either ring the school to explain an absence or
complete the information on the school app and submit.
Authorised Leave Pass
Students cannot leave the school grounds during the school day unless permission has been given by the
school. Authorised Leave Passes are issued from Student Services before school, on the production of a
parental authority note, for students who need to leave school to attend appointments.
Late Arrival to School
Homeroom is between 8.40am – 8.50am daily. Students are expected to go straight to homeroom each day to
have their attendance recorded. If a student arrives after 8.50am they must report to Student Services. They
will need to present a note from a parent/guardian to explain their lateness and obtain a late note from the
clerical officer.
Canteen
The canteen is available to all students and is an important part of our school community. The canteen
provides a good variety of high quality, fresh and healthy items at reasonable prices. Students are advised to
order their lunch to ensure they get what they prefer as a very limited number of spare lunches are available
each day.
Opening Times
8.15am – 8.40am
Before school
10.55am – 11.20am Lunch 1
1.24pm – 1.55pm
Lunch 2
Lunch orders are to be made before school or during Lunch 1 only.
Volunteers
If you are able to volunteer in our canteen between 10.00am – 2.00pm on any school day please contact the
Canteen Manager on 9721 7910. Volunteers are vital in continuing to operate the school canteen efficiently.
Our volunteers are made most welcome and as an added bonus your child/ren will receive a complimentary
morning tea item. The canteen is a great way to stay in touch with what is happening within our school and
any profit made goes back to the school.
Contributions and Charges
Contributions and Charges can be paid at the front office during school office hours. Office hours are
8.00am – 4.00pm within school term dates. EFTPOS facilities are available; alternatively payments may be
made online:
Bunbury Senior High School
BSB 016-560
ACC 3408-25826
Please include student name and school year OR student number as the reference. The student number is
written on your Contributions and Charges sheet.
The Secondary Assistance Scheme is available to some families. In December families will receive a Financial
Package including personal requirements/booklists, contributions and charges sheet and information booklet.
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Learning Technologies
 Permission for students to have an online account
 Acceptable Usage Agreement
 Permission to publish students work or images of students on web sites
These 3 forms can be found in the enrolment package and in the front of the student diary issued on day one.
If you are in agreement of the content of these forms please complete and return the forms to the front office
as soon as possible so that students can have access to the facilities stated.
Please note: Processing of student access to technology takes up to 3 school days.
School Laptop Program
Students in Years 9 and 10 may be eligible to participate in our school laptop program. All students new to the
school will be invited to obtain a “Drivers Licence” prior to being issued with a laptop.
Library
The library is open everyday from 8.15am – 3.30pm. It is closed during Lunch 1. All new students are issued
with a Smart Rider Library Card which also enables them to access concession travel. The card production is
outsourced, and the company will need to access information about your child from the school database.
Replacement cards are available to purchase. Library facilities include; laminator, computers, reading room,
conference room, colour printer and research areas. Homework classes are also running in the Library on
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 3pm – 4.15pm.
Lockers
Lockers are available for students in the school. Students are encouraged to use lockers to protect valuables
and avoid health problems from carrying heavy bags. Please note that lockers are compulsory for any
students who have been issued with a Macbook computer from the school. Students are required to supply
their own lock and see Student Services for a locker allocation.
Newsletters
A school newsletter is produced twice a term and emailed home. The newsletter is also available on the
school website or via the school app. Parents are encouraged to provide their email addresses on enrolment.
Parent Interviews
All parent interviews must be arranged by organising an appointment with the teacher. This can be done by
contacting the school to request an appointment. It is a good practice to include the student in the interview.
We are conducting two parent interview nights in 2015, one in Semester One and another in Semester Two.
Bookings for these nights are completed through the website.
Reporting
Reports will be issued by mail after each semester is completed. Students and parents should retain the
original school copies for future reference.
School Bus Services
Students who require transport by bus to school need to register with School Bus Services online at
www.schoolbuses.wa.gov.au before they can access this service. Any enquiries should be directed to School
Bus Services on 08 9326 2000.
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Student Services
Bunbury Senior High School has a team of dedicated people who ensure that all students have access to help,
support and information to assist with their emotional and physical wellbeing at school.
The Student Services team consists of:
Student Services Manager
The Student Services Manager works closely with the Student Services team. The role of the Student
Services Manager is to provide a variety of coordinated services to students to increase the opportunity for
them to reach their academic potential.
Curriculum Program Coordinator
The Lower School and Senior School Coordinators work closely with teachers, students and parents to
monitor academic progress to ensure student success.
Student Support Workers
The student support workers are working closely with students and parents to support student wellbeing and
attendance at school. These staff members are key points of contact between home and school.
School Psychologist
The School Psychologist is available to help students, parents and the school.
Student Services Clerical Officer
All requests for assistance regarding student welfare, attendance and curriculum progress should be made via
the Student Services Clerical Officer.
School Nurse
The School Nurse is available in the health centre by appointment. Students can come before school, during
lunch or after school without an appointment. Please note that all medical information needs to be kept
current for the safety of your child.
Parents are most welcome to contact the nurse if they have any concerns about their child.
School Chaplain
The Chaplain is available for support and advice to the school community including students, parents and
staff.
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
The Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) plays an important role in developing links between
school and home for Indigenous and Islander students.
Education Assistants
Education Assistants work in conjunction with the Lower School Curriculum Manager and Student Services
Manager to support students in the classroom with their learning.
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Uniform
Uniform Shop
Sizing Range is available online
Opening Times for New Enrolments
Monday 8 December 2014 – BEST ONLY 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wednesday 26 November 2014 – Year 8
Wednesday 3 December 2014 – Year 7
2.00pm – 5.00pm
Opening Times for 2015
Thursday 29 January 2015 (9.00am – 4.00pm)
Friday 30 January 2015 (9.00am – 4.00pm)
Monday 2 February 2015 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Tuesday 3 February 2015 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Wednesday 4 February 2015 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Thursday 5 February 2015 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Friday 6 February 2015 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Every Wednesday 1.00pm – 2.00pm for rest of year.
Not open last two weeks of 2014 school year.
The Uniform Shop is located near the school canteen. Entry is best from the main entrance to the school
administration on Haig Crescent. In January 2015, Room 16 will be staffed by parent volunteers.
Parents/students should complete an order form in Room 16 and present it at the Uniform Shop for pick up
and delivery. Items can be tried for size in Room 16.
Leavers Jumpers 2015
Orders and sizing for the 2015 Leavers Jumper (Year 12 students only) will take place in Weeks 2 & 3 of Term
1. Students will be advised of opening times through the Daily Notices.
Uniform Policy
Acceptance of enrolment at Bunbury Senior High School assumes an agreement that the enrolling student will
dress within the guidelines. A copy of the Uniform Policy can be found in the school diary issued to each
student on day one. The wearing of approved uniform is compulsory. Clothing must be neat, clean and
inoffensive.
Approved Garments
Shirts and jumpers
 Navy blue and white polo shirt with school crest.
 Senior school polo shirt with school name. (Navy, maroon and white)
 Rugby jumper with school crest.
 Navy blue fleece jacket with school name.
 Any other approved item with school crest or name (eg; Country Week jackets, BEST shirts, Concert
Band jumpers)
Shorts, trousers and skirts
 All shorts, trousers, skirts are to be navy blue.
 Must be in block colours (no stripes, patterns, slogans or motifs) coloured stitching allowed if
unobtrusive, small woven brand name permitted.
 In accordance with the Department of Education and Training’s policy, denim is no longer recognised
as appropriate for school uniforms.
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Footwear
Enclosed shoes, joggers or sandals with a heel strap (not thongs), are required for safety reasons. Practical
subjects such as Science, Design & Technology and Home Economics require shoes that have closed in toes
to be worn.
Special Edition Items
Items must conform to school colours of navy blue, white and maroon and must be approved by the Principal,
e.g. Country Week tracksuits.
Make-up and Jewellery
Excessive jewellery and make-up are not permitted.
Hats
Recommended for all outdoor activities and assemblies in the amphitheatre.
Excursions
For all excursions students must be in uniform unless otherwise stated.
Uniform Catalogue
Prices valid as at time of print
ITEM
SIZES
School Navy & White Polo Shirt
Sizes 10 to 3XL
Senior School Navy Maroon & White Polo
Shirt
Sizes 10 to 3XL
$25
Bunbury SHS Rugby Jumpers
14, XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL. 2XL,
3XL.
$80
Fleece Jacket
Track pants
BSHS Navy Shorts – Long and short leg
Jacket price
Sizes 10, 12, 14, XS-3XL
Track pant price
Sizes 10, 12, 14, XS-3XL
Sizes 10-XL
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PRICE
$25
$65
$55
$25
Gifted and
Talented
Progam
All children applying for Gifted and Talented programs must sit the Selective Academic Entrance Test
coordinated by the Department of Education. This test involves individual assessments in the areas of
mathematics and science, language, writing and non-verbal reasoning.
Selective Academic Program – Year 7 and 10
Parents can apply on line now on the Department of Education Gifted and Talented web site for information to
be sent to them directly.
Website: det.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented Telephone: 9264 4307
Specialist Programs
Bunbury Elite Sports Training (BEST)
The Bunbury Elite Sports Training (BEST) Program is an endorsed Department of Education Specialist
Program only available at Bunbury Senior High School. The program has been developed to help maximise
the potential of talented students in the area of sport. A selection process will be used to identify suitable
students. For further information please contact the Head of Learning Area for Health and Physical Education
on 9781 2500.
Visual Arts Specialist Program (VASP)
Students will have access to a unique, specialist program delivered by highly qualified staff throughout
Years 8 – 12. In the Visual Arts Specialist Course students will learn through engagement in two-dimensional,
three-dimensional and four-dimensional art and design practice, concept, theory, history and technique based
on traditional and contemporary and commercial Visual Arts practice.
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Curriculum Information
The Curriculum Framework
School Curriculum and Standards Authority is the independent statutory authority responsible for school
curriculum and assessment, establishing standards for all Western Australian students from Kindergarten to
Year 12.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is working with the Department of Education, Catholic
Education Office and the Association of Independent School on the implementation of the new Curriculum and
Assessment Outline.
The Authority will communicate with schools about progress with the implementation.
The Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline is for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in
Western Australia.
It sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in
their assessment and reporting of student achievement.
The implementation of the Australian Curriculum started July 2012. The first learning areas involved are:
English, History, Mathematics and Science.
Learning Areas of the Curriculum Framework
All students are offered a program of study which addresses the outcomes of eight Learning Areas:
The Arts
English
Health and Physical Education
Languages
Mathematics
Science
Humanities and Social Sciences
Technologies
While eight learning areas have been identified, knowledge, skills, understandings, values and attitudes are
integrated across all learning areas.
Choice of Course
Every attempt will be made to accommodate the student’s choice of course. However, due to staffing and
rooming constraints, the final decision will be at the discretion of the school. You will be consulted if we are
unable to accommodate your child’s preference. The decision made now and recorded on the Enrolment Form
represents a year’s commitment and may not be subject to change. The school does not guarantee that
courses (apart from English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Health and Physical Education)
will continue after Year 9. In subsequent years, if insufficient students select a course, the course will close.
Instrumental Music Course (Apart from General Music which will be studied by interested students)
Instrumental Music will continue for those already in the primary school program (not recorder) with the
requirement to become a member of the Concert Band and enrolment in Music Mastery. Band rehearsals are
for one hour per week out of school hours and Music Mastery is a designated theory class that occurs during
the normal school day.
This is a Contemporary Music Program which will include musical performance. Students should have prior
background with an instrument, eg; Guitar, drums, violin and keyboard.
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Year 7 and 8 Course
In Year 7 and 8, students receive a solid foundation course to commence secondary school education.
 Every student will receive tuition in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Science,
Physical and Health Education*, Language (French or Indonesian), Technologies and The Arts.
 Students indicate an expression of interest on their application form for either the:
o Visual Arts Specialist Program
o Bunbury Elite Sports Training Program, or
o Instrumental Music Program.
Year 9 and 10 Course
In Year 9 and 10, students begin to specialise in their chosen fields of interest.
 Every student will receive tuition in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Science
and Career and Vocational Education
 Students will have some choice in the learning areas of Physical and Health Education*, Language
(French or Indonesian), Technologies and The Arts.
 Students indicate an expression of interest on their application form for either the:
o Visual Arts Specialist Program
o Bunbury Elite Sports Training Program, or
o Instrumental Music Program.
*Note: Health Education for all year groups involves some aspects of sexuality education. Topics such as reproductive anatomy,
conception, contraception, STI’s and social issues related to sexuality will be covered. Parents concerned about the involvement of
their child(ren) in these lessons should contact Ian Lockhart, Head of HPE.
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Senior School
At Bunbury Senior High School we aim for all our Senior School students to attain Secondary Graduation.
This will demonstrate that they have been successful in the pathway that they have chosen. Prospective
employers will favourably consider those who have graduated and achieved the Western Australian Certificate
of Education (WACE).
All students in Western Australia must attend school or participate in an approved alternative option
(Apprenticeship, employment or further training e.g. SWIT) up to the end of the year in which they turn 17
years and 6 months of age or complete Year 12.
At Bunbury Senior High School we are able to offer Pathways and a broad range of courses that cater for
different academic abilities. In 2015, students will choose one of three Pathways and will make their
course selections from within that Pathway.
Listed below is some information and guidelines to consider when making your pathway selection.
Pathway 1: University - For students preparing to go to university at the end of Year 12.
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Students will receive an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) that is recognised by Universities
across Australia. Students will choose a minimum of four (4) ATAR Courses that have an external
examination at the end of Year 12 and a maximum of two (2) General Courses.
In order to attain an ATAR and gain direct entry to University students are strongly recommended to
select atleast five (5) ATAR courses of which four (4) will count in the calculation of the ATAR at the
end of year 12.
Students who intend to select an ATAR pathway must choose their courses carefully, considering their
academic performance, student habits and career aspirations. Discussions should be held with their
class teacher and/or Head of Learning Area when considering the suitability of courses in that learning
area.
Pathway 2: VET in Schools (VETiS) – For students preparing for further training or employment at the
end of Year 12.
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Students will study six General Courses (or five if they choose a VET at School qualification).
By successfully completing these courses students will be well prepared to pursue employment or
further training.
All students will be enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate 11 qualification
either at an external RTO or at School.
Most students will attend school for four days and off site training one day per week (usually Fridays).
Pathway 3: Pre-Apprenticeship in School (PAiS) – For students who are preparing for apprenticeships
or Traineeships in trade areas.
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Students will study four (4) General Courses – English, Mathematics, Career & Enterprise and one (1)
other.
By successfully completing these courses students will be well prepared to pursue an Apprenticeship
or Traineeship.
All students will be enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate II qualification
either at an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Students will attend school for four (4) days and off site training two (2) days per week (Thursdays and
Fridays).
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Map of Bunbury Senior High School
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