Carine Senior High School was established in 1973, reaching Senior High School status three years later. Since that time, the school has established a strong reputation for sound academic achievement and firm discipline.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum in Years 8, 9 and 10 and offers an extensive range of Tertiary and Non-Tertiary Entrance Subjects in Years 11 and 12, together with several Vocational Education and Training Programs.
The school has a very high student retention rate, an experienced and stable staff and an active School Council.The mission of the school is to encourage students to maximise their potential within a caring and ordered environment.
Carine represents the very best that government schools have to offer. The community, students and staff are justifiably proud of its reputation.
GROUNDS AND FACILITIES
Carine Senior High School boasts a full range of facilities, set in attractive grounds. Learning area buildings are connected by covered walkways through pleasant gardens.
Each learning area is equipped with specialist rooms and equipment. These include Computer-equipped teaching rooms, Digital Media and Digital Photography Centres, Art Studios, Practical Arts Workshops, Science Laboratories and a Careers Centre. The Library stocks a large range of books, audio-visual resources and computers with access to the internet.
Physical recreation facilities include a Gymnasium, 25 metre Swimming Pool, Basketball courts, two full-sized grassed Sports Ovals, Cricket Nets and Tennis Courts. The School Buses transport students to sporting events and excursions. The Performing Arts Centre accommodates drama, dance and music programs and is used for school assemblies and public performances.
In addition to educational facilities, the school provides a Health Centre staffed by a full-time School Nurse, a Canteen, a Bookshop, a Uniform Shop and a Year Centre. School facilities are used by the community after school hours.
The school has a very strong focus on pastoral care, based around a year system. Each year group has a Year Co-ordinator and Assistant to foster the school ethos. A positive rapport exists between staff and students. The personal development and academic progress of students is monitored by the Student Services Team.
Counselling in career issues, subject selection, study skills, and social and emotional problems is available through the Careers Co-ordinator, the School Psychologist and the School Chaplain. The School Nurse is available for counselling in health matters. These people provide a strong network of support for students.
A high standard of discipline is maintained at Carine. It is valued as a means of providing optimal learning conditions for all students. The school expects a high standard of courtesy, respect and cooperation.
Problems which arise are promptly dealt with by senior teachers and Deputy Principals. Ultimately, withdrawal from class and suspension from school might be used.
PARTICIPATION AND ACHIEVEMENT
Students are encouraged to participate in the variety of opportunities offered by the school. The pursuit of excellence is fostered in all fields of endeavour. Honours are awarded to those who achieve highly. These titles are proudly displayed on the student�s school windcheater.
In the academic field, approximately 50% of students gain admission to a university, exceeding the state average by some 15%. A further 25% gain admission to a TAFE college.
Students are encouraged to participate in a broad range of sporting activities. Carine has a proud record of achievement at district, state and national levels.
The school's cultural achievements include successful competition in dance, drama, debating, music and art events. Three languages are offered and student cultural exchange programs take place regularly.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of community service activities.
Carine Senior High School offers a comprehensive range of courses with a strong academic base.
In Lower School, students study units from the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages other than English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment and Technology and Enterprise.
In Upper School, a wide range of Tertiary Entrance, Non-Tertiary Entrance and Vocational Education and Training subjects are offered. Included in the timetable are periods of sport and directed study.
Handbooks provide guidelines for the selection of courses.
The following subjects are representative of the courses available:
- The Arts: The Arts Learning Area encompasses Art, Dance, Drama and Music. Each subject has fully equipped and specifically designed facilities to enhance the creativity and visual literacy of students.
- English: Topics for study include Literature, Creative Writing, Drama and Public Speaking. Literature, English, Senior English and Vocational English are available in Upper School.
- Health and Physical Education: In Lower School students study Health Education and Physical Education. Students may select extra courses from the areas of Special Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Physical Recreation. A wide choice of sporting and recreational electives is available in Upper School.
- Languages Other Than English: Classes in German, French and Japanese from Years 8-12 are available. Exchange programs and study trips are offered to Germany, France, Reunion Island and Japan.
- Mathematics: A comprehensive range of mathematics courses is offered in Lower School. A full range of mathematics subjects is available in Upper School.
- Science: Studies in the major areas of Physics, Biology, Earth Sciences, Electronics and Science Research are offered in Lower School. Upper School courses in Physics, Chemistry, Human Biology, Biology and Senior Science (Marine Studies) are offered.
- Society and Environment: Courses on Consumerism, Civics, Economics, History and the Geography of a variety of regions are available. In Upper School, Geography, History, Economics, Political and Legal Studies and Work Studies are offered.
- Technology and Enterprise: Business Studies, Computing, Design and Technology and Home Economics comprise the Technology and Enterprise Learning Area. Business Studies offers a comprehensive range of business related subjects. Upper School students have a choice of subjects offering a solid foundation for employment.
Digital Photography, Multi-Media and Digital Media technologies are a major focus of Computing. A range of courses involving word processing, financial spreadsheets, databases, graphics and communication packages is offered.
Design and Technology provides a range of courses in Mechanical Workshop, Metalwork, Woodwork, Model Making, Plastics, Jewellery and Technical Drawing in Lower School. Upper School students are offered a wide range of approved courses. Home Economics provides creative and challenging courses in the food, clothing/textiles and child care areas.
- Vocational Education: These courses, available in Years 9 and 10, assist students in decision making for the future. Work experience is available to all Year 10 and some Upper School students.
SPECIALISED PROGRAMS AND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
Carine has a renowned instrumental and classroom music program in Years 8-12. Tuition in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, instrumental and classical guitar are offered.The school has three concert bands, two guitar ensembles, two orchestras, a jazz band, a choir and various other ensembles. Senior Ensembles participate in tours every two years.
The school attempts to cater for the special needs of all its students.
An Academic Extension Program for gifted and talented students is provided in Lower School.
A Learning Improvement Program for low achieving students and Literacy Support Programs for students with reading difficulties are also provided.
An array of extra-curricular activities is provided to enrich the students' learning experiences. A selection of these activities include:
- Participation in state and national competitions.
- Science projects .
- Participation in a range of sporting activities and competitions.
- Music Program Years 8-12.
- Dance Program Years 9-12.
- Drama Program Years 9-12.
- Sharemarket Game.
- Mock Law Trials.
Carine has a well-established School Council to involve parents, students, teachers and the community in the administration of the school. The Council meets twice per term and parents are encouraged to participate in a range of sub-committees.
Service, the school's motto, is demonstrated through involvement in many fundraising activities for charitable organizations, visits to local homes and hospices, and participation in Anzac Day commemorations.
Parent contact is welcomed by the staff at Carine. Teachers are available for telephone or personal interviews. Interview and information evenings are organized during the year.
Carine has pride in its school uniform and the wearing of it is enforced. The school colours are mid blue, red and white.
Further enquiries about enrolment should be addressed to the Principal.
- To nurture the development of the whole person, with particular emphasis on a positive self-concept.
- To develop inquiring and flexible minds capable of thinking clearly, logically and critically.
- To foster the pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavour.
- To develop abilities which will prepare students for further educational, vocational and recreational pursuits.
- To develop high standards of behaviour, courtesy, consideration and respect for the rights of all.
- To encourage an appreciation of the cultural aspects of society.
- To encourage in staff, pride in their profession through enhanced self-esteem and professional development.
- To develop a positive school environment.
- To encourage open communication in the school and between the school and wider community.