Go­ing up a grade

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

LYN­WOOD Se­nior High School be­lieves a pos­i­tive cul­ture and student and com­mu­nity in­put have been crit­i­cal to the school’s suc­cess af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious award.

The school is among the fi­nal­ists for Sec­ondary School of the Year at the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards, fol­low­ing its pre­vi­ous nom­i­na­tion in 2015.

Prin­ci­pal Geral­dine Hardy said they had worked hard to make the school warm and invit­ing for teach­ers and pupils.

“My first im­pres­sion of this school was re­ally about how it felt, that in­tan­gi­ble thing when you walk into some­where and you can feel how pos­i­tive a place feels – this place had that,” she said.

“It was a very pow­er­ful sense of pos­i­tiv­ity and dy­namic re­la­tion­ships be­tween the staff and stu­dents.

“The feed­back from staff is they would over­whelm­ingly rec­om­mend this school and if you’re get­ting nearly ev­ery em­ployee say­ing they don’t want to go any­where else, that says some­thing about a lot of things the school is do­ing right.”

Mrs Hardy said student feed­back and a fo­cus on im­prov­ing well-be­ing had been vi­tal to its suc­cess.

“If schools aren’t fo­cused on well-crafted pro­grams with car­ing peo­ple in place to make sure kids can get to school, feel safe at school and en­joy school, they won’t per­form well,” she said.

As­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Jo Wille­see, her­self a Lyn­wood grad­u­ate, said com­mu­nity feed­back had also been im­por­tant.

“Look­ing at the school’s rep­u­ta­tion 10 or so years ago, it was rel­a­tively neg­a­tive in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The changes which have led to where we are to­day are things like a fo­cus on student well­be­ing, in­tro­duc­ing aca­dem­i­cally fo­cused pro­grams, spe­cial­ist soc­cer pro­gram and hav­ing a fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, so you’ve got a uni­fy­ing fo­cus for the school.”

Mrs Hardy said the award nom­i­na­tion was proof its meth­ods were work­ing.

d485943 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Year 12s Kyle Got­ladera, Anaelle Bon­aven­ture, prin­ci­pal Geral­dine Hardy, Stephanie Cogh­lan and Zhe Wei Leong .

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