Get­ting to un­der­stand your child

Lai­d­ley likes to get in­sight


WHEN stu­dents tran­si­tion to high school, par­ents want to know that schools take the time to get to know and un­der­stand the learn­ing needs, in­ter­ests and as­pi­ra­tions of their child.

Lai­d­ley State High School strives to achieve this from the first con­tact par­ents and guardians have with the school.

“Par­ents give our school pos­i­tive feed­back about the ef­forts we go through to get to know our new stu­dents” prin­ci­pal Michael Clark­son said.

Year 6 stu­dents be­come fa­mil­iar with Lai­d­ley High through var­i­ous planned ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing tran­si­tion and in­duc­tion talks at pri­mary schools, par­ent in­for­ma­tion evenings, high school ex­pe­ri­ence days and par­tic­i­pa­tion in var­i­ous high school cur­ricu­lum ex­cel­lence pro­grams.

Se­nior lead­ers at the school con­duct en­rol­ment in­ter­views with fam­i­lies for all stu­dents seek­ing en­rol­ment.

The pur­pose of these in­ter­views is to un­der­stand­ing the strengths, in­ter­ests, aca­demic progress, per­sonal cir­cum­stances and learn­ing needs of each in­di­vid­ual stu­dent as well as ex­plain­ing school pri­or­i­ties and op­er­a­tional mat­ters to stu­dents and par­ents.

“Our school in­ter­views class­room teach­ers from our lo­cal pri­mary feeder schools and analy­ses pri­mary school lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy per­for­mance in­for­ma­tion to build a greater un­der­stand­ing of each child” Mr Clark­son said.

Heads of Depart­ment spend an en­tire day as­sign­ing stu­dents to Year 7 classes us­ing all of the in­for­ma­tion col­lected on stu­dents. Great care is taken to get the com­bi­na­tions of stu­dent’s right.

The Year 7/8 deputy prin­ci­pal Mr Tarvit has worked at the school for al­most 20 years. He works closely with the two Year 7 year co-or­di­na­tors, the Ju­nior Se­condary HOD, the Year 7 teach­ing team and the school’s Sup­port Ser­vices Team to guide and sup­port our new Year 7 stu­dents to tran­si­tion ef­fec­tively to high school.

Lai­d­ley High is on track to have the high­est Year 7 stu­dent en­rol­ment in the school’s his­tory with more than 165 stu­dents ex­pected in Year 7 for next year.

The school’s new $10 mil­lion dol­lar in­fras­truc­ture pro­gram will in­crease its en­rol­ment man­age­ment cap from 742 to over 900, with the school is likely to have 815 stu­dents en­rolled at the start of 2020.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for en­rol­ment are be­ing taken for 2020.

Con­tact the school on 5466 8922 or visit our school web­site to col­lect an en­rol­ment pack.


GET­TING TO KNOW YOU: Lai­d­ley District High School prin­ci­pal Michael Clark­son with stu­dents.

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