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.