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Dimensions of Learning

One key to developing our students’ love of learning is Harristown State High School’s Dimensions of Learning Framework. Developed from current educational research, this school wide program encourages students and staff to develop and share a common language and understanding of the learning process.

Underpinning the framework is our Responsible Behaviour Plan which gives students the understanding of how better behaviour enhances their enjoyment and understanding of learning.

Diversity of Cultures

Our school takes pride in including students and teachers from more than 30 countries; a diversity of cultures which enriches the school community and students’ experiences in their learning years. International students are actively encouraged to join us at the school and this allows a two-way exchange of ideas and appreciation of other cultures.

A Caring and Supportive School

All students at Harristown State High School belong to a form class which meets briefly with their form teacher each morning for roll marking, sharing student notices, passing on individual messages and pastoral care. Student Managers are the first contact for students with inquiries regarding their studies. Students also have the option of speaking with their subject teachers or House Pastoral Year Coordinator.

To provide extra assistance or advice when needed, Harristown State High has a range of personnel available for students, including a Behaviour Support Teacher, a full-time Guidance Officer, a Community Education Counsellor, a School Chaplain, a School-based Youth Health Nurse, a Police Liaison Officer, and dedicated Special Education Program staff. Harristown successfully balances the benefits of being a large school and our aim of personalising each student’s learning experience by having four mini-schools (or houses) each with its own Deputy Principal, students remain with their house for the years they are at Harristown State High, and house activities form an important part of school life.