Junior Secondary Philosophy
Harristown State High School is united in its pursuit of excellence in the Junior Secondary years. Junior Secondary recognises the early phase of adolescence as a distinct stage of development, by understanding Year 7-9 students’ developmental and learning needs. Students are engaged in age and content appropriate teaching and learning practices, providing future work and study opportunities for students in the context of a rapidly changing external environment.
Junior Secondary students will complete study each semester in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Health and Physical Education. In Year 7, students will experience an array of elective subjects, such as Industrial Skills, Home Economics, Business and Information Technology, LOTE, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music. This experience then assists them to nominate two elective subjects to study in each additional semester during their junior secondary education.
Specialised academies in Academics, Industrial Skills and Sport are offered to eligible students from semester one in Year 8. To find out more about these specialisation programs, please contact the relevant Head of Department at the school.
At Harristown it is acknowledged that today's learners require access to contemporary digital technologies. It is believed that such access will promote learner engagement, provide access to a wide range of information resources, enhance classroom practice, and enable our students to participate as effective members of an increasingly digital society.
Harristown has six computer laboratories, more than 1000 laptops and all classrooms are fitted with data projectors. Such technology allows teachers to prepare students for the future.
Every Day Counts
Going to school every day counts because students achieve better and maintain friendships groups when they attend school each and every day. At school, students learn to develop social and emotional skills like communication, teamwork and resilience. Research shows, on average, that the greater a student's attendance, the higher the student's achievement. Please contact us for any advice and support about your child getting the most out of attending school.
You can find more information about Harristown SHS Junior Secondary's distinct identity, quality teaching and the ways we ensure student wellbeing, parent and community involvement and leadership in the Junior Secondary information booklet under Related Links.