Dimensions of Learning
One key to developing our students’ love of learning is Harristown State High School’s Dimensions of Learning Framework. Developed from 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 Student Code of Conduct 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 40 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. Subject Teachers are the first contact for students with inquiries regarding their studies. Students also have the option of speaking with their year co-ordinators, Head of Department or House Deputy.
To provide extra assistance or advice when needed, Harristown State High has a range of personnel available for students, including Positive Behaviour Coaches, Guidance Officer, Community Education Counsellor, School Chaplain, School-based Youth Health Nurse, Police Liaison Officer, dedicated Special Education Program staff and Youth Support Co-ordinators. 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 Positive Behaviour Coach and 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.