Ashdale Secondary College is a distinctive, world class, educational community of excellence where all students are motivated to achieve their best and to realise their potential in a values-rich environment. The focus of the College is on student engagement and well-being so that they feel valued at all times. The College measures its effectiveness through the achievement and character of the students and the integral part it plays in the community. A partnership founded on strong relationships between students, teachers, parents and the community is the enduring platform upon which the College is built.
All students have access to innovative and flexible pathways and options for learning in a variety of environments including school, TAFE, universities and the workplace. Successful learning is achieved through the delivery of quality educational programs and catering for students' individual differences. Effective curriculum planning and a distributed leadership model provides the basis for quality instruction guided by the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Strong instructional leadership with a focus on school wide pedagogy, whole-school Literacy and Numeracy and knowledge of best practice leads to exciting and dynamic curriculum delivery. Maximising student engagement and celebrating these successes is one of the College's highest priorities.
The learning environment at Ashdale Secondary College is technology-smart and technology-rich. Technology has been embedded in all teaching and learning programs using a strong pedagogical base that encourages transparent and effective learning outcomes. On-line networked learning communities provide flexible delivery of a variety of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Students, staff and the community have been upskilled in the effective use of learning technologies. Ashdale Secondary College has been recognised as a Specialist Information, Communication & Technology School, leading the State in innovation and opportunity.
Ashdale Secondary College values its teaching and non-teaching staff. Opportunities are provided for continued Professional Learning and personal development. Staff are encouraged and supported in the endeavours both within the classroom and the College community. The relationship forged between students and staff is integral to the continued success of all the College's teaching, learning, sporting and cultural programs, ensuring all students Achieve a Positive Future.
As a public school Ashdale Secondary College is committed to contributing to Western Australia as a socially cohesive, safe, democratically stable and reconciled society. Accordingly, we are committed to the values that we believe are essential in achieving the best possible outcomes for our students.
• Learning - At Ashdale Secondary College we have a positive approach to learning and encourage it in others: we advance student learning based on our belief that all students have the capacity to learn.
• Excellence - At Ashdale Secondary College we have high expectations of our students and ourselves. We set standards of excellence and strive to achieve them. The standards and expectations challenge all of us to give of our best.
• Equity - At Ashdale Secondary College we recognise the differing needs and circumstances of our students and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for all. We strive to create workplaces and learning environments that are free of discrimination, abuse or exploitation
• Care - At Ashdale Secondary College we treat all individuals with care. Our relationships are based on trust, mutual respect and the acceptance of responsibility. We recognise the value of working in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community in providing a quality education for all of our students.
The College runs a Specialist Program in Information, Communication & Technology, called the Specialist Technology Science Program (STSP). This program offers students the opportunity to engage in specially designed curriculum that works to the 21st century learner, while fostering creativity and adventure in the learning experience. The successful applicants to the College’s STSP enjoy fast paced and enriched studies of Science and Technology and are provided with top of the range resources and equipment. The STSP requires a four year commitment (Years 7 to 10) to fully develop the students as self-directed learners with exceptional higher order thinking.
All students enrolled in the STSP who successfully complete their course requirements over four years receive a nationally accredited Certificate II in Creative Industries, which is issued through National Corporate Training.
The program is offered in a learning environment that is technology smart and rich and facilitates learning both on and off campus, inside and outside of school hours. Students are provided with 24-7 access to a MacBook Pro with a full suite of software including Adobe Creative Suite (http://www.adobe.com/au/products/cs6.html).
The College staff utilise research-based best practices to meet the needs of gifted students. These research based learning models are used to develop the ICT capability of students as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively at school, and in their lives beyond school. Classes are designed to provide students with a unique learning experience, focused on fostering creativity and innovation.
Participation in academic competitions is strongly encouraged for STSP students as part of their academic extension. Competitions offer gifted students an opportunity for state and national competition to gauge their abilities and skills at the same time being rewarded for their hard work. Our students have had commendable success in: Screen It! (a national video game, animation and movie competition), NCSS Python programming Challenge held by University of Sydney, Little Big Shots film international festival, Australian Informatics Competition, Rio Tinto Photography Competition, 60-second Science and many more.