Kew High School comprises a diverse student community where forty-one nationalities are represented in the population and over eighty overseas students are enrolled, mostly at VCE levels. Our main feeder schools are Kew, Kew East, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East and Alphington Primary Schools. Demand for places continues to be high although permanent school buildings can only accommodate a finite number. Our overall population now risen from 700 in 1996 to over 1000 students. The school has a Student Family Occupational (SFO) density of .40.
Our staff is committed to a whole school focus on learning and teaching. Everything we do connects back to this. Teachers collaborate, interrogate data and share resources. We have a viable and documented curriculum. A balanced and diverse range of programs is available to allow students to choose and complete an appropriate pathway and extra-curricular programs to build on their strengths and interests.
Our international program involving VCE students adds to our cultural diversity of over 30 nationalities represented in the student cohort.
We create a learning environment that places the student at the centre. Our aim is to build the capacity of every student through a differentiated curriculum that enables every student to achieve success. This focus on academic success is underpinned by the development of strong relationships. Due to this distinct emphasis on the importance of relationships, the creation of shared norms and agreed behaviours, and a carefully managed wellbeing structure, there is a strong understanding about how all community members want to be treated and what constitutes appropriate behaviour. As a general rule our students are well motivated, interested in their studies and feel connected to the school. We have a diversity of staff in terms of age, nationality and gender. Each year we have been fortunate to put on new staff, some of whom are graduates. There is a willingness to embrace change and see it as an opportunity for growth; an ability to develop positive student teacher relations; consistent approaches to effective pedagogy and a desire and responsiveness to professional learning. Staff are committed to a whole school focus on learning and teaching, receptive to innovation and flexibility and provide students, and each other, with a depth of expertise, experience and enthusiasm.
Kew High School is well served by the Learning Management System Compass which manages daily communication, record keeping, , assessment and reporting processes. This learning platform is accessible to all in the school community.
Environment / Facilities:
The school was built in the early 1960s and has undergone significant refurbishing in the past ten years. As well as DET master plan resources, community money has funded extra buildings. We share a community theatre and gym. Facilities need to be carefully maintained as they are under intense pressure every day. Outside spaces are limited.
Our fundamental purpose at Kew High School is to create the young adults we want our students to become with the values, knowledge, skills and dispositions to participate in a rewarding future. To this end we provide a stimulating and secure learning environment involving a wide network of community partnerships.
As the student is at the centre, we have a distinct emphasis on the importance of relationships. This results in shared norms and agreed behaviours and a carefully managed wellbeing structure. We have a clear understanding of and belief in what constitutes appropriate behaviour and how all community members want to be treated.