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Highlights of 2017

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Adelaide High school is a dynamic community which is passionate about learning for life, and our Vision and Priorities (using the three pillars of Wellbeing, Learning and Culture) guide our work.


The following highlights provide a snapshot of Adelaide High School’s accomplishments in 2017. 

  • 83 different clubs and groups were in operation in 2017 spanning leadership, community service, sports and cultural activities, providing students with opportunities to further develop areas of interest.
  • Over 500 students were involved in Open Night.
  • Over 700 students represented the school in sport.
  • Over 300 students undertook leadership roles across all year levels.
  • The Languages Learning Area continues to provide students with wonderful opportunities to live and learn overseas or through hosting an incoming student from our sister schools or through our international program. Out-bound tours this year included study tours to Germany, Italy and China. In-bound tours included Japan and Thailand.
  • 37 students took part in overseas tours to further their linguistic and intercultural understandings. A further 23 students hosted a student from overseas as part of our sister school and study tour programs. 
  • Over 60 boys hosted students from Melbourne High School for the annual exchange, while more than 70 girls travelled across the border to Melbourne to compete against MacRobertson Girls High School. 
  • 27 students from the Movie Making Club were involved in the new AHS video magazine, State Library video project and live streaming during the exchange. 
  • Students continued to support Zonta International by assembling 600 birthing kits to support women in developing countries. 
  • Ecovision planted hundreds of seedlings in the parklands to support the local environment. More than 70 students are involved in this club. 
  • Ecovision teamed with the City of Adelaide, Greening Australia, the Department Of Environment, Water And Natural Resources and Trees for Life to launch a demonstration site for carbon sequestering along Glover Avenue. The demonstration site aims to show on a small scale what a carbon offset planting looks like. 
  • The Adopt a Grave program at West Terrace Cemetery continued where our Year 9 students gave freely of their time to restore gravesites and undertake research about the people whose graves had been restored. A number of teachers assisted in this program, which is an invaluable in assisting students to give back to the community.
  • Staff and Students assisted in the Salvation Army Do Unto Others program, preparing and serving meals to members of the community in need.
  • The Cricket teams raised funds for Fight Cancer Foundation by encouraging others to wear their footy colours for a day, strengthening their program while doing something for others.
  • The Rowing students have provided over 350 hours of volunteer service outside of regular school hours, their regular training and required service commitments to support the Rowing Club and its operations. These students assisted in coaching the Year 7 Rowing Transition Program, helped at Club working bees and with minor boat maintenance, assisted in coxing other year levels or volunteered at regattas.
  • Four teams of students supported the Cancer Council by participating in the Relay For Life, raising nearly $8000 for cancer research.
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  • Harmony Week was held in Term 1, with the SRC and the International Ambassadors collaborating to organise a range of activities which were culturally diverse and represented parts
  • of our school community. 
  • International Ambassadors held a Curry Day in Term 3 raising money for a school in Indonesia teaching refugees.
  • Interact held various activities throughout the year to raise money for a variety of charities.
  • 568 Middle School students participated in the Premier’s be active Challenge. Adelaide High School was named as one of the 50 High Achieving Schools and assisted with hosting of the Presentation Reception in November.
  • Over 200 students received awards in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
  • AHS was the Schools Runner Up in the Association of Community Service Organisations awards in recognition of the assembly of Birthing Kits. 
  • The Performing Arts team continues to grow and consolidate and as a result, there were multiple performances both in the school and in the wider community. 
  • The Music department presented An Evening of Jazz - Adelaide Fringe performance (AHS Stage Band), Festival of Music performance (Stage Band), Club Night - Live at the Capri (Stage Band), Stage 2 Moderation Performances 1 & 2 (Jazz Band, Stage Band and Orchestra), AHS Annual Greek Dinner Dance (AHS Greek Band), Cabaret Night (Stage Band, Jazz Band & Orchestra), Music on the Roof – end of year performances by all bands, music students and ensembles.
  • The Running with Scissors Theatre Company continues to impress and delight audiences and this year’s performance “I Love you to Bits! (and to Pieces)” was performed as part of the Fringe.
  • A group of students represented the school in the DaVinci Competition around STEM related activities. The team was the highest scoring public school.
  • Language students sat the ACER Assessment of Language Competence Certificates tests, with a large number achieving High Distinction or Distinction awards.
  • Six teams represented the school at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, with the Open Boys Division 1 team winning the Gold medal.
  • Tournament of Minds: This year we entered three teams for the first time. Two teams decided to do the Social Sciences challenge - INSPIRE-ational and the third team decided on the Engineering Mathematics challenge - A One Way Trip. 
  • Debating: Adelaide High School continues to host the Debating SA competitions on a range of Wednesday evenings in Terms 2 and 3. Three Year 8 teams, two Year 9 teams, two Year 10 teams and one Senior team represented AHS.
  • Chess: The Girls chess team won a place in the nationals - Australian Schools Teams Chess Championships - in Sydney at Sydney Girls Grammar School.
  • Darcy Rees and Mhyles Hintural received The Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award. They were among 11 South Australian students presented with this prestigious award at a ceremony at Government House. The Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award is awarded annually to students in Year 11 and Year 12 in recognition of their significant contributions to society through citizenship and service.
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  • 95 students competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition and out of those, 86 students achieved major awards including 22 with high distinctions. In the South Australian competition there were seven major award winners.
  • Numerous sport teams were either Zone Premiers or State Champions.
  • The 2016 Five Highs Cricket Carnival was held by Kent St School in Perth in December. The Adelaide High School team was victorious for the sixth year in a row. In the 2017 Carnival in Sydney, Adelaide remained undefeated but rain-affected games saw the team come runners-up to Kent St.
  • The two AHS F1 in Schools teams, Prismatic and Phoenix, completed two days of competition at the Royal Adelaide Show, engaging in knockout races, team challenges, presentations and time trials. The overall results for our teams were excellent. Prismatic came second to Brighton, with both teams gaining 6 awards each. Prismatic have been invited to the National Finals in March 2018 which will be held in Launceston, Tasmania. A team of AHS students engaged in STEM learning activities at the Royal Show, working with Steve Brooks and challenging their critical and creative thinking, problem solving and skills in entrepreneurship. 
  • The Houses continue to make global citizenship a focus while enhancing House Spirit. Adey House continued to support Samaritan’s Purse Australia with Operation Christmas Child, collecting and assembling 138 Shoeboxes of Love. 
  • The West House raised funds for Zastro, a child the House chose to sponsor in Zambia.
  • The 2017 SAPOL class raised funds for Legacy during Legacy Week. Once again, the 2017 cohort has shown respect to students in previous years and continued the tradition of the school providing murals for train stations around Adelaide, developing a series of murals which captured the essence of the Year of
  • International Sustainable Tourism for the Adelaide Railway Station. The students developed the murals with the assistance of Mr John Whitney, Artist in Residence and former parent. Mr Michael Gurr has worked over a significant number of years to ensure this course continues while providing students with lifelong skills. 
  • Senior School students undertake tutoring in various areas with Middle School students.
  • At least 122 students have taken part in the afternoon Homework Club with various teachers supporting students in a number of subjects. 
  • The Peer Leader program supports the transition of Year 8s into secondary school.
  • The International Ambassadors assist our international students in acclimatising to life in Australia.
  • Students also volunteered to coach sporting teams, and our recent old scholars support the school by tutoring Senior School students in various subjects. 
  • Staff have begun to explore strategies to surface language through task and assessment design to improve engagement and achievement.
  • Staff continue to develop effective practices and processes in Task Design, embedding all of the Australian Curriculum Capabilities. 
  • As part of a teacher’s professional focus, all teachers seek feedback from both student and peers to analyse the evidence provided to improve practice. 
  • The AITSL Professional Teaching Standards have continued to be an essential component of staff professional learning. 
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  • Staff Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT’s) continue to develop reflective inquiry to improve practice. 
  • The work of the Eastern Cluster of secondary schools continues with staff involved in subject moderation and in work to deepen their use and understanding of the Australian Curriculum. This year’s combined Student Free Day focused on collaborative moderation processes and task design across the seven secondary schools in the Cluster. Those areas where the SACE curriculum has moved into the Australian Curriculum also benefitted from staff working collaboratively across the East. Adelaide High School hosted the HPE and Language groups. This important work will continue across the Eastern Cluster in 2018 with a greater emphasis on Task Design.
  • To continue to strengthen our understanding of the SACE, a number of teachers attended clarifying workshops. 25 staff undertook roles such as chief examiners / assessors, oral examiners, setters, markers and moderators in Languages, Mathematics, the Sciences, HPE, Arts, English and EAL, and the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Innovation in the curriculum is a whole school focus. Adelaide High School’s Learning, Enrichment and Acceleration Program (ALEAP) is an innovative acceleration learning course compacting Years 8-10 into two years. The ALEAP program is in its fourth year and the second group of students will graduate into the senior school at the end of the year with outstanding success. The students in the ALEAP program have also showed steady growth and the ability to achieve well in the accelerated subjects. They have involved themselves in a large variety of co-curricular programs to develop their leadership, team, sporting, musical and citizenship skills.
  • The AHS Pedagogical Framework highlights 5 Key Levers for learning improvement which will drive Professional Learning in 2018.
  • Across the school, individual student learning needs are met through acceleration and customisation of students’ curriculum pathway. 
  • Bookings for Parent -Teacher Interview Nights in 2017 show that 931 parents attended 4304 interviews with teachers during the two main Parent Teacher Nights. This data shows that parents wish to communicate with the school on a range of areas and Parent Teacher Nights are integral to positive relationships which support student learning and wellbeing. The data is also evidence of a positive and supportive school culture.