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Highlights of 2018


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 achievements in 2018. 


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  • SACE Results: Adelaide High School students achieved 25 Merits and 71 A+ grades, with 2 students achieving 2 Merits each. 23 students achieved perfect scores. 
  • AHS improved in all key big data sets (PAT, NAPLAN and SACE achievement and completion) and has been categorised as an Inspire school 
  • Received a STEAM Career Development Grant of $25000.00
  • Launched our learning intervention strategy
  • Undertook an External School Review in July
  • 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 eight 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. This important work will continue across the Eastern Cluster in 2019 with a greater emphasis on Task Design.
  • Numerous staff undertook roles for the SACE Board 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 third group of students graduated into the senior school at the end of the year with outstanding success. The students in the ALEAP program have shown steady growth and the ability to achieve well in accelerated subjects. They have involved themselves in a large variety of co-curricular programs to develop their leadership, team, sporting, musical and citizenship skills.
  • Across the school, individual student learning needs are met through acceleration and customisation of students’ curriculum pathway. 

Building / Infrastructure

  • Received a Sustainability Grant to support battery storage of $250,000.00
  • Redesigned the Performing Arts Centre which will be redeveloped in 2019
  • Redeveloped the Canteen and Canteen Shelter
  • Worked with the Department to prepare a Cabinet submission for a vertical extension in preparation for Year 7s entering Adelaide High in 2022

International Programs

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  • Established 2 sister school partnerships in Qindao, China
  • Two Language teachers won scholarships to study abroad 
  • 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 Greece, Japan,
  • Spain and New Caledonia. Staff and students from our sister school in Italy visited AHS early in the year.
  • The school hosted a visit from the Presidential Guard of the Hellenic Republic in the April school holidays.
  • During Harmony Week the SRC and the International Ambassadors collaborated to organise a range of activities which were culturally diverse and represented backgrounds of members of our school community.
  • The International Ambassadors continue to assist our international students in acclimatising to life in Australia and this year organised a number of activities for them.

Co-curricular activities / Sport / Citizenship / Wellbeing

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  • Hosted the Five Highs Cricket Carnival against Melbourne High School, Sydney Boys High School, Brisbane State High School and Kent Street Senior High School
  • We celebrated our amazing music students’ skills at The Gov, the Festival of Music, the Balaklava Eisteddfod where the Rock Band came 2nd, at Generations in Jazz, in the Hall and other locations around Adelaide.
  • The Running With Scissors Theatre Company has been selected to perform “A Hymn to the Hateful” as part of the DreamBig Children’s Festival in 2019.
  • Launched Live Streaming of school events, with students from the Movie Making Club filming events such as the Exchanges, the Turn Your Health Around challenges, Music performances and formal assemblies.
  • Our Dance students shone in the Norwood Concert Hall at the Peace Rules Arts Showcase
  • Over 80 different clubs and groups were in operation in 2018 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.

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  • A new Sustainability group – ETAG – formed and are working on a number of programs to minimise our carbon footprint and waste in the school.
  • The Blueprint Student Magazine was produced in connection with a new Stage 1 Journalism course.
  • Over 70 girls hosted students from MacRobertson Girls High School for the annual exchange, while more than 80 boys travelled across the border to Melbourne to compete against Melbourne High School. The girls reclaimed the Prefects’ Cup with a 9-6 win over MacRob.
  • 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. 
  • Staff and students assisted in the Salvation Army Do Unto Others program, preparing and serving meals to members of the community in need twice a term.
  • We launched our pop up breakfast in the Hallway of Human Rights
  • Had significant media exposure profiling Greek Learning, Japan Study Tour, Year 9 NAPLAN on line, Year 12 English Literary Studies E Exam
  • The school held its first ever ANZAC Commemoration Service with student Air Force cadets playing a significant role in proceedings.

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  • The Rowing students provided over 1000 hours of volunteer service outside of regular school hours, their regular training and required service commitments to support the Rowing Club and its operations. 
  • The students in the Cricket Club continued their outstanding performances, winning most of the Saturday morning games and knockout competitions, including the All Schools Final against PAC. Many players are also State representatives.
  • Senior School students had the opportunity to attend an RAAF presentation in which the lead attraction was an immersive Super Hornet jet flight simulator.
  • The SAPOL class and Prefects supported Vinnies by participating in a Vinnies School Sleepout, raising over $8500 for those experiencing homelessness in Adelaide. 
  • The Rowing Club had an outstanding set of results at the Head of the River Regatta with 11 of the 14 crews in A finals and 7 of them finishing in the top 3 in the A finals. The boys 1st 4+ won the Cudmore Cup for Schoolboys 1st 4+. 
  • A group of Year 8 students gained second place in the Multimedia section of the Oliphant Science Awards.
  • Interact held various activities throughout the year to raise money for a variety of charities.
  • 508 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 was the only secondary school represented in the top 50 - and assisted with hosting of the Presentation Reception.
  • Over 200 students participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
  • We set a record for our 2018 VITAE – the biggest one ever at 416 pages
  • The Running with Scissors Theatre Company continues to impress and delight audiences and this year’s performance “Our House” was performed as part of the Adelaide Fringe.
  • Language students sat the ACER Assessment of Language Competence Certificates tests, with a large number achieving High Distinction or Distinction awards.
  • Adelaide High School continues to host the Debating SA competitions. Seven teams represented AHS, 3 teams made the finals and the Year 9 Black team won the Grand Final.

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  • 104 students competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition and out of those, 96 students achieved major awards including 12 with high distinctions. 
  • Numerous sport teams were either Zone Premiers or State Champions.
  • We refined the uniform for our 2019 Year 8 students and re-introduced the AHS Blazer
  • F1 in Schools team, Prismatic, represented AHS at the National Finals in March in Launceston, Tasmania 
  • Two F1 in Schools teams, Lickety Split and Ray, competed at the State finals at the Royal Adelaide Show in September, with both winning awards. Lickety Split have been selected as a Wild Card entry to the National Finals in 2019.
  • The Houses continue to make global citizenship a focus while enhancing House Spirit. Adey House supported Foodbank with a food drive, Macghey supported Beyond Blue, Morriss supported the Animal Welfare League, while West supported the Hutt St Centre through the Walk a Mile in My Boots campaign. 
  • Year 9 students raised funds for Legacy during Legacy Week. 
  • The SAPOL class continued the tradition of painting murals for railways stations, with this year’s group creating a series of murals for the Adelaide Railway Station depicting South Australia’s involvement in the space industry.
  • Numerous students have taken part in Learning Area homework clubs and tutorial sessions with teachers supporting students in a number of subjects. 
  • The Peer Leader program continues to support the transition of Year 8s into secondary school.
  • Students and old scholars volunteered to coach sporting teams, and our recent old scholars support the school by tutoring Senior School students in various subjects.
  • We established media partnerships with: The Project, BTN SBS – where Adelaide High will be the set for a new mini series

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