Welcome to the Adelaide High School website!
Adelaide High has a heartbeat and a soul which is shaped by our students, staff, families, Old Scholars and the wider community.
Situated in the west of the city and close to all public transport, Adelaide High utilises its unique location to extend learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Fostering strong partnerships with corporations such as SAHMRI, the universities and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, are just some examples of how learning is connected within a genuine and meaningful context. Surrounded by parklands and four ovals, refurbished tennis, netball and basketball courts, a Futsal court, cricket nets and two rowing club boat houses to further support our strong emphasis on sporting and healthy lifestyle opportunities. More established learning opportunities such as Museums, the State Library, Central Markets, sporting facilities, theatres and much more are all in close proximity; enabling rich, contemporary learning experiences for all at Adelaide High.
Adelaide High proudly develops individual and collective skills through student involvement in a range of co-curricular experiences and extended learning opportunities. These include, amongst others:
- STEM and learning clubs providing opportunities for participating in the F1 in Schools Challenge, Tournament of the Minds, media, live streaming, producing a weekly episode of ‘The Show’, debating, and chess.
- Opportunities for all students to participate in a range of sporting competitions in both the independent and state schools’ systems. A highlight of the school year is the sporting and cultural exchange programs with MacRobertson Girls’ High School (Melbourne) and Melbourne High School, which have been successfully untaken for more than 100 years.
Our Arts co-curricular program offers a wide range of activities based on student agency and undertaken in contemporary and innovative learning opportunities. Student leaders are active in the many co-curricular opportunities available, including a range of ensembles, Songwriters Club, Musical and Technical Theatre groups, Dance Performance Group, Theatre Sports and Art Club.
The school has a focus on citizenship and community service. The opportunities and programs include: Ecovision, Zonta Birthing Kits program, Vinnies CEO sleepout, working with the Smith Family on their reading program, Salvation Army DUOs program, and the West Terrace Cemetery Adopt a Grave program.
Adelaide High takes pride in its continuing accreditation as a member of the Council of International Schools, delivering education at international standards. A key feature of the school’s commitment to international education, since 1978, is its special focus on modern languages. The school offers eight languages which foster intercultural and communication skills. This enables students to develop the vital capabilities necessary in order to access the global economic, social and cultural dimensions of our modern multilingual context.
Adelaide High School supports international mindedness and intercultural understandings through:
- Acceptance of and respect for others and ourselves
- Awareness of and empathy for local and global issues
- Seeking to understand ourselves and others and striving for harmony
- Building and honouring a unified yet diverse linguistic and cultural community
- Celebrating our diverse linguistic and cultural community for the benefit of global sustainability and peace.
Adelaide High students make lifetime connections with their peers and develop skills, capabilities and qualities that prepare them for a dynamic and unpredictable future. Students develop a strong sense of community, intrinsic motivation and understand that they can make a difference to the lives of others. Integrating community service, student leadership and student agency forms an integral part learning and the student leadership program. This approach maximises their learning by engaging students with their teacher to co-design their learning programs. This involvement extends to co-curricular programs where students can be involved in coaching and mentoring of other students.
Students are encouraged and supported to be involved in a variety of leadership groups across all year levels. Examples include: Prefects, Student Representative Council, Middle School and Senior School Leaders, Peer Leaders, Interact and International Ambassadors.
Adelaide High also offers students with a hearing loss access to tailored, specialised programs meeting their individual needs. Students access a range of subjects and are totally integrated into mainstream classes supported by Teachers of the Deaf and/or Bilingual School Services Officers (BSSOs) who assist teachers in creating differentiating learning plans for targeted teaching.
Adelaide High School tradition creates and sustains an ethos of achievement. Traditions and culture are nurtured and supported by the school community and the Old Scholars Association who are active in continuing the traditions that define Adelaide. Excellence, application, endeavour, achievement, service and commitment to the ideals of an education "Not only for school but for life" have been widely celebrated within the school since it was founded in 1908. Whole school formal assemblies promote public acknowledgement and highlight the school’s pride in student growth and achievement within and beyond the school.
No matter what your child’s area of interest, career pathway aspiration or areas of expertise, there is a place at Adelaide High for them to stretch and realise their potential.
If you wish to extend your understanding of how we work with our families and students to achieve our motto I invite you to join me on one of our weekly Principal tours and see our school in action.
I encourage you to embrace the opportunities that Adelaide High provides. Families, please know you are an important part of this journey and we look forward to sharing this together, ‘not only for school but for life’.