For nearly 100 years, Balaklava High School (BHS) has serviced the community with a long and proud tradition of providing broad subject choice and quality programs, in a highly supportive environment. We extend students’ abilities and set them up for individual success both at school and after they graduate to reach their full potential. Next year will be a significant one for BHS as we celebrate our 100th anniversary and also welcome Year 7 students to our school for the first time.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and the success they achieved when results were released in December and again in January for those who applied for university. Our dux was Abbey Bubner who achieved an ATAR of 83.4 (without bonus points) and she has been accepted into her first preference university course, a Bachelor of Music at Adelaide University.
We would also like to acknowledge Madeleine Karklins who, as a Year 11, achieved an A+ with her work in Research Project. Other highlights include 21 grades in the A Band and 100 per cent of eligible students achieved their PLP, and 96 per cent of eligible students achieved their SACE with a number of students working on SACE completion this year through their VET studies. More than 90 per cent of our students who applied for university received offers in courses such as Engineering, Exercise and Sport Science, Early Childhood Education and a variety of Business degrees. A number of our graduates have also accepted apprenticeships and employment and we anticipate hearing success stories from all of our old scholars as they continue with the next step of their lives.
For the second consecutive year, we had a very small number of new staff join us, which is excellent for consistency and shows a desire for staff to stay at BHS and continue the work we have started in strengthening relationships and working toward individual success for all students. We were pleased to welcome Alana Sharman (Maths/Numeracy/STEM Coordinator), Kym Spartley (English/FLO), Amy Tilbrook (Art/Design) and Hannah Hoepner (Ag/Research Project), while also welcoming back James Mussared (English), who has returned in a part time capacity this year, which will allow him to continue the studies he started while on leave last year.
While the core focus of any school is teaching and learning, Balaklava High School takes an additional approach of focusing on students as an individual person by also supporting their wellbeing. To do this, the school offers a variety of programs and resources including the Doctors on Campus program, access to mental health providers and by having a male and a female counsellor available at the school for students to access. However, our Enhanced Learning Hub (ELH) offers one of the most dynamic aspects of students’ academic and wellbeing success. The ELH not only provides a supervised space for students to study a variety of programs independently, it also offers guided literacy and numeracy extension and intervention support, access to the school’s specialist music program, fitness programs, cooking club and mentoring, all with the support of specialist teachers.
The school also provides students with opportunities for multiple extra-curricular and other special events such as sports, athletics, swimming and a variety of camps and excursions to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Our agriculture program continues to provide outstanding opportunities and experiences for students who gain both practical and theoretical knowledge with a specialist teacher and excellent, modern facilities. Our facilities continue to be modernised as we have recently had eight new classrooms and two specialised art rooms delivered to the school. We expect to be able to use them from the beginning of next term and are excited to finally have buildings that reflect the contemporary teaching programs and practices that are delivered in them.
Whether in terms of the diverse range of learning, technology, musical, sporting or wellbeing opportunities offered, there is something for everyone at Balaklava High School and I invite you to contact us at the school if you’d like to know any more or to make an appointment for a school tour.