Our secondary schools offer a variety of programs to suit children and young people’s needs and future aspirations.
Choosing a secondary school is a really important decision involving many factors including the needs and aspirations of your children, and the learning style and programs offered at the school.
Schools may offer special programs for children to extend their learning including:
- school-based programs including vocational programs, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
- programs for children who are academically gifted
- programs for those with special learning needs
- programs for those with a flair for the arts or a passion for sports
- programs for those students living in vulnerable communities like the Follow the Dream program.
Additionally, the following programs are available to children and young people throughout Western Australia.
- Premier's ANZAC Student Tour
- Training in school
- Instrumental music programs
- Swimming and water safety
As a secondary public school student, your child has the chance to travel overseas as part of the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour. Students visit commemorative sites and battlefields of significance to Australians. While overseas, students also attend a number of ANZAC Day commemorative events.
Students wishing to take part complete a selection process which includes a written essay about the development of ANZAC Day as a commemorative event of significance. Students selected to proceed to the next phase of the competition prepare a five minute speech based on their essay. A small group of students is then chosen to go on the tour.
Selected students are ambassadors for Western Australia and help continue the ANZAC tradition when they return to their schools and communities. The tour is part of the commitment by public schools to enshrine ANZAC Day as a day of importance to all students.
For more information visit our ANZAC Student Tour site.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to young people in Years 11 and 12. This means they combine studying for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) with training and work (spending three days a week at school, one day training and one day at work).
There are four options available:
- Pre-Apprenticeships in Schools (PAiS) allow young people to try different jobs in the industry they are interested in or to undertake an industry specific pre-apprenticeship. They then progress to an apprenticeship.
- School-based apprenticeships allow young people to start their apprenticeship on a part-time basis at school and continue full-time or part-time after leaving school.
- School-based traineeships allow young people to complete qualifications while at school.
- Aboriginal school-based training provides opportunities for young Aboriginal people to gain a qualification, continue with further education and training or employment, while still at school.
One of the unique and highly regarded programs for students in public schools is the instrumental music program which is run in schools through Instrumental Music School Services.
Selection into this program is based on musical aptitude testing and other criteria, and if your child is selected, this outstanding program will take your child’s love of music to the next level. They will receive free instrumental tuition and the opportunity to participate in a range of music enrichment activities.
The teaching standard is extremely high. As well as having a passion for music, instrumental teachers are qualified musicians and registered teachers. They work with more than 400 primary and secondary schools across Western Australia, teaching students from Years 3 to 12.
Classes are generally scheduled in school time. Students are taught in small groups, usually on the same instrument, and go on to join mixed instrumental groups and bands when they are considered ready by their instrumental music teachers.
Instruments generally offered in primary school include brass (trumpet, trombone and baritone), classical guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, violin and viola. Students can continue the program in secondary schools.
For more information about Swimming and water safety.