The WA Department of Education states that:
“Gifted and Talented programs are offered at 18 select public secondary schools, including a fully selective academic school, an arts college, a regional school and through an online program. Those selected will study with other gifted students and follow a curriculum designed specifically for their needs. They will enjoy a rich learning environment that is challenging and stimulating.”
The Bunbury Elite Sports Training (BEST) Program is an endorsed Department of Education Specialist Program only available at Bunbury Senior High School.
The program has been developed to help maximise the potential of talented students in the areas of sport and sport science.
BEST students participate in a 6 year program based on contemporary sport science training principles for talented junior athletes. Our commitment is to support your child to be
a self-managing athlete with outstanding age-related levels of fitness and sport science knowledge.
In addition to this, students will develop their understanding of recovery procedures, nutrition planning, specific injury management, generic tactics and strategies, sport
psychology, coaching and officiating.
The BEST Program won't develop students' skills in one particular sport exclusively; students will have the opportunity to work in a range of sporting contexts while in the
program to develop their physical literacy. BEST involves demanding activity programs, sport and classroom lessons. While sports-minded students will find many aspects fun,
the program is not designed to be fun! Our aim is ensure each student maximises their athletic potential, thereby providing them with the BEST opportunity to succeed in their sport of choice.
Applications are now closed
The Bunbury Senior High School Visual Arts Specialist Program (VASP) has been developed to help maximise the potential of talented students in the area of Visual Arts.
Students will have access to a unique, specialist program delivered by highly qualified staff throughout Years 7 - 12. In the Visual Arts Specialist Program students will learn through engagement in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and four-dimensional art and design practice, concept, theory, history and technique based on traditional, contemporary and commercial Visual Arts practice. To this end the program will facilitate four weekly contact hours. Two hours will be in Visual Arts, one hour in English and one hour in ICT throughout Year 7, expanding commitment and specialisation in Years 8, 9 and 10. Students will also be expected to attend Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for exhibitions and artist floor talks as well as other scheduled excursions.
Applications are now closed
Shedworks is an off-site school program that is highly practical and targeted to suit students who are challenged by the traditional academic setting.
It is essentially a school for students for whom "normal school is not making sense anymore"
The program commenced in 2009 and was a success story since its inception. While the curriculum has always varied to meet the needs of individual students, in recent years
staff have added to the complexity of the program, bringing entrepreneurial aspects that have increased the relevance of the student's work and linked the outcomes more
explicitly to the world of work outside the Shedworks setting. The products of that work, furniture, decorator and other items - are all around the school and in many
peoples' homes and gardens throughout the South West.
The Shedworks Program focuses on employability skills and making students future ready. It provides students with life skills beyond the traditional curriculum content,
including developing collaboration, problem solving and analytical skills, all underpinned by literacy and numeracy development. The program is a 'living version'
of both curriculum innovation and differentiation in education.
Selection to the Shedworks Program is limited and is by application.
PBL (Project-Based Learning) is a class set up for a limited number of Year 10 students, who must go through an application process to be accepted. The purpose of the program is to provide an alternative education program for students who may need a different approach to achieve success. Students participate in Literacy and Numeracy programs, created using the Australian Core Skills Framework, with an emphasis on developing their skills in order to pass their OLNA – a graduation requirement.
The PBL class has one teacher who delivers the majority of the curriculum for all learning areas, except for Physical Education and some elective courses. There is also an Education Assistant assigned to this class to provide extra support. The limited number of staff involved means that the teacher and EA can develop meaningful and productive relationships with the class and support each student more effectively.
Students are assigned specific projects throughout the year. These can include:
• Finance and budgeting – Real world financial situations
• Bamboo Construction – Design and construction process
• Bunbury Tourism Video – Promotion and video techniques
• Sustainability – Research and awareness techniques
• Building a realistic house – focusing on area, surface area and real-world cost price.
• Travel project - Planning and budgeting a holiday
• Canteen Specials – Designing, purchasing and cooking a special of the week to sell at Lunch
The students’ main focus throughout the year is a personal project. The personal projects are usually linked to the students’ personal and future career interests. Some past projects have been:
• Exercise and nutrition plan for a boxer
• Designing and constructing a wood and metal shield
• Brochure on Equine nutrition
• Portfolio on different hair styles/cuts/colours
• Research article on the responsibilities of an aged care worker
• Music compilation tracks
• Manual of car problems and how to fix them
• Researching and comparing different mafia groups/bosses
In Term 2 students volunteer three days of their time in either the Home Economics area, Library or Canteen. This helps to prepare them for work experience placements throughout Semester 2. Students undertake placements in a range of local industries to help them clarify their career goals and to determine their senior schooling pathway.
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