Our School in 2017
Our School and Community
The Scottsdale school community is set in a rural
agricultural environment in North East Tasmania, approximately 70 km from
Launceston. Historically, Scottsdale‚€™s
economic base has been agriculture and forestry. Today, the economy remains
strong but has expanded to include softwood industries and tourism.
The Scottsdale community is supportive and traditional with a
strong sense of family values. There is great pride in the traditions of the
school. The school is strongly supported by its School Association, Parents and
Friends‚€™ sub-committee, and numerous other parent and community groups who
continue to actively contribute and enrich the school'ss educational program.
has celebrated a reputation built up over 90 years of which the community is
proud. Strong and supportive relationships are maintained between the school and
its community. This is evidenced by a committed School Association, a Mt Cameron
Field Studies Centre Committee, a Farm Board, the Dorset Trade Training Centre
Local Management Group, local businesses which provide work experience
placements, various Service clubs and sport organisations.
school‚€™s high retention rate reflects a community that values further education
and training. The school enjoys a wonderful reputation of past students
achieving academic and vocational success.
enrolment of 350 comprises Grades 7 to 12, representing the 12 to 18 year age
group. Students transfer from
Bridport, Ringarooma and Scottsdale Primary Schools as well as Winnaleah District High School. Many students have direct
family links to the original students of the High School, reflecting loyalties
to, as well as pride in the district and the school.
students study a curriculum which represents all learning areas. They
participate successfully in a wide range of academic competitions at state and
national levels. Outdoor Education is a highly valued school activity which
provides a variety of character building experiences and challenges across the
four years of schooling. Many students strive towards further education or
vocational training. Scottsdale students are
keenly sought after by employers because of their excellent work ethic.
proportion of students travel by bus which limits after school activities.
However, local communities more than compensate by providing sporting
opportunities, which our students enthusiastically embrace, maintaining healthy,
longstanding inter-town rivalries. Students are exceptionally talented in many
co-curricular activities such as sport; debating; national and state subject
competitions; and cattle handling, craft and food products at agricultural
shows. Work placements and flexible programs which are targeted to suit
individual needs of students is well supported by the many local businesses and
32 teachers, 5 administration personnel, 8 teacher assistants 6 attendants, 2
kiosk personnel, 1 chaplain, 1 laboratory technician, 1 computer network
support, 1 social worker and 1 guidance officer. Most staff reside in the
community and value the lifestyle and environment afforded to them and their
children, many of whom have attended
High School. The collective
expertise of the staff allows a wide variety of subjects to be offered at the
Professional learning is a high priority for all staff. A strong emphasis is
placed on team development in both grade and learning areas. Leadership
opportunities will be distributed across the school.
links are established with families to ensure that close monitoring of students‚€™
progress and behaviour can occur. The staff expect students to strive for
excellence and to make a strong commitment to all facets of their education.
was established in 1922, on 2 hectares of land, originally donated by an early
settler, Alexander Coplestone. The school‚€™s foreground buildings are of heritage
value and are situated within picturesque gardens, which many visitors admire
from the Coplestone Street entrance. In
addition the school has a productive school farm of 20 hectares located 3 km
away, a keenly managed pine plantation and a well maintained field studies
centre at Mt Cameron which is accessed by state and national organisations. In
2004 the school officially opened the Dorset Skill Centre which caters for
students in Grades 11/12 as well as community learners in vocational education
and training courses.
A State of
the Art Performing Arts Centre development including a kiosk was completed in
2005 and serves the needs of the school and the wider community. The school is
bordered by an attractive golf course and enjoys convenient access to the
community recreation grounds, stadium and swimming pool complex. The entire
school campus is built at ground level providing suitable access for all
community members. Development in technology including wireless internet access,
is keeping the school at the forefront with initiatives in state education. In
2010, the school received Federal Government funding to build a Trade Training
Centre on its site. Further information on these facilities are available on
curriculum is aligned to the requirements of the Australian Curriculum and
includes English, Science, Mathematics and History. Our curriculum is inclusive
of all students and is centred around the seven General Capabilities:
Information and communication technology
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
addition to the Australian Curriculum, The Tasmanian Curriculum Framework
provides learning opportunities from the following learning areas; Health and
Wellbeing, Art, Music, Drama, LOTE, Technology (IT, Wood, Metal, Graphics, Food,
Textiles), Agriculture and Flexible Programs as well as other various options.
The school promotes a balanced academic program. A strong Pastoral Care Program
is provided through grade teams.
curriculum is being enriched through teams at both grade and learning area
level. This is also supported by our focus (as a whole staff) on quality
teaching and learning with staff regularly engaged in professional learning to
improve and develop our practice to ensure that we meet the needs of all