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Henry Kendall High School

Henry Kendall High School

Developing confident, responsible citizens who strive for excellence.

Telephone02 4325 2110

Emailhenrykenda-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Principal's Message

Henry Kendall High School is a coeducational comprehensive high school in the Hunter/Central Coast Region with a student enrolment of approximately 820 students (including 56 students in the Special Education Centre), 70 teaching staff and 19 administrative support staff, and is located near the CBD of Gosford City. We have proud academic, sporting, cultural and student welfare traditions.

Our school's mission statement is: "Developing confident, responsible citizens who strive for excellence." We aim to develop the best in each student, and to draw out their talents and interests so that they are well placed to pursue their career options.

However, our mission runs deeper than this. At Henry Kendall High School we enroll families. Our school holds strong beliefs about the relationships we build with our parents and our community in order to best support and develop each student as an individual.We provide a caring and dynamic learning environment where all students can achieve their potential. This can only occur when we have strong partnerships with parents and across our community.

We want our families strongly involved with our school. At Henry Kendall High we believe that communication between the school and parents/caregivers is essential in providing a strong working relationship that ensures the best opportunities for each student. Parents are encouraged to maintain contact with all levels of school staff, express concerns, seek awareness regarding school or Departmental policy, seek information about their child's progress, be involved in school activities, and have a ‘voice' through the P&C Committee.We enjoy strong support from our parents and the local community, and we are proud of our role in Public Education where we serve the needs of our local community. The support, shared vision, mutual respect, and active participation of our community help us to provide a proactive school committed to ensuring opportunities and high standards.

As a comprehensive, public high school, we cater for students of all abilities and interests.International research identifies that "the quality of teaching is the single most important influence on student performance". Henry Kendall High proudly declares that our teachers are of the highest calibre, and I am very proud to lead a staff committed to making education meaningful for each student by providing high quality, contemporary experiences. A critical component of meeting the needs of our students' is through building connections – our teacher's value and care for their students. The relationship each student establishes with Henry Kendall High School is critical to their educational, social and personal development as a ‘whole' individual.

Henry Kendall High School provides a curriculum that is relevant, current and challenging. We want to extend the boundaries of success through maximising opportunities, interaction, participation and excellence.

Our ‘hidden' curriculum is as important as the academic, sporting and cultural learning we provide. Our school's culture promotes values essential for living in a caring, civil and just society; values such as cooperation, integrity, responsibility and respect for others. We foster in our students a capacity for independent, life-long learning and provide opportunities and guidance for students to develop into good citizens and capable leaders.

Henry Kendall High has 42 Aboriginal students and fosters a strong connection with our Aboriginal community and AECG. Across our learning community we seek to build an understanding of Aboriginal culture and celebrate the cultural identity of our students, families and community. Our Aboriginal Resource room has been identified as a site of cultural significance by local elders and the Department of Education and is proudly valued and celebrated within our school.

Henry Kendall High School values a close relationship with our partner primary schools, Gosford Public School and Point Clare Pubic School. Through a range of programs and events we build upon, celebrate and extend the talents and achievements of our vibrant students from Years K-12. Our partnerships also assist us to support learning, social and welfare needs with a particular focus upon supporting our students in the transition point of moving into high school.

Our Middle School program provides Year 7 students with a high quality middle years learning environment. Our students are given a reduced number of teachers and a home room, helping them in their transition into the world of high school. that reflects contemporary pedagogical practice and identifies each student as an independent learner. Our middle years curriculum is integrated so that students study four main subjects – Global Awareness, Human Relationships, Literacy, Technology & Numeracy, and Information & Communication. Within these our learning opportunities focus on the skills our students will need in a 21st century environment, such as higher order thinking, adaptability, collaborative peer learning, visual and information literacy, creativity, and interconnectivity. Our middle years program is built upon by a dynamic Year 8 COGS curriculum, and our high achieving students are challenged and extended through our S4 Program.

An integral part of the school is the Special Education Centre. The unit has been acknowledged for its "best practice" in teaching and support through initiatives such as the weekly Coffee Shop and the 'Seed to Table' project which allows students to see the full cycle of growing, preparing and cooking produce. The care, support and opportunities provided to our special education students are second to none.

In addition to excellence in academic study our culture of high performance in all areas provides our students with opportunities. We compete at zone, regional and state levels in a wide range of sports. We offer opportunities in co-curricular activities such as public speaking and debating competitions, Mock Trial, Lions Youth of the Year and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. We maintain a proud reputation in the arts through Central Vision, our Performing Arts Night and the Central Coast Dance Festival. Whatever our students talents and interests, Henry Kendall High School will provide opportunities to participate, enjoy and excel.

I encourage all members of Henry Kendall High School's learning community to actively utilise this website, and to be aware of and involved in school activities, events and developments. I look forward to your involvement with our school.

 

Andrew Backhouse

Principal