HillsValley Weekly

Science behind boosting enrolments

Article by Celeste Villani

 

PASADENA High School will specialise in science, arts and basketball to increase enrolments
and improve students services.

The school has partnered with the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) and Flinders University to create an improved curriculum and encourage students to pursue pathways in those fields.

Pasadena principal Wendy House said the changes, to be rolled out during this year, would revitalise the Daws Rd school and secure its future.
“We’ve taken this as an opportunity to reinvigorate the school’s future and become a small by design and innovative school that offers highly personalised learning,” Ms House said. “We want to create independent learners who are skilled in critical and creative thinking and are prepared for the world beyond school.

"We have an important job ahead of us, but we are up to the challenge and are looking forward to it.” Ms House hoped the strategy would double enrolments at the school, which dropped from 287 in 2008 to 150 in 2017, over the next five years.

“Pasadena High School and its community are excited to see what this new collaboration will bring to all areas of learning,” Ms House said.

Under the arrangement, the schools and university will share resources, with Pasadena students studying some subjects off-site.

Pasadena’s Special Interest Basketball Program will be expanded to include an academy, which will be run in conjunction with Sturt Sabres, Basketball SA, ASMS staff and Flinders University. It will offer students a chance to learn about sports management, coaching, umpiring, physiotherapy, massage, nutrition and participate in high-performance programs.
Basketball SA chief executive Mark Hubbard looked forward to strengthening the program.

Australian Science and Mathematics School principal Susan Hyde said the partnership had the potential to be a model for other high schools wanting to modernize their curriculum.

Flinders University staff and students will research other ways to improve the school, as well as provide Pasadena staff learning and development opportunities.

Education Department partnership, schools and preschools executive director Anne Millard said Pasadena’s new curriculum could be used in other schools.

“Pasadena High will serve as a blueprint for broader curriculum transformation, in line with South Australia’s drive towards an innovation economy,” Ms Millard said.

Last year, Pasadena had a 100 per cent South Australian Certificate of Education completion rate.

In November, the State Government announced the school would remain open after parents rejected a merger with Unley High.

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