Look to your local High School for a wealth of opportunity
- A rich and varied curriculum
- State-of-the-art learning facilities
- Experienced, dedicated teachers
- A history of academic excellence
- Effective student services
DSHS Students achieve excellent results
Denmark Senior High School has an excellent record of student achievement. DSHS were highly ranked in the Top 50 Schools in the State, for 3 years running. Based on Year 12 WACE scores, in 2013, DSHS was the top ranked country high school.
Explore your abilities, passions and interests, and prepare for the future
Students from Denmark Senior High School are both academically and socially well prepared to pursue further studies at University, TAFE, obtain apprenticeships, or begin work.
The competent and experienced teaching faculty is dedicated to maximising the potential of all students. A superb Student Services infrastructure and a wide and interesting curriculum fosters individual well being and excellence.
For years 11 and 12 we offer WACE (West Australian Certificate of Education). This may be achieved via ATAR, the University entry pathway, or VET (Vocational Education and Training). Both pathways may incorporate studies in: English, Mathematics, Science, IT, History, Psychology, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Building and Construction, Food Science, Art, Drama, and Music.
Throughout the school journey, striving for high academic standards is balanced with the safeguarding and development of individual self-worth.
With just over 400 students in the school in 2016, you will find the environment inclusive and welcoming, with exciting and expanding opportunities in academic, vocational, artistic and sporting pursuits.
Experience the benefits of a small country school with excellent facilities, and all the opportunities of modern connectivity.
The students enjoy modern, well-equipped facilities in a spacious, rural setting. The school is set in 19 hectares of riverside land, in easy commute to town, beach and forest.
Students take advantage of the local environment through subjects such as Physical Recreation where students can snorkel, surf and canoe in superb natural locations.
Classroom teaching is enhanced across all learning areas with the use of modern technology; internet access, electronic whiteboards, laptops computers, tablets for drawing, cameras and scanners.
Digital technologies electives prepare students for digital learning in tertiary and workplace environments, with exposure and training in the use of digital production tools and applications, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, FloorPlan, Sketchup, Python and MS Office.
Specialist Projects in sport and the arts promote self-management, teamwork confidence and participation.
There are specialist programs available in sports, visual arts, drama and music. The programs promote team participation as well as skills transference and acquisition.
The Specialist Basket Ball Program aims to develop a student’s capacity to perform at a top-level in playing, refereeing, coaching and administration. There is also the opportunity to represent the school in sporting events such as Country Week, Interstate and State Basketball competitions, and interschool sport in the areas of football, athletics, and soccer.
In the Visual Arts, we promote the philosophy is that Art is for everyone. Students have the opportunity to work in the purpose built specialist area, designed to cater for art of all types including drawing, painting, scultping and ceramics.
Programs in Music are designed to engage students in learning to play, compose, sing, and perform. The new Music Classroom in the Arts Wing at Denmark SHS is the beginning of a new era in “The Arts”. This music program culminates in successful performances of our school bands, as well as the individual achievements of students partaking in specialist instrument programs.
Participation in Drama is also highly encouraged, with a large-scale musical theatre production typically involving one third of students in the school. Students can be involved in acting, singing, dance, backstage management and costume design and creation.
Extra curricular activities, pastoral care and individual educational pathways all support student well being, involvement and development towards person goals.
A range of learning support programs and student services are in place at the school to ensure the individual pastoral and educational needs of each student are met.
To support students who may be experiencing difficulties, we operate programs such as Language Acceleration and Students at Educational Risk. There are also plenty off opportunities for students whose strengths are based outside of academic pursuit to win experience and accreditation:
- Basketball Extension Program
- School Concert or Pop Band
- Drama Production
Whole person education is highly valued in the school and in the modern workplace. Through the choosing of elective subjects, as part of the curriculum, all students can design a pathway that supports their aims and interests.
The school has its own FESA Cadets Unit, which is run as an extra curricular activity by school staff in conjunction with the Shire of Denmark and community volunteers. The cadets undertake a wide range of activities and win skills and experience useful in school and wider community life.
Our school is committed to Environmental Education and has been a State Land Care Education winner and finalist. Our environment makes our school unique and we participate in community services programs to enhance the area. These programs promote belonging and stewardship.
Denmark students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of Workplace Learning experiences. They can also undertake some TAFE courses or study nationally recognised units of competence.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student leadership and personal development programs including Prefect Leaders, Student Council, School Council, and Challenge Camps.
For more information on the educational benefits on offer at Denmark High School, contact us via email with your questions or to arrange a meeting.
Lower School Deputy – Wayne Austin – Wayne.Austin@education.wa.edu.au
Senior School Deputy – Bob Kirk – Robert.Kirk@education.wa.edu.au