The Heights School (Australia)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2010)|
|The Heights School|
Success Through Quality Teaching and Learning 
|Modbury Heights, SA, Australia|
|Locale||Brunel Drive, Modbury Heights|
|Colour(s)||Navy, Maroon and White|
The Heights School is a combined Secondary and Primary school serving the Modbury Heights area in Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in Adelaide's District 5 (North West) school district, in close proximity to Golden Grove High School, Gleeson College and Pedare Christian College.
- 1 Structure
- 2 Special programs
- 3 Australian HPV Super Series (Pedal Prix)
- 4 Wakakirri
- 5 South Australian Public (Primary) Schools Music Society Festival of Music
- 6 Autism intervention program
- 7 Other
- 8 Observatory
- 9 Notable Students
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Heights School consists of three sub-schools, divided by year level. The sub-schools are:
- Junior School - Preschool (CPC) - Year 5,
- Middle School - Year 6 - Year 9,
- Senior School - Year 10 - Year 12+ students.
The Heights School is an Ignite school. The Ignite program allows gifted students to work at an extended level. There are three levels of Ignite, The Ignite Program, the Co-Ignite Program and the Pre-Ignite Program. The Ignite class studies years 8, 9 and 10 in two years. This is done by studying year 8 and 9 in one year and then year 10 in one year but at an extended level. Students then go on to study years 11 and 12 at a normal level. As Ignite students leave school a year earlier, they can, if they wish, complete year 13 to fill in that year. The Co-Ignite class studies years 8, 9 and 10 in the full three years but at an extended level. They then complete years 11 and 12 as normal. For technology lessons, the two classes come together to study with each other. The Heights School also offers a Pre-Ignite Program. This is not an official part of the Ignite Program. This was designed by The Heights to allow students that they thought would be able to complete the Ignite Program, to do years 6 and 7 at an extended level. Glenunga International High School (starting 1998) and Aberfoyle Park High School (1999) are also Ignite schools.
The Heights School has developed a specialised cricketing program in association with the Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club and the SACA. The program is run by state under 14s coach and Northern Jets A Grade player Andrew Costello, and is offered a special subject for years 8-11.
Australian HPV Super Series (Pedal Prix)
The school has a major involvement in the Australian International HPV Super Series With annual involvement from 2004 in all 3 races per year, with 4 HPVs as of 2011. The four bikes are 'Quasar', which is ridden by students from the Junior School. 'Odyssey' is the Middle School bike, and 'Phoenix II' is the The Senior School bike. There is also an Old Scholars team and bike, which races under the name of 'THOR'. The school has also hosted students from Hwa Chong Institution who raced with the Heights team in Round 1 of 2008. All bikes now support a green image and promotes environmentally friendly activities, hence its official name, 'The Heights School Green Technology Racing'.
The Heights School has long been involved in Wakakirri. The program is currently run by Penny Phillips. Wakakirri involves students acting or dancing to music. Voice is not used at all. Although The Heights mainly focuses on the Story-Dance category, It does also enter in the Story-Film category and Story Writing. In 2010, 5 students from The Heights had their stories published in the Wakakirri Story Book. Its past performances include "Dark Deeds in Duckville", "Spring Around the World", "Tapping into Your Talent" and "Beat the Crave and Save". This year (2011), The Heights School performed "Don't Judge a Moth by Its Colour", which went on to win the South Australian finals.
South Australian Public (Primary) Schools Music Society Festival of Music
The Heights School (years 6 and 7) participate in the South Australian Public (Primary) Schools Music Society Festival of Music. This extra-curricular activity run by Algis Laurinaitis involves a choir and some students are able to audition for instrumental roles and solo parts. The choir sings a set of songs decided on by the South Australian Public (Primary) Schools Music Society. Every year there is a 'theme' (e.g. fairy tales) that the main songs are about. There is also a song included about bullying and indigenous Australians.
Autism intervention program
The Autism Intervention Program is a DECD initiative which uses The Ziggurat model of intervention to provide a holistic education, catering to the needs of individual learners on the Autism Spectrum. Students receive targeted intervention, designed to assist in eradicating the defined, or potential barriers to their inclusion. Emphasis is placed on addressing the ‘triad of impairments’ for learners with ASD. Skills and strategies will be explicitly taught to address students’: - Pragmatic (social) development - Language - Behavioural responses Learners will be taught methods to think flexibly and self regulate their behaviour whilst meeting sensory needs in socially acceptable ways. Individually tailored programs will also target students’ academic needs.
The Emanuel Papaelia Observatory consists of a 5 metre dome containing a 14-inch (355mm) Meade LX200 ACF Schmidt Cassegrain reflecting telescope acquired in 2011. It can be computer controlled, and is used visually for Public Viewing Nights. The School's student STAR Group uses the telescope both visually and for astrophotography. The ground level of the observatory building includes an official seismic recording station operated by the Department of Primary Industries and Resources.
The Ingham Family Rooms is a roll-off roof building that doubles as a classroom for STAR Group students studying astronomy. It contains a sophisticated, high end 12.5" Ritchey–Chrétien design reflector from Optical Guidance Systems acquired in 2012, which features a carbon fibre tube, zero expansion ceramic mirror and a motorised secondary mirror for computer-aided focussing. This telescope is mounted on a Losmandy HGM 200 mount, and uses the Losmandy Gemini Control system for automated tracking.
The Observatory also holds a number of portable, non-tracking telescopes, in particular a 16-inch Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian.
Students from the school are actively involved with the observatory, with the STAR (Students Thinking with Astronomical Reasoning) Group meeting weekly at the observatory to observe and learn about Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The Heights Observatory is located at Lat 34.812488 S, Lon 138.682504 W
- "Welcome to The Heights website". The Heights School. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- "DECS page for THS".
- "The Heights School - Contact Details". Department of Education and Children's Services. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- The Government of South Australia, Department of Education and Children's Services. "Ignite program website". Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- The Heights School Website
- "Pedal Prix website".
- "The Heights School". Green Technology Racing / Pedal Prix. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "Observatory". The Heights School. Retrieved 24 April 2010.[dead link]
- Carey, Wayne; Charles Happell (2009). "6 "Big Brother"". The Truth Hurts. Pan Macmillan Australia. p. 64.