Alfred Deakin High School

Coordinates: 35°19′26″S 149°05′42″E / 35.324°S 149.095°E / -35.324; 149.095
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Alfred Deakin High School
Coordinates35°19′26″S 149°05′42″E / 35.324°S 149.095°E / -35.324; 149.095
MottoCare and Quality
Key peopleBrian Downton (Principal)
Number of studentsApprox. 960

Alfred Deakin High School is a government secondary school in Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, covering years 7 to 10 in the Territory's education system. It is named after the second Australian Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.


Two separate schools in the area, Deakin High School in Deakin and Woden Valley High School in Mawson, opened in 1966 and 1968 respectively. In 1989, the two were amalgamated on the Deakin site and the name Alfred Deakin High School was chosen.

Since 1989 the school building has undergone considerable refurbishment, including the acquisition of modern kitchens and technology, including information technology and photography areas. During 1991 the school gymnasium was completed and officially opened. In more recent times special purpose rooms for dance and drama, computing, multi-media and problem solving in mathematics have been added. In early 1999 major refurbishments were completed in the science area and similar improvements to teaching spaces in Technology were completed in 2000. During 2009 the school under took refurbishment which included new toilets, new carpeting and an update to the gym. The upgrades were part of the Rudd government's Education revolution. The school is a "bring your own device" school and was one of the public schools in the ACT to embrace Google Apps for Education. In September 2020, it was reported that the school had experienced lead paint contamination in the July school holidays, becoming the third school in the ACT to do so.[1]

Weekend education[edit]

The Canberra Japanese Supplementary School Inc., a Japanese weekend educational programme, holds its classes at Deakin High School, while the school offices are in Yarralumla. It was established on 1 August 1988.[2]

The ACT German Language School also holds classes at Deakin High School on weekend mornings.

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  1. ^ "Third ACT school dealing with lead contamination". The Canberra Times. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  2. ^ "学校概要" (Archived 2014-11-14 at the Wayback Machine). Canberra Japanese Supplementary School Inc. Retrieved on 7 April 2015. "借用校 Alfred Deakin High School (Denison St., Deakin, 2600, ACT) ディーキンハイスクール(写真)校舎・2Fにて授業を実施" and "日本大使館領事部:112 Empire Circuit, YARRALUMLA, ACT 2600, AUSTRALIA"

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