Wirreanda High School
|Wirreanda Secondary School|
|Adelaide, South Australia
|Motto||Respect Responsibility Honesty Achievement|
|Colour(s)||blue, white, grey, naval green|
The school was established in 1977 and features a variety of special programs, including programmes to assist school leavers with entering the workforce. Wirreanda High School is one of two Specialist Sports Schools in South Australia which offers a General sports course.
Specialist Sport Course
The Specialist Sport Course at Wirreanda assists participants to develop skills, physical fitness, and knowledge in areas such as:
Sports offered include:
- Australian Rules Football
- and Outdoor Recreation.
Wirreanda High School offers a comprehensive International Student Program that includes Study Tours and a High School Graduate Program.
Flexible Learning Options and Transition to Employment
There are a number of programs at Wirreanda for students that are disengaged from learning, such as the Flexible Learning Options (FLO) or the Southern Collective Alternative Education Program (SCAEP). There are also programs available for students that wish to make the transition to employment.
Wirreanda has developed a "Middle School" approach to students in Years 8 and 9. Students can study:
- Health and Physical Education (including Home Economics)
- Studies of Society and Environment
- Arts (including Visual Arts, Drama and Music)
- Language (Indonesian or French)
- Technology (including Computing and Technical Studies)
There is no formal compulsory programme for senior school students. Students participate in the specialised studies they have chosen and work to complete their SACE. Informal contact is maintained with students, and encouragement given for them to continue to use the SHIP room computers and facilities.
Wirreanda was formerly located slightly south of its current location, being bordered between Chappel Avenue, Blundel Street and Richards Drive, however once the old Emu Winery was demolished, the new school was built in its current location between States Road, Richards Drive and McCartney Street.
Famous Old Scholars
Former Big Brother participant, AFL player and current co-host of the drive home on Nova FM, Ryan Fitzgerald attended Wirreanda High School. Paul Paddick who plays Captain Feathersword in the popular children's entertainment The Wiggles also attended Wirreanda in its early years.
- "Middle Schooling at Wirreanda High School". Wirreanda High School. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- UBD Adelaide Street Directory, 17th Edition. UBD. c. 1979.
- Wirreanda High School
- Wirreanda High School (DECS Locations Directory)
- Specialist Sports Schools in South Australia