Wirreanda High School

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Wirreanda Secondary School
Adelaide, South Australia
Type Public
Motto Respect Responsibility Honesty Achievement
Established 1977
Principal Caroline Fishpool
Enrolment 905 [1]
Campus urban
Colour(s) blue, white, grey, naval green

Wirreanda High School is a Government of South Australia public High School in Morphett Vale, Adelaide, South Australia. The school caters for students from Years 8 to 12.

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.[2]

The word Wirreanda is an Indigenous Australian name for Place where wallabies live under tall trees.[citation needed]

Special programs[edit]

Specialist Sport Course[edit]

The Specialist Sport Course at Wirreanda assists participants to develop skills, physical fitness, and knowledge in areas such as:

Sports offered include:[3]

International Education[edit]

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[edit]

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.

SCAEP is an off-campus education program for Year 9 and Year 10 students with strong links to the community through organisations such as Mission Australia and ICAN.[4]

The Wirreanda Adaptive Vocational Education (WAVE) program assists students that wish to transition from school to employment.[5]


Middle school[edit]

Wirreanda has developed a "Middle School" approach to students in Years 8 and 9. Students can study:[6]

Senior School[edit]

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.

Old Location[edit]

Wirreanda was formerly located slightly south of its current location, being bordered between Chappel Avenue, Blundel Street and Richards Drive,[7] 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[edit]

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.


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Coordinates: 35°08′S 138°32′E / 35.133°S 138.533°E / -35.133; 138.533