ABOUT WAYS SECONDARY
WAYS Secondary is an Independent high school for young people who want an alternative to mainstream education. Currently offering years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
WAYS Secondary provides an innovative, safe, supportive and flexible learning environment that helps students thrive and achieve their educational goals. The school offers NESA accredited ROSA and HSC courses. Upon completion, our objective is to assist students to achieve their future goals into further education, training and employment.
FROM OUR PRIME MINISTER:
I have enjoyed working with WAYS over the years on a range of initiatives including health promotion, recreational activities and education and training.
I would particularly like to commend WAYS Secondary Education School in assisting young adults make positive decisions about their health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
They create a supportive, engaging and flexible learning environment that helps address the barriers to education that their students often face. They are an integral support network that can create an optimistic future with limitless potential.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Member for Wentworth
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION:
WAYS Secondary’s mission is to meaningfully motivate and engage students to achieve academically, love learning and realize their own potential. Student well being is paramount and we pride ourselves on our capacity to grow students emotionally and socially.
We have a proven record of instilling a sense of self-worth and connection to education in each student by enabling them to overcome their personal barriers to education. WAYS Secondary is available for students who do not fit into or wish to attend mainstream schooling. While we specialize in catering for a wide range of student needs, WAYS Secondary is not a behaviour school and thus does not accept students presenting with behavioural disorders or significant problems with their behavior.
We believe each student is an individual with a diversity of learning styles and we make it our priority to make learning accessible to all students. Parents are valued as much as students.
Parents of our students are encouraged to access our Youth and Family counselling service & our Effective Parenting courses which empower parents with the skills and knowledge to better understand their adolescent children, build stronger connections, manage challenging behaviors and feel more confident in their parenting.
Please contact the school on 9365 2500 for more information or to arrange an interview
WHY COME TO WAYS SECONDARY ?
We are student focused:
- Small class sizes
- Individual year groups- no composite classes
- Individual Learning Plans
- Proactive Goal setting
- Individual student coaching for success
Have a strong focus on student wellness with free access to:
- Educational assessments
- Wellness Centre including GP, Dentist, Acupuncture and Optometry
- Counselling services
- Case management
We are passionate about providing a safe, supportive and dynamic learning environment:
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Enrichment programs
- Transport to and from Bondi Junction
- Breakfast, recess and lunch provided
From Our Students:
“WAYS Secondary has had a very large impact on my life in many different ways. WAYS has helped me become a stronger individual and has taught me how to cope with some hard obstacles in my life. Without WAYS I would not have achieved all that I have thus far. WAYS supported me and made me the person I am today. Thank you” Magda
“WAYS Secondary has benefited me in many ways, educationally and in my outside life. I have learned to challenge myself and I’ve gained life skills I’d never thought I’d have. My grades and relationships with others have drastically improved ever since I started attending WAYS Secondary. I’m completely comfortable at WAYS and am so grateful for the staff who have helped me come this far.” Holly
“ The positive impact that this school has had on me has allowed me to go from good to even better !! I have succeeded in terms of achieving some key life goals. This school has helped me discover my “true colors”. WAYS Secondary is another home for me. The teachers and staff have helped more than words can describe.” Odin
“My life has completely changed as a result of attending WAYS Secondary. Through receiving a great education and being surrounded by friendly faces, life has not been more fun and learning has not been more fun. Thanks to the WAYS staff and the WAYS school guidelines, my education and my life is only and can only go uphill!” Zac
A message from our Parent community :
“Having attended mainstream high schools, my son commenced WAYS Secondary in year 10. I was a little skeptical at first not having much awareness of this school, but quickly realised how amazingly well my son settled and engaged in the WAYS Secondary environment – a small, nurturing school with strong academic curriculum and guidance and effective support systems. The teaching staff are excellent as are the support staff. With Terri (who I call my Bondi lifesaver !! ) at the helm, a wonderful resource, team leader with adolescent advice and strategies that actually work, my words don’t do justice. My son completed his HSC last year, his results even exceeded his expectations and he now is on his way as a successful adult in life after school. I am so very pleased we found WAYS Secondary !” Trish Danzey
Dear WAYS Secondary Staff,
The quickness of writing the thoughts from pen to paper does not reflect the feelings I feel. It is most heartfelt, genuine and very sincere. I feel the genuine care and feeling of safeness within the school walls. I feel this in the school, from the minute I walk inside to when I wait in the waiting lounge to when I leave to go. The teachers give respect and show it by example and show tolerance and support in all they offer in terms of the many dealings I have had over the past 2 years with my daughter at your school. My Daughter had no reservations whatsoever in where she now felt her school years would be spent. She felt at home and her keenness to attend and commitment from that moment is a credit to her and the staff ,a huge turnaround in attitude. Thank you for everything,
- Community and Family
- Society and Culture
- VET: Business Services
- Literacy support
- Numeracy support
- Enrichment programs
2018 TERM DATES
- Wednesday January 24th, Term 1 commences for staff
- Tuesday January 30th, Term 1 commences for students
- Friday March 30th, Good friday – School closed
- Monday April 2nd, Easter Monday – School closed
- Friday 13th April, Term 1 concludes for students and staff
- Friday April 27th, Term 2 commences for staff
- Tuesday May 1st, Term 2 commences for students
- Monday June 11th, Queen’s Birthday Holiday (school closed)
- Friday July 6th, Term 2 concludes for students
- Monday July 9th, Term 2 concludes for staff
- Monday July 23rd, Term 3 commences for staff
- Tuesday July 24th, Term 3 commences for students
- Friday September 28th, Term 3 concludes for students & staff
- Monday October 15th, Term 4 commences for staff and students
- Wednesday December 19th, Term 4 concludes for students
- Friday December 21st, Term 4 concludes for staff
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