The Wiltja Secondary College is an initiative of the Anangu (Pitjantjatjara word for "people") whole country is the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in the far north-west of South Australia.
WILTJA SECONDARY COLLEGE
In the 1970's, a group of Ernabella women attended an Indigenous Peoples' Conference in Adelaide, and foresaw the advantages of offering mainstream secondary schooling to Lands' students. The initial cohort of female students was enrolled at Ingle Farm High School in 1980, with the current Wiltja Secondary College being consolidated onto the Woodville High School (WHS) campus in early 1990.
The Wiltja Secondary College offers secondary education from years eight to twelve, to students normally attending remote community schools in the Aboriginal Lands' District (ALD), and also Yalata and Oak Valley. Wiltja students are enrolled at WHS, wear the uniform and attend both mainstream and Wiltja classes. Students board at the Wiltja Residence at Northgate where they participate in a comprehensive recreation program.
Accelerated Literacy is embedded across the Wiltja curriculum as a vehicle to improve literacy proficiency. Wiltja has been a member of the South Australian Accelerated Literacy Project for the last three years. Fifty students have successfully graduated through the Wiltja Program since 1998. A federally-funded increase in accommodation at the Wiltja Residence necessitated a school expansion to a second site at the start of 2010. Windsor Gardens Vocational College (WGVC) is now established as the senior campus for Wiltja, with three students successfully completing their SACE in 2011. "Wiltja" is the Pitjantjatjara word for "shelter."
Woodville High School has a long tradition of producing proud scholars in a proud community. Our WHS Old Scholars Association plays an important role in maintaining the current school’s links to this tradition.
The Old Scholars Association was reformed in 1991 after the celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary in 1990. The Association has approximately 350 members who live in South Australia, other states and territories and overseas. These old scholars, past teachers and leaders of Woodville High School receive updates about association events and honours awarded to past scholars through regular newsletters. We have an active social calendar which provides opportunities for old scholars to renew and maintain their school friendships and keep links with their old school. Annually, the Old Scholars hold a dinner in August at which dinner participants enjoy hearing an address by a past scholar who has achieved acclaim in their chosen field of career or community service. Other annual events include a Principal’s tour of the school, luncheons, theatre visits and other forms of social activities. The Association provides:
An historical perspective for current students and leadership team
Financial support for programs in the school
Academic prizes for the school’s annual Speech Night in November
Sponsorship of the Special Interest Music Centre
INNER WEST PARTNERSHIP
Woodville High School has been part of the Inner West partnership for the last four years, as an organizational group within the Department for Education (DfE). This coalition provides a link with local pre-schools, primary schools and other secondary sites, ensuring continuity of educational provision from Birth to graduation from year 12.
The partnership of preschools and schools working together with the local community will provide new opportunities to strengthen collective capabilities by providing skills, expertise and shared resources to carry out professional responsibilities and new tasks in the context of the reform measures directed at raising standards and improving teaching and learning.
Education Director, Mr. Paul Newman, works closely with site leaders on initiatives and discussion topics which are pertinent to all sites.
The Inner West priorities are:
We want to be part of a culture that reflects all teachers and leaders believe all children will learn and achieve their highest potential.
Smoother transitions through the public education system to ensure continuity of learning for children and young people (0-18 years) living in the Inner West.
Develop integrated approaches to working with community agencies toward more equitable access to resources by children, young people and families in the Inner West.
PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIES THROUGH THE BEACON FOUNDATION
Woodville High School students are supported in their preparation for careers beyond school through the courses offered by the Beacon Foundation. Through our school’s partnership with Beacon, students build confidence, greater levels of aspiration, work readiness skills and the forum for the development of leadership skills from the range of programs offered through the partnership with Beacon. These include:
Work readiness programs such as Prepare, polish and Perform which are designed for specific year levels. Each program involves students working with the Beacon organisers and members of industry, business and local council to prepare them for a successful transition from school.
Industry visits. It has been shown that employers have a significant impact on the lives of young people by offering work exposure programs. For many students from disadvantaged backgrounds these are the first opportunities to see a wide range of work opportunities in their future lives.
Work connections through highly successful and engaging activities such as Speed Careering, Mock interviews and career chats which Beacon tailor to suit the individual school and student needs.
The Beacon Ambassador program which trains students in the skills of entrepreneurship and provides an authentic forum for the development of these skills such as the Business Breakfast.