Maria Montessori likened the onset of adolescence to a re-birth. Just as the newborn child is dependent upon his or her parents to grow and thrive, the adolescent needs other people to develop fully.
Maria called this the student’s ‘social mission’ during which they need to learn from and about one another to determine what it takes to establish and maintain a social community.
Her vision of the future for secondary schooling was of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher stage of autonomy using their own activities or their own effort of will. We provide a respectful, prepared environment developing resourceful individuals with a strong sense of self-worth and a commitment to contributing to a global community.
The five themes below are the philosophical pillars for the Perth Individual High School Program.
1. The Student
The teenage years are the sensitive period when students firmly set their personal values and sense of social responsibility. Our aim is to nurture and guide students on a course of self-discovery that enables the child both to understand and accept who they are. The path to self-discovery will provide the children with the opportunity to take control of their lives by modelling and teaching them a love of learning, self-motivation and a deep understanding of self and others. The College community regards students as adults in training.
2. The Montessori Director
Montessori Directors embrace the Montessori approach with a depth of knowledge fuelled by a passion for learning and developing young minds in a nurturing, caring and supportive environment.
3. The Perth Individual Community
The Montessori Director, parents and students combine as a learning team for the benefit of all. Members are actively involved in the local community, (Service Learning) while appreciating and embracing the global community with a commitment to making a difference.
4. The Learning Environment
The school provides a learning environment that challenges students to understand themselves while appreciating values, cultures, views and personalities different from their own.
5. Life Skills & Service Learning
Our students’ focus on what the future can become by having a firm understanding of the world today, and an appreciation of the events that have shaped it. They approach challenges in an entrepreneurial way that brings together relationship skills with practical solutions in their private lives as well as in business and the greater community.
They understand civic responsibility, and that meaningful community service enriches their learning experience as well as strengthening the whole community.
6. The Curriculum
Courses of study follow the guidelines provided by the Western Australian Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) as is the case for all WA secondary schools.
- Self-directed and self-reliant;
- Flexible, open and alert to change;
- Creative and entrepreneurial;
- Have a global and holistic approach;
- Have a life-long love of learning, enabling them to meet life’s challenges positively.
In recognition of the needs of adolescents and the multi-dimensional approach to learning, the program is designed to be flexible, maximise access to resources and to optimise student learning opportunities via an integrated thematic approach.
- Intellectual rigour and high academic standards
- Critical thinking
- Inter-relatedness of disciplines
- A variety of points of view
- Inter-cultural awareness
- Communication in one’s own language and another
- Awareness of the media
- Competence in information technology
- Intellectual and social development
- Service Learning
COMMENCING HIGH SCHOOL
Course structures are worked out individually with each student and family. We offer the following ATAR courses at a minimum – but other courses can be organised dependent upon need and availability of resources:
- Maths Applications
- Maths Methods
- Maths Specialist
- Human Biology
- Integrated Science
- Modern History
- Philosophy and Ethics
- Engineering Studies
- Computer Science
For further information regarding the High School program, please request an appointment with the Deputy Principal.