DANDENONG HIGH SCHOOL VISION AND VALUES STATEMENT

VISION

The vision for Dandenong High School is one in which all students are empowered and achieve success. As an outstanding educational setting, we will exemplify excellence and high expectations in all aspects of our learning community. We will ensure that the diverse needs, achievements and strengths of every individual are recognised, nurtured and celebrated. We foster a supportive environment, building on the strengths within our unique community. Our key focus will be the development of independent, reflective, responsible and inquiring young people. Our students will be multi-skilled; ICT enabled and will embody a genuine passion for lifelong learning.

VALUES

Curiosity – instilling a love of learning and a sense of wonder within all members of the learning community
Respect – developing an understanding that all individuals are unique and can make valuable contributions to the community
Compassion and Empathy – fostering respectful and supportive partnerships between students, parents, teachers and the wider community on their learning journey
Excellence – empowering all students to achieve and celebrate their personal best within a culture of high expectations
Perseverance – building a sense of determination and optimism when faced with challenges in learning and life
Inclusiveness – promoting a sense of belonging through collaboration and mutual respect based on the principles of integrity, honesty and trust

PURPOSE

In a technologically advanced and increasingly complex global community, Dandenong High School will provide all students with the skills, knowledge and wisdom to be successful learners, confident individuals and informed citizens. The provision of an innovative, inclusive and inspiring curriculum will enable Dandenong High School to inclusively support the great diversity of individual needs. Learning will be meaningful, ICT rich and integrated across all aspects of our students’ lives.

COMMUNITY

We are a learning community that embodies a genuine sense of tolerance and the celebration of diversity. Dandenong High School is a richly multicultural educational setting which promotes collaboration, acceptance, respect and individuality. We are fundamentally linked to the local, wider and global community and actively prepare our students to contribute to each as informed, empowered and empathetic citizens.

STUDENTS

Our students are the core of Dandenong High School. They are recognised for their individual, active and authentic student voice and are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the school community. Our students value and demonstrate respect for one another and the learning environment; acceptance and tolerance of diversity; the safety and well being of all school members; and the opportunity for all to learn.

STAFF

Our staff is committed to the provision and continual development of an outstanding teaching and learning culture at Dandenong High School. Our staff values the importance of nurturing and respectful relationships with students, within teaching teams and throughout the learning community. They are highly professional in all aspects of their role; are passionate about providing students with a meaningful and inspiring education; and willingly embrace a culture of high expectations, achievement and lifelong learning.

ENVIRONMENT

Our school combines physical, pedagogical and emotional elements to provide an inspiring, fun and stimulating learning environment. Students feel encouraged to take risks with their learning and to inquire deeply through an environment which is supportive, nurturing and safe. The state-of–the art, beautiful and sustainable design of the Houses at Dandenong High School enables rich and meaningful learning experiences.

ORGANISATION

We organise our school based on the knowledge of how students learn, through the development of a collaborative learning community incorporating the use of ICT to engage and empower students. Students are supported in their individualised learning pathway through the nurturing and inclusive House system and through a curriculum which allows for an integrated learning approach.

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