Papers & Workshops



Learning to Learn ­ School Cultural Change at Daws Road High School
(DRHS), South Australia


Ken Drury, Sue Bennett and Rob Loielo

Daws Road High School, South Australia

Following the restructuring which the school commenced in 1997 as a result of the Marion Road Corridor Schools Review, DRHS is poised to emerge as a leading school in the southern suburbs. Our aim is to develop strong and supportive Middle School communities for all students in years 7, 8 and 9. DRHS is committed to offering the best of academic and vocationally orientated learning pathways. We aim to accommodate the needs of individual students ­ something which can be lost in a big school nowadays. The "4 c's" ­ Care, Consideration, Collaboration, Common Sense. These values will drive the school's approaches to learning and discipline. This paper will investigate the journey undertaken by the staff, students and parents of Daws Road High School in changing the curriculum, altering school ethos and addressing innovative changes in pedagogy and assessment in order to improve student learning outcomes. In particular the paper will elaborate the innovative work which has taken place in the Middle School and with three associated Primary Schools focusing on students in Years 6 to 9. The paper will also explore the ways in which methodologies related to creative and higher order thinking are being developed, as well as the manner in which the school has used authentic assessment as a starting point for pedagogical and curriculum reform. The paper will be presented by the Principal, Ken Drury, and two teachers from the school in a manner which allows participants to pose questions, clarify issues and provide constructive criticism and comment.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: datashow projector