Warriappendi School

1 John Street, Marleston, SA, 5033

Established in 1980, Warriappendi School (WS) is a small Aboriginal focused state secondary school. Warriappendi School re-engages students in Years 8-12 who have experienced difficulties in mainstream schooling, in an environment that fosters students’ sense of identity, belongingand achievement. All WS students are Aboriginal, most live in the western metropolitan area of Adelaide and their home language is Indigenous. Twelve staff worked with the 45 students enrolled in the program in 2013. In 2011-2012 52% of students were male and 48% female.

How this program works

warriappendi-photo-650WS aims to maximise students’ learning and life options through engaging and creative learning experiences that build on students’ knowledge and encourage their interests and passions. Students work in age and gender groupings in small classes that foster positivecommunityrelationships and enable their motivation and success. WS supports students to focus on their futures, work toward completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and make the transition to employment and/or training. Aboriginal studies are a curriculum focus throughout Years 8-12. For senior students this may include completing Stage 1 or 2 Integrated Learning for SACE through participation in the Aboriginal Power Cup. All students have an Individual Learning Plan including skills development in literacy, numeracy and vocational planning. Programs are designed and paced for individual ability, learning styles and needs. They include a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses offered in Years 11 and 12 such as Certificate I-III in Business, Children’s Services, Community Services, Construction, Horticulture, Hospitality, Automotive and Animal Studies, along with work experience and short training courses in Learner Licence, White Card, Metal Fabrication, Tyre Fitting, Port Power Health Program and Labs For Life. WS provides strong pastoral, behavioural, wellbeing and practical support to students, including access to Tirkandi youth workers, Aboriginal mentors, tutors, free transport to and from school and a breakfast and lunch program. All students’ achievements are celebrated on Achievement Days and in the Year Book which dedicates a page to each student. WS also provides continuing support to graduates until they feel confident with their post school option.


Positive outcomes, indicating the success of this program, include: students’ personal, cultural and vocational development, access to further education, training and employment pathways, family involvement and community engagement:

Credentialed attainment: Since 2006, 21 Year 12’s achieved the SACE. In 2012, Year 11-12 students completed or partially completed 26 VET Certificate courses.

Program wide achievements: In 3 Stage 1 SACE subjects, all students achieved a C (the minimum grade required to qualify for the SACE) or better (2012). School-based assessment shows consistent improvement in students’ individual attainment in Literacy and Numeracy and 75% of Year 9 students achieved the n