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A Message from our Patron
A good education is the great enabler, establishing a firm basis for positive life outcomes and the prosperity of individuals and our society generally. The challenge for schools is to prepare school leavers to take the next step toward their future – a future of work, a career and lifetime of learning. This future inevitably requires some form of training, post-school, either in VET or University, supported by a school experience that has provided the initial skills and background required to succeed.
The five schools that are collaborating as part of the New North Education Initiative are doing just that through focussing on individual needs, broadening access and enabling participation. This collective has developed an innovative approach to supporting the students, families and teachers in the Perth northern corridor to reach their full potential through a range of programs with strong community links that engage with education opportunities at many levels.
For students, the benefits include a broader range of ATAR and VET studies than would potentially be accessible in a single school, and a focus on reaching their potential through achieving excellence, in what they choose to pursue. For teachers, there are enhanced development and networking opportunities that support their professional aspirations and engagement with their discipline.
I am pleased to support the New North Education Initiative and encourage you to learn more about the opportunities and options available to enhance the educational outcomes of your community through what we have to offer.
Professor Arshad Omari
Patron, New North Education Initiative and
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University
NEW NORTH EDUCATION INITIATIVE 2021
The New North Education Initiative (NNEI) is a collaborative partnership between Dianella Secondary College, Balga, Eastern Hills, Girrawheen and Morley Senior High Schools within the North Metropolitan Education Region. This unique partnership provides enhanced opportunities for students, and the best of educational delivery for young adult learning. This alliance enables students at these schools to access a wider breadth of Senior School curriculum choices with specialist teachers, while remaining attached to their home school campus and is in response to community demands for excellence in education.
NNEI - Purpose
- Enhanced curriculum breadth
- Comprehensive academic stream offerings
- Promotion of excellence in local schools
- Development of successful programs in local schools
- State of the art Vocational Education and Training options
- Access to three Trade Training Centres
- Quality professional development for teaching staff
- Close and active engagement with primary schools
- Strong, shared community links
The shared, cooperative curriculum delivery across five sites has attracted considerable local and state wide interest. Student achievement has improved through this alliance by enabling students at NNEI schools access to Senior Secondary Schooling curriculum choices beyond the limits of what is offered at their home school. Currently 100 students travel between schools to access courses of their choice.
What can you expect
The schools in the initiative deliver a range of courses across five campuses. The shared courses are offered in two blocks of two hours per week throughout the school year or as whole day courses in the specialist Trade Training Centres.
Students accessing the shared courses at NNEI schools are required to make their own travel arrangements at the start and end of the school day (to or from the host school). Travel between the host schools and home schools during the school day will be provided by the NNEI Bus. In the case of Eastern Hills Senior High School, travel arrangements are different because of the more distant location and nature of the delivery of the shared course offerings.
Students are invited to access a placement in a shared course at an NNEI school if their home school is unable to offer the course, or the student’s choices do not fit the courses offered on their home school’s timetable.