Whyalla had 3 high school campuses – Edward John Eyre High, Whyalla High and Stuart High. Construction of the new $100 million state-of-the-art secondary is designed to replace these sites to form 1. The school will accommodate 1500 students in years 7 to 12. This includes 48 inclusive places for students with disability. Whyalla Secondary College has been designed to reflect contemporary education environments and will focus on supporting future skills needs that lead to jobs. The school is a 3 storey building with a STEM focus with contemporary learning spaces and multi-level outdoor learning spaces. A double court gymnasium located at the back of the school looking over the expansive sporting field and courts that can be used by the Whyalla Community. The school also houses a performing arts theatre also designed for community and use outside of school hours.
The new school is located on Nicolson Avenue in Whyalla Norrie in between the UniSA and TAFE campuses, forming an education precinct to provide students with strong links to further study options.
Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, designed the school so that it would integrate the history and traditions of the existing high schools while creating its own sense of identity and belonging that will embrace the whole community.
Whyalla Secondary College has a vision of the person we hope our students will become.
Whyalla Secondary College (WSC) is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment in which students can reach their potential in a positive school culture that engages and supports them in their learning. Student well-being and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked, and WSC aims to promote an understanding of this link in both the school environment and in the community. It is recognised that all staff are vital sources of support and are determinant in the success of their students.
The school is a vibrant contemporary place of learning. One of the unique aspects of Whyalla Secondary College is the emphasis the school places on ATRiUM. Instead of differentiating the places for education – general classroom and special classroom – we are focusing on the processes and perspectives of educators with differing expertise, as well as other professionals who collaborate to make the most of every student’s learning journey. As you move around the learning spaces you will see these strong links to personal capabilities: the collaboration, the problem-solving, the engagement in learning. These all provide an insight of the wrap around support for all students.
Whyalla Secondary College prides itself on its inclusivity, innovation and integrity. A balance between tertiary and vocational opportunities are explored through Career Development in order for each student to take full advantage of the opportunities that WSC offers in support of student post-school pathways.
Whyalla Secondary College respects Aboriginal People as having the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Our students develop an understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds, appreciating our differences, and inspiring in many a life-long respect for the uniqueness and perspective of every individual.
Our students will become the social, political and cultural leaders of the next generation and the school has a clear responsibility to ensure that every student has been prepared to respond in a well-informed, imaginative, courageous, caring and socially responsible manner.
Our motto is ‘Inspiring possibilities’. This is supported by our school values: Inclusion, Innovation and Integrity.
This means that we encourage different ideas, different cultures, different paths and different experiences. We strive to empower our students to seize the day and turn their potential into the possible.
We believe that limitations are built in our minds, but together we can build a different mindset at Whyalla Secondary College.
This will be a place where we grow what’s possible – together.
This will be a place where possibilities are inspired by our imagination.
We asked today’s students and staff in Whyalla what kind of learning they’d like to see in a few years from now. We asked teachers for their vision of future learning, based on what’s possible with today’s resources. Everyone agreed: this was an experience worth designing. Here, we bring together the collective vision of student and teachers for Whyalla Secondary College.