Welcome to the Winmalee High School official website. As you explore our website you will understand why we are proud of our reputation as a quality comprehensive high school. As a school of approximately 840 students including 38 Aboriginal students, Winmalee High is a very friendly and welcoming school where students are genuinely helpful and happy and staff and students enjoy a positive relationship. Learning facilities and resources are plentiful and we reside in a beautiful bush setting in the lower Blue Mountains. For a closer look at our school, I welcome you to view our Virtual Tour available on this website.
Winmalee High is a Positive Behaviour for Learning and a positive education school. This means we have a unified approach to student behaviour, learning and wellbeing which stems from Positive Psychology and a strong commitment to positive relationships. We use the PERMAH model (adapted from Martin Seligman’s PERMA) to implement Positive Education. The idea is that if you: have positive emotions, can actively engage, have positive relationships, find meaning and purpose in what you do, have achievements and accomplishments, and work toward good health then you have an increased chance of flourishing or thriving at school and in life generally. To read further, go to Supporting our students especially about our Learning and Support and Learning Hub.
As you explore the website you will see that we have a focus on developing the whole child through a broad range of co-curricular opportunities including academic, sporting, visual, creative and performing arts, leadership, cultural and community programs. The Student activities menu reveals the strength of our commitment to ensuring that our students have a breadth of opportunities and can ‘Strive to Achieve’ in all aspects of school life, including leadership. We work hard as a school community to ensure every student is known, valued and cared for. Our focus on the three dimensions of student achievement is about valuing the development of the necessary knowledge and skills, including literacy and -numeracy skills; the completion of high-quality, beautiful work of which students are proud of; and the character development of each individual. These three dimensions are important in the development of the whole child.
The school has clearly defined values and a culture of high expectation – both academically and behaviourally (See Positive behaviour for learning in About our school). The dedication and commitment of our teaching staff has supported students in achieving strong academic success as evidenced by our HSC results. Our strong values system enables the development of responsible, confident and well-balanced individuals who are great citizens with a strong sense of community. Students are encouraged to have a voice, respectfully standing up for themselves and others. Our current Strategic Improvement Plan (2021-2024) outlines our School Vision and our Strategic Directions to support student learning and wellbeing. A summary video of our Plan can be viewed in School Planning and Reporting.
Our school is a safe and supportive space where our anti-bullying policies and behavioural expectations are strong. Our school is inclusive of all students; students can ‘Be who they want to be’. Parents, carers and community members have a strong loyalty and pride in our school and public education in general.
Enjoy exploring our website and don’t hesitate to contact the school for more information, including how to request an enrolment. You may consider viewing and ‘liking’ our Winmalee High School Official Facebook page to stay in touch with the everyday happenings of the school. Download the Skoolbag App (for Android or iPhone) and connect to Winmalee High School to receive communications for your child. As well, ensure your contact email details remain up-to-date with the school.