Christmas Island District High School, is located 360 km southwest of Java and 2,300 km northwest of Perth. We cater for 270 students from Pre-primary to Year 12 on our main site and 20 Kindergarten students at the Tom Patterson Kindergarten Centre. Our team of teachers and education assistants are selected through a rigorous merit selection process. Our school is well resourced which means class sizes are kept small and extra support is provided to classes in the areas of literacy, numeracy, information and communications technology, and pastoral care. Our commitment to valuing the home languages of the island means that students are offered the opportunity to learn either Mandarin or Bahasa Malay languages.
Early Childhood education begins with an early learning program for three year olds and a four year old Kindergarten based off-site. On-site, Pre-Primary, Year One and Year Two students participate in student centred programs designed to enhance their early cognitive, social and emotional development. Specialist teachers develop and implement the music, visual art, information and communications technology, and physical education programs.
We have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy in the primary years. Students also have the benefit of having specialist teachers develop and implement the music, art, design and technology, information and communications technology, and physical education programs. Our highly successful Opti-minds program develops students' critical and creative thinking skills as they learn to become more confident and autonomous problem-solvers and thinkers.
In Years 7 to 10, there is the opportunity for students to choose learning pathways that match the individuals own interest and talents. Students in Years 7 and 8 complete a range of subjects. In Years 9 and 10 students are given the opportunity to choose some of their subjects. We offer a wide range of exciting and interesting options including outdoor education, visual arts, pottery, music, foods, textiles, woods, metals and digital technologies.
Christmas Island District High School offers both university entrance and vocational pathways. We have an excellent record of achievement with students going on to a range of universities to complete degrees in medicine, law, engineering, nursing, teaching and sports science, to name just a few. Our strong vocational education program offers students the opportunity to complete Certificate II courses in Hospitality, Engineering or Outdoor Recreation. We offer a range of face-to-face courses as well as support and mentoring to students who are studying SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education) classes.
Christmas Island District High School is a safe, secure and happy school that respects and values its community, the environment, cultural diversity and innovative approaches. We support all students to achieve their potential.
Christmas Island District High School's highly regarded whole-school positive behaviour program means that students learn in a warm and caring environment. The program actively teaches students how to demonstrate our focus behaviours - 'show respect', 'be responsible' and 'challenge yourself'.
Our newly developed STEM laboratory means that students are provided with authentic learning challenges that foster critical and creative thinking skills. Students learn in a technology rich environment where students have access to technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters and iPads.
We run a one-to-one laptop program in secondary school which means students are better able to develop the 21st century skills required to be an active citizen in this age of information. The Trade Training Centre provides students with the ideal environment in which to use design thinking and technologies to generate solutions to real-world problems. Our library provides plenty of room for students to research, study or simply read a book in a warm and welcoming environment. The unique and spectacular natural environment, which is on our doorstep, also plays a large part in our science, humanities, arts and outdoor education programs, where students' natural curiosity about the world around them is nurtured and developed.