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Why choose our school?

Research has consistently found that teachers are among the most powerful influences on learning. It is the quality of teaching which makes the most difference to student learning outcomes.  Sandgate DSHS is fortunate to have teachers who are committed to do what it takes to assist all students to do their best academically.  This means that:


  • Teachers take the time to know their students academically and personally
  • Teachers meet regularly to discuss curriculum and teaching strategies and to moderate assessment
  • Teachers make adjustments to the curriculum to take into account the needs of academically gifted students as well as those students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy
  • Teachers explicitly teach the skills necessary to engage in the curriculum e.g. genre, higher order thinking skills, vocabulary,  numeracy, working in a team, respectful behaviour etc
  • Teachers contact parents to let them know when students have done well, or need to address a particular learning issue e.g. missing assessment deadlines
  • Teachers provide authentic active learning experiences which engage students in learning and make it fun and interesting.  Research suggests students retain 90% of what they do as opposed to only 10% if they just read something.
  • Teachers offer a number of extra-curricular experiences which enrich the curriculum and help build relationships between students and teachers e.g. Japanese trip, ski trip, Science Canberra trip, leadership camps, sport and recreation camps, debating, instrumental music, musicals, curriculum excursions, dance and drama performance nights, art exhibition, public speaking
  • Teachers continually participate in professional development to grow their repertoire of practice and to model to student the power of continuous learning.

Please read the attached brochure “10 Reasons to Choose Sandgate DSHS” and click on Our School/Performance and Achievements.​

10 Reasons to Choose SDSHS 2016 (PDF,1727 KB)