Some important changes to our timetable which will take effect as of 2019. Key points and changes are listed below, and a table outlining bell and lesson times in more detail is attached.
Of note for students and families are the following points:
- Times for the beginning and end of the day do not change. Students are still required to be at school and in class for lessons to start by 8.40am and are dismissed at 3.10pm. A warning bell will sound at 8.35am.
- Early dismissal day moves from 2.30pm Mondays to 2.25pm Wednesdays. This facilitates opportunities for school leaders to strategically plan and deliver professional learning for staff and evenly breaks up the school week for students.
- Students will have two learning blocks per week for each subject. This has been achieved by absorbing the 45-minute single lesson for the week into the double lessons, to make two longer learning blocks.
- Home group has moved from the beginning of the day to after recess, to incentivise punctuality and increase opportunities for relationship building and case management by vertical home group teachers.
- Recess and lunch have both moved to be an hour earlier, as a result of student feedback.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss these changes further, please contact the school on (08) 8360 6111.
A timetable can be found in the document located here.
On Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 until 4:30pm, VVSS runs a Homework club in the school library.
This is an opportunity for all of our students to get extra support or time to work on curriculum. Many students attend to get specialist support with compulsory subjects like PLP, Research Project, English and Maths.
We have students from all year levels attend who benefit from the extra teacher tutorial time as well as additional screen time.
Here at Valley View Secondary School, our student’s learning is extremely important to us, especially in Literacy & Numeracy. This is why we are excited to announce we are now a member of the LAP Programme. (Learning Assistance Program)
The LAP Programme is a Volunteer based program which was developed in 1976. It was established to provide individual support and care for students of all ages with varied learning and personal needs, through the positive participation of mentors.
We are always looking for Volunteers to be part of this very exciting and wonderful programme. All you need is a minimum of 45 minutes a week to spare and a willingness to be involved with a child’s learning experience. No skills are required, just a passion to see a child’s skills grow and develop. You will be fully supported while you work 1:1 with a student in a positive learning environment.
If you would like to know more or be a part of LAP, please contact Liz Wheeler on 8360 6111 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 2015, Valley View Secondary School re-introduced the Student Representative Council (SRC).
Nominated students are involved in regular meetings that discuss and plan progress around the school that can improve and impact the school community in many ways.
Students are involved in Governing Council meetings, meetings with the Principal, collaborative discussions and planning for the school, discussing student concerns and developing strategies for improving school facilities or policies.
Students are nominated, but are also selected as being good ambassadors and representatives of our school. SRC members commit to a code of ethics that outlines the qualities they need, but also the opportunities that they can access as they build their leadership skills.
SRC members are an important part of our school and a way of our students having their voices heard by teachers, administrators, support staff, care givers, and community members.
At Valley View Secondary School we want to recognise student achievement and use our school assemblies as a showcase. Our assemblies held every five weeks, are hosted by students and include awards, speeches, performances, a Principal’s address and various special presentations. Our assemblies are recognised by staff, students, parents and special guests as a formal occasion to celebrate success.
Principal – DECD compliance, Site Improvement Plan and performance development.
Deputy Principal – Curriculum: Daily Organisation, ICT, Data management, Course counselling.
Assistant Principal – Yr 11/12 Leader: Senior School, SACE (10 -12), Schools Online, Vocational Education, HPE & Research Project.
Coordinator – Middle School Leader: Students with Disabilities, Humanities, PLP, LOTE, C2C.
Coordinator – English/Literacy: Arts, EALD, Literacy across the school.
Coordinator – Science/Maths/Numeracy: Mathematics, Science, technology, Numeracy across the school, ATP & SMS.
Coordinator – Counsellor: Enrolments, FLO, Wellbeing, Referrals, Design & Technology.
Coordinator – Counsellor: Career Development and Pathways.
Business Manager – Facilities/Finance/WHS
Valley View is an area of high rental properties and transience.
Parent and community involvement
Parental and community involvement is limited although Governing Council is well attended and representation is diverse. One ethnic school uses the school facilities after hours and the school gym and music facilities are in high demand by community organizations.
The major feeder primary schools include: East Para Primary, Ingle Farm Primary, Ingle Farm East Primary, Modbury West Primary and Para Vista Primary. However students from many other primary schools also enroll at VVSS
Other local care and educational facilities
- A number of kindergartens and child care centres are located within close proximity of the school
- TAFE SA (Tea Tree Gully campus and Gilles Plains Campus) are both within a short drive from the school
- University of SA, Mawson Lakes campus is easily accessible by bus from the school
Commercial/industrial and shopping facilities
There are several shopping centres close to the school including the Ingle Farm Shopping Centre, Walkley Heights Shopping Centre, Northgate Shopping Centre, Clovercrest Shopping Centre, Modbury Triangle, Valley View Shopping Centre, Para Vista Shopping Centre and the Gilles Plains Shopping Centre. The major complex at Tea Tree Plaza is approximately 5 kilometers from the school. Most local business would be described as micro or small business.
Local Government body
Valley View is at the southern extremity of the Salisbury Council district and borders both Tea Tree Gully Council and Port Adelaide Enfield Council districts.