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Principal Message

I extend a warm welcome to you and your family to Katandra School. Our school is a dynamic learning community that has at its core positive and constructive relationships where the expectation is high... learning is relevant, deep and real... where structure and support facilitates progress for every student.  There is a strong emphasis on striving for personal best and on the holistic development of the student.

Students at Katandra School are confident, competent and well-rounded individuals who are encouraged to develop a love of learning together with the skills, resources and motivation to fully experience lifelong education.  Katandra School, provides high quality specialist education through a relevant and stimulating curriculum in a secure and purposeful environment.  We integrate digital pedagogies throughout the curriculum.  Classroom spaces are carefully organised to support learning.

The people in our community make our school a special place to be. Encouraging and affirming relationships define our schools learning community.  Our teachers are highly talented and dedicated.  They work in collaboration to develop a school culture that values teaching and learning.  They encourage all students to strive to achieve their best with their academic learning, social skills, school spirit and sense of service to others.

Fostering a strong partnership between the family and the school through clear and continuous communication is a key element in students’ success at Katandra.  All parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education and in school events and decision making opportunities.

Our programs revolve around a strong commitment to rigour in English and Mathematics and the provision of diverse specialist programs including inquiry units that provide opportunities for analytical, creative and reflective thinking.  Our programs include environmental science; an extensive sporting program; a food technology kitchen program; bike education program; dance and drama; visual arts program; multimedia film and recording studio and a dedicated digital technologies room. All students are also offered opportunities to attend an annual camp and the Blackwood School Camping Facility.

We aspire to develop students who will thrive in the new millennium.  We understand that students need to have greater thinking and problem solving abilities and be more self-motivated than ever before. Our staff support and guide our students to be thinkers and enquirers, who wonder and pose questions. We strive to ensure our students are active citizens in the community.

Our school promotes a set of values which empowers students to make positive contributions to the school and the wider communities.  Our students live and learn by our values: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Teamwork. 

I hope you enjoy accessing more information about our high quality school for students with additional learning needs, as you navigate your way through our website.  We welcome enrolment inquiries at all year levels.  Visitors to our school frequently make the comment that Katandra School has a warm sense of community, energy and purpose.  I am proud of our collective work and encourage you to take the opportunity to tour our school.

Warm Regards
Rhett Watts
Principal of Katandra School


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