Springwood SHS has a strong ethos of community engagement to help support, encourage, inform and build long lasting partnerships to enhance the learning of our students. The school has engaged the local community to run programs including:
- Beacon Foundation (linking with local community businesses and employment opportunities for students)
- Boxing Confidence for Trainer’s (Dundee’s Boxing and Fitness, West End)
- Rowing Program (Inspire Health Services, LaTrobe University, AIS and QLD Rowing)
- Deep Blue Program (PCYC)
- Sponsorship of scholarships, sporting teams and programs from (QLD Law Group Springwood, Dundee’s Boxing and Premium Finance Services)
- Partner Primary School partnerships (Springwood Central, Springwood Rd, Chatswood Hills, Shailer and Kimberley Park)
Parent and Families are recognised as integral members of the school community and partners in their children’s education.
Regular contact with parents is made through a number of means including parent teacher interviews, teacher and administration initiated phone calls and snippets (positive behaviour acknowledgement postcards), inclusion of parents in special presentations and productions run by the school. This includes drama productions, sports and special awards and extracurricular activities (sport, art, drama and automotive trade nights etc)
Partnerships are established to address student needs and operate by providing access to experiences, support and intellectual or physical resources not available within the school through a number of different programs.
Through the Success Program students have been given the opportunity build resiliency, sense of purpose, self-discipline and improve their attendance data by being a part of the Boxing Confidence for Trainers program run in partnership with Dundee’s Boxing and Fitness at West End. Students travel to the gym on a weekly basis and are involved in learning boxing skills as well as personal trainer’s skills to work with clients in the future.
A number of other students are also involved in the Rowing Program where students with low attendance or behaviour issues were supported. Through the program, with the support or urban rowing, Inspire rowing, LaTrobe University and the AIS students have been able to build positive attitudes towards school, building resiliency and therefor improving their behaviour and attendance at school.
Griffith University Partnership Program (formalised partnership)– ongoing relationship formalised 5 years ago and providing professional development for staff, scholarships for students, campus tours, careers programs for junior students, transition and study programs for senior students e.g UNIREACH, True Colours. University of Queensland: scholarships and opportunities for our OP students including a tertiary preparation program and critical thinking program “QCS Booster”.
Skillstech – supplied a teacher to ensure the continuation of the Springwood SHS Cert II Automotive. Binnacle – currently Cert III Fitness and Business RTO, staff are trained on a regular basis by the organisation to deliver the online and face to face practical aspects of the course
Business and Employer groups providing support, financial donations, scholarhips, guest speakers, work experience and apprenticeship/traineeship opportunities, including: Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Bursons, Queensland Law Group, Premium Personal Finance, Amart All Sports, Zaraffas, Logan City Council and Logan Chamber of Commerce
Through Beacon, we have had a range of business blackboard and collaborative classroom opportunities with Mainfreight, Toll, Bank of Queensland. Programs with a wide range of businesses are available to our students involving mentoring, job preparation, mock interviews, industry/ worksite visits e.g. Cummins, Origin. Students are engaging with these ‘real life and relevant’ programs. Other programs that are facilitated by Beacon include Engineers without Borders.
- Choose Maths
- Yarning Circle
- ENABLE, including HOD networks, opportunities for students – debating competitions, Logan Idol, Sporting Competitions
- Bangarra Dance Company - Creative Generations
- Opera Queensland
All partners are committed to the common purpose and goals of partnership activities
With the introduction of the school community panel a shared vision and direction between the school and community has been strengthened and continue to develop as the panel grows in experience
The school and community also share the attitude that all students deserve an education and with the provision of specialist programs and classes we are providing students with every opportunity to achieve their desired course after school.
Procedures are in place to ensure effective communication and to monitor and evaluate the intended impacts of the school’s partnerships.