About Port Lincoln High School

PLHS-Principal-Mr-Greg-Barry

 

Welcome to Port Lincoln High School:

We have been serving the local community since 1923 by catering to the needs of individual students in a safe and engaging educational environment. We are proud to provide the following to our students and families:

  • A Broad and Inclusive Curriculum; as the largest high school on the Eyre peninsula, our vast assortment of subject offerings caters for a variety of post-schooling alternatives, from university and other forms of tertiary education, to trade and employment pathways
  • A Diverse and Rich Student Community; we provide educational opportunities to students and families from a wide variety of cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, creating an inclusive school community that is characteristic of modern Australian society
  • A History of Academic Success; with a strong focus on academic pathways (regularly resulting in ATAR scores in high nineties), many of our students have gone on to serve our state and local community with distinction
  • A Wealth of Opportunities; PLHS students develop their intellectual, physical, emotional and social capacities through a myriad of stimulating and challenging curricular and extra-curricular activities (leadership, community, creative, sporting etc.)
  • Passionate and Committed Staff; a unique combination of young, dynamic staff supported by a group of experienced, long-serving staff, the PLHS staff possess a wealth of subject expertise and strive to develop positive teacher-student relationships
  • Support for Disengaged Students; we maintain a highly successful (off-campus) Community Learning Centre to cater for students who have disengaged from mainstream learning; this alternative utilises local Regional Training Organisations to assist participants to complete their SACE and prepare for the workforce
  • A Culture of Respect, Tolerance and Honesty; we strive to foster these important values in our young people in order for them to participate positively in both the classroom environment and the wider community alike

As a former Port Lincoln High School student, I remain passionate about and committed to the continual improvement of our school in order to maximise opportunities for our students and families. Please take the time to investigate the information and images on this website, and I encourage you to contact the school for further information and clarification as required.

Warm regards,

Mr Greg Barry (PLHS Principal)

Please peruse the following documents to learn more about PLHS:

Important information:

Absences

Acceptable reasons for student absences:

  • Alternate program of study or work (arranged with/by the school)
  • Illness (including travel for surgery)
  • Family reasons (funerals, unavoidable family travel)

Please inform the school of any absences via one of the following methods:

NOTE: For absences of three days or more, an Exemption Form is required; these are available from the Front Office

Bus Service

The local school bus service is managed by Port Lincoln Primary School; please direct enquiries to (08) 8682 1544.

Fire Danger Information for Parents (Catastrophic Fire Conditions)

Please click here to download the Fire Danger Information Booklet

Enrolments

Please contact Liz Freeman on (08) 8683 6000 or at Liz.Freeman240@schools.sa.edu.au to discuss enrolment at Port Lincoln High School or to request a PLHS Enrolment Pack.

Hot Weather Policy

If the weather report on the 7pm ABC1 TV News bulletin forecasts a maximum temperature for the Port Lincoln district of 38°C (or higher), Year 8, 9 and 10 students will be dismissed at 12.50pm (i.e. the start of lunch).

The following exemptions apply:

  • Year 11 and 12 lessons (for all SACE Stage 1 and 2 subjects) will continue as per the normal timetable
  • Bus students (Years 8-12) and students without permission to leave school will be supervised in the (air-conditioned) Science Area; buses will run as normal
  • If a Code Red is called, buses affected on that particular route will not run; please refer to our Code Red Policy

Timetable (School Day)

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

  • School day commences at 8:45am (staff on Yard Duty from 8:20am)
  • Lesson 1 runs from 8:45am to 9:30am (Roll Class – daily notices delivered and absences recorded)
  • Lesson 2 runs from 9:30am to 10:20am
  • Recess runs from 10:20am to 10:45am
  • Lesson 3 runs from 10:45am to 11:35am
  • Lesson 4 runs from 11:35am to 12:50pm
  • Lunch runs from 12:50pm to 1:40pm
  • Lesson 5 runs from 1:40pm to 2:30pm
  • Lesson 6 runs from 2:30pm to 3:20pm
  • School day concludes at 3:20pm (staff on Yard Duty until 3:45pm)

On Wednesdays:

  • School day commences at 8:45am (staff on Yard Duty from 8:20am)
  • Lesson 1 runs from 8:45am to 9:55am (Roll Class – daily notices delivered and absences recorded)
  • Recess runs from 9:55am to 10:20am
  • Lesson 2 runs from 10:20am to 11:35am
  • Lesson 3 runs from 11:35am to 12:50pm
  • Lunch runs from 12:50pm to 1:40pm
  • Lesson 5 runs from 1:40pm to 2:30pm
  • Lesson 6 runs from 2:30pm to 3:20pm
  • School day concludes at 3:20pm (staff on Yard Duty until 3:45pm)

Uniform

2015-PLHS-Uniform
As pictured here, Port Lincoln High School has a colour-coded, flexible, safe and economic school uniform. The school’s Governing Council and staff endorse the importance of students being easily identified. It is the responsibility of staff to maintain a duty of care for the protection of all students; this involves the identification of non-students on school grounds, monitoring student uniforms and notifying parents/caregivers when the policy is not adhered to.

Students are required to wear a neat, clean school uniform each day. Parent/caregivers are asked to provide an explanatory note if their student is unavoidably out of uniform. Consequences apply for non-compliance.

PLHS-specific garments are available from Student Services (anytime during school hours for parent/caregivers, during recess and lunchtime for students); these items include (2016 prices – subject to alteration):

  • Polo Top ($35)
  • Windcheater ($45)
  • Rugby Top ($55)
  • Jacket ($68)
  • Shorts ($25)
  • Trackpants ($40)
  • Skirt ($30)
  • Dress ($65)

Other generic items (e.g. plain grey, white or navy polo tops, navy or grey pants/trackpants) can be purchased from a number of local retail outlets.

Parent Guide to raising a concern

Please click here to download the Parent Guide to raising a concern or complaint

Bullying & Harassment at school

Please click here to download the Bullying & Harassment at school

SEQTA Engage for Parents

Please click here to download the Steps for using SEQTA Engage our student tracking system.

Our School Chaplaincy Service

Chaplaincy is a well-accepted and valued pastoral care model in many parts of society (e.g. defence forces, sports, industry, hospitals etc.). The Chaplaincy service at this school is provided by a Pastoral Care Worker, on behalf of the local combined Christian community, employed by Schools Ministry Group (SMG).

The Chaplaincy service is funded by the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), administered by DECD SA, with additional contribution from the local community. The aim of this service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community.

Our Pastoral Care Worker supports our school community in the following ways:

• Working closely and in partnership with leadership and other wellbeing staff in the school to provide pastoral care and practical support to students, families and staff as requested

• Providing pastoral care in a ‘first response’ capacity to critical incidents, referring to specialist support, and to provide ongoing presence and follow up

• Being well positioned to work across the whole school to ‘build a sense of’ community, harmony and cohesion

• Being trained and equipped to provide our school with a unique dimension of social, emotional and spiritual support in line with the DECD wellbeing framework

Chaplaincy services promote student wellbeing, engaging young people in activities that are preventative and which support early intervention and referral of mental health issues. Other facts about the SMG Chaplaincy Service in SA Government Schools include:

• The recruitment process for a Pastoral Care Worker is acknowledged by DECD, and meets the standards required for a religious based role such as a Pastoral Care Worker / Chaplain

• The Pastoral Care Worker job description does not include provision of Religious Education, and proselytising is explicitly prohibited

• Pastoral Care Workers appointed are required to have a minimum qualification of Cert IV in Youth Work (or equivalent), and to undertake relevant, ongoing Professional Development

• All Pastoral Care Workers have a DCSI child related employment screening check and are DECD trained mandated notifiers

• Access to the Pastoral Care Worker by students is voluntary and parents must give written approval for the Pastoral Care Worker to provide ongoing personal support

• Over 300 Pastoral Care Workers are employed in 64% of SA government schools by Schools Ministry Group, who has over 20 years of experience in supporting and partnering with school communities

• SMG and Pastoral Care Workers partner with local churches and other community groups to provide financial, practical and volunteer support to schools where possible and relevant

The school community is consulted and makes the decision to proceed with an application for NSCP funding for a Chaplaincy Service. Please talk to the Principal for further details. A Grievance Procedure for any formal complaint is also available from the Principal.

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of DECD. For further information, please refer to you PCW’s brochure.