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Port Augusta Secondary School - Department for Education

2022 South Australian Training Awards VET Innovation for Schools

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About Port Augusta Secondary School

Port Augusta - 'the crossroads to Australia' and the gateway to South Australia's outback region, is situated at the top of Spencer Gulf with a population of approximately 13,800. Port Augusta Secondary School (PASS) is a category 2 school located 300km north of Adelaide. In 2022 the school welcomed their first intake of Year 7 students from 6 feeder Primary Schools. The 2022 enrolment is approximately 829 students, Year 7-12, including 44% Aboriginal enrolment and approximately 16% of students being recognised as having a disability.

Since co-location from 2 campuses in 2011, PASS has evolved and responded to the everchanging complexities of the community. The school has over 100 staff, including carefully selected teachers across all curriculum areas, highly skilled support staff (SSO’s, ASETO’s) and leadership structure that reflects the school’s priorities.’

Major building projects have also occurred over the past 10 years, including state of the arts Trade Trading Centre, Stem and Visual Arts buildings. In 2021 a two-story building was completed to accommodate the new Year 7 cohort; this also included a modern Home Economics centre.

PASS provides a variety of programs and initiatives that are unique in many ways to secondary education and lead the way for other schools across the region and the state. The school has a strong stable executive leadership structure which has worked together for over 10 years. Their SACE and NAPLAN results and destination data have all improved over the past 10 years, with PASS being the school of choice for many families in the region.