Welcome to Balaklava High School

Situated in the heart of the Wakefield Plains approximately 100 kilometres north of Adelaide, Balaklava High School provides high quality secondary education for students mainly from Balaklava, Mallala, Owen and Port Wakefield Primary Schools.

This year, we at Balaklava High School, are proudly celebrating 100 years of public education.  During the last century, we have seen significant change in almost every aspect of our school, from the location, to the teaching methods, the evolution of technology and the number of students.  Most recently we have seen change with our modern grounds, specialist facilities, contemporary curriculum and this year we have also welcomed Year 7s to high school for the first time.

Balaklava High School has serviced the community with a long and proud tradition of providing broad subject choice and quality programs, in a highly supportive environment that challenges students and sets them up for individual success both at school and after they graduate to reach their full potential.  We strive to engage all of our students in dynamic learning through the implementation of highly effective, modern, research based teaching and learning programs.

Over the past few years our facilities have been upgraded to state of the art including modular general learning areas, contemporary Visual Art rooms, a large Performing Arts suite, modern Home Economics Centre and upgrades to existing buildings.  Over this same period of time, we have also upgraded our grounds to include a full sized basketball court, more shelter for students and expansive grassed areas for students to access.  We are currently awaiting our new play equipment to be installed, which, with our footy goal posts and student led lunch time activities occurring, will provide options for our students to fill their breaks.

Connecting with individual students by building positive relationships and providing relevant, current subject offerings is vital for student success.  We focus on the whole child and working in partnership with our young people and their families to achieve individual success for all.

Relationships are the basis of everything in schools and it is vital that we make connections with each young person and their family.  To do this, we have a school wide focus on Restorative Practices and we work to build strong relationships with, and amongst, our students.  We work with our students to repair their relationships with others when the need arises.

Our school values are Positive Relationships, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and we encourage students to live by these principles in the classroom, the yard, on the bus and online.

Whilst the core focus of any school is teaching and learning, Balaklava High School takes an additional approach of focusing on students as individuals by also supporting their wellbeing. To do this, the school offers a variety of programs and resources including the Doctors on Campus program, access to mental health providers and by having a male and a female counsellor available at the school for students to access.

Whether in terms of the diverse range of learning, technology, musical, sporting or wellbeing opportunities offered, there is something for everyone at Balaklava High School.  I invite you to contact us at the school if you’d like to know any more, to make an enrolment enquiry or to make an appointment for a school tour.  Come and find out exactly what makes Balaklava High School so special.