Maclean High School

Maclean High School is located on the South Arm of the Clarence River on the North Coast of N.S.W. The school is a large district, comprehensive, co-educational facility that has shared its present site with Maclean TAFE College since 1992. The grounds including the school's farm occupy 10 hectares of the river flood plain. The school has excellent facilities including a school/community rowing shed. Students have a diverse range of academic abilities and come from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. The curriculum, class structures and education programs are therefore designed to accommodate these diverse needs. There is a considerable amount of extra-curricular activity adding significantly to the learning opportunities. There is a significant major excursion program including trips to Heron Island, Central Australia and Jindabyne. The school has a widely acclaimed transition program for students from the 12 feeder primary schools. The extensive curriculum, especially in the senior school offers access to a broad range of courses including many vocational opportunities. Courses include Hospitality, Primary Industries, Seafood Aquaculture, Construction, Metals and Engineering and Sports Coaching. There is also a wide variety of TAFE options. Students with special education needs are well catered for with a variety of programs. There is also significant emphasis on literacy development, student welfare, sport, and the creative and performing arts. Academic results are exceptional and consistently above the like schools group and the region in Naplan, School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. A highly acclaimed school musical is held every 2 years involving a considerable number of staff and students. Students regularly perform at Encore to showcase their talents. Retention rates are exemplary and among the best in the region. In 2010 the school became part of the National Partnerships for Low Socio-Economic Program. This significant infusion of funds, totalling $4 million over 4 years has enabled the school to undertake significant programs in Literacy, Numeracy, Aboriginal Education, Quality Teaching, Connected Learning and Student Engagement and Retention. Positive results are already being noted.

Flood recovery update

The NSW Department of Education is coordinating an emergency response effort that is unprecedented in terms of scale and impact. A large number of schools in the Northern Rivers region have damage to either the entire site or some buildings and facilities.

The local School Infrastructure NSW office has inspected all schools in flood-impacted areas and has removed rubbish, cleaned and secured affected sites to ensure they are safe. Teams are repairing and remediating schools that were damaged during the foods and assessing works needed to rebuild the worst affected schools.

Maclean High School suffered a significant amount of damage as a result of the flood events with a large number of buildings being inundated with flood waters.

Regular communication relating to the progress of works at Maclean High School will continue to be updated to this page in the ‘Flood Recovery Updates’ section below.

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