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Dapto High School

Dapto High School

Coordinates34°29′59″S 150°47′8″E / 34.49972°S 150.78556°E / -34.49972; 150.78556
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoStrive for Higher Things
Established1958; 66 years ago (1958)
School districtLake Illawarra South; Regional South
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
PrincipalJoel Burnett
Deputy Principals
  • Daniel Inness
  • Darcy Moore
Teaching staff70.5 FTE (2018)[1]
Enrolment917[1] (2018)
CampusOuter suburban / Regional
Colour(s)Yellow, maroon, and white

Dapto High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Dapto, a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1958, the school enrolled approximately 900 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom six percent identified as Indigenous Australians and nine percent were from a language background other than English.[1][2][3] The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education; the principal is Joel Burnett.

School-to-work program

In 2002, Dapto was the subject of a case study for its school-to-work program, which chronicled how the school innovated a centralized reporting program via school reports, which turned around an otherwise unsuccessful program and made the program a "whole new approach" which was recommended for other schools.[4] As a result of this program the school's careers advisor, Steve Heinecke, was awarded the title of top careers advisor in New South Wales in 2005.[5]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Dapto High School, Dapto, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Dapto – history". Wollongong City Library. Archived from the original on 26 November 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  3. ^ "How to enrol at a Public School – Dapto High School". New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 8 November 2007. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  4. ^ "NSW Department of Education and Training" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  5. ^ "2005 NSW Careers Adviser of the Year announced". TAFE NSW. 2 December 2005. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Head rewards Brown's show of faith". The Age. 5 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Older, wiser Head finally realises promise". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 July 2004.
  8. ^ a b "The Phoenix Newsletter" (PDF). Dapto High School. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph – News Limited Australia 21 June 2002
  10. ^ Crabb, Brendan (5 November 2019). "Former Dapto High student wins NSW Young Australian of the Year award". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
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