Kerang is strategically positioned on the highway network between Swan Hill, Echuca and Bendigo in the productive northwest irrigation area of Victoria.
The town has a population of over 4000 and the Kerang Technical High School draws its students from the town and the wider district, which has a population of over 12000. The main industries in the area are agriculture, dairy farming, engineering and horticulture so many of our students come from a farming background. The three nearest centres with larger populations are Swan Hill, Echuca and Bendigo, which meet the added needs for goods, services and entertainment.
KTHS draws its students from eight primary schools namely Kerang Primary School, Kerang South PS, St. Joseph’s PS, Kerang Christian School, Koondrook PS, Murrabit Group School, Lake Charm and Quambatook Group School. There is a strong network between the secondary school and the feeder schools with combined Professional Development Days and involvement in the Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Program. Given the geographic spread of the catchment area, a significant number of students travel by bus to school, which means that running after school programs is difficult.
The school began as a Higher Elementary school in 1913 and was proclaimed as a High School in 1919. The technical component was added in 1973 from which time the school has been known as Kerang Technical High School. The Technical Wing has been a strong feature of KTHS for over 31 years. It caters for students in Woodwork, Auto Prac, Engineering, Welding and Metalwork. The facilities, the enthusiastic ‘tech’ staff and the pathway offered by the Technical Wing have ensured that it is an important component of the school and community.
KTHS sits in 19 hectares of sporting fields, lawns and gardens. The school has also used 6.2 hectares for its ‘farm’ and this is certainly an asset. McLeod Oval is the main sporting area and an athletics track has been constructed with the joint assistance of the Little Athletics Association. The School’s facilities are available to the community. Thornely Hall is used extensively for Community events as well as school occasions. The school is well equipped with a library, excellent canteen, with stand-alone computers and every student has 1:1 netbooks.
The organizational structure of the school is horizontal. There are four Houses led by four Co-ordinators and each year level has its own coordinator. Students remain in the same Houses throughout their years at school. Home Group meetings are organised through the House system, as is the Athletics and Swimming carnivals and lunchtime sport activities. The Year Level Co-ordinators monitor the progress of the students and deal with the welfare and discipline matters. The school is also divided into Junior and Senior school for curriculum planning and delivery purposes. Two senior members of staff manage the mini schools.
The school has a teaching staff of 35, a quarter of whom work on a part-time basis. Fourteen School Services Officers and School Council Employees complement the teaching staff as laboratory technicians, integration aides, canteen workers, gardeners, welfare coordinator, library assistants, teacher aides and administrative support.
KTHS has a strong Welfare program. A Chaplain is employed with keen support from the community. A school nurse is shared by Swan Hill and KTHS and the School Psychologist visits the school regularly. The Psychologist is shared by KTHS and the Primary schools in the district. More recently the school employed a Youth Worker to work with disengaged students and provide assistance to the Chaplain. Welfare programs are run by this group, the Kerang Welfare Cluster, with representatives from all feeder schools, the Northern District Community Health and a local doctor.
KTHS has a proud reputation of providing a rich co-curriculum program which caters for the majority of students in the school. There is a high participation rate by students and the programs have been strongly supported by parents. Every effort is made to implement programs/events which cater for individual needs. We have , VCE, VET, FLO, the Alpine School, Middle School Trips, Yr 7 Transition Camp, Yr 12, Great Victorian Bike Ride, Yr 11 Melbourne Work Experience, music, chess and the annual Feathertop hike.
A small core of parents is actively involved in the school. Parents are involved in the school council and nearly all of the sub-committees in the school. There is a very strong and active canteen committee which meets regularly and supports the Key Learning Areas in the purchase of equipment. Parents are also called upon to provide transportation to functions where students are involved and this is always a positive contact between parents and the extra curricular programs offered.