How is the learning environment different at the ASMS?
The ASMS is a purpose designed and built senior secondary facility. Our building is designed to support students to develop as self-directed learners and engage in collaborative hands-on inquiry-based learning activities.
Our learning commons are flexible learning spaces which can accommodate one or more groups of people. Flexible furniture, ICT workstations, data projectors and speaker systems mean that people can listen to a lecture, discuss ideas as a class, work in small groups, or work individually, depending on the task at hand.
Do I bring my own device?
The ASMS curriculum is available online 24/7. We encourage students to bring their own device/s to school each day. There are no minimum specifications for devices and your decision should be based on your personal circumstances and preferences. We encourage you to consider a Windows or Apple laptop as Chromebooks or iPads/Tablets often won’t meet all learning needs.
Students are responsible for the maintenance of these devices and are encouraged to bring them fully charged and must have up to date antimalware software installed. The school can assist in connecting any Windows or Apple devices to our wireless network.
How do you support students with disabilities or special needs?
The ASMS has a range of support for students, individually negotiated and tailored to meet the needs of our students. A dedicated Coordinator for Inclusion and Learning Support oversees our students and liaises with students, families, staff and offsite agencies. The school provides opportunities for regular external agency staff visits where needed, and tutors are available for support on Tuesday afternoons.
How do you deal with bullying?
Our school culture is one of inclusion and this is reflected in all our learning design. Our Learning Studies program provides students and their families with a trusted contact at our school as they monitor the wellbeing of each student. Students tell us that the rate of bullying at the ASMS is very low. When it does happen, they tell us they know how to report bullying and are comfortable to do so, and staff deal with issues promptly, compassionately and confidentially. For more information, please refer to our anti-bullying policy (linked).
What if I am struggling with my learning?
The Learning Studies Teacher is central to supporting the student. They monitor each student’s performance and behaviour and provide timely intervention. Parents should contact their child’s Learning Studies Teacher as soon as they perceive there is an issue and the teacher will contact the parent if concerns are raised at the school level. Learning Studies teachers monitor each student’s progress and support is available from our Coordinator (Inclusion and Learning Support), Wellbeing and Pathways Coordinator and our senior leadership team.
Can I study creative arts? a language? or music?
Students have many opportunities to pursue their passions through our Passion Project program. Every Thursday afternoon, students have dedicated time to explore and follow their passions/interests, supported by staff. Students choose a passion project and dive deeply into discovery. This program allows the students agency in what, how and when they use this time to have SERIOUS PLAY time with their passion/interest with no fear of failure, assessment or deadline demands.
Students are also able to pursue their interest in music through our Music, Movement & Mindful program (MMM). And, while we don’t offer languages at the ASMS, there are opportunities for students to enrol in a course outside of the school through the School of Languages.
Can I pursue my interest in robotics / 3D designing / space science / electrical engineering?
We have a range of experts at ASMS, many of whom have worked in various industry fields before coming here. The staff are always happy to engage with students in such areas.
Our Ideation Studio is well suited to exploring a range of pursuits in mechatronics, robotics, 3D designing and printing, etc. We also have great equipment and expert capacity for exploration in media arts and technologies, including sound engineering. We are currently strengthening our partnerships with the Re-Engineering Australia organisation for F1 in Schools and Space programs, and with the SA Space Agency.
What does a typical week at ASMS look like?
Our school week is structured in four main blocks each day. Three of these blocks are dedicated to Central Studies, which are three interdisciplinary subjects that students participate in each Semester, on a two-year rotation of subjects for year 10s and 11s.
These interdisciplinary subjects combine elements of English, Maths, Sciences, HASS, around a central theme. Importantly, there is no stand-alone English, Maths or Science classes. The ASMS offers a true integrated learning experience for students, and teachers map the learning and capabilities back to the relevant parts of the Australian Curriculum or SACE for year 10s and 11s, respectively.
In the middle of the day, there is a 40-minute Learning Studies session. Here, we take a deep dive into the elements of learning about learning, becoming sophisticated researchers, sharing discoveries, achievements and a range of other communications and celebrations through these daily Learning Studies sessions.
On Wednesdays, students participate in wellbeing activities through our Music, Movement and Mindfulness program (MMM).
On Thursday afternoons, students delve into their pursuits of passion, through our Passion Project program. This is a great opportunity for students to get serious about a self-directed pursuit that is important to them.
Is there a school uniform?
Although there is no ASMS uniform, dress must always be neat and appropriate. Guidelines have been agreed through consultation with students. Students are issued with a photo ID card which they will be expected to always have with them.
What do students do in breaks?
Lunchtime at the ASMS is not simply a break from learning for students to eat their lunch; it is also a part of the day where students can engage in a wide range of activities. Students engage and connect with each other and build a sense of community and wellbeing. Table tennis, chess and games are also available for student use. Students can stay in the main ASMS building or go the Flinders University Sturt campus cafeteria. Students also utilise outdoor spaces, ASMS park and Sturt oval, or participate in our lunchtime sport program.