What subjects and study options does the ASMS offer?

The ASMS is a Year 10 to 12 senior high school. All Year 10 and 11 students work together on a common program called Central Studies.  This gives Year 10 students an opportunity to gain some SACE Stage 1 credits.  Year 12 subjects follow the defined SACE curriculum statements and students can meet all of the criteria for their South Australian Certificate of Education and ATAR at the school. Refer to the Year 10 & 11 Curriculum and Year 12 Curriculum pages for further information.

Is the ASMS school building different from other schools?

The ASMS building is open, flexible and ICT enabled. Its modern design and IT infrastructure ensures that students can work with each other to learn and access the educational resources. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) included the ASMS building in the third International Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities.

Is there a dress code or uniform?

Although there is no ASMS uniform, dress must always be neat and appropriate and must not be offensive to others. Guidelines have been agreed through consultation with students. Students will be issued with a photo ID card which they will be expected to have with them at all times.

Does the school have a canteen?

Students have access to the cafeteria (The Pantry) on the adjacent Sturt Campus of the Flinders University and the ASMS has kitchen facilities (microwave, fridge, hot water and sink) for student use in the student café area.

What are the school times?

Lessons commence at 8.40am and normally conclude at 3.20pm. On Tuesdays the formal day ends at 1.00pm. The school is open from 7.45am on weekdays and remains open until 4.30pm for students to continue their research and learning. The adjacent Sturt Library annexe of the Flinders University is open from 8.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 6.00pm on Fridays. Australian Science and Mathematics School students have full access to this facility.

Do students need their own laptop or tablet?

Computing devices are now part of everyday life. The ASMS curriculum is online and available 24/7. We encourage students to bring their own device/s to school each day. The school does not have any minimum specifications for devices and your decision should be based on your personal circumstances and preferences. We would encourage you to consider a Windows or Apple laptop as Chromebooks or iPads/Tablets often wont meet all your learning needs if they are the only device you have access to. 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.

What type of report can I expect?

The ASMS curriculum is online and this includes the assessment results. Teachers enter grades and comments into the portal as they are completed. At the end of each semester a final report is posted on the portal and mailed home. In terms 1 and 3, students hold a learning conversation with their parents and Learning Studies Teacher where they present and discuss the progress of their learning.

What happens if my child starts to struggle with their 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. The ASMS Student Support Team meets weekly and considers feedback provided by teachers about individual student progress. This information is used to identify students who may require additional support.

What is the best way to communicate with the school?

It depends what the issue is. For personal or academic issues about your child, contact the Learning Studies Teacher via email. You can make a phone call, however teachers are usually teaching and may not be available. If the issue is a general issue, please discuss the matter with the receptionist who will direct your call to the relevant person. If the matter is about a teacher please contact the Principal by phone or email. If you have any other questions please contact the Principal on +61 8 8201 5686.

Does the school have an anti-bullying policy?

ASMS Anti-Bullying & Harassment Policy

If there are specific complaints regarding bullying in the school, the student’s Learning Studies Teacher should be contacted.

What opportunities are offered for community involvement and sporting activities?

Students have the opportunity to take part in wide range of extra-curricular activities. One of these is the ASMS Service Club where students coordinate a range of fundraising activities to support charities and community organisations. A variety of sports are on offer for all students at the ASMS including the lunch time sport program and several interschool competitions (after school hours).

Words and Phrases used @ ASMS

Language and Acronyms Commonly used at ASMS

  • Adventure Space – A 100 minute lesson held once a week – Students can choose a topic that interests them
  • Alliance Subject – Students may be able to study a subject that is not offered at the ASMS at another school
  • ATAR – Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank
  • Central Studies (CS) – Interdisciplinary subjects that year 10 and 11 students undertake
  • The Department – Department for Education
  • EALD – English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • FLO – Flexible Learning Option
  • Formative Work – Student work that comprises of a learning experience – not necessarily graded
  • International Science Fair (ISF) – Opportunity for students to network with students from other schools (local, interstate and overseas)
  • LC5 – Learning Common number 5 (there are 9 LC’s in the ASMS Building, plus 2 (10 & 11) in the Sturt Building
  • Learning Studies – Students spend 40 minutes with their Learning Studies Teacher 4 days a week
  • Loop Bus Free bus to transport students around the Bedford Park Campus as well as to the Tonsley Campus. Runs during University Term time only
  • LSG Learning Studies Group – similar to a “Home Group”
  • MMM Mindfulness, Movement and Music. Students spend 40 minutes once a week on wellbeing activities
  • Non SACE – Students usually doing year 10 level of work
  • PATE – Portfolio of Achievement for Tertiary Entrance
  • Portal – ASMS Digital Platform that students and parents can access.
  • Real Day Out – Opportunity for Year 10 students to engage with businesses in and around Adelaide
  • Rubric – Set of worded criteria/standards that we base grades upon eg A,B,C etc
  • SACE – South Australian Certificate of Education
  • SACE Credits – Students need to achieve 200 credits (points) to receive their SACE
  • SAT – Skills & Applications Task
  • SATAC – South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre
  • SDL – Self Directed Learer
  • SHE Task – Science as a Human Endeavour Task
  • Stage 1 – Students doing year 11 subjects
  • Stage 2 – Students doing year 12 subjects
  • STEM – Science Technology Engineering & Maths
  • Sturt Building – A building located alongside the ASMS building – contains the Sturt Library, lecture theatres, ASMS Aviation Space and LC10 & LC11
  • Summative Work – Student work that will be marked to go towards a final grade
  • TER – Tertiary Entrance Rank
  • Tonsley Park – Flinders University Campus for Engineering, Medical devices and Nanoscale technologies – located on South Road, Tonsley
  • UES – University Extension Studies – Certain Year 12 students studying one subject at Flinders University
  • VET – Vocational Education Training – Students can get SACE credits once their course is completed. Can do this in Year 11 or Year 12
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