11/10/2016
My daughter Elen Watson, is currently in Year 8 at UHS. She attended East Adelaide Primary School. Elen was attracted to the UHS Football Academy Program initially as she is an avid footballer and was keen to learn as much as possible about what career paths might be available to her whilst still maintaining her passion for football (soccer).
After attending the Principals tour of the school a few things really stood out for me; firstly was how neat, clean and well cared for the school grounds and classrooms were and even the children were well groomed; secondly the friendly disposition of the Principal, the teachers and the students we met along the way and the most impressive of all was the general “good vibe” I got throughout the day. This school didn’t strike me as being a place where children were forced to go to; rather it seemed that the children who came here genuinely liked their school.
I was so impressed not only did I enrol Elen, I decided to nominate for a role on the Governing Council also. I am now proud to be the Deputy Chairperson and look forward to every meeting, newsletter and emails which update me with school news and events. Governing council consists of fellow parents, teachers, members of the local community and local government, representatives from Student Voice and last, but never least, the School Principal, David Harris.
Elen has learnt, grown and developed so much in this first year of high school; academically, socially and as a football player. She has participated in sports days, swimming carnivals, indoor and outdoor football tournaments. She has become an active member of Student Voice and as a proud ambassador of her new school she has attended information evenings and interschool programmes and activities. Most encouraging of all her academic progress has been steady and her grades consistent across all subjects, which I believe is due to the support she receives in all areas of the curriculum.
I recommend Underdale High School to any parent considering their child’s options for education; it is big enough to have a broad range of facilities and curriculum options, yet small enough to make the transition year for my daughter smooth and well supported. It is so refreshing to know that the students here are not just numbers or faces in the crowd, the teachers here know who their students are and genuinely look out for their best interests. This is a school where the Principal, teachers and auxiliary staff, parents and the broader community have a genuine passion for the work they do and the education outcomes of their students.

Yours Sincerely

Cheryl Yeend