Through innovative programs, Strathcona students are challenged to explore their individual learning styles and thinking strategies that will prepare them for the future. Strathcona, established in 1924, provides a distinctive education in a Christian environment for students throughout Melbourne’s east and north. During the past 85 years, Strathcona has grown to become one of Melbourne’s leading girls’ schools. Strathcona has three campuses and every student receives individual care in a friendly, supportive environment, while being challenged to achieve beyond their expectations. Strathcona’s inclusive educational philosophy and extensive curricular and co-curricular programs are complemented by outstanding facilities that blend the very best of the past with more recent inspired and innovative architectural designs. Academically the VCE results continue to be outstanding.
Facilities: The Canterbury Campus (Senior/Middle School and ELC) is well serviced by train, bus and tram and has excellent facilities including a modern Science and Middle School Centre, a gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool and sports field. An innovative VCE Centre and Information Resources Centre were opened in August 2003. The Creative and Performing Arts Centre opened in August 2008. The centre has new music, art and drama facilities with a food technology laboratory and a multimedia centre with a soundproof recording studio. A large open internal performance and exhibition space is the centrepiece of the new building. Outstanding computer facilities and a home-to-school computer link eliminate the need for expensive laptops and ensure that all students are able to utilise interactive technology to communicate effectively. The ELC girls and boys are nurtured in a recently refurbished and expanded homely and well-resourced centre. In Year 9, students spend a year at Tay Creggan, a beautiful historic site by the Yarra River, which has been magnificently renovated. This unique campus, established in 1969, was the first to offer a non-residential off-campus experience for girls. Tay Creggan has exceptional facilities for Year 9 student programs that emphasise teamwork, challenge and project-based learning. The Year 9 campus is also well-serviced by train and tram. A state-of-the-art Junior School (Prep to Year 6) opened in May 2005 next to the Main Campus in Prospect Hill Road. The facility provides a unique learning environment featuring leading-edge classroom design, a variety of play areas, hi-tech computing areas, activities centre, library, and art and music facilities.
Curriculum: There is an extensive choice with the VCE program offering all prerequisites for tertiary courses and a wide selection of studies in Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Business and Creative Arts. Languages studied at Strathcona are French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. Integration of ICT skills is an essential part of the programs at all levels. Ground-breaking courses in VCE/VET Interactive Digital Media channel students’ creative and technical skills in innovative directions. Their achievements are showcased on Strathcona’s own TV station – S-TV.
Sport: Physical Education is part of the core curriculum from the ELC to Year 11 and is available as a VCE subject in Years 11 and 12. Many students are encouraged to be involved in inter-school sporting competitions run by Girls Sport Victoria.
Extracurricular activities: Strathcona’s diverse extra-curricular program encourages participation in a wide range of activities including an extensive range of drama, music and sporting activities, debating and public speaking. Compass (Years 5 to 8) and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Years 9 to 12) provide students with a range of challenging, non-competitive, voluntary activities encouraging personal growth, enterprise and a broad range of life skills.
Student welfare programs: Pastoral care plays an important role at Strathcona with personal, social and spiritual development nurtured. There is a sense of family with many cross-age links among the students and close ties between home and school. Interstate and international exchanges enrich the students’ education with a global perspective.
Matraville Sports High School is a co-educational, comprehensive high school providing a stimulating and challenging environment with quality teaching and engaging learning. Incorporated within the school is the Talented Sports Program, which allows students to undertake specific training and fitness programs to enhance their sporting abilities while continuing their studies. Class sizes are small, ensuring individual attention to enhance each student’s potential.
Facilities: Basketball courts, a multi-purpose sports field, rugby field, large hall, new gymnasium with weights room, a dance studio and full-sized indoor basketball court. A careers room, fully computerised music room, six computer laboratories and 13 classrooms equipped with electronic whiteboards. A brand new language building centre and three new science laboratories opened in 2010.
Electives: The school offers a range of academic and vocational courses to meet the needs of each student. Included are school-based traineeships, vocational education and TAFE courses delivered on and off the school site.
Student wellbeing: Proactive wellbeing, leadership and pastoral care programs are offered to all students in a culturally diverse environment.
Special features: A leading school in the Sydney region in school-based traineeships. A new and innovative delivery of the HSC where senior students complete three HSC subjects to exam level each year. Students are accepted on their skills and ability in particular sports, including rugby league, netball, cricket, surfing and dance. Academic and sporting scholarships are available for gifted students.
Famous ex-students: Bob Carr, the Ella brothers, Susan Kenny, Russell Fairfax, Marcia Ella, Ian Elliott.
Enrolment: 330 students.
Opened in 1980, the school is situated in the Tuggeranong Valley and seeks to provide quality learning in a supportive environment. The school caters for students from Preschool to Year 10.
Facilities: Sports fields, library, media studio, computer rooms, mathematics lab, specialist rooms for practical subjects, climbing wall.
Electives Years 7 to 10: All traditional subjects are taught, including Japanese. The school has a gifted and talented program for students in Years 7 to 10.
Sport: Volleyball, netball, Australian Rules, soccer, hockey,
Leisure sports include orienteering, sailboarding, cycling.
Extracurricular activities: Debating, Tournament of Minds, science club, band.
Welfare and personal development: The school has a well-developed pastoral care policy, incorporating a peer support program and an active student council. Work experience and career guidance are included in the school curriculum.
Special features: The school design enables wheelchair access to all facilities and there are classes for students with learning disabilities, gifted and talented students and students needing English-as-a-second-language assistance.
Macquarie College provides a learning environment that is characterised by a commitment to excellence and care for each individual student. Its history dates back to 1901. In 1994, the College relocated to a new 8.7-hectare site providing state-of-the-art facilities in a “village green” setting. The college offers continuity of learning for children of all religious denominations, from Preschool to Year 12 HSC. Enrolment levels ensure that personalised attention is available for all. The school’s 2008 HSC results place it in the top three independent schools for the Hunter Region.
The College Student Welfare program encompasses a system of pastoral care with a chaplaincy and counselling services. Work experience, careers guidance and life skills are taught. There is a strict uniform code and a structured approach to discipline.
Facilities: Library and Information Resource Centre, Performing Arts Centre, science and computer laboratories, design and technology facilities as well as sporting facilities.
Courses: The NSW Board of Studies syllabus requirements are the basis for courses offered from Kindergarten to Year 12. The K to 12 program covers all Key Learning Areas (KLA) outlined by the Board of Studies and has been organised to provide a wider, more enriching and fulfilling educational experience for students. A full academic program is offered by the College leading to the Award of the Year 10 School Certificate and the NSW Year 12 Higher School Certificate.
Courses Years K to 6: English (Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening & Library Skills); Mathematics (Space & Geometry, Working Mathematically, Number, Patterns & Algebra, Measurement & Data); Human Society & Its Environment (Change & Continuity, Cultures, Environments, Social Systems and Structures); Science and Technology (Science, Computer Studies); Languages Other Than English — Years 5 & 6 (French); Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (Biblical Studies; Health Studies, PE & Sport); Creative and Performing Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music including vocal and instrumental tuition).
Courses Years 7 to 10: English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society & Its Environment (History, Geography, Commerce), Languages Other Than English (French), Technology (Technology [Mandatory]), Information & Software Technology, Industrial Technology, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Physical and Health Education (Biblical Studies, Career Education, PDHPE & Sport), Creative and Performing Arts (Visual Art, Drama, Music including vocal and instrumental tuition).
Courses Years 11 and 12: English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 & 2), Mathematics (General, Advanced, Extension 1 & 2), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Geography, Hospitality, Information, Processes & Technology, Legal Studies, Modern History (including Extension), Physics, Studies of Religion 1 & 2, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music, Design & Technology, Textiles and Design. Numerous TVET courses are available through local TAFE Colleges.
Sport: AFL, athletics, basketball, lawn bowls, cricket, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, ice-skating, netball, swimming, team handball, touch football, tennis, tenpin bowling and volleyball.
Camp-based activities: Abseiling, snow skiing, high ropes, orienteering, rock climbing, snow boarding, sailing and white water rafting.
Representative sports: Athletics, basketball, cricket, cross-country, diving, golf, gymnastics, netball, swimming, touch football, tennis and volleyball.
Extracurricular activities: College singers, instrumental ensembles including concert and brass bands, violin (Suzuki Club), drama company, debating club, Duke of Edinburgh Program, Pathfinder Club, outdoor education program including year camps, annual expedition and ski camps, sporting program including major team and individual sports and participation in regional and state championships.
Red Bend aims to foster the full and positive development of all students within a Christian environment. Students are encouraged to acquire self-discipline and self-direction so they can survive in and contribute to the wider society and also develop those skills that are necessary for sound and sensible judgement.
Facilities: Chapel, gymnasium, hall, swimming pool, beach volleyball court, lecture theatre, design and technology complex, laboratories, music rooms, modern boarding facilities, vast areas for playing fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, computer rooms, art rooms, working farm.
Subjects Years 7 to 10: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and the Environment, Commerce, History, Geography, Agriculture, Computing, Textiles and Design, Food Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Woodwork, Metalwork, PD/ Health/PE, French.
Subjects Years 11 and 12: Studies of Religion, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Senior Science, Ancient History Geography, Modern History, Music, Drama, Agriculture, Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Legal Studies, Work Studies, Community and Family Studies, Hospitality, Metal & Engineering Industrial Technology, Vocational Education (Hospitality, Primary Industries, Business Services).
Sport: Competitive sports — cricket, rugby league and union, netball, soccer, hockey, tennis, swimming, athletics and touch football. Leisure sports — golf, squash, tennis, volleyball, cross-country, swimming, fishing and equestrian.
Extracurricular activities: Choir, band, jazz band, debating, public speaking, mock trial, St Vincent de Paul, Justice and Solidarity Group, Cattle Team And Tournament of Minds.
Welfare and personal development: School counsellor, careers department and adviser, pastoral care, retreats, whole-school masses, class liturgies, vertical house system.
The Crescent School is situated in the Goulburn district and currently has 50 students, which includes a class of students from Years 3 to 6 with multi-categorical disabilities. Being a NSW Department of Education and Training school it offers students educational programs based on their individual needs, but also encompasses Key Learning Areas. The school provides access to a range of therapy support personnel as well as specialised programs in Riding for the Disabled, transition education, work experience and TAFE programs. The school has a committed and dedicated staff, and currently has seven classes as well as support staff.
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