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.
This modern Orthodox Jewish college was founded in 1943. It provides a dual curriculum of secular and Jewish studies and is focused on the total development of students to enable them to realise their full potential as individuals and as members of society.
Facilities: Three libraries, computer laboratories, drama theatre, audio visual theatre, 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, auditorium seating 750 people, synagogue, basketball courts.
Electives: The college has an excellent record of academic achievement in the HSC. Subjects taught include Computing Studies, Business Studies, Design and Technology, PD/Health/PE, Photography, Legal Studies, Jewish Studies and Hebrew, General Studies, Modern History, Ancient History, Geography, Commerce, Economics, Music, Visual Arts, French and Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Drama. The school has an honours program.
Sport: Sport carnivals and inter-house competitions are held throughout the year and Moriah participates with other schools in a growing number of sporting events, including cricket, indoor soccer, basketball, netball, soccer and touch football.
Extracurricular activities: These are many and varied and are offered to students from Years 2 to 12. Some of the activities offered include drama, debating, public speaking, charity and welfare projects, Mock Trial, choir, instrumental music, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, photography, film, chess and computer clubs, concert band.
Welfare and personal development: A complex and well-developed pastoral care system operates, incorporating Year co-ordinators, vertical houses, a student council and an active Parents’ Association.
Special features: The school provides an enrichment program and a differentiated curriculum to cater to each individual student’s needs. A range of scholarships is also available.
Kaleen High is in north-eastern Belconnen, surrounded by parklands and sports fields. Students of all abilities and interests are catered for.
Facilities: Two computer laboratories, large gymnasium, music keyboard laboratory, agriculture facilities, drama suite, refurbished kitchen, fully automated library (accessible to wheelchairs). There is a fully staffed resource centre for students needing learning assistance. There are two Learning Support Units: one catering for intellectually moderate students, the other catering for students with autism.
Electives Years 7 and 8: All students study the national Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment, Physical Education/Health, Technology, the Arts and Japanese. Teachers who meet regularly to ensure an appropriate curriculum is provided to address the needs of every student.
Electives Years 9 and 10: Include Music, Media and Drama, Ceramics, Leatherwork, Japanese, Home Economics, Photography, Wood, Metal, Plastics and Fibre Technology, Graphic Communication, Computing, Business Management, Vocational Education, Poultry Breeding, Extension Mathematics and Extension Science.
Sport: School teams are strongest in soccer, badminton, touch, oztag, rugby league, basketball and rowing. Kaleen High School students perform creditably in every competition they enter. The sport education model in PE requires and assists students to develop leadership and administration skills.
Extracurricular activities: The school is well regarded for charity fund raising. Other activities include an active SRC, a school band catering for beginners and experienced musicians, participation in dance festivals, a sister school relationship with Nara University High School, partnership with the Tabitha Foundation supporting communities in Cambodia and entry in national English, mathematics, science and LOTE competitions.
Welfare and personal development: Pastoral responsibilities are shared among staff. The school adheres to restorative justice processes and has strong links with a wide number of community and government agencies. The school offers a Years 7 to 10 pastoral care program. A cross-curriculum careers component covers Years 9 to 10 to assist with the transition from school to work or further education.
Commencing operations in 1995 with 41 students and two teachers in two demountables, the school has grown steadily with the introduction of secondary education in 2005. Serving the Port Stephens community, Medowie Christian School is located on a 10-acre campus. It is a healthy, thriving educational facility for nearly 300 students from Kindergarten to Year 10. The first cohort of year 10 students sat the NSW School Certificate in 2008.
Many new specialist classrooms and sporting facilities have been added since 2005 such as the recent completion of a science block, visual arts room, computer room and music room. 2010 saw the completion of a multi-million dollar multi-purpose hall, complete with theatre-style sound and lighting and a full-size basketball court
Facilities: New cricket nets, gym, two basketball courts, two computer laboratories, food technology laboratory, music room, excellent classroom facilities for Primary and Secondary students featuring the latest classroom technology including Smartboards and data projectors.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Information & Software Technology, Visual Art, Music, Drama, Japanese, German, Physical Activity & Sports Studies, Industrial Technology and Food Technology.
Sport: MCS offers opportunities for students to participate in an increasing number of sports. In addition to cross-country, swimming and athletics carnivals, organised sports may include soccer, cricket, touch football, AFL, rugby league, basketball, futsal, golf, sailing, hockey, netball, volleyball, fitness, tennis, T-ball, softball, baseball, squash, gymnastics and dance.
Extracurricular activities: These include Ministry Team Band, school musical, choral ensemble, AIS Maths Competition, Focus groups, camps and KLA extension courses. Medowie Christian School has a strong local and global mission focus that endeavours to give students a greater awareness and advocacy for global and community issues.
Special features: Medowie Christian School is currently the only high school in the local area. In 2007, the school began a long-term partnership with a local school in Kampung Sawah, Indonesia through Compassion Australia. This project involves the sponsorship of over 100 children living in poverty, providing them with basic food, shelter, education and supplies. Senior students have had the opportunity twice to go on short term mission trips to visit Indonesia — a life-changing experience for all involved. The next mission trip is planned for 2011.
The King’s School is an international leader in boys’ education and in residential care. Situated on 120 hectares at North Parramatta, the school provides a happy, active lifestyle for its students, offering the best of both rural and urban life in Australia’s largest cosmopolitan city. Flexible boarding arrangements are available.
Facilities: Rugby fields, football fields, cross-country tracks, 50-metre swimming pool, heated pool, sports centre, advanced cricket facilities, rowing, indoor rock climbing, indoor shooting range, tennis and basketball courts, information technology centre, 150-seat “black-box” drama studio, science centre, 320-seat professional theatre, centre of learning and leadership incorporating a computerised library, comprehensive music centre, boatshed on Parramatta River, historic sandstone chapel.
Electives Years 8 to 10: In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PD/Health/PE and Biblical Studies, the following elective courses are offered — Agriculture, Commerce, Design and Technology, French, German, Latin, Chinese Mandarin, Music, Technical Drawing and Visual Arts. HSIE, PD/Health/PE, Open High School Languages, Drama and Computer Studies are also offered.
Electives Years 11 and 12: English (all courses and extensions), Mathematics (all courses and extensions), Agriculture, Ancient History (and extension), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Engineering Studies, French (and extensions), Geography, German (and extensions), Industrial Technology, Information Processes and Technology, Latin (and extensions), Modern History, History Extension) Music (and extensions), PD/Health/PE, Physics, Senior Science, Software Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Studies in Religion, VET courses through a variety of TAFE institutions, Open High School Languages, SSCL Languages, Drama, Legal Studies.
Extracurricular activities: Cadets, debating, choir, music, school band, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and some 20 other co-curricular clubs and activities are offered. Drama is well supported.
Special features: Excellent academic results, an abundance of leadership opportunities, gifted and talented programs, focus on public speaking, Transition year for Year 7 to ease boys into Senior School, full-time chaplain, school counsellor. Lunch is provided every day in the dining room for all students, while breakfast is available on request. Evening dinner for day boys and supervised homework is available for day students on a per night basis.
Boarding facilities: Boys can live-in as weekly boarders, full-term boarders or short-stay boarders. An extended day caters for parents of senior school students who want to collect their sons after dinner between 8.30pm and 9pm. Warmth, security and a strong sense of community are features of the seven residential houses. Senior boys have individual bed/study rooms. Set homework periods, the assistance of live-in tutors and access to the school’s state-of-the-art intranet focuses each boy on academic goals. Attention is also given to organisational skills. A large range of sport and after-school activities exists. Outstanding dining-room facilities with four full-time chefs and a full-time butcher provide nutritious food. A hot lunch in the dining room is provided every day for boarders, day boys and staff.
Special features: Financial assistance in the form of bursaries, scholarships and awards exists for tuition, boarding and a combination of boarding and tuition. From the school: The King’s School, Parramatta — Australia’s oldest independent school — is a leader in educating boys, leadership development in students and boarding. Situated on 120 hectares at North Parramatta, the geographic centre of Sydney, the school offers a broad range of curricular and extra-curricular activities for the development of the whole student and takes enrolments from K to 12. The King’s School ranks in the top 70 NSW schools based on HSC performance and over two-thirds of its Year 12 students achieved an ATAR result over 80 in 2010 — a significant achievement for a non-selective school. Academic and leadership scholarships are offered dependent on high-range academic results and demonstrated leadership potential in creative and performing arts, sport and the community. The school offers flexible boarding — short-term, weekly and full-term boarding — and day students also have access to school facilities before and after school, including all meals.
Most students attend Fowler Road on a part-time basis and participate in home-schooling for their further educational requirements. Fowler Road is intended as a short-term ‘intervention’ that supports students in a regular school close to their homes (home schools). The program focuses on working with home schools to facilitate students’ attendance with minimal difficulties. Length of stay for students at Fowler Road is usually 12 to 18 months.
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