Xavier College was founded in 1878 and is a Jesuit school. The Senior Campus stands on 40 acres 6km from the centre of Melbourne. Two Early and Middle Years campuses, Burke Hall and Kostka Hall, were founded in 1921 and 1937 respectively. Xavier offers a wide variety of subject areas and co-curricular activities and all programs aim to foster young men of competence, conscience and compassion who will strive to make a difference in the wider world once they leave Xavier.
Facilities: Modern classrooms, science laboratories, art/graphics, drama, media and darkroom facilities, computer centres and resource centres on all campuses. All campuses of Xavier have beautiful ovals which host a wide variety of sports. At the Senior Campus the Stephenson Centre comprises double indoor basketball courts, a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and various multi-purpose rooms.
Curriculum: Xavier offers a broad yet academic curriculum that aims to cater for the diverse needs of students. The college’s VCE results have been consistently excellent with 30 per cent of the class of 2008 achieving an ENTER of 95 or better and 47 per cent achieving 90 or better. While emphasis rests with each class teacher to respond to each individual student’s learning requirements, enrichment and acceleration programs are also offered across the curriculum. LOTE programs are French, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Classical Greek. An extensive student exchange program supports language study with partner schools in France, Italy, the USA and Japan. Information technology is an integral part of student learning across all subject areas at all levels.
Sport: Xavier offers an extremely wide range of sports including cricket, tennis, football, soccer, rowing, rugby, badminton, basketball, table tennis, and athletics of all sorts, volleyball, golf, lawn bowls, hockey, swimming, martial arts, snow sports and gymnastics.
Co-curricular activities: Music accounts for an extensive student involvement at Xavier. There are numerous groups, from large bands to small ensembles, choirs and orchestras, all of which perform publicly in competitions and concerts. Media, drama, chess and debating are also important and popular aspects of the co-curricular program. The Centre for Faith and Service runs many programs throughout the year which encourage students to reflect about themselves as individuals and to be active participants in the wider community, particularly with those who are disadvantaged or marginalised.
Student welfare programs: A Jesuit education insists on the individual care of each person. The House and tutor systems are long-standing and highly regarded aspects of Xavier’s programs and each year level has its own chaplain. Individual pastoral care, counselling and careers guidance are provided for students.
This selective girls’ high school is centrally located in Surry Hills, adjacent to Sydney Boys High. The school was founded in 1883 following the admission of women to universities two years earlier and moved to its present site in 1921. Sydney Girls is committed to academic excellence and fostering individual ability in a caring and challenging environment.
Facilities: Computer rooms, library, drama hall, science labs, music rooms, specialist rooms for practical subjects, multi-purpose hall, tennis courts, basketball courts, rowing shed.
Curriculum Years 7 to 10: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, French, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Hebrew, Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Photography, Multimedia, Textiles and Design, Food Technology, Design and Technology, Graphics Technology, Information Processes and Technology, Commerce, PD/Health/PE, Career Education, Scripture, Sport.
Curriculum Years 11 and 12: Advanced English, Extension English 1 and 2, 2-Unit Mathematics, Extension Mathematics 1 and 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese, Chinese Extension, French, French Extension, Japanese, Japanese Extension, Latin, Latin Extension, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Ancient History, Modern History, Extension History, Software Design and Development, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Music, Music Extension, Visual Art.
Sport: Students participate in competitions in rowing, swimming, water polo, netball, fencing, cricket, hockey, soccer, skiing, volleyball, and basketball, as well as zone, regional and state competitions in a variety of sports. There are many options available including aerobics, circuit training, squash, cycling, self-defence, table tennis, touch football, badminton, table tennis, swimming, contemporary dance, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and yoga.
Extracurricular activities: Clubs — chess, bridge, Scrabble, public speaking, writers, Interschool Christian Fellowship, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Young Achievers, environment group. Competitions — Tournament of Minds, Mock Trial, writing, art, English, mathematics, science, geography, debating, International Mythology Competition, NSW Latin Reading Competition. There are also performance activities such as concert band, choral group, stage band, orchestra, sax ensemble, chamber orchestra, Junior strings, Junior wind ensemble, drama and musical performances, and an annual art exhibition. Annual interstate exchange to Melbourne and international tours supporting language study to France, Italy, and China.
Welfare and personal development: The school has a peer support program, supported by an active student council and prefect body. Support services include head teachers, student advisers and a school counsellor. Work experience is offered to Year 10 students and careers guidance is provided for all girls. The school is developing a strong transition program focusing on the needs of Middle School students, moving from Year 6 to year 7.
Famous ex-students: Marie Bashir, Margaret Fink, Lilith Norman, Marjorie Barnard, Libby Hathorn, Christina Stead, Marilyn Richardson, Glenda Adams, Jane Saville, Jessica Rowe, Bettina Cass, Marele Day, Sascha Horler, Ada Evans, Ethel Turner, Lee Rhiannon, Lucy Bell, Jessi Miley-Dyer.
Gungahlin College is a government college for Years 11 and 12 students opening in 2011. Year 11 students will be enrolled in the College in 2011 with Year 12 students to follow in 2012. The new $72.4 million Gungahlin College accommodates 950 students and includes a CIT learning centre, a joint college-community library and gymnasium. The college offers a challenging curriculum in a caring environment to meet the needs of all students. Gungahlin College is a dynamic, inspiring and nurturing learning community dedicated to supporting students to achieve their individual potential. An academic rigorous curriculum meets the needs of students seeking to achieve at the highest level.
The college will offer a wide range of student leadership opportunities. Personal development programs and community service opportunities will enable students to become involved in college governance, local and global communities, developing students as positive contributors to society. Student welfare and pastoral care will be given the highest priority with a range of student support services and teacher resources to provide a safe, supportive and caring environment.
Gungahlin College is a fabulous facility for teaching and learning in the 21st century. The college design, construction, facilities and fit-out make Gungahlin College the finest example of senior secondary education in Australia.
Facilities: The college features the latest in sustainable design and includes flexible learning hubs for students, a media centre with TV and photography studios, a performing arts theatre with dance and drama studios, high standard music and arts facilities, a mechatronics suite and computer networking laboratory as well as a full commercial kitchen and wireless technology.
The college incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable design features such as a thermal labyrinth for natural heating and cooling, extensive use of double glazing and high quality insulation to increase energy efficiency, and efficient light fittings and small switching zones enabling lights to be used only where needed.
Electives Year 11 and 12: Accounting, Applied Science, Behavioural Science, Biology, Business Studies, Ceramics, Chemistry, Chinese, Commerce, Dance, Design and Graphics, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Systems, ESL, Flight, Food and People, Food Science and Management, French, General Science, Global Relations, History, Italian, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Media, Metal Technology, Music, Outdoor Education, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Science, Sports Studies, Textiles and Design, Visual Art.
Vocational Education and Training: Business Administration, Fashion Design and Textiles, Furniture Construction, Hospitality, Information Technology, Social and Community Work, Sport and Recreation Tourism.
Maitland Christian School commenced in 1983 as a kindergarten to Year 6 school and now operates as a double stream K–12 school. The school is a ministry of Metford Community Baptist Church and accepts enrolments from all Christian denominations. The school is affiliated with Christian Schools Australia.
Facilities: The school is located in spacious buildings on an attractively landscaped site. It has excellent classroom facilities and specialist areas. In the primary department there is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The school’s literacy approach incorporates the phonics-based DIPL program.
A feature of the primary school is that there is a balance between female and male classroom teachers. The secondary department has all the benefits of being small in size but maintains a wide diversity in its curriculum offerings. For the School Certificate students are able to select two elective subjects from a schedule of 10 subjects. For the Higher School Certificate students are able to select subjects from a schedule of 22 two-unit subjects and three one-unit subjects. In addition, HSC students have the opportunity to undertake Distance Education courses or TVET courses via local TAFE colleges. In all HSC cohorts to date multiple students have appeared in the Band 6 Distinguished Achievers Lists.
Sport: A variety of team sports and recreational activities is provided for all students. The school participates in interschool competitions with other Christian schools at regional and state level.
Extracurricular activities: Concert band, ministry group, instrumental tuition.
Welfare and personal development: A student council provides student leadership. The school has a strong pastoral care focus with particular attention given to the needs of students. A well-developed behaviour management system provides students with clear guidelines for the development of a harmonious community.
Special features: Maitland Christian School is the only Christian school in the Maitland area that offers a continuity of education from Kindergarten through to Year 12.
The Scots School Albury was formed in 1972 from the amalgamation of Albury Grammar and Woodstock Presbyterian Girls’ School. It caters for students from kindergarten to Year 12. The school provides a challenging, comprehensive education structured around the development of the basic skills, and takes pride in its academic achievements. An extensive extracurricular program offering students opportunities to explore and acquire new skills and accomplishments, as well as develop self-confidence and self-esteem, complements the essential curriculum.
Facilities: The school has two ovals, all-weather playing surfaces for hockey, tennis and netball, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a modern information and technology centre, which houses the library and modern computer laboratories, and a chapel/hall, which provides up-to-date facilities for the staging of drama and music productions. The cultural centre provides a focus for the teaching of music and languages. The Science Discovery centre caters for all the demands of the current science courses. The newly opened sports centre has two full size basketball courts as well as up-to-date training facilities.
Electives Years 9 and 10: In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and PD/Health/PE, Agriculture, Commerce, Information and Software Technology, Industrial Technology, Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Design and Technology, Food Technology, French, Japanese, Music, Drama, Technics, and Visual Arts are offered.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Agriculture, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Advanced English, Standard English, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Hospitality, French Continuers, Geography, Ancient History, Modern History, Information Processes and Technology, Japanese Continuers, Legal Studies, General Mathematics, 2-, 3- and 4-Unit Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Music, PD/Health/PE, Physics, Metal and Engineering, Hospitality Visual Arts, Software Design and Development, Drama, History Extension, Music Extension, French Extension, Japanese Extension and VET courses.
Sport: Athletics, Australian Rules, touch football, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cricket, cross-country running, hockey, netball, orienteering, snow skiing, softball, swimming, and tennis.
Extracurricular activities: Annual musical productions are enthusiastically supported. Students can also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, drama, public speaking, Mock Trial, debating, creative writing, pipe band, orchestra, other instrumental ensembles, senior or junior choirs, and various choral groups.
Welfare and personal development: The school’s welfare network is led by the school chaplain together with tutors, year co-ordinators and the peer support program. Work experience and careers guidance are incorporated into the curriculum and all students are encouraged to be involved in community service.
Special features: Scholarships for both academic and music excellence are offered. Some bursaries are available to students fitting the isolated student criteria. Talent and enrichment programs are part of, as well as an adjunct to, the normal curriculum. The resources of two universities situated in the area and local industry are available for this program. A remediation program is also available to all students within the school. Flexible Boarding and Day Boarding also available.
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