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.
AIM High Senior Secondary Music College is a department of The Australian Institute of Music and was established for students wanting a career in the music industry. It provides an opportunity for them to obtain their HSC by completing the last two years of secondary schooling in a musical environment.
Facilities: Instrumental rooms, music technology laboratory, computer laboratory, audio-technology rooms, commercial recording studio, auditorium.
Electives Years 11 and 12: English Advanced, English Standard, English Extension ESL, Mathematics and Extension, Mathematics General, IPT, Society and Culture, Modern History, Business Studies, Drama, Dance, Music 1 Music 2 and extension. The School also offers a Certificate II in Music Industry CUS20101 in either Performance or Technical streams.
Welfare and personal development: The teaching staff is made up of working, professional musicians, engineers, teachers and managers, which means that the students are constantly in contact with the professional world. This heightens students’ awareness of the fundamental requirements of a professional career.
Special features: The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the HSC. AIM Senior Secondary College is part of the Australian Institute of Music where tertiary studies include Bachelor, Diploma and Masters in Music. HSC students work in a tertiary environment and thus are encouraged to remain at the institute for further study and career opportunities. Students benefit by receiving not only the HSC, but a certificate in music at the same time.
Established in 1998, Gold Creek is a unique school in the suburb of Nicholls in the ACT. It comprises two sites and three sub-schools. Each sub-school is lead by a deputy principal. The primary site caters for primary age children from preschool to Year 5 and is part of the ACT’s only joint facility campus, sharing facilities/resources with Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School. Hall and Nicholls Preschools are part of Gold Creek School and students may access Hall Preschool from three years of age. The senior site has a Middle School program for Years 6 to 8 and a Senior School program for Years 9 and 10. These two programs cater for the pastoral care needs of adolescents and ensure academic rigour at the same time. The senior site caters for all students who live in the region of Gungahlin.
School features include the Gold Program which caters for the needs of gifted and talented students from Kindergarten to Year 10; opportunities for instrumental music tuition; bands and ensembles; strong focus on pastoral care and a culture of achievement through its house and merit systems. Gold Creek School won an Australian College of Educators excellence award for its holistic approach to providing student support in 2008. Further information is available on the school website.
Glendale became a Technology High School in 1990. The Glendale Industry Academy, training students in skills shortage areas, is delivered at the school in partnership with TAFE NSW and local industries.
Facilities: Library, extensive computer facilities for staff and students, sporting fields, basketball and netball courts. The school also has a COLA and outdoor learning centre.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Textiles, Music, Visual Arts, Commerce, Electronics, Wood and Metal Technics, Studies in Society, Drama, Fitness, Technical Drawing, Computing Studies, Design and Technology, Marine Studies, Multimedia Studies, Food Technology, Childcare, Sweet Delights, International Cookery, Forensic Science.
Electives Years 11 and 12: A wide range of subjects is offered including Legal Studies, Business Studies, Engineering Studies, Drama, PD/Health/PE, Information Processes and Technology, Food Technology, Ancient and Modern History, Music, Visual Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Senior Science, Earth and Environmental Science, General Mathematics, 2-Unit Mathematics, Advanced and Standard English, Textiles and Design, Economics. Students can also study framework vocational courses in Hospitality, Business Services (Office Skills), Construction, Information Technology, Metal and Engineering, Retail.
Sport: A wide variety of sports is offered including surfing, rugby league, rugby union, cricket, squash, athletics, ice-skating, lawn bowls, hockey, netball and soccer. Regional and state participation in cross-country, athletics, swimming, soccer, rugby league and rugby union, hockey and futsal occurs each year.
Extracurricular activities: The SRC is a strong active part of whole school life. The school also takes part in annual events such as Mock Trials, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme,various student bands, a bi-annual musical production, debating, Star Struck performances, student-run enterprise in Year 11 Business. The school as a whole is also heavily involved in many fund- raising activites for causes such as Shave for a Cure, Bandana Day, Jeans for Genes Day and Beyond Blue Foundation.
Welfare and personal development: The school has a school council, student representative coucil, peer support program and a “vertical” roll system. The school has a 20-strong prefect body who take leadership roles across the school. Whole-year welfare focus days are also held annually. Work experience is offered for Year 10 students. School uniform takes a high priority. There is a well-structured welfare, discipline and social skills policy.
Special features: As the school is adjacent to Glendale TAFE there are strong links between the two, including joint courses for Years 11 and 12 and the VET pathways and part-time traineeship. Courses incorporated into the school is a four-class Special education unit for students with moderate intellectual disabilities. Students from this unit have access to elective classes and integration into mainstream classes where appropriate. Students from the unit also take part in TAFE courses in the areas of Hospitality, Car Detailing, Furniture-making and Retail services.
A school council and the P&C each meet monthly. The school also runs an “early start” for senior students where their classes start at 8am. This allows them to finish their lessons at 1:30pm and attend TAFE courses they have chosen as part of their HSC pattern.
Wenona’s caring, academic peer culture is enhanced by expert teaching and learning, which caters for individual differences, with consistently impressive HSC results. Progressive and inclusive since 1886, Wenona, in North Sydney, has an exciting focus on experiential learning. Boarders enjoy living in a friendly, quiet haven close to Sydney’s cultural centre.
Facilities: A modern library, evening study centre, well-resourced music centre, three gymnasiums and indoor heated swimming pool are housed in a distinctive mixture of heritage and new, purpose-built learning spaces linked by a peaceful central garden. Every girl benefits from Wenona’s technology rich environment, which includes interactive whiteboards and a laptop program for each student from Year 6, which, together with the school’s network and wireless infrastructure, helps to deliver flexible learning across the school. The evening study centre for Senior College students is staffed by teachers.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Commerce, Drama, Elective History, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Music, Photographic and Digital Media, Physical Activities and Sports Studies (PASS), Psychology, Textiles, Technology, Visual Arts.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Advanced English, Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Ceramics, Chemistry, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Extension 1 English, Extension 2 English, Extension 1 Mathematics, Extension 2 Mathematics, French (Continuers), General Mathematics, Geography, German (Continuers), Japanese (Continuers), Legal Studies, Mandarin (Beginners), Mathematics, Modern History, Music 1, Music 2, Personal Development, Health, Physical Education, Physics, Senior Science, Standard English, Studies of Religion (1 Unit), Studies of Religion (2 Unit), Textiles and Design, Visual Arts, Visual Design.
Sport: Athletics, cross-country running, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, snowsports, swimming, tennis, touch football and water polo. Girls compete in inter-school, IGGSA and spirited inter-house competitions and enjoy a range of sport and recreation camps.
Co-curricular activities: Wenona promotes confidence and zest for life through extensive co-curricular involvement in musical ensembles, choirs, jazz and rock bands, drama, musicals, debating, public speaking, Mock Trial, sport, outdoor education including Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and more. A host of exciting leadership and service opportunities is offered, in keeping with Wenona’s motto, Ut Prosim: that “I May Serve”.
Welfare and personal development: Pastoral care and academic progress are enhanced in a range of ways including peer support programs, a vertical house system and age-appropriate counsellors who specialise in the needs of girls. Wenona is a non-denominational school with Christian values. Dedicated heads and directors of teaching and learning monitor the wellbeing of each student, along with heads of houses, tutors and other staff including a careers counsellor. Goals include the development of strong self-esteem, resilience and teamwork, along with the achievement of personal best.
Special features: A caring and inclusive school community with an international outlook, Wenona welcomes boarders from other parts of Sydney, Australia and elsewhere in the world. Wenona’s exciting focus on experiential learning was recently commended by the NSW Board of Studies.
The school is renowned for fostering academic success and personal achievement, with a large majority of students seeking university pathways. More than half Wenona’s 2009 HSC students received ATAR scores of at least 90, placing them in the top 10 per cent in the State. For the past two years, 10 per cent have made the NSW Board of Studies list of all-round achievers. Academic scholarships are offered for Years 7, 10 and 11, music (Year 7) and boarding (Year 9). The Wenona Parents’ Association (WPA) has a valued role and the school community also enjoys the support of the Wenona Foundation and old girls, Wenonians Inc (WINC).
From the school: A caring and inclusive school community with a progressive, international outlook, Wenona welcomes day girls and boarders from other parts of Sydney, Australia and elsewhere in the world. Wenona’s exciting focus on experiential learning was recently commended by the NSW Board of Studies. The school has a well deserved reputation for impressive academic results. A host of exciting leadership and service opportunities are offered, in keeping with Wenona’s motto, Ut Prosim: that “I May Serve”. Visit www.wenona.nsw.edu.au to learn more about Wenona’s women of spirit.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital School functions within the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is staffed and funded by the NSW Department of Education and Training. The school provides for the education of students from kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond. There is a children’s ward for students aged four to 15 years. Adolescents up to 18 years are admitted to the adult wards of the general hospital. Students are also taught in special units such as the psychiatric, transplant and oncology units.
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