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WHITTLESEA SECONDARY COLLEGE


Whittlesea Secondary College is situated in a township on the urban edge of Melbourne, in a high population growth corridor 50km from the GPO. The local community is a mixture of agriculture, residential and industrial developments. The school’s strong rural and community focus attracts students from a large geographic area. The college provides a broad educational experience for students, which assists them to make informed and realistic educational choices. The discipline and uniform policies are strongly enforced.

Facilities: The college has excellent facilities on a 15-hectare site, with outstanding new buildings in science, technology, graphic communication, textiles, engineering, information technology and a canteen. An exceptional Performing Arts Academy includes an auditorium with seating for 200 people and music rooms. A new Environmental Technology and Research Centre (WETARC) is under construction at a cost of half a million dollars. The college also has a large gymnasium with two full-size basketball courts and a fully computerised library equipped with computer pods available for student use. Year 12 students have their own private study room.

Curriculum: Years 7 and 8 study core subjects. Years 9 and 10 select from an extensive elective program. A wide range of subjects is offered in Years 11 and 12 including VCE, VET, and VCAL. Whittlesea has the highest VET enrolment in the state, offering 18 VET courses including Equine Studies, Dance, Hospitality, Engineering, Media Studies and Sport and Recreation. Automotive Certificate 2 is offered on site in co-operation with Kangan Batman TAFE. Year 10 students are actively encouraged to attempt VCE or VET subjects. The college has an experienced Careers Pathways and tertiary adviser with strong industry links. Scholarships for academic excellence and music are offered to incoming Year 7 students. The college has a strong music program with college bands as well as instrumental music being taught. The school has extension programs in literacy and numeracy in Years 7 to 10 and University Enhancement Scholarships are available for Year 12 students to study a first-year university subject. The college has recently received a significant grant to be involved in the writing of a new, innovative and modern curriculum designed to meet the academic needs of Years 5 to 9 students. Participating primary and secondary schools, as well as community groups, will work in partnership to create real-life learning. This engagement further enhances students in becoming community members with a strong sense of civic responsibility.

Sport: Whittlesea Secondary College offers a wide range of sporting activities. A vital inter-school sports program is fostered by competitive college house teams.

Extra-curricular activities: The college has broad cultural and artistic programs including an annual theatre production and an instrumental music program with jazz, brass, rock, percussion and concert bands. The extensive camps program offers a learning and self-development course that enhances the classroom. The college has well-developed networks between the school and local community groups, including Landcare.

Student welfare programs: The college encourages strong leadership, resilience and self-discipline, along with equal opportunity and a strong work ethic. The aim is to build positive relationships with students, their families and the community. Class management is based on the classroom discipline plan, which encourages mutual respect and a sense of responsibility. Student involvement is encouraged through a system of college and house captains, Student Representative Council and representation on the College Council. The college also has a well-developed student welfare program including peer mediation support, leadership development programs, Year 7 mentoring program and “Shared Responsibility”, an anti-bullying program. A college chaplain has been appointed to support and assist students, families and the college community.

Religion None
Type Government
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Year 7 - Year 12
Enrolment 1000 students
Fees: Free (Government School)
Phone
03 9716******* 03 9716 2908
Fax
03 9716******* 03 9716 1102
Address Laurel Street, Whittlesea 3757
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