WELCOME TO BIG SCHOOL
NEW preps Elvy Vietz, Mackenzie Baker and Blake Brown complete a puzzle during their first week of class last Friday. The trio are among 33 youngsters who are starting life as school students at Bright P12 College which has seen a big jump in enrolments this year. The school has grown to 485 pupils and has seen an extra primary class added to accommodate the increase.
BRIGHT P- 12 College has seen a big jump in enrolments with the student population rising by 22 this year.
The school has grown to 485 students and has seen an extra primary class added to accommodate the increase.
Among the new students are 33 preps who had their first day last Thursday.
College principal Jean Olley cited the schools added ability to retain students as the main reason for the rise.
“In previous years we lost students after primary school to various schools,” she said.
“But now years 7, 8 and 9 are our biggest year levels.”
Those three year levels make up a large part of the 227 secondary school students enrolled at the college.
There are also 26 VCE and VCAL students beginning Year 12.
Bright P-12 offers a long list of Year 12 syllabus while distance education is also available for students who choose subjects that don’t have the required numbers for an on-campus class.
While the school was delighted with its students’ VCE results last year, Ms Olley said the ‘very good’ numbers were not the schools only priority.
“We give our students the skills and experiences they need to succeed in whatever field they choose to enter,” she said.
“We are focussing on more targeted learning.”
Most 2017 graduates were successful in gaining first round university offers, with some heading straight to tertiary education while others are considering the increasingly common gap year.
The school has welcomed three new staff members this year, Scott Burton who will join Kelli Jacobsen as an assistant principal, and primary teachers Matt Gray and Zerlina Green.
The school has restructured its hierarchy to now include two assistant principals along with year level coordinators, leading teachers and a head of student wellbeing.
“We have a great team of enthusiastic and innovative staff,” Ms Olley said. “It’s very exciting.” Tegan Atherstone and Callan Mantyvirta are this year’s school captains.
WELCOME: New Bright P12 College staff members (from left) Scott Burton, Zerlina Green and Matt Gray with principal Jean Olley.