Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By TATE SPI­TERI

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

WEL­COME: New Bright P12 Col­lege staff mem­bers (from left) Scott Bur­ton, Zer­lina Green and Matt Gray with prin­ci­pal Jean Ol­ley.

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