EDUCATION WEEK 2017

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Sey­mour Col­lege caters for stu­dents from Foun­da­tion to Year 12 in the main­stream sec­tor and un­graded stu­dents in the In­clu­sive Education Sec­tor.

The col­lege draws on the feeder schools of Tal­la­rook, Puck­a­pun­yal, Avenel, Heath­cote, Toob­o­rac, Pya­long and Nagam­bie as well as the town of Sey­mour.

The col­lege has evolved from a merger of four schools in the past eight years.

The first stage of the build­ing pro­gram has been com­pleted which in­cluded a new Ju­nior Learn­ing Com­mu­nity, Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre, a high needs Spe­cial Education build­ing and Re­source Cen­tre.

Three Build­ing Education Rev­o­lu­tion projects were com­pleted in 2011. These were a new Science build­ing, a Ju­nior Games Hall and Hy­drother­apy Pool.

The re­main­ing stages for the Years 5-12 learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties are cur­rently un­der col­lab­o­ra­tion with the com­mu­nity and ar­chi­tects.

The col­lege of­fers a range of tech­nol­ogy sub­jects which are crit­i­cal in en­gag­ing stu­dents and as­sist­ing them to at­tend school. These sub­jects also al­low for the real-life ap­pli­ca­tion of nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy skills and ed­u­cate stu­dents in the many path­ways which lead from these cour­ses.

The col­lege of­fers en­hanced and ac­cel­er­ated classes for Years 9 and 10 which has the ex­pec­ta­tion of pre­par­ing stu­dents for aca­demic path­ways in Years 11 and 12.

The col­lege houses a Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre and a Trade Train­ing Cen­tre. These as­sist in ca­ter­ing for the di­verse needs of stu­dent and com­mu­nity pop­u­la­tions. An an­nual Sey­mour Col­lege

Has Tal­ent pro­duc­tion en­gages stu­dents from Foun­da­tion to Year 12 and this year the col­lege has a team en­try in the State Schools Spec­tac­u­lar.

The col­lege has close links with clus­ter schools and com­mu­nity groups which reg­u­larly use these fa­cil­i­ties.

The col­lege also has a welle­quipped tech­nol­ogy wing with a full range of tech­nol­ogy sub­jects avail­able.

The col­lege at­tracts a large num­ber of stu­dents en­rolled in Vo­ca­tional Education and Train­ing (VET) and Vic­to­rian Certificate of Ap­plied Learn­ing (VCAL) pro­grams.

The Col­lege also acts as a ma­jor VET provider to the clus­ter.

The new Trade Train­ing Cen­tre op­er­ates through a con­sor­tium of nine schools and pro­vides pro­grams in au­to­mo­tive, weld­ing and en­gi­neer­ing.

This year a VET Equine course was in­cluded in the VCAL cur­ricu­lum.

Stu­dents from Foun­da­tion to Year 10 par­tic­i­pate in the Vic­to­rian Cur­ricu­lum and stu­dents with Spe­cial Needs are in­cluded in the Vic­to­rian Cur­ricu­lum, with ap­pro­pri­ate ad­just­ments.

Stu­dents are sup­ported by two well­be­ing of­fi­cers, a school nurse, a de­fence tran­si­tion men­tor, a part-time sec­ondary nurse and stu­dent sup­port of­fi­cers.

The col­lege pur­chases psy­chol­ogy, speech and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy ser­vices to en­sure stu­dents and their fam­i­lies are sup­ported through their school years.

The col­lege is ded­i­cated to the Reading Re­cov­ery Pro­gram and of­fers lit­er­acy sup­port at all year lev­els.

The col­lege’s val­ues of re­spect, in­spire and ex­cel are a fo­cus of school-wide pos­i­tive be­hav­iour lessons.

Full col­lege stu­dent as­sem­blies are held each term and ex­pec­ta­tions in re­gards to be­hav­iour, col­lege val­ues, at­ten­dance and high learn­ing ex­pec­ta­tions are ex­plic­itly dis­cussed.

Stu­dent lead­ers also have a voice at as­sem­blies and School Coun­cil.

The 5/6 the In­clu­sive Education learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties also in­duct stu­dent lead­ers and are part of the wider stu­dent lead­er­ship team.

Sey­mour Col­lege has had suc­cess in in­ter-school sports and per­forms well in out­side ac­tiv­i­ties such as the RACV En­ergy Break­through. The Col­lege also has an ac­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus in­cor­po­rat­ing an indige­nous gar­den.

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