Principals Message

Euroa Secondary College is a special place where we exemplify a school for our community. Being the only State Secondary College in the Strathbogie Shire, we understand the importance of providing a high-quality education which caters to our students’ needs. This includes providing diverse opportunities during our students’ secondary education journey and ensuring they achieve their personal excellence.

 

We value our close relationships with our seven primary schools in our local area: Euroa Primary School, St Johns Primary School, Peranbin Primary School (Violet Town and Strathbogie Campuses), Longwood Primary School, Avenel Primary School and Nagambie Primary School. This allows collaboration between the schools to ensure that our students have a seamless transition in to secondary school.

 

Euroa Secondary College strives to deliver excellence in education. Our staff are engaged in Professional Learning in research based approaches to apply in their classrooms. The staff are building consistency in practice across every classroom to ensure all students have a similar learning experience supplemented with authentic assessments which celebrates students’ achievement.

 

We set high expectations for our students’ learning in a supportive/caring environment with a focus on the social and emotional health and well-being of our students. Our emphasis on the benefits of positive psychology is complimented by the work over the last few years in implementation of a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) program. As a Strength Base School, we work together with our community in celebrating individual strengths of the students with our families.

 

Our aim is for our students to be literate, numerate and curious. We endeavour to ensure our students are prepared for the technologically rich world and they are equipped with 21st century skills including collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking.

 

The Year 7 curriculum program is specifically designed to cater for the variety of academic, cultural, sporting and welfare needs of all students.  Each Year 7 and Year 8 student studies a core curriculum interspersed with integrated interdisciplinary projects.  All students in Year 7 and Year 8 undergo assessment in Literacy and Numeracy and classes are differentiated in English and Mathematics in order to challenge and provide support according to individual learning plans. Although LOTE (Japanese) is part of the core, it is not compulsory for all students.

 

The Year 9 and 10 program focuses on developing their skills to prepare them for the 21st century. It is highlighted through “A Year with a Difference” that applies their learning through their classes in to authentic tasks such as 3D Printing, Developing Makeup from Natural products to Firearms Safety. The Year 10 programs prepares our students for senior studies through students accessing diverse elective curriculum.

 

In Year 11 and 12 the college provides diverse pathways ranging from Victorian Certificate of Education, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships. This ensures our students have a program which best supports their future aspirations.

 

The College complements the Learning Program with diverse extra-curricular activities catering for a broad range of interests. You may wish to pursue your creativity as a member of the College Band, participate in the College theatre production, participate in debating and public speaking or compete in local, zone, state, and national sporting competitions. You may also wish to participate in national competitions in English, Mathematics, Science and Information Technology to name a few. At every year level we promote connectedness and independence through Camps and excursions.

 

We support our learning programs through active community partnership and encourage our parents to be actively involved in our school. The college is beautifully situated on spacious physical environment, including indoor basketball and squash courts, oval, sporting grounds, and ample recreational space for active and passive activity. We have modern learning environments where our classrooms are well equipped and neatly maintained which are constantly upgraded.

 

Being a part of our educational community means that students, teachers and the community promote and practise our core values:

 

Challenge – striving to do the very best individually and collectively.

Empowerment – developing the knowledge and skills to make responsible and sound decisions as an individual or as a team member and having the discipline and courage to take the necessary action.

Resilience – persisting with the task, re-evaluating strategies and making progress.

Respect – respecting the rights and contribution of every individual and acknowledging responsibilities to support one another.

 

We continually work at being “A united community where everybody has responsibility in preparing youth for their future.”

 

The College has a proud record of achievement with 28% of our students achieving High Growth in their Reading between Year 7-9 on their NAPLAN which is 5% above similar smalls and 3% above State average. Our students equally achieve exceptional results in VCE with 3% of our students achieving a study score above 37/50. Our students feel exceptionally safe at the college and the Attitude to School Survey has ranked us in the top 15% of Government Schools.

 

As a College, the students and staff welcome you to visit the college to see our wonderful school and the learning that takes place in every classroom in a caring environment. Please do not hesitate to contact the college at anytime if we can be of assistance and organise a time for a school tour.

 

Harold Cheung

Principal