Building the learning capacity of all students
Glenroy College is committed to offering a well-planned and comprehensive curriculum to our students based on Australian Curriculum and VELS (AusVELS). We offer a wide curriculum in Years 7 and 8, an opportunity to explore in Year 9 and access to vocational and academic pathways in Years 10, 11 and 12. Both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) are offered to our Year 11 and 12 students.
Glenroy College places a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy as we believe this is an essential pathway to success. Focussed literacy and numeracy activities are part of all lessons. Every day, all students participate in the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) program and read for 15 minutes.
To ensure students are well prepared and succeed academically, Glenroy College has exams for all subjects for all students.
Glenroy College has established an acceleration program for selected students moving from grade 6 into year 7 and then continuing on to year 9. The main aims of the program are to provide access to faster paced curriculum and deeper learning with minimal repetition, and to provide opportunities for enrichment and extension.
We are extremely proud of the improvement students have made in the last five years. Come and talk to us about our recent results.
NMR Powerful Learning through AiZ
Underpinning our approach to curriculum delivery are the strategic expectations for schools of the Northern Metropolitan Region as described in the AiZ program and through the accompanying professional learning. This approach guides the work of the college.
The AiZ is a framework for change and aims to improve student learning by raising standards and building professional capacity within participating schools. It focuses on school improvement through:
- developing leadership capacity
- using data to plan student learning
- student management techniques
- literacy teaching strategies
- numeracy teaching strategies
- student voice
This focused and strategic approach to school improvement is described at http://www.aiz.vic.edu.au/and in the Curiosity booklet. All staff have been given a copy of this document. For further copies see the College Principal.
A curriculum overview at Glenroy College
7 & 8
|VELS Based Learning
|VELS Based Learning with a team approach
|VELS learning OR Internship, Foundation VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)
|VCE Units 1 & 2 (Victorian Certificate of Education) OR VCAL Intermediate (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)
|VCE Units 3 & 4 or VCAL Senior
The Glenroy College curriculum covers a number of learning areas including:
- English & EAL (English as an Additional Language)
- Arts – Visual and Performing Arts
- Physical & Health Education
- LOTE: Indonesian
- Technology – including Information Technology
- Personal Learning
For more information about specific year level curriculum please go to Year 7 & 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 & 12
Year 7 to 10 Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
Our Year 7 – 10 curriculum is underpinned by VELS. Currently, we are in the middle of a transitional period where parts of the Australian Curriculum (AC) will be implemented nationwide in 2013. In Victoria, the Australian Curriculum is called AusVels. This is a combination of VELS and the Australian Curriculum.
For 2013, this is what we currently have in place:
Personal Learning and Mentoring at Glenroy College
A CARING AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITY
At Glenroy College we are committed to meeting the educational and personal needs of all of our students. Glenroy College has a strong Personal Learning Program as part of the curriculum. There is 75 minutes of weekly personal learning time for students 7&8 and 150 minutes at Year 9. A Year Level Student Manager oversees each year level and each form has a Home Group and a Personal Learning Teacher. The Home GroupTeacher is the students' and parents' first point of contact, the Personal Learning Teacher is the teacher of the Personal Learning curriculum. In Year 11 and 12, all students have an assigned personal Mentor to assist with their studies and goals.
For more information about the Personal Learning Program and Mentoring, click here.
Glenroy College conducts exams for all subjects for all students from years 7-11 and practice exams for Year 12 to prepare students.The exams occur at the end of Semester 1 for Year 8, 10 and 11 students and Semester 2 for all Year 7- 12 students . Exams are held in the Performing Arts Centre and the Library. To create the exam environment the exams are run in the Performing Arts Centre under normal exam conditions. Exams were introduced at the College for all students to better prepare students for the VCE in 2009. Feedback and results have since shown it has improved the rigour of the curriculum at Glenroy College.
Reporting at Glenroy College
All students at Glenroy College receive written reports two times a year, mid year and at the end of the year. All Year 7-10 students receive reports based on the VELS however, the Year 10 Internship class is reported to by the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) Foundation outcomes. Year 11 and 12 students receive written reports based on the VCE and/or the VCAL outcomes.
Student Led Conferences and Parent Teacher Interviews at Glenroy College
Glenroy College runs Parent Teacher Interviews twice for seniors and once for juniors and Student Led Conferences once for juniors throughout the year. Student Led Conferences are an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to set goals and for the students to show exemplary pieces of work that demonstrate their Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and ICT skills. Parent Teacher Interviews are an opportunity for teachers to give feedback to parents and students about progress.
For more information about Parent Teacher Interviews and Student Led Conferences, click here.
Other Programs at Glenroy College
Careers and Course Counselling
At Glenroy College we have a process of pathways counselling that assists students with the key choices through school and in their transition from school into work, training or further education.
We have a careers curriculum from year 7-12 that prepares students to make pathways decisions and provides a context for their studies.
At year 9 and 10 we provide a subject handbook including pathways information and run information sessions for students during school time and parents after school. We then run appointments so that each student can attend with their parent/s or guardians and discuss their pathway and subjects.
Work placement is an integral part of the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program and all students are expected to complete at least 10 days of placement related to their TAFE (Technical and Further Education) course. Work experience opportunities are also available on request provided that students have completed all of their school tasks.
The Student Pathways and Transition Leader is David Woolcock and he can be contacted on the school number with any questions. The MIPS coordinator is Sue Flavel and she helps students with their pathway through the school, alternative pathways and work placement or experience.
To find out more about what is happening with Careers, visit the following Careers News:
Careers News 1
Careers News 2
Careers News 3
Careers News 4
Careers News 5
Careers News 6
Careers News 7
Careers News 8
Student Voice and Student Leadership
DEVELOPING OUR FUTURE LEADERS
Student Leadership and Student Voice are essential parts of life at Glenroy College. The student leadership, including the school captains and student voice teams help drive and develop change in the school.
Students at Glenroy College have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities such as; debating, student leadership team, the year book, the GOALS PROGRAM, Classroom Captains, Lions Youth of the Year, the UN Model Conference, World Vision Leadership program and the Internship Mentoring program.
Glenroy College students have the opportunity to be mentored by members of the corporate community, this Year 9 program aims to expose students to the business world and to teach them about success. The Goals Program is run by the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN) and it is funded and supported by major companies such as Microsoft, Fuji Xerox and KPMG.
Student Voice is formed by students from years 7-10. They meet fortnightly to discuss issues in the school and to be consulted on changes within the college. The Student Voice is the key player in many changes in Project Excellence.
For more information about Student Leadership, click here.
Music instrumental program
The instrumental music program is available to all students. Students have the opportunity to learn brass, piano, drums, guitar, vocal, or wood wind. Students can partake in the school band. Students can also choose to continue to learn their instrument into VCE and undertake VCE music.
For more information about the Music Instrumental program, click here.
Debating at Glenroy College occurs at Year 7, 8 and 9.
For more information about the program, click here.
Glenroy College has established an acceleration program for selected students moving from grade 6 into year 7. Students will continue into year 8 and 9 as part of the program. There will be the opportunity for students to begin their VCE as part of their year 10 programme. The main aims of the program are to provide access to faster paced curriculum and deeper learning with minimal repetition, and to provide opportunities for enrichment and extension. When students reach year 9 to align with the college’s Nova Nine program the class design their own theme for each semester.
For more information about the Acceleration Program, click here.
EAL (English as an Additional Language)
EAL students are supported at Glenroy College through a comprehensive EAL program.
For more information about the EAL program, click here.
Integration students are supported at Glenroy College through a comprehensive Integration program.
For more information about the Integration program, click here.
Literacy - Whole School Programs
Teaching Literacy at Glenroy College is the responsibility of all teachers. At Glenroy College, we are committed to ensuring that Glenroy College students become literate and numerate adults. Our Literacy programs are based on John Munro's Highly Reliable Literacy Strategies. All students at the beginning of period 3 participate in the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) program whereby the whole school reads for 15 minutes.
For more information about the Literacy Program at Glenroy College, click here.
Teaching Numeracy at Glenroy College is also the responsibility of all teachers. At Glenroy College, we are committed to ensuring that Glenroy College students become literate and numerate. Every period 2 and 4, in all subjects students at Glenroy College do a quick Numeracy activity to start the lesson.
For more information about the Numeracy Program, click here.
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