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 www.aiz.vic.edu.au and in the Curiosity booklet.  All staff have been given a copy of this document.


Whole School Theories of Action

  1. Prioritise High Expectations and Authentic Relationships
  2. Emphasis Enquiry Focused Teaching
  3. Adopt Consistent Teaching Protocols
  4. Adopt Consistent Learning Protocols

Whole School Theories of Action

  1. Harness Learning Intentions, Narrative and Pace
  2. Set Challenging Learning Tasks
  3. Frame High Order questions
  4. Connect Feedback to data
  5. Commit to Assessment for Learning
  6. Implement Cooperative  Groups

A curriculum overview at Glenroy College

Victorian Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards

To find out more visit the Department of Education website

Year 7 - 9
Victorian Curriculum 

Year 10
Victorian Curriculum OR Internship, Foundation VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

Year 11
VCE Units 1 & 2 (Victorian Certificate of Education) OR VCAL Intermediate (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

Year 12
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)
  • Mathematics
  • Arts – Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical & Health Education
  • Languages: Indonesian
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Technology – including Information Technology & Digitech

For more information about specific year level curriculum please go to Year 7 & 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 & 12


Exams

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.


Parent Teacher Interviews at Glenroy College

Glenroy College runs Parent Teacher Interviews twice throughout the year. Parent Teacher Interviews are an opportunity for teachers to give feedback to parents and students about progress.

For more information about Parent Teacher Interviews click link below.


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:

If you are wanting some more information about Careers in Moreland you are welcome to go to the Inner Northern Local Learning Network Website (INLLEN). It has some great information about jobs in the north and even advertises local jobs for young people in the area. www.jobsforyouth.com.au


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.


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 link below.

Debating

Debating at Glenroy College occurs at Year 7, 8 and 9.

For more information about the program, click link below.

Acceleration Program

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.

For more information about the Acceleration Program, click link below.


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 link below.

Integration

Integration students are supported at Glenroy College through a comprehensive Integration program.

For more information about the Integration program, click link below.


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 link below

Numeracy

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. The Maths Pathways program operates at Year 7. 

For more information about the Numeracy Program, click link below.