Q: What are your VCE results like?
VCE is a strong focus for us. With many students beginning their secondary education up to two years behind in year 7 we have a clear emphasis on literacy, numeracy and personalised learning in order to build student capacity. Those students who choose VCE continually gain a spread of results that outstrips the results range indicated by their family occupation data. Our main indicator, the All Studies Mean is trending upwards towards the state average of 29 – in 2014 it was 27.5. The top ATAR score in 2009 was 97.85, in 2010 the top ATAR score was 73.15, in 2011 it was 96.25. In both years 25% of students scored higher than 50. In 2014, the top score was 97.85.
Q: How do you extend and challenge students?
In a mixed ability class teachers provide work/assignments which cater for different abilities. Teachers have been working on developing challenging tasks for students and using developmental rubrics to cater for different abilities. We run an acceleration class in years 7, 8 and 9. Students selecting the academic pathway in Year 10 can select a VCE subject.
Q: How do you cater for students with special learning needs?
We have a very strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy with structured planning sessions for teachers to ensure class work targets students skill level. Our testing regimen provides effective feedback to students and teachers about student skill levels and further assists in catering for differences. We have comprehensive Integration and EAL programs at the college. Alternative pathways are established from year 10. Students can choose an academic pathway that leads to VCE or a vocational pathway (Internship) in year 10 which leads onto VCAL. The homework club is open after school every Wednesday.
Q: How do you cater for EAL (English as an Additional Language) students?
Students who arrive from overseas can be part of the English as an Additional (EAL) program. Students who have been learning English for less than seven years have small, language focused EAL classes to help support their learning. The EAL teachers are specially trained to help students acquire the English language. VCE students can also complete VCEEAL as an alternative to VCE English.
Q: What Languages Other Than English does the school offer?
The school offers Indonesian for all students and it is offered as a VCE subject. We have a Sister School Relationship with an Indonesian School in Yogykarta, Indonesia and we offer an Indonesian Language Study Trip every two years.
Q: What is the school's approach to Homework?
Year 7 to 9 have a homework timetable which indicates the subjects students have for homework each night of the week. The schools approach is to keep homework regular and relevant but increasing as students approach VCE. Students are encouraged to read every night.
All students require a College planner. For students to achieve well we recognize that they need to be organized. It is one of the most important tools in communication between home and school. There is a strong focus in pastoral care from year 7 to 12 on effective use of planners.
Q: How does the school deal with Bullying?
All cases of bullying – whether it be physical, verbal, emotional or cyber - are taken seriously, with policies and procedures explicitly defined in our Code of Conduct. Consequences involve both an educative and punishment component with counselling provided to the victim and the bully. Initial warnings are provided to provide an opportunity for a bully to change his / her behaviour. Secondary cases involve parent contact and a range of consequences. At recess and lunchtime teachers carefully supervise student behaviour but most importantly students support and have direct input into strategies and policy changes.
Q: How does the school deal with Drugs and violence?
The College values clearly highlight RESPECT and HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. The College Code of Conduct is explicit about the unacceptable nature of violence and any type of illegal drug use. There are clear consequences related to the level of violence or drug abuse that include an educative element as well as punishment. The Personal Learning Program in years 7 to 10 also focus on the College values and acceptable behaviour.
Q: What approach does the school have to pastoral care?
The personal Learning Curriculum is incorporated into the everyday curriculum. We have a substantial student welfare programs. We have a strong Student Health and Well Being Team comprising of a Leading Teacher responsible for Student Engagement and Wellbeing, a school nurse, two School Chaplains and a Doctor. Students also have access to Social Workers and Psychologists. To read more about the Student Welfare Programs read here
Q: What extra curricula activities are available?
Instrumental music, singing – individual and choir, Debating & Public Speaking, Student Leadership roles, drama, coaching and sport.
Q: What about girls?
There are more boys at the school than girls. This is due to the close vicinity of Pascoe Vale Girls College. Girls are not disadvantaged; in fact they represent our best students. In junior classes we ensure that there is an even number of boys and girls in all classes. This means that in junior classes we do have some boys’ only classes to ensure girls are not out numbered. By the time students get into the senior years girls represent half the student population. Our leadership development program comprises more than 50% girls as well. We cater for all students in a co-educational environment that recognises that girls and boys need to be able to work together. The school has a safe and secure learning environment where students from a range of backgrounds excel in their learning.
Q: Do you have a Music program?
The College offers singing, with the opportunity to perform individually or as part of a small choir. Students can learn a musical instrument and join one of our many bands. Both singing and instrumental music can be taken through to year 12
Q: What opportunities are available in sport?
The Glenroy College Physical Education and Sport program aims to provide students of all abilities with positive and rewarding experiences which promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Students of all year levels are most welcome and encouraged to include their name on a team sport of their choosing. In 2017, the college will enter into a range of interschool sports including cricket, AFL, soccer, futsal, netball, basketball and volleyball. Students also have the chance to nominate themselves into various swimming, athletics and cross country running events.
The college competes within the Moreland zone of the Northern Metropolitan Region of School Sport Victoria. Winning teams and individuals then have their chance to go up against students from other schools from all over Melbourne and country Victoria. High achieving students can also have themselves nominated for state SSV teams and squads.
The college has a full indoor basketball court that allows for netball, volleyball and badminton to be played on the same surface. Adjacent to the gymnasium are two full size concrete tennis courts with portable tennis nets that cater for different aspects of the new Victorian Curriculum. External courts are also marked for basketball, netball and volleyball with a number of freestanding basketball rings for general use. There is an extensive grassed area that allows large team sports such as football, soccer and rugby to be played. The college has just updated its weights room to include equipment seen in local commercial fitness centres.
The Physical Education curriculum at Glenroy College allows students to experience a range of different aspects seen in elite level sport. Aspects of our curriculum include:
· Sports Science
· Skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and energy systems required for activity
· Physical activity, sport and recreation required for a healthy lifestyle
· Fundamental motor skills and sports specific skills
· Training programs and fitness testing
· Issues in sport
· Umpiring and refereeing sports
Students are welcome to speak with any of the Health and Physical Education teachers about this program.
Q: What are your computer facilities like?
We operate with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. Students are required to purchase a laptop program through our partnership with the JBHIFI portal. Parents who want more information can read here
Students at Glenroy Secondary have access to a wide variety of “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s),” these include access to: Notebooks, MAC’s, iPads, Electronic Whiteboards, Data Projectors and Graphical and Scientific Calculators.
ICT pervades all areas of learning with students expected to make use of technology and access to software and the internet to enhance their learning. Students can focus on areas related to particular fields of ICT as they progress through school. These include Vocational Education Training (VET) programs that build competencies that they can take into the workplace or TAFE. Skills in word processing, building and using databases, spreadsheets, and slideshows are developed through all areas of curriculum. Graphical Software skills are developed in Mathematics and Science. Multi-media develops skills in photography and digital story telling. The ICT program at Glenroy College incorporates a combination of theoretical and hands on approaches to learning and the curriculum is differentiated, to allow students, to learn at their own pace. Glenroy College aims to produce students of the highest standard who are confident and competent users of ICT.
Q: How big are your class sizes?
The average class size at year 7 and 8 is 20 students. At yr 9-12 class sizes vary from 10 to 25 students.
Q: How much are school charges?
The Education Resource charge supplements the student program. It covers items such as cost of printing and posting out the newsletter and reports, provision and maintenance of lockers, extra photocopying associated with exams and exam preparation, software licences beyond state-wide licences, costs associated with extra-curricula programs and sports affiliations. The charge is approximately $200 for students.
Students selecting subjects where something is produced and the student take it home eg Food Technology are asked to contribute a materials charge associated with that subject. This allows the College to purchase materials used by students in bulk usually at a reduced cost
Q: How does the school keep the parents informed about student progress?
There is a progress report at Parent Teacher Interviews in first and third term. At the end of each semester there are detailed student reports posted home. Teachers often use the student planner and XUNO to inform parents about student progress and Student Managers and Teachers regularly contact parents. Teachers and parents are encouraged to communicate regularly on student progress using XUNO. The College produces a newsletter twice a term that is posted on our website. Parents are notified by text message and on XUNO about upcoming events and of absences.
Q: How does the school deal with student discipline?
The main focus is on rewarding and acknowledging students for cooperative behaviour. The school focuses on the Rights and Responsibilities of the whole school community. The approach in discipline at Glenroy College is based on the Ramon Lewis’ Development Management Strategies Approach to Behaviour. All students have the right to learn and all teachers have the right to teach.
Q: What about school camps and excursions?
School camps have been run for VCAL classes in Year 10-12 as it is directly linked to their curriculum and outcomes and has been linked to the Advance Program and the Duke Of Edinburgh. In previous years VCAL students have been on camps to Rubicon, Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory and King Lake. Camps have been run at various year levels in previous years but have depended on student interest.
Excursions are planned as part of curriculum and students are expected to attend as follow up work is required
Q: Can I hire the Performing Arts Centre?
Yes, you can contact Donna Demasi in the General Office on 9304 0400 between 9 and 4.30pm. Forms are also are available on our website.