At Glenroy College, students are always encouraged to get actively involved and speak up about how the school can be improved and can represent itself to the community.
- Students are given a voice at School Council meetings
- Year 11 students are appointed each year to form the school's Student Leadership Team
- Students from Years 7-10 are involved in Student Voice, a forum that canvasses the opinions of the student body
- Students plan and run whole school assemblies
- Students plan and run fundraisers, in support of charities, local needs and the school Students are given the opportunity to take part in forums and conventions outside of the school, including World Vision's Global Leadership Convention, Moreland Council Youth Services Forums, the ABCN (Australian Business and Community Network) GOALS Program and others as they arise.
Beyond these formal avenues, all students have the potential to lead others. The staff of Glenroy College seek to involve in all students in their own learning and development, individually and as a community.
Uni Bridges is a program in collaboration with Latrobe University and other schools in the north and in 2017, this is the third year here at Glenroy College.
- It is about getting students familiar with university and having opportunities to pursue further studies in Maths, Science and Engineering.
- Glenroy College students who choose a Science, Maths and English in Year 10 and VCE have the opportunity to be part of the program.
- If students select one of the Uni Bridges courses at LaTrobe University: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Electronic Technology, Bachelor of Electronic Engineering, Diploma of Health Science or Bachelor of Civil Engineering
- Students will gain an early offer purely on school recommendation regardless of ATAR
Students at Glenroy College are encouraged to be part of the Debating Teams in Year 7, 8 and 9.
This year, Glenroy College has entered two Year 9 teams in the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Schools Debating Competition, in the Coburg region.
Throughout the year our students compete against other Year 9 students from several nearby schools, speaking in teams of three to try to convince an impartial adjudicator to take their side on a controversial issue. Some recent topics that we have debated have been whether or not we should ban beauty pageants, whether or not animals should be used in sport, and whether or not children should be allowed to play violent video games.
In the second half of the year, the Year 7 and Year 8 Debating students will be entered in the DAV Junior Secondary Program. This program provides a detailed introduction to debating, teaching students how to develop the skills and techniques involved in formal debating, in a friendly and supportive environment.
The students who choose to become involved in our debating programme develop excellent public speaking skills, improve their ability to work effectively in teams, and learn how to plan and structure complex arguments and use language to persuade others. Next year we hope to expand our involvement in the DAV Schools Debating Competition, so that more of our students can benefit from the wonderful opportunities provided by participation in the debating programme.
Ms. Bolger, Debating Coordinator
Glenroy College has established an acceleration program for selected students moving from grade 6 into year 7.
The Glenroy College Acceleration Program groups together the best students at each year level from Years 7 to 9 into one class. 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. Acceleration students have the opportunity to begin a VCE subject in Year 10.
The Advance program is administered by the Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development.
It provides up to around $10000 per annum which we use to support the VCAL pathway in the school. The money has been used for many purposes over the years including subsidising the camps and excursions focussed on developing students’ personal development skills, getting students into volunteering, setting up community partnerships, helping train students in areas of need, providing training in car safety, service of food and first aid courses. The main benefits of the program are the opportunities it provides for students to work in teams in different environments outside the school and the chance for students to enhance their employability through training, volunteering and community partnerships.
In addition to the funds provided the Advance program provides curriculum guidelines which lead to the outcomes needed to complete the Personal Development Skills stream in VCAL. Specifically it provides a structure around which students can participate in Volunteering activities and to develop the skills needed for decision-making and organisational communication. These skills are used to manage projects including fund raising activities, the camp and other excursions.
The Advance program has become an integral part of VCAL and has contributed to the development of the students in many areas as well as improving their educational experiences and outcomes. The VCAL Advance students at Glenroy College over the past five years have been involved in some of the following projects:
- Conservation Projects with Conservation Volunteers Australia
- Red Cross Blood Donor Program
- Fundraising for The Salvation Army
- Volunteering at Moreland Council Community Events
- Making a ‘Police Tube’ video about graffiti in conjunction with the Fawkner Police
- Working with the Mullberry Community Gardens, Glenroy
- Completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award
- Volunteering at local Primary Schools and Specialist Schools
- Volunteering at the Hume Learning Homework Club
- Organising A Sports Day
- Painting the classrooms
- Working with Second Chance Animal Rescue
Glenroy College students study Health and Physical Education from Year 7-10 and can choose to do VCE Physical Education in Year 11 and 12.
Students at Glenroy College can compete in interschool sport for the college in a variety of sports such as; football, soccer, netball, basketball and badminton. Glenroy College competes in the Northern region. Students at the college are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sport as it is a positive way to represent the school and be involved in a team. Students can only participate in sport if they are up to date with their work in class.
Glenroy College currently teaches Indonesian as a Language to Year 7 - 10 and VCE
In 2009, the student voice group expressed concern over not having a language at the school and Indonesian was reintroduced in 2010. There are currently Indonesian classes at all levels and there is a strong focus for these classes is on using ICT and digital technologies to enhance their language learning. These technologies include the use of iPads, flipcams, easyspeak microphones and laptops.
Students experience Indonesian films, music and food to enhance their learning of the culture. Traditional stories, cultural arts, dance and Indonesian animals are also learnt by the students.
In 2011, the school was a recipient of the Becoming Asia Literate: Grants to Schools (BALGS) initiative and received a $20,000 Federal Government grant. This money has gone towards Professional Learning for the teachers, funding new digital technologies, providing real life language experiences and resources for the students and setting up a Sister School Relationship with an Indonesian school.
In 2015, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) was introduced in Year 9 to the school whereby students learn Humanities in Indonesian.
Sister school program Students and Teachers from SMA N 1 Kasihan, Yogyakarta have come on three occasions to the school to experience Australian school life and culture. While they are in Melbourne they stay with Glenroy families and assist with language classes and other cultural activities at school. Our students have travelled to Indonesia twice. This trip allows students to gain first hand experience of Indonesian language and culture through an immersive program that includes visiting historical sites and nature parks, rafting, hiking and other cultural experiences such as cooking and dancing. Students also spend several days at out sister school where they live with a host family and attend school. Students return home with more confidence, with better Indonesian language skills and a deeper understanding of other cultures.
In Victoria, Government Schools have had Chaplains for well over 50 years, providing pastoral care to the schools and their communities. In Glenroy, School's Chaplaincy began at Box Forest College in the late 1990's, established by inaugural Chaplain, Geoff Scott.
Chaplaincy is a Christian ministry that takes place within secular contexts (schools, hospitals, prisons, sporting clubs, etc.) School's Chaplains work for the wellbeing of their schools and communities, including students, staff and families, often as part of a broader School Welbeing Team. Liaising with local health and community agencies, Chaplains provide pastoral care and spiritual support to any who seek it, with great sensitivity and respect for all faiths, cultures, life choices and worldviews. Chaplaincy is a role that recognises and honours the spiritual needs and health of a community in a way that few other roles do, encourgaing an awareness of symbolism and ritual, deep reflection and reconciliation.
Roles of the Chaplains at Glenroy College include:
- providing pastoral care one-on-one to students, as well as facilitiating small groups;
- assisting with the delivery of special needs programs both within and beyond the classroom;
- supporting teachers in managing students, especially with behavioural or mental health concerns;
- encouraging and developing student leadership with the college;
- referring students to alternative educational settings;
- liaising with local support agencies, including Community Health Services, Council Youth Services, Youth Mental Health
- Support Services, Youth Agencies such as Anglicare, CASA, etc.
- providing spiritual direction and encouragement, including prayer, reflection and (where relevant) memorial services.
Glenroy College students do drama at Year 7-10 and can choose to do VCE Drama in Year 11 and 12.
The college has a vibrant Drama department and has performed many of its ensemble acts at various Glenroy College events such as the Arts Night, Drama Nights, the Year 7 Information Night and various assemblies.
Glenroy College offers an engaging instrumental music program.
Students have the opportunity to learn an instrument with dedicated and experienced teachers. Mr Pilois co-ordinates the program as well as teaching drums, guitar and percussion; Mr Gretton teaches brass instruments; Ms Watkins gives singing, piano and woodwind instruction. Students also study music as part of the curriculum in Year 7,8 & 9.
This year the College band performed in the ANZAC Day parade, the School Arts Night and our Year 8 and 9 school rock band perform at our regular Lunchtime Sessions. The band regularly performs at school assemblies as well as visiting local primary schools. Students also have the opportunity to be part of the Annual States Schools Spectacular.
In addition to the enjoyment that students experience from studying an instrument, they learn skills such as teamwork and commitment while stimulating the language side of the brain which supports their literacy skills. We welcome students into the program at any time.
Homework Club operates in the School Library every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school until 430pm. Students are provided something to eat. Homework club is an opportunity for students to complete their homework with the assistance of teachers.