Belmont City College

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Belmont City College
Belmont cc logo.png
Bold, Creative, Caring
Location
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Information
Type Public School
Established 1957
Principal Darrel LeMercier
Enrolment 512 (2011)
Campus Belmont
Colour(s) Navy blue and white
         
Website

Coordinates: 31°57′33″S 115°56′04″E / 31.95903°S 115.93447°E / -31.95903; 115.93447

Belmont City College (known as Belmont Senior High School until 2000) is a comprehensive public high school located in Belmont, 6 kilometres (4 mi) east of Perth, Western Australia. Opening in 1957, the school's catchment area covers most of the City of Belmont and the eastern part of the Town of Victoria Park and, as at Semester 1, 2011, the school has an enrolment of 512 students between Year 8 and Year 12, 69 (13.5%) of whom are Aboriginal.

Catchment area[edit]

Belmont's catchment area has been specified by the Department of Education and Training to include the suburbs of Ascot, Cloverdale, Kewdale, Redcliffe and Rivervale. Students in Carlisle and Lathlain have the choice between Belmont City College and Kent Street Senior High School. Belmont's feeder primary schools are Belmay, Belmont, Cloverdale, Redcliffe and Tranby.[1]

Its neighbour high schools are Kent Street Senior High School to the southwest, Cannington Community College to the south and Governor Stirling Senior High School to the northeast.

History[edit]

The school first opened in 1957. Its catchment area grew substantially after the Court government's closure of Kewdale Senior High School in 1998, but between 2000 and 2005, there was a decline in the percentage of students enrolling from the feeder primary schools, with the school population shrinking from 790 to 520 in this period. During this period, there were also a number of violent incidents at the school which attracted negative media attention.

From 2005-2006 onwards, the school instituted a number of reforms focussing on improving the school culture and the efficiency of administration. These included the schoolwide implementation of the "Choose Respect" initiative to address bullying, which won a regional award for excellence in 2007 and saw Belmont teachers presenting at Safe Schools events in other states, and a restorative justice initiative for peaceful conflict resolution. The school also formed a special agreement with the University of Western Australia during this period for its academic students, and with the City of Belmont for its vocational students.

In 2010 the College became one of the first 34 schools in WA to become an Independent Public School. This system keeps the benefits of a public school while allowing it to have more control over its resources.

Special programs[edit]

  • BCC Hospitality Specialist Program
  • Music and Arts, including a concert and rock band.
  • Structured Workplace Learning
  • Academic Extension Program (AEP)
  • Follow the Dream - Tertiary Aspirations Program
  • Aboriginal school-based traineeships
  • Breakfast Club

Students can be in all or none of these programs when attending BCC.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Education Act 1999 - Declaration of local-intake areas for schools with secondary students". Western Australia Government Gazette. 30 December 2005. p. 6892.  Accessed 18 April 2009.

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