Woodcroft College

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Woodcroft College
Woodcroft College logo.jpg
Latin: Persevera in Fide
Preserve in Faith
Location
Morphett Vale, SA, Australia Australia
Coordinates 35°06′49.32″S 138°32′37.68″E / 35.1137000°S 138.5438000°E / -35.1137000; 138.5438000
Information
Type Independent
Private
Co-educational
International
Primary
Secondary
Day School
Denomination Anglican
Established 1989 (25 years)
Headmaster M C Porter
Employees ~179 [1]
Key people Mrs A Mikulcic
Head of Junior School
Mrs K Sheidow
Head of Middle School
Mr A Griffiths
Head of Senior School
Enrolment ~1401 (R-12) [1]
Colour(s) Red, Navy Blue & Gold
              
Slogan "Excellence in Education"
Website

Woodcroft College (colloquially known as Woodcroft, and as The College within the school's staff and student community) is an independent, private Anglican, co-educational, international, day school for students from Reception to Year 12, located on Bains Road in the southern Adelaide suburb of Morphett Vale, South Australia. Despite being named for the southern Adelaide suburb of Woodcroft, the College is situated in the suburb of Morphett Vale. Founded in 1989, the College is currently celebrating its Silver Jubilee after 25 years of operation.

Woodcroft College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and consequently, the Junior School runs on the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)[2] whilst the Middle School and Year 10 students follow the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).[3] Year 11 and 12 students are offered three curriculum pathways; the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), SACE combined with Vocational Education and Training (VET), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP).[4] The College is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).

History[edit]

For an extensively detailed history of the College, read Dreams, Realities & Recognition: Woodcroft College - The First Twenty Years by Edward Ward, a biography of the College released for its 20 Year Anniversary in 2009. It is an updated edition of Dreams, Realities & Recognition: Woodcroft College - The First Twenty Years by Edward Ward, which was released for the College's 10 Year Anniversary in 1999.

The College Emblem[edit]

The College emblem has individual elements that represent a particular value: an empty cross as a sign for hope; a serpent as a reminder of faith; a heart shaped shield as a token of love; and a 'W' inside the cross representing the Woodcroft College Community. The College colours of navy blue and gold are associated with the Patron Saint, Hilda of Whitby, while the red is a liturgical (seasonal) colour of the Christian churches.[5]

Sub-Schools System[edit]

Woodcroft College is divided into three sub-schools each with their own heads. The sub-schools, their Heads of School and year levels are as follows:

  • Junior School: Mrs A Mikulcic (Reception - Year 5)
  • Middle School: Mrs K Sheidow (Year 6 - Year 9)
  • Senior School: Mr A Griffiths (Year 10 - Year 12)

Every year level in the Middle and Senior Schools each has a Year Level Manager (YLM) (apart from Years 6 and 7 who share a YLM) who effectively manages the students and issues that arise in that particular year level. The sub-schools also operate their own Student Leadership Teams which help raise issues with the appropriate YLM or Head of School.

House System[edit]

All students at Woodcroft College are assigned to a house with all members of a family being assigned to the same house. The House System acts as the focus for families, sport and student leadership in the three Sub-Schools. In the Junior School the houses support sporting, cultural and co-curricular activities and its students compete within their classes and year levels earning points for their house in the annual Junior School Sports Day situated on campus. In the Middle and Senior Schools, these houses compete against each other in the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival located at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre since 2012, and Interhouse Athletics Carnival located at Santos Stadium. Middle School students also compete in House Activities once every term - where students are split into several groups within their year level with each group consisting of students from the four houses - to earn further points for their house. The College's four houses are as follows:

The names of the four houses originated from famous influences and areas situated near or around the college:

Facilities[edit]

Woodcroft College offers a variety of facilities, all set in spacious, landscaped grounds with modern buildings and extensive playing fields. Specialist teaching areas are well-equipped with up-to-date resources and information and communications technology. As of 2014, on campus facilities include:

  • Large volume Gymnasium: includes International Standard Basketball, Netball and Volleyball Courts; practice courts for basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton; and male and female change rooms
  • Large multi-purpose Primary Hall: seating capacity for 200 people with retractable seating
  • Small lecture theatre for various uses: seating capacity for around 50 people
  • Modern Hospitality & Skills Centre
  • Private music tuition rooms, and larger rooms for ensemble work
  • Five multi-purpose tennis courts
  • Extensive Middle & Senior Schools Resource Centre and smaller Junior School Library
  • Two large ovals with facilities for football, soccer, cricket and athletics
  • Design Technology Centre with access to various machinery
  • Seven up-to-date computer labs: two of which are located in the Design Technology Centre with access to CAD and CAM facilities; one is located in the Music Centre and provides audio editing software and music composition software; and the other four are situated around the school (one in the Junior School) and provide numerous software programs for regular schoolwork and Information Technology lessons.
  • Four fully equipped Home Economics classrooms: two for Food Technology and two for Textiles Technology
  • Four fully equipped science laboratories: MYP Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; and Physics
  • Four Visual Art classrooms: one is located in the Junior School
  • Fully equipped classrooms for various subjects
  • Large College Green forming a central 'hub' for the school
  • Medical and First Aid facilities

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "My School website". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Junior School, Academic, Woodcroft College, 2012, Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  3. ^ Middle School, Academic, Woodcroft College, 2012, Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  4. ^ Senior School, Academic, Woodcroft College, 2012, Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  5. ^ Parent Handbook, Curricuum Handbooks, Woodcroft College, 2012, Retrieved 2013-09-12.

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