Cheltenham Secondary College is a co-educationalhigh school in Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia, catering for students in years 7 to 12. The school officially opened in 1959 as 'Cheltenham High School', and then later changed its name to Cheltenham Secondary College. The school is most famous for its Windsor-Cheltenham Exchange, this exchange in its 52nd year is participated by Windsor High School in Adelaide and Cheltenham where a range of sports and other activities are played out over a week to see who will win the Exchange Shield, Captains plate and Exchange cup.
Below is a list of some of the school's facilities.
The sports centre was officially opened in early 2003, and comprises two full-sized indoor courts, electronic scoreboard, elevated spectator seating, fully equipped changing rooms, as well as kitchen and storage facilities. Physical education classes, weekly sport rotations and whole-school assemblies are regularly held in the sports centre.
Performing Arts Centre
The performing arts centre was officially opened in late 2003, and was developed from the previous school hall. The centre comprises a 200-seat theatre, two music classrooms, two spacious drama/theatre studies classrooms as well as several music tuition rooms. The annual school production is presented in the centre every year.
Students are strictly required to wear a school uniform on school grounds and at off-campus school events unless specifically announced otherwise. The standard uniform consists of a distinct boys' uniform, girls' uniform, summer uniform (worn during terms 1 and 4), winter uniform (worn during terms 2 and 3), as well as optional items and accessories. In addition, students are required to wear a sports uniform during physical education classes and weekly sport rotations.
The school is functionally divided into two sub-schools; a Junior School, catering for students in years 7 to 9; and a Senior School, catering for students in year 10 and VCE. The school's total enrolment exceeds 1100 students every year, and excessive demand for enrolment into year 7 over the past decade have restricted the school's annual year 7 enrolment to a specific geographical zone surrounding the school. Applicants residing outside of the zone must submit a formal written application in order to be considered for enrolment. Within the Junior School, each year level cohort is divided into nine 'form groups' of around 24 students (e.g. 8A,8B,8C,8D,8E,8F,8G,8H and 8J), and students undertake the majority of their formal classes with their form group. Over the last decade, the school's total male enrolment has far exceeded its total female enrolment, and this has led to the formation of several all-boys form groups in the junior school to allow the formation of co-educational form groups with more balanced ratios of boys to girls. In 2004, the school's year 7 cohort had a female enrolment of only 27%, the school's lowest ever year 7 female enrolment. However, as the years have progressed, the number of girls has risen and sits at roughly 40%.