Gladstone Park Secondary College

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Gladstone Park Secondary College
GPSC.jpg
Location
Gladstone Park, VIC
Australia
Coordinates 37°41′19″S 144°53′29″E / 37.68861°S 144.89139°E / -37.68861; 144.89139Coordinates: 37°41′19″S 144°53′29″E / 37.68861°S 144.89139°E / -37.68861; 144.89139
Information
Type Co-educational Public Comprehensive Secondary School
Motto Knowledge is Power
Established 1975
Principal Lynne Gutterson
Years offered 7-12
Enrolment ~1465[1] (2008)
Campus Taylor Drive
Colour(s) Dark Green,White,Grey & Black                 
Website

Gladstone Park Secondary College is a public state school in Melbourne, Australia, founded in 1975.

Introduction[edit]

The school has around 1500 students, a figure which has remained roughly constant for over a decade. When it first opened, Gladstone Park Secondary School (GPSC) quickly became the largest school in terms of matriculated students within a 10 km radius, a position which it still holds today. Its uniforms were brown and gold up until the early 1990s, when the school council introduced a uniform consisting of a white polo shirt with a green logo and grey cotton shorts in summer for boys and a green chequered dress for girls. The winter uniform consists of grey cotton pants and a green cotton jumper with a yellow emblem for both boys and girls. Year 12s traditionally wore a dark blue jumper with classmates' names in printed in white on the front and back. In 2009 the blue was changed to black. Since 2010 each year has had a unique design. In 2012, further additions were made to the school uniform and students can now be seen wearing blazers and/or neck ties along with the original uniform.

School life[edit]

While achieving similar Year 7 results in NAPLAN with schools across Victoria, Gladstone Park's Year 9 testing results for reading, grammar and numeracy are below state average.

The school has a special disability partnership with the local TAFE institutes, where most GPSC graduates enroll to do apprenticeships or diplomas.

The school also has available to its students positions such as Peer support leaders and Captaincy in areas like college houses and also school captains.

The college allows for students to be elected at year 12 to become representatives of the school taking on the position of school captain. As of 2015, the school captain system changed from the traditional system of electing 4 captains; two boys and two girls, to electing a captain for the four major areas of the school: academics, arts, civics and citizenship, and sports.

Students are also able to partake in their annual school production, music concerts, Just Dance concert, as well as the "Gladdy's Got Talent" competition.

Other extra-curricular activities such as inter-school sports, annual swimming and athletic days compromising of all students, school band, jazz band, pop chorus (choir), and instrumental lessons (inc. voice, trumpet, flute, guitar, piano, etc.) are available for all students to participate in.

Facilities[edit]

The school contains many facilities for students and the local community. The school grounds contain many sports facilities including a football and soccer oval, outdoor basketball and netball courts, cricket nets and an outdoor hockey/ futsal pitch. There is an indoor sports centre with two basketball courts, squash courts and gym facilities. The school library is open to students and the public.

A new senior school/study centre is currently being built for the future year 12 students, beginning with the class of 2017. [2]

School productions[edit]

Every year, GPSC produces a musical filled with great singing, dancing, and acting. Students who participate are also eligible to receive one of many awards that are presented. These awards include: encouragement awards, the rising star award, people choice award, the director's award, the musical director's award, the choreographer's awards, and the Kenny.

Year Production
2007 Grease
2008 Fame
2009 The Wiz
2010 Annie
2011 Little Shop of Horrors
2012 Bye Bye Birdie
2013 Step in Time: a Musical Cabaret
2014 Beauty and the Beast
2015 Seussical
2016 West Side Story
2017 Legally Blonde

Ex-students[edit]

Notable ex-students include:

Reference List[edit]

  1. ^ "Gladstone Park SC 2008 Annual School Report" (PDF). Victoria DEECD. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gladstone Park Community Library". Hume Libraries. Melbourne, Australia: Hume City Council. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Wright, Tony (14 February 2014). "VC for hero who died storming Taliban compound". The Age. Retrieved 18 February 2014.