Heathmont College

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Heathmont College
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Location
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135
Australia
Coordinates 37°50′16″S 145°13′59″E / 37.83778°S 145.23306°E / -37.83778; 145.23306Coordinates: 37°50′16″S 145°13′59″E / 37.83778°S 145.23306°E / -37.83778; 145.23306
Information
Type Public, Secondary
Motto Learning through Knowledge
Established 1993
Principal Johanna Walker, B.Comm.(Melb), Dip. Ed., M.Ed.
Enrolment 600[1]
Colour(s) Maroon, Navy Blue and White
              
Website

Heathmont College is a coeducational government secondary college located in Heathmont, Victoria. It is located between Waters Grove, Marlborough Road and Hardy Crescent. Heathmont has an outstanding reputation as an academic school within the local community.

History[edit]

Established in 1993 following the amalgamation of Eastern Secondary College and Heathmont Secondary College, the college operated as a dual campus school until it was consolidated onto the Waters Grove (Junior & Middle School) campus for the start of Term 2, 2003.[2][3]

Composition of School[edit]

Heathmont College is divided into two sub-schools.[4] Both sub-schools are overseen by a Head of School.

Middle School[edit]

Head of School: Joanne Sayer[4]
The current Middle School incorporates all students in Year 7, 8 and Year 9. Currently, each year level has a coordinator who are responsible for ensuring the wellbeing and discipline of the students in their year level. The current coordinators are E Silcox, A Moller, F McNeal. There has been announced a new Year 9 'Life' program for 2017. This will focus on four key areas - Work, Body and Mind, Community Service and Leadership.[5] The school currently focuses on ensuring that Year Seven students have a smooth transition from primary school to secondary school. There is a range of programs that the school provides Year 7 students with to participate in ranging from a camp in the first week, to great leadership opportunities and student wellbeing programs. A particular focus is placed on positive education combined with academic excellence. An extensive transition program has been implemented to assist students as they move into secondary education. There is also lots of opportunities for Year Eights such as becoming members of the Student Representative Council . There are pastoral care sessions to ensure Year Eights are getting the most of their schooling.[6] In Year Nine, students are able to select from a broad range of electives. This provides students with a great range of choice and responsibility. The program goes over the course of a year and allows the students to work in a range of situations in different groups and individually. The objectives of the program are to provide students with good life skills and to have student centered learning. Even though students in 9 Life are in an non traditional learning environment, they still study structured core subjects such as Mathematics and English.[7] While in the 9 'Life' program, students are provided with the opportunity to go into Melbourne City and participate in a wide range of activities based on what the students are currently learning in class as well as some fun and exciting activities.

Senior School[edit]

Head of School: Allan Langely[4]
Current coordinators are: M. McMurray, D. Hewitt and C Sheehan The College's Senior School manages all students from Year 10 to Year 12. A successful Presentation Ball program, a Central tour for Year 11 students and a Valedictory Ball are some of the functions available for students to participate in.

Programs and Subjects[edit]

Excel Program[edit]

The Excel program has recently been introduced to the College to improve its academic outcomes. Students are selected on the basis of testing conducted at the College prior to the commencement of Year 7.This program supports and extends students in Mathematics and English through to Year 10. The recent, significant improvement in Naplan results are a result of the increase in academic rigour at the College. In 2016 a rigorous subject completion policy was introduced throughout the College.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)[edit]

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is offered to all students in Years 11 and 12. Many VCE subjects are also offered to Year 10 students. Those Year 10 students who satisfactorily complete Units 1 and 2 in a subject are permitted to continue that study at the Unit 3 and 4 level in Year 11, alongside their Year 12 peers. This acceleration makes a significant contribution to the maximisation of their ATAR at the completion of VCE. A broad range of subjects is offered, including Chemistry, Physics, Outdoor Education, History, Global Politics, English Literature, Legal Studies and Business Management. From 2014, the College saw a distinct improvement in ATAR scores obtained by students and 99% of students obtained a first round offer into such diverse fields as Law, Medicine, Environmental Engineering, Nursing, and Archaeology. The College was awarded a Premier's Award in Chemistry in 2016.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)[edit]

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program is offered to students in Years 11 and 12 which is run via the atEast consortium which operates out of the College grounds.,

LOTE[edit]

The College offers two LOTE (Languages other than English) programs, Indonesian and German. Students may continue study in either language to VCE level. These studies are enhanced by the accompanying relationship with sister schools and the overseas tour program. A German intensive language program will commence in 2017. Students will be able to study German at a high level but will also undertake Humanities and Science whilst receiving instruction in German. The Goethe Institute has assisted in the development of the curriculum for this innovative academic program.

International Program[edit]

Heathmont College became accredited to offer education to International students in 2016. An on site English Language Centre will commence in 2017.

Famous Past Students[edit]

Danny Allsopp of Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League.
Chris Hemsworth - Actor (Star Trek, Home & Away, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman and Thor).
Ryan Moloney - Actor (Plays Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi in Neighbours).
Lachy Richardson - Actor (Various commercials and guest appearances on 7 Network).
Dr Susan Carland - Academic and Australian Muslim of the Year 2004.
Liam Hemsworth - (The Last Song, The Hunger Games, Neighbours).
Bodi Turner - Olympic BMX cyclist 2016.

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