UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra

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UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra College Logo.svg
Canberra, ACT
Coordinates 35°14′21″S 149°4′26″E / 35.23917°S 149.07389°E / -35.23917; 149.07389Coordinates: 35°14′21″S 149°4′26″E / 35.23917°S 149.07389°E / -35.23917; 149.07389
Type College
Motto Commitment to Excellence
Established 1987
Principal Martin Watson
Enrolment 661[1]
Colour(s) Green and Blue

University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, formerly known as Lake Ginninderra College until 2011, is a public secondary college catering for students in Years 11 and 12. It is located in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, situated on the lakefront of Lake Ginninderra.


Lake Ginninderra College was established in 1987, with John Cope being appointed as founding Principal.[2][3] The college has continued to experience growth even in recent times, with student enrolments up 20% in 2010 on the previous year, and a workforce which now consists of over 65 staff, with 44 of those being teachers.[1]

Australian Institute of Sport Program[edit]

University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra is the designated college for students in Years 11 and 12 attending the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), consistent with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Sports Commission and the ACT Government.[4] The College provides AIS students with a range of programs to enable completion of their secondary education while training at the Institute.


The college is located in Belconnen, Canberra. Following its completion in 1987, the unique architecture of the campus gained local recognition, and was awarded the ACT Architecture Merit Award.[5] Daryl Jackson, an internationally renowned Australian architect, also featured the college in an article in which he discussed several of his personal favourite school designs, the thinking, underpinning the designs and what makes them work effectively.[6]

Facilities of the college include a gym, cafeteria, library, theatre and drama studio, dance studio, TV studio, editing booths and four-track sound recording facility. There are six computing laboratories, an IT Skills Centre and a CAD room. The science faculty boasts a Video Microscope, an Atomic Absorption, IR and 4 UV Visible Spectrophotometers.[7] The college was also the first school in Australia to have its own wind tunnel, used in conducting scientific experiments on fluid dynamics and atmospheric conditions.[8]


Year 12 Certification and Tertiary Entrance[edit]

The college offers students over eighty courses of study[9] for the award of the ACT Year 12 Certificate, with students who complete a T (Tertiary) Package able to sit the ACT Scaling Test (AST) to obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for admission to university.

In 2009, nearly 84% of students went on to receive a Year 12 certificate, with a more select group of 38% of students receiving a Universities Admission Index (UAI). Of those students who receive a UAI, over 3% ranked in the top 5% of the index.[1]

Vocational Education and Training courses[edit]

The college offers a large range of Vocational Education and Training courses (VET) programs. A high percentage of students who graduate with a Year 12 Certificate also receive at least one VET qualification. In 2009, over 81% of students year 12 students received at least one VET qualification, with over 18% receiving a VET certificate.[1]

Notable students and alumni[edit]


See also[edit]