Suzanne Cory High School

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Suzanne Cory High School
Location
Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°53′23″S 144°42′1″E / 37.88972°S 144.70028°E / -37.88972; 144.70028Coordinates: 37°53′23″S 144°42′1″E / 37.88972°S 144.70028°E / -37.88972; 144.70028
Information
Type Selective Entry School
Motto Learning for Life
Established 2011
Founder Peter Starford
Principal (Acting)Kay Peddle
Grades 9-12
Enrolment 801 (in 2014)
Colour(s) green, orange, black
Website

Suzanne Cory High School (also known as SCHS) is a Years 9-12 selective entry co-educational high school in Victoria, Australia. Located in Hoppers Lane, Werribee, the school is situated adjacent to Victoria University, giving students the opportunity to use university facilities, programs and academic staff. This is expected to give the students preparation for their tertiary years.

The school commenced in 2011 with 200 Year 9 students. 200 Year 9 students will be offered 200 positions each year. In 2014, the school is first having an enrolment of 800 students, ranging from Year 9-12. The school caters for gifted students, those having reached a high aptitude in the Selective Schools exam run by the DEECD.[1][2]

It is one of three recently built selective high schools in Victoria alongside John Monash Science School and Nossal High School. The addition of these three schools are the result of a policy of expansion, and doubles the number of fully selective government schools in Victoria.

It is named after biologist Suzanne Cory.

Curriculum[edit]

Year 9 and 10 courses are very similar, with concentration on the two core subjects, English and Mathematics. The subject of Science is also emphasized. Electives are available throughout these years, in which students may select subjects they wish to undertake. Choices of Electives include Food Technology and Psychology. During these two years, studying a language is compulsory. The school offers two languages: French and Chinese. Students have the opportunity of select either language to study. In addition, classroom music is also compulsory, allowing students to gain extra knowledge on the topic of Musical Theory. However, Instrumental Music remains separate and is not compulsory. Plans are underway for the VCE classes in future years.

Co-Curricular[edit]

For students to gain better relationships with peers, Suzanne Cory High School offers a broad range of co-curricular activities. These encourage students to adopt leadership skills, teamwork skills and community participation. The school offers the following activities:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Politics Club
  • Debating/Public Speaking
  • Competition Writing
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Film Making Techniques
  • Marvelous Mosaics

In addition to these activities, the school has a sporting program, providing students with skills in game-play.

Early VCE[edit]

The majority of students undertake VCE starting in Year 11. However, Suzanne Cory High School allows Year 10 students to voluntarily undertake a VCE subject. This strategy is similar to the Select Entry Accelerated Learning one year early VCE plan, which enables students to become more prepared for VCE, hence gaining higher outcomes. In 2013, 178 of the school's 200 year 11 students completed one or more year 12 subjects.

Entry[edit]

Students in their second year of secondary schooling (usually Year 8) are applicable to sit an examination which tests their abilities in six component tests: numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics, creative writing and analytical writing. The DEECD allows a maximum of 5% of Year 8 students from any given Australian school to be admitted into the four selective schools- Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne High School, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School. However, 5% of enrolments are filled via the Principal's Discretion Category. Students who missed the cut-off mark within 5 marks or passed the cut-off mark for the exam, but were denied first round offers due to the 5% rule, are given a chance to be seated in an interview. Over 100 applicants are placed in this interview, for less than 20 positions. In addition, the Equity Considerations policy, adapted by the DEECD allows 10% of Year 9 enrolments to be filled via this manner. Students with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds or students whose parents have a Commonwealth Health Care Card are eligible for this policy. Year 10 and 11 vacancies are available later in the school year, however places are limited.[3]

Staff[edit]

  • Acting Principal, Kay Peddle
  • 54 Teaching staff
  • 15 Non-teaching staff[4]

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