Principal’s Message


 

Welcome to Swan Hill College. We are a rural secondary school situated near the majestic Murray River, 350km North West of Melbourne. We have two campuses: the main campus with approximately 750 students from Years 7 to 12; and our FLO (Flexible Learning Options) campus with 40 students. The College offers a broad range of VCE, VET and VCAL subjects for our students who are supported by 55 teaching and 40 support staff.

At Swan Hill College, we are proud of the range of programs we run. We provide a great deal of literacy support to our students, with extra staff allocated to build student capabilities in reading and writing. At Year 7 and 8, we have the STEPS program and additional literacy support for students who find literacy challenging. We also have a specific focus on reading, with reading experts allocated to junior English classes to assist our students. In Mathematics we use a “Scaffolded Numeracy” program at Year 7 and 8.  This is complimented by Maths Pathways, which is a software-based program which differentiates the work according to the student’s level of ability.

In addition to these programs, a broad range of Science, Technology, Physical Education, Humanities, Art, Music, Drama and Foods subjects cater for the range of student interests. These subjects focus on engaging our students, providing them with a solid foundation from which to tackle Years 11 and 12 and then their chosen pathway.

Our FLO campus is situated on the Kerang side of the town and offers a blended learning program for students who have found mainstream education challenging. Our FLO students take part in a range of VCAL and VET subjects aimed at preparing them for life after secondary school. At FLO, our students learn a huge range of life skills, including, cooking, numeracy, literacy and technology, and even run a coffee shop for the local community.

At Swan Hill College, our staff work in Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Our PLC groups focus on using High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) to engage our students in their learning.

 

Andrew Sartori

Principal