Junior Sub School
Swan Hill College Junior School supports students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Each cohort has a Year Level Manager (YLM) who oversees the students’ learning, development and wellbeing needs. YLMs work with their students to follow positive behaviour expectations; celebrating success and re-teaching expectations when required. The Junior School Manager oversees all three year levels, working with students and staff, leading transition, supporting the implementation of the Positive Behaviour Support Plan and sourcing programs. Our Assistant Principal works cohesively supporting the Junior team and engaging with students. The Junior Sub-school team is supported by a Sub-school assistant and Education Support member, and is the first point of call for all our student needs.
Students in Junior School have a number of camps available to them throughout the 3 years. In Year 7 we have the Snow Camp (four days in Falls Creek, undertaking downhill skiing, cross country skiing and tobogganing). In Year 8 the students enjoy 5 days in Canberra where they experience places of interest such as Parliament House, the AIS, and Questacon, as well as fun activities like Laser Tag and indoor trampolining. Year 9 is an opportunity for students to build leadership and personal skills at the Alpine School for Student Leadership, offering a select group of students an alternate educational setting to explore, experience and develop leadership qualities. Students can also attend a 5 day camp at 15 Mile Creek, participating in a range of outdoor activities.
We are very proud of the diverse opportunities we offer our students in their early secondary education at Swan Hill College. Our literacy program withdraws identified students, providing them a smaller setting and an individualised intensive literacy intervention to aid in their learning needs. The Reading Program in Years 7 and 8 develops explicit skills and a deeper understanding of how and why we read. Our numeracy pathway programs allow students to learn at their level, while having access to highly qualified staff and our STEP (Swan Hill Tailored Education Program) and Hands on Learning presents students with an alternate program to support their individual needs.
In Junior School we offer a range of exciting opportunities to develop student leadership. We have student-led forums, PBS leaders, Junior College Captains, Junior House Captains, and Sustainability leaders. Students work with their peers across different year levels, staff and the community to initiate incentives, run activities or lead a team.
We begin working with our new Year 7’s in early May and from this time on we prepare the students to make a smooth and successful transition to secondary education.
Senior Sub School
The academic and personal development of students from Year 10 to Year 12 is managed by Senior Sub School. We promote the College values on a day-to-day basis and feel our students are exemplary role models to the junior school.
At Year 10 we work on transitioning students from Junior School to Senior School with a focus on responsibility and pathways. We have are range of programs and guests speakers to support students on the journey. The “Choose Survival” program encourages students to be safe and look out for their mates and students focus on subject pathways through the “Shape your Destiny” seminar.
By Year 11 our students choose either a VCE or VCAL pathway with the support of the Careers team. All our VCE subjects are taught by staff who are competent and able to help students both in and out of school hours. Our VCAL students are involved in many community projects such as local primary schools and council parks. Wellbeing wise, we offer many programs to educate students including an informative seminar by Sonya Karrass, “A Whole New World”.
We continue to support our Year 12 students and help prepare them for the outside world. For our VCE students we run an Achieving Excellence Club to provide them with extra tips on how to achieve their ATAR goals. Other programs such as the “TIS Tour” and “VCE Success Strategies Seminar” help guide our students onto the right pathways. Our VCAL students take part in a week long Melbourne camp which focuses on how to navigate around the city. We provide a “Party Safe” talk and individual wellbeing sessions also.
The Senior Sub School consists of Year Level Managers, Sub School Manager and Sub School Assistant. We work closely in conjunction with the Wellbeing and Careers team to provide the best assistance to our students.