At Alexandra Secondary College we strive to provide an environment in which each student can achieve their personal best. We work with all students, parents, our community and the Cathedral Cluster of schools to provide this environment.
We address student engagement and wellbeing through developing our TRIBES community. We promote the five agreements: mutual respect, personal best, appreciations/no put downs, attentive listening and right to pass. All schools in our cluster promote these values to provide a learning and safe environment for our students.
Our teachers use these values to conduct their classes and structure their lessons. We provide training in TRIBES for all our staff and promote these values to all members of our community. We have made considerable progress towards our community adopting these values. This is demonstrated by the number of times we have our values quoted to us and the expectation that we are true to these values.
We are reviewing and reorganising our current teaching to develop innovative 21st century curriculum and classrooms to improve the learning of each individual. Our aim is always to teach the individual. We are compiling profiles of each student to ensure that all teachers have an in-depth understanding of the needs and abilities of each of their students.
We are striving to enhance the capacity of each teacher. We support teachers in changing their approaches to teaching. Through our Performance and Development Culture we provide opportunities for the sharing of best practice and the development of ICT skills.
Through the profiles mentioned previously and our Managed Individual Pathways plans we have formalised the individual tracking of each student in the College. We continually review and improve our policies for the transition of students within, to and from our school. Recently we won a Shine award for our transition programs for grade 6 students facing particular challenges as they enter secondary schooling.
We are also giving particular attention to improving our facilities. To broaden post compulsory learning options both within and outside the college to meet student needs including the provision of adequate facilities to enable students to have a broad range of curriculum options.
Alexandra Secondary College is situated in the rural township of Alexandra, 130 kilometres from Melbourne. We provide secondary education for students from a number of small townships/districts: Eildon. Taggerty, Thornton, Marysville, Narbethong, Buxton, Merton, Yarck and Molesworth. In line with demographic changes enrolment has fallen gradually to 360. We anticipate that enrolments will stabilize at around 340. At present there are 35 EFT, including Principal, Assistant Principal and 5 Leading Teachers. The college is a member of the Cathedral Cluster of schools. The other members are Rubicon Outdoor Centre, Alexandra PS, Thornton PS, Taggerty PS, Eildon PS, Buxton PS and St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Alexandra.
The economic base of the surrounding communities is in tourism, forestry, agriculture and Government services. The college is a member of the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network and within this has developed partnerships which have strengthened the already strong relationships with local businesses and service organisations. Work Experience and Work Placements are very well supported.
The Middle Years of Year 7 & 8 complete a common curriculum in each of the Key Learning Areas. The Years 9 curriculum is a mix of core and elective units with students undertaking an extended unit each semester in activity based learning. All Year 10 students study English, Mathematics, Traffic, Health and Work Skills. They select 6 other units from the year 10 or VCE/VET units. A broad range of subjects are offered at VCE (including VET subjects) and we also offer a VCAL program. Other educational opportunities are provided through the annual musical production, a school band and instrumental music lessons, ski team, camps, excursions and Traffic Safety Education.
A large focus for Alexandra Secondary College in the next years is to strengthen family and school partnerships. We will also be giving particular attention to the promotion of the importance of students attending school at every opportunity. We are currently working with families and community groups in areas such as responsible alcohol use, parenting skills and improving students' outcomes.
We look forward to continuing to work with our students and our community to give every child every opportunity.