FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello and welcome.
My name is Amanda Mullins, Principal of Werribee Secondary College.
Our college has a strong academic focus and our history of results show some outstanding achievements. We believe that every student can achieve success and our teachers work very hard to adapt their teaching and learning strategies to ensure excellent student outcomes are achieved by all our students.
We celebrate diversity and interculturalism at Werribee Secondary College. Our core value of respect underpins our behaviours on a daily basis.
I am proud of our college’s high academic expectations and outcomes. In addition, we are committed to developing our students social, emotional and physical wellbeing so that their journey to adulthood is a happy, healthy and resilient one.
Werribee Secondary College is an outstanding secondary school and I look forward to welcoming you.
Mr Kristyan D’aprano
Kristyan’s devotion to the curriculum and student achievement develops young adults capable of life long learning and success in their future studies and careers.
Ms Joanna Sommers
Middle School (Acting)
Joanna is an asset to our Middle years team, with excellent knowledge of reporting, educational policies and the IB diploma programme including IB Link.
Mr Daniel Marget
Middle School (Acting)
Dan has a strong commitment to student and staff development, wellbeing, and curriculum. His passions lie in inclusive curriculum development and positive behaviour programs.
Ms Narelle Bean
Narelle is highly versed and experienced in curriculum design for VCE, VET and IB programs, assisting our students in becoming active and inquisitive global citizens.
DIRECTORS & COORDINATORS
Heads Of School
Mr Chris Duffin
Head of Junior School
Ms Lesley McLaughlin
Head of Middle School
Ms Claire Garmaz
Head of Senior School
2023 Year Level & Program Coordinators
Ms Sarah Hill
Year 7 Coordinator
Ms Jodie Hugo
Year 8 Coordinator
Mr Chris Keegan
Year 11 Coordinator
Ms Kelly Jolley
Year 12 Coordinator
Ms Jenny Devereux
Ms Renee Dowling
Director Student Wellbeing
Ms Joanne Hammond
Year 9 Coordinator
Ms Grayce Baxter
Year 10 Coordinator
Ms Dora Stankovic
Ms Joanna Sommers
IB Program Coordinator
Ms Catherine Bailey
Ms Suzanne McGlone
VET Program Coordinator
Werribee Secondary College is a leader in international education in the Victorian state education system. We implement the best quality educational practices evident throughout Australia and internationally. The Werribee Secondary College community “lives worthily”.
We are adaptable life-long learners, who are confident, creative and resilient individuals, empowered to shape the world in which we live.
At Werribee Secondary College we strive for success in students’ chosen endeavours.
The College community provides a safe and caring environment where each student is valued. We celebrate achievements, success and growth for all students. Our programs equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for the dynamic world after secondary education.
College leaders, teachers and support staff adopt evidence-based best practice to generate a progressive 21st century educational setting. We enhance learning and develop digital literacy through the purposeful use of emerging technology. With a focus on realising optimal outcomes for learners, staff commit to continuous improvement through ongoing targeted professional development, peer collaboration and reflection.
At Werribee Secondary College we nurture the values of:
Driven by these ideals, the College community embraces cultural and social diversity. Students develop a strong sense of personal identity and global citizenship, enabling different cultural groups to interact, learn from each other and grow together.
Read Further Definitions of the College Values
|RESPECT means caring for yourself and being considerate of others’ opinions, beliefs, culture and property.||Care for your mind, body and spirit. |
Wear your uniform with pride.
Be neatly groomed and have a positive outlook
|Be courteous. |
Listen and respond to their ideas and opinions.
Look after school and other people’s property.
No put downs.
Accept that diversity is a positive thing
|RESPONSIBILITY means being ready and willing to learn with a positive attitude.||Make wise decisions.|
Be accountable for your actions.
Use time wisely.
Have everything you need with you in class
|Treat others fairly. |
Participate positively in all learning activities while considering the rights of others.
Not interfering with others’ learning.
Be able to do what is needed of you
|HONESTY means being reliable and trustworthy.||Tell and seek the truth. |
Be true to your word.
Admit mistakes and learn from these.
Have honourable intentions
|Be supportive. |
Do the right thing by your family, the school and local community
|COOPERATION means working and learning together in a positive way.||Work productively on your own. |
Learn to rely on yourself to solve problems
|Learn to collaborate with others. |
Make your contribution as part of a team
|PERSEVERANCE means persisting and doing your best at all times.||Work hard by giving 100% effort. |
Improve your learning.
Have pride in work.
|Assist and encourage others. |
Have realistic expectations of others
|INTEGRITY means where you stick to your principles||Do what you believe it the right thing, even when no-one is watching||Act ethically and with principle in dealings with each other|
|CONFIDENCE means that you trust in your own ability to succeed||You tackle your work expecting to do well. |
Have high, but realistic expectations. Have the confidence to seek help when needed
|In our community we encourage and support each other. |
We acknowledge successes, building confidence in others
|RESILIENCE means the ability to bounce back after a period of adversity||You may be ‘down’ for a little while, but you overcome problems||Support your friends who may be going through difficult times and help them to get back on their feet.|
COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Werribee Secondary College became a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2006, demonstrating that it met the rigourous standards required of CIS member-schools. The College was re-accredited in 2016 and is currently undergoing the process again in 2022.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ORGANIZATION
Werribee Secondary College became the first Victorian government school to be authorised to offer senior students the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).
Our first student cohort was enrolled to study the IBDP in 2013 and our IB students have since produced excellent results.
Year 12 Results
97.22% of our Year 12 students obtained first round offers in terms of their desired pathways for 2021, these being Tertiary courses, apprenticeships or employment.
2021 combined results of our VCE and IB students:
Study Scores of 40 or more: 4.9% (excl. IB)
One Study Score of 50 in English/EAL
ATARs of 99 or more: 3 students
ATARS of 95 or more: 9 students
ATARS of 90 or more: 33 students
Median ATAR: 71
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is the score that Universities use to select students for most courses.
The table below presents some of the key indicators of the amalgamated results of our 2021 VCE and IB students against comparative state averages:
|ATAR||WSC COMBINED VCE & IB||STATE AVERAGE|
|ATAR’s 95 & over||4.5%||5%|
|ATAR’s 90 & over||16.6 %||10%|
|ATAR’s 80 & over||35.7%||20%|
|ATAR’s 70 & over||52.8%||30%|
2021 Over 90 Results (VCE & IB):
|Family Name||Name||Type||ATAR||Course Name||Institution||Scholarship|
|Mohideen Imran||Ahmad Ihsan||VCE||99.35||Biomedical Science – Scholars program||Monash University|
|De Vera||Zenji||IB||99.1||Bachelors Degree – Oxford University, England||Oxford University||Oxford Scholarship/Bursary|
|Patel||Pranshu||IB||99.1||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Ahsan||Ayman||VCE||98.1||Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy (Scholars program)||Monash University||Monash University Deans Scholarship for Pharmacy – $6,000 per yr – $24,000.|
|Shaju||Sharon||IB||97.9||Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy||Monash University|
|Ang||Sandra||VCE||97.35||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Ancheta||Andwele||VCE||97.3||Science/Engineering||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Bulusan||Bianca||IB||96.25||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)||Melbourne Principal’s Scholarship – $5,000|
|Lagno||Tashfia||VCE||95.55||Radiography and Medical Imaging (Honours)||Monash University||Achieving Potential Scholarships for Distinction Scholarship at Monash University $6,000 per yr – up to $36,000|
|Tran||Hoang Lan||VCE||94.45||Nursing First Year Entry||Monash University|
|Chan||Ka Jor Renny||VCE||94.25||Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy||Monash University|
|Lee||Iris Yonhee||VCE||94.1||Design||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Jani||Kahaan||VCE||94.1||Radiography and Medical Imaging (Honours)||Monash University|
|Patel||Rudra||VCE||93.9||Nursing – Scholars Program||Monash University|
|Gobinathan||Shreeya||IB||93.9||Science/Biomedical Science||Monash University|
|Franklin||Sophia||IB||93.9||Agriculture||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Rao||Maha||VCE||92.7||Arts||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|IB||92.6||Architectural Design||Monash University|
|VCE||92.45||Computer Science||Deakin University|
|VCE||92.45||Medical Imaging||Deakin University|
|Zhan||Carlos||VCE||92.4||Arts||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Acharya||Deepali||VCE||92.35||Commerce||University Of Melbourne (The)||Monash Achievment Scholarship – $1,500 per yr.|
|VCE||91.45||Education (P-12)||Victoria University|
|Goyat||Parixit||IB||91.3||Biomedical Science||Monash University|
|VCE||91.2||Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography||CQUniversity|
|Chiang||Chih-Wei||VCE||90.85||Engineering (Honours)/Science||Monash University|
|Mohsin||Iqra||VCE||90.65||Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy||Monash University|
|Withana Arachchi||Vishmi||VCE||90.4||Optometry||Deakin University|
|Muhajireen||Hassan||VCE||90.1||Computer Science||RMIT University|
|Au Yong Moxon||Tyra||VCE||90.1||Science||Monash University|
|Nguyen||San||VCE||90||Design||University Of Melbourne (The)||Melbourne Access Scholarship – $5,000 per yr – $15,000|
Prior Years Results
98% of our Year 12 students were able to obtain first round offers in terms of their desired pathways for 2020, these being Tertiary courses, apprenticeships or employment.
2020 combined results of our VCE and IB students:
Study Scores of 40 or more: 5.6% (this excludes IB)
ATARs of 99 or more: 4 students
ATARS of 95 or more: 17 students
ATARS of 90 or more: 36 students
Median ATAR: 76.3
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is the score that Universities use to select students for most courses.
The table below presents some of the key indicators of the amalgamated results of our 2020 VCE and IB students against comparative state averages:
|ATAR||WSC VCE & IB||STATE AVERAGE|
|ATAR’s 95 & over||8.3%||5%|
|ATAR’s 90 & over||17.6%||10%|
|ATAR’s 80 & over||36.3%||20%|
|ATAR’s 70 & over||59.8%||30%|
|ATAR’s 60 & over||74.5%||40%|
2020 Over 90 Results (VCE & IB):
|Last Name||First Name||En. Type||ATAR||Course Name||Institution|
|Patel||Jainil||IB||99.75||Commerce/Engineering||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Escalada||Louis||IB||99.55||Science/Engineering||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Dhanorkar||Manas||IB||99.55||Biomedical Science – Scholars program||Monash University|
|Chunduri||Apuroop||12||99||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Joshi||Deeya||12||98.9||Biomedical Science – Scholars program||Monash University|
|Withheld||12||98.85||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Golubovac||Sara||IB||98.05||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Zhong||Jiahui||12||97.7||Laws (Honours)||Monash University|
|Iheakor||Naomi||IB||97.3||Physiotherapy (Honours)||Monash University|
|Marinaro||Cara||IB||97.3||Midwifery||Australian Catholic University|
|Nguyen||Mai Thanh Huong||12||96.65||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Mao||Yizhen||12||96.55||Physiotherapy (Honours)||La Trobe University|
|Singh||Ramandeep||IB||96.45||Biomedical Science||Monash University|
|Gopi||Dayvineesha||12||96.1||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Golubovac||Marko||12||95.65||Commerce||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Wong||Levin||IB||95.45||Science/Biomedical Science||Monash University|
|Gao||Tristan||12||95.25||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Sethupathy||Jayitaa Ann||12||93.85||Engineering /Commerce||Monash University|
|Rana||Hetvi||12||93.85||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Laller||Lipika||12||93.65||Education(Primary and Secondary)||Australian Catholic University|
|Patel||Mishaben||12||92.85||Radiography and Medical Imaging (Honours)||Monash University|
|Abrar||Maham||IB||92.8||Biomedical Science||Monash University|
|Huang||Haining||12||92.65||Commerce||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Gruntowicz||Claire||12||92.2||Bachelor Medical Science/Science||ANU – Australian National University|
|Bassi||Mahima||12||92.15||Commerce||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Degamia||Divya||12||92.1||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Mannan||Maham||12||91.8||Biomedicine||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Kame||Kashmery||IB||91.5||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Lah Pay||Ju Ray Paw||IB||91.5||Orthoptics (Honours)||La Trobe University|
|Li||Eileen||12||91.4||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Saedi||Ikram||12||91.35||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Withheld||12||91.25||Commerce/Information Technology||Monash University|
|Tan||Denzel||12||90.7||Data Science||Monash University|
|Dlima||Pratika||12||90.5||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
|Dasanayaka||Isuri||IB||90||Science||University Of Melbourne (The)|
The College is required to produce an Annual Report each year, which is tabled at the College Council Annual General Meeting. From April each year, the Annual Report is available to download from our website. The format of the Annual Report is mandated by the DET. Performance reports and other information for every Australian school are publicly available via the MySchool website. The MySchool website is administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Strategic & Annual Implementation Plans
Werribee Secondary College is committed to continuous improvement, and to this end is guided by its School Strategic Plan (SSP) which is reviewed each four years in accordance with the policies and procedures as determined by the Department of Education and Training (DET). Each year the College develops an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) which articulates the focus of the school’s efforts to deliver the objectives of the SSP. The School Strategic Plan and associated Annual Implementation Plans are endorsed by College Council.
Performance reports and other information for every Australian school are publicly available via the MySchool website. The MySchool website is administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
View the 2021 College Annual Implementation Plan (Full)
View the 2021 College Annual Implementation Plan (Shortened – 1 Page Goals Version)
View the 2020-2024 College Strategic Plan
View the 2020 College Annual Implementation Plan
The Werribee Secondary College School Council meets once a month, with the prime responsibilities to oversee the schools direction on finance, strategic planning, child safety and policy development and review. Each year, the College annual review is presented at the Council AGM and discussed, before being authorized by the Council President once all members are satisfied.
Nominations for election to School Council are called by the Principal in February of each year. All parents and guardians of a student at Werribee Secondary College are eligible to stand for election as a Parent Member.
The council contains sub-committees who meet to discuss and report on specific areas:
- Curriculum & Management
- Parents & Friends
Copies of each council meeting agenda are available to the school community on Compass.
Council Members (2022-2023)
Council President & Parent Member: Dr Damian Marinaro
Vice President & Parent Member: Ms Bess Crimston
Treasurer & Parent Member: Ms Almas Waleed
Parent Members: Mr Muhammad Hoque, Mr Babu Gogineni, Ms Michelle Lawrence, Mr Kishor Vaidya
Student Members: Ms Chahatpreet Kaur Sekhon, Ms Yesha Tesoro
DET members: Ms Amanda Mullins, Mr William Hatzis, Ms Narelle Bean, Mr Daniel Marget, Mr Matt Rowe
Ex Officio: Mr Scott Tanner
Werribee Secondary College is the longest established secondary school in the Wyndham area, with a proud tradition of academic excellence. With very high demand for enrolments since 2000, the College continues to offer over 1560 students a high quality education, designed to assist them to develop skills and competencies, and to acquire the knowledge needed to meet future challenges.
In 1858 the First ‘Wyndham School’ was established, which became the Werribee Common School in 1862. In 1873 ‘Werribee School’ commenced under new state school legislation identified as State School 649
Proclaimed in 1921 and officially opened May 1923, Werribee Higher Elementary School ran up until the establishment of Werribee High School in 1955
In 1956 Werribee High School opened in the Duncans Road location, then was elevated from a Class II to a Class I school in 1960 following extensive building and facility upgrades. Werribee High School was officially declared open by the Minister of Education in 1961.
Werribee High School/ Werribee City Council construction of the Education Community Activity Centre was completed
The SEAL select entry level program was introduced at Werribee Secondary College
The international student program was established, opening the College to students from around the world
Fire destroyed the technology wing buildings which comprised about one third of the College’s permanent buildings
Werribee Secondary College was (and remains) accredited with the Council of International Schools
Werribee Secondary College was granted the IB Diploma Programme in 2009, with its first official program intake in 2013
2017 saw the completion and opening of the brand new recital center, followed by the completion of the college re-build in 2019.
CCTV PRIVACY NOTICE
Werribee Secondary College has decided to install a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system at our school.
This Privacy Notice outlines how the CCTV system will be used, including the use and disclosure of any footage produced by the CCTV system so as to be consistent with Victorian privacy law.
Need for CCTV
Our school has an obligation to ensure the school environment is safe and secure, and fulfil our duty of care to students, staff and visitors. The CCTV system assists our school to fulfil these obligations and to prevent and manage other inappropriate behaviour on school grounds. CCTV also provides enhanced capability to protect our school’s assets against vandalism and theft.
Use of CCTV
Consistent with our school’s obligations set out above, our school may use CCTV cameras to:
- prevent, support and verify incidents involving
- criminal behaviour – of anyone on school grounds
- staff misconduct
- other inappropriate behaviour – including of students, staff, visitors or members of the public. For example, this means the school may use CCTV footage of incidents to help inform decisions about student management
- verify and investigate other incidents involving students, staff and visitors (for example incidents in which a person has sustained injury, loss or damage on school premises)
- to provide the Department with visual coverage during emergencies.
In limited circumstances live CCTV footage may also be viewed by our school or Department staff. For more information please refer to the Department’s policy: CCTV in Schools – Installation and Management (CCTV Policy).
CCTV cameras are NOT
- located in private areas such as toilets, changing rooms, dressing rooms, showers, or other areas where individual privacy is paramount
- used to monitor student or staff work performance
- hidden or covert, except in limited circumstances and in accordance with the Department’s CCTV policy.
Location of CCTV cameras in our school
In our school, CCTV cameras are located in:
- school entrances
- external travel/walkways
- locker areas
- computer labs
- machinery rooms
- secure storage rooms
- ovals/ sporting facilities
A notice is located at the school’s entrances, which alerts people to the presence of cameras and this CCTV Privacy Notice.
Access to CCTV footage
CCTV footage is only accessed for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice and the Department’s CCTV Policy and only by the following people:
Request to view footage
When using CCTV for the purposes listed under the heading ‘Use of CCTV’ the principal may show specific footage of an incident to those directly involved, including relevant staff, students and/or their parents, provided:
- the principal considers it appropriate and necessary in order to support parents to understand the specifics of an incident that has taken place so they can provide appropriate support to their child or for a staff member to better understand an incident
- it would not cause a health, wellbeing or safety risk to any other person
- it would not be an unreasonable intrusion into another person’s privacy.
Please note, our school cannot provide copies of CCTV footage to staff, students or parents The Department must be contacted where these requests are made. Please refer to the Department’s CCTV Policy.
Storage of footage
CCTV footage is stored locally on the school’s server. CCTV footage for Vaping Sensor is store on cloud storage.
CCTV footage is kept for no more than 42 days. If our school has not used CCTV footage in any of the ways set out above, and there has been no request to view or access footage during this period, the footage is deleted.
Where CCTV footage has been used to verify an incident or where it is required to be retained for legal reasons, our school will manage and securely retain the footage in accordance with the retention requirements set out in the Department’s Records Management Policy.
What if you have questions?
For more information of how our school may use the CCTV system and who may access the footage, please see the Department’s CCTV Policy.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of the CCTV system in our school, please contact the school to discuss: Scott Tanner, Operations Manager, 03 9741 1822
Werribee Secondary College is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of all students with Child Safety of the highest priority. We encourage our community to report any Child Safety concerns which will be immediately acted upon by the College, confidentially and in line with Department regulations.