A PROGRAM OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS & HIGH ACHIEVEMENTS
SELP at Werribee Secondary College features a challenging academic curriculum, full participation in arts, sports and technology, a wide range of co-curricular activities, an advanced instrumental program, a group of supportive & highly motivated peers and a history of outstanding IBDP & VCE results.
Through the curriculum and classroom environment, we aim to promote:
- A deeper exploration of subjects, and the development of advanced thinking skills.
- High level intellectual development and academic achievement.
- A vision of personal excellence, which includes social, emotional and physical elements.
- The retention of enjoyment and stimulation from education and the process of learning.
- The full realisation of the student’s potential for post-secondary, educational and life opportunities.
The SELP is a fully integrated and comprehensive High Achievement program. This means that students stay together for all of their classes, and they have a wide range of challenging tasks and experiences built into their curriculum. Whilst students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, many students are all-rounders who wish be involved in sport or music as well. The program aims to develop the whole person as well as ensuring that students maximise their academic success.
PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM INVOLVES
Acceleration, Extension and Enrichment
- Acceleration: refers to students undertaking a curriculum, which is ahead of their enrolled year level.
- Extension: refers to students undertaking more challenging tasks and being required to complete them to a higher level within the normal curriculum. Eg working with more difficult texts in English.
- Enrichment: refers to activities, which raise and broaden students’ awareness and experiences, eg public speaking, guest speakers and so on.
- Mathematics: We recognise that there are students who are capable of very high levels of achievement in many areas and subjects, but may not excel in mathematics. To cater for these differences, some students undertake a fully accelerated curriculum in mathematics; others will undertake a partially accelerated mathematics curriculum (it is possible for students to transfer from one maths class to the other as their needs are identified)
In all other subjects all students in the SELP classes follow the same curriculum.
In Science and Humanities, students undertake an accelerated curriculum.
In LOTE, English and Information Technology, the curriculum is extended and work is modified to challenge and stimulate these students.
Languages Other Than English
- Students are required to undertake a language to the end of Year 9. Our College is very proud to offer an extensive Chinese language program from Year 7 to 12 as both a first and second language option.
- Music is a compulsory subject for SELP students in Years 7 & 8, with capable students having the option of an extension music program. All students have the opportunity to try two instruments before choosing one to focus on. Advanced music studies are available in Years 9 & 10.
Students in the program are expected to participate in at least one of the co-curricular activities. These are designed to further develop skills and confidence, these include
- Special purpose excursions for Maths, Science, Art, and other classes.
- Participation in National competitions for Maths, Science, English and Geography.
- A debating program that involves both, inter-class and inter-school competition.
- A program of guest speakers designed to stimulate students’ interests and broaden their horizons.
- A public speaking program in Years 9 and 10 designed to build their skills and confidence.
|Instrumental Music: (Years 7-12)||School Orchestra’s & Bands: (Various Levels)||Duke of Edinburgh Certificate: (Years 10-12)|
|Chess Club: (Years 7-12)||WSC Cadet Unit: (Years 8-12)||Public Speaking Training (Various levels)|
|Wyndham Public Speaking Competition: (Years 8-12)||Interschool Debating: (Years 7-12)||Interschool Public Speaking (Years 7-12)|
|School Choir: (Various Levels)||College Production: Musical (Acting, Singing, Dancing, Musicians, etc)||Interschool Sports: Years 7-12) Wide variety of sports|
|Science Club: (Years 7-12) Robotics||Mathematics: Melbourne Uni Challenge (Years 7-10)||Moot Court & Bond University Moot: (Law competition – Years 11-12)|
|Student Representative Council: (Years 7-12)||Mathematics: Australasian Competitions & Challenges||Lions Youth of the Year (Year 12)|
|Art & Photography Club (Years 7-12)||High Resolves Global Citizenship Projects (Years 8-10)||Student Leadership (Years 7 – 12)|
|Drama Club (Year 7-12)||Aero Modelling (Years 7-12)||Guest Speakers (Years 7-12)|
The SELP curriculum allows students to work at a pace, more in keeping with their academic capacities. Students are extended to work at higher thought process levels, and higher academic performance levels. In this way their intellectual development is stimulated whilst their social and emotional development is supported by a peer group of similarly motivated and achieving students.
All students stay together in one class for all of their subjects in Years 7 & 8.
In Years 9 & 10 they are able to select several elective subjects, which they undertake with other students from their year level. Students must meet the set academic requirements at each year level.
All students who enter the Program exhibit above average ability in Mathematics. The extent to which they excel in Mathematics will influence the curriculum pathway which each student follows.
In addition, all SELP students:
Undertake compulsory music studies in Years 7 & 8, with the option of an extension music curriculum.
Are able to take up instrumental studies and perform with one of the school bands or orchestras.
Undertake a Language Other Than English to Year 9.
Undertake VCE studies whilst in Year 10.
Undertake Year 12 subjects whilst in Year 11.
Have the option of a University subject in Year 12.
Participate in a range of enrichment activities including debating, public speaking and university tours.
|MIXED CLASS GROUPS||MAINSTREAM CURRICULA||EXTENSION CURRICULA||ACCELERATED CURRICULA|
|Yr 7||Physical Education||LOTE Art Technology / Health Home Economics||English Humanities Music||Mathematics Science|
|Yr 8||Physical Education||Textiles Art Home Economics Drama||English LOTE Information Technology Music||Mathematics Science Humanities|
|Yr 9||2 Electives per Semester||Physical Education Health||English LOTE Information Technology Civics & Citizenship||Mathematics Science Humanities|
|Yr 10||Language (optional) plus 1 Elective per Semester or 2 Electives per Semester||Physical Education Health||English Information Technology Commercial Endeavour||VCE and IB Units 1 & 2 Three VCE units One IB Subject|
|Course Option: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Or Victorian Certificate Of Education|
|Yr 11||IB Diploma||VCE Units 1 & 2 Two Subjects||VCE Units 1 & 2 Mathematics and English||VCE Units 3 & 4 Two Subjects|
|Yr 12||IB Diploma||VCE Units 3 & 4 Two or Three Subjects||VCE Units 3 & 4 Mathematics and English||University Option One Subject|
PERFORMANCE, MONITORING AND COMMUNICATION
The progress of students is monitored regularly. Consultation between students, teachers and parents will occur when there are concerns as to whether the program best suits the student’s social and/or academic development.
Students are encouraged to contact teachers if they are having difficulties or are worried about their progress in the program. Counselling can be arranged for students who are experiencing social, emotional, or academic problems.
The College provides parents (and students) with access to regular updates of student progress in all subjects via the College’s Online Result Service.
Communication between parents and teachers occurs via the regular reporting system established at the school and through attendance at Parent Teacher interview nights.
SELP has been operating at Werribee Secondary College since 1997. Students in the Program have attained outstanding results and 2020’s summary of results can be seen in the table below. The following table compares the performance of Werribee Secondary College SELP students against the Victorian State average.
The Table combines both VCE and IB results of Year 12 SELP
Summary of SELP Results In 2020
|ATAR||All students in Victoria||Werribee SC SELP 2020|
|99 or above||1%||5%|
|95 or above||5%||21.0%|
|90 or above||10%||43.0%|
|80 or above||20%||69.0%|
|70 or above||30%||90.0%|
Top 10 SELP Students 2020
“The culture of challenge and hard work which the SELP cultivates enables students to make the most of their capabilities.
Our SELP students have gone on to such scholarships as Monash Excellence, Melbourne Principals, ADFA Education Award and many more. We have the Experience, the Expertise and the Curriculum structure to help your child achieve their potential.“
APPLICATIONS FOR SELP
As of 2022, families must have received a year 7 placement at our College to be eligible to apply for year 7 SELP.
Applicants will need to register for an EduTest as well as submitting an online form to the College.
SELP PLACEMENT CRITERIA
Results on Edutest*
Complete most recent school reports and NAPLAN results
Availability of places in program
Placement dependent on DET School Zone eligibility for enrolment
YEAR 7 ENTRANCE
Most students enter the Program at Year 7. In order to do so they must sit for the Entrance Examination whilst in Year 6 (after receiving a placement at our College for year 7). Placements at our College must reside within our school zone. Students allocation into the program is determined by performance on the test and the criteria above.
YEARS 8 TO 10 ENTRANCE:
A small number of places are available for entrance at years 8-10. Entry into these places is subject to school zoning and a satisfactory performance on the Entrance Examination held in September.
Please contact our College to enquire further about these places.
COMPLETING THE EDUTEST DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENROLMENT
Given the high number of requests for enrolment, entrance into Werribee Secondary College and the SELP program is available only to those residing within our school zone, based on the Department of Education’s priority order of placement. For year 7 entrance, parents should apply for placement at Werribee Secondary College via the normal Primary to Secondary transition process, then follow the information to enter the SELP program once year 7 placements are confirmed.
APPLY FOR YEAR 7 SELP
APPLICATIONS FOR 2023 ARE NOW CLOSED.
ONLY THOSE WITH CONFIRMED YEAR 7 PLACEMENTS AT OUR COLLEGE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SELP.
APPLY FOR YEARS 8-10 SELP
2023 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
(CLOSED EARLY DUE TO EXCESS EDUTEST APPLICATIONS)
SELP TESTING DATE: 7TH SEPTEMBER 2022
CONTACT & FAQ
All enquiries regarding the Werribee Secondary College SELP program should be directed to:
(03) 9741 1822
WE LIVE OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL ZONE, CAN MY CHILD APPLY FOR SELP?
While we appreciate your interest in joining our program, due to a high demand for places at our school, all enrolments at Werribee Secondary College must reside within our designated school zone. Exceptions are not made on the grounds of high academic performance.
If a sibling currently attends our College, please speak with us to determine eligibility.
No Edutest refunds will provided due to enrolments being declined on the grounds of school zoning. If after checking your school zone online you have any questions please contact our College.
The placement criteria for acceptance into our SELP program is as follows:
Results on Edutest
Complete most recent school reports and NAPLAN results
Availability of places
DET School Zone eligibility for enrolment
WE LIVE IN THE ZONE, HOW DO I APPLY FOR SELP FOR MY CHILD?
Please carefully read the above entry requirements listed on this page.
If you meet the entrance requirements, please follow the information above to apply.
For those wishing to enter SELP in year 7, please follow the standard Primary to Secondary transition process to apply for a year 7 placement at our College. Once year 7 placements are confirmed, you will receive further information of how to apply for SELP in your welcome email. As of 2022, only those who have received placements at our College are eligible to apply.
– Register and pay for the Edutest before the closing date.
– Complete the application form and upload copies of your child’s 2 most recent complete school reports and most recent NAPLAN results.
– Follow further testing information provided closer to the testing date.
CAN SELP STUDENTS JOIN THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM IN SENIOR YEARS
Yes, SELP students are encouraged to join the IBDP.
IS THE ENTRANCE TEST DIFFICULT?
The entrance test (Edutest) has been developed to test students across verbal and numerical reasoning, reading comprehension and mathematics.
It is designed to determine whether students have the above-average, higher level, knowledge needed to succeed in the SELP program.
Practice tests with sample questions are available.
Try our free year 7 SELP practice test here (delivery format will vary for actual test – This has been designed to give you an indication of the ‘type’ of questions that will be encountered – no results are recorded).
Additional paid practice tests are also available through EduTest online.
WILL YOU EMAIL ME MORE DETAILS AFTER I APPLY?
We have made all information available online (above on this page, or, click through above links).
We will contact you via email or phone should we require additional information or supporting documentation regarding your application.
If you are unable to attach any of the requested information digitally please promptly deliver them to the school in a clearly labelled envelope, however digital submission is preferred.
Further information regarding testing day instructions will be posted to the page closer to the date.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR SELP FOR FUTURE YEARS ENROLMENTS
As testing and reports are required to enter the program, we only accept registrations/applications for the following year.
If you are wishing to apply for SELP for year 7 2024, please check back in February 2023.
Please note: You must be located within our school zone to enrol at our College/in the SELP program.