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. Students collaborate in a class for core subjects with supportive and highly motivated peers. Our SELP graduates have been among our highest achievers in both IBDP and VCE results at the end of Year 12.
Through the curriculum and classroom environment, we aim to promote:
- Well rounded young people who are able to achieve high academic outcomes and develop their capability for personal success.
- A rich curriculum that encourages students to identify ambitious learning goals and work with peers and teachers to meet them.
- Commitment to the school community through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
- A safe and inclusive environment that supports students through secondary school, in preparation for future study 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.
Students are selected on the basis of their performance on the EduTest and additional transcripts. Each student must have accepted their enrolment prior to expressing an interest in SELP during Term 3 of Grade 6.
Students will undertake an accelerated curriculum program in Mathematics, Science and Humanities. They will complete an extension curriculum in English, Music, Arts and Technology. Each student also undertakes a language study from our Languages offerings. 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.
Students are expected to learn an instrument from Year 7 through to Year 9. 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.
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SELP
SELP students have already demonstrated a high level of achievement so the SELP curriculum is designed to maximise their opportunities for continued growth. Students receive work that extends on the mainstream Victorian Curriculum for their age group, through learning activities that deepen their understanding of key concepts or accelerate their ability to cover content and practise skills. This leads to continued intellectual engagement whilst their social and emotional development is supported by a peer group of similarly motivated and capable students.
The curriculum for SELP classes changes for each year level and subject area.
|Year 7 & Year 8 – all classes together||Accelerated above age group in Mathematics, Science and Humanities||Extension in English, Music, Performing Arts, Technology and Art||Personal goals in Health and Physical Education and their chosen language study|
|Year 9 – most classes together*||Continued acceleration above their age group in Mathematics, Science and Humanities||Extension in English||Personal goals in Health and Physical Education and their chosen language study |
*Students attend classes with a mix of Year 9 students for Electives, Music, Arts, Technology and language
|Year 10||Students undertake an higher level of Mathematics study VCE Unit 1 / 2 Biology OR VCE Unit 1 / 2 Economics||Extension in English||A range of electives to encourage breadth to their studies before selecting a VCE or IBDP pathway in Year 11|
SELP students select a pathway for Year 11 and 12 – either IBDP or VCE. Students may continue their VCE Unit 1 /2 from Year 10 into Year 11, giving them an additional study score to contribute to their ATAR for university entrance at the end of Year 12.
Students are expected to participate in co-curricular activities that support their development in class. These include:
- Instrumental Music
- Wyndham Public Speaking Competition
- High Resolves Global Citizenship
- Australasian Mathematics Competition
- Interschool Debating
- School Orchestras and Bands
- Robotics Mathematics
There are further clubs and extra-curricular activities that students can do:
- Chess Club
- School Choir
- Student Leadership
- Art and Photography Club
- Drama Club
- Interschool Sports
- College Production: Musical
- WSC Cadet Unit
In Year 9 SELP students will also work with their coordinator and Assistant Principal to identify and complete a community project.
PERFORMANCE, MONITORING AND COMMUNICATION
The progress of students is monitored regularly via Progress Reports twice a term. 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 and Year Level Coordinators 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 Compass.
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.“
ENTRY TO THE SELP PROGRAM
In line with the Department of Education’s placement policy for enrolment, Werribee Secondary College only offer places in our Select Entry Learning Program (SELP) to students who are already enrolled in the College. Please note that all new enrolments at the college must reside within our designated school zone.
Students currently in Grade 6 wishing to apply for SELP in Year 7 must first accept their place at Werribee Secondary College through the Primary to Secondary placement process. This process takes place with the students Primary School during terms 2 and 3 of their Grade 6 school year (see our enrolments page for more). Families with placements can then express their interest in SELP when enrolling with our college in July/August. Only families who follow this process will be emailed directly with the testing registration information. A fee applies to undertake the testing.
YEARS 8, 9, 10:
Students entering Years 8, 9 or 10 no longer sit an external examination to be considered for SELP. Only existing Werribee Secondary College students who have demonstrated commitment to their studies and high levels of achievement on the criteria below will be considered should SELP places open up for the following year. Werribee Secondary College students will be invited to join SELP in Year 8, 9 or 10 based on:
- High Grade Point Average (GPA) on Progress Reports throughout the year
- High performance on NAPLAN (Current Year 7 and Year 9 only)
- High performance on both PAT-R and PAT-M in Term 4
- Semester 1 report that demonstrates the capability to achieve above their grade level
Invitations for eligible students will be made in Term 4 as we become aware of possible exits from the program. These students will commence in SELP at the beginning of the new school year.
CONTACT & FAQ
All enquiries regarding the Werribee Secondary College SELP program should be directed to:
(03) 9741 1822
We Live Outside The Zone, Can I 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 are 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:
- A confirmed placement/enrolment at the college (based on the School Zone eligibility for enrolment)
- Results on Edutest
- Complete most recent school reports and NAPLAN results (where requested)
- Availability of places in the program
We Live In The Zone, How Do I Apply For SELP?
You must first be enrolled at the college to enter the SELP.
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/enrolment email. You must indicate your expression of interest for SELP during completion of your enrolment form. Further email instructions regarding testing will be provided only to those who do so.
You will need to register for an Edutest and pay a testing fee in advance of the testing day. The testing will take place in September. Late enrolments to the college will be ineligible for year 7 SELP.
As listed above, entrance to SELP in years 8 to 10 is available only to enrolled Werribee Secondary College students and based on their performance/ability to succeed in the program (not an entrance test).
Can SELP Students Join The IBDP Program In Senior Years?
Yes, WSC’s SELP students are encouraged to join the IBDP in their senior years of study. The IBDP is internationally recognised.
Is The SELP 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 SELP. Practice tests with sample questions are available.
Try our free year 7 SELP practice test here (delivery format will vary for actual test; This practice test has only been designed to give you an indication of the ‘type’ of questions that will be encountered – no practice results are recorded).
Additional paid practice tests are also available through EduTest online who are the official test provider.
How Do I Apply For A Future Year SELP Place?
As testing and reports are required to enter the program, we only accept year 7 registrations/applications for the following school year.
Please note: You must be located within our school zone to enrol at our College, and then into the select entry program.
To join the program in years 8 to 10, students must first be enrolled at our college and demonstrate high academic results. Places in the program are limited. If spaces allow, SELP invitations will be provided internally to students who’s results indicate they are most likely to succeed in the program.