2023 Year 7 Transition Hub

WERRIBEE SECONDARY COLLEGE | Live Worthily

We understand moving from primary to secondary school can be a big change. This hub is intended for families who have been offered a place at our College for 2023, to help make your transition a smooth process.

Below you will find all of the information you need to get started at Werribee Secondary College including more details about these upcoming events closer to the dates:

Welcome From The Principal

I wish to extend a huge welcome to our new Year 7 students and families.  Werribee Secondary College has a proud history where all of our students are supported to be their best and ‘Live Worthily’.

At Werribee Secondary College we concentrate on developing the student as a whole.  Adolescence is a time of change and challenge.  We fully support the growth of our students socially, emotionally, physically and academically. We have support structures in place to ensure our students learn about themselves, are able to make good choices and perform their best in all their classes.

Students are given choice about their pathways and have many opportunities to join extra curricular activities including:

  • A broad range of VCE subjects, VET options or the IB in Years 11 and 12 .
  • Individual chosen electives at Years 9 and 10
  • Co-curricular activities: Musical Productions and recitals, Public Speaking, Debating, Drama Performances, School Band, Maths and Science Clubs as well as our own Army Cadet Unit
  • Leadership and participation opportunities through the House System and Student Committees
  • Overseas Student Exchange
  • Inter-school Sports
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Four Languages Other Than English (LOTE): Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Please take the time to read through all of the information on this page and browse our website to learn more about our College.

I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Ms Amanda Mullins
Principal

Important Information

Please find the below information to prepare for school in 2023.

FORMS

2023 Enrolment


On 21st July 2022, families who receive a Year 7 placement at Werribee Secondary College for 2023 will be sent a welcome email which contains online enrolment details.

Each family will have their own unique login and PIN included in the email.
(if you experience an issue logging in to the form, please try accessing the link in an incognito/private browsing session to bypass any other pre-existing logins that can cause this to occur)

  • Please login and complete the enrolment form prior to 31st August 2022, including attaching the required documentation.
  • Your place is not confirmed until we receive your completed enrolment form and documents.
  • Everyone completes the same enrolment form whether undertaking SELP or mainstream classes.

Those who received a placement email on 21st July and wish to apply for SELP are also required to submit an additional SELP application and register/pay for the Edutest.

  • SELP application details can be found in your same enrolment offer email and close on August 5.
  • SELP Testing will be held on Saturday August 13 at the college: Details Here

If you have received a placement with us but not received your welcome email you will need to contact us. If you are yet to apply for a place with us, you will need to visit our enrolments page to start the application process.

If you have any further questions please email enrolment@werribeesc.vic.edu.au

Instrumental Music (Private Tuition)

Our College offers students the opportunity to undertake private musical instrument lessons.

This is completely optional and private tuition fees apply.
Those who learn an instrument can also join the school band.

expression of interest for the instrumental MUSIC program

Adventure Park Excursion

During term 1 each year, WSC year 7 students attend an excursion to Adventure Park (Wallington VIC) as part of their transition activities. The day provides a great chance to socialise and meet new friends.

The expected cost of this excursion is $65, however the final amount will be confirmed closer to the date on Compass. You will be able to make payment via Compass when the event is confirmed. You can also use CSEF funds towards this excursion if you are eligible.

Please assist us in preparing for this excursion by providing permission and answering a few questions about your child’s swimming abilities on the below form.

ADVENTURE PARK PERMISSION FORM

UNIFORM

Purchasing Uniforms

All Werribee Secondary College uniforms are sold by Academy Uniforms.

  • You can purchase uniform items online or by visiting the Academy Uniforms store.
  • Free delivery is available for online orders.
  • Uniform pricing is available to view on the order page.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER UNIFORM ONLINE

The Academy Uniforms store is located at:

10/85 Mt Derrimut Road
Deer Park VIC 3023
Phone: 8385 9111
Email: info@academyuniforms.com.au

Academy Uniforms Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am-12pm

Academy Uniforms also hold an on-site pop-up shop at the College each term.
Relevant dates and times of this service will be posted here once confirmed.

Please contact Academy Uniforms directly for all questions relating to uniform sizing and purchases.

College Uniform Policy

It is very important parents and students understand the college uniform policy. Please take a moment to read the full policy linked below.


Click here to view the complete College Uniform Policy

A very brief summary is provided below to assist with key items:

College Uniform:

  • College Blazer with the College Logo 
  • College White Shirt with the College Logo 
  • College Tie with the College Logo 
  • College Navy Trousers with the College logo
  • College Navy Shorts with the College logo
  • College Skirt with the College Logo, with socks or black stockings
  • Socks: White or Black
  • Black Leather School Shoes: Buckles or Laces (acceptable examples below)
  • College Navy Jumper with the College Logo (Years 7-9, Optional)  
  • College Cherry Red Jumper with the College Logo (Years 10-12, Optional
  • College Rain Jacket with the College Logo (Optional)
  • College Scarf with the College Logo (Optional)
  • College Navy Cap Hat with the College Logo (Optional, Sun Smart item)
  • Terms 1 & 4 only: College Summer Dress with the College Logo, with socks or black stockings
  • Navy Backpack with the College logo
  • Coveralls for art class (compulsory in years 7 and 8 art)

PE Days:
(This advice is current for 2022 as a covid-safe measure, further updates will be communicated for 2023)
On the day of their scheduled PE classes students may come to school in their full PE Uniform and remain in it throughout the day. If a student cannot be in full PE uniform, they must wear their full school uniform to school and bring a note from a parent/guardian. It is expected they also bring an appropriate change of clothes to participate in the practical lesson. In line with the uniform policy, there will be NO acceptance of any PE clothing item without the College Logo (excluding shoes/socks).

Full PE uniform consists of the following:
WSC PE polo shirt (with College Logo)
WSC PE sport shorts (with College Logo)
Appropriate sports footwear
White socks (no logo)
Optional PE items include:
WSC Track pants (with College Logo) 
WSC Rugby Top (with College Logo)
WSC PE long sleeve shirt (with College Logo)
WSC PE Softshell Jacket (with College Logo)
WSC Navy cap (with the College Logo) (must be worn during PE in Terms 1 & 4)

Second Hand Uniforms

Families can buy or sell second-hand school uniforms and books online using the Sustainable School Shop platform.

  • A free subscription to use the service is provided for all WSC families upon sign-up.
  • Users buy/sell directly with each other and make their own transaction arrangements.
  • Uniform lists and booklists* are pre-loaded to make buying and selling easy.

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL SHOP

For any assistance with using the Sustainable School Shop service please contact them directly on 0438 743 444  between the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

BOOKS

2023 Booklists

2023 Booklists will be available online from JP Books in November 2022.

You can purchase your items online for home delivery or school collection.
Full ordering information and dates are provided in the sidebar of the relevant book list.

VISIT JP BOOKS

Please wait until 2023 book lists appear in November 2022 before ordering.

For any further assistance with books or orders please phone JP Books directly on 9314 0529.

In addition, all students require a locker lock. Locks can be purchased from the front office at the College anytime during normal opening hours.

Second Hand Books

Families can buy or sell second-hand school uniform and books online using the Sustainable School Shop platform.

  • A free subscription to use the service is provided for all WSC families upon sign-up.
  • Users buy/sell directly with each other and make their own transaction arrangements.
  • Uniform lists and booklists* are pre-loaded to make buying and selling easy.


*2023 booklists will be released in November 2022. Do not purchase until this time to avoid purchasing the wrong items/editions.

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL SHOP

The site is most popular in December/January (once the current school year has ended).

For any assistance with using the Sustainable School Shop service please contact them directly on 0438 743 444  between the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

BYOD

Approved Devices & Purchasing

Students of Werribee Secondary College require their own approved device that meets the requirements of the BYODD Program.

The only devices currently supported or recommended by the College are a  Macbook, iPad, or Windows device as specified on page 3 of the BYODD Program (click to view).

Our suggested supplier is The School Locker who offer a purchasing portal for WSC families and easy warranty support:

THE SCHOOL LOCKER AUTHORISED PURCHASING PORTAL

We have also provided documentation below to assist you in the initial set up and on-going management and use of your device. It is recommended to obtain personal property insurance for items in case of loss or damage.

For any further assistance please contact our IT Department via email: ITS@staff.werribeesc.vic.edu.au

BYODD Policies & Guides

Device Policy & Usage:
BYODD Program & Devices
BYODD Acceptable Use 
Using Technologies Appropriately
ePlanner & MDM Clarification (App4)
E-safety guide
Essential apps for students

Device Configuration:
Set up a free Apple ID
Wifi (iPad) Wifi (Macbook)
Printing (iPad) Printing (Macbook)
Clickview
MS Office 365
Class Notebooks (OneNote)

IT Support For Students:
Students requiring IT support for their approved device will be able to log a request via the support center. The support center also allows you to view the status of any existing requests (tickets). The IT office is located in ‘S’ Block (science area).

Internet Users Agreement:
All families are asked to read and agree to the Werribee Secondary College internet users agreement as part of the enrolment process. Students will only be provided with a password following acceptance of this agreement. An additional Acceptable Use Agreement applies to student devices (provided above).

Students who are found breaching any of these rules may have their internet and network access removed and receive further consequences.

OTHER

Transition Day Lunch Orders

Students will be offered a special lunch order on Transition Day (Tuesday 6th December) from the school canteen

Price: $6.00:

A juice box + your choice of one of the below options:

  • Chicken burger, (halal) with lettuce & mayo
  • Beef burger (halal) with cheese
  • Vegetable burger with lettuce & mayo

To order:

  • Place the correct money ($6) in an envelope or bag with the students full name and chosen order written on the front.
  • Canteen staff will visit each classroom on the morning of transition day to collect the orders from students.

There will also be a limited menu available if students wish to order at the Canteen counter instead during recess or lunch (but we recommend ordering ahead on transition day). A canteen pricelist is available in the student information section below. Tuesday’s are $5 day at the canteen with most individual menu items $5 or under.

Payments & Financial Support Programs

2023 Parent Payment Arrangements will be made available here from November 2022.
Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfill the standard Victorian curriculum and all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless, the ongoing support of our families ensures that Werribee Secondary College can offer the best possible education and support for our students. You will be able to make payments via Compass once you receive your login. We appreciate any and all support.

Financial assistance is available for families via CSEF & The State Schools Relief program.
2023 Application forms for these programs will be provided here once available.

The DET Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

The CSEF funding amount for Secondary School students is $225.00 (subject to change).
It cannot be used towards books, stationery, before/after school care, music lessons, or formals/graduations.

Visit THE CSEF webPAGE for more details

Year 7 students who receive CSEF funding may also be eligible to receive support for school uniforms via the State Schools’ Relief program.

State Schools RELIEF WEBSITE

Please view the 2023 SSR program information and order form below:

Please return the completed SSR order form to werribee.sc@education.vic.gov.au

If your family is experiencing severe financial hardship making it difficult to obtain the necessary items to commence school, please contact our college Wellbeing department for assistance.

Compass

Compass is our school ‘information and communication platform’.
All parents and students will receive a Compass login prior to commencement.

All students and parents will have access to Compass information including the student’s: 

  • Personal Timetable 
  • Lesson Bell Times 
  • Attendance (rolls are marked every lesson, six per day) 
  • School Reports (Interim and End of Unit) 
  • Homework 
  • Learning Tasks for each subject 
  • Progressive Results 

Compass means all relevant information can be found in one location. 
Parents are able to monitor their child’s progress and make contact with their child’s teachers if they have a concern. 

Compass also contains a Newsfeed where you will receive important communications from the College, please check it regularly.

Compass User Guide

We suggest using the web browser version of Compass as some features in the app version are limited. Bookmark the below login page:

Compass Portal Login

School Buses

There are currently 8 school bus routes servicing our College, operated by CDC Werribee.

View school bus routes & times

Those using school buses should also familiarise themselves with the code of behaviour for safe bus travel, shown beneath the bus routes in the above link.

For further assistance regarding buses, routes and times please contact CDC Werribee on 9977 9911.

Wellbeing & Support

At Werribee Secondary College, we recognise that our new Year 7 students transition to us best when they feel happy, healthy and safe. We promote the development of each child by placing emphasis on the holistic development of our students.

Our college has created a caring environment where our students feel valued, supported and have access to professional and confidential wellbeing support when they need it.

Mr Gabriel Ho, the Junior School Student Wellbeing Coordinator, is available to provide support to our new Year 7’s dealing with the day-to-day issues associated with life in Secondary School. Mr’s Ho’s office is located in the Junior School Administration building, ensuring he is easily accessible to all Year 7 students throughout the day.

Mr Gabriel Ho supports students and families by providing short to mid-term support and access to counselling, case management and group work. He also supports the important work of the Junior School teams and curriculum leaders to deliver programs that promote resilience, positive relationships and general wellbeing.  

Families and students can contact Mr Ho on: Gabriel.ho@education.vic.gov.au or any member of the Student Wellbeing team through COMPASS.

  • Director of Student Wellbeing: Renee Dowling – Social Worker
  • Student Wellbeing Coordinator Years 7 & 8: Gabriel Ho – Counsellor
  • Student Wellbeing Coordinator Years 9 & 10: Matthew Keogh – Counsellor
  • Student Wellbeing Coordinator Years 11 & 12: Renee Dowling – Social Worker
  • Program for Students with Disabilities: Renee Dowling – Social Worker
  • Mental Health Practitioner: Amy De Thomasis – Social Worker
  • Health Promotion Nurse: Paula Poots – Nurse
  • DET’s Student Support Services: Natasha Kacavenda – Psychologist


Support for students with additional needs:
During Recess & Lunchtime the Junior School Wellbeing Coordinator runs a social skills support group which is held indoors, daily, opposite the junior school administration office.  The purpose of the group is to assist our students who are considered to require social/ emotional support during periods of non-structured time in the school day.  The long-term goal is that students should develop the tools to re-integrate back into the main school yard. 

The social skills support group offers our junior students an informal setting while discreetly working to develop students’ ability to show resilience in the school yard.   This is achieved through providing students the opportunity to participate in computer games, board games, role plays, arts/crafts, etc.

Financial hardship support:
Werribee Secondary College is committed to supporting families and students who are facing financial hardship. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19, or for any reason we have a range of services that include support for:

– School resources: books, laptops/internet access, uniform
– Basic needs: food, clothing, emergency accommodation
– MYKI cards

Please feel welcome to contact the relevant Student Wellbeing Coordinator to discuss your needs.

Language & Settlement Services Available

Our College has a working relationship with the Wyndham Community & Education Centre Inc. Every Tuesday morning, Settlement Services Workers are available to assist our newly arrived students and their families (including incoming families) with any of the services listed below.

You can drop-in at the College General Office between 9:00am to 12:30pm on a Tuesday (during school terms) to meet with a WCEC Settlement Service Worker.

Alternatively, you are welcome to contact our worker Say Htoo Eh (female) directly at:
Email: sayhtoom@wyndhamcec.org.au Phone: 0466 354 878

Services include:

  • Casework & Settlement Service Delivery
  • Community Coordination & Development
  • Youth Settlement Services

Wyndham CEC is funded by the Department of Social Services to provide settlement services to permanent residents who have arrived in Australia in the last five years as humanitarian entrants or family stream migrants with low English proficiency. Services are designed to enable clients to become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society as soon as possible. They also assist eligible communities that need assistance and support to develop capacity to meet the needs of their members.

Casework and Settlement Services
These services include the provision of settlement related information, advice, advocacy and referral services to individuals and families during their early settlement in Australia. They also provide information on Working in Australia, making employment referrals and working with employers and employment agencies to create employment opportunities for new arrivals.

Settlement issues that clients often seek help with include:

  • Accessing English language services
  • Employment information
  • Housing, legal & consumer issues
  • Health & well-being
  • Family relationships
  • Income support
  • Access to government and non-government services
  • Referrals to specialist services

Community Coordination and Development
Community Coordination and Development actively works on achieving positive outcomes in regards to key settlement issues for refugees & new and emerging communities through educational, social, recreational and information programmes. They provide assistance to newly arrived clients to make social connections and enhance their economic and personal wellbeing.

Services offered include:

  • Volunteering Programmes
  • Support Groups
  • Sport and Recreation Programmes
  • Social Enterprise initiatives
  • Festivals and Events to celebrate cultural diversity and encourage community participation
  • Mentoring of community organisations to develop capacity and sustainability
  • Family Strengthening Activities
  • Opportunities for social engagement and to practice English skills
  • Cultural awareness training for service providers and agencies

Settlement Youth Services
Wyndham CEC’s Settlements Youth Services aim to provide support, mentoring and advocacy for eligible young people, to engage and develop their leadership skills and to assist them to settle and actively participate in Australian society. Wyndham CEC engages young people through youth specific workshops, camps and sporting activities and supports young people to become involved in mainstream activities and to be active members of the WHN’s Youth Working Group.

Youth Settlement Services include:

  • Casework
  • Referrals
  • Sport and Recreation Programmes and events
  • Group Information Sessions or Workshops
  • Building capabilities in employment, education, training and social skills
  • Targeted Youth Programmes
  • Advocacy and Networking
  • Leadership Programs
  • Support groups for disconnected youth

Meet The Team

THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

AMANDA MULLINSPRINCIPAL
MR MARCUS KERR
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL & TRANSITIONS

Oversees the Y7 transition process, as well as all Junior School curriculum and communication.

MS SARAH HILLYEAR 7 COORDINATOR
MS SARAH HILL
YEAR 7 COORDINATOR

Your go-to person for all things year 7. Assists with information, attendance, support and behavior.

MS MICHELLE VINCENTJUNIOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
MS MICHELLE VINCENT
JUNIOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Your contact at the Junior School office. Assists with attendance, forms and administrative duties.

AMANDA MULLINSPRINCIPAL
MS JODIE HUGO
YEAR 8 COORDINATOR

Located in the Junior office, Ms Hugo hosts assemblies and can assist Year 7’s if Ms Hill is not available.

GREG LENTINIASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
MR GABRIEL HO
JUNIOR SCHOOL WELLBEING

Supports Year 7’s dealing with day-to-day wellbeing issues and lunchtime activities.

MR WILLIAM HATZISASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: JUNIOR SCHOOL
MR WILLIAM HATZIS
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:
JUNIOR SCHOOL

Oversees enrolments as well as planning, programs and behavioral support.

Year 7 Curriculum

Students undertake a program based on the Victorian Curriculum. This program has been well established at Year 7 to assist with the transition from Primary School. Students study all eight key learning areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health & Physical Education, Technology, Arts and Languages (LOTE).  Students also participate in a weekly session called Respectful Relationships and Pathways (RRP), focusing on pastoral care, exploring important social issues, as well as considering their future pathways and career options.

Unit outlines provide information to parents and students about what will be taught in each unit of work, specific work requirements must be completed and what assessment tasks will be used to determine an overall grade for the unit.

Differentiation: The Curriculum program requires teachers to prepare differentiated work in subjects.  This is done to provide suitable curriculum for students to ensure that the curriculum is challenging but accessible for all students.

Assessment and Reporting 
It is very important to us that parents (and students) are made fully aware of our expectations and that you are regularly informed about your child’s progress.  Teachers at Werribee Secondary College use a range of assessment strategies that provide opportunities for all students to demonstrate their understanding of the material being studied. 

In addition to posting scores online, the progress made by students is reported to parents in a number of ways: 

  • Progress Reports:  Progress reports are generated in the middle, and at the end, of each term. These are available online. These reports provide an indication of the level of student performance in a range of areas including academic results, organisation, participation, homework and behaviour. 
  • Parent-Teacher Interviews: All parents are encouraged to attend Parent-Teacher Interviews which immediately follow the issuing of Interim Reports at the end of terms 1 and 3.  These interviews enable parents, students and the teacher to discuss any issues which may be affecting the student’s academic progress or their social development.  Interviews are booked online. 
  • End of Semester Reports:  All students are issued with formal written assessments of their performance in each subject at the end of each semester.  These are accessible online via COMPASS. 

On-going Monitoring of Performance 
The College provides all students and parents in Years 7 to 12 with access to student scores via COMPASS.  These scores are available for all subjects from the start of the year.  Student grades are treated confidentially. Courses of study and important assessment tasks are also available online. 

Compass allows staff to inform parents of non-submission of work items. Parents can also see assessment items set by staff and, in real time, the marks achieved for those items. It is important that all parents and students to be aware that the College does not have automatic progression from one year level to another. Students need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of achievement and high levels of attendance in order to be promoted.  Parents may download a copy of our ‘Student Promotion Policy’ from our website. 

Parents should closely monitor their child’s progress online.  You are encouraged to contact the relevant subject teacher, Year Level Coordinator or Sub-School Director if there are any concerns. 

THE GEOGRAPHY, ENGLISH AND MANKIND IN SOCIETY (GEMS) PROGRAM 


The WSC Year 7 GEMS program is a transition program with an emphasis on the pastoral care aspects of learning in the formative years of a student’s secondary education. This is achieved through the study of concepts and skills from both English and Humanities (History and Geography).  Students are engaged in a variety of writing activities (text responses, research assessments) using a number of different styles (structured essays, formal reports). Particular focus is placed on correct usage of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, proof reading and editing.  

The Wider Reading program (RIBIT) is supported by the well resourced library endeavouring to cater for the interests and needs of all students in literacy. The development of appropriate reading strategies, the development of fluency and enjoyment of literacy experiences are encouraged.  

The use and maintenance of workbooks and a subject specific folder on an everyday basis is designed to develop students’ organisational skills as well as a sense of responsibility for their own progress. Through the acquisition and use of the library (including the introduction of Student Research Grids for all research work carried out in the library), students will develop research, analysis and synthesis skills.  They will be required to use these skills for the presentation of specific projects.  

Students’ listening skills are encouraged as an important social skill, in order to effectively follow directions and instructions.  Oral language skill development is encouraged through individual and group presentations of assignments and literature responses. 

UNITS ONE AND TWO 

Outcome Guide: 

1. Workbook / Homework 

Students maintain workbooks for English and Humanities in a set manner following class work presentation rules. Neat and organised work habits and legible handwriting are expected. 

2. Research Projects (Humanities & ICT) 

Students are expected to research and present their information in a variety of styles and formats. 

3. Reading and Responding 

Students will respond to a variety of texts.  They are required to respond via oral presentations, projects, assignments and book reports.  

4. Creating and Presenting / Using Language to Persuade 

Students will write specifically structured pieces in a range of genres, for a designated audience and purpose.   

5. Language Conventions 

Students will complete Spelling / Vocabulary Theme Words and Language Convention Activities.  

Each of the outcomes above will be graded and with other pieces of work used to determine the overall grade for Year 7 GEMS. 

Respectful Relationships & Pathways

Respectful Relationships (formerly referred to as “Student Life” or “tutor groups”) aims to encompass as many aspects of wellbeing as possible. By incorporating the Respectful Relationships curriculum, and other Capabilities from the Victorian Curriculum, students will develop the skills to build healthy relationships with each other and with themselves.

Modern life seems to bring with it increasing demands on students’ time and energy, as well as the potential negative effects of things like social media and increased screen time, on top of all of the more long-established issues that are related to the pain of adolescence. It’s through RRP that we hope to foster the qualities of confidence, perseverance and resilience, as referenced in the school’s Guiding Statement.

During this time students are given a forum to explore topics like anxiety, social diversity, exam stress and positive wellbeing strategies, and are also informed about opportunities that take place out of class. We know that a strong sense of community and connectedness is extremely beneficial for an individual’s wellbeing, so we encourage our students to get involved in as much as possible; to take charge of their wellbeing by utilising evidence-based strategies; seeking assistance when they need it; to push their boundaries by trying new experiences and embracing the possible discomfort that comes from trying something new and to accept failure as an inevitable part of life and probably one of the most valuable learning experiences you can have. Finally, they will have the chance to engage in Student Voice, by working alongside Student Leaders, and communicating their ideas for a better education for twenty-first century learners.

The ‘Pathways’ aspect of the course refers to a mandated requirement by DET for all students in years 7 to 10 to complete a Career Action Plan (CAP). The CAP, started in Year 7 and expanded in scope up to Year 10, is a platform that enables students to explore their strengths, relate these to subjects at school and then, finally, explore how these lead to pathways of study at school and then in the world beyond school. The CAP dovetails with topics within other RRP topics including personal strengths and abilities audits for example.

THE MATHEMATICS PROGRAM

At Werribee Secondary College, our students are encouraged to persevere and take risks through the study of Mathematics. They aspire to learn independently, work collaboratively and through the use of logical reasoning become problem-solvers in their future endeavours and communities.

The courses aim to ensure that students are confident, creative mathematicians who are able to investigate and communicate their findings.  The focus is the development of students’ skills of understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning. The courses will look at mathematical literacy, numeracy, purposeful use of technology as well as critical and creative thinking. 

The topics covered in mainstream classes and SELP Advanced groups are as follow:

Semester 1

  • Whole Numbers and Negative Numbers
  • Angles
  • Summarising Data & Statistical Investigation
  • Factors, Multiples, Primes and Divisibility
  • Measurement
  • Fractions

Semester 2

  • Pattern Spotting
  • Decimals and Percentages
  • Probability
  • Solving equations
  • Ratios and rates
  • Shapes (SELP ADV only)

The topics covered in SELP Accelerated group are as follows:

Semester 1

  • Integers & Fractions & Decimals
  • Angles and Shapes
  • Simplifying
  • Summarising Data & Statistical Investigation
  • Perimeter, Area and Time & Rich Task (Challenging Stereotypes)
  • Factors and Indices
  • Brackets

Semester 2

  • Pythagoras
  • Percentages
  • Graphing
  • Probability
  • Solving equations
  • Ratios and rates

Homework and Class Tasks

Tasks are expected to be completed in class or at home on a regular basis.

Assessed Topic Tasks (AT1, AT2, AT3)

Students’ acquired knowledge are assessed regularly through assessment tasks. The assessments are divided into three levels of the curriculum for mainstream groups and two levels of the curriculum for the SELP groups.

Examination or Semester Test

Designed only for SELP and mainstream students’ groups to assess students’ acquired knowledge under timed conditions.

For Mainstream / SELP groups

TaskWeighting (calculation of the OVERALL SEMESTER RESULT)
AT1 Number & Algebra15
AT2 Measurement & Geometry15
AT3 Statistics & Probability15
AT4 Homework & Class Tasks20
AT5 Rich tasks15
AT6 Semester test / Examination20

THE SCIENCE PROGRAM

In Year 7, students work towards developing knowledge and understanding in several key areas. They are introduced to laboratory equipment, how to work safely in a laboratory and the principles of science experimentation. They study the particle model as a basis for understanding chemical reactions, and determine the differences between physical and chemical change. They explore the diversity of life on Earth and continue to develop their understanding of the role of classification in ordering and organising information. Students will build on their understanding of the particle model to understand the nature of mixtures, and how separation of components may be achieved. They will investigate forces and simple machines. They investigate relationships in the Earth, sun, moon system and use models to predict and explain events.

In all areas of study, students make accurate measurements and control variables to analyse relationships between system components and explore and explain these relationships through increasingly complex representations.

Students will be assessed in all key knowledge and skill areas through the completion of classroom, laboratory, assignment, and homework tasks:

Assessment Tasks
Students will be assessed throughout, and at the conclusion of, each unit studied during the course of the year:

Practical Work
Experimentation provides students with the opportunity to develop and hone their scientific and report writing skills.
Students will be assessed on their ability to make appropriate observations, keep accurate records, draw conclusions and write reports in the appropriate format.

Assignments

Students will complete both individual and group assignments that are STEM focussed and explore Science as Human Endeavour.

Coursework
Students will complete text work, worksheets and quizzes which help them to apply knowledge which they learn in class.

Topic Tests
Testing provides students and teachers with a gauge of the efficacy of aspects of the learning program.
Working knowledge of each topic will be assessed for each area of study.

THE LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) PROGRAM

Year 7 students will study one language from a selection of four (Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese) which they will continue in Year 8 and beyond should they so decide.

ITALIAN

The emphasis in the Languages Other Than English program is to develop students’ communicative competence in the language.  Students will be exposed to many situations and activities in which they experience and use language in authentic contexts.  Through such a program, students will enhance their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the language.

Learning Outcomes:
Students are expected to satisfactorily complete all of the following:

1. Listening Activity      2. Oral Presentation

3. Reading Activity       4. Writing

Assessment Tasks:
Levels of student performance are assessed on a variety of tasks, each making up a certain percentage of an overall grade.

1. Listening Work        2. Oral Work

3. Reading                  4. Tests and Written work

JAPANESE

The topics covered in this unit will constantly exercise the students’ oral skills.  It is important to note that in learning the Japanese language, students will have to also become familiar with and learn the relevant script of Hiragana.  Great emphasis will be placed on mastering the script and will be used in classroom activities.  Students will have to learn and know this script if they are to continue with Japanese in the future.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit the student should be able to demonstrate competency in the four key skill areas for Japanese: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment tasks are set throughout the semester as well as end of semester and will address the four key skill areas listed above.

WSC has a Japanese sister school, Mihara High School. Students have opportunities to converse in Japanese with them, as well as learn Japanese culture.

SPANISH

The study of Spanish at Year 7 will allow students to discover the many similarities between Spanish and English as well as be immersed in the many different cultures associated with the one language (including Indian cultures such as the Aztecs of Mexico and the INCA Indians of Peru).  The course is designed to develop communicative competence in the language via role plays and recitals and to develop students’ listening, reading and writing skills in authentic contexts.

Learning Outcomes:
Students are expected to satisfactorily complete all of the following:

1. Listening Activity      2. Oral Presentation

3. Reading Activity       4. Writing

CHINESE

The study of Chinese Mandarin at Year 7 will challenge the student to develop their communicative skills. In learning Mandarin students will become familiar with Chinese characters as well as develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

WSC has a Chinese sister school in Xi’an China and many other connections with Chinese schools. WSC also has an international program and many of these students come from China. Students have opportunities to converse in Chinese with them, as well as learn Chinese culture from them.

Learning Outcomes:
Students are expected to demonstrate competency in the following skills:
1.  Reading              2. Writing
3.  Listening             4. Speaking

Assessment Tasks:
Levels of student performance are assessed on a variety of tasks, each making up a certain percentage of an overall grade.

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

The Food Technology Unit in Year 7 is designed as an introduction to the preparing and cooking food in a safe and hygienic manner. Students will explore the key food groups, with an emphasis on healthy eating, cooking techniques, skills, safety and food hygiene in the kitchen. This will form the focus for practical lessons each fortnight, where they produce a recipe from range of different food items suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner and other special occasions will be prepared.

Students develop their self-confidence and management skills, to carry out the technology processes of investigating and designing, producing and analysing and evaluating recipes.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Safety and Hygiene in Kitchen
  • Introduction to the Kitchen
  • Recipe Basics and Equipment
  • Sensory Properties of Food
  • The Design Process
  • Seasonal Foods
  • Eating Well to Be Well
  • Right Choices for Me

Assessment Tasks:       

  1. Workbook activities
  2. Practical Skills – recipe production and written evaluations
  3. Assignment tasks

HEALTH AND HUMAN RELATIONS 

In this unit, students explore a range of introductory topics emphasising the importance of health and wellbeing as they explore the complex interplay of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors. Students gain an understanding of themselves including personal identity and values, as well as embracing diversity within their community and the importance of their and others safety and wellbeing.

Topics covered include: 

  1. Relating skills 
  2. Diversity  
  3. Cyber Sense
  4. Changing and growing 
  5. Body image and self-esteem 

Learning Outcomes: 

1.   Being healthy, safe and active

2.   Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

3.   Contributing to healthy and active communities

Assessment Tasks: 

1.   Workbook Tasks 

Students are expected to complete workbook and other formative tasks. The quality of work, amount of completed work and the overall presentation will be assessed. 

2.   Common Assessment Tasks 

Students are expected to complete Common Assessment Tasks which are a summative assessment of the units that are covered. These are consistent across the whole of the Year 7 cohort.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The emphasis in these Year 7 units is upon participation in a range of fitness and sporting activities.  A number of different areas are covered, enabling students to experience success at some level.

The general aims of Physical Education program are to:

(a)  develop a healthy attitude to physical education and physical activity
(b)  introduce students to a range of skills and activities
(c)  develop co-operation and confidence in group work
(d)  improve student approaches to a healthy lifestyle

UNIT ONE
The practical topics in this unit will be selected from:

  • Minor Games
  • Fundamental Motor Skill Testing
  • Racquet Sports
  • Fitness Games/Testing
  • Volleyball

UNIT TWO
The practical topics in this unit will be selected from:

  • Invasion Games (Netball, Soccer, Football, Tchoukball, Korfball, European Handball, Speedball)
  • Striking Sports (Softball, Teeball, Cricket)
  • Park Sports

Assessment Tasks:

1.   Moving The Body
Students are assessed on their level of co-operation, effort and participation to the best of their ability.

2.   Learning Through Movement
Students are assessed on their ability to demonstrate appropriate skill level in practice and in game situations. They are also assessed on making reasonable attempts to learn new skills and develop existing skills.

3.   Understanding Movement
Students are assessed on their ability to take on leadership roles such as umpiring and team leading as well as their teamwork skills and participation with students and teachers in a cooperative manner.

THE ARTS PROGRAM – VISUAL ARTS

The Junior School Arts Program involves Year 7 and Year 8 students studying a series of units over two years in the following areas:

  • Two and Three Dimensional Art
  • Ceramics
  • Visual Communication and Design
  • Printmaking and Photography

Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. They develop perceptual and conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring and expanding their understanding of their world. They learn about the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer and their contribution to society, and the significance of the creative industries. Students learn about the relationships between the viewer and artworks and how artworks can be displayed to enhance meaning for the viewer.

Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language, utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes.

Visual Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. They apply visual arts knowledge in order to make critical judgments about their own work and that of others. Learning in the Visual Arts helps students to develop understanding of world cultures and their responsibilities as global citizens.

Learning Strands:

  1. Explore and Express ideas: Exploring, imagining, experimenting and expressing ideas, concepts, themes, values, beliefs, observations and experiences in artworks that students view and make.
  2. Visual Arts Practices: Developing understanding and skills by exploring, selecting, applying and manipulating techniques, technologies and processes. Conceptualizing, planning and designing artworks.
  3. Present and Perform: Creating, exhibiting, discussing, analyzing artworks and considering the intention of artists and curators. Considering the relationship between artist intentions and audience engagement and interpretation.
  4. Respond and Interpret: Analysing, evaluating interpreting and reflecting upon meanings, beliefs and values in artworks. Examining artworks in historical and cultural contexts.

MUSIC

The emphasis in the music program is on developing an understanding of music.  Students will develop skills in performance, composition, listening, music theory and gain an understanding of the development of musical styles throughout history.  They will learn to sing, play the keyboard and recorder in Year 7 Mainstream. SELP students will learn woodwind / brass or strings as well as singing and keyboard work.  Students are also expected to write reviews and complete assignment work on given topics.  A major focus in the Year 7 program is on fostering confidence and enjoyment through a wide range of musical activities.

Learning Outcomes:

1.   Performance
Students are expected to perform pieces as soloists and as part of an ensemble.

2.   Workbook
Students are expected to keep an accurate record of class notes, activities and homework.

3.   Aural Work
Listening to music and participation in class discussions about musical styles and instruments as well as aural perception.

4.   Composition
Pieces are composed to a given set of guidelines.

Assessment Tasks:

1.  Performance
Students will be assessed on the quality of solo and ensemble performances will be assessed

2.   Workbook
Students will be assessed on the presentation of their workbook and the quality of completed work.

3.   Aural Work
Students will be assessed on the completion of aural work done in class. They will also be required to research and present assignments on given music styles and instruments.

4.   Composition
Students will be assessed on the quality of their completed composition.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES:

ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES AND SYSTEMS

The Design and Technologies unit introduces students to Design and Technologies using Engineering principles and systems. Students will be provided with the opportunity to begin the tasks of designing, creating and evaluating processes, products and engineering systems using a range of materials and equipment. The aim is to promote innovation, collaboration and promote design skills and creative thinking with an awareness of sustainability.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Research for Designs
  • Workshop Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Sketching and Technical Drawing Skills
  • Ethics and Sustainability Considerations.
  • An Introduction to Mechanical and Electronic Systems
  • The Design and Production Process
  • Working with Plastics
    • Cutting
    • Drilling
    • Sanding
    • Joining
  • Working with Electronics
    • Simulation
    • Soldering
    • Fault – Finding
  • Evaluating Systems and Processes

As well as underdoing theoretical tasks, students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding by Designing, Producing and Evaluating a small Electro-Mechanical System.

Learning outcomes:

Technologies and Society.
Engineering principles and systems.
Creating Designed Solutions

Information For Students

Parents and students should read through the below information together to gain an understanding of our College.
If at any time at school students are unsure of what is expected, please speak with your coordinator or a trusted teacher who will be happy to help.
We also have a Wellbeing team who can assist if you are feeling down or struggling with problems in or outside of school.

Come to school each day ‘Ready To Learn’

‘Ready to Learn’ is a Werribee Secondary College priority. It focuses on ensuring students come to school and attend each class fully prepared to learn and make the most of their school day. ‘Ready to Learn’ begins and ends at home, ensuring students get an appropriate amount of sleep, have an adequate breakfast as well as lunch and at the end of the school day undertake and complete the required homework and home study.

Ready to Learn’ at school means that you:

  • Participate fully and to the best of your ability in all aspects of learning.
  • Attend school regularly with minimal absences.
  • Arrive at school and class on time.
  • Bring all required materials to class.
  • Wear your uniform correctly and in good condition.
  • Respect the College rules on grooming (hair, jewellery, piercings).
  • Do not bring distractions to class (no phones or games).

OUR MOTTO

Live worthily.

OUR VISION

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.

OUR MISSION

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 respect, cooperation, honesty, integrity, confidence, perseverance, resilience and responsibility. 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.

OUR VALUES

CORE VALUESELFOTHERS
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.
Follow expectations.
Be accountable for your actions.
Use time wisely.
Be punctual.
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.
Be consistent.
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.
Keep trying
Assist and encourage others.
Have realistic expectations of others
INTEGRITY   means where you stick to your principlesDo what you believe it the right thing, even when no-one is watchingAct ethically and with principle in dealings with each other
CONFIDENCE   means that you trust in your own ability to succeedYou 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 problemsSupport your friends who may be going through difficult times and help them to get back on their feet.

Homework is an important part of independent learning for students and provides a foundation for further study.

In year 7, students should expect approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of homework per night.

Types of homework may include:

-Completing unfinished work from class
-Study and preparation for tests/exams
-Reading set novels
-Project or assignment work
-Revision
-Preparation for the next day’s lessons
-Wider reading
-Discussing the day’s learning with parents and caregivers

Parents should provide the opportunity for their child to complete their homework in an appropriate location. The school library and resources are available for student use before school, at lunchtime and after school.

At Werribee Secondary College all students are expected to:

  • Behave in a courteous manner.
  • Respect the physical and emotional well being of others.
  • Respect the rights and property of other people.
  • Behave in a way which does not interfere with the teaching and learning of students.
  • Obtain permission from the College administration before communicating with visitors to the College during school hours.
  • Wear the College uniform as prescribed to, from and at school.
  • Use College furniture, equipment, fittings, buildings, and grounds appropriately.
  • Adhere to College policies.
  • Provide a written explanation from parents or guardians for any absence from the College.
  • Remain at the College (within boundaries) during College hours unless the student has a permission note and a pass has been provided.
  • Be on time to all classes and other school activities.
  • Care for the College environment, includes no littering or chewing gum on the ground or structures.
  • When in public, students are ambassadors of the College and should follow relevant rules and respect the rights of the community.

Student Code Of Conduct:
The Student Code of Conduct is framed within government policy, legal obligations and the principles and practices embedded in anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation. 

  • All individuals are to be valued and treated with respect.
  • Students have the right to work in a secure environment, without intimidation, where they are able to develop their talents, interests and ambitions.
  • Parents should expect that their children will be educated in a secure environment where care, courtesy and respect for the rights and property of others are encouraged
  • Teachers should expect to be able to teach in an atmosphere of order and co-operation.
  • Parents have an obligation to support the College in its efforts to maintain a productive teaching and learning environment.
  • Principal Class and staff have an obligation to implement the code of conduct fairly, reasonably and consistently.
  • Positive attitudes between students are encouraged, and the College encourages co-operative and inclusive behaviour along with positive, mutually respectful relationships among all members of the school community. 

The College has Discipline, Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Bullying Policies designed to maximise effective teaching and learning and promote appropriate behaviour at all times. 

Attendance:
Students are required to attend all timetabled classes, assemblies, meetings and other scheduled activities.
Students are expected to:

  • Provide a written explanation from their parents or guardians for any absence.
  • Remain at the College during College hours unless there is an explanatory note to the contrary and/or a pass has been provided.
  • Be punctual to classes and other College activities (and arrive prepared to learn/participate for the duration).

I have been absent:
If an absence is known in advance, your parent/carer should inform the College via Compass, a note or by phoning your coordinator prior to you being away. If you are away, even for part of a day, this should be explained to your Year Level Coordinator by Compass, note or phone call immediately on return. Absences can be logged at any time by parents using Compass, removing the need for you to contact the Junior School.

I will be absent:
If you know you will be absent for a long period (e.g serious illness) parents/guardians should contact the Year Level Coordinator who will arrange work to be provided for you. Parents are advised to request ‘student leave’ (vacation) in writing/via Compass to the Year Level Coordinator. Absences can be logged at any time by parents using Compass, removing the need for you to contact the Junior School.

I am late:
If you are late to school or to class at the beginning of the day, you must report to the Junior School Office before you can attend class. You must have a note explaining your lateness. Lateness can also be advised by parents via Compass.

I have an appointment and need to leave early:
You must bring a note to your Year Level Coordinator before school, signed/approved by one of your parents/guardians, setting out the time of the appointment and when you expect to return to the College. Your Year Level Coordinator will issue you with an Early Leavers Pass which you should show to your class teacher.
You must then present the note at the General Office and you or your parent/guardian must complete an Early Leaves entry. Your parent/guardian will be required to present appropriate identification.
You must report back to the General Office to sign back in if you return on that day.

I forgot my lunch or money:
If this happens, please see the Student Wellbeing team for assistance.

I missed the bus home:
You should report to the General Office and someone will phone home to arrange for you to be collected.

I need to phone home:
Students should speak with their Year Level Coordinator or the General Office if there is a valid reason they need to phone home. Students are not permitted to use mobile phones when at the College.

If I use a mobile phone:
We recommend that mobile phones are not bought to school. The College takes no responsibility for their safekeeping. If students bring a mobile phone, it must be switched off during school times, stored in the student’s locker. If students are seen with a mobile phone at school, the phone may be confiscated.

My parents need to contact me urgently:
The General Office staff or your Coordinator will call you up at break times to relay an urgent message. If the emergency requires you to go home, parents or their nominees must come to the school to sign you out.

I ride my bicycle to school:
Bicycle enclosures and bicycle racks are provided by the College, but it is each student’s responsibility to provide an adequate locking device. Students are expected to wear their helmets when riding. Students must ‘walk’ their bicycles when on school grounds. (Skates, skateboards, scooters and the like are banned from school)

I am ill or injured:
You should report all illness or injury at school to any member of staff who will take the necessary action. The College sick bay (in the administration building) is where you can get basic first aid if you are ill and/or injured (please report to the General Office if requiring the sick bay). If you are too ill to attend class then staff will arrange for you to be picked up from school by your parent/guardian.

A message to students about anaphylaxis (food allergy):
-Always take food allergies seriously, severe allergies are no joke.
-Don’t share food with your peers who have food allergies.
-Wash your hands both before and after eating.
-Know what your friends are allergic to (and look out for them!)
-If a peer becomes sick, get help immediately.
-Be respectful of peer’s adrenaline auto injectors.
-Never pressure your peers to eat food they are (or may be) allergic to.

Grooming/ Appearance:
The College’s grooming/uniform policy state that ‘hairstyles and adornments which are considered unsafe or in the opinion of the Principal, damaging to the personal image of the student or to the reputation of the College will be banned. Unnatural hair colours (e.g. pink, purple, contrasting), extreme jewellery including facial piercings and visible body adornments are NOT acceptable. Please check the uniform/ grooming policy or check with your Coordinator or an Assistant Principal if you are still unsure.

First Day of School  
Students do not have to bring all their books on the first day as they will not have a locker.  Please bring pens/pencils, a workbook or lined paper and your iPad/device.  On the first day you will be allocated a locker and receive a timetable so you will then be able to bring the appropriate books to school as neede.  

Lockers 
It is expected that all students will have a locker.  Students are not permitted to carry bags around the College.  Students will be allocated a locker in their first week at the College. 

Parents should provide their child with a secure combination padlock so that all personal items can be secure. The preferred lock is available for purchase from the General Office (this is a type of lock the school holds a master key for).

Students should ensure their locker remains locked at all times when they are not accessing it. If students have a spare key for their locker they can leave this with the Junior School office for safe keeping.

Valuable items should not be brought to school as damage/ loss may occur. 

Bell Times

College Map

Werribee Secondary College Library
The library provides a friendly and cooperative learning environment for all students in the College. Our library aims to support students in developing independent reading and research literacy. Students are then able to select appropriate materials for their enjoyment and educational needs. The library is also a shared, safe space where students can participate in social activities offered by the library team and others.

Whilst in the library students need to have consideration for other users and behave appropriately, as well as following college guidelines and rules students are expected to:
• have a note signed by their classroom teacher and their student card before coming to the library for any reason during class-time
• report to a Library staff member when entering the library
• follow directions from Library staff
• fill in the appropriate attendance sheets during class-time
• classes timetabled into the library are expected to line up outside and wait for the teacher before entering
• No food, drink (water accepted) or chewing gum is permitted in the library
• The library has 4 ‘rooms’ which show on Compass – LIB-R reading space, LIB-C centre/class space, LIB-IT computer space and LIB-S study space

Year 7 Wider Reading Program
• Each week the Year 7s have one READING class dedicated to the reading space in the library
• This allows us to support the literacy program within the college to develop lifelong readers

Year 7 Orientation Classes
• Orientation lessons are held for Year 7 classes in each subject at the beginning of the school year to assist in understanding the subject and how the class/subject will run throughout the year.
• Our interactive library lessons familiarise students with the knowledge needed to access information confidently such as the layout of the library, the location of the resources and the online library catalogue.
• We teach a range of other research and referencing skills throughout the year as required.

Loans
• Students must have their student I.D. card to borrow.
• Students are permitted to borrow three books at any one time.
• Most books have a standard loan period of 14 days (2 weeks), magazines have 7-day loan period (1 week), and equipment (netbooks and calculators) are 1-day loans and must be returned at the end of the day.
• The due date is stamped on a slip inside the book.

Overdue books and items
• Books and items must be returned by the due date, if required the items can be renewed.
• A student cannot borrow any other items whilst they have an overdue item.
• If a book or item is lost, an account will be issued, and the student / carers expected to make payment of replacement cost.
• We ask parents / carers to support us with prompt attention to overdue notices.

Facilities available
• Netbook computers
• Calculators
• Dictionaries
• Printing / photocopying / electronic scanning

We wholeheartedly encourage the whole school community to use the facilities and resources we have available in the library and those available at your local Public Library.

Canteen

Operated by H&H Canteens, our canteen led by Judi Dunne, provides fresh hot and cold meals daily, from breakfast through to lunch, catering to a wide range of dietary requirements.

The canteen is open before school, at recess and lunchtime and carries brands our students know and trust while supporting healthy, balanced eating. 

The canteen menu changes from time to time, including special offers.

If you require something special that is not currently available, please speak to Judi to see if she can assist.


The canteen menu can be found in our school newsletters and on the parent and student information page of this website. It is also displayed at the canteen.

The Canteen has also arranged a special lunch order system for transition day (for $6) for those who wish to order lunch. See the ‘transition day lunch orders’ tab above on this page, or visit the transition day event by clicking the event date icon at the top of this page to view more details.

BYODD Acceptable Use

In order to use the school network, students will need to confirm their acceptance of the Acceptable Use Policy on the first occasion that they attempt to connect to the WSC Network by completing a student declaration that they:

a. Have read the conditions outlined in the BYODD Acceptable Use Policy (below) and the document called “Using Technologies Appropriately

b. Have understood the significance of these conditions of use and agree to abide by them.

BYODD General Use 

  1. I will bring the Device fully charged to school each day. 
  1. I will keep the Device in its cover when transporting it around the school. 
  1. Parents and students are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Device. 
  1. I will immediately report any accidents or breakages to my teachers. 

Content 

  1. The Device must ONLY connect to the Internet using the school wireless network. 
  1. The Device must have the management software (MDM) in order to be able to access school approved and supplied apps, email and printing. 
  1. I will not delete the MDM application from my Device. 
  1. I will not bypass the school network by using a “personal hotspot” or VPN. 
  1. Only the approved Device may be used to access the College Network. 
  1. I will use the Device only to support my school learning program. 
  1. I will use the Device only for school work and only when the teacher gives instructions for its use. 
  1. The use of my Device will not distract others from learning. 
  1. I will not use illegal / unsuitable software. I understand there will be consequences for inappropriate use. 
  1. I will not use the Device for games unless approved by my teacher. 

Safety and Security 

  1. I will only go to websites which support my learning activities and as directed by my teacher. 
  1. I will be cyber safe and cyber smart when using the internet. 
  1. I will demonstrate appropriate etiquette (manners), when using my Device and other equipment with regard to other people. 
  1. I will use the Device lawfully and in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy regarding ethical use of equipment, technology, use of legal software, use of the internet and the protection of personal data. 
  1. For security reasons, I am not to share account names and passwords with anyone unless requested by technicians when servicing the Device. 
  1. I am responsible for the security and use of the Device. When not using my Device I will keep it locked in my locker.  
  1. I will use only my allocated account and password. 
  1. I understand that if the above conditions are not followed, I may not be granted the authorization to use the Device or other mobile devices at school. 

For support with cyber bullying and being cyber smart, please visit www.esafety.gov.au 

IT Support For Students:
Students requiring IT support for their iPad, Macbook or other approved device are to log a request via the support center.
You can log in to the support centre with your school ID (once allocated).
The support center also allows you to view the status of your existing requests (tickets).
The IT office is located in ‘S’ Block (science area).

There are many fun, social activities available outside of the classroom. Joining a club or extra-curricular activity is a great way to meet new friends with similar interests.

A week called ‘Clubs Connect’ is held early in the year, where you will learn more about the clubs and activities at the school from other students.

Some of our clubs and programs include:
Army Cadet Unit (Year 8+)
Instrumental Music
Drama Club
Various Sports (Inter-school sports teams, as well as whole-school swimming and athletics days)
Cafe Club (after you have completed at least 1 semester of Food Technology)
Debating Club
We also offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.

Learn more about the above on our Curriculum & Programs page.

Other informal clubs include:
Chess Club
Terrific Textiles
Creatives (Art) Club
Gaming Club
Girls Self Defence Club
Library Lunchtime Reading Clubs
Maths Homework Club
Wellbeing lunchtime, before school and after school activities.

These clubs are shown on our Community page.
Please note that as these clubs are arranged by individual students or teachers they may change year to year.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How Are Year 7 Class Groups Formed?

Data from Primary Schools regarding all Year 6 students is transferred electronically to our College. 

Students will be allocated to classes, with regard to the data provided and the advice of primary school teachers and parents.  Year 6 teachers’ recommendations concerning class groups is included within this data. 

Please note that organisational / timetable constraints may not enable all requests to be satisfied in relation to LOTE selection. 

Parents are welcome to discuss any concerns in this area with our Year 7 Level Coordinator.

What Are The LOTE (Language) Options?

All students in Year 7 are required to study a Language Other Than English (LOTE).

Please complete the LOTE preference section included as part of your child’s enrolment form.

At Werribee Secondary College, all mainstream students are able to choose from one of the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • (SELP students may study Chinese or Spanish only)

Students will study this language for the whole of Year 7 and Year 8. Languages become an elective subject in Years 9 to 12. 

All LOTE are taught by native speakers, using a range of realistic situations in order to expose students to the language in an authentic context. The LOTE Curriculum enables students to listen, read, speak and write the target language, as well as to understand its cultural aspects.  

Please Note:  The College will attempt to place students with their preferred language. Whether this will be possible for all students will however depend on the demand for particular languages and the availability of staff to meet this demand

What’s The Process For Leaving Early Or Absences?

Early Leavers:
Please supply your child with a note before school, which they must take to their Year Level Coordinator before school, setting out the time of the appointment or reason for leaving early. 

The Year Level Coordinator will then issue your child with an Early Leavers Pass which they show to their class teacher, allowing them to leave class.

They must then present the note at the General Office and must sign the Early Leavers Book.  If this procedure is followed, students can sign themselves out, and parents will not need to come into the school.

Parents collecting students must show photo identification.

Students must sign back in if they return to school on that day.

Please note that students cannot be called over the PA system. If the above procedure is not followed, there will be a delay.

Absences: 
These can be reported through Compass.
A handy guide for Compass is supplied to all new enrolments (copy below).


If you expect your child will be absent for an extended period of time, please contact your year level coordinator to discuss.


View Compass Parent Brochure

Who Do I Talk To About My Child At School?

The best person to speak to is your child’s Year Level Coordinator.

Our Year Level Coordinators are trained to assist with most situations or will refer the matter on if required. They are the best point of contact as they have regular interaction with the students and teachers of that year level and are able to provide the most relevant assistance and information. They can help put a plan in place and follow it through.

They are also your point of contact for behavior and attendance queries.

You can contact all Coordinators via our main office on 9741 1822 or by email.

A list of Year level coordinators and their details can be found on the ‘Our College‘ page of this website, or, on Compass.

How Do I Stay Updated Of News & Events?

COMPASS NEWFEED & CALENDAR: Your Compass Newsfeed is where we will always keep you updated about news, changes or upcoming events. Please make sure you check it regularly.

NEWSLETTER: We release a College Newsletter twice a term, a copy of which can be found on your Compass newsfeed when released, or, on this website (the newsletter icon in the header). 

We also have an official College Facebook page which is regularly updated with news, events and student work. We invite you to like and follow the page. 

How Can Parents Get Involved In The School?

Our Parents and Friends Committee (P&F) and College Council are important bodies in the decision-making and development of our College. 

Whilst election is required to College Council (you’ll receive information about elections in February/March on Compass), your willingness to help out with the P&F is always gratefully received.  These means of direct involvement are wonderful in achieving not only a shared understanding but also a sense of shared purpose. Come along to a P&F event or meeting if you wish to get involved. You can apply for P&F membership via the Community page of this website.

There are also many other important ways to support your child. A less direct but appreciated means for parental involvement is by being supportive as well as a strong advocate of College rules and policies regarding student conduct.  As all parents appreciate, rules and policies exist with reason, are based upon and aim at treating all members of our community fairly, reasonably and responsibly. 

Your willingness to discuss any problems which may arise concerning your child with the appropriate member(s) of staff ensures effective communication and best outcomes for all concerned. Shared understanding leads to educational success. 

Can I Tour The School?

Tours of Werribee Secondary College generally operate between March to May each year.

When tour dates are available they will be listed on the tour page of this college website. Tours must be booked online in advance. Tours are hosted by a Principal and take about 45 minutes to an hour. 

New parents will also (Covid restrictions permitting) be invited to a morning tea, hosted by our Parents and Friends Committee, early on in the new school year. We encourage you to come along to this event at the time to see the school and meet some other members of our school community. 

Do You Provide School Photos & ID Cards?

School photos are generally taken during term 1 (early March). The exact date/s will be confirmed via Compass closer to the time. There is usually a main photo day and a catch-up day for anyone who misses the main day. 

School photos can be ordered and paid for via Compass. These orders are placed directly with the photographers (MSP). The prints are generally supplied within about two months following photo day. All class photos are a composite of individual portraits.

Photos can continue to be ordered from the photographer after photo day, however, this may attract a late processing fee. We suggest ordering prior to the photo day date to avoid this.

All WSC students present will be photographed on photo day/s regardless of whether or not an order is placed. This is for school identification purposes.

School photos are also used to produce  student ID Cards which every student requires (they are used for library borrowing and printing). Parents do not need to pre-order these cards, they are supplied automatically by the school. If a student loses or damages their card, they must speak with their sub-school office promptly to arrange a new one.

My time here has been amazing and you’re going to love it. All the teachers are nice. Make sure to stay out of trouble, there’s different activities and clubs. Have fun in year 7☺️
-Juvelle Santiago | Year 7 in 2022
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You may think that year 7 is going to be a big change and it will be something that will be hard to get used to, it’s not. You get used to the changing classes within the first 2-3 weeks. There is nothing to be scared of. You will have some of your friends that you have now, and you will make new friends.
-Sophie Witthaus | Year 7 in 2022
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Just go with the flow and before you know it, you will be settled in perfectly.
-Rayyan Syed | Year 7 in 2022

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