Seymour College caters for students from Foundation to Year 12 in the mainstream sector and ungraded students in our Inclusive Education Sector. The College draws on the feeder schools of Tallarook, Puckapunyal, Avenel, Heathcote, Tooborac, Pyalong and Nagambie as well as the township of Seymour. The current staffing profile includes 66.15 EFT teachers and 24.48 EFT support staff. The leadership profile is: Executive Class Principal, Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning/Human Resources, Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning/ Wellbeing, Assistant Principal – Inclusive Education, Leading Teachers – Literacy, Leading Teacher – Numeracy, Leading Teacher – VCE, Leading Teacher Science, Leading Teacher Curriculum, Leading Teacher F-6 and Leading Teacher 7-12. The School Family Occupation index is in the low to mid-range.
The College has evolved from a merger of four schools in the past seven years. The first stage of the building program has been completed which included a new Junior Learning Community, Administration Centre, a high needs Special Education building and Resource Centre. Three Building Education Revolution projects were completed in 2011. These were a new Science building, a Junior Games Hall and Hydrotherapy Pool. The remaining stages for the Years 5-12 learning communities are currently under collaboration with the community and the Department’s architects.
Our College offers a range of technology subjects which are critical in engaging students and assisting them to attend school. These subjects also allow for the real life application of numeracy and literacy skills and educate students in the many pathways which lead from these courses.
The College offers enhanced and accelerated classes at Years 9 and 10 which has the expectation of preparing students for academic pathways in Years 11 and 12.
The College houses a Community Arts Centre and a Trade Training Centre. These assist in catering for the diverse needs of our student and community populations. An annual ‘Seymour College Has Talent’ production engages students from Foundation to Year 12. In 2017 we will have a team entry in the State Schools Spectacular. The College has close links with cluster schools and community groups who regularly use these facilities. The College participates in active teacher networks – Foundation to Year 12 – and at times these meetings are held at the College.
Further to these facilities the College has a well-equipped Technology wing with a full range of technology subjects available. The College attracts a large number of students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs. The College also acts as a major VET provider to the cluster. The new Trade Training Centre operates through a consortium of nine schools and provides programs in automotive, welding and engineering. In 2017 a VET Equine course has been included in the VCAL curriculum.
The staffing profile of the school is diverse and we are able to offer a range of subjects at VCE level, run a VCAL class and offer VET to students from our own College. We also offer VET to students from surrounding schools. Students from Foundation to Year 10 participate in the Victorian Curriculum and students with Special Needs are included in the Victorian Curriculum, with the appropriate adjustments.
Students are supported by two Wellbeing Officers, a School Nurse, a Defence Transition Mentor, a part-time Secondary Nurse and Student Support Officers. We purchase psychology, speech and occupational therapy services to ensure students and their families have the best start and are supported through their school years. The College is dedicated to the Reading Recovery Program and offers literacy support at all year levels.
The College’s values of Respect, Inspire and Excel are a focus of School Wide Positive Behaviour lessons. Full college student assemblies are held each term and expectations in regards to behaviour, college values, attendance and high learning expectations are explicitly discussed. Student leaders also have a voice at assemblies and School Council. The 5/6 learning community and the Inclusive Education learning community also induct student leaders and are part of the wider student leadership team.
Exit student destination data indicates that a pleasingly high proportion of Seymour College students are proceeding to further tertiary studies; in 2016, 88% of exiting students went on to further education or training. The College offers comprehensive Careers/Pathways planning, which ensures that each year relatively few students, compared to regional data, are listed as ‘seeking work’. In 2016 over 86% of Seymour College students with a VTAC application received an offer.
Seymour College has active involvement and success in inter- school sports and performs very well in many outside activities such as the RACV Energy Breakthrough and School Debating. The College has an active environmental focus incorporating an Indigenous garden.