Seymour College (8884)
Seymour College’s vision centres on the provision of a safe and supportive environment where young lives will be transformed through a love of learning. This vision extends to the College being an educational centre which offers students skills and opportunities to ensure they achieve their best and are successful throughout their lives. The College’s values are Respect, Inspire and Excel and its mission is to educate and provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential.
Seymour College caters students from Foundation to Year 12 in the mainstream sector and ungraded students in the 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 leadership profile consists of: Executive Class Principal, Assistant Principal – Operations, Assistant Principal – Wellbeing, Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning/Inclusive Education, Assistant Principal F-6 Curriculum Assessment and Reporting, Leading Teachers in Literacy, Numeracy, VCE, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting, Leading Teacher F-6, F to 10 intervention and Leading Teacher 7-12. The College has one Learning Specialists to support professional learning in numeracy. The School Family Occupation index is in the low range.
The College has undergone two stages of a building program. The first stage of the building program included a new Junior Learning Community, Administration Centre, a high needs Inclusive Education building and Resource Centre. The second stage included a new secondary learning building, canteen and food technology centre. The ‘Building Education Revolution’ includes a Science building, a Junior Games Hall and a Wellbeing Centre.
Seymour College is one of ten schools in Victoria implementing the Our Place approach as part of the Department’s partnership with the Colman Education Foundation. The approach brings together the school and early learning centre, with dedicated facilities to provide allied health and wellbeing services for the local community. Colman Education Foundation staff are working from the site to co-ordinate delivery of services and activities and engage with families to connect them with services.
The final stage of the College’s building program will include a technology and arts building, however, this is yet to be funded.
Seymour College offers a range of technology subjects that 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 that lead from these courses.
The College has a Community Arts Centre as well as 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. Junior secondary students have access to instrumental music lessons. Music soirees are held at the end of each year to showcase the musical talents of the students involved. The College has close links with cluster schools and community groups who regularly use these facilities.
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.
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 4 Wellbeing Officers, 2 School Nurses, a Defence Transition Mentor, speech therapist, engagement officer and Student Support Officers. We purchase psychology and extra 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. We also have a schools food program where we provide all the food for primary students. Research of similar programs in other schools has demonstrated significant improvements across several areas including student learning growth, attendance and behaviour.
The College’s values of Respect, Inspire and Excel are a focus of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support lessons. Student leaders hold assemblies each term and explicitly discuss expectations in regards to behaviour, college values, attendance and learning.
Exit student destination data indicates that a pleasingly high proportion of Seymour College students are proceeding to further tertiary studies. The College offers comprehensive Careers/Pathways planning. VCE and VCAL completion rates over a five year period have shown marked improvement and the median score for VCE has been improving over the last five year period. The VCAL program has received the top category one rating
Seymour College has an active interhouse sports program that includes Athletics, Swimming, and Cross-Country sports days. This leads to competing and success in regional and state sports programs
The College enjoys the support of a very committed and engaged School Council which includes student councillors and the implementation of an Alumni group with past students and role models has further supported community links and career pathways for students.