SENIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
/ YEAR 10
The Year 10 program is part of the Senior Learning Community and is aligned with the year 11 & 12 timetable to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for the transition into VCE or VCAL. Year 10 students have the opportunity to accelerate their studies and begin their VCE studies whilst in Year 10.
/ OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVMENT
The "Do Care" Program is offered to interested students and gives these students the opportunity to help older members of our society with their shopping. This is organised in conjunction with South West Do Care, Colac Branch).
/ ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
"Start Smart" – Is a session about essential skills and knowledge in regard to money. It encourages earning, saving and sensible use of spending money – including mobile phone expenses.
"Keys Please" – This program is run by members of Vic Roads to give students and their parent's knowledge about what is involved in "Learner Driving." This is extremely important as this is the year when most students turn 16 and are wishing to become learner drivers.
Polish Day – to "polish up" student's presentation skills needed for job interviews (appropriate dress – makeup/ how to tie a tie, personal hygiene, developing confidence, communication skills, etc.) Employment considerations are discussed over lunch with personal from one of the large Businesses in Colac. This is a very valuable day for all students.
Performances and presentation of relevant health issues by Health Professionals.
/ SOCIAL EVENTS
Semi Formal – A committee is organised to help run the annual Year 10 Semi Formal. This event gives students a chance to learn social skills, a variety of dance steps, and enjoy a fun filled night of music, dancing and socialising.
Year 10 Trip – Each year the Year 10 students have an opportunity in participating in an educational trip or camp. We seek input from staff, students and their families into the type of activity that is offered each year.
/ SOCIAL EVENTS
Various scholarships can be applied for during year 10
Kwong Lee Dow Scholarships program is just one of many.
See Year Level Manager for more details.
Beacon Foundation Representatives – A group of around 6 students plan activities linking school and businesses, in association with the Beacon Foundation. Examples are the "Business Breakfast" for business representatives in Colac, The "Polish Day" Program and Mock Interview Program.
Student Leadership Board - Two students have the opportunity to represent the year 10 student body. These students take ideas to meetings and bring back ideas and information to the year 10 cohort.Halogen Foundation National Young Leaders Day – an opportunity for 4 potential school leaders is held at the Melbourne Convention Centre with high profile guest speakers.
Lord Somers Camp "Empower Me" Program - This is held at The Power House, Albert Park Lake in Melbourne and allows 4 students to be involved in a developing confidence and leadership workshop.Rypen (Rotary Club Leadership Program) – This is open to 4 students in conjunction with two local rotary clubs in Colac and is held in Mt Gambier for a weekend early in the year.
Soroptomist International – This is specifically for the girls! It is a workshop based around girls in careers and is held annually in Geelong. Women from many professions are represented here and tell of their career path journeys. Students are given the opportunity to question these ladies and discuss careers with Year 10 and Year 11 students from many schools in the Geelong region.
Peer Support Program – Interested Year 10 students (who have been trained in Year 9) help with the Year 7 Transition program and become "buddies" with the Year 7's as they enter their first school year and support them along their way to assist with a smooth transition from Primary School into Secondary School.
/ YEAR 11 & 12
Colac Secondary College has had many very successful results in VCE. This has been a result of several curriculum initiatives such as a vertical stream for all VCE subjects, allowing for accelerated learning and a flexibility in learning.
We also promote a developing VCAL course and encourage students to complete part time apprenticeships and VET courses where appropriate.
For more information on the Year 11 & 12 program, please click on the 2015 Course Selection tab on the menu bar.