Wanganui Park Secondary College has a clear and strong vision to create a stimulating and innovative learning community in which all strive to achieve their personal best. Underpinning this vision is a commitment to the core values of respect, honesty and integrity and in establishing positive and supportive relationships between all members of the school community.
The College prides itself on providing a broad and comprehensive curriculum that also emphasises the wellbeing and social and emotional needs of its students. It places strong emphasis on providing supportive transition for students from primary school and a close monitoring of student development and progress throughout all year levels. A vertical home group and house structure provides a framework for students of all ages to learn and develop together. This is also supported by the vertical curriculum structure offered to Years 8 - 10 which provides individualised and flexible pathways for students.
Flexible and Comprehensive Curriculum
At Year 7, students study a broad range of subjects within a set curriculum built around the use of the iPad. A distinctive feature of Wanganui is the Vertical Modular Grouping (VMG) of subjects from Years 8 to 10, which allows a responsive and flexible approach to student learning needs. Students choose their subjects from a range of units each semester, according to their level of ability and interests. This reflects the school philosophy and the Victorian Essential Learning curriculum framework. Students plan their course of study with the support of their Home Group teachers, empowering students to assume responsibility for their own learning.
Leading into Years 11 and 12, students have a broad range of pathways and the choices provided by such courses as VCE, VCAL and VET. Students are counselled in their decision-making about courses, careers and employment by the careers teacher and experienced staff.
In The Classroom
Our focus is on students maximising their potential. Teaching practice is aligned to the learning needs and goals of each student. Teaching strategies include practical work, discussion, cooperative learning, individual research, problem-based learning and excursions.
Students and teachers build on everyday communication technologies. Computers, podcasts, blogs, websites, email and discussion boards are used to facilitate collaboration and learning.
Our school vision is built upon a commitment to be at the heart of a thriving local community. We aim to build strong partnerships between teachers, students, parents, families and the wider community.
Our Community Links programs and initiatives were recognised in 2007 by the Australian Government National Awards for Quality Schooling. Our College/school was acknowledged as the only Victorian school in the “Excellence in Family — School Partnerships” National Awards
Beyond the Classroom
Camps are an integral part of our learning program. Adventure camps, bike rides, bushwalks, interstate trips and sailing and ski camps are just some of the activities offered. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Japan, Italy, or to our sister school in New Zealand.
Our Sport program is extensive and varied. Clay target shooting, lawn bowls, European handball and a wide range of traditional sports, including swimming and athletics, provide the opportunity to compete up to state level. Some Wanganui sporting clubs also offer after-school and weekend sport.
Music is a particular strength of our school. As well as experiencing a classroom program from Year 7, and wide-ranging individual tuition, students have the opportunity to perform in our state level award-winning concert bands, stage bands, string ensemble, production orchestra and groups such as Jazz Band.
Productions draw our school community together. Students have opportunities to join the cast or crew or perhaps try their skills in ushering. They might even choose to audition for the band. The annual production is a highlight of our school calendar, involving a significant proportion of students from all year levels.
Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of every student and staff member is of paramount importance within our school. Students are nurtured through our Home Group system, in which students from all year levels are grouped together. This assists in the development of a mini-community, in which the student remains throughout their time at Wanganui, allowing each student to develop a sense of connectedness. Leading this group are two teachers, who also remain with this group over the years. In addition to roll marking, the group meets five times a week for activities and study sessions.
We have many exemplary programs that focus on the personal development, health and wellbeing of our students. Some of these include our safe schools policy and peer leadership.