Senior Schooling is a key phase of education where students take greater responsibility for their own learning and preparing for their future. The Overnewton Anglican Community College Senior School caters for students in Years 10- 12 and it is a most important phase in the final stages of a young person’s secondary education. It is staffed by experienced Senior School educators and aims to be an environment in which students and staff work together in a relaxed and supportive learning environment, while working towards the successful completion of the VCE.
Overnewton is proud of its reputation of consistent academic success in the VCE, but we also aim to provide an environment that promotes a well-rounded education for our students, preparing them not only for VCE, but life beyond.
Senior School is a community of people working and learning together.
Classroom teachers specialise in the needs of young adults. They see the student as a whole person, an individual who needs adult support and guidance during one of the most important transition stages of their life. Staff help the student make the transition from adolescence to adulthood, and life beyond the College, as smooth as possible and at the same time, help the student become a lifelong learner with strong moral values. Chapel services and assemblies are also central to Senior School life.
Senior School is a time where students develop skills, knowledge and pathways to work, and further study. Our Life Choices Program (Years 10 - 12) assists students to become self-directed, reflective and independent young adults.
All students at Overnewton can undertake VCE subjects in Years 10, 11 and 12. Facilities design and the layout of senior working areas allow for optimum interaction and learning. Students and staff work together in the Senior School to develop the skills and understanding essential for success in the VCE and beyond.
Our pastoral care model is matched to that of our vertically mixed VCE classes. All senior students are assigned to small Mentor Groups composed of students from Years 10, 11 and 12. We have 24 Mentor Groups with each belonging to one of our four Houses (six Mentor Groups per House). Students remain within the same group for the entire time they are in Senior School.
The student’s Mentor will always be the first contact point between parents and the College to ensure that the Mentor is best able to build the rapport necessary for providing pastoral support to our students. Our Pastoral Care Program allows us to provide valuable skills and information to students on a variety of areas such as time management, communication skills, resilience and study skills. We also have a very strong House Program that is closely linked to our Mentor Groups and skill development of young adults.
Leadership is encouraged at all levels within the Senior School. There are various opportunities for leadership roles in Senior School including:
Students apply for positions and may be required to take part in an interview process or a presentation to peers in order to secure these roles.