Prep them well for VCE

Senior School - Year 10 and VCE Years 11 - 12

Overnewton encourage all students to complete their VCEJessica Zwarts Head of Senior School

Senior Schooling is a key phase of education where students take greater responsibility for their own learning and actively prepare for their future. The Overnewton Anglican Community College Senior School caters for students in Years 10- 12 and is staffed by experienced Senior School educators. It aims to be a supportive environment in which students and staff work together 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 structure and organisation

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 values.

Senior School is a time where students develop skills, knowledge and pathways to work, and further study. Careers Program (Years 10 - 12) assists students to become self-directed, reflective and independent young adults.

Students at Overnewton can undertake VCE subjects in Years 10, 11 and 12. The 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.

Pastoral Care Program

Our pastoral care model is horizontal with students grouped according to their year level. Students remain within the same Mentor Group while they are in Senior School, to create a sense of belonging and to enable Mentors to build the rapport necessary for providing excellent pastoral support to our students. The student’s Mentor will always be the first point of contact between parents and the College. 

Our Pastoral Care Program allows us to provide valuable skills and information to students on a variety of areas such as:

  • Developing time management, communication skills, resilience and study skills
  • Communicating daily expectations in regards to attendance, punctuality and uniform
  • Developing skills and knowledge in order to prevent or address specific issues in society’
  • Tracking individual student progress
  • Enabling early intervention in identifying and dealing with specific needs
  • Celebrating student achievements and contributions
  • Providing guidance regarding study patterns, peer relations, post-school pathways and opportunities
  • Providing counselling and support of students across a range of areas’
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Enhancing academic care
  • Building relationships

The Pastoral Care Program aims to provide a sequential curriculum from Years 10 to 12, focused on developing the whole person, with the broad objective of developing and enhancing student work ethic, behaviour, resilience, and academic results. The program of pastoral care activities will be organised by the Pastoral Care learning team and delivered by mentors, peers, internal and external providers where appropriate.

Student Leadership

Leadership is encouraged at all levels within the Senior School. There are various opportunities for formal leadership roles in Senior School including:

  • Student Executive (Year 12 students only)
  • House Captains and House Leaders
  • Student Representative Council Leaders
  • ACS Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country Captains and Team Sports Captains

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.

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