At Westall Secondary College our philosophy is based on meeting the needs and wants of our students. We endeavour to find the perfect balance between the explicit teaching of key kills and giving the students the opportunity to follow their passions. This sounds like an obvious concept, but what does it mean at Westall?
We meet the needs of students by ensuring the learning is at the appropriate level for every student in every subject. Students are engaged in literacy and numeracy in a challenging manner to ensure that they are in their ‘wobble zone’.
Our school values around ‘CARE’ are visible in everything we do and we want every student to be the best version of themselves. We have a calm, supportive environment at Westall and this calmness provides an amazing setting to complete your secondary education.
CARE FOR yourself: personal worth
CARE FOR others: Respectful relationships
CARE FOR your school: Respect our environment
CARE FOR your learning: strive for excellence
Literacy is the number one focus of our College. We believe that ALL students should reach their optimum level of literacy by Year 10 so that they will are well prepared for their desired pathway, be it VCE, VCAL and eventually the workforce. Our explicit, targeted teaching of key literacy skills across all subjects enable our students to grasp concepts and ideas more successfully.
Numeracy is our other major building block for learning. We have trained STEM staff, a partnership with Deakin University and a new STEM program available at all year levels.
Aim High is a selective extension program which is offered in all subjects. Students are challenged through high order thinking and critical inquiry within an advanced curriculum, which ensures they are learning at their optimum level.
iCreate is an elective program for all students in years 7-12 where, on Wednesdays, students have the opportunity to follow their passion and undertake a project-based elective program.
As the classes are made up with students from a range of age groups, it is a great opportunity for students to integrate more fully into the Westall Learning Community. Subjects include:
- Outdoor Education
- Visual Arts
- Westall Café
- Singing, Dance and Drama
- Construction & Technology
- Study Centre
Westall Secondary College has a well-established International Program, recruiting students from China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and India, whereby students complete their secondary education in Australia. With globalisation now the reality for the current generation, learning about other cultures and interacting with people from across the world is paramount and the Westall International Program affords our students the holistic education needed for success in the workforce, with access to:
- VET Hospitality (onsite)
- iCreate (see below)
- Inter-school sports
- Sports Clubs
- Homework Support Program
- Mentoring Programs
Westall English Language Centre (WELC)
Westall English Language Centre is a Government funded facility which provides an intensive English program for newly arrived students. WELC caters for students who have arrived in Australia as refugees, migrants, or are full fee paying overseas students. Most students are eligible to participate in the 20-week English as an Additional Language (EAL) intensive program prior to transitioning to a mainstream educational setting.
The learning focus in the Language Centre is not only on learning English in preparation for the mainstream classroom, but also on personal development. Regular incursions and excursions are undertaken to support the learning and to expose newly arrived students to Australian life and culture.