School Charter


 
 
School Charter Summary
A full copy of the School Charter is available from the General Office upon request.
 
School Profile

Vision
Mount Beauty Secondary College strives to provide a quality education that reflects best teaching practice as well as community needs and values, producing community members who are able to respond to the challenges of a dynamic world at both a local and global level.

Values
This college recognises each student as an individual and adheres to the principle that the educational experiences offered by the college should be tailored to suit the individual wherever possible. The college expects students to actively participate in school activities, to accept the challenges provided by the education process and to be risk-takers in their learning. Students are encouraged to develop self-discipline and to be tolerant, caring and accepting of individual differences. This college promotes the development of a positive self-image by students and a similarly positive attitude towards involvement in community affairs and the student's role as a member of society.

Location
Mount Beauty Secondary College (population 160) services the community of the Upper Kiewa Valley in North East Victoria. The township was originally established as the centre for the major hydro-electric construction in the area in the middle of the last century. Progressively over time this identity has receded so that there is no longer a major “hydro” presence in the town which has a current population of 2,500.

Demographics
The college population is gradually increasing after a decline in the last decade. Larger feeder primary numbers would indicate that the increasing student population will continue for some years.

The college attracts students from the alpine resorts of Falls Creek and Bogong Village, the townships of Mount Beauty and Tawonga South and the rural towns of Tawonga and Dederang. Mount Beauty SC enjoys positive relationships with its feeder schools with about half of the Year 7 intake coming from Mount Beauty PS.

Mount Beauty Secondary College has a medium proportion of EMA recipients and virtually no students with a language background other than English, placing the school in the ‘Like School 4’ category.

Other Significant Factors:

  • This college provides a broad, comprehensive curriculum from Years 7 to 12 within the following structure:
    • Year 7 - standard compulsory program
    • Years 8 to 10 - vertical elective system with core Maths/English/PE
    • Years 11 and 12 - VCE studies from levels 1 to 4, including VET and VCAL.
  • Mount Beauty S.C. has a strong music program, offering instrumental music instruction to interested students, either by timetabled classes or on a withdrawal basis. An active school band participates in both local community functions and regional or state performances, with a weekend workshop by the University of Melbourne Institute of Education Wind Symphony and competition at the Australian Band Championships being annual features.
  • The school is a member of the Upper Murray Kiewa Secondary College Cluster and it has been a pioneer in the development of shared resources within the Cluster model. The college enjoys the benefits of additional physical resources through its Trade Training Centre and the Jessie Hollonds Performing Arts centre. In addition the Cluster shares human resources via the use of videoconferencing for linking small classes between member schools and in joint professional development of teachers. The Cluster CFA Youth Crew has been a leader in the Victorian Youth Development Program using an innovative multi-day program.
  • The school has an energetic and extremely successful skiing program winning Statewide and Australian competitions in the co-educational class. The school has also been successful in Softball, Table Tennis, Soccer, Swimming and Athletics in recent times.
  • The College has gained excellent results in the Australian Mathematics Competition with several students each year gaining results in the top 5% nationally.
  • The college has actively sought to achieve growth in its VET program and currently offers VET Furnishing and VET Engineering on site.
  • LOTE Indonesian has become an established part of the curriculum with biannual trips to Indonesia or Malaysia being a feature.
  • The College is fully networked for computers and has established specific computer suites for VCE students, Library users, staff, Music and Graphics/Multimedia classes, as well as general purpose computer laboratories and a large laptop program..
 
School Goals
 

This College places a strong emphasis on a comprehensive curriculum, which provides wide ranging educational experiences and quality outcomes for all students. The College aims to prepare students who are able to make informed decisions in seeking pathways to further education, training or employment, and who display appropriate skills in meeting the challenges of life beyond secondary education.

Curriculum Goals
a) Student Achievement
1)To improve the performance of all students in all studies in Years 11&12.
2)To improve the performance of all students in all Key Learning Areas in Years 7-10.

b)Curriculum Provision
1)To provide a comprehensive program in the eight Key Learning Areas in Years 7-10.
2)To provide the broadest possible VCE level program to enable students to pursue a range of post school options.

Environment Goal
To ensure a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment in which mutual respect is fostered and there are high standards of student behaviour.

Management Goal
To develop a workplace characterised by a supportive leadership team, high teacher morale, high levels of customer responsiveness and an inclusive team oriented management approach.

Resources Goal
To ensure all school resources are allocated to enable the achievement of school Charter goals and priorities.