Mildura Senior College is one of only a few stand alone Senior Colleges in the State catering exclusively for Year 11 & 12 students. Its student population is largely generated from five 7-10 partner schools – Chaffey Secondary College, Irymple Secondary College, Merbein P-10 College, Trinity Lutheran College and Henderson College, although it also draws students from a number of additional government and non-government schools. The college is a landmark as it is located in the heart of Mildura. It consists of a mixture of older style and new buildings which include a gymnasium, student amenities centre, modern library and a technology studies complex. The college is surrounded by 14.6 hectares of well kept grounds including extensive recreational facilities. Recent upgrades have seen the construction of a VCAL hub and a state of the art Trade Training Centre (Deakin Hub).
School Strategic Plan (SSP) 2015-2019
The School Strategic Plan 2015-2019 outlines the following goals:
- Improve the learning outcomes of all students through the consistent delivery of a curriculum responsive to student needs
- Improve student wellbeing and engagement in learning
- Improve student transitions into and through school
The curriculum profile for the college has as its core the Victorian Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning. It is supplemented by a state-wide acknowledged Vocational Education and Training program. Targeted programs of extension studies in first year university subjects and for students experiencing difficulty with mainstream courses are also available.
To support the delivery of this curriculum the college advocates approaches to teaching and learning that are relevant to the needs and aspirations of young adults. This is reflected in the college’s teaching and learning approach which espouses the importance of strong relationships and engagement. This approach is supported by continual professional development and growth opportunities for staff. State of the art e-learning resources underpin the teaching and learning approach.
The college promotes and provides a young adult learning environment which is oriented to developing students for the adult world they are entering. The learning environment is therefore dependent upon relationships between teacher and student, the recognition of the emerging independence of the student and on the fundamental orientation of the college toward learning. Support, combined with opportunities to exercise growing independence and self discipline, underpins all practices. The college has a strong belief that this learning environment will assist students gain success at the senior educational level and prepare them to successfully enter a range of post-school options.