As Principal, I would like to welcome you to the Tallangatta Secondary College website and 2021 school year. We strive to deliver high quality state education, providing a student – centred learning environment that is ‘Big enough to deliver and small enough to care’.
The College’s Vision is Tallangatta Secondary College is committed to empowering all to become resilient and confident lifelong learners with a strong sense of self and community.
To progress student learning for every student, every day by inspiring confidence, resilience and courage of thought to succeed in careers and challenges beyond the years at Tallangatta Secondary College.
To empower students through student agency with their learning journey through an active partnership between students, staff and community that fosters a caring environment for learning, leadership and stewardship.
To build a culture of continuous improvement where high expectations, collective efficacy and accountability to achieve student growth is our agreed moral purpose.
Our College Community Values are:
RESPECT We care for our community, each other and the environment
We interact with others in a positive manner
EMPATHY We understand, acknowledge and accept difference
We treat each other with fairness & dignity, whilst valuing diversity
ATTITUDE We show determination, perseverance, and resilience to continually improve.
We adopt a growth mindset and embrace challenge.
LEARNING We engage independently and collaboratively to learn.
Together we create a safe and supportive learning environment.
Tallangatta Secondary College operates a Vertical Modular Grouping unit system (VMG) of curriculum organisation, which offers semester and term length units of study across all Learning areas (Science, Languages, Humanities, Maths, English, Design & Creativity, Health, Outdoor Education & PE). Curriculum is backward mapped to ensure it is guaranteed and viable. The College also offers a comprehensive VCE, VET and VCAL program. A Career and Pathways coordinator ensures no student leaves school without a pathway to further education, training or employment.
For our Year 9 students, we proudly offer three Year 9 integrated electives called Future Makers in partnership with the Bogong Outdoor School; Agriculture and Rural studies in partnership with NELLEN and Wodonga TAFE and STEAM Connections.
In addition to the curriculum and integrated unit offerings, the College offers a broad range of co-curricularprograms including; Advance (Youth Crew), Tallangatta Herald Newspaper, Instrumental Music and School Production, Biennial Central Australia tour and Overland Trek and reciprocated visits with sister school, SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin in Malaysia.
The College has a one to one provision of leased school nominated devices as a learning tool and utilizes Compass as the web-based school management platform.
Eight cycles of Growth Point Average (GPA) reporting supported by termly Student Led Conferences (SLC) ensures learning progress is monitored, shared and celebrated.
We are committed to a seamless Year 6 – 7 Transition Program which includes peer support, transition camp, cluster school science visits in term 2 and 3, and two Orientation days in December.
A School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework (SWPBS) builds a positive learning environment, along with our College values, 7 – 12 REAL homegroups and REAL mentors. The College wellbeing team includes a school nurse, Social worker and Chaplain.
Tallangatta Secondary College supports teachers to reflect and build their capacity through collaborative structures such as Professional Learning Communities and Team Tuesday. Effective Teaching Techniques (ETT) is our whole school instructional model and the inquiry cycle (Evaluate and diagnose, Prioritise and set goals, Develop and plan, Implement and monitor) is the ‘The Way We Work’ so as to achieve a culture of continuous improvement.
Our 2021 AIP focuses on two goals and four key improvement strategies:
Key Improvement Strategy 1- Learning catch-up and extension
Action 1 -Design and implement evidence -based strategies to improve learning outcomes (growth) and increase engagement of identified students.
Key Improvement Strategy 2 – Happy, healthy, active kids
Action 2 – Establish an agreed approach to recording and monitoring student attendance.
Key Improvement Strategy 3 – Connected great schools
Action 3 – Strengthen & embed the connection with parent & carers and student learning through student led conferences and explore incorporation of class conferences.
Goal One – Build a culture of continuous improvement.
Key Improvement Strategy – To work as a Professional Learning Community to implement processes that support quality planning and decision making aligned to the SSP
Action 1 – Through the PLC inquiry cycle develop teacher capability to consistently deliver effective reading strategies.
Action 2 – Teachers progress student learning for every student every day through co-planning, co- assessing and co- reflecting with a focus on increasing student agency.
Thank you for visiting the website and please do not hesitate to contact the College if you require any further information.