As Principal, I would like to welcome you to the Tallangatta Secondary College website and 2019 school year.
Tallangatta Secondary College strives to deliver high quality state education, providing a student – centred learning environment that is ‘Big enough to deliver and small enough to care’. Our school values – Respect, Empathy, Attitude and Learning (REAL) are our expected behaviours. Our values guide the actions we take and interactions we have. Students, teachers and parents all have a responsibility to actively promote, support and model the values of the school.
Tallangatta Secondary College operates a vertically integrated unit system of curriculum We offer semester and term length units of study in domains of the Victorian Curriculum. We also offer extensive pathways offerings in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). A Career and Pathways coordinator ensures no student leaves school without a pathway to further education, training or employment.
Growth Point Average (GPA) is the reporting framework we use to measure students’ levels of effort and application to their studies. This reporting framework ensures teachers, families and students work together to promote and monitor positive learning habits and behaviours. In addition to the GPA, each student showcases their learning, along with personalised feedback from their teachers through Student Led Conferences (SLC) which are held each term.
Dedicated staff lead numerous programs to further extend student engagement such as the Duke of Edinburgh, Work Experience, Writers Festival, Advance CFA Youth Crew, Sport, Debate, School Production, extensive Outdoor Education program, Instrumental Music and Camps including biannual Central Australia Camp and Overland Trek in Tasmania. We have strong links with our sister school, SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin in Malaysia and a visit to our sister school is planned for 2020.
7 – 12 REAL Homegroups occur at the start of each day. This Homegroup structure provides each student with one dedicated and committed mentor during their 6 years at the College, as well one constant first point of call for parents.
We have a strong Student Leadership Team led by our School Captains Matilda Fraser, Jake Maddock and Vice Captains Tom Poulton and Casey Boyd. Student voice is welcomed and valued at our school.
The College employs a Social Worker fulltime and through DET a Secondary School Nurse two days a week. We also have fortnightly visits from a Nurse Practioner from the Tallangatta Medical Centre. We have also developed strong links to North East Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (NECAMHS), Junction Support Services, Headspace, Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) and School Focused Youth Service (SFYS).
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.
We are also committed to the local community by working closely with the Towong Shire, Tallangatta Health and produce the local Tallangatta Herald newspaper.
Last year a school review was held to reflect on the goals and targets of the 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan.
The highlights identified by the reviewer and panel of the last four years were:
1. The introduction of SWPB and REAL values, particularly 7-12 REAL homegroups and mentors.
2. The introduction of GPA reporting, SLCs and personalised and timely written feedback on assessments
3. The growth of Student Leadership Team structures and processes.
Our areas of growth will be addressed within the three goals of the new 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan.
The three goals are:
1. To progress student learning for every student, every day – with a focus on whole school use and analysis of data and embedding our pedagogical practice.
2. To empower students through student agency in their learning – with a focus on maximising student learning outcomes through a culture of high expectations and genuine student agency.
3. Build a culture of continuous improvement – with a focus on embedding distributed and shared leadership throughout the College, with accountability for all student learning outcomes.
One of the first actions of the new Strategic Plan and 2019 Annual Implementation Plan is to develop a clear, specific and compelling vision for the College. Our new vision will represent what we hope to see when we achieve the goals and targets of our new four year Strategic Plan. The new vision will be developed in Term 1 with consultation with students, staff and parents.
Our new vision along with the REAL values will be the pillars that guide our decisions and behaviours to ensure we are all accountable to achieving the targets and goals of the new School Strategic Plan.
Thank you for visiting the website and please do not hesitate to contact the College if you require any further information.