As Principal, I would like to welcome you to the Tallangatta Secondary College website and 2020 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 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 vertically integrated Unit system (VMG) of curriculum organization, which offers semester and term length units of study across all Learning areas (Science, Languages, Humanities, Maths, English, Design & Creativity, Health, Outdoor Education & PE). The curriculum is backward mapped to ensure it is guaranteed and viable. The College also offers a comprehensive Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) curriculum program. A Career and Pathways coordinator ensures no student leaves school without a pathway to further education, training or employment.
The College also offers three Year 9 integrated electives called Future Makers (in partnership with the Bogong Outdoor School and Duke of Edinburgh); 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-curricular programs including; Student Leadership Team, Advance (CFA 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. 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 behaviors. 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.
Teachers regularly 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’.
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.
Our Student Leadership Team is led by our School Captains Grace Carney, Cassie Elliot and Vice Captains Amy Wood, Libby Saunders and Rory McClure.
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 Community Nurse 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 terms 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.
Our 2020 AIP focuses on two goals and three key improvement strategies:
Goal 1 To progress student learning for every student, every day.
- KIS – Embed a data-informed practice and planning
- KIS – Define and embed the agreed TSC pedagogical approach
Goal 2 To empower students through student agency in their learning.
- KIS – Embed the Tallangatta Secondary College School Wide Positive Behaviours Program.
Thank you for visiting the website and please do not hesitate to contact the College if you require any further information.