Senior School incorporates students from Year 9 through to Year 12. With the fundamentals in place, students have the opportunity to explore individual interests and broader applications, whilst maintaining strong social and educational connections. Our students are encouraged to build their character through the development of self-discipline, intrinsic motivation, healthy self image and spiritual growth to best prepare themselves for future educational and vocational opportunities.
Students in Senior School are able to find their own level of learning through our academic extension programs, including Jumpstart Mathematics, tutoring and study camps.
Students needing extra help are assisted through catch up classes and individual pathways and learning plans.
In order to give our Year 12 students the greatest amount of teacher/classroom contact during their final year, the year in which the majority of assessment is done externally to the College, the decision was made to commence classes for the next academic year early. This decision led to moving our entire Senior School up one year level, so that upcoming Years 10 and 11 students also receive this extra classroom time.
Therefore Heathdale run our Senior School exams in late October, after which these students have a 10 day break. Classes commence for the upcoming academic year the day after the Melbourne Cup public holiday. Senior School students will then undertake nearly four (4) weeks of academic instruction prior to the Christmas holidays.
Over the Christmas holidays students are given a minimum level of homework per subject to review the early start unit. This enables students and classes to recommence in the New Year with continuity and minimal disruption.
VET and VCAL
A number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are available for our Year 10 to 12 students. These programs expand a student’s job options after finishing their schooling and provide nationally accepted and industry endorsed vocational certificates.
These programs also provide credit towards the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Programs and contribute to Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculations.
VCAL provides a wide range of curriculum choices which better prepares students for life once they have finished their schooling. It develops and extends pathways for them into either work, further education, training, apprenticeships or traineeships.
School based apprenticeships can be included in a VCAL program, to provide real part time paid work and training to achieve an accredited certificate in a vocational area of interest.
An exciting opportunity called “Pre-VCE Mathematics Jumpstart” has been in operation at Year 9 level since 2008 and has proved to not only be very popular, but also fruitful for students in their Mathematics studies.
The Jumpstart program accelerates select students through Year 9 and 10 Mathematics in a single academic year. The major benefit of this is to add rigour and focus to the participant’s workload in a notoriously difficult time of schooling, which is also noticed in their academic results at the completion of their Secondary education.
After completing Jumpstart, participants then have the opportunity of undertaking Year 11 Mathematical Methods whilst in Year 10, followed by Year 12 Mathematical Methods whilst in Year 11.