Vermont Secondary College is a large, single campus, co-educational school of approximately 1,400 students with a focus on innovative curriculum, high academic achievement and a broad co-curricular program. Vermont is an outstanding college in supporting students to achieve excellent VCE results allowing access to a tertiary pathway in high numbers.
The college values of Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect and Tolerance reflect our college ethos while the VSC Motto, 'Lift Up Thine Eyes', provides the moral purpose, philosophical guidance and academic framework for the college community. We aim to be progressive, forward thinking, positive and optimistic in our endeavours and interactions, constantly striving to improve both our own practice and the outcomes of the students whom we educate.
Vermont Secondary College promotes the achievement of excellence in a learning environment that is safe, caring and accepting of diversity. Our college is committed to the development of life-long learning skills that motivate and enable all students to achieve their individual goals and to make a positive contribution to their community.
We recognise that all staff, parents and members of the Vermont Secondary College community have an active role in contributing to the development of all students.
Vermont Secondary College is proud of its status as a high-performing neighbourhood state school. The goal of Vermont Secondary College is to draw on the qualities of the young people at the college and allow them to flourish in areas of strength and to develop in areas of weakness. We strive to support all students to develop the ability to recognise and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, act creatively, engage fully with learning, contribute to community, develop high expectations for self, and handle challenging situations with resilience and respond effectively.
Our 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan further emphasises this mission through our three key goals:
Goal 1 – We will work to ensure every student achieves their potential and maximises their learning growth across all curriculum areas and year levels.
Goal 2 – We will work to create a stimulating, 21st century learning environment where students are empowered to be intellectually engaged and have a sense of control over their learning.
Goal 3 – We will work to build a learning community of reflective practitioners focused on continuous school improvement and on embedding the college's high performance culture.
In line with achieving these goals the college has implemented a vertical house structure, Learning Enrichment & Extension Program (LEEP) at Years 7 to 10, a four period day and a fully supported student leadership model with a newly structured leadership team to oversee this change and innovation. Purpose built facilities on site include a new Library and Music Centre, Year 7 and Year 8 Centre, VCE hub, Flexible Learning Centre and 250 seat auditorium. This year we will be opening a $2.7 million purpose built Senior Maths/Science complex.
Vermont's comprehensive range of co-curricular activities, including our acclaimed instrumental music, choral and performing arts programs, the annual college production and a wide range of school based clubs support the growth of our students into confident, successful and contributing citizens. The College is also a premier sporting school with many students competing at local, district, state, national and international level.
Our Grade 6 to Year 7 Transition program ensures that students new to the College feel welcome, comfortable and secure in the purpose built Year 7 Learning Centre. This combined with the supportive House structure contributes significantly to a smooth, safe transition into secondary school.
We enjoy an exceptionally high level of parental support and firmly believe the educational needs of children are best served in an environment where students, parents and teachers are involved in the decision making process.