Taylors Lakes Secondary College
Taylors Lakes Secondary College commenced classes in 1992. The current enrolment is around 1050 students across years 7-12. The college is single campus and is situated on approximately 8 hectares, adjacent to Taylors Lakes Primary School and the Taylors Lakes Recreation Club. The school is located approximately 22 km north west of Melbourne G.P.O.
The College is part of a multi cultural community. It has a small percentage of students born overseas, however a large percentage of students' parents were born in countries where English is not the main language.
The College acknowledges that all students have the capacity to learn and that it is the role of schooling to extend students to their full potential by ensuring that they are engaged in a broad range of studies and experiences. It also acknowledges the role of parents as the first educators of their children and the central role of teachers in the learning process. It emphasises the strong mutual respect between parents and teachers that is essential for our students' successful development. The college strives for a socially just program that supports students from all backgrounds and that encourages cooperation and teamwork. Individual input is also valued. The college is committed to continuing to provide a strong foundation for students' intellectual, physical, social, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development. By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, we contribute to the development of students' self worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future.
Our most recent College Charter was completed in semester 1 of 2005 and took up the desire to work through a change agenda, both with the Middle Years and the Later Years. Consistent with the Middle Years priorities, the charter placed an emphasis on Literacy and more broadly on the thinking curriculum and student engagement. We are currently finalising our strategic plan for the next four years.
The college is committed to a common curriculum, which is clearly documented and is based on teachers planning and evaluating together. Over the last three years there has been significant curriculum development and structural change. Initiatives have been implemented to involve students in "Thinking Curriculum" projects. The year 10 structure has been redesigned to allow students a greater degree of choice in their program as well as giving access to VCE classes in year 10. At present approximately half of year 10 completes a VCE study. Years 11 and 12 students have benefited from a range of support programs aimed at supporting and encouraging students towards improved VCE performance. VCAL was introduced in 2004 at year 11 and expanded to year 12 in 2005. We are currently reviewing curriculum balance in years 7-9 with a view to increasing time for English and Mathematics.
In 2003 we were part of the Middle Years Pedagogy Research and Development Program (MYPRAD) and have subsequently been involved in our local Innovation & Excellence cluster. More recently the school has been included in the Leading Schools Fund and currently has the services of three full time positions as teacher coaches to support staff professional development and ultimately the improvement of student learning outcomes.
Our assessment and reporting policy is consistent across all learning areas. The Learning Support Program has targeted students experiencing literacy problems and has focussed on the Bridging the Gap program for students at lower levels. There is a strongly supported Disabilities and Impairments program and access to Psychologists and Social Workers from the Department of Education & Training and other agencies.
The extra curricula program was established progressively across the College. Camps operate at most levels. There is a strong instrumental music program. There is a lunchtime activities program - which also includes a student radio station.
Teachers are central to the provision of a high quality education. Good quality teaching programs are supported by the provision of non teaching support staff. The College and its teaching staff is committed to the use of learning technologies within classes as well as a commitment to further develop teaching strategies across the Middle Years and into the Later Years.
The College is currently undergoing a building program. A new Library, new staff facilities as well as an additional computer room, meeting and office space and a VCE study room have opened this year. It is anticipated that a Flexible Learning Centre will be constructed through the Leading Schools Fund initiative, commencing later this year with completion in the first half of next year.
We support the following people principles which provide a basis for working productively within the College. These principles apply to all of our people and everything we do. They require that we:
Deliver quality results
Respect and value others
Develop self and others
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Academic Results and Trends
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