Phase 2: Secondary Schools

Overview

We asked the Shepparton and Mooroopna communities about how we can improve education outcomes.

We heard that you want to see change, and a lot of your feedback related to secondary education. We worked with local teachers and principals, education experts and key local groups to develop the options outlined on this page.

The proposed options for local secondary schools would apply to:

  • Shepparton High School
  • Wanganui Park Secondary College
  • Mooroopna Secondary College
  • McGuire College

We wanted to have an open conversation with the community about the opportunities, as well as challenges of the proposed options.

On this page you see the survey questions, read comments or subscribe for project updates.

Next steps

Community consultation was open for four weeks, and closed on 18 October 2017. The findings are currently being analysed, and your feedback will be provided to the Advisory Committee and working groups developing the Shepparton Education Plan. Community feedback will also be considered along with advice from education experts, site assessments and outcomes from our work with key stakeholders.

We expect to make a final recommendation to Government early next year.

Options for secondary provision

Options 1 and 2

These options are for the secondary schools to continue operating as they do now, with no change, or minor improvements. While current outcomes and community consultation demonstrate a need and desire for change, we wanted the community to genuinely consider all options.

Options 3 and 4

There is an opportunity for truly transformational change across the local community, with the proposed creation of a new state-of-the-art secondary school, on either one or two campuses.

The school would be formed by merging the existing four secondary schools, to create one new secondary school – with a series of smaller 'Houses' within a larger school. For an explanation of the House model, please read our factsheet below or watch the video.

As part of the transformational change, a number of new facilities are proposed, including this new secondary school, a new Tech School, a Mooroopna precinct redevelopment and a new integrated children’s centre.

The options are:

1. No change: the four schools stay the same and no additional funding will be given to the schools.
2. Minor improvements: the four schools stay the same. New funding will be provided for minor upgrades like asbestos removal, maintenance and new equipment.
3. New school - one secondary campus: the four schools merge to become one new school, with one secondary campus
4. New school - two secondary campuses: the four schools merge to become one new school, with two secondary campuses.

For a full explanation of all options, please download our fact sheet below.

    Family and community workshops

    The Mooroopna family and community workshop and the Shepparton family and community workshop were both held on Thursday 12 October.

    Thank you to everybody who attended and provided feedback.

    Find out more about how the 'House' model works

    Survey

    This survey was open from 19 September - 18 October and is now closed.

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    Please choose the option that best describes you.

    5. Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

    Option 1: No change

    Under this option all four secondary schools would continue to operate as they do now.

    Proceeding with this option indicates the community is satisfied with current school provision and outcomes.

    Option 1 schools

    Opportunities and benefits

    • No need to transition or change
    • Retain 4 separate secondary schools
    • Maintain current education services

    Challenges and constraints

    • No additional investment
    • No comprehensive strategy to address current challenges, including academic outcomes, student wellbeing and student pathways
    • Facilities not upgraded
    • No Tech School
    • No additional services in Mooroopna

    6. How well do you think this option achieves each of the below key objectives?

    Please rate out of five (1 = not at all, 5 = very well).

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    Option 2: Minor improvements

    Under this option, all four secondary schools would continue to operate as they do now. We would assess where there is most need for operational and facility upgrades. These might include:

    • Asbestos removal
    • Planned maintenance
    • New school equipment
    • Additional teacher professional development

    Proceeding with this option indicates the community believes minor upgrades are sufficient to address current challenges.

    Option 2 features

    Opportunities and benefits

    • No need to transition or change
    • Retain 4 separate secondary schools
    • Address required building maintenance and minor upgrades
    • Potential for additional teacher development

    Challenges and constraints

    • Limited additional investment
    • No comprehensive strategy to address current challenges, including academic outcomes, student wellbeing, and student pathways
    • Some disruption to allow for upgrades
    • Limited upgrade to facilities
    • No Tech School
    • No additional services in Mooroopna

    9. How well do you think this option achieves each of the below key objectives?

    Please rate out of five (1 = not at all, 5 = very well).

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    Option 3: One school, one secondary campus

    To learn about this option, we suggest reading the fact sheet.

    This option includes:

    • merging secondary schools to create one new school with a series of smaller Houses within a larger school
    • new school facilities
    • a new Tech School
    • new integrated children's centre in Mooroopna
    • Mooroopna precinct redevelopment

    Option 3 map

    Opportunities and benefits

    • 'Community feel' created by small 'Houses' within the school
    • Broadest range of subjects, senior secondary pathways and specialised teachers
    • Single governance on one site - more consistency, supports equity and inclusiveness
    • Maximises pathway options for students without the need to travel between campuses
    • Greatest number of resources strategically aligned - physical, wellbeing support, including integrated community services
    • Economies of scale in senior classes allows for additional staff supporting junior classes, highest quality of specialist teachers and more effective intervention strategies for students at risk
    • Enhanced opportunities for whole school events including sport, drama, arts and student leadership
    • Innovative and engaging curriculum built around the needs of young people
    • New school, including high-tech specialised facilities and new asset for Shepparton community
    • Accelerated learning programs
    • Greater emphasis on individual learning within Houses
    • Designed to meet the needs of students in the future
    • Dedicated wellbeing teams
    • End competition between schools
    • A new Tech School
    • Precinct redevelopment and new integrated children's centre in Mooroopna
    • Coordinate access to the Trade Skills Centre

    Challenges and constraints

    • Significant change for the community
    • Transition will take time and planning
    • Four secondary schools would not continue to operate with own individual identity
    • Centralised location would mean additional travel for some students
    • Need to rethink use of other sites
    • Approximately 2,500 students located on a single secondary campus

    12. How well do you think this option achieves each of the below key objectives?

    Please rate of five (1 = not at all, 5 = very well).

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    Option 4: One school, two secondary campuses

    To learn about this option, we suggest reading the fact sheet.

    This option includes:

    • merging secondary schools to create one new school with a series of smaller Houses within a larger school
    • a new Tech School
    • new integrated children's centre in Mooroopna
    • Mooroopna precinct redevelopment

    The new secondary school would be structured similarly to option 3, but over two secondary campuses.

    Two secondary campuses:

    • By having the school on two sites, campuses can be located across two locations, making school closer to home.
    • Travel time will be required for students to move between the campuses.
    Option 4 map

    Opportunities and benefits

    • Campuses across two locations
    • 'Community feel' created by small 'Houses' within the school
    • Range of subjects and specialised teachers
    • Range of senior secondary pathways
    • Innovative and engaging curriculum built around the needs of young people
    • New school campuses
    • Accelerated learning programs
    • Enhanced student leadership opportunities
    • Greater emphasis on individual learning within Houses
    • Designed to meet the needs of students in the future
    • Dedicated wellbeing teams
    • With two campuses, some students may have less distance to travel from home
    • A new Tech School
    • Precinct redevelopment and new integrated children's centre in Mooroopna
    • Coordinate access to the Trade Skills Centre

    Challenges and constraints

    • Transport required between campuses
    • Staff would need to travel for professional learning or collaboration
    • Significant change for the community
    • Transition will take time and planning
    • Four secondary schools would not continue to operate with own individual identities
    • Limited campuses would mean additional travel from home for some students

    15. How well do you think this option achieves each of the below key objectives?

    Please rate out of five (1 = not at all, 5 = very well).

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    Mooroopna precinct redevelopment

    If we create one new secondary school (options 3 or 4), there will be an opportunity to redevelop the current Mooroopna Secondary College site.

    What would you like to see happen with this site?

    Some examples include:

    • Library
    • Community services
    • Health services
    • Education programs
    • Sports stadium
    • Sports oval
    • Extend performing arts facilities
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    Comment board

    This comment board was open from 19 September - 18 October and is now closed.

    After viewing the options, what do you think is the most important consideration for future local secondary education?

    17 October, 2017

    GinetteCook says:

    “Quality teachers supported to provide innovative, world class teaching for students in the Goulburn Valley.”

    13 October, 2017

    Apteryx says:

    “Whilst not against opts 3&4, the process lacks rigor. Why does opt 2 not include a Tech school? Explain why other models aren't included?”

    25 September, 2017

    MiaC18 says:

    “As a parent & local working professional, I would like to see business & education specialists engaged. Teachers aren't business experts.”

    25 September, 2017

    LJD1724 says:

    “The Education industry is a business industry, schools are organisations. I hope business/organisational change experts are being engaged.”

    24 September, 2017

    Gabby says:

    “School readiness is key! Safety, stability, health and wellbeing is necessary for children to engage in learning and experience success.”

    19 September, 2017

    CarlaD says:

    “Engage all students via improved learning opportunities. Underperformance will no longer be accepted. Transformational change is required.”

    Phase 1: What We Heard

    Introduction

    The Victorian Government has announced it is developing a long-term plan to transform Shepparton’s education system - this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

    The Shepparton Education Plan will look at how we can give students more options and opportunities, help young people transition through each stage of education, equip teachers with training and resources and improve school facilities.

    What you said in June

    In June 2017, we asked you to help us understand the needs, challenges, and aspirations of your community. After reviewing your comments, feedback, and ideas we produced a report and a factsheet summary, which are available for download below, and will be the foundation for future community engagement and planning.

    We heard what you had to say, and now we're sharing what we heard.

    How you had your say:

    Infographic with participation rates: 3 week engagement, 9 workshops/meetings, 200+ people attended workshops, 4750+ individual comments analysed, 2124 website visits, 185 people participated in the survey

    What you said:

    Infographic with main themes from engagement: Working together, broad range of student choice and experiences, supporting the needs of every young person, considering local needs, re-thinking school models, valuing our schools, high-quality modern schools

    Photos of workshops

    9 workshops were held in Shepparton during the first phase of engagement in June 2017

    Next steps

    Subscribe for updates about the next phase of community engagement beginning in September. This will focus on secondary schools in Shepparton.

    Visit this page to:

    • Learn about proposed options to change secondary schools
    • Provide feedback and complete the survey
    • View session times and register to attend the Family and Community workshops

    With your ideas, perspective and feedback we can develop an education plan that is tailored to the needs of the Shepparton community. With the help of local leaders, we will be drawing upon the existing collective knowledge of your community to transform educational outcomes.

    Phase 1: Ideas

    Introduction

    The Victorian Government has announced it is developing a long-term plan to transform Shepparton’s education system - this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

    The Shepparton Education Plan will look at how we can give students more options and opportunities, help young people transition through each stage of education, equip teachers with training and resources and improve school facilities.

    How you had your say

    We were keen to gather a wide range of local input into the new school design, and provided you with three options to have your say - the community workshop, the comment board, or the online survey.

    Community workshop

    The community workshop for Shepparton was held on Thursday 29 June.

    Thank you to everybody who attended and provided feedback.

    Comment board

    3 July, 2017

    Keishajayne says:

    “Offer alternative pathways. Help people to understand the importance of education ”

    29 June, 2017

    anthony_raitman says:

    “Hearing today from community members at the community forum - opportunities for collaboration between catholic and government sectors”

    28 June, 2017

    ahmetl says:

    “With a relentless focus on learning in schools.”

    26 June, 2017

    FairleyLeadership says:

    “Every vulnerable/at risk young person to have an appropriate mentor - this work has been started by Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project.”

    23 June, 2017

    bmlmbacj says:

    “Be brave and prepared to tackle the real issues. Improve teaching & learning, bring our schools together.”

    22 June, 2017

    helen_fairman says:

    “Most teenagers can't give change when using money unless they have a calculator .Why?”

    22 June, 2017

    helen_fairman says:

    “Go back to reading writing and Maths no computers in class rooms .have a look at Japanese education no computers in class room ”

    22 June, 2017

    DavidBrodie says:

    “Every school in the local area to be either linked to a Secondary College, Kindergarten or workplace to explore real life learning.”

    22 June, 2017

    01906420 says:

    “Prepare families/potential students for the structure of institutional education prior to entering the institutional education process.”

    22 June, 2017

    01906420 says:

    “Drill right down into the data examining literacy and numeracy skills of students in early years of primary education. Take it seriously.”

    16 June, 2017

    Fern.Summer says:

    “There are not enough characters for my submission. Can I report via email instead?”

    16 June, 2017

    BSJB16 says:

    “work with teachers and getting one on one experience to improve when struggling in certain classes. get a variety on skill in all classes.”

    Survey

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    3. Why are you interested in education in Shepparton?

    Select up to two options that best describe why you are interested.

    4. Do you speak a language other than English at home?
    5. Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

    General impressions of education in the Shepparton area

    Please list up to three ideas in order of their importance.

    Key approaches to improving education

    Victoria's Education State policy sets out four targets to help students develop and achieve their best:

    • Learning for life: More students achieving excellence in reading, maths, science, and the arts
    • Happy, healthy and resilient kids: Building the resilience of our children, and encouraging them to be more physically active
    • Breaking the link: Ensuring more students stay in school and breaking the link between disadvantage and outcomes for students
    • Pride and confidence in our schools: Making sure every community has access to excellence, in every school and classroom

    Your feedback on the following questions will be used to guide approaches that help achieve these targets.

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    19. How did you hear about the Shepparton Education Plan?
    20. How satisfied are you with the current engagement process in terms of opportunities to get involved and provide your views?

    The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.