Your new secondary school

Secondary School Design: Engagement Report

We want to sincerely thank everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback.

We know that; families, students and teachers are excited, and nervous, about how the changes will take place. The project team, architects and local advisory groups are carefully reviewing your feedback, as they work on both the design and transition process for the new school.

To learn more about what your community said, download a copy of the Secondary School Design Engagement Report.

For more information

If you would like more information about the Shepparton Education Plan project or to see the Master Plan, please visit the Victorian School Building Authority website.


Engaging with the community

Phase 1 Engagement

Improving Student Outcomes

We first began speaking with the community about the education plan in June 2017. We asked you to help us understand educational needs, challenges and aspirations in the wider Shepparton area.

Over a three-week consulation process we heard from nearly 400 people. We worked with local teachers and principals, education experts and key local groups to develop four options for the local secondary schools:

  1. No change: the four schools stay the same
  2. Minor improvements: the four schools stay the same, with funding 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, on one campus
  4. New school - two secondary campuses: the four schools merge to become one new school, over two campuses.

Phase 2 Engagement

One school, one campus

In September and October 2017, we asked for feedback on the benefits and challenges of each of the four secondary school options. During this period we heard from more than 400 people through a range of online and face-to-face activities in Shepparton and Mooroopna.

What we heard:

We heard that any school model would need to put the diverse needs of students first and provide health and wellbeing services at the school to help students succeed. Your community told us that significant change was needed and that a new secondary school model would deliver better outcomes. There were mixed views about campus numbers and locations, but ultimately your community felt the single-school, single-campus model was the strongest of the four options presented.

What happened next:

The Shepparton Education Plan Advisory Committee considered your feedback, along with advice from working groups and education experts, before recommending that the government proceed with Option 3: a new one-campus secondary school in Shepparton.

Phase 3 Engagement

Improved school design

What we asked:

The first step in bringing the new schools together is the design of the school. We spoke to the; students, teachers, families and broader community about their vision for the new school’s design and how the new school can contribute to the local community. In particular, we asked about what learning and teaching spaces you would like to have in the new school.

We wanted to understand what makes your community unique and the kinds of school facilities that could be shared with the larger community outside school hours.


How we engaged:

We engaged with people in the greater Shepparton community from 14 May to 8 June 2018 through:

  • primary and secondary school student workshops
  • family and community information sessions and workshops
  • school council meetings
  • school staff briefing and information sessions
  • tertiary educators workshop
  • city council meeting
  • Business and Ethnic Council meeting
  • teacher survey
  • online survey and discussion board
  • community pop ups at secondary school gates and throughout the town.

To promote the engagement activities, we:

  • advertised in the local newspapers
  • advertised on Facebook
  • distributed information packs to council, early learning centres and schools
  • were supported by the local schools and council, who shared information through their social media channels, emails and newsletter updates

Early learning and primary education

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback regarding early learning and primary school transition.

We will use the information collected from the student workshops, online surveys and comment board to help shape the curriculum design of the Shepparton Education Plan.

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Survey

KINDERGARTEN PARENT/GUARDIAN/CARER

This survey is designed for parents, guardians and carers who have children attending kindergarten or have attended kindergarten in the last 3 years.
1. Do you currently have or have you recently had a child(ren) attend four-year-old kindergarten in the last three years? Required

For example: my child is making new friends, my child is developing new skills, my kinder has referred me to services, my child being at kinder gives me time to myself.

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For example: transport, having to complete multiple drop offs in one day, distance from home, the travel to and from does not make my child's attendance worthwhile.

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4. What services would you like to be able to access at kinder?

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PRIMARY SCHOOL PARENT/GUARDIAN/CARER

This survey is specifically designed for parents, guardians and carers who have children attending primary school or have attended primary school in the last 3 years
1. Do you currently have or have you recently had a child(ren) enrolled in primary school?
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3. Was the Primary School you decided on for your child the closest one to your home?
4. What are the top three most important aspects of a school?

When considering your child's needs.

5. What are the top three aspects of a school would turn you away?

Please select your top 3

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SECONDARY SCHOOL PARENT/GUARDIAN/CARER

This survey is specifically designed for parents, guardians and carers who have children in Year 7 or 8 or have been in Year 7 or 8 in the last 3 years.
1. Do you currently have or have you recently had a child(ren) enrolled in year 7, 8 or 9?

Transitioning from primary school to secondary school would have been smoother for my child(ren) if...

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Transitioning from primary school to secondary school would have been smoother if I had received support with...

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