Your new secondary school
The defining feature of your new school is the ‘House’ system. This is different to school houses of the past, which were used for competitions, such as sporting events. The House system creates a number of smaller schools within the one large school. See the video below to find out more about the House model.
We know that transformational change is needed to improve academic and wellbeing outcomes for all students in Shepparton and Mooroopna. This is a long-term vision and involves careful planning.
We want to minimise the impact on students and their families, listen carefully, and provide you with as much information as possible.
The Strategic Advisory Committee, the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian School Building Authority are working towards:
• developing timelines and transition plans – these depend on future State Budget decisions
• collaborating with students, principals, teachers, and local and international educational experts to focus on the learning approach, curriculum and student outcomes for the new school model
• working closely with feeder primary schools and their communities
• developing stronger partnerships with local industry and higher education.
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.
Location of your new secondary school
The Shepparton High School site has been chosen as the location for Shepparton and Mooroopna’s new secondary school.
Developed in conjunction with education experts and the local community, the plan merges four schools – McGuire College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and Wanganui Park Secondary College – onto one site.
The new school will be designed by Gray Puksand and means new buildings, a wellbeing hub and more support for students with both high aspirations and more complex needs.
For all students now and into the future, the new school site offers many benefits.
- This is the most central location for the young people in Shepparton and Mooroopna.
- Having the school located close to local businesses will help our young people build relationships with employers to gain work experience and future jobs.
- Having the school located in easy walking distance to Latrobe University and GoTAFE means our young people will be able to:
- access hands-on practical training like; mechanics, hospitality, digital design and web design
- make the transition to university easier - potentially linking senior secondary programs to university studies
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:
- No change: the four schools stay the same
- Minor improvements: the four schools stay the same, with funding for minor upgrades like asbestos removal, maintenance and new equipment
- New school - one secondary campus: the four schools merge to become one new school, on one campus
- 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:
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.
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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