INSTITUTES OF TAFE
Dromana College has an extensive Student Support Program which underpins all academic and co-curricular programs at the college. The program emphasis is on the development and nurturing of a strong and positive relationship between staff and students and it is important that each student feels safe and secure. While at school the Head of Year and Pastoral Teachers are the students’ first point of contact. Each Head of Year/Pastoral Teacher takes a personal interest in each member of his/her form group. A student can go to their teacher for advice, guidance or support on a personal basis.
Head of Year are often a point of contact for students and parents. When issues of a personal nature arise the Head of Year work with the teachers and are responsible for the implementation of student management across each year level. They provide counselling and guidance on a whole range of student support issues including social adjustment, progress, behaviour and attendance.
The Student Wellbeing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating student wellbeing across the entire college. The Student Wellbeing Team works with students and parents on a range of issues including out of school referrals, assessments, school issues, counselling and attendance. They aim to address student concerns with care, respect, and confidentiality. Families and teaching staff may refer a student to any member of the wellbeing team, or students may self refer.
Any member of the Student Wellbeing Team may be contacted by phoning the College on (03) 5987 2805 during office hours. The Student Wellbeing Team consists of:
|Brooke Mollenkopf||Student Wellbeing Coordinator|
|Yiota Georgiou||School Psychologist|
|Visiting Psychologist||Student Support Services Officer|
|Tina Bedford||Adolescent Health Nurse|
|Will Goodrich||Wellbeing Worker|
|Emma Barnard||Wellbeing Worker|
|Simon Jones||Assistant Principal - Senior School|
|Andrew Wynne||Assistant Principal - Junior School|
|Stephen Kearney||Learning Support|
Student Wellbeing workers assist students in developing and fostering a general sense of wellbeing at and beyond school; particularly focusing on building self-confidence and self-esteem, positive relationships and good physical, mental and emotional health. Wellbeing workers provide one on one support for students; a variety of programs based around personal and social development, peer leadership opportunities and also acts as a connection point to a variety of services and organisations for young people and families.
The School psychologist provides short term counselling and support to students as well as psycho-educational assessments and consultation for difficulties with learning. The school psychologist can consult about a variety of issues including general mental health and wellbeing, anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, grief, self-esteem and personal development. Social skills training programs are also periodically offered to groups of students.
The Adolescent Health Nurse employs Health Promotion and Health Education activities as a primary health prevention strategy for student wellbeing. Over 2014-2015 the Health Promotion priorities for Dromana College are in line with DET regional priorities for Mental Health (Mindfulness in School Project) and Sexual Health (Sequential evidence based sexuality education for secondary students).
Students are also referred to our Adolescent Health Nurse for 1:1 support for a variety of adolescent health issues.
Chaplaincy in state schools provides pastoral care for students, staff and families in the school community to care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Pastoral care has the goal of seeing individuals encouraged, equipped and empowered to journey towards healing, reconciliation and personal growth. Chaplains are viewed as a safe, friendly, confidential person to speak to when needed. As part of the Wellbeing team they can refer students to other members of the team or outside agencies/psychologists. Chaplains attend camps, excursions and participate in sports days. Chaplains also run a variety of resilience programs in school hours.
Student Support Services Officers operate within teams in the context of a range of Departmental health and wellbeing services operating across Victoria to promote improved learning and well-being outcomes. Officers are Allied Health Practitioners who visit schools in a local area. Our Psychologists support students, their teachers, and families to understand and manage developmental, health and life experiences pivotal to academic success. Psychological services include assessment, crises intervention, counselling and therapeutic programs designed to enhance well-being and guide young people to develop positive life skills.
Dromana College provides First Aid and Sick Bay facilities which is attended by a trained St John Ambulance Officer who will assist students with illness or injury and supervise access to student medication. Students who are too ill to attend a full day’s schooling should not be sent to school. Students who become ill or are injured at school are referred to the sick bay. The First Aid Officer will determine the course of action to be followed in each instance. If it is necessary for the student to be sent home the school will contact the parents. No student is ever sent home from Dromana College without parent contact having being made and an assurance given that the child will be in the care of a responsible adult.
In the case of an emergency where the parent cannot be contacted the school will take whatever action is considered necessary for the safety of the child. This may include calling an ambulance. For this reason the College Council and staff strongly recommend to all parents that they subscribe to the Ambulance Services of Victoria.
Medication should not be stored in lockers or carried around in students’ bags. Any student requiring medication should leave it with the First Aid Officer together with instructions regarding dispensing. Medication must be labelled with the student’s name. No medication will be given to any student without written consent from a parent or guardian.
Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students including any transport costs. Most medical costs will be refundable by Medicare. If you are a member of an ambulance or private health insurance fund you may also be able to claim transport or otherexpenses from the fund. The Department of Education andTraining does not hold accident insurance for school students.JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd provides an accident insurance policy for students. The policy provides specific benefits for students who are injured in accidents for a reasonably low cost.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning offers students an alternative pathway to completing Year 11 and 12. Students who undertake a VCAL course also have the opportunity to complete their VCE, but will not receive an enter score. As well as completing the dual VCAL / VCE program, students will also complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course and will have the opportunity to achieve various other qualifications through their VCAL course.
Students who choose a VCAL pathway are typically students who are hands on learners and are typically students who are looking to enter an apprenticeship, traineeship, TAFE or full time work in their post secondary education. If a student is looking to go immediately onto university following Year 12, the VCAL pathway would not be a viable pathway.
Dromana Secondary College’s VCAL program is underpinned by the following key principles:
The VCAL Curriculum still has a heavy focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills to prepare students for the workforce and beyond. Students still complete two units of VCE Mathematics and VCE English, but the course also focuses on student’s personal development and extends students through exposure to a variety of activities including Outdoor Adventure Challenges. Texts in the Literacy component of the course are chosen to reflect this principle as students study texts and films that expose them to issues that are aimed to further enhance their social competence.
Students also undertake one day a week of Work Placement where they complete components of their course through participating and working in a structured workplace environment.
Students have the opportunity to participate in various external programs and are exposed to a range of guest speakers that have overcome adversity such as paraplegic and current Australian Commonwealth Games Team member, Luke Cain.
Dromana Secondary College’s whole VCAL program is structured to take students out of their comfort zone, in order to experience challenges that all students will all be faced with in their working and private lives.
In previous years VCAL students have completed activities such as hikes, self defence programs, overnight camps, a two day water awareness camp and an 8 week fully audited community environment and OH and S project based on the local Dromana Community.
The purpose of exposing students to such activities is to give them experiences where they achieve fantastic things only through persistence and to give each student the confidence to tackle any challenge presented.
In 2011 the local community project saw VCAL students undertake research and development activities within the local Dromana Community. Students had to meet with community stakeholders such as businesses, residents and community groups to identify OHS and Environmental issues within the local community and measures that could be taken to improve OHS and Environmental sustainability on the Peninsula
Students have the opportunity to achieve a range of qualifications through their VCAL course including:
The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Should you have any further queries in relation to a VCAL / VCE Program please do not hesitate to contact your relevant Senior School Leader or Assistant Principal.
SEDA is an education provider that engages, educates and empowers young people as they transition from school to employment or further study. The program was established in 2006 to meet the needs of young people whose education preference is for an applied and context relevant learning experience.
SEDA is registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) as a non-school provider and has been reregistered for the period of 2014-2017.
SEDA engages students in their education by connecting their passion with a hands-on learning environment. Students complete their Year 11 and 12 and gain nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. SEDA works with the strengths of their students in developing their self-confidence and self-worth through positive learning experiences. SEDA ensures all students develop key life skills, including organisation, independence, resilience and self-confidence that see them prepared for the real world.
The results are mature, resilient and capable young men and women who, on completing their secondary education, are empowered with a range of pathway choices, be it further education or employment pathways.
For more information please visit www.sedagroup.com.au or view their promotional video below:
Dromana College offers a broad and versatile VCE program to cater for the diversity of student pathways. Based on the widely promoted premise that VCE is a University pathway, students can choose VCE studies that provide entry into the full spectrum of University courses. These VCE studies comprise those from the Mathematics and Sciences, Humanities, Technology, Foreign Languages, the Arts and Performance, Health and PE, Commerce and, of course English. All students receive extensive course counselling to ensure that interests and aspirations are understood and used to shape individual programs.
Students have access to VCE studies from Year 10 through our VCE Advancement Program, the purpose of which is to maximise their ATAR score. A range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are also available to complement VCE programs, and VCE students are expected to select VET programs with scored assessment, which make a contribution towards the ATAR. VCE students also have access to University Enhancement Studies which provide both VCE and University credits.
Dromana College students are also in the enviable position of enjoying ongoing support from Monash University through our participation in the Schools Access Monash (SAM) program, which provides University campus tours from Year 8 onwards, Year 12 tutoring and exam revision classes and scholarships, amongst other things.
We believe that our highly successful VCE program and its delivery maximise engagement and student success by offering a wide range of subjects to cater for the needs and interests of all students and ensuring that teachers place their students at the forefront of their practice. Whilst great strides have been made in recent years and outstanding VCE results have been achieved, we will not be deterred from our unwavering focus of striving for continuously improving them.
For more information regarding the VCE program or to book a tour please contact the college on 03 5987 2805.