After a tumultuous start, Greater Shepparton Secondary College is set to become a reality when the first school bell rings in 2020.
As Mooroopna Secondary College, Wanganui Park Secondary College, McGuire College and Shepparton High School merge into what is known colloquially as the “super school”, the year ahead signals a time of change and transformation for secondary education in the region.
It has become the most controversial part of the Shepparton Education Plan, which also includes the development of the Mooroopna Integrated Early Learning Centre, set to be complete in 2021.
When the new school opens, it will cater for about 2700 students, offering VCE subjects, a VCAL program and a broad range of VET options to students.
Mathematics and science subjects will run at the McGuire and Wanganui campuses this year, with the only exception being specialist mathematics, which will be offered at Wanganui Park SC.
This year the school will be able to run separate year level classes for a number of subjects, while in previous years classes for Year 11 and 12 were run together.
This includes subjects such as physics, theatre studies, Japanese, Italian, specialist mathematics, product design and technology (wood), product design and technology (metal), music, and sociology.
Year 9 students will have access to double the number of electives than were previously offered, a total of 81.
The Year 9 program, which will be based at the Mooroopna campus, will focus on supporting hands-on learning, self-development, resilience, self-determination, community connections and student leadership.
Literacy and numeracy will be the focus of the Year 7 curriculum.
Year 7 students, who will be based at the McGuire campus, will have the opportunity to investigate real-life applications through the integration of science and humanities.
They will also learn organisation and study skills to assist in their transition to secondary school through the learning mentor program.
This year, demolition will begin at Shepparton High School, with all current students of the school moving to the Wanganui Park campus, except for Year 9s.
Mooroopna Secondary College’s Year 8s and 10s remain where they are, while its Year 11 and 12 students will move to either the Wanganui Park campus or the McGuire campus, depending on subject choices.
All existing students who use the school bus program, along with those who are new to the program during the transition period, will receive free travel until the school opens on one site.
In addition, government secondary school students travelling on public transport will have ticket costs fully reimbursed through the conveyance allowance program until the single site opens.
The executive principal is Genevieve Simson and assisting her is Megan Michalaidis.
Leading the Wanganui Park campus will be Ken Murray; Stephen Bolton will be at the Mooroopna campus; and heading up the McGuire campus will be John Sciacca.
The school name, Greater Shepparton Secondary College, was announced in November, along with the school logo and uniforms.
Each student will receive a $200 voucher, which they can redeem at uniform suppliers for summer and sports uniforms.
All students from across the three campuses in 2020 will wear the new uniform, which includes white, teal, grey and orange.
Students will also have free access to interactive online VCE resources this year.
The new college is expected to open in 2022.
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