Lara Secondary College will be in it's eighteenth year of operation in 2020. We have built the school with a clear vision for continuous improvement with the student at the centre of all that we do. Our vision and direction is guided by our values of EXCELLENCE, TEAMWORK, COMMITMENT AND RESPECT which is centred on our College Motto – Realise Your Potential.
Our agreed purpose is to ensure that all students are successful in reaching their potential in the shared knowledge that all students can learn. The College offers a rich and broad curriculum across all year levels. Students in Years 7/8 work in “pods” of two classes enabling high levels of monitoring, learning and differentiation with two core teachers to ensure that strong relationships are built as students transition to the secondary setting. We also have a broad range of elective based subjects at Years 10 and we offer many opportunities for students to select their VCE/VET or VCAL subjects according to their academic passions.
Lara Secondary College is committed to work as a Professional Learning Community (Defour and Defour) and we are committed to working collaboratively to establish a guaranteed and viable Curriculum as well as closely monitoring student learning and ensuring that a structured process of intervention is in place to ensure that “all students learn”.
At Lara Secondary College every student is supported to be their best and learn to their full potential in an environment where teachers are passionate about their work and their students.
The College has a strong focus on delivering high quality teacher practice via the implementation of a Common Instructional Model, which focuses on the 9 High Yield Teaching Strategies outlined in Dr. Jane Pollock's book “Classroom Instruction that Works” (Marzano, Pickering & Pollock).
School Wide Positive Behaviours is our framework for the ongoing support and development of student wellbeing. These priorities are embedded in our practice and enable the school to be clearly focused on the work that is critical to student success. We know that relationships between students and teachers have a large impact on student learning and our work. We understand that students learn best when they relate well to their teachers, when they feel safe and secure.
Our intensive pastoral care curriculum across Years 7 - 12 includes a structured program to support the development of academic success, individual self-esteem, learning confidence, resilience and persistence, as well as the essential ability to relate positively to others. We pride ourselves on strong and positive relationships between staff and students and work with passion and enthusiasm to ensure that every student gains the maximum benefit from their secondary education at Lara Secondary College.
Lara Secondary College has a very strong focus on the five main areas listed below:
All teachers at the College deliver their lessons in an agreed Common Instructional Model based on the implementation of 9 evidence based High Yield Teaching strategies. Such teaching strategies are implemented in order to gain high level achievement growth for all students across Years 7 – 12. Teaching staff regularly collaborate to ensure high quality teaching strategies are implemented across every class within the College.
The College implements very clear guidelines in relation to student management and health and wellbeing. Such clear and concise documentation enables all people involved with our College to develop a real sense of pride and belonging to the College. Respect of oneself and each other is a strong focus of the College.
We believe that all students learn at different rates. It is for this reason that all students from Year 7 – 10 have the opportunity to improve their first result on a Common Assessment Task, if they believe with an extra week of study and more effort, they will fully understand the topic being studied and therefore obtain a better grade. We provide opportunities for all students to understand that the amount of effort they place into their studies will ultimately determine their level of academic success. ‘Attitude not Aptitude, will determine your Altitude’
The College offers Academic Scholarships at Year 7 and Year 10 to the value of $500 each year for 3 years duration. The Academic Scholarships help support those students who are academically talented and ensure they are financially supported in reaching their high academic potential throughout their years in secondary school. Such students are also able to access our Year 7 – 9 Enrichment Classes where they will undertake more challenging curriculum work, amongst students of similar abilities.
The College offers a wide range of Extra –Curricula Programs including Performing Arts Evenings, Senior and Junior Music Evenings, Inter School Sports, Youth Parliament, Homework Club, SRC Leadership Involvement, School for Student Leadership Program, Year 9 Connections Program, International Exchange Programs, Upstart Business Ideas Program and many more.
SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of current VET music competencies and VCE music repertoire requirements including experience in leading ensembles, preparing students for performances and graded exams.
SC2 Demonstrate experience on improved learning of contemporary styles and the capacity to engage with student interests and relevant curriculum.
SC3 Demonstrate reflection of practice and engagement in professional learning to continually improve the quality of instructing and performance outcomes.
SC4 Organizing and participating in college performance schedule
SC5 Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community through high level verbal and written communication skills.
SC6 Demonstrated ability to build and retain instrumental music student enrolments including autonomy and independence when required
Range 3 is distinguished by the introduction of management responsibility and accountability for the delivery of professional support services. The role will usually impact beyond the work area or professional field. It seeks to gain cooperation of other staff members or members of the school community to achieve specific objectives, such as in school administration, operations or educational programs.
Direction on targets and goals is provided but the position will have some degree of latitude in determining how they are achieved. This latitude will generally be limited by standard procedures and school policy. Deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.
The provision of business management responsibilities becomes a feature at range 3. Management of staff to achieve the expected outcomes is a key responsibility. Staff management issues will be resolved with minimal reference to senior management, although guidance will be required in more complex cases. Senior management will be provided with timely reports and advice, although this will generally be confined to matters relating to the immediate work area, service provision or educational program and is unlikely to impact substantially on whole of school operations.
This is the minimum range for positions that carry a mandatory qualification requirement of not less than four years. Professional student support positions become a feature at range 3 (e.g. therapists, psychologists) where standard professional services are delivered. Professional support and guidance will be close at hand and deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.
An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee¿s position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.
Lara Secondary College is currently in the process of rebuilding and rebranding the music program. Over the last 12 months instrumental music lesson enrolments have increased with the goal of further expansion. With the continued growth of classroom music and instrumental lessons, the college performance schedule and student interest in the program is continually increasing. All instrumental staff are expected to contribute to, and share supervision of rehearsals and concerts.
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
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