Students in the region will have another choice for VCE studies next year as Kerang Christian College expands to include studies from Prep to VCE. During the school holidays the College was granted permission to proceed with Year 11 and Senior Secondary VCE in 2015 by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The approval acknowledges compliance with government standards and provision of an effective curriculum framework.
“We believe offering Prep to VCE at one school is exactly what many families in our community are looking for. The College is preparing to offer a broad range of subjects throughout Secondary School and into VCE and aims to prepare our students for a broad range of post school pathway options,” outlined Principal, Mr Michael Bond. “The plan to expand Kerang Christian College towards VCE has been in the works for almost eight years,” highlighted Mr Bond.
“There has been a great deal of work completed to achieve this registration. I wish to acknowledge Miss Michelle Cuddon, Head of Secondary School; and Mrs Michelle Café, Head of Senior School for their leadership and dedication to the successful completion of this application. Furthermore, I wish to thank the College Board and the Church Community for their encouragement and prayerful support during this expansion.”
The College has recruited staff with VCE teaching and leadership experience during the past few years in preparation for offering VCE studies in 2015. Furthermore, the College has developed new Secondary School facilities during the expansion process. In 2014, construction is underway for a new Secondary School Wing including a state-of-the-art video conferencing facility. This facility will allow students and teachers to work collaboratively with other schools and resource providers. There is potential for students to study VCE courses via video conference in subject areas not available at the College. This technology also provides scope for unique “virtual excursions”, such as allowing students to interact with a diver on the Great Barrier Reef, or speak to an astronaut at Houston Space Center.
The development of the VCE subjects offered by Kerang Christian College has been a careful process. Over the past year, the College has been researching the potential directions and needs of the existing Senior School student cohort, and the subject selections of past students. The College has also been investigating the subjects that are offered across our region, and considering the more popularly enrolled subjects across the state. Kerang Christian College is excited about the plans to offer the following VCE subjects in 2015:
The final availability of options depends on student preferences, staffing and timetable requirements, but further possibilities may be available through the other options. Students at the College have regular mentoring sessions with the Head of Senior School, Mrs Michelle Café, to explore a range of potential Senior Secondary and career pathways. These discussions are also being used to direct work experience options for Year 10 students in Term 3.
The College will be conducting an information evening for its Senior School on Wednesday, 30th July at 7pm. The shape of VCE (and Year 10) at Kerang Christian College will be presented and families will be provided with opportunity to ask further questions.
Kerang Christian College is now accepting enrolment applications for Prep to Year 11 for 2015. Places are also available in Years 5 – 8 for 2014 at reduced fees for students commencing prior to 31st July 2014. For more information about Kerang Christian College, please call (03) 5450 3894 or check out the College website at: www.kccs.vic.edu.au
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