Teaching + Learning
Our programs provide a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience for every student. The atmosphere of enjoyment of learning is central to our core programs and is underpinned by a carefully planned structure of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Humanities. In addition, the students will experience a range of specialist programs in Technology, Arts, Health and PE and LOTE (Japanese and Spanish) which will assist them in making elective choices in year 9.
The curriculum and structure have been designed to enable teachers, students and parents to develop close and positive relationships with each other. This is because students learn well and teachers teach well when they know each other, respect each other and have the trust and willingness to work together. Our House structure supports individuals to grow socially and academically in a safe and stimulating environment.
EXTENSION + ENRICHMENT
The College offers a wide range of extension, intervention and enrichment programs including student leadership, instrumental music tuition, sports, musical and drama productions, Human Powered Vehicle (HPV), debating, Homework Club, Cultural Crew, aerobics, STAR Program and a variety of other lunchtime and after school programs. We also offer a number of educational tours interstate and overseas including visiting our sister school in Japan, Schoolies in Cambodia and Central Australia.
In our Senior Program (10-12) most students study the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). We also provide Vocational Education (VET), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) in a variety of combinations, ensuring that students can achieve their aspirations. We encourage students to have breadth and depth in their programs, to pursue interests and develop talents and to follow a course of study required for their planned pathway.
Course Selection Guides
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program
The vision for Carrum Downs Secondary College is one in which all students can utilise and are provided with the necessary ICT tools to be successful learners within the 21st century. The use of technology to support student learning needs to be multi-faceted, flexible and adaptive in approach, and the various devices utilised should enable students to have continual access to relevant information and knowledge whenever required, and perform a variety of other functions necessary to support their learning.
All students across the college are strongly encouraged to engage in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, whereby students can bring their own netbook device to the college, allowing them constant access to our college wireless network, internet, Office 365 software and printing. The program, which began implementation in 2018, will be an opt in program for 2019 and compulsory for all students in 2020 and beyond.
There are many benefits to learning for students who bring their own device;
- Access at all times to our Compass portal through which students can access learning resources, become up to date with daily organisational changes, submit work and liaise with teachers.
- Access to learning software such as digital textbook and Edrolo (Yr 12 only).
- Capacity to bring the resources and information from the internet into their learning environment at any time.
- Easy transfer of school work between school and home.
- Opportunities to collaborate in their learning using ICT resources through an ever developing list of platforms including (but not limited to) Google Docs, Padlet, Kahoot just to name a few.
Greater independence in managing their own learning and better preparedness for either further study or work.
To access the BYOD program, students must return the parent consent form and bring their netbook to the school IT office where they will receive connection credentials and instructions.
If you are yet to purchase a BYOD, please consider the following options:
- Purchase a device outright from a retail provider
- Purchase a second-hand device
- Lease a device from your current telco provider (or alternative leasing company)
- Formally applying for assistance for an “extended loan device” (by appointment with the Parent Payment Contact Officer/ Business Manager)
Further information is available from our front office or the IT office.
The Resilience Project
In 2018 we introduced the Resilience Project to our College Community. This program focuses on empathy, mindfulness and gratitude and is being implemented throughout the Pastoral Care curriculum. This will support our community and continue to build on their day to day resilience when dealing with life’s challenges.
2016 – VCAL student achievement award/PDS – Tahlia Dunkley
2015 – IVET ‘VET in Schools Excellence Award’ Jay Rose
2015 – VCAL Frankston/Mornington Peninsula ‘Student Excellence Award’ Lauren Jansz
2015 – VCAL Frankston/Mornington Peninsula ‘Best Practice Award’
2014 – Australian Vocational Student of the Year – Brooke Garland
2013 – The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award
2012 – VCAA, VCAL Achievement Awards / Work Related Skills – Shaun Rush http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/excellenceawards/vcalachievement/speech2012.aspx
2012 – Order of Australia Association, School Project Annual Award
2012 – Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence – Ms Latinti Matautia – Ulugia
2011 – Order of Australia Association, Roy Ward Prize for Outstanding School Leadershipn – Aiden McKee
2011 – DEEWR, Australian Vocational Student Award – Kristy Pike
2011 – DEECD, Victorian Education Excellence Award, Pathways and Transitions
2011 – Skills Victoria, Victorian Training Award – VET in Schools Excellence
2010 – VCAA, VCAL Achievement Awards VCAL Teacher of the Year – Ms Katrina King (Applied Learning Leader)
2010 – VCAA, VCAL Achievement Awards School Based Trainee of the Year – Jessica Humphrey
2008 – DEECD Victorian Education Excellence Innovative Curriculum Award – Connect
2008 – Young Legends Award – Environmental Leadership
2008 – DEECD Cultural Diversity AwardsCultural – Middle Years
2007 – DEECD Victorian Education Excellence Innovative Curriculum Finalist – Connect
2006 – DEECD ‘Teacher Award’ Cultural Diversity – Ms Latinti Matautia – Ulugia