Established in 1981, Gisborne Secondary College provides a safe and stimulating learning environment for over 1100 students in the Macedon Ranges. We have an established reputation as an outstanding school in the quality of our wellbeing programs and breadth of curriculum; the strength of our current enrolments means that our learning programs will continue to expand over the next five years.
We are a leading school in ‘Respectful Relationships’ and a pilot school for the exciting vocational initiative ‘Head Start’, a new model for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Year 7 and 8, our students work in purpose-built learning centres with a core curriculum that includes English, mathematics, languages, humanities and visual arts. Our Learning Centres provide exemplary learning, wellbeing and transition support, and the importance of a smooth and well-supported transition at these year levels cannot be underestimated. Students working in the learning centres have the opportunity to develop strong and enduring relationships with their teachers and with each other. Our parents speak at length about how connected their children feel in these learning centres, and how effective the family-school communication is.
Our Year 9 curriculum is unique in offering the ‘RAID Program’ (an acronym for our values of Respect, Achievement, Innovation and Diversity) which engages students one day per fortnight in a range of positive, diverse and stimulating activities aimed at their specific social and cognitive developmental level.
As students progress into Years 10, 11 and 12, our College offers a comprehensive range of learning experiences to meet individual needs and pathways. There are over 50 different VCE courses on offer as well as VCAL and VET programs. Many of our Year 10 students participate in the Senior Accelerated Learning Pathway (SALP), which means they can select multiple VCE or Vocational Education Training (VET) subjects to begin their qualifications journey.
In valuing the right of every student to reach their full potential, the College creates a positive, friendly and safe environment, which fosters self-confidence, self-efficacy and a sense of purpose and direction. Our students are well-behaved, polite, courteous and happy. We are proud of their significant achievements in science and technology, English literature, performing and visual arts and sport.
Please take the time to browse through our new website to get a sense of the wide variety of programs we offer. All of our policies and documents are freely available under the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of the page, including our Annual Report, which we present to our community in May each year at our School Council Awards evening.
School tours are currently on hold due to staff and students operating in the remote learning environment. I instead invite you to join me in an online ‘Meet the Principal’ session, more information about this initiative is available here.
At Gisborne Secondary College we are preparing young men and women for living and learning.
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.
Students residing in our zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
You can find more information on the Department’s website under School zones.
Grade 5 & 6 students spend at least four days at Gisborne Secondary College before beginning here each new academic year. The learning centres, combined with a peer mentoring program, ensure that every Year 7 student is closely monitored and their learning is targeted.
Gisborne Secondary's Career Pathway Planning programming assists each student to select and explore engaging career options right from day one. The college links with the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Federation University, as well as providing significant VET, apprenticeship and traineeship options.