7-12 Student Enrolment Information
Please click on the link below
7-12 student enrolment handbook (external site)
At Years 7 to 10, Manor Lakes College is guided by the Victorian Curriculum which sets standards in Victorian schools and provides a framework and standards from which individual schools can develop and deliver programmes of study. The Victorian Curriculum describes what students should know and be able to do at regular intervals from the Foundation (first year of school) to Year 10. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
As well as studying the five core subjects for a significant part of the week, students will experience a range of other secondary school subjects for shorter periods of time. Students have the opportunity to experience a range of subjects that they may not have come across before, laying the foundations should they wish to continue in these areas when elective choices become available from Year 10 onwards.
Core subjects offered are mandatory for all students in Year 7 – 9 to complete the following:
- English, EAL or Advanced English
- Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics
- Health and Physical Education
Manor Lakes College provides the following learning program for students in Years 7-10:
Year 7 Program
Along with their subjects, students will participate in a 1-hour literacy program developed to address their reading and comprehension needs and support their learning across their subjects. In addition, students will participate in a “Careers Week” on the last week of term 2.
Subjects taught at Year 7 are a combination of year-long and semester-long subjects
English- Core and EAL
Physical Education- core and AFL program
Year 8 Program
Along with their subjects, students will participate in a 1-hour literacy program developed to address their reading and comprehension needs and support their learning across their subjects. To help make real world connections between school and life, students will participate in a “Careers Week” on the last week of term 2.
Subjects taught at Year 8 are a combination of year-long and semester-long subjects.
English- Core and EAL
Physical Education- Core and AFL program
Year 9 Program
Core subjects in Years 9 and 10 provide a solid foundation for students to pursue any VCE or units in Year 11 or the VCAL pathway. They participate in career taster activities and tasks throughout week 5-11 of term 2. In addition, Year 9 students are placed in 2 elective subjects per semester.
English- Core, EAL or Enrichment
Science- Core, Enrichment or EAL
Maths- Core, Enrichment or EAL
Physical Education- Core and Elite
Computing- Digital Technology
Year 10 Program
In Year 10, students continue their core study areas and choose further electives. Selected students are also able to study a VCE or VET subject, based on the selection criteria and availability. Additionally, throughout Year 10, students will receive information on careers and vocational and academic pathways. They will participate in a week long block of work experience at the end of term 3.
Subject areas consist of the Arts, Music, English, Physical Education, Health & Personal Development, History, Mathematics, Science and Technologies. All students in Year 10 will be required to study English, Mathematics, and Science, plus a combination of three elective subjects each semester.
Maths Functional, Core or Advanced
The Great Outdoors
VET Sport & RecreationHorticulture
Multimedia and Digital Design
Biology (Semester 2)
Chemistry (Semester 2)
Environmental Science (Semester 2)
Physics (Semester 2)
Real Sciences (Semester 2)
Legal Studies: Human Rights & Government
20th Century History
Accounting and Business Studies
Literacy skills are taught in all subjects across the College. Additionally, all students in years 7 – 9 (mainstream) at Manor Lakes College (secondary) participate in 1 hour per week of targeted literacy lessons. Students who are in the Enrichment program participate in alternative co-curricular learning.
Students are grouped into 3 levels of ability groups, based on teacher feedback, NAPLAN results and report data.
The different groups each have a slightly different focus, which provides targeted support for students’ particular literacy requirements. These groups are reviewed each term and adjusted according to student performance and need.
In literacy lessons students participate in learning activities designed to improve their spelling, reading fluency and comprehension, and writing skills.
How can I help my child to improve their literacy?
We expect students to read for 15-30 minutes per day. Research has found that when students read daily for at least 15 minutes, this leads to improved academic performance. You can support your child in their reading by setting aside dedicated reading time each night. You can talk to your child about what they have read, read together with your child, or encourage them to keep a reading journal where they write a summary of what they have read.
There are some great websites that children can be encouraged to use that will help with their literacy:
Overview of Literacy Strategies used at Manor Lakes College (Secondary)
The SMART approach to Vocabulary
The SMART approach to vocabulary is a way to learn new words and improve spelling. It can work for all words and all subjects. It is about recognising which letters make different sounds and how these fit together.
S – SAY the word
M – Understand the MEANING of the word
A – ANALYSE the parts of the word: Syllables, Sounds, Letters
R – REMEMBER which part of the word might be tricky when you need to spell it
T – TEACH the word to someone else
This is when you think about what you notice when you first look at a text, and guess what the text will be about, based on what you have noticed.
This is when you create pictures in your head of what you are reading. You need to use your imagination!
Marking the text
This is when you use pens and highlighters to number paragraphs, circle or highlight key words, and underline important information.
This is when you write about what you have read or learned in one or two sentences.
Question-Answer Relationships (QARS)
QARS is a way of helping you to understand different types of questions that you are asked about a piece of text. There are 4 levels of questions:
- Right-There questions
- Think and Search questions
- Author and You questions
- On Your Own questions
Right-There questions: You can find the answer to these questions in the text. Usually you can copy the answer directly from the text.
Think and Search questions: You need to take information from different parts of the text, think about it, and put it together to make a meaningful answer.
Author and You questions: You need to make a connection between the information in the text and your own life. You need to understand the information in the text to be able to answer these questions.
On Your Own questions: These questions relate to the topic of the text. You need to use your own knowledge to answer these questions.
Sports and Leadership Development Program (SLD)
Purpose vision and values:
Purpose: To develop each student athlete to maximise their potential athletically, academically and in citizenship.
Vision: To be recognised and highly regarded as a high-performance sport and education school in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
Values: Athlete development/sports academy students will operate under the motto
- Dream: of a better future
- Believe: in a pathway to achieve it
- Achieve: greatness through hard work
The Sports and Leadership Development Program (SLD) is a program for students who are interested in developing essential skills and knowledge of – what it means to be a leader within the sporting community. Students will explore the fundamentals and develop an insight into the running of competition-based sports and the development of athletes.
Sports and Leadership Development covers a wide range of theory, practical and hands-on learning including – basic first aid training, growth mindset, public speaking, and opportunities to complete coaching courses.
Students from a variety of sporting fields are encouraged to apply for this program. Application enquiries can be directed to the program coordinator Bonnie-Rae Duncan by either calling the college or emailing: email@example.com.
Applications for Sports Leadership Development program for Year 7, 2023 are now open.
To apply please use the link:
Applications close on the 12th of August 2022.
Failure to fill out the google form will result in you not being considered for the program. If you have have any questions please contact Bonnie-Rae Duncan via email Bonnie-Rae.Duncan@education.vic.gov.au
If you would like to apply for a position for your child here at Manor Lakes College Athlete Development Program/Sports Academy, please fill out our on-line application form. Please click here for the On-Line application form. Applications will close August 12, 2022.
Applicants who are unsuccessful at receiving a position in the Athlete Leadership Development Program will still be considered for the Sports Academy.
Testing for new applicants will be on Monday September 12, 2022 (after school)
If you would like to apply for a position for your child here at Manor Lakes College Athlete Development Program/Sports Academy, please fill out our on-line application form. Please click here for the On-Line application form. Applications close 12th of September 2020
Applicants who are unsuccessful at receiving a position in the Athlete Development Program will still be considered for the Sports Academy.
All new applicants must participate in a testing day;
Current dates: Thursday 15th or 22nd of October 2020. (You only need to attend one day)
Please download and fill out an extended period of absence form if your child is away due to sporting commitments or a holiday. Click here to access the form.
Uniform policy and link to order our Athlete Development/Sports Academy uniform online.
Students are permitted to wear ADP/Sports Academy uniforms to school every day.
On any formal excursion outside of school students are required to wear their ADP/Sports Academy polo.
Students are required to wear appropriate runners to school for ADP classes and appropriate footwear for Sports Academy classes.
Compression tops and bottoms are permitted only during training sessions. They are not to be worn around the school.
All other Manor Lakes College uniform policy rules apply.
All Student Athletes at Manor Lakes College are expected to maintain a high standard in education and sport. All student Athletes enter into a student athlete agreement detailing all expectations. Click here to access the agreement.
If you have any questions please contact our Athlete Development and Sports Academy Coordinator Bonnie-Rae Duncan.
Ph: 03 9741 4202
In 2021 Manor Lakes P-12 College is proudly offering an extracurricular sporting program focusing on student athlete development and sporting career pathways – The Sports Academy.
Students are able to take part in the program through a select entry process, and must demonstrate excellent athletic abilities, outstanding behaviour and dedication to their academics.
Sports Academy students will operate under the motto of “dream of a better future, believe in a pathway to it, achieve greatness through hard work.”
The program specialises in Seven sports- Rugby League, Australian Rules Football, Netball and Basketball, Soccer, Cricket and Volleyball
In Partnership with the Melbourne Storm the Academy aims to foster and grow the Rugby League talent, knowledge and skills of the students at Manor Lakes P-12 College. The newly agreed partnership means students in the Rugby League Academy will have access to elite level coaching, female specific training sessions run by NRL Victoria coaches and opportunities for students to engage in aspirational career talks from development officers and high profile players.
The academy provides students with the opportunity to compete in NRL game development competitions including as a minimum:
- U12’s Billy Slater Shield
- U14’s Cameron Smith Shield
- U16’s Cameron Munster Shield
- U18’s NRL schoolboy trophy
- Melbourne Storm cup
- Additional female academy galas
- U16’s Harmony Cup
Students in the Rugby League Academy will be provided with the opportunity to complete a minimum of one of the following qualifications:
- Modified Games Coaching
- Foundation one referees course
- CPR Course
- Level one sports trainers course
- League safe certification
Rugby Academy coaching staff:
Joe Diamond is our Rugby League coaching director. He is a well experienced ex professional player and coach who is currently the head coach of the under 16/17’s team at Altona Roosters. Joe has spent many years being involved in the sport from grass roots through to the professional level. Joe is passionate about developing young men and women to become well-rounded members of the wider Rugby League community.
Bonnie-Rae Duncan is our pathway manager. She has been involved in Rugby League stemming back to her childhood in country New South Wales. Her passion for the sport has now led her into her 11th year of being a sports trainer and team manager across a number of NRL Victoria clubs. In 2020/2021 Bonnie will be working closely with Joe at Altona Roosters as the head sports trainer and manager
Current Rugby League academy times:
For further information or questions about the Rugby League Academy please contact Joe Diamond or Bonnie-Rae Duncan at the College.
In partnership with the Werribee Football Club (VFL), the AFL academy aims to support and foster talented students at Manor Lakes College P-12. The partnership with Werribee means students in the AFL Academy are provided with access to elite level coaching sessions from ex AFL star Michael Barlow. They are provided the opportunity to train in brand new elite training facilities and develop physically through specialised strength and conditioning sessions and programs. The AFL academy also has links with the North Melbourne Next Generation Academy and aims to provide pathways into other elite player programs such as the Western Jets.
Students involved in the AFL academy will have the opportunity to not only develop on the field but also off the field via:
- Volunteering for Werribee VFL home games
- Experience being in the coach’s box during home games
- CPR Course
- Level one sports trainers course
- Injury prevention and rehab
AFL Development coaching staff:
Brad has a level two AFL coaching accreditation and brings a wealth of elite level playing experience to the academy. He was involved in the TAC cup as a teenager growing up and was captain of the Murray Bushrangers, eventually going on to play VFL for Port Melbourne and Bendigo Bombers/Gold. Brad is passionate in developing juniors to become the best people they can become and to develop links with sport in their future.
Matt has a level two AFL coaching accreditation a and brings a wealth of elite level playing experience to the academy. He was involved with the Williamstown VFL team as a player and also a development coach and is currently playing seniors at Werribee District football club. Matt is passionate in development junior athletes to in sport and also develop links with sport in their future.
Current AFL academy times:
For further information or questions about the AFL Academy please contact Matt Wilkinson or Brad Collins at the College.
The basketball academy aims to foster and grow the basketball talent at our school. We have an ex-NBL star, Warwick Giddy from Melbourne United, coming out to help train the students, as well as, passing on his knowledge and experience from an elite level. On top of this, the training sessions are all structured around Basketball Victoria’s & Basketball Australia’s recommendations – of a key focus towards skills development and team concepts. Students will gain consistent exposure to key basketball terminology and points of emphasis when completing various skill based and team based drills on a weekly basis.
Basketball Development coaching staff:
Matt brings a wealth of elite level playing experience to the academy. He played representative basketball for the Werribee Devils Senior Championship team from 2002 – 2014. In 2002 he finished 3rd in the Victorian junior classics and finished runners up overall in the Victorian basketball league. In 2003 he won a VBL men’s championship at the age of 14 and in 2004 was Runners up. In 2004 he won a national title at the Australian school boys championship, was named in the Mackillop College hall of fame and he was also named in Iramoo quarter team of the century all in the same year. In 2005 he travelled America and Canada to play against all the best high schools in the country and in 2007/08 he was training with the NBL Melbourne Tigers squad. Matt is passionate in development junior athletes to in sport and also develop links with sport in their future.
Ed first began basketball coaching with Caulfield Grammar School back in 2013. He then networked with the McKinnon Cougars basketball club, where he coached between 2013-2017 in the VJBL and assisted their VYCM team in the BigV competition. During this time, Ed was presented with opportunities to be involved with McKinnon’s State Performance Program (SPP), the U18/20 National Intensive Training Program (NITP) out in the Dandenong Satellite and the U15 Vic Metro White team at the Southern Cross Challenge in 2017.
Currently, Ed has an Association Coach Accreditation (NCAS level 2) in basketball and am an assistant coach with the Nunawading Spectres VYCM team since mid 2017.
Current Basketball academy times:
Advanced: 6:30am – 7:30am
Academy: 7:30am – 8:30am
Advanced: 6:30am – 7:30am
Academy: 7:30am – 8:30am
For further information or questions about the Basketball Academy please contact Matt Wilkinson or Ed Niu at the College.
The aim of the Netball Academy is to support aspiring netball athletes to develop their knowledge and skills of the game, with a focus on technical and tactical skill development.
The program aims to develop talented young netball players through:
- Dynamic training sessions including; technical and tactical skill development, game play, strength and conditioning and physical assessment testing.
- Providing athletes with the tools necessary for them to develop as high-level athletes
- Providing a safe and productive learning environment
- Developing young people who can balance sporting and academic performance
Netball Development coaching staff
Alyce McGill has been a successful high-level netballer since junior level. She has been the head netball coach at Manor Lakes P12 College for 5 years with great success in interschool and regional level. Her focus is on helping students gain knowledge about all aspects of the game to enable them to improve and excel in their sporting endeavours.
Current netball academy times:
7:45 – 8:30am
7:45 – 8:30am
For further information or questions about the Netball Academy please contact Alyce McGill at the College.
Soccer Development Coaching Staff:
Daniel Micallef has been coaching & refereeing indoor & outdoor soccer for 12+ years, and playing for 15+ years. Daniel currently holds a Youth + Senior C coaching license, in addition to a variety of other youth and senior coaching qualifications within the Australian FFA coaching system. Daniel coached at Hoppers Crossing Soccer club from 2013-2016 winning the league & State championships in each of those 4 years with a variety of youth teams (Under 12,14,15,16). Daniel was also Technical director of youth football at the club in 2016 and an assistant coach in the clubs senior setup in the same year. Throughout 2015-2016 Daniel was head coach of Football Star Academy Werribee and coached elite players in the region. Daniel also has coached with a variety of professional players such as: Harry Kewell, Archie Thompson, Lisa De Vanna, the Lazio academy and with the Melbourne Victory Academy. In 2017 Daniel left to coach in the National Premier League with Werribee City and in 2018 took a break from coaching to focus on his final year of university. Daniel has since returned to and is actively coaching and playing senior soccer.
Senior Soccer Academy:
Wednesday 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Junior Soccer Academy:
Thursday 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Current Cricket times:
Tuesday Lunch Time
1:20pm – 3:00pm
Thursday Lunch Time
1:20pm – 3:00pm
After School LOTE
Students at Manor Lakes College in Years 7,8 & 9 have had the opportunity to learn about Japanese language and culture. The classes take place after school every Monday in the Eyre library. There are three main languages in Japanese; kanji, katakana and hiragana. Currently the class is learning how to read and write ‘hiragana’ by practising each stroke and repeating.
Some of the topics students have studied are as follows:
- simple greetings and how to introduce yourself
- where Japan is located in Asia and some of the cities and prefecture names in Japan
- how to use ‘hashi’ (chop sticks)
- Japanese festivals and National Holidays
- the Japanese cultural obsession of ‘Janken’ (rock, paper, scissors)
- Japanese ‘anime’ and ‘manga’
- How to count up to 20
Any students in Years 7,8 or 9 who are interested in learning about the Japanese language and culture are welcome to come to the Eyre library after school on Mondays. Class starts at 3:10pm and finishes at 4 pm.
Upcoming test to revise for? Missed some classes due to illness? Assignments due in soon? Keen to put your best foot forward and get those top marks? Struggling with a particular concept or topic?
Once a week for an hour after school, teachers are available in the Eyre Library to help students out with their homework or study. This is an opportunity for students get the additional help they need to stay on top of their homework commitments or go the extra mile with their independent study. No sign-up is required, so students can opt-in based on their own need, but for those who choose to attend, an attendance roll is kept.
Speak to your teachers at any point throughout the year to find out when the Homework Club is running.
Manor Lakes School Production – with Western Edge Youth Arts (WEYA)
Manor Lakes College promotes cultural activities such as drama and the arts and we are proud of our yearly school production. In 2019 the number of students participating increased to 30, including students interested in backstage and technical support. We also sold out two evening shows in our 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet. The fact so many people – families, teachers and friends – came to the show was exactly why the program is so important, as it build’s our community’s culture of pride, excitement and joy.
WEYA delivers community-based theatre programs for young people aged 10-25, across Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. Propelled by the values of inclusivity, access, equity, respect, transparency, and safety, WEYA’s purpose is to empower young people, particularly those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, to tell their own stories, in their own way, and with their own voice. WEYA does this by providing a cost free, safe and supportive space for young people to explore their creativity, learn new performance practices, and develop their leadership skills.
It is hard to explain the journey our students went on to create their own production of Romeo and Juliet. The team were humbled by how they worked together, listened to each other, cheered each other on in rehearsal, and supported each other backstage and in performance. This is not an easy thing to achieve. The staff of WEYA are exceptionally skilled at leading rooms with confidence, care, enthusiasm and respect. WEYA’s model of a Lead Artist and two Support Artists on each program is revolutionary. The involvement of young Support Artists allows our students to engage in a whole other way, with inspiration from peers stepping into the industry. It keeps the program young, fresh and relevant.
The learnings for our students went far beyond performance skills. They learned to hold space for each other, and how to talk about the difficult realities of racism, sexism, classism, violence, poverty, mental health and more. This focus came from the students who wanted to talk about and explore complex issues in the play. WEYA staff facilitated this with professionalism and crafted it into a brilliant production that was the sum of all our student’s parts: funny, quirky, gut-punching and full of heart. WEYA allows students not only to feel like superstars on the stage, but also demonstrate the value of friendship and community.
We are all so excited already to start our next production with WEYA in 2020! And hope many more students take part each year! We hope to see you there
Enrichment English in Year 7 covers similar content and skills as mainstream English; however, students in the Enrichment class focus on developing reading and writing skills above the expected level of their peers. The scope and sequence of Enrichment English in Year 7 expose students to analysis skills that require them to explore, explain, identify, and compare different texts and develop responses that explicitly integrate the use of evidence to support.
Enrichment students are exposed to a deeper analysis of themes, symbols, characters, and plot when reading texts. Students are also expected to gather an understanding of how to use and identify figurative language, author’s purpose and audience impact when completing language analysis tasks. These skills are often developed and supported by using graphic organisers, modelled exemplars and by following the writing process of planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. Students in Year 7 Enrichment will develop their knowledge of the TEEL structure to correctly use topic sentences and evidence to produce coherent and strong analytical essays. As the skills continue to develop, students are required to complete these tasks more independently and under time constraints. This builds their confidence in their own writing ability and time management skills for future assessment expectations.
The Victorian Curriculum underpins the delivery of Enrichment Mathematics. Students in Year 7 Enrichment learn Mathematics at Year 7 and Year 8 levels, and students in Year 8 will learn Mathematics at Year 8 and Year 9 levels, in both cases dependent on the topic. Some students may be extended beyond this, firstly ensuring their foundation knowledge and key skills are solid and consolidated. This extension can vary and may include content from Year 8 to Year 12. Depth of learning is also included for every Mathematics topic with students completing questions for:
- Problem Solving
This learning is vital to ensure application of tasks and understanding of each topic on a deeper level.
Problem Solving is an important part of Mathematics learning as it is a real life skill. In 2019, Problem Solving will be part of the students’ learning for one Mathematics lesson each week in addition to its inclusion in day-to-day lessons using Cambridge Essential Mathematics.
Students in the Year 7 Enrichment class cover the same content as their peers in other classes. This includes Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography and Economics, all at Year 7 level mapped out by the Victorian Curriculum. To engage students, different teaching strategies are used, such as hands on and kinaesthetic learning opportunities, use of IT, individual and group work and more complex and higher order thinking activities to develop writing skills for the Humanities domain. Most of these writing skills are new for the Year 7 Enrichment students and require support throughout the year to help them develop confidence and understanding. These writing skills, as well as analysis skills and the ability to link learning to the real world around them, underpin the uniqueness of the Humanities lessons for Year 7 Enrichment.
Enrichment Science involves students learning the Year 7 curriculum content, focussing on depth rather than breadth. Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves by completing inquiry projects and work collaboratively in small groups. The Year 7 textbook is used with a focus on completing ‘think’ and ‘investigate’ questions. Students not only use the written content in the textbook, but also extend further by critically thinking and then applying the content learned to consolidate. Students in Enrichment Science also focus on Literacy skills required when writing practical reports – a skill that is required all throughout their secondary education.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Manor Lakes College offers a broad and versatile VCE program to cater for the diversity of student pathways. Based on the widely promoted premise that VCE is a University pathway, students can choose from VCE studies that provide entry into the full spectrum of University courses. These VCE studies (offered each year and run based on numbers) comprise those from the Mathematics and Sciences, Humanities, Technology, Foreign Languages (through VSL), the Arts and Performance, Health and PE and English/EAL/Literature. All students receive extensive course counselling to ensure that interests and aspirations are understood and used to shape individual programs.
Students have access to VCE studies from Year 10 through our Early Commencement Program, the purpose of which is to maximise their ATAR score. A range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are also available to complement VCE programs and students in Year 12 (and some Year 11 students) are given a block of Study Hall time to maximise on campus opportunities to liaise with teachers/receive assistance/study on site. We also work in conjunction with the Victorian School of Languages and Virtual Schools Victoria to offer a wide range of subjects to cater for the needs and interests of all students.
Individual programs for VCE can be developed on a needs basis by contacting the VCE/VCAL Leading Teacher.
How VCE Works
Studies and Units
It is important to understand the difference between a study and a unit.
A study is a sequence of half year units in a particular curriculum area such as English, History, or Maths. Most of the studies will be comprised of four parts or units.
Each unit will be for a semester (half year). Usually Units 1 and 2 are taken in Year 11 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 12. Units 1 and 2 can be taken separately but Units 3 and 4 must be taken as a sequence.
What a Student must do to Achieve their VCE
Over the two years of study, a student must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 16 units. Most students will attempt 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12.
Included in the units that are satisfactorily completed must be:
- At least three units from the English group with at least one unit at Unit 3 or 4 level.
- Three sequences of Units 3 and 4 studies other than English which may include any number of English sequences, once the English requirement has been met.
Each VCE unit includes a set of two to four outcomes. These outcomes must be achieved for satisfactory completion of the unit. Achievement of the outcomes is based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit.
Satisfactory completion of units is determined by the school, in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements. When you have satisfactorily completed at least 16 units, including the units described in the bullet points above, you will be awarded your VCE.
VCAL at Manor Lakes College:
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (The VCAL) is a senior secondary certificate undertaken in Years 11 and 12.
Students who complete the VCAL at Manor Lakes College are very closely course counselled and must present as having a strong pathway in mind in order to be accepted in to our program. The VCAL at Manor Lakes College is for students seeking a vocational pathway on completion of school (this might include further education and training, employment, an apprenticeship or a traineeship).
Manor Lakes College offers the VCAL at all three of the levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Senior). Students are placed in to a certificate level based on their academic level and the level of support they require in the class room.
A typical week for a student completing VCAL at Manor Lakes College is:
Conferencing/Work Related Skills
VET/Structured Workplace Learning
VCAL Business Program:
Structured Workplace Learning/VET
Work Ready online program and in school placement
In accordance with VCAA policy and guidelines, in order to successfully complete the VCAL program, students must successfully meet learning outcomes in the strands of: Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills. Students enrolled in the Intermediate and Senior VCAL certificate’s must also successfully meet the unit requirements for an enrolled VET course.
VET at Manor Lakes College:
Vocational Education and Training (VET) allows students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate. VET can give students workplace skills for a career they are passionate about. Every year, more than 50 000 secondary students across Victoria participate in a VET course. VET is a compulsory component of the VCAL program.
VET programs at Manor Lakes college incur additional charges on top of the regular booklist and school fees. Fees range from no cost to $600 depending on the course itself and materials required. Non payment of VET programs by the required date will result in withdrawal from the VET course.
VET courses run over all four terms of the school year. Students are encouraged to choose their VET course wisely as withdrawal from a VET program after the final census date with require full payment for the VET to be made.
Course Locations, code of conduct and absence:
VET courses are delivered at various venues including Manor Lakes college, other local secondary schools, Trade Training Centres and TAFE’s. Students from Manor Lakes College attending a course off campus must wear full college uniform and continue to abide by the college code of conduct of both our college, and also the location they are attending. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any missed work in the event of absence from class. VET attendance contributes to the VCAA attendance requirements of both VCE and VCAL.
Student Leadership & Peer Mediators
Who to see for support/more information:
Assistant Principal Penelope Owens; LT Mal Yanni
Further information regarding college processes can be found on the student leaders roles and responsibilities google slides:
The student leadership team comprises of x2 Year 12 Captains and x2 Year 11 Deputy Captains. The remainder of the student leadership team are organised within house groups; Freeman, Paterson, Hollows and Cowan house. Within each house group there is an assigned cultural and sports leader. With staff support, they will be responsibility for at least 1 major event at the college. All student leaders will be assigned to a Year 7 or 8 home group to assist with morning duties and support junior student to be prepared for learning. On Friday mornings the team will attend home group with a member of the Principal team or the Leading Teacher of Student Agency and Engagement so that they can voice any issues or concerns within the student cohort and feel supported in their role. All effort will be made to ensure that the student leaders’ academic programme is not disrupted through performing their duties.
Peer mediators are comprised of Year 9 & 10 students who have shown exceptional leadership abilities. With YLC and HOS support they will conduct peer mediations for minor conflicts and offer their peer strategies to resolve conflict other than verbal abuse and violence. They will be easily identified in the yard and assist duty staff to manage low level peer conflict. Peer mediators will receive training and support through external consultants, our school counsellors and other members of our wellbeing team
Careers & Pathways
Leading Teacher: Careers, Transitions and Pathways
Charmaine De Sousa
Careers at Manor Lakes P-12 College
Career Development is the process of managing life, learning and work over the lifespan. Manor Lakes P-12 College strives to raise student aspirations and help every individual to fulfil their potential. Assistance is given to identify pathways, over come barriers and prepare for the demands of a working life. Each student is given the opportunity to develop the skills needed for successful planning and managing of their futures.
The College has qualified Careers Practitioners who work with students to help them make informed choices about their subjects and identify their pathways and transition needs. Manor Lakes P-12 College focuses intently on the development of our students as learners and as people. There are many opportunities to participate in activities that encourage self-knowledge, understanding the link between school and the world of work and goal setting. This allows them to make informed decisions and the best career choices.
The College takes a whole school approach to careers education. Teachers have access to planned lessons which are complimented by activities, incursions, visiting speakers and workshops.
Careers Portfolios are created for individual students in secondary years. Individual portfolios will track and record student achievement within school and their community. Examples will include documentation collected from careers investigations, aspirations, transitions, research, skills and abilities and on going career action plans.
The Careers and Pathways Learning area is found in the Eyre building. It provides:
- Digital Career Action Plans for each student in years 7-12 through the careers website
- Timetabled Pathways & Career’s classes
- 1:1 counselling
- Careers Resource Room
- Study Camps, Year level preparation events and orientation weeks
- Excursions and incursions with Tertiary Institutions & Work Place representatives
- Career themed events and workshops
- Trade Taster experiences
- Subject selection information sessions
- Course/VTAC Counselling
- Connections with support agencies, access to training and job seeking assistance
- Work Placement opportunities and compulsory Work Experience at year 10
- Careers Vocational Testing
- Further education and employment related expos, events and excursions
- Current University, TAFE and Tertiary course information
- Scholarships, Special Entry Access Schemes, Job Applications and Resume’ support
Our college careers website is a central hub for all information and resources pertaining to career development including:
* Careers newsletters
* Careers related events calendar
* Work place learning
* Information about VCE/VCAL/VTAC
* Post school options
* Information for parents
* Student hub including the Student Secure Area
Annual Careers Events
- Year 10 Work Experience in term 3
- Year 10 Career Seminar Series
- VCE-VCAL Information/Preparation nights
- Year 10-12 Course Counselling/Conformation Days
- VTAC Information sessions
- Smith Family Work Inspirations at the Hilton Hotel
- Year 9-11 Careers classes
- Year 7-8 Career Themed Weeks
- SEAS/Scholarship Presentations
- WRICA careers expo at Werribee Racecourse
- Western Metro TIS
- Deakin Engagement and Access Program: grade 4 – year 10
- Shape your destiny-motivational workshop
- Dress for success-presentation for Work Experience
- University experience days
- RSA, Food Handling, White card, barista, OH&S – Training offered
This is published every week and accessible on the Compass news feed and Manor Lakes College facebook group for students and families. It includes up-to-date information about open days .