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 levels are: (should there be a list or something after this?)
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. An overview of the main literacy strategies taught in the classes can be found on the next page. (Probably need to change this – ‘Next Page’ doesn’t apply in this format)
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.
Elite Athlete Development Program
Manor Lakes Football Program is conducted in conjunction with North Melbourne FC with a pathway into their Next Generation Academy. The school has strong connections with the Western Jets FC, Werribee FC and Victoria University, which aim to provide students with opportunities and pathways towards these organisations.
This is an application based program with compulsory fitness and skills testing for students ranging from Grade 5 to Year 8. The program has strong links across the Victorian Curriculum in areas of English, Science, History, PE, Mathematics and Personal Development, covering topics such as training, strength and conditioning, recovery, nutrition, leadership and coaching.
Elite AFL Program Applications
Applications close on Thursday 17th October 2019.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please complete the application form, attach the required information, place in an envelope and return to the college office.
Returned applications will be marked attention: Mr Brad Collins
Alternatively applications can be emailed to Mr Brad Collins: email@example.com
Tryouts for the program will take place on 18th October 2019.
In 2019 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 five sports- Rugby League, Volleyball, Australian Rules Football, Netball and Basketball
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 League coaching staff:
Joe Diamond is our Rugby League coaching director. He is a well experienced player and coach who is currently in charge of the Werribee Bears under 15’s team. 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 Whales. Her passion for the sport has now led her into her 10th year of being a sports trainer and team manager across a number of NRL Victoria clubs. She is now an active committee member at the Sunshine Cowboys.
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:
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.
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
Manor Lakes College introduced the Enrichment Program in 2018 with its first Year 7 class. In 2019, there will be a Year 7 and a Year 8 class.
The Enrichment Program is designed to cater for students who have above average abilities in English and Mathematics, and who demonstrate high levels of organisation, task commitment and dedication towards their learning. The curriculum has been adapted for this purpose.
The Enrichment Program is delivered by staff with relevant teaching expertise who instil a high level of expectations in the students, challenging and motivating them to achieve at much higher levels.
For students who demonstrate learning achievements at the highest levels, the following pathways are possible from Year 7 Enrichment:
- Year 8 Enrichment
- Year 9 Advanced English and Mathematics
- Year 10 Advanced Mathematics (pre-VCE Maths Methods course)
- Early commencement VCE subjects in Year 10
Entry to the Program is via a testing and selection process. Interested students will be required to apply and test for the Program each year to secure a place for the following year. The places in the program are extremely coveted and are reserved for students with the highest abilities.
Please direct any enquiries to:
Enrichment Program Coordinator
03 9741 4202
Enrichment English in Year 7 covers the same content and analyses the same texts as all other Year 7 classes; however, students in the Enrichment class focus on developing reading and writing skills above the expected level of their peers. Enrichment students are exposed to deeper analysis of themes, symbols, characters and plot when reading texts and 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/editing and publishing. Essay development using the TEEL structure correctly requires students to learn how to write a contention, identify and analyse evidence and link arguments to an overall topic. 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.
Extra Curricular & Special Programs
The game of chess began in the North of India some 1500 years ago. It spread across Asia and the Islamic Arabian Empire eventually reaching Europe. The rules of chess changed numerous times until the 1880s – known as ‘the romantic era of chess’. The first World Chess Championship was held in 1886
Chess is a game of combat and strategy. It requires sustained attention and a great memory, along with problem solving skills. It is also a fun game to play!
Each week, Enrichment students have the opportunity to learn and play chess with a view to setting up inter-year level tournaments later in the year.
Who will be the next Manor Lakes College Chess Champion?
According to research by Cho, Park and Lee (2018), Taekwondo training not only improves mental health, wellbeing, and social skills, but it also “enables students to maintain a relationship with school rules, order, academic activities, and teachers”. It also “helps students to form rational judgments regarding peer-related conflicts and therefore contributes to the educational value of public education”. Based on the research, Taekwondo “helps the growth and development of children and youth, it has a greater utility in the cultivation of ideal human beings that is combined with a holistic, humanist education that fosters the formation of great personalities, and it improves physical strength through physical activities”.
I have been training in the martial art of Taekwondo for over 12 years at City West Taekwondo and competing in Poomsae (patterns) for several years. When I reflect on the calibre of the students in the Elite Competition Teams at the club, it comes as no surprise that the majority of them are – or have been part of – a select-entry or enrichment program at school. It also comes as no surprise that several Manor Lakes College Enrichment students already take part in Taekwondo as an outside school activity. It is because of this that I decided to start a Taekwondo activity solely for Enrichment students.
Enrichment Program Coordinator
On Monday lunch break each week, Enrichment students will be invited to take part in Taekwondo fun and fitness. Sparring will not currently form part of this activity.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art focussing mainly on foot skills. ‘Tae’means to kick or jump, ‘Kwon’means fist or hand and ‘Do’means ‘the way’.
Taekwondo teaches many skills:
- Basic stances, kicks, punches, blocks
- Combination kicks and punches
- The break test (breaking wood)
- Sparring (fighting)
- Poomsae (pronounced ‘Poom-say’) (patterns)
- The Korean language
- Stretching to improve flexibility
Taekwondo is an Olympic sport for Sparring. It is possible to compete Nationally and Internationally in both Sparring and Poomsae.
Taekwondo is an Olympic sport for Sparring. It is possible to compete at State, National and International levels in both Sparring and Poomsae.
Many researchers have drawn links between the study of Music and academic excellence. This comes as no surprise, given the myriad of highly regarded personal qualities involved in learning an instrument. These include persistence, focus, collaboration and active listening just to mention a few. With these benefits in mind, Manor Lakes College has included Music as part of the Enrichment Program.
For one period per week, students will explore Music through a range of listening, performing and composing activities. We will work towards enhancing students’ capacity to perceive and understand Music. Students will also learn how to value and appreciate different styles of Music and explore the basics of a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, keyboard and drums.
“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”
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 charge 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
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 for students and families. It includes up-to-date information about open days .