Wheelers Hill Secondary College is located in the City of Monash in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and was established in 1980. Each Year Level cohort has been formed from approximately 30 primary schools upon secondary college entry, with students coming from a wide range of geographic areas to attend the College. Student families are from a broad range of socio economic backgrounds and comprise 42 different nationalities.
Our College Motto is ‘Be The Best That You Can Be’.
Our Vision: “As a school that values respect, excellence and creativity, Wheelers Hill Secondary College strives to develop students capable of being global citizens ready to embrace the future. We encourage members of our College Community to be ‘the best that they can be’ in all of their endeavours”.
Respect – “WHSC promotes respectful, inclusive and positive relationships. Our students and staff act with integrity and value diversity.
Excellence – “WHSC provides opportunities to demonstrate excellence in all areas of learning and teaching by adopting a focused and committed approach.”
Creativity – “WHSC has developed a creative approach to learning and teaching. Our students and staff are encouraged to seek innovative solutions to problems.”
There are 4 key areas that are important to our College
- Academic excellence
- The Arts
- Leadership and Our Community
College programs have been developed to provide the best possible learning opportunities for all students. As students progress through the College they develop skills that lead to strong results at VCE, equip students for further study and enable them to take a productive place in the community. There is a strong academic focus and we have high expectations around student learning.
Every year level has access to a broad range of core studies and an extensive elective program is available at Years 9 to 12, with students recommended to advanced studies in their areas of expertise.
Built on academic research, we provide our own Extension and Enrichment Program at Year 7 and 8. We provide additional resources to support students in developing, building and extending their skills, particularly in English and Mathematics. The College has also implemented a school wide approach to literacy with a specific focus on vocabulary practice with further work in this area to be developed throughout the year.
Student development is enriched at Wheelers Hill Secondary College through a breadth of programs. Specific additional programs at each Year Level further address development through this learning journey.
In Year 8 students are involved in our Personal Best Program which promotes independent learning and allows students to enhance their connectedness to the College through the development of their own interests. Community Connections at year 9 allows students to focus on personal development, career opportunities and involvement in community. In year 10 Futures allows students to explore an array of career and personal pathways through experiential learning.
Study Skills at Year 11 and Year 12 provide an emphasis on the development of skills which will enable students to improve their academic outcomes and enhance their connectedness with their peers and teachers.
In 2017 we introduced our new Performing Arts Program to provide further opportunities to our students in this important area of learning.
Together with an extensive camps and tours program, activities such as debating, instrumental music, performing arts and sports provide opportunities for students to develop particular skills outside the mainstream classroom.
The College has a strong pastoral care program supported by a Student Wellbeing Coordinator, home groups and sub-school teams at each year level. This complements the strong academic tradition of the College. A clear emphasis on the development and nurturing of leadership skills is a focus of Wheelers Hill Secondary College and programs and structures are in place to enable this.
We have a broad range of staff with extensive experience, skills and knowledge. They provide excellent teaching and learning experiences for our students and they are positive about their own professional growth. The Leadership team prioritises student learning, engagement and wellbeing and focusses clearly on planning and implementing the College strategic direction.
The College provides a very rich environment for the use of electronic learning devices. In 2017 students from years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 bring their own designated laptop to school and many texts are digital. We will continue to provide resources to ensure our classrooms across the school have currency with ever-developing technology. This incorporates hardware, software and networking needs.
ICT provides the opportunity to engage and stimulate learning and build activities appropriate to individual student needs. The interactive nature of the equipment enables real time learning and opportunities for student direct participation in a more open ended learning process. WHSC supports teachers as they adopt appropriate pedagogies for the digital environment
The College actively uses Compass and students, parents, teaching and administration staff liaise efficiently and effectively. This is a powerful tool which underpins effective communication by sharing resources, communicating attendance, promoting student work, ensuring classroom materials are available and ensuring currency of documentation.
The College has excellent facilities that fully support student learning. Our learning spaces include
- A modern library facility to support learning and research which is the central hub of the College
- Fully equipped computer laboratories with leading edge equipment and software
- A modern Science Centre catering for the four major science strands of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics
- Food Technology Centre with modern kitchens
- Arts, Wood and Metals/Plastics Technology areas
- A well-equipped theatrette
- A VCE Study Centre
- A fully equipped gymnasium
These, along with excellent classrooms, administration and staff work areas create a pleasant working environment for staff and students alike. The College grounds undergo continuous development and improvement.
Local community groups make good use of our facilities after hours using classrooms, the gymnasium and the college grounds for sporting and academic activities.
This centres around participation in College Council and its sub-committees, voluntary assistance at sporting carnivals and second-hand uniform sales