The DiSCovery program was implemented for Years 7 to 9 students in 2010 and for Years 10 to 12 in 2011.
Discussion about the program occurred three years ago and after much research and consultation, the College decided to introduce a weekly program that would focus on transition, pastoral care and personalised learning. The College worked with Bob Bellhouse to develop part of the program. Bob Bellhouse an experienced teacher and presenter provided the expertise that enabled the program to be structured around Circle Time.
Circle Time is a democratic and respectful pedagogy to develop social/emotional skills and a positive class ethos. Circle Time builds resilience and mental health promotes empathy, reduces bullying and fosters belonging.
The DiSCovery program is not content based but skill based. It focuses on enhancing student learning, promoting student connectedness with the College community and the monitoring of student progress through personalised learning.
Beliefs underpinning the DiSCovery program include not only the learning but also the social and emotional development of each student.
Each year level has a particular focus ranging from transition at Year 7 to goal setting, stress management and preparing for life beyond school at Year 12.
Year 7 Transition: Primary to Secondary
Year 8 Leadership
Year 9 Transition: Pathways/VCE and role modelling
Years 10-12 Pathways, personal development
A levy for DiSCovery provides for DiSCovery folders, guest speakers and resources to support the program. The College purchased an online study program that can be accessed at home and all students are encouraged to further their learning by completing study modules that are relevant to their learning.
School Chaplains encourage and enhance the well-being of the entire school community, including; staff, students and their families. Whilst each chaplain brings their own unique skills and passions to the role they do focus on a few main areas that include:
Connecting students with the wider community through various programs and referrals to community agencies
Implementing various leadership and welfare based programs
They also play an educative role in the areas of beliefs, values, morals, ethics and religion
Currently, the chaplaincy program sees an array of different community groups volunteer their time at the College from Mentoring to Breakfast Club to Senior Lounge, Student Focus and ESL Homework Club.
There are leadership programs like Peer Support that assist the Year 7 students transition into High School and enhance the leadership skills of Year 9 students. Craft for a Cause was established to educate students on Fair-trade Products and use students own skills to raise funds for a self-sustaining business.
If you would like more information on any of the programs run or would like to make an appointment please phone Katherine Lazarus at the College Ph: 9848 4677
The Chaplain is supported by the Chaplaincy Committee. The Committee is made up of various members of the school and local community, including; staff, parents and local church members. New members are always welcome to join the Committee. The Committee meet throughout the year to discuss fundraising for the Chaplaincy Program and to promote awareness.
If you have any concerns please phone Glenn Morris at the College Ph: 9848 4677