2021 Senior Program Guide

Dear students, parents and carers,

Welcome to Fitzroy High School’s and Collingwood College’s Senior Program Guide. This shared program guide is a symbol of the continued commitment of both schools to provide the best senior school opportunities for our communities. By collaborating in an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment, the partnership looks to optimise educational outcomes for all students.

We, therefore, want to provide a range of educational options for all of our students moving into to their senior secondary years. This includes both VCE and VCAL certificates. VCE, the main secondary school certificate, focuses on developing students academic skills and knowledge to transition to further tertiary study. VCAL is an alternative option and ideally suited to students who thrive in practical learning environment and has the benefit of flexibility that allows for numerous paths to success. These include going straight into the workforce or further vocational training  at TAFE or University following secondary school.

This is a very exciting time for current Year 10 students, in the process of making significant decisions for their senior and final years of secondary school. It is also an important time for current Year 11 students, who have an opportunity to refine their programs for Year 12; the final stage of the secondary school journey.

There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration.  Importantly, decisions need to be made with a future-focus. A senior program needs to open up a future, which offers opportunity and flexibility. The course and subject choices will be critical to success, leading to a variety of pathways namely higher education, training or employment.

In the time we have been offering VCE and VCAL, we have established a legacy of student success, demonstrated by consistent academic results and transition to tertiary studies. Through our partnership, as well, with the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC), students can access an extensive range of VET certificate courses. Many of our former students have gone on to tertiary studies to specialise in the area they studied in VET. In-house VET subjects are offered at Collingwood which have the advantage of access to their VET teacher beyond the face-to-face class time. This is beneficial in a busy senior school schedule.

The Senior Program Guide 2021 has been produced to support you with the Senior School application process. Please read carefully.

Next year, will be full of challenges. We wish you well with your decision-making and planning and look forward to working with all our students and families in 2021.

Christopher Millard
Acting Assistant Principal – Senior Programs
Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College