From 2015, Year 7 Students will commence their secondary education at Ashdale Secondary College. This move provides exciting new opportunities for Year 7 students in specialist facilities. The Year 7 Move is a priority for the College and a team of school leaders have been planning since December 2011 to ensure the smoothest possible transition for all students.
Ashdale Secondary College is one of a handful of schools who have been specially selected to receive new specialist facilities to accommodate the Year 7 students moving to the College. Two new double-storey buildings are currently being built incorporating 16 classrooms, specialist science, arts, inclusive education area and performing arts spaces. Of the 29 Year 7 building programs across the state, Ashdale Secondary College’s is the most expansive and expensive, enhancing our already world-class educational facilities.
Ashdale Secondary College has been planning and implementing the Australian Curriculum in History, Science, English and Mathematics since 2012. Our teachers are experts in the area of curriculum development and are experienced and equipped to meet the in-depth content required for Year 7 students learning as required in the Australian Curriculum. Ashdale College will continue to focus on the key areas of literacy and numeracy, as well as enhancing students access to specialist teachers in the areas of The Arts, Science and Health and Physical Education. During 2014 Ashdale Secondary College recruited a range of teachers who enhanced the already dynamic teaching team planning for the Year 7 move.
The foundation of Ashdale Secondary College is built on the philosophy of Positive Education. We have a belief that by focusing on student strengths we are able to create positive and safe learning environments that foster and celebrate success. The College has explicit policies and procedures in place to manage student conflict and does not tolerate bullying or threatening behaviours. The College has a dedicated student services team that consists of a Student Services Manager, Learning Support Coordinator, Year Coordinators, Transition Coordinator, Youth Counsellor, Nurse and Psychologist. Ashdale Secondary College fosters and values partnerships with external health providers that we utilise to further enhance the social and emotional well being of our students.
The Ashdale Cluster of Schools has existed since 2009. The Cluster is a K-12 model of education that was designed to enhance student’s educational opportunities through provision to specialist facilities and collaboration across schools.
Primary students, across the cluster, have been visiting and accessing the College facilities since 2010 through programs such as The Primary Science Program, Cluster Muster, Dance Program and Specialist Technology Club.
In 2014, transition activities for the Year 6s include a school tour and a two-day transition program. The Year 7s will be undertaking a comprehensive four-week transition program at the end of the year. These programs are designed to allow the student to experience the secondary school environment and are regularly evaluated with students and teachers providing feedback.
Student Feedback included:
- 97.7% of students agreed or strongly agreed that they felt safe at recess and lunch.
- 95.4% of students agreed or strongly agreed that they felt confident going to secondary school.
- 94.25% of students agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed the specialist facilities, liked the secondary teachers and enjoyed the different subjects.