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. They are experienced and equipped to meet the in-depth content required for Year 7 students learning as required in the Australian Curriculum. Ashdale Secondary 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.
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 enhance further 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, visit and access the College facilities through programs such as The Primary Science Program, Cluster Muster, Dance Program and Specialist Technology Club.
Transition activities for the Year 6s include a school tour and a two-day transition program. The Year 7s undertake 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.