Extra Curricular

AASC_Program_Term_1P3190020.JPGACTIVE AFTER SCHOOL SPORT

We provide our students access to participate in the Australian Government's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program is a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.30pm to 4.45pm Wednesday's.

The program aims to engage children in sport and other structured physical activities and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.

Our senior students work along side Mr Forget providing the coaching.

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CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS PROGRAM 

Balmoral Community College’s camps and excursions program is recognised as an integral part of a balanced school curriculum. The program is designed to achieve a variety of goals, including socialisation, the broadening of knowledge and appreciation of different environments and direct curriculum application. The College runs many excursions as part of the normal curriculum program. Senior Students who take the Water Sports, Duke of Edinburgh and Outdoor Education electives are usually involved in a number of overnight expeditions. Junior students undertake a range of camps and excursions ranging from a day trip for our prep to grade 2 students, including an overnight in-school experience for the grade 1 and 2’s, adventure camps, urban experiences in Melbourne and Canberra and trips to Sovereign Hill and other educational facilities in the Western regions of Victoria. Transport is facilitated by the use of the school's 21 seat bus and the school car. The school subsidises the transport cost of all excursions.

CAREERS EDUCATION, WORK EXPERIENCE AND MIPS

A Careers Co-ordinator is available to counsel students to help clarify job interests, to assist in choosing subjects which complement the career aspirations of the student, and to provide information which ensures that those interests and aspirations can be followed up with appropriate training after leaving school. A careers reference section is maintained within the school library and careers information is displayed on notice boards there and in the walkway outside the computer room. Careers "lessons" are also provided within the Years 10 to 12 pastoral care program and each year a number of professionals visit the school to talk to students from Years 10 to 12 on different careers and further education opportunities. All students in Years 10 and 11 have two weeks of work experience each year. The school employs a MIPS (Managed Individual Pathways) Co-ordinator who meets regularly with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to document their path through the post-compulsory years of schooling and support their transition to further study or work.

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Christian education classes of 30 minutes duration are provided for Years Prep to 8 pupils from the beginning of March to the end of October. Years 9 to 12 pupils participate in occasional non-denominational seminars.

MUSIC PROGRAM

The school is fortunate to have the services of an instrumental and classroom music teachers. These teachers provide instruction to interested and committed students in brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar, keyboards and guitar. Instruments are available for hire at a very reasonable charge, with no charge for lessons. Students are withdrawn from class for their lessons on a rotation throughout the week, on the understanding that they will catch up on any work missed. Despite its small numbers, the school supports several school bands, typically, a concert band, a rock band and a novice band composed mainly of students in their first year of learning. This can vary from year to year according to the interests and talents of the current group of students. Students perform at many school and community occasions.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

The school has a long standing and highly successful integration program. The Leading Teacher for each unit has responsibility for overseeing this program. The school is wheel chair friendly and has a disabled toilet. Parents are heavily involved in the development of programs for the integration students through regular Program Support Group meetings. As they get older, the integration students are also encouraged to take part in these meetings.

GIFTED AND TALENTED

Teachers are aware of the need to support those students identified as gifted and talented, and endeavour to ensure that they are challenged through the normal curriculum. The school also provides the opportunity for students to take one or more subjects at a higher level. Students also participate in national competitions in Mathematics, English and Science.

STUDENT WELFARE

The primary level of support for students is their year level co-ordinator. They meet with students each morning for a brief year level assembly and run a pastoral care program for students in Years 7 to 12 every Tuesday morning. During Pastoral Care teachers will work with students on goal setting, research and study skills, self esteem, leadership and team building activities and careers advice, as appropriate to the year level. Through the Secondary School Nursing Program, students have access to a school nurse for two days a week. The nurse provides confidential health advice and referrals to outside services. The nurse also runs a very active health promotion program, which includes such activities as Creating Conversations, a drug education program for students and parents and REACH workshops which deal with mental health issues in young people. The school has a close relationship with the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre. Some health promotion programs are run jointly with the Bush Nursing Centre and they have representation on the school's Welfare Sub-committee.

 

SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

Balmoral Community College is fortunate to have the services of a School Chaplain. The Chaplain acts in a Pastoral Care role within the school community to students, staff and parents where needed.
 

The Chaplain is available as a friend and confidant to counsel and support those experiencing problems or trauma. The Chaplain works in co-operation with the local volunteers in the college’s CRE, with the school nurse and members of the college welfare team.

Another role of the Chaplain is to initiate activities that will enhance interpersonal relationships and reinforce high self esteem and positive values