We believe all students can learn and that all students can be successful. We believe that individual well-being stems from a sense of accomplishment and belonging. We believe there are different forms of success.
Wonthaggi Secondary College seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through instruction that caters for individual differences and learning styles. Creativity and care are pillars of our learning environment.
In addition to developing skills and knowledge, we also aim to develop:
Genuine empathy for our students is central to our practice. An understanding of them and their personal circumstances is essential in a holistic approach to their learning.
Located in the Inner Gippsland Area of DE&T’s South East Victoria Region, Wonthaggi Secondary College is a Year 7-12 multi-campus school of around 1500 students.
The Dudley Campus (Years 7 to 9) and the McKenzie Campus (Years 10 to 12) are situated three kilometres apart. In 2022, the College will expand to include an additional Year 7 – 9 Campus in San Remo. Our ‘Flexible Learning Options’ (FLO) Campus, based in Wonthaggi, provides important support for students whose programs are affected by factors that place them at significant risk.
The College draws its students from nine feeder schools located in the Bass Coast Shire. The Shire encompasses a large rural and coastal area centred around Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Grantville/Corinella, Coronet Bay and Phillip Island. Over half of the student population travel to the school by bus.
Wonthaggi has become a very busy hub in a thriving tourist area. The College is located in the rapidly growing Bass Coast Shire. As part of its expansion, the College will be renamed at the start of the 2022 school year to reflect its connection to students and their families across the area.
The current staffing levels comprise approximately 130 teachers and 50 non-teaching staff.
Wonthaggi Secondary College recognises that students have different needs, abilities, interests and ambitions and that its students are drawn from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. These differences are catered for through the development of a comprehensive curriculum that extends and challenges students to realize their full potential. Sequential courses of study are provided for Years 7 to 10 in each of the Key Learning Areas. This is achieved using core units at Years 7 and 8, and a mixture of core and elective subjects at Years 9 and 10. With a large Year 11 and Year 12 student population, the College is able to offer a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units and has a strong commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. A successful Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program operates.
The additional FLOW campus (Flexible Learning Options Wonthaggi) provides specialist programs for many ‘at risk’ students. This includes an Outreach program that supports approximately 15 students each year who have extreme mental health conditions that place them “at risk” of non-participation. We also work with the two Wonthaggi primary schools to supply an intervention/transition program for chronically absent students in Years 5 to 9 (FLO Wonthaggi). In 2019 we introduced a Pre-CAL program to accommodate a number of ‘at-risk’ students in Years 9 and 10. Mental Health support and Individual Education Plans are central to all work at this campus.
The College continues to develop its enrichment and consolidation programs. Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to accelerate through the VCE by taking higher-level units than is the norm for their age cohort. A very successful select entry (SEAL) program operates on the Dudley Campus, and will also be implemented at the San Remo Campus upon opening.
College staff conduct a range of quality curriculum and co-curricular programs across all campuses. The College has a tradition of student participation and success in the Performing Arts. The College is the coordinating school for the South Gippsland Schools Music Program
and currently has around 100 students involved in the program. Wonthaggi Secondary College regularly enjoys sporting success at local, state and national levels. An ADVANCE program (based on surf lifesaving) also operates in the College.
Participation in Human Powered Vehicle events is also an established part of the College’s co-curricular program. An annual Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix is a major feature of the local community calendar.
The College is committed to the welfare of its students. To this end, a Student Welfare Coordinator is attached to each campus, along with Careers counselling available at both the McKenzie and Dudley campus. The staff at Wonthaggi Secondary College are dedicated professional educators who place importance on quality teaching and professional development. The College provides a caring, supportive environment whilst also encouraging teamwork, leadership and a sense of belonging. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through the Peer Support Program, the Student Representative Council and as elected student leaders.
Extensive recreational, sporting and educational facilities are available. These include a gymnasium (two at the Dudley campus), library, canteen, computer centres, theatrette/drama room, courts and oval or playing fields at each campus. The College also enjoys access to extensive community recreational facilities, local beaches and coastal reserves.
The extensive grounds and buildings are well maintained and attractive. The College continues to focus on upgrading facilities and grounds.
In 2020, the College, transferred its Years 10, 11 and 12 programs to its new Senior Campus in McKenzie Street (Wonthaggi). This project also included an extended three-court highball facility with extensive community facilities. The community facility is coordinated with our key partner, the Bass Coast Shire.
In 2019, the Minister for Education also announced the establishment of an additional junior Campus of our College in San Remo. This brings priority planning work throughout 2021 with this campus on track to open in 2022. A name change process for the College has been confirmed to coincide with the opening of that third mainstream campus.
In 2022 Wonthaggi Secondary College is officially renamed as Bass Coast College.
We are very proud of our College’s history while also ensuring we embrace its very exciting future.