Junior & Senior School
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The Junior School Leader manages the course selection and course change process for Years 7 to 9, NAPLAN testing for Year 7 to 9 and transition from Grade 6 to Year 7.
In general, parents are advised to contact the relevant Home Group Teacher as a first step when there are any concerns regarding their child’s education. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s teachers directly if they have any specific queries. Learning Team Leaders can be contacted if matters of a more serious or ongoing nature need to be discussed. Any queries relating to course selection should be directed to the Junior School Leader.
Curriculum information for Junior School can be found on this page: here
Parent Information Handbook: Junior School Handbook 2023
Year 7 – Phillip Island (3 days) – Orientation and Adventure Camp
This camp is seen as an avenue for assisting students in their transition to secondary school. The program is devised to enhance student/staff and student/student relationships while developing students’ outdoor skills. Adventure activities include: canoeing, surfing, bushwalking, raft building, archery, high ropes, giant swing and orienteering.
Year 7 Wellbeing Day
Held in Term 1 of each year, the focus is on creating a positive environment for our Year 7 students with a bullying prevention, ICARE values and team building focus.
Homework in the Junior School
Students should design a home study timetable, taking into account subjects to be covered and outside commitments, including recreation. In some practical subjects it is not possible to set homework. When specific homework is not set, students may do:
PRACTICE EXERCISES where students apply or review new knowledge or skills by:
PREPARATORY HOMEWORK where students gain background information so they are better prepared for future lessons by:
EXTENSION ASSIGNMENTS where students can pursue knowledge or use what they have learnt imaginatively by:
completing consolidation exercises for Mathematics – like memorisation of tables, doing Maths Mates
practising spelling words
practising words or phrases learnt in LOTE
reading for pleasure
planning/drafting written work or assignments
practising and playing musical instruments
practising physical education skills
completing work not finished in class
reading background material for different subjects
reading English texts for class discussion
researching topics for class work
reading newspaper articles on current issues
revising information about a current topic
studying for tests
writing a book review
making or designing an art work
completing Science investigation exercises
researching local news
finding material on the Internet
Since students work at different rates and have different strengths and weaknesses, the following times per weeknight are recommended as a guide to parents and students.
Years 7-9 will generally do from 45 minutes to 90 minutes home study per weeknight.
Junior School Leader
Ms Lauren Varadi
(03) 8768 1000
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At Berwick College, we pride ourselves on the rich and varied pathways we offer our students to maximise their opportunities. The range of options we offer allows us to personalise a timetable for students based on their learning needs.
In Year 10, students can choose between a Year 10 mainstream course, mainstream with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or a Flexible Learning Program.
In Years 11 and 12, students can choose to study the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) (VCE Vocational Major in 2023). Students can also complete a VET program as part of their studies. For further information on VET programs: Click here
For more information on the pathways and subjects offered in the Senior School, please see the links below for the Senior Curriculum Guide and the Senior School Handbook.
Assistant Principal Senior School:
Mr Andrew Barker
(03) 8768 1071
Senior School Leader:
Ms Rebecca Hann
(03) 8768 1075
Careers & VET Leader:
Mrs Karen Crawley
(03) 8768 1058
Year 12 Coordinator:
Ms Amy Pyke
(03) 8768 1034