Benalla P-12 College is now in its sixth year as a Foundation to Year 12 College.
Acting Principal Paul Challis said he was ‘‘extremely proud of our achievements and the progress we are making’’ consolidating public education in Benalla.
“I am proud and privileged to be leading the College and we are working hard to connect and work with the wider region to support our students to become responsible and respectful community members,” Mr Challis said.
“Setting high expectations in academic and behavioral areas is a real focus for us,” he said.
“We want all students achieving their full potential so it puts them on a pathway for success beyond the school years.
“We are proud of how successfully our teaching and learning is targeting every student to enable them to reach their full potential.
“In all year levels, the staff has concentrated on matching educational programs and levels of pastoral care to each student to add depth and breadth to their learning in all curriculum areas.”
Mr Challis said at the same time the school has extended its social and emotional support for students by joining with beyondblue, Benalla Health and Benalla Rural City Council to ensure it was providing a supportive and nurturing environment for every young person in the College.
He said Live4Life has also been introduced to support students in Years 8 and 11 specifically – and also support parents and teachers.
Benalla P-12 College has become an accredited ‘Breaking the Silence’ White Ribbon school to support the elimination of violence against women.
“We are proud supporters of the White Ribbon Foundation and we promote this with our students at every opportunity,” Mr Challis said.
“Each of our campuses continues to provide our students with innovative and engaging programs that create excitement about learning and instil a sense of belonging and pride in our College,” he said.
“There is a strong focus on all students feeling cared for and safe in a supportive environment.
“We provide support and opportunities for our students in the areas of pathways guidance and career planning.
“The many leadership opportunities for students allow them to become connected to our College community and provide them with a sense of purpose and pride in our school.”
Mr Challis said when students enrolled in Benalla P-12 College, they were immersed in a world of opportunities.
He said these included the chance to participate in a join the school’s instrumental band, prepare and cook tasty recipes in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program – or for more extreme experiences, trek the Kokoda Trail. The school is entering the tenth year of this challenging student program.
“From the early years to the later years we aim to develop in our students a love of learning and instill the core values of respect, responsibility, high expectations and integrity,” Mr Challis added.
“Creating a stimulating middle years program (Years 7 to 9) has been a major focus for us in the past three years as we work towards project-based learning to promote thinking and problem-solving skills in our students,” he said.
“This year we will see the construction and completion of our Years 10, 11 and 12 hub and a new materials technology wing on the Faithfull St campus.
“These will be state-of-the-art facilities designed to provide learning environments that are attractive and motivating while at the same time enhancing our school environment.”
Mr Challis said the Avon campus will also have extensive renovations completed to support a more flexible learning environment for its F-4 students.
He said the next five years will see the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities with exciting and stimulating new learning programs being developed to address the key stages of learning from early, middle and later years.
“I feel very privileged to be a part of these exciting times for Benalla P-12 College.”
More details are available from the school’s website at www.benallap-12college.vic.edu.au.