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Phillip Island Village
School opens its doors
LAST week, 19 students from
Foundation to Grade 4 started at the
Phillip Island Village School in its in-
In a first for Phillip Island, the new
primary school has an independent
It is located on 4.7 acres of semi-
rural land on Berry’s Beach Road in
The new students have been build-
ing relationships over the past few
months through transition activities
and working bees with their families.
The parent community and staff
have all been instrumental in their
contributions to reshaping and
readying the new space for the
Mentors Anthony Collins and Kiri
Ratcliffe have introduced the chil-
dren to their first timetables and
learning contracts, which underpin
the students’ daily activities.
“At PI Village School, our approach
to learning is to support the devel-
opment of independence, decision-
making and self-regulation,”
plained School Coordinator, Fiona
“Children are given lots of choices
in their learning, and are supported
in the development of critical think-
“Classroom activities are inter-
spersed with frequent outdoor ac-
tivities, and varying amounts of self-
directed learning time.
“Small class sizes allow the men-
tors to focus on the needs of individ-
ual children, and to ensure that stu-
dents are working at their required
“Children are also able to elect to
do extra activities as part of their Per-
sonalised Learning Program (PLP),
including visual arts and physical
education activities, in addition to
those that already form part of the
A high priority for the school com-
munity is the establishment of a veg-
Many students and parents are
keen to be involved in growing food,
which will partly supply the school’s
Children will be involved in pre-
paring meals for their peers and
mentors, together with school staff
and parent volunteers.
A new playgroup
Last week also marked the start of
the new PI Village School playgroup,
aimed at families of younger chil-
dren considering enrolment in the
school in the future.
The playgroup, facilitated by As-
sistant Mentor Dinah Brownfield, is
Among other things the new group
will also be involved in growing food
at the school.
In late February, the staff, students
and their families will embark on
a Family Camp together at Powlett
River, a custom started at PI Village
School’s sister school, Koonwarra
The camp gives the wider school
community a chance to better get to
know each other, and to explore out-
door areas together.
Happily settling into their new classes at Wonthaggi Secondary College are
these Year 7F students in their first week at the Dudley Campus, from left,
Catherine Taylor, Isabel Rooks, Lorie North, Finn Merryfull, Ethan Hale, Ari-
ana Finlayson and Grace Brown.
at Wonthaggi SC
STUDENT numbers continue to
grow at Wonthaggi Secondary Col-
lege, with over 230 new Year 7 stu-
dents commencing their secondary
education there last Thursday.
The students are being accommo -
dated in 11 Year 7 classes.
This brings numbers at the Dudley
Campus (Years 7, 8 and 9) to over
680 students with further enrol-
ments still being processed.
The total school enrolment includ-
ing the senior levels accommodated
on the McBride Campus, is expected
to be 1280 in 2016, an increase on
last year’s record of 1250 students.
Students come from across the
greater Bass Coast Shire, stretching
from Inverloch to Grantville, Phillip
Island, San Remo and Bass.
The college also welcomed six new
teachers this year with five joining
the junior campus.
There is a current teaching staff of
The record numbers last year put
a huge strain on the availability of
classrooms and equipment.
This situation has been eased in
2016 with four additional rooms
now being provided at the Dudley
This will enable the college to
cope with the expected enrolment
increases over the next couple of
Although extra rooms are being
proposed for the McBride campus
there is nowhere on site for them to
be established as yet.
This senior (Years 10, 11 and 12)
campus is now at full capacity.
Future plans for an extended gov-
ernment secondary education cen-
tre include establishment of a junior
school campus at San Remo and a
new senior secondary school cam-
pus in Wonthaggi.
“There is land specified at San
Remo which could well be used for
a Year 7 to 10 campus,” said college
principal Garry Dennis.
“However we continue to be
thwarted by the no small matter of
convincing the state government of
the merit of our case.
“We envisage that the school will
have an enrolment of 1500 students
in the near future and while we have
our own plans, the appropriate gov-
ernment authorities need to start
planning for this,” he said.
The majority of students travel to
and from school by bus.
Nine buses arrive at the school
from Phillip Island and the Water-
line area daily.
While there are capacity numbers
on some buses at present, this situa-
tion is soon expected to ease.
As a secondary education centre,
Wonthaggi is proud of its range of
subjects across the curriculum from
Years 7 to 12, and the inclusiveness
of its VCAL and Community VCAL
programs as well as other alterna-
As well as a strong academic fo -
cus, Wonthaggi Secondary College
has a varied sporting and cultural
curriculum that includes a challeng-
ing outdoor education program and
an established performing arts cur-
This year sees 150 students enter-
ing Year 12 who are taking advan-
tage of the extensive range of sub-
jects the school has to offer.
These Year7J students are looking forward to all that’s on offer at Wont-
haggi Secondary College in 2016. They are, from back left, Shioni Borg, Ren
Cuthbert Cardona, Darcy Excel, Jorja Holmes and Jess King. Front, Cooper
Logan, Jack Opitz, Cassie Richards and Hayden Smith.
Inaugural students and staff at the new Phillip Island Village School are pictured on day one last week.
They are, from back left, Kiri Ratcliffe (younger years mentor), Fiona McKenzie (School Coordinator), Sari,
Neo, Jasmine, Sebastian, Georgia, Tate, Abbey, Jack and Anthony Collins (older years mentor). Front, Cal-
lum, Riven, Eli, Jacqueline, Indah, Gus, Angelique, Aerin and Willow.
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