Lara Secondary College is a great school for many reasons.
First, it uses a Common Instructional Teaching Model under which teachers deliver lessons based on the implementation of nine evidence-based High Yield Teaching strategies.
The strategies foster high-level achievement growth across years 7-12, with teaching staff regularly collaborate to ensure they are implemented across every class.
Second, the college’s Student Engagement Policy has clear guidelines on student management and health and wellbeing. The clear, concise documentation helps develop pride and belonging within the college along with self-respect and respect for each other.
Third, the college’s School Improvement Policy acknowledges that students learn at different rates, so in years 7-10 they have opportunities to improve their first result on a Common Assessment Task if they believe an extra week of study and more effort can help them fully understand the topic of study and obtain a better grade. The policy reinforces the motto: Attitude, not aptitude, will determine your altitude.
Fourth, the college offers academic Scholarships at years 7 and 10, to the value of $500 annually for three years’ duration. The scholarships financially support academically talented students in reaching their potential.
Scholarship holders can also access Year 7 – 9 Enrichment Classes with more-challenging curriculum work.
Fifth, the college offers a variety of extra-curricula programs including performing arts evenings, senior and junior music evenings, inter-school sports, a youth parliament, a homework club, and programs covering leadership, international exchange opportunities and business ideas.
The college also implements a Professional Learning Community framework to closely monitor individual student learning and ensure students understand where and how they can continue to improve.
The college’s vision and direction is guided by its values of excellence, teamwork, commitment and respect and is centred on the college motto: Realise Your Potential.
In 2019 the college’s theme is ‘Active learning is the key to a deeper understanding’.
“Our intensive pastoral care curriculum across years 7-12 includes a structured program to support the development of academic success, individual self-esteem, learning confidence, resilience and persistence, as well as the essential ability to relate positively to others,” the college says.
“We pride ourselves on strong and positive relationships between staff and students and work with passion and enthusiasm to ensure that every student gains the maximum benefit from their secondary education at Lara Secondary college.
College tours are available aby phoning 5282 8988 or visiting larasc.vic.edu.au.