Our College

To create a safe and dynamic learning environment where students and staff are empowered to realise their potential through living our values of Respect, Excellence, Teamwork and Commitment.

“Dream big and be resilient in the face of adversity”

Wayne Terrill
College Principal

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“Dream big and be resilient in the face of adversity”

Wayne Terrill
College Principal

Our College implements a Professional Learning Community framework, to enable us to closely monitor individual student learning and ensure students understand where and how they can continue to improve. Our vision and direction is guided by our values of Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Respect, which is centred on our College Motto – Realise Your Potential.

At Lara Secondary College every student is supported to be their best and learn to their full potential in an environment where teachers are passionate about their work and their students.

We know that relationships between students and teachers have a large impact on student learning and our work. We understand that students learn best when they relate well to their teachers, when they feel safe and secure.

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. 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.

Common Instructional Teaching Model

All teachers at the College deliver their lessons in an agreed Common Instructional Model based on the implementation of 9 evidence based High Yield Teaching strategies.

Student Engagement Policy

The College implements very clear guidelines in relation to student management and health and wellbeing.

School Improvement Policy

We believe that all students learn at different rates. Students from Year 7 – 10 have the opportunity to improve their first result on a Common Assessment Task, if they believe with an extra week of study and more effort, they will fully understand the topic being studied and therefore obtain a better grade.

Academic Scholarships
at Year 7 and Year 10

The College offers Academic Scholarships at Year 7 and Year 10 to the value of $500 each year for 3 years duration. Students are also able to access our Year 7 – 9 Enrichment Classes where they will undertake more challenging curriculum work, amongst students of similar abilities.

Extra – Curricula Programs

The College offers a wide range of Extra –Curricula Programs including Performing Arts and Music Evenings, Inter School Sports, Youth Parliament, SRC Leadership Involvement, School for Student Leadership Program, International Exchange Programs, Upstart Business Ideas Program and many more.

College Profile

Lara Secondary College will be in it’s seventeenth year of operation in 2019. We have built the school with a clear vision for continuous improvement with the student at the centre of all that we do. Our agreed purpose is to ensure that all students are successful in reaching their potential in the shared knowledge that all students can learn. The College offers a rich and broad curriculum across all year levels. Students in Years 7/8 work in “pods” of two classes enabling high levels of monitoring, learning and differentiation with two core teachers to ensure that strong relationships are built as students transition to the secondary setting.

Lara Secondary College is committed to work as a Professional Learning Community (Defour and Defour) and we have been recognized by DET as an exemplary Secondary School, unique in the depth and extent of our work, in working collaboratively to establish Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, closely monitoring student learning and ensuring that a structured process of intervention is in place to ensure that “all students learn”. We are well established in our work as a High Reliability School (Marzano) and in the incorporation of ‘Classroom Instruction that Works’ (Dr. Jane Pollock) as the means to continuously develop high quality teacher pedagogy and practice. School Wide Positive Behaviours is our framework for the ongoing support and development of student wellbeing. These priorities are embedded in our practice and enable the school to be clearly focused on the work that is critical to student success.

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Excellence

Acknowledging the value of learning and embracing every learning opportunity.

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Teamwork

Cooperating with others to achieve the best possible outcome for all.

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Commitment

Agreeing to accept challenges and to show persistence.

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Respect

Behaving in a way which shows consideration to the community.

Vision

To create a safe and dynamic learning environment where students are empowered to achieve their full potential through living our values: Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Respect.

Values

Our College community values are encompassed in our College motto which aims to support excellence in learning and student outcomes.