Students

Positive Student Behaviours maximise learning for all students. We have clear approaches and processes that we follow to maximise the development of positive student behaviours. Students are taught about our school values of Respect, Commitment, Teamwork and Excellence.

Restorative Practice

At Lara Secondary College, the philosophy of Restorative Practices underpins our approach to student wrong doing. Young people make mistakes. The important thing is that they learn from them. The philosophy of Restorative Practice is when a student does something wrong, we work to help them accept the responsibility for that behaviour, understand the way their behaviour has impacted others, and do what they can to make things right.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t implement consequences for inappropriate behaviour, we do. But along with the consequence, we aim to support students to learn from their mistakes.

Student Voice

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in decision making about many aspects of the school program and operations through a variety of means. Student focus groups are conducted once per term with each year level in order to gain feedback to inform teachers of areas for improvement and areas that are working well.

Our students are also regularly surveyed by their teachers in order for our teaching staff to gain feedback on areas they can improve to help our students learn more effectively.

“Our school is a platform to give life to our dreams and hopes”

Year 9 Student

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“Our school is a platform to give life to our dreams and hopes”

Year 9 Student

Student Wellbeing

The wellbeing of our students and their academic success are our highest priorities.

We pride ourselves on the strength of relationships developed between students and between students and teachers.

To support this the College structure is divided into two areas:
– Year 7, 8 and 9: Middle Years
– Year 10, 11 and 12: Senior Years

A team approach to the development of innovative curriculum is supported by Progam Leaders at each year level and is overseen by a Senior Years Leader and Middle Years Leader who work in close consultation with our Student Wellbeing Leader and our Assistant Principals.

Program Leaders are responsible for overseeing student wellbeing and curriculum at all levels. This structure provides a strong well being/engagement support structure which caters for the individual needs of all students.

Student Leadership

The Student Representative Council is the student voice of our school.  Students in Year 7 through to Year 12 have the opportunity to be elected onto our Student Representative Council (SRC). The SRC is an excellent platform for students to develop their leadership skills and to work with other students from a range of year levels in making important decisions that benefit the College. The SRC is a great way that our students can serve each other and the wider community.

– The SRC meets weekly
– The SRC is mentored by the Principal team
– The SRC consists of representatives elected from each core class.

The SRC also provides one of the many ways students can gain leadership skills by conducting community and school service work with their peers.

Students also have the opportunity to take on formal leadership positions  in our school through being sports captains or house captains. There are a broad range of informal leadership opportunities within individual classes, year levels and across the school.