Echuca College is a secondary school with a stable enrolment of approximately 800 students. It is located on the border with NSW on the Murray River, combining the urban sophistication of a small city with the charm of Red Gum forests, rural industry, and a thriving tourist precinct. The school vision, Echuca College is a connected learning community that grows through resilience, acceptance and opportunity ensures we maxmise all opportunities for our learners. The Echuca College community is guided by the values of Respect, Reslience and Inclusion. While most students come from the immediate rural cities of Echuca-Moama, approximately 30% travel along more than twenty bus routes, some travelling an hour each way to access the education provided. Students attending the College are drawn from ten urban and rural feeder primary schools from both Victoria and New South Wales.
At Echuca College we get to know our students as individuals so that we can focus on their development as resilient and respectful learners, destined for success in a constantly evolving world. Echuca College is focused on preparing our students for the future and all students have a learning mentor that assists them with developing learning strengths and can act as a support for their learning goals. All students have a ready to learn plan in line with the Berry Street Education Model.
The friendly and supportive learning environment at Echuca College is underpinned by high expectations and the use of School Wide Positive Behaviour supports. Our College is divided into three communities the Campaspe Kookaburras, the Goulburn Kangaroos, and the Murray Turtles. The framework for our positive environment is strengthened by Community Leaders who work in these communities and are supported by a team of experienced teachers and student leaders. As a result, a positive and responsible approach to education fosters exemplary values of inclusion, resilience and respect for self and others.
The high standard of education delivered in all areas of the College is tribute to the dedication, intellect and empathy of our teaching and support staff- all whom take collective pride and inspiration from our students. Our Teaching and Learning is enhanced by Leading Teachers and Learning Specialists specifically assigned to Curriculum, Wellbeing, Literacy and Numeracy.
Echuca College is large enough to provide a comprehensive curriculum and a range of programs and resources to a wide range of students interests and needs. We have a school wide instructional model that promotes Innovative teaching and learning programs. Staff commitment to ongoing professional learning ensures that Echuca College delivers an exceptional and fulfilling educational experience for every student.
Our senior program offers a comprehensive range of studies within each of the major area of Arts, Humanities, Languages, Health Sciences, Sciences, Technology and Vocational Major. The College is building a strong reputation in all these areas as evidenced by VCE results and the high proportion of students who gain full time employment or pursue tertiary education. Our successful Vocational program has provided senior students through their studies the opportunity to develop strong links with the local community.
Currently as part of the VETis program, we are offering a variety of VET Certificate Courses both on site at Echuca College and through Echuca TAFE. We are involved in the Headstart program where students link work in a school-based apprenticeship with study at school. The College is also a member of the Beacon Foundation, a program that has assisted our students in pathways planning and development in the Echuca area for over 20 years.
Our facilities support an innovative curriculum and with the College being set on 12 hectares it provides plenty of room to move. Echuca College has a ‘state of the art’ hockey field that includes 12 tennis courts. In addition to sports fields and a picturesque piazza, our students enjoy a Performing Arts Centre, refurbished double basketball court stadium with squash courts and small gym, Café Learning centre, commercial kitchen, and science centre. Echuca College’s newly developed STEM facility is setting the standard for innovative learning in the 21st Century.
Ms Jessica Sargeant, College Principal