Senior Secondary School Years 10-12
As Head of the Senior Secondary School, my role, together with our Wellbeing Team, is to help guide, support and educate our young men and women and prepare them for life beyond school. The Senior Secondary School consists of Years 10 - 12, and this allows me to focus on this particularly demanding and challenging time.
Our Senior Students enjoy special facilities and privileges including the Senior School Centre with its study hall and lounge area, and its fully equipped kitchen and indoor lockers and facilities. If the Secondary School is about the transition to 'adolescent learning', then a theme for the Senior Secondary School is 'adult learning' when students take on greater responsibility for their learning and are more accountable for their progress in their courses.
To assist with supporting our students to achieve their best, there is a Wellbeing Team in place. This consists of a Head of Year who works closely with their Year Group on their academic progress. The Head of Year monitors progress throughout the year, addresses such areas as study habits and preparation for examinations, and has input in to how the respective year events are organised and run.
Students across the School are divided in to four houses (Barrington, Gloucester, Liverpool and Watagan), and so also have a Head of House who looks after their pastoral care, and helps them develop the values we would like to see in a young adult leaving our School. There are carefully planned wellbeing activities across the year which are designed to develop students more holistically. In this way, students are carefully supported to ensure that they feel secure and comfortable in their learning environment. Many of these activities take place during school time, but we also have in place a camp for Year 10, a retreat for Year 11 students and a conference for Year 12 students which have at their core team building, leadership, and academic preparation work shops, as well as lots of fun and challenging activities.
Students have access to further academic support through the Masterminds Tutoring program which operates after school each week during normal school term times, and provides tutoring services across a range of subjects free of charge.
There is a huge range of co-curricular activities which cater to the many and varied interests of our Senior Secondary Students. These cover a large cross-section of sports such as Rugby Union, Rowing, Netball, Basketball and Football, to cultural pursuits such as debating, Mock Trial, drama, not to mention a range of musical ensembles and aerobics.
Part of my focus is also the development of both a Leadership Program and a Community Service initiative. These programs are designed to instil in our students the importance of leadership at all levels, and serving others in a whole variety of ways. We see service and leadership as important components of a young person’s development, and both link strongly to our School Values. In due course, students who fulfil the service criteria which are currently under development will be able to graduate with HVGS Honours or Half Honours.
Academic, co-curricular, sporting, and cultural achievements confirm HVGS contribution to the holistic growth of our students. They consistently rank highly at regional, state and national levels against a variety of benchmarks, with the vast majority of students gaining entry to their first choice of university course or post school option.
Mr Greg Robinson
Head of Senior Secondary School