There are a wide variety of extra curricular activities available to all students at Ballarat Secondary College.

Sporting

Students can participate in a wide range of winter and summer sports, including:

Tennis, Cricket, Volleyball, Swimming, Australian Rules, Soccer, Netball, Table Tennis, Hockey, Athletics

As a College, we have active participation in BSSSA & VSSSA sport.

Leadership

All students have the opportunity to undertake leadership development whilst a student at Ballarat Secondary College.

Student Representative Council

Peer Support

House/Sporting/Music Captains

Advance Program

Music

Each Campus has a strong and diverse instrumental learning program. The lessons are offered on-campus and are extremely affordable for all families.

Instruments include:

Saxophone, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drums, Flute, Voice, Clarinet

Camping Program

Camps are available to students in Years 7, 9 & 10. Each camp is linked to the curriculum or needs of each year level.

Year 7 - Camp to Port Fairy (East Campus) & Anglesea (Wendouree Campus)

This camp is designed as a ‘getting to know you’ opportunity for all students in Year 7. It aims to assist each student to forge strong ties with not only the school community but with their core teachers and other students.

Year 9 - Camp to Melbourne ‘City Experience’

The camp at Year 9 was developed to be a ‘real world’ experience for each student and requires them to manage their own timetables, transport, money and relationships. It aims to develop student’s confidence in themselves as young adults but also their resilience and empathy in a changing world.

Year 10 Camp – Transition Camp to Queensland

This camp is designed to assist students to build relationships with students from the other middle years campus to assist with their smooth transition to the Barkly senior campus.

In addition to these camps, many more are offered at all campuses dependent on the subjects chosen by your son or daughter.

Community, Academic and Business Programs

As a college we continually seek opportunities for our students to develop, either academically, professionally or personally. Our students have been involved and successful in an array of community and business-run programs, including:

MINDSHOP WORKSHOPS

Mindshop's community purpose was started in 1995 to fund the training of young people from the age of 8 years in the Mindshop problem solving tools. A one week program is now offered to 14 year old (year 10) students where the group is hosted by an organisation and given a real workplace issue to solve. For example a group had to develop a marketing strategy for the Commonwealth Bank to increase its business in the Franchise market. Another example is the Robert Bosch group reviewed the internal communication within the organisation. Further Mindshop Excellence groups have been hosted by organisations such as Ford, Mars, AMCOR, Air International and BP.

The Australian Government has approved the Mindshop Educational Trust as a Charitable Organisation. Being a Charitable Trust allows the Board to develop its strategies and plans independently and allows donors tax advantages. In Australia the Victorian Government has just recently appointed Mindshop Excellence as the careers influencer for Manufacturing across the state.

CITYSCAPE

An initiative of Education Foundation and a response to extensive research into the problem of disengagement in the middle years of schooling. Piloted in 2003, and operating out of EF’s City Learning Centre premises in the Melbourne Central complex, the program makes active use of proximity to the CBD. It actively embraces and promotes the concepts of “classroom without walls” and “the city as classroom/ learning resource”

WORK EXPERIENCE

Is part of the schools’ educational program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time. It is the short term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry, and the workplace in which they are located. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise. It is undertaken at the employer’s premises and has enormous benefits for students.

WORLDS OF WORK

Worlds of Work (WOW) is a national FYA initiative that builds the skills and beliefs that young people need to make successful transitions into life beyond school. Over one intensive week, WOW takes Year 10 students on a journey that broadens their view on what it means to be successful in the changing world of work.

TOURNAMENT OF THE MIND
A problem-solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

Applied Technology

Language Literature

Maths Engineering

Social Sciences

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

28th of July 2017. Ballarat Secondary College.