Senior school handbook
Course Counselling links
Subject Selection forms
Booking your course counselling session
Scheduling your course counselling session can be completed via Compass under the Community Tab and selecting Conferences.
Welcome to the Senior School of Lyndhurst Secondary College – a Senior School that offers a diverse range of opportunities, experiences and programs of study for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Students in the Senior School are fortunate to be supported and assisted by a very experienced and dedicated team of educators. Their commitment to students is demonstrated by their ongoing availability to provide support, advice and counselling in relation to both schooling and post-schooling options as well as a willingness to assist with personal difficulties that may be experienced by students from time to time.
Details are provided in this Senior School Handbook explaining the many and varied programs that are available to students in the Senior School. Indeed, it is the goal of the College to offer each student a challenging and rewarding program which will enable the individual to develop to his or her best potential. Varied pathways exist through the Senior School which enable students to:
- Accelerate learning by Year 10 students undertaking a VCE or VET unit as part of their Year 10 program and continuing that “head start” by completing a Year 12 study whilst in Year 11.
- Pursue a VCE program with a broad range of studies offered in the Senior School. Most VCE programs will require students to undertake 20 units over two years.
- Complete a VCAL program, available in 2022 only, which enables students to achieve specific learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy as well as practical, vocational competencies and personal development skills.
- Incorporate Vocational Education & Training (VET) units within VCE or VCAL programs. A number of vocational certificates are offered, with each course enabling students to undertake work placement.
- Undertake a part time, school based apprenticeship as part of VCE or VCAL which enables students to enjoy the dual status of both student and employee.
In addition to the extensive academic learning program offered to senior students, other programs delivered aim to provide opportunities for students to further develop skills necessary for a successful transition into the adult world – whether that involves further learning at the tertiary level or entry to the world of work.
Lyndhurst Secondary College is celebrating its third year of operation of the Cranbourne Region Trades Skills Centre. Students from Year 10,11 and 12 have participated in Automotive Studies (pre-vocational) certificate classes for their first and second year qualification. In addition, students from partner schools engage in the program and we look forward to this partnership continuing.
Changes to the Senior Education Certificate
As of 2023 VCAA will have integrated a new reform package that will deliver a better designed and valued specialist vocational pathway in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and improved access to this pathway and VET delivered to school students for all senior secondary students. This means the entire Senior Education Program will now fall under VCE and the current VCAL program will no longer be offered in Victorian schools.
This opportunity does mean from 2023 there will be two pathways a student can select to achieve their VCE certificate. They are; VCE and VCE – Vocational Specialisation. To better illustrate this, the below flowchart shows the two pathways.
We have high expectations of our senior students and regard them as responsible young adults committed to achieving success at school and who are always willing to do their very best. Senior students are encouraged to demonstrate the following attributes:
- An enthusiasm for learning;
- Motivation to make the most of opportunities offered; and,
- An ability to be accountable and responsible for one’s own actions.
Please take the time to read this Handbook and carefully consider all available options. Be sure to make informed decisions based on advice from key people including College staff and parents. Take advantage of the extensive counselling process in place during the end of Semester 1 and beginning of Semester 2 as teachers begin to plan programs for 2022. Be sure to attend the online Senior Sub School Information Evening being held on Wednesday 14th July, 2021. Don’t forget to also consult key advisors including Pathways and Careers Coordinator, Ms Carroll.
Students and families should understand that this electronic handbook is a guide to be used in selecting programs/subjects and is not intended to be all encompassing. Only after thorough and extensive research should final subjects be selected. Individual subject selection forms are located in the relevant sections of the senior school handbook and can be downloaded and printed. If students require a hardcopy, it will be available at the Senior School office.
For detailed Information about VCE, VCAL, Units of work, expectations and much more, please see the Student Handbook FAQ’s below which supports this Senior School Handbook.
On Wednesday 14th July at 7:00 we are holding the Senior Sub School Information Evening at the college. The Evening provides families of Year 9 and 10 students with information surrounding the possible pathways for students to undertake during senior school at Lyndhurst Secondary College.
Year 9 into 10
Students planning to complete Year 10 in 2022 are required to attend a Course Counselling Appointment at school on Thursday 22nd July 2021. No scheduled classes will run on this day as students will only be required to come in to the college for their set course counselling appointment.
Year 10 into 11
Students planning to complete Year 11 in 2022 are required to attend a Course Counselling Appointment at school on Wednesday 21st July 2021. No scheduled classes will run on this day as students will only be required to come in to the college for their set course counselling appointment.
Year 11 into 12
It is assumed Year 11 students will in most cases continue with the studies they are currently enrolled in. Consequently, only selected students will be required to attend a Course Counselling interview. All VCE and VCAL Year 11 students are required to return their Year 12 course selection form, VET form and materials fee for VET to the General Office by Tuesday 20th July, 2021. Students who are required to attend a Course Counselling interview will be notified after their forms are reviewed.
Good luck in your planning and consideration of the many options to be pursued in the senior school!