Is Beaumaris Secondary College zoned?

Yes. Students who reside within the designated neighbourhood boundary for our college are eligible for enrolment. Please visit our COLLEGE BOUNDARY page for more information.

Our boundary is set by the Department and we work closely with the Region to ensure that the DET Placement Policy is applied.

Is it necessary to attend a school tour?

It is highly recommended that parent/s AND student/s attend a school tour. CLICK HERE to book now!

How many students are enrolled at Beaumaris Secondary College?

We have an enrolment of 840 in 2022 (Year 7 – 11) and capacity for 1100 in 2023 (Year 7 – 12). 

How do I enrol?

Please see our ENROLMENT PROCESS page.

What does it cost to attend Beaumaris Secondary College?

Please visit our CHARGES page for more information.

Charges for Year 7 2023 will be emailed to parents/carers in November 2022 with Orientation information.

Is Beaumaris Secondary College a BYOD school?

Yes, please visit our BYOD PROGRAM page for more information.

Can we buy the same device without going through the school portal?

It is not compulsory to order a device through our BYOD portal however, we recommend this as the device is then supported by the Learning with Technologies (LWT) technicians and insurance. If the device is damaged or has a warranty issue, LWT send a technician to the school to resolve it.

If you purchase a device outside of the portal, your child will still receive technical support from our technicians however any damage or warranty issues will need to be handled externally.

Can we buy a different device?

The curriculum has been designed for use with a touch screen and stylus-based device. It is therefore recommended that devices are compatible with this type of learning so it doesn’t take students longer to access and complete the learning tasks.

Please note the following minimum hardware specifications: 

Age

Less than two years old

Screen size

Minimum 11.6”, Maximum 14” (larger will be too heavy)

Touch screen & Stylus

Laptop must have touchscreen and work with a stylus

Battery charge

Minimum 6 hours run time (recharging is not allowed at school)

RAM and Storage

Minimum 8GB RAM / 256GB storage (SSD)

Processor

Windows processor

·        m3 or i3 for basic model (Year 7-8 only)

·        i5 or above is preferred

 

Operating System

(must be in English)

Windows 10  (not Windows 10S)

Origin

Laptop must be purchased in Australia.

Laptop Bag

Compulsory – to carry the laptop around the college.

I understand that most of the learning is digital but is there some writing?

Writing with a stylus on virtual paper or with a pen on physical paper is still very much part of our learning process at Beaumaris. The laptop is a tool just as the pen is a tool. All learning areas include at least 1 formative assessment that is done on physical paper with pen. All mathematics is done with a stylus which is a virtual pen. The development of skills and stamina with physical paper and pen starts at Year 7 but continues into the higher year levels in preparation for VCE.

What do you have in place for students who require extra support?

Our team at the college works closely with students and parents to ensure every students is known at the college. From the GOAL Mentor to the learning area teachers, students are supported with their learning. We have a range of support programs and you can read more about these below.

Inclusion and Supporting Students with Additional Needs

The Department of Education and Training and Beaumaris Secondary College is committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students, including students with disabilities, have access to a quality education that meets their diverse needs. Beaumaris Secondary College provides suitable programs and resources to support the delivery of high-quality schooling for students with disabilities.

Beaumaris Secondary College provides a learning centred approach that is personalised to each student. The school identifies students requiring support through transition information, testing and information from students and parents. Students work with teachers to develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs) with personalised learning goals. Students on IEPs may have assessments modified by a reduction in the number or length of assessment tasks, the provision of extra time to complete work or the provision of individualised assignments.

Students on IEPs receive the full range of reports provided to other students, and meetings are held regularly to evaluate their progress and programs. The Victorian Curriculum Foundation Standards may be used for some students with special needs and on IEPs.

Educational Assistance Group Learning Enhancement (EAGLE) Program

The EAGLE program is a literacy program for students that is based on the explicit teaching of the alphabetic code. Instructors use a multisensory approach which involves the use of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning to enhance memory and knowledge of the written language. This form of instruction is referred to as MSL (Multisensory Structured Language). The aim of our program is to:

• To help students to decode

• To improve fluency and comprehension

• To build vocabulary and improve spelling

• To help students access texts

• To increase learning confidence

Students are selected for the program based on their individual learning needs. These needs may include a diagnosis of dyslexia, auditory processing, intellectual disability etc. Students who are referred to the program complete a phonics screener test and the Neale analysis of reading ability test. These results are used to a determine students’ suitability for the program and to determine instructional groups. Students are currently withdrawn from sessions for 30 minutes once a week to receive additional support.

Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS)

The Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) program is a state government-run initiative which provides intensive teaching support to government secondary school students who are at risk of finishing school without the literacy and numeracy skills they need for future work and study.

This initiative seeks to support and build on the work that BSC is already doing to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students by providing additional teaching support to prioritised students as part of a whole-school approach.

Our BSC MYLNS students are selected to be part of the program based on their NAPLAN data, PAT data and work samples from their learning areas. We will be supporting 15 students in this program for 2022, and they will receive intensive literacy and/or numeracy teaching support​ throughout the year.

Do you have an extension program?

Deep Learning

For students requiring extension and enhancement that are able to demonstrate mastery of core academic skills and knowledge, we ensure that they can apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways. Our students learn to be critical thinkers who design solutions to complex problems. They are setting their own goals in consultation with their teachers as they are self-directed learners. It is about exploring questions driven by curiosity at a deeper level at their own pace.

Are students expected to do homework?

Beaumaris Secondary College expects students to further develop and consolidate their independent learning skills by completing home learning tasks (homework). Home learning (homework) has a positive effect on learning and is an important part of reinforcing the concepts introduced in class. It also plays a significant role in building work habits, self-regulation and responsibility.

Teachers at Beaumaris Secondary College are encouraged to exercise their discretion in assigning tasks that are appropriate for their students. Home learning assigned across different learning areas will be coordinated by teachers in professional learning teams to avoid unreasonable workloads for students. Teachers can identify home learning tasks with the use of the Home Learning common cue in OneNote.

Home learning tasks at these year levels may include daily independent reading, deeper learning tasks, projects, essays, actions, and research. Some tasks may be assigned to be completed during weekends and on the school holidays.

The school supports students by:

  • fostering lifelong learning and connecting families with the learning of their children, as part of a comprehensive and balanced curriculum within Victorian schools
  • ensuring the school’s Home Learning Policy is relevant to the needs of students
  • advising parents/carers of home learning expectations at the beginning of the school year and provide them with a copy of the Home Learning Policy
  • ensuring students record home learning tasks
  • providing a space for VCE students to study before school, at lunch times and afterschool. The senior centre will be open from 8.00 am for VCE students.
Do you have a wellbeing program?

The heart of education is the education of the heart and, as such, the very core of a caring school and morally mindful education is a well-structured and considered wellbeing program that builds student capacity across all areas. At Beaumaris our purpose is to develop the whole person.

To promote health & wellbeing, there is a team of professionals to support students and families. Our team comprises of a psychologist, mental health practitioner and teacher counsellor. The team develops year level wellbeing days, parent education sessions and professional learning for teachers. The care they provide to our students is an important aspect of the school wellbeing program.

Do you have a pastoral care/mentor program?

At Beaumaris our purpose is to develop the whole person. Our GOAL program cultivates an environment that supports the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of every student. Through this program, GOAL mentors build a community that nurtures and respects individual differences and talents, creates a safe and supportive environment and celebrates achievements.

The GOAL program focuses on:

  • Gratitude
  • Organisation
  • Aspirations
  • Leadership

GOAL Mentors are key figures in the delivery of wellbeing programs to students. Each GOAL Mentor plays an important leadership role in the college. Not only do they maintain effective communication between students, their learning area teachers and parents, they also have an integral role in the development of a collaborative culture. They work closely with our Head of Wellbeing to create a structured and supportive wellbeing program. Our Head of Wellbeing is a school psychologist and can provide further supports and guidance to students and families.

The main focus of a GOAL Mentor is the wellbeing of each student in his or her care. The role requires wise judgement, an open mind, a focus on consultation, collaborative problem-solving and team work. GOAL Mentors must do their best to ensure that there is a positive vibe within their group and between them and the students. Students must build trust with the GOAL Mentor, that their views are given consideration, and that they receive honest, concerned and professional care and that there is consistency.

Do you have a careers program?

At Beaumaris Secondary College we offer career programs and services that support the development of the whole person. The careers program begins in Year 7 as students develop their first career action plan. The GOAL mentor along with the careers team provides support as students move through the college.

By providing up to date information and working collaboratively with the students, we help them make informed decisions about pathways within school and their future beyond Beaumaris Secondary College. Students and families can access information about senior pathways, post school options, workplace information and more on our Beaumaris Careers website. Some of the career programs and services on offer to students are:

  • Year 9 My Career Insights
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Industry talks
  • Individual career counselling
  • Career Action Plan
  • Career expo visits
  • Careers Club
How do you manage student behaviour?

We use a School Wide Positive Behaviour Framework to guide our responses to student behaviour. Please refer to our Student Engagement and Wellbeing policy.

Do you offer before and after school sport?

We have a fitness centre which students in Years 9 – 11 can access before school. Our school community is very active and most students belong to sporting clubs which means that they do not have the time to participate in school based sports after school hours.