The curriculum program is underpinned by the Victorian Curriculum from Prep to Year 12. This provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards which are used to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents. The unit planning addresses the disciplines of English, Math, Humanities (History, Economics, Geography, Civics & Citizenship), Science, Health and Physical Education, Languages (AUSLAN), Design and Digital Technology, and The Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, Media, Visual Arts, Visual Communication).
How do we teach?
A positive, respectful and collaborative approach towards teaching and learning provides a strong framework for how we teach. Differentiation of student learning tasks is imperative and the allocation of student groups and explicit programs is determined by accurate student data and team moderation. Approaches, groupings, intervention and extension are fluid and responsive, based on ongoing, real time assessment of student growth in all areas. We maximise the use of the school facilities, in particular the usage of digital technology and ICT resources, to support student achievement and improved student outcomes.
We cater for all students through provision of extension and Enhancement programs and intervention programs (focussed teaching groups, oral language, Hands on Learning, Individual Learning Programs). Targeted programs are developed to meet the individual interests, needs and talents of our students. Opportunity for elective subject selection in Years 8 and 9, along with an opportunity for students in Year 10 to design their own learning program to create their own learning pathway and continue to build relationships with staff. We are excited to be able to offer VCE and VCAL from 2022.
How do we know our students are learning?
Assessment is used to provide an ongoing, ‘real time’ picture of each individual student and cohort. The tracking and monitoring of student outcomes is vital to informing purposeful teaching and allowing for student progress and scaffolded learning. Students are able to set goals and reflect on their outcomes and, at times, will renegotiate their own learning goals and targets to achieve success.
Data collected about the achievements of past students highlights that the foundational learning that happens at The Lakes South Morang College places students in good stead to be successful in senior secondary and tertiary education, or within the workforce.
HOW DO WE PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON LEARNING PROGRESS? The Lakes South Morang College provides continuous feedback to families in a variety of forms. Meet and Greet sessions are held at the beginning of each year, and student progress reports and interviews are provided in Terms 1, 2 and 3. End of semester written reports are provided at the end of Terms 2 and 4.
Student and cohort information is constantly uploaded on the Sentral parent portal and is highlighted in our fortnightly newsletter. Our Facebook page keeps families up to date with school events, as well as the learning achievements of our students. Individual student success is also celebrated as part of the weekly assemblies on the Primary Campus or the end of term assemblies on the Secondary Campus. An annual awards ceremony celebrating excellence across the Multiple Intelligences is held in December each year.
Celebration of Learning Events are held across P-12 to allow for students to highlight their learning and progress, for example Art Expos, Song and Dance Nights, Humanities and Science Exhibitions, a Whole School Production and the quarterly Inspire magazine published at the end of each term, celebrating student voice throughout the college.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community!
The Lakes South Morang College respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples, recognising their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. The Lakes is located on the land of the Wurundjeri Willum people of the Kulin Nation.