After months of detailed community consultation and engagement, the Victoria Government has endorsed a recommendation to create a new one-campus secondary school in Shepparton ensuring local secondary students have access to the highest quality education.
The Shepparton Education Plan Advisory Committee considered feedback and advice from working groups, education experts and hundreds of community members as part of community consultation before recommending merging the four local government secondary schools into one new school. The Minister for Education endorsed this recommendation.
About the ‘one school, one campus’ model
The four secondary colleges, Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Mooroopna Secondary College and Wanganui Park Secondary College will merge to form one new single-campus school that will be better equipped to meet the needs and aspirations of young people across the area.
Students and teachers will gain all the resources and broad curriculum benefits of a large school, while operating in a caring, supportive environment.
Students will stay in the same house throughout secondary school, with Years 7-9 students learning within their house, and Years 10-12 students moving around the campus for specialised subjects of their choice where needed.
As well as new school buildings and resources designed to meet the needs of students in the future, students will have access to improved learning and teaching opportunities and increased wellbeing and sense of community.
We will develop timelines and transition plans for the next stage, and work with students, principals, teachers and education experts to focus on learning approach, curriculum and student outcomes.
Supporting the Mooroopna community
In order to further support Mooroopna Secondary College students, in 2018, a team of specialist educators will be embedded in the school to support to the College’s leadership and teaching team and their students.
With the new school to be built in Shepparton, this provides an opportunity to plan for the future of the current Mooroopna Secondary College site. Options for this site will continue to be developed throughout early 2018.
What we heard: secondary education
In September and October 2017, we asked for your feedback on options for secondary education. Over four weeks we hosted a series of pop-up information sessions, community workshops and an online survey. We heard from more than 300 people, and analysed almost 2,000 individual comments. A summary factsheet and full report are available below.