Emerald Secondary College, Emerald
Name: Emerald Secondary College
Type: Secondary School
Address: 425 Belgrave-gembrook Road
Region Eastern Metropolitan
Phone: (03) 5968 5388
Fax: (03) 5968 5322
Emerald Secondary College is a modern and progressive 7-12 co-educational school of over 1100 students drawn from Emerald and the surrounding semi-rural communities between Selby and Gembrook. Architecturally designed to complement its attractive forest environment, the College is well serviced by an extensive bus network, and is well resourced with a combination of academic and technical facilities on the one campus. br>The philosophy of Emerald Secondary College centres on the development of student potential in academic, creative, aesthetic, recreational and personal pursuits. It is committed to equal opportunity, the integration of children with disabilities, and the provision of learning support. The College strongly believes in recognising the personal achievement and excellence of its students in all fields. There is a comprehensive awards program recognising citizenship, contribution to school life, and academic and sporting excellence which culminates in an annual Presentation Night.
The curriculum is fully comprehensive across the learning areas and is presented in vertically-arranged semester length units. Career and course advice is provided by a Careers Counsellor,comprehensive career pathways options in the middle school, and a comprehensive work experience program.
From its inception in 1985, the College has operated within collaborative democratic decision-making policies and processes. A strong feature of its development has been the active and continuing involvement of parents and the community; the College has an active Parent Association. It has also successfully fostered student involvement in a wide range of areas of its operations, with student representation on the College Council and its committees.
The Welfare and Discipline Policy consists of a published code of student rules and expectations that is implemented via the College's welfare and discipline structure. This is based on Year Level Coordinators and Home Group Teachers, supported by a Student Welfare Co-ordinator at both Senior (9- 12) and Junior (7-8) levels and the Assistant Principals. The College also operates with a Junior, Middle School and Senior School Manager to support the work of Year-Level Coordinators. Students are placed in home groups in Year 7 and continue in these groups throughout their time at the College, where possible with the same Home Group Teacher.