Ouyen Secondary College, Ouyen
Name: Ouyen Secondary College
Type: Secondary School
Address: Fuller Street
Region Loddon Campaspe Mallee
Phone: (03) 50921182
Fax: (03) 50921185
Ouyen Secondary College is located in the Victorian Mallee, 480km north of Melbourne, 100km south of Mildura and about 400 km east of Adelaide. The primary industry is dryland cropping and sheep grazing. Tourism and mineral sands mining are becoming increasingly important. As in many rural communities, both the town and wider district populations are declining due to economic change. As the major town within a 100km radius, Ouyen has approximately 1,000 inhabitants and a district population of about 2,500 living across a total area of some 6,000 sq. km. Despite this reducing population, Ouyen can access essential services including doctors, dentist and physiotherapist. Sport is a major leisure activity for district residents including lawn tennis, cricket, football, squash, netball, bowls, basketball, golf, cricket and fishing.
In 2001 Ouyen Secondary College has 170+ students with an approximately 50% male/female population. The enrolment comes from varying social economic circumstances with very few students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Excellent physical resources and specialist centres, all of which are fully air conditioned and heated, support the learning program. These resources include an assembly hall, gymnasium and weights room, squash courts, cafeteria, college bus and car, bush trail cross country track and groomed pitch and running tracks. There are specialist science, technology, computer, careers and home economics facilities. There is a multimedia presentation room and video-conferencing facilities, which accommodate individual needs in an isolated area. With a high ratio of computers to students, every classroom supports Internet and computer access connected by an NT network.
The focus is on providing a safe and supportive environment offering a range of learning experiences that recognise student individuality and enhance the respect students have for the college, teachers and other students.