Established in 1963, Oberon High School is a single campus years 7 – 12 school situated in Belmont, approximately seven kilometres south of the centre of Geelong. The student population of 700 is drawn from a very wide urban, rural and coastal area.
The school offers a comprehensive program which includes a core curriculum in years 7 and 8 (English, Mathematics, Science, Languages – Japanese, German and Indonesian, Technology, Arts, Humanities, Health and Physical Education). Students in these year levels experience up to eight different areas of Art/Technology during the two years. At years 9 to 12 a wide range of pathways are available. These include VCE, Vocational Education Training (VET), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and school-based apprenticeships. Students are encouraged to select units which best meet their interest and abilities. This allows students to extend their learning.
The school has excellent computer facilities, which are continually upgraded. The library is a fine resource and boasts up to date learning technologies. The gymnasium and music/drama complex provide first class facilities for physical education and the performing arts. The school offers extensive extra–curricular activities. A variety of team and individual sporting pursuits are provided, all leading to state level. An annual drama production, concerts, jazz bands, instrumental music tuition and a range of choral groups comprise a comprehensive performing arts program. A structured camps and tours program is offered at years 7 to 10 and international student exchanges are arranged with sister schools in Germany, Indonesia and Japan. An annual Arts Festival and special subject weeks, for example Science Week, Book Week and Maths Week provide an extension to the curriculum program.
Enrichment experiences are an important part of school life and include debating, writing competitions, Lions Youth of the Year and the Plain English Speaking Competitions, national mathematics and science competitions, The Amazing Spaghetti Machine contest (Melbourne University), Science and Engineering Challenge (Deakin University), Alpine School (Year 9), Mount Bogong leadership camp (Year 10) and World challenge. Our students participate in a variety of community service projects, including the Environmental Team who have been involved in a number of coastal regeneration programs. The VCAL students have completed local ‘backyard blitzes’ and assisted with providing food and other home services, to members of the local community.
Leadership is important at Oberon High School. Students are provided with many opportunities to develop their leadership skills, such as leading their House, forums, community groups, councils, sporting teams, debating teams and much more. We offer leadership scholarships, and students are encouraged to participate in the Student Representative Council, and also represent the school on School council.
School uniform is compulsory for years 7 to 12. Uniform, books (including second hand, if available) and stationery items can be purchased at the school.
A strong emphasis is placed on a caring, supportive environment with student welfare and management provided via a vertical house structure for years 7 to 12. To support an effective transition from primary to secondary school year 7 Home Groups are form-based. Home Groups for students in years 8 to 12 are allocated to a vertical Home Group designed to develop relationships between students across the school. House leaders are responsible for student welfare and management and are supported by the School Chaplain, the Student Wellbeing Manager and the administration. School and House Captains also support younger students, and lead peer medication and activities programs.
The school attracts strong community support with the School Council providing both leadership and service to the school.
Positive relationships exist with neighbourhood feeder primary schools particularly through our transition and middle years programs. A three-day orientation program is highly valued by our new year 7 students and their parents.
Years 7 and 8 students have a reduced number of teachers in the core subjects. This encourages the development of positive relationships between students and their significant teachers and together with home rooms and year 7 Home Group teachers, helps to make the transition into secondary education a very positive one.
Regular feedback is sought from students and parents with collected data forming the basis of the schools ongoing review and improvement program.
Students at Oberon High School achieve academic excellence; they develop their talents and gain satisfaction, confidence and enrichment through participating in the Oberon opportunities.
Teachers plan together to ensure all students are given the opportunity to succeed, and use a variety of teaching strategies and ICT support, to create vibrant classrooms.
The school seeks to provide a learning environment in which students:
· strive for and respect high achievement in all areas
· learn to challenge, discriminate and accept responsibility for their actions
· develop social skills and values based on principles of tolerance and understanding