Berwick College began in 1977 as Berwick High School, with an enrolment of 113 students growing to an expected enrolment of 1700 in 2020. It has grown into a well-established and vibrant community where thousands of students, including second generations of families, have experienced their secondary education.
Berwick College is a White Ribbon school and our students are at the centre of our practices, endeavouring to ensure that every student has their learning needs catered for as an individual.
We are strongly focused on learning. The College was a finalist in two categories at the 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards and won the 2016 VCAL Teacher Achievement Award for Team Teaching. Our focus on improving the learning has produced some of the best VCE and VCAL results in the area, including two perfect scores and a Premiers Award in 2016.
Berwick College offers an impressive number of pathways including VCE, VCAL and VET. Students receive significant counselling in choosing a pathway, which suits their level of ability and career aspirations. The High Achievers program from years 7 – 10 caters for gifted and talented students, while Applied Learning programs cater for students who wish to follow a more ‘hands-on’ pathway. We have a comprehensive sports program with excellent facilities including hockey pitches, tennis courts, netball courts, dance studio, and a stadium. We have a Basketball Academy for students from Years 7 to 11 aimed at providing an integrated academic pathway driven by young students sporting aspirations and a Dance Academy providing a pathway for Years 7 to 9 students to both VCE and VET dance and unique professional employment opportunities. We also have two bands and an instrumental music program.
Berwick College values its links with the local and wider community. It has a shared use agreement with the City of Casey for the Berwick Leisure Centre, Edwin Flack Oval and the athletics track. These facilities adjoin the college grounds. The College, in partnership with The Rotary Club of Berwick, holds two Presentation Balls each year. Our camps program has students going to destinations within Victoria, interstate or overseas.
Our focus is on gaining the best possible outcomes for our students. Although we are not a Select Entry school we contribute significantly to Nossal High School, as one of the highest contributors in the state. Most of our High Achieving students choose to remain with Berwick College, and we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students. Our academic achievements are particularly evident in the senior years, where both VCE and VCAL students perform admirably.
At Berwick College we aim to provide a learning community through…
EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING: Berwick College fosters the pursuit of knowledge and skills. We strive to do our best, we consider new ideas and encourage best practice, and we select our learning opportunities.
RICH AND VARIED PATHWAYS: Berwick College aims to prepare each person for diverse pathway choices and to make a successful transition into further education, training and employment.
POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Berwick College uses democratic processes in its decision making and promotes social justice and equality of opportunity. We treat others with consideration and understanding, we are truthful and trustworthy, and we work with others.
PERSONAL GROWTH: Berwick College values the unique qualities of each person and accepts their worth as individuals. We meet our expectations, we are accountable for our actions and we work with effort, energy and persistence.
Our students are placed in one of eight Learning Teams in order to build strong relationships with the home and to personalise our processes. Each Learning Team has eight Home Groups lead by a Home Group teacher to ensure our students and families have a familiar staff member as their first contact. The best interests of our students is our guiding principle and we work closely with our families to get the best possible outcomes.
As students come to the end of their journey at Berwick College, we aim for them to:
1. Possess the life skills which enable them to face challenges with confidence, resilience, empathy and respect.
2. Be adaptable to change and embrace on continuous learning through problem solving, creativity and thinking critically.
3. Have a continuing sense of community, both locally and globally and an awareness of the importance of the environment.
Dedicated teachers, wellbeing staff, career guidance and transition programs ensure our students are well supported and well cared for throughout their school